Advantages Price, All inclusive Option, transatlantic crossing
Disadvantages lower level engine noise, tired cabins - could do with a refit
Thomson Destiny -Tropical Transatlantic Dec 2008We booked this cruise in October 2007 and obtained an all inclusive deal as our last cruise cost us an extra £600 pound, mainly in drinks costs! We had previously cruised with Thompson last year on the Celebration and think that I actually prefer the layout of the smaller sister ship for a number of reasons, which I will probably touch on later in the review.
The early flight from Manchester to Lisbon was on time and uneventful but on arrival at Lisbon I could only describe organised chaos. In all 5 flights had arrived from the UK with cruise passengers and all landed within a very short space of time and due to a malfunction of the baggage handling system, all the luggage arrived for all the planes at the same time, which had a knock on effect on the rest of the usual embarkation process which left a lot of angry complaining passengers. It took us longer to get out of the airport than it did to fly across in the first place! Personally, I find moaning, complaining passengers a pain in the neck, as they tend to let rip at staff who have no means available to them to rectify the situation. I am all for making my point if I perceive something to be wrong, but always ensure that whoever I speak to about it is actually in a position to do something about it. Anyway minor moan of my own over.The Destiny had been in Gibraltar the previous couple of weeks in dry dock and had had some refit work done inside, new carpets and some other upgrades but this had not extended to the cabins on deck two and although clean and comfortable, ours was a bit shabby with the repainted enamelling chipping off the sink. We had a cabin with an optional 3rd bunk which rattled a fair bit but was quashed with a pool towel strategically placed. We were also near the rear of the ship and often thought that the props were miss-aligned as sometimes the drumming and vibration in the cabin was unbearable and I often resorted to sleeping with my Ipod on in an attempt to drown out the drumming.
As always the cabin staff were great and our steward Rea was always happy to help and went out of her way to find me extra coat hangers etc when requested, and also had the art of making animals out of towels down to a T. We were allocated first sitting for dinner and arrived at 6.30 on the first evening to be seated with our fellow passengers on a table for 10. The food was lovely and plentiful but found that we preferred the less formal menu offered by the lido cafe with its buffet style service. The staff were just as attentive but I thought the choices were better, especially since on some occasions I only ate a large salad and this would not have been an option in the Seven Seas Restaurant. The downside with the lido cafe was that it is actually situated at the rear of the ship on the lido deck and is semi enclosed from the elements by canvas panels, which is OK in the Med or the Caribbean but in the middle of the Atlantic in a force 6, is not so good, in fact it was downright cold.
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|How good were the guides?||Excellent|
|How satisfied were you with the Hotel/Appartement||Satisfied|
|Quality of the tour in general||Excellent|
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