Thomson Celebration Cruise Review by Deeside dave: Celebration was fine by us
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Celebration was fine by us
Destination: Canary Islands
As usual with thomson check in at Manchester ,bus transfer in Tenerife and cruise check in were very efficient and quick.Who would have guessed there had been norovirus on board the previous week ?The only clue was that the waiters were serving everyone in the lido buffet.Have to agree this arrangement not to our liking but if it keeps the bug away then that's fine .There was no sign at all of any illness while we were on .I realize we were very lucky in this respect as well as having some lovely weather which had sadly been lacking during January so we were told.Feel very sorry for those who were not as lucky as us and methinks the combination of poor weather and the dreaded virus has contributed in no small way to the poor reviews on here,
Main dining room(MDR) great for dinner with nice waiters and good food .Breakfast in MDR however not up to scratch but very enjoyable in the lido.Entertainment top class with the show team working so hard .A couple of the shows had More content we thought not up to standard but that's not the fault of the team who can only do the best with what they are given.Look out for the Queen tribute night and the Can Can routine as both were outstanding.Liberties was excellent for the quizzes every evening which were all good fun and not at all serious ..well done the team in there and look out for Dylan when he does his solo night as he has a fab voice.Top men are probably as good a group as you will see on any cruise with a great range of songs.Two other things to look out for are the Captains talk in the Broadway lounge and the afternoon play which we really enjoyed.Enjoyed stretching out and feet up while reading(or sleeping)in horizons .Very relaxing up there.Yes the boat does vibrate more than Dream or Majesty but after a few hours it didn't bother us at all and in fact up in Horizons most probably was the reason we were falling asleep together with a tipple or two?We were AI and service from the waiters was excellent.Our outside cabin 142 was the biggest
we have had in the thomson fleet and was superb .The Platinum refurb is lovely and to have a kettle was really great.We had a full length wardrobe each and 6 Large drawers with a very nice bathroom.The cabin is mid ships and with a couple of rough nights a great spot to be.All the public areas were very smart always being cleaned and polished.The main clue to the ships age were the windows which are just like in the other boats well past their sell by date.Presumably it's too expensive to replace them.The ports of call are excellent with Madeira being the highlight .we used the hop on / off bus (get off at Camara de Lobos it's gorgeous) and then back in town we took the cable car and came down on the toboggan.We appeared to be in the middle of nowhere and really high up from the town so felt we had no choice but to pay 20 euros to get back in a taxi .A great day out nonetheless .The other highlight was in Arrecife where we took the shuttle bus into town and took a taxi(10euros) to the Fundacion Manrique .What a gem and we only found it thanks to the Thomson roll calls here on Cruise Critic .Always check it out before you go with Thomson or if you are thinking of doing so.Lastly sunbeds which were pretty good apart from sea day.The guys were out ticketing unoccupied beds indeed we were ticketed when we were away for an hour taking lunch and watching the play .Dont know if anyone actually had their towels removed .A tip for sea day if there are no beds left watch out for the crew moving piles of beds from the shaded side of the sun deck to the sunny side and get into the line behind them.It might look like the pied piper but who cares if you get a bed.Thoroughly enjoyed our first time on Celebration -she is a grand boat with an excellent crew.Next stop Majesty again in June to see Venice and Dubrovnik which are so highly rated on the Cruise Critic thomson roll call.We cannot wait!!! Less
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