Thomson Celebration Entertainment
The two-deck-high, 600-seat Broadway Show Lounge is the venue for the big productions and some of the daily activities, such as dance classes. Cabaret and stage shows are usually performed twice a night, at 8:30 and 10:15 p.m. On my cruise, there was a brilliant show –-- "Fosse," which was a tribute to the work of choreographer Bob Fosse. (As a musical geek, I absolutely loved the performance, and it appeared most of my fellow travellers did as well. The room was packed full for the late show.)
Liberties, located on Deck 6, is the second show lounge, and it features a house band performing in between the various acts (which, on my sailing, included an ABBA cabaret act, "Name that tune" quiz and "Telly Addicts" game show). The entertainment is followed by a late-night disco, which runs from midnight until the wee hours of the morning.
Just down from Explorers lounge is the 230-seater cinema, and on one occasion I could smell the oh-so-tempting scent of popcorn as I wandered close by. My nose was correct -- staff were standing outside the cinema, popping some fresh popcorn for one of the daily shows.
Thomson Celebration Public Rooms
While I was onboard, the public rooms were filled with passengers and entertainment staff taking part in some sort of activity or another. Hemingway's Bar and Casino on Deck 5 is a busy area, largely due to its central location. It is close to Broad Street Shops, just down from the Broadway Show lounge, and is also not far from Explorers and Browsers Internet Cafe. The British cruise lines don't dedicate as much room in their ships as the U.S. lines do to casinos, but Thomson Celebration still has four gaming tables for roulette and blackjack, plus a dozen or so slot machines. The minimum bet on the roulette table is 50 pence.
Explorers (also on Deck 5) was always the quiet spot on the ship. With its exploration-themed decoration, it seemed to attract people who wanted to curl up on the sofas with their books (a good choice with the fully stocked library adjacent) and enjoy some time out. This room often felt a little chilly, however.
Browser's Corner is the Internet cafe and library (Deck 5). There, you'll find four Web stations. Internet packages are available, or you can just pay as you go. Packages, of course, are better value for money. Rates vary from £16 for 100 minutes access (16 pence a minute) to 30 pence per minute if you pay as you go. Games and a wide range of fiction and reference books were on offer for passengers to borrow. Wi-Fi is available, but you have to be really close to the Internet cafe -- I was unable to use it in my cabin. The very quiet card and reading room is located next door to Browser's.
The space occupied by Broad Street Shops offers the easiest passenger flow on the ship and leads through to the show lounge. It's unlike some of the new mega-ships with big shopping parades, but it does, however, have three or four outlets that sell duty-free things, bags, clothes and a few miscellaneous items.
Horizons, up on Deck 9 aft, is a lovely place for after-dinner drinks, with its floor-to-ceiling views out to the sea, dark wood walls and leather seats, all of which are complimented by the light satin table cloths. During the day, it's also a nice place to come, particularly if it is a sea day.
Thomson Celebration Spa & Fitness
Thomson Celebration has gym and spa facilities -- Oceans Spa and Salon -- which are located on Decks 7 and 8, aft. Oceans Spa is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The gym has sufficient equipment, including treadmills, weights and bikes. There is a daily programme of classes, which tends to start around 8 a.m. with the "Walk the Mile" session. Other classes include Pilates, aerobics and yoga, as well as seminars on various topics like "Understand Your Metabolism." There are also two swimming pools that are filled with fresh water each day.
Oceans Spa has four treatment rooms where you can indulge and enjoy. Treatments include the basics, such as a manicure and pedicure for £45. There are also treatments -- like the "Celebrity Facial OXY Jet," which is basically an alternative to Botox -- that are a bit less conventional. This is more costly at £89 per person.