Cruise review of Thomson Celebration

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We embarked from Corfu for this cruise and were recommended by friends. Big mistake we had cruised before on Princess and Royal Caribbean and found the Thomson Celebration a very, very old ship.

The Ship

The rooms were very dated and the bathroom horrible although clean. The towels were awful, thin and grey. Very noisy in our cabin too from above deck and vibration on the ship. The deck space was inadequate for the amount of people and sunbeds were at a premium on a cruise day. The swimming pools very small and really unhygienic for the amount of people using them. The public rooms were adequate although the stage had limited viewing unless you were right at the front or on the balcony (which had less seating. We were very disappointed as we booked a supposedly deluxe room at the top of the ship they fell far short of deluxe. We though we would not miss a balcony (there are none on this ship) but it also was a mistake we missed it greatly especially on sea days.


The entertainment was good although a little Butlin like. The entertainers worked very hard with an old format. There was a differently themed show every night but all mostly based on stage musicals. A very good comedian on two nights.


You can only say the service from the mostly Filipino staff was fantastic, although they seemed to work them to death. 11 hour days we were told some not looking too happy. They were attentive, never rude, made us laugh and feel comfortable. I think Thompson has let them down with this ship, put them on a newer one and what a fantastic cruise you would have.


Every meal we had was excellent and a good choice of dishes especially in the buffet restaurant. We dined in the service restaurant in the evenings and that also had a good choice.


Our excursions were OK not the best we had been on. Our guides all seemed to have very accented 'English' so sometimes it was hard to understand. We went to Ephesus which was fascinating (could have been better with a clearer guide). Panoramic Crete was OK. We never got to Santorini going the Samos instead. Apparently it was to risky to use the tenders there. Samos was a lovely little day stop so no complaints. Panoramic Athens was a complete waste of time. We stopped at the old stadium in Athens then seemed to skips everything in-between. ending up at the bottom of the acropolis no time to go up to it and then were dumped in a shopping area for an hour where the shops were mostly closed anyway. I have to recommend the Museum and winery tour in Katakolon Greece. We saw a fantastic museum in the little village of Olympia were the games first started and then on the a lovely old vineyard where we toured the plant and then sat on the back lawn with tapas and wine we could have sat there all day, this guide was excellent!

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room 008 deck 9 Thomson Celebration. Very dated definitely not deluxe - bathroom very poor. grouting rough and floor uneven and mildew along the bath edge. A lot of noise from deck above (sunbeds and people walking around)and terrible vibrating of the ship.
Published 08/23/09
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