Author: John Dooley
Wasn't expecting too much after some poor reviews but it was our first all inclusive with a good itinerary so we booked . I'm glad we did , this was the best of our 8 cruises so far ( from Cunard , MSC and P&O) for various reasons . It advertises as the most laid back ship in Thomsons fleet , but that is no description of the crew . From morning till night ( and beyond ) they pulled all the stops out to ensure that everyone had an excellent time whatever their fancy . From impromptu karaoke to poolside Olympics , towel and napkin folding ( into some cool little animals etc) to cake decorating , quizzes , theater shows , competitions , behind the scenes theater tours , Captains bridge tour , everyone of them worked their socks off and remained remarkably friendly, lively and polite at all times . The housekeeping , bars and restaurant staff were excellent as were the behind the scenes engineers and `below deck` crew who we bumped into . Not the most luxurious ship but clean comfortable and well able to cope with modern cruisers demands. Good selection of bars , buffet restaurant . The Oasis speciality restaurant also worth every penny. very attentive staff and great food and wine . No bad points except maybe slightly noisy engine on lower decks but didnt stop us from sleeping after an exhausting day joining in with activities and shore excursions . Its a shame its its last season and a shame we took so long to discover it as everyone we spoke to were `returnees` and loved it. Book a trip on this lovely old lady before she`s sold off to god knows where . You wont regret it .