Flew from Leeds Bradford with Thomson Airways. Reasonable check in. No quibbles over weight of hand luggage. Nearly six hours flight in cramped conditions. No inflight entertainment nor meals available on these flights. Tried a snack "Croque Monsieur" - plastic rubbish. The cigarettes and tobacco that I wanted were not available on either flight, despite being advertised in the brochure.
Arrived Sharm el Sheikh on time but had quite a wait at cruise terminal (shed) while paper work processed.
Deluxe cabin on deck 9 was very comfortable but had not been refurbished, although I understand that it was due to be after we left. We had our own tea/coffee facilities anyway.
The weather was cloudy most of the week but that was not a problem for us, but sun worshippers were disappointed. The entertainment was ok with an enthusiastic team of average singers and dancers. We spent a lot of time in the Horizons Bar which was very civilised with a fantastic duo who produced some beautiful sounds. The staff throughout the ship were superb and nothing was too much trouble for them.
We ate one breakfast in the cafeteria and that was enough. The food was cold and the atmosphere similar to Macdonalds. Hundreds of square metres of carpet have been laid throughout the ship, but it takes more than new carpets to rebrand the ship Platinum. After that we had all our meals in the main Restaurant. The food was good.
The ship docks at Aqabar for two days. If you want to go to Petra get off the ship on the first day, go into town, and there are dozens of taxi/travel agents who will arrange a trip on your second day for a fraction of Thomson price. The same applies for the Luxor excursions. Get off the ship on your first day at Safaga, go into the Duty Free Shop and there is a guy there who speaks excellent English and he will organise your excursion.
The Airport at Sharm is an absolute joke. Although warned about liquids everyone was going through with bottles of water. The Departure Lounge was a nightmare. Thousands of people crammed in together, inadequate seating and facilities. A shambles.