We have just returned from the Ancient Wonders cruise on Celebration and this ship has moved up to Platinum status since we were on last year and it does look better New carpets etc have tidied it up but the main reason we booked again was the service from the staff which has to be the best of all the Thomson ships The Meridian Restaurant staff are excellent and quite a few recognised us as did Mistrals waiters....a big hello to them all and thankyou for everything
The food was lovely but I found the Buffett Magnifique this year to be poor..not a great selection Cabin on Deck 6 was superb with fluffy bathrobes a nice touch. Hemmingways has been revamped and the drinks prices have risen!!!!...we had the drinks package so that didn't worry me but a few people were saying how expensive they were and they use cruise spirits but don't be scared to ask for brands if its not *..extra charge.
The shows were good and ports of call were fine Buses and tenders are on to take you to destinations like Mykonos ...Istanbul 4hrs was £44 pp and by the time we queued to get in BlueMosque and Hagia Sophia there was no time for Spice Market Crowds are the norm so be prepared and traffic is bad The ports were pleasant this time not like last year Red Sea working docks....Kusadasi has a mini shopping centre at the port but don't be ripped off...go outside and get some bargains and don't take the first price they say...Turks accept any money not just lira Overall a fabulous cruise ..lovely staff and we will return