I have read other reviews and honestly was really not looking forward to our two week cruise on Celebration which was our 27th cruise and the first with Thomsons. I now write to say overall it was a great cruise in almost every way and comparable with P&O in many respects. Yes the lady is getting on a bit but we found her to be ellegant and very fresh after her refit and retains a certain character not present among some of the new high rise flats ships that hold thousands with everything available.
The negatives were ship vibration in some parts and unavoidable roll due to rough sea states at times. We had a great spacious cabin with balcony but there is not enough public room space especially at night and during sea days, areas such as the new coffee shop could be used better and the sports deck is a waste of space. The cabin safes are not secure as any key can open any safe so do not drop your cabin key which are not in the main numbered so okay that way.
The positives are many.
The food in every area was very good of a high standard with a wide choice at all times especially adding in the Lido outside presentation during the whole day and the pasta station at night. We had no issues at any time re service, quality, amount of food and never thought of paying extra for the alternative dining on offer.
The all inclusive drinks package had some limitations but basically there is more than enough on offer without an extra payment to suit anyone and the measures are extremely generous. It also includes juices and sodas and there is no problem asking for water but if you wish you can take onboard your own bottled water from local shops. Ships tap water for use in the cabins onced boiled is okay for making tea and coffee or to drink when cooled.
The entertainment was of a high standard in every area – the only down side for me was the new Cruise Director who was very enthusiastic but when he got a microphone in his hand was extremely loud and could be heard at the far end of the ship – louder than the 5 piece band! He would comment on locals looking out to see Celebration having a party – I would say it was more to find out where the noise pollution was coming from!
The biggest Gold Star is presented to the staff who were numerous and simply brilliant in all areas – but a special thanks to the Horizon Bar team who were first class and our cabin steward was always very attentive and readily available. We will consider Thomsons again in our future plans as we found the whole package of flight choice, cabin, AI, tips included at not much more than £100 pp pn to be excellent value. Enjoy!