Having sailed on our first cruise with the Thompson Dream some 18 months ago our expectations of the Celebration were that it would be a similar experience. Sadly that wasnt the case. The cabin was fine however the noise from the engine was continuous. That said we got used to it and for the little time we were in the cabin it didnt bother us.
However in contrast to the Dream who seemed to have the balance right, we found the Celebration to be more of a floating holiday camp. The noise around the pool was exacerbated by the entertainment staff and their competitions, interspersed with loud headbanging music. The only quiet area was deck 9 with the usual fight for sunbeds. A perfect example of the "Butlins" culture was at our final dinner in the formal dining room was the interuption of our meal with loud music and the assistant entertainments director announcing in great detail how good the staff had been and then listed each sector reminding us "how grateful" we should be. To say we were put out by this is putting it mildly.
The service wasnt as good as the Dream, it was much slower with less staff and we never had the same ones twice.
The dining room food was good but my head spun with sitting with so many different people every day. The only quiet bar for a pre dinner drink was several floors higher and the other end of the ship. Whilst the singers were good in the other bars they were so noisy you couldnt hear one another talk.
The only time we ate at the buffet restaurant was for one meal which was very dissapointing and for one afternoon tea which was also poor in terms of choice.
Overall any sense of choice between a formal and informal cruise was taken away from us and we felt it was more of a "cruise for people who dont do cruises" very sad and after such a good experience on the Dream we will be reluctant to go with Thomsons again.