first off,i'm not a "cruiser" but can't resist an itinerary which takes you to places you might not otherwise go to and thomsons do some cracking itineraries with the minimum of seadays.they also provide a complete package; flights, transfers,gratuities and all-inclusive so that you know what you're letting yourself in for cost wise and can relax. the price? well, they use older ships with amenities which look very basic compared to the new boys.
flight to/from uk; with thomsons,seat space adequate,meals and drinks payable,sharm-el-sheik airport (not aqaba,but no option in the tick box!) ok coming in but awful coming out.suspect delays are standard.note; you can take a bottle of water thru' security and it's a rip-off the other side.
thomson celebration; oldish and small compared to many cruiselines,cinema,show lounge,disco lounge, casino,cinema,spa facilities and gym,bars,a couple of shops and plunge pools.you will feel vibration in certain parts of the ship.
the cabin; outside with picture window near sealine and quite a good space.looked a bit tired but very clean and cabin steward kept it that way.shower cubicle a bit tatty but it worked.safe; extra charge £12 per week,television showed different films every day,no fridge or teamaking,plenty of hanging space and bed comfy.
meals; a waiter service restaurant and a self-service restaurant opening onto the deck area (smoking allowed outside on port side!).plenty of food and the quality is average,thomsons is not for gourmets!free tea and coffee available all day from urns, quality;drinkable!drinks prices v. reasonable; glass house wine,pint of beer £3 each,no service charge.staff pleasant and hard working.
entertainment; a variety of british entertainment; quizzes,bingo also some very informative lectures on ancient history of area. in-house shows given with a lot of enthusiasm and good comedian.cruise director,keith maynard, does a good job.
ports; sharm el sheik,aqaba,saffaga and port sokhna; the last two are awful and really meant for industrial use, thomsons use them because of closer access to sights.this didn't bother us because we did the cruise to see jordan/egypt.
excursions; thomsons excursions reasonably priced.we did the following; aqaba; 4x4 jeep safari, great fun but health and safety? aqaba; petra,a bit busier than when indiana jones went. lovely,some walking on rough ground so some people use a donkey/carriage; your guide will help. cairo; museum and pyramids.long day but worth it, tut's exhibits in museum, pyramids and Sphinx great.also great to see how other people live and drive!packed lunch and sit down meal included. not good; hawkers etc. at great pyramid. luxor; we chose to do the overnight stop with lightshow at luxor temple.well worth the extra money to see sunset and sunrise over the nile.also nice to have a break from the ship in a good hotel with interesting food.once again, long journey.
conclusion; loved it! saw some fantastic sights.it's almost too much to take in in a short length of time and you might need a holiday afterwards!