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319 Thomson First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Mcmullan
Member Since 2016
1 review
28 helpful votes
Why chose this cruise because of the ports that it was going to. Yes the ship is old but the staff work hard cleaning all the time . The cabins are small but that was to be expected you only sleep and wash there . They kept the cabin very ... Read more
ginnymary
Member Since 2016
1 review
44 helpful votes
I was apprehensive about our 1st cruise as reviews were mixed. But I have learnt that people are very quick to criticise and slow to praise. The Thomson Majesty exceeded my hopes and we had a fantastic holiday. I am now a cruise ... Read more
NigelRC
Member Since 2016
1 review
46 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
The main reason for choosing this cruise was the visit to Venice (and the added benefit of it being adult only). Everything happened exactly as planned - luggage handed over at Newcastle airport appeared outside the cabin within a couple ... Read more
cruise562363746y34
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and last! We paid extra to have our own balcony and were very grateful for that. When we arrived in our room the bedding hadn't been changed and there was traces of mascara on the pillow cases, this was eventually ... Read more
arwen taylor
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was our first cruise, but we are widely travelled on a world wide basis and did have reasonably high expectations We travelled with two elderly people with health issues so picked a cruise as it was a good option for us all to have ... Read more
Mo Gas
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
This ship needs scrapping. It was our first cruise and honestly it has probably put us off for life. The ship is tired to the point that even a complete overhaul would be too expensive to save it. Our cabin was possibly (from what we heard ... Read more
Hundleby2
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Being first time cruisers we decided on a Thomson cruise as recommended by both friend and travel agent. We chose the particular itinerary as it was visiting places we had never been too. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise however I ... Read more
tranmerefan
Member Since 2016
1 review
33 helpful votes
This was my first cruise as bit of a treat for my 40th. We had cabin 832 which was in the middle on bottom deck. Some other passengers had issues with not having hot water but I had no problems at all. The walls were thin so we could here ... Read more
A-Telford4
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We chose Thomson's as we thought as first timers we could rely on them to meet our expectations and the Caribbean Mayan Treasures cruise sounded interesting and we should have good weather. Our journey from the airport in Montego Bay to ... Read more
jammiejam91
Member Since 2016
1 review
51 helpful votes
Just returned back from the colourful coast on the majesty. The whole experience right from the flight to the cruise was out of this world. This was my first cruise, and I was a solo traveller, the flight was smooth and just about on time, ... Read more
Casualeye
Member Since 2016
1 review
28 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Our first cruise. My wife has always wanted to go on a cruise, I prefer to keep my feet on terra firm's, boots on and walking especially in Madeira. This holiday offered both, a cruise for my wife and a visit to my favourite place. The ... Read more
Macey77
Member Since 2016
1 review
45 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
As first timers on a cruise after reading some of the reviews on here we were worried about going but I really do not understand why people complain. The ship itself was lovely( but I do appreciate we have nothing to compare it too as ... Read more
Leswalker
Member Since 2016
1 review
32 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Read a few bad reviews prior to my first ever experience of cruising.What a load of rubbish,If you are a snob,or pompous like formal nights every night then this is not the ship for you.If you like being looked after by really friendly ... Read more
heart of England
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
So many errors and complaints! Don’t know where to start! I would never recommend going with Thomsons to anyone! They don’t want to know if you have a ruined holiday they will just fob you off! Like they did us! They don't ... Read more
narwahale
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
We are a couple, we are first time cruisers travelling with a party of 10 friends some of whom had cruised before. We chose the Thomson Celebration because of the itinerary. It's a small ship visiting mostly smaller Caribean Islands some ... Read more
MrsOgg
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Having read previous reviews, like others I was apprehensive about our holiday, however I worried needlessly. We had a great time. Transfer from the airport was approx 50 mins, embarkation was seamless, took about 20 mins to get to our ... Read more
BillUKm52
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This cruise was a total let down! thank god most of the staff were great or l would have got off and flown home. The ship needs major works done to it as its so tired and in places is a mess, cabins are compact to say the least and I have ... Read more
tinymaze
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was me and my mums first cruise and got to say we wont be doing another one. absolutely disappointed with it. My mum's always wanted to do a cruise and thought, this would be a good first time cruise but even the season cruisers ... Read more
williscris
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
We decided to try a cruise for the first time as we wanted to see more of the Caribbean, having loved Jamaica and Barbados when we had stayed there. I admit we were apprehensive, not about being at sea (I love the sea) but about being ... Read more
Thomson Dream
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
We boarded the ship to receive a letter in the cabin advising of Noro Virus. Please note that if one of your party is ill, both must remain in the cabin for 24 hours. We have therefore paid to look at Mexico through a cabin porthole ... Read more
the owl and the pussycat
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Pre curise booking was a nightmare - so many errors - had to go into travel shop three times and was still not sorted by the time we left re flights. Seating on aircraft very compact - upgrade if you can but avoid seats right next to the ... Read more
spanishsandra
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Having read some previous reviews, our expectations were not too high. We chose the cruise because of the itinerary. Have to say, there was very little to find fault with. We had had a week in a hotel in Jamaica first, were picked up ... Read more
Tigseoul
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was our first cruise and first time to the Careibran. As other reviews state the Celebration is a little faded, but saying that it was lovely to be on a 'proper ship' and the fact that it was small meant that it was very friendly. All ... Read more
bloodhound36
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Saying goodbye to your luggage at Birmingham is the start to our holiday as you wont see them again until you enter your cabin on the "Celebration" in beautiful Barbados. As first time cruisers we chose this particular trip as ... Read more
sussexboydy
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise and I was a little apprehensive but there was absolutely no need. Thomson could not have looked after you better. Yes the décor is a little dated and could do with a refurb but it still has a certain ... Read more

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