Going to give my perspective as a solo traveller how I found the ship etc as well as my overall experience. The cruise that I did was the Adriatic Cruise which was fly to Corfu, then Koper, Venice, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Kotor and back to Corfu. Details are:
Check in Portside Terminal Corfu
I thought this was quite well organised, the coach took us from the airport and to the port where we went through a sort of check in procedure again, where they took your credit/debit card details and took your photo on a webcam thingy which was then uploaded on your onboard swipe card. If you wanted to ...
settle by cash at the end that was fine too - you just had to tell them at this point.Read More
First on board - you were greeted by the meet and greet start that were very friendly and one of their staff took you to your cabin so that you knew the way. For me after 5 days I still kept using the wrong staircase to get to my cabin as everything looked the same - maybe that\'s just me.
Cabin - I was travelling alone so the only single cabins available were on b/c deck unless you wanted to pay lots more to have a better standard, and to be honest I did not think the standard of the cabin for comfort warranted the money. For me it was the bed that was so uncomfortable that let it down for me, after two rotten nights sleep I asked if Reception could do anything, they got housekeeping to put a blanket over the mattress to soften it up! - not good enough in my opinion. The cabin itself was definitely \'tired\' looking and the sink basin for example was as clean as it was going to get, but stained from several years I can imagine, the same in the shower unit.
Restaurant - Compass
The food here was very good, the one thing that put me off here is that you had to queue outside the restuarant to get in, was herded in in whatever group you were in solo travellers were almost forgotten and larger groups got served quicker. Once inside as I say I cannot complain about the food or the staff, the tables were so close to each other you could almost shake hands with the next table and the table cloths werer clean but stained.
Restaurant - Lido
This was the buffet 24/7 restaurant, they served a very good brekkie, English bacon and hash browns with fried eggs, toast was there albeit as bit soft by the time you good to it as cooked on mass. Again same problem with the table cloths - sounds like I\'m being picky but for me if you are going to use tablecloths make sure that they are clean or use mats.
Lido Sun deck
The pool was adequate in size and the sun bed round the pool was fine, there was unbeds on higher decks so there was not an issue for space. This area was regularly serviced by the bar staff who were all lovely.
The Lido during the day had various activities including the band/cooking demos quizzes all sorts.
This was spread over various places, and the nightly shows were very good, although I did not go to all of the them, as hated finding a seat an hour and a half in advance of the show commencing sitting staring at an empty stage, which is what you needed to do - nevertheless they were excellent. There was also other items going in other bars Quizzes during the evening Mr & Mrs which was highly entertaining and music from pop to Jazz to Classical.
I loved Raffles the bar staff there Kostas and Sam looked after me, and were absolutely wonderful and make sure that I had a constant stream of Pink Cocktails in front of me.
For me the staff on board the Spirit made my holiday so enjoyable not the ship itself, they were lovely and I don\'t honesly think it was just because they were hoping for a tip at the end, they were just being brilliant. I think as a solo traveller, I did not get my money\'s worth, I paid almost the same price as what a couple paid even though they were higher up than me and had a better standard of cabin - so If Thomson were do alter their pricing for solo travellers or accommodation then maybe
Tour Operator: Thomson