Welcome to the first post in my new series all about my first cruise experience. My first post is going to be all about the ship we travelled with – the Thomson Discovery. I’m going to give a little run-down on everything there was to offer and a mini-review to go with it.
The ship itself can hold up to 1830 passengers and 761 crew members. The ship has 11 decks, 2 pools, 7 restaurants & 7 bars – plenty to choose from!
So this is the Thomson Discovery while it was docked in Ajaccio, France – one of the many stops on my cruise (further travel blog posts are to come with our destinations). So as you can see it’s quite a size!
Just to show the beauty of the ship a bit more, the picture on the left is the Atrium. As you can see there is a beautiful staircase carrying on to the next floor – perfect for that model shot!
On the right is the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever caught on camera. This was the sight nearly every night and I’m so glad I got to experience it like this.
Deck 9 is where you’ll find the 2 pool areas:
On the left is the main pool area at night, each night there are screenings of films on the big screen so you could snuggle up on a deck chair and watch the Movie by Moonlight.
Also on the top deck was where you could have a quick game of mini-golf, try and beat the climbing wall or play table tennis.
On the right is the indoor pool area. These deck chairs were slightly comfier (not going to lie) so if you’re not much of a sunbather, this was the place to be – still nice and toasty!
The indoor pool area is also home to one of the restaurants/snack bars – The Glass House. The other restaurants on offer include Islands (the buffet), 47° (a slightly fancier restaurant), Gallery 47° (the Italian restaurant) and several more dining options are on offer. I only had experience with Islands (I unfortunately missed out on the Italian!) and every night different food was on offer and always seemed freshly made.
In terms of activities & entertainment, we have:
The Broad Street Shops – We usually went for a little stroll around the shops at night before a show was about to start. Some of the brands and items on offer include – Pandora, Swarovski, Tag Heuer, handbags, makeup, perfume – plenty to choose from!
The shops were open when the ship was sailing, therefore giving guests a better deal.
Here we have Venue – this is where game shows were always played in the evening and various activities were carried out during the day. Of the game shows I went to see, my favourite had to be Match-maker which was presented by the Cruise Director, Adam Brooks – he definitely has that show-biz personality required to pull off a job like this!
This is the Live Room & Casino. This is where a lot of the musicians would perform throughout the day – as the name would suggest. During the day it’s quite a chilled out bar and lounge area and then at night it turns into quite the party venue. Between performances by the party band, B12, and regular cabarets by the entertainment team, you’ll always have something to sing-a-long to!
In regards to the casino, you have the option to play blackjack or poker with the dealer and other guests, or electric roulette and fruit machines. This also provides some enjoyable spectator-entertainment in an evening!
The last entertainment venue I want to touch on is the Broadway Show Lounge. This was by far my favourite venue because every night the show team put on fantastic broadway shows, musicals or concerts. The seats were incredibly comfy, the stage settings were highly professional, and the team had the whole package! The shows we saw ranged from an adaption of The Full Monty, to a night at the festivals with performances by Beyonce & David Bowie.
Overall I believe there were plenty of facilities and activities on the ship and would recommend holidaying on this cruise ship.
Have you been on a cruise before? What were your thoughts? If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below!