Hi, - We're Charlie and Barry, - 35 and 30 yrs, from Coventry in England.
Although we got off to a bad start when our cruising partners were unable to come with us due to being very ill the night before, however the cruise itself was fantastic, and after reading some of the negative reviews here, we just wanted to add our views to the list !
We have previously sailed on Carnival and Royal Caribbean.
Let's get the negatives out of the way first: - For starters, you don't get the "wow" factor like with the bigger cruise ships. - Yes, the ship is also older, this could be classed as a negative, but it is kept exceptionally clean and makes the best of all the facilities it has.
The excursions are all a mission away from the ports, usually up to 3 hours coach journey, and no-where near enough time at the attractions/sights. - We only had 30 mins at the pyramids, and the Great Pyramid was too far to run to from the coach to be able to get back before it was due to leave :(
The friendliness of the staff on this ship is outstanding. - And something to note as well, - They aren't being friendly for tips! - It's a British ship where there's no expectation of tips. - We still tipped several of the staff at the end of our cruise because they all put in so much effort to ensure we enjoyed our stay, but this was in no way expected by the cruise line, and it's nice to know that everyones efforts were purely because they wanted us to enjoy our stay, unlike Carnival and RCCL. This is the friendliest ship we have experienced.
Quality of food:
Having previously cruised with RCCL and Carnival, we would say the quality of food on the celebration exceeds that of RCCL and Carnival. - Granted, there's not as much choice in terms of different places to eat, but we were more than happy with the choices that were available
Ok, yes it's smaller, - but this provided a great atmosphere between the guests, within a day or two, we had made some fab friends to share our holiday with, and because the ship was smaller, it was easier to come across people we had met, so this worked well.
Value for money:
With or Without the included drinks package, this cruise was by FAR the best value for money. - On RCCL we have easily racked up 1000pounds in alcohol in a week between the two of us. - For just 160pounds each, all our alcohol was included on the Celebration, and this wasn't just beers, this included almost the entire bar menu across the ship, cocktails, the lot !
We had a fab time on the Thomson Celebration. We have two cruises already booked for March with RCCL, but future cruises we will probably look at Thomson as a first choice.