This was our first cruise. The room was clean although you do feel the boat rocking a lot at night (we were on deck 3). The food in the canteen was bog standard and cheap quality, I struggled to find anything really nice to eat and lot of things just tasted strange, the custard springs to mind! The glasses at breakfast with fruit juice also smelt funny. Feel the ship needs to up its game with the food. The food in the restaurant were tiny portions, and long wait in between courses, although to be fair was very busy restaurant, the main thing that was disappointing about the restaurant was no tables for two (although you can ask and wait and wait!) instead you have to sit with other passengers, this is ok if you like making pointless small talk with random strangers every night! - if you have come away to have some quality time just you and your partner and enjoy and relax while eating I would avoid the restaurant! We did not pay to go in the other posh restaurant (extra £20 each) as feel Thomson made enough money out of already so stuck with the soulless dreaded food in the canteen every evening instead.
The staff are incredible friendly and attentive. The shows were not our thing, although there was a funny comedian and Beatles tribute band that were good. There is a tiny pool high up on top deck, but you would be lucky to get anywhere near it and sun loungers were in demand.
The ports were all smelly and not very pretty, but were warned about that. Petra was good, although did feel sorry for the horses out in the sun. Every excursion we were really pestered by locals trying to sell things, you get used to it, but by the third trip I had had enough.
The Cairo museum was good although not much time there, really rushed but saw all the main things by the guide are guide that day was a lady and she was excellent. The pyramids were also good trip; do not go in to the pyramids if you are any way scared of confined spaces! As it’s a tiny opening you have to crawl down while other people are crawling up on the other side, also people were wearing flip flops on the trips! Believe me when say you need good footwear to go on all the trips. the last trip we went on was valley of the kings, we had to get up at 5.30 and the coach journey far too long (over three hours there and three hours back) Our tour guy took us to a shop were sell local ornaments out of stone and got conned by the men in the shop because we bought some ornaments but then as soon as purchased something the charm dropped and they wouldn't let us leave shop without then giving them a tip.
All in all would not go on a cruise or to Egypt again. If you are really in to Egyptology (like my husband who loved all the excursions) then go on this cruise as you do get to see the real Egypt! Which is an eye opener that’s all I will say! We felt for the animals out there.
The flights by Thomson have no film/music/entertainment really bad I feel for a 6 hour flight, really uncomfortable flights.
Oh last thing - be warned Sharm's airport arriving is unbelievably disorganised (departures was ok though).