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Thomson Celebration Cruise Review by P Nelson: Cruise and stay with Thomson


P Nelson
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

Cruise and stay with Thomson

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Aqaba

Afer using cruisecritic forums and trip advisor for months ahead, there were no real surprises.

Embarkation and disembarkation quick and efficiently handled by Thomson.

The ship, Celebration, was as most people say - dated and in need of a refurb but very clean, service very good, activities suitable for most people most days. One real gripe we had was the the thin,old towels in the bathroom and the old lumpy pillows - all needed to be thrown out.

The food was good although the Lido was a bit hectic at times and a bit 'canteen' like. The Meridien restaurant was more civilised and most nights we were put on a shared table where you could chat to other passengers.

We had a good deal with the AI drinks passage but thought prices were good anyway.The bars were nice and we particularly loved the Horizons bar above the bridge.

The Ports of call were as described - industrial and definitely not pretty. Unless you were on an organised trip there More was little chance of getting off the ship and in fact, due to an oil slick supposedly caused by our ship, we spent 2 whole days in one port with little or nowhere to go.

We had no trouble finding a sunbed and space even on sail days.

The service on the ship is better than the other 2 cruises we have been on. The crew are genuinely friendly and the shining light is the entertainment team. They worked all day mixing with passengers in various areas and at night put on amazing tip top shows - really excellent!

The last morning was disturbed by a real emergency drill due to a boiler overheating in the engine room which was eventually sorted.

I did come down with a stomach bug on the last day (found out later that more people did as well despite the ships good sanitization care).

Overall a good cruise and would definitely recommend it. Less


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Cabin review: Thomson Celebration 138

Cabin 138 on deck 7 Large cabin with plenty of wardrobe space and dressing table and drawers, 2 small armchairs and small table. Double bed was 2 beds put together but good size. Pillows awful. Two large windows (cant be opened) that looked out to sea with lifeboat above but didn't obscure any view. Bathroom needs refurbishing - shower over bath with curtain, Loo and sink area all kept as clean as possible. Quiet situation with little noise or vibration and away from lifts.

Port and Shore Excursions


Aqaba is one of the ports of call that you can go off the ship and the ship provides a free regular shuttle bus to and from the town. If you like shopping then you might like Aqaba but as we dont we were only off the ship for an hour or so. Port of call for trip to Petra. A 'must do' trip despite the early start. The walk down to the Treasury is easy but then there is lots more to see further on which makes the walk back up to the top a bit of a trek but worth the effort.

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