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There’s still Spirit in the old ship yet…

You may have heard a word on the waves, so we’re here to anchor those rumours in truth. Serious news is afloat. OK, cheesy puns over. Thomson Spirit, the longest serving ship in our fleet, was set to sail for the final time in November 2017. But, due to a huge demand, it’ll now be sailing until October 2018. Read on to find out just why there’s so much love for this ship.

Mapping things out

Thomson Spirit’s been a household name with us at Thomson Cruises since 2003. And, in 14 years, it’s taken customers all over the world, from the exotic shores of the Eastern Mediterranean, to European hotspots like the Canary Islands and Cyprus. Currently though, Thomson Spirit sails out of the red roof-topped city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, which you might just recognise as the setting of King’s Landing in the hit TV series Game of Thrones. From here, you can take in the postcard-pretty sights of Venice and Montenegro on our seven-night Venetian Vistas cruise, bring history to life with visits to Athens, Olympia, and Corfu on the Classical Greece itinerary, or see what Cyprus and Turkey have to offer on Aegean Titans.

To discover more of Thomson Spirit’s itineraries, click here.

Life onboard

Being one of our smaller ships gives Thomson Spirit a lovely homely feel – don’t be surprised if staff remember your name, or you see a few familiar faces at dinner. There are four restaurants to choose from, so there’s always something new to tempt your tastebuds. For everyday dining, there’s the Lido Restaurant and the Terrace Grill. The former’s a buffet-style affair, serving up a spread of pastas, salads, fish and meat. Occasionally, the chefs will put on a themed evening, and you can get anything from Indian spice fusions to Tex-Mex. In the Terrace Grill, meanwhile, you can expect on-the-go options, like burgers and pizzas. For more elegant evenings, The Compass Rose and Sirocco’s restaurants allow you the option of dining in sophisticated surroundings – perfect for special occasions.

Did someone say free?

We know one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we give you options to let you choose how you want to cruise. When you book your cruise, you’ll get full board meals included in the price. But, if you want to enjoy a few cocktails, without worrying about the bar tab you can upgrade to All Inclusive. Next summer’s Thomson Spirit itineraries go on sale on 27th July 2017, and for a limited time we’ll be giving away free All Inclusive upgrades*. Set yourself a reminder, because we’re sure they’ll be snapped up quickly.

An award-winning ship

A cruise wouldn’t be a cruise without show-stopping entertainment – and, we’re proud to say that Thomson Spirit has won an award for Best Entertainment. The star of the show is the Broadway Lounge, a two-storey theatre, where you can expect to see comedy acts from the UK, and West End-style dance numbers. If you feel like a bit of friendly competition, head to High Spirits for a light-hearted quiz or a game of bingo in the early evening. And as the night goes on, choose from taking a gamble in the casino, watching a blockbuster in the cinema or strutting your stuff in the disco.

Spreading the love

We asked guests onboard to tell us their favourite thing about Thomson Spirit, and here’s what they said.

We love the Thomson Spirit itineraries to help us discover the world. The ship offers great value for money, excellent staff, and the whole onboard experience is like a blanket of warmth wrapped around you.
Mr & Mrs Hall – cruised 8 times on Thomson Spirit

The staff friendliness makes you feel like family. The Baked Alaska Parade is not to be missed –
the crew put their whole heart and soul into it.

Mr & Mrs Mullen – over 10 cruises with Thomson Cruises

From top to bottom, Thomson Spirit has it all, fantastic entertainment, friendly crew, and it’s spotlessly clean, what more could you want? It’s like coming home!
Mrs V Taylor & Mr D Barker – 27 cruises with Thomson Cruises

We prefer the small, friendly atmosphere only Thomson Spirit can provide. The best entertainment on the high seas.
Mr & Mrs K C Hamshere – 13 cruises with Thomson Cruises

We love that all tips are included. The welcome back to the ship we got was fantastic. We love that, with the size of the ship, you get to know the other guests.
Mr & Mrs Kerr – over 5 years cruising with Thomson Cruises

Ready to book your cabin on one of the remaining sailings of Thomson Spirit? Click here to see our latest cruise deals.

