We haven't travelled with Thomson before and we were impressed with The Celebration ship.
Flight was fine but embarkation was a shambles with a wait for almost 1 hour and then a 10 minute walk across a car park in the dark to the ship. Drinks were offered but they didn't taste right and we didn't want to chance picking anything up so early.
We had an outside deluxe cabin on Deck 9. Celebration is being refurbished so the cabin was very smart and whilst we were on board one end of our corridor was closed off for the refurbishment team but we were not disturbed in any way. No one had warned us of the permanent vibration of the ship. We couldn't sleep the first night and had to get up to move the hangers in the wardrobe as they were knocking against each other and it sounded like morse code. Plenty of hanging and draw space,and also a bath! We needed advice on how to get a hot shower as the taps have an unusual system. No tea and coffee making facilities in the cabin but we took a travel kettle and it was fine.
There are free washing machines and dryers on various decks. They dispense washing powder automatically so no need to take any. There are no instructions but with the help of fellow passengers we managed.
We ate in the Meridian Restaurant most nights but took advantage of the evening buffet when it was serving Indian food. There is a menu outside the restaurant each day. We also ate at Mistral`s for one night and had an excellent meal with very good service. Having our names piped in chocolate on the dessert plates was a lovely touch. Other meals we took in the self service Lido restaurant. It was not self service as the waiters served the food which we were happy with as this increased the hygiene. We were squirted with gel before entering any eatery which can only be a good thing. The orange juice was diluted orange drink and the coffee was not the best.
The ports of call are not good. In two of the ports you were not allowed to leave the ship unless you were on an organised Thomson trip. The highlight of the cruise was Petra -- a must see and it didn't disappoint. On our return from Petra there was a welcome from the crew with a band (crew) and waiters and chiefs singing welcome home and distributing hot towels and cold drinks, a very nice touch.
The entertainment was first class -- the best we have ever seen. We also enjoyed the afternoon play.
All in all an enjoyable cruise after you got used to the vibration of the ship.
Note: The costs of upgrades of cabin vary in price depending on which hotel you choose for the stay part of the holiday.