*FREE ALL INCLUSIVE UPGRADES: Offer valid on all Thomson Spirit sailings from 1st November 2017 to 31st October 2018. Offer applies to new bookings only and is subject to limited availability. Offer only applies to time spent onboard the ship and some exclusions may apply to the onboard package. Offer must be selected at time of booking and may be withdrawn without prior notice.

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12 Responses to “There’s still Spirit in the old ship yet…”

  1. wilsonej@cytanet.com.cy' john wilson

    good news spirit is sailing in 2018 ‘ Is it doing any trips from Limmasol Cheers John Wilson

    • Johanna.Thomas@thomson.co.uk' Johanna Thomas

      Hi John, The Spirit will travel around the Western Mediterranean for it’s sailings throughout Summer 2018. I’m afraid Limmasol won’t be visited ^Jo

  2. smburns1956@icloud.com' Sheila Burns

    Hi, can anybody tell me the boarding time when sailing from Croatia…

  3. rouse44@icloud.com' Nicola rouse

    Had a fantastic holiday , first time with Thomson everything was perfect looking forward to booking again .

  4. caroledempsey32@gmail.com' Carole Dempsey

    I don’t know why the Spirit is so popular, it’s tired and old fashioned, travelled on Adriatic cruise this June buy the pools, Jacuzzi and library were closed for most of the week due to a tummy bug probably noro virus, my daughter and I both went down with it and spent 3 days out of our 7 day cruise confined to our small beige cabin. The crew and entertainment team make this ship, they are friendly and outstanding

  5. jym@mypostoffice.co.uk' Joan Moore

    We love the Spirit and have sailed on her 3 times.I hope to do so again,but may I make a comment regarding your new blanket all inclusive in most cases now.I realise all prices have gone up but it seems those of us who cannot, or do not wish to indulge are obviously subsidising those who do.

  6. dkhopwood1@gmail.com' Karen Hopwood

    Whilst it will be sad for spirit to go, it is time. We are currently sailing on our fifth cruise with Thomson. This time to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We even upgraded our cabin. The plumbing in the bathroom has been atrocious. Our shower won’t drain and the sinkhole brings back detritus on a daily basis and not ours. Our toilet has overflowed. Despite informing reception three times nothing appears to have happened. We are just told it is always a problem with our cabin. It feels like the staff have lost any will to resolve customer issues because of the age of ship. If that is the case retire her now and do not rebook the cabin. We have never had any issues on our previous cruises but I have to admit that this has dampened our enthusiasm for future Thomson cruises

  7. theresamullinder66@mail.com' Theresa Mullinder

    My husband and I said on the Spirit for the first time this June. We was so impressed with cruising that immediately wanted to do this kind of holiday again. Dissapointed to hear whilst on board this was Spirits last season. Then joy just a month ago when news was released she had another season. Guess what we booked our next cruise yesterday on Spirit for May next year. Cant wait and really hope the lovely Shine will be serving again on the Lido Deck and Broadway. Thanks Thomsons see you in May 2018

  8. jm.forster@sky.com' June Forster

    We have been on a number of cruises, the entertainment was better than a P&O trip we had been on. The staff are terrific, really makes you feel welcome.

  9. ged.firth@outlook.com' Ged Firth

    Good news about Spirit. The older ships have still much to offer. The extra bling on Discovery 2 was great, a lovely ship but we really missed the al fresco seating we had on two Majesty cruises last year. Too often we couldn’t find seats after the late show on D2 and too often we queued at the bar for drinks. I never went to the bar on Majesty and always found seats in the casino or Royal Observatory – perhaps on pool deck too. The only seats to be found on D2 after the show were in the Glasshouse with the late grazers. The pool bar and Venue closed at the same time as the show finished in Broadway. Where do 800+ people go for a nightcap?

    Just feedback, not intended to be critical, I’m sure Discovery 2 managers are already on the case. Hope to be back on board this autumn and also next summer. Great cruises.


    • Johanna.Thomas@thomson.co.uk' Johanna Thomas

      Hi Ged, Thank you for getting in touch with your comments. We do appreciate your feedback and where possible, we’ll use your comments to make improvements going forward. I do hope despite these niggles, you went on to enjoy your time on the Discovery 2 and will consider cruising with us again in the future ^Jo

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