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86 Thomson Middle East Cruise Reviews
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sylandkei
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Everything about our time spent on the ship was great - couldn't fault the staff, food, entertainment and cleanliness of all areas. The cabin was very spacious and catered adequately to our needs with plenty of wardrobe space, ... Read more
Morag
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Retirement present for self and Husband. Never been on a cruise before, went with another couple who were seasoned at cruising. Staff on ship friendly, but lack of contact communication from Thompson reps, seemed to walk past the ... Read more
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louloo22
Member Since 2013
1 review
87 forum posts
13 helpful votes
The cruise was billed as a luxury cruise, lovely ship and service. The opposite was true. Embarkation was easy and we were on in minutes, after a long flight (Thomson an hour delay too) we needed to rest. First impressions of the ... Read more
Bogside 1
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We have been on many cruises and cruise lines ,but when we looked at this one ,flights, All inclusive ,plus free drink package included ,and 14 nights cruising .it was one of the best ever. The food was lovely ,in both restaurants ,our ... Read more
cerdav22
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
Went on the repostioning cruise sailing from Aqaba Jordan with six days at sea. This was the first repostioning cruise we had been on and was not sure what to expect. But it was a pleasant surprise. The ship we where formalia with, as ... Read more
mjkStirling
Member Since 2014
1 review
48 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Had booked the cruise 10 months in advance as we really wanted to go and flights from Scotland are limited. Cannot complain about the staff, the food or the cabin we were in for the week. Only ever in a cabin to sleep and shower so went ... Read more
Bad2dbone
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my sixth cruise overall and my fourth cruise with Thomson but first time on the Celebration. The ship is dated and many passengers complained about vibrations and noise but our interior cabin on one of the lower decks was fine. It ... Read more
shazzy692002
Member Since 2013
1 review
71 forum posts
Sailed October 2013
Cyprus-antalya-marmaris-crete-at sea-israel-israel-Cyprus This is my 2nd thomson cruise, the 1st being in 2006 which had such high waves, we were put off for a few years....we were actually ready to come home at the 1st port of call. ... Read more
Pee199
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed April 2013
We have just returned from "Portraits of the Past" on the Celebration. Firstly we had a problem with our cabin (long story so wont elaborate) and after talking to reception clerk, Chatty, she eventually managed to find us an alternative ... Read more
Bearzrus
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2013
My partner and I were lucky enough to have booked a two week 'cruise and stay' holiday, very last minute (less than one week before our departure!), with week one on the Thomson Celebration 'Red Sea Cruise' (from Sharm-El-Sheik) and week ... Read more
fafakat
Member Since 2013
1 review
My wife and I had promised ourselves a cruise around our Silver Wedding Anniversary and our wish was granted ! Having had a bilateral total hip replacement with my second op. just a couple of months prior to my travel and our horrid 2013 ... Read more
mrssbuckley
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
24 forum posts
We did this same trip last feb and had such a good time we returned. Once again the celebration didnt let us down. A small ship with massive personality and so friendly. The refurb is looking good, althou we must of had the only area where ... Read more
soxlamp
Member Since 2012
1 review
21 forum posts
Sailed March 2013
Booked this cruise as a winter sun break at a fantastic price , bonus was getting to go to Petra. Decided not to get off In Port Sokhna or Safaga which were both industrial type ports on the remainder of the days as we wanted to see ... Read more
Pozzeypolly
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed March 2013
Great holiday so much better than expected. This was our first cruise with Thomson's and we were not disappointed. The weather was in the 30's, the only time we needed a cardigan/jacket was in Petra when it can be a bit chilly in the ... Read more
sanmarco
Member Since 2009
1 review
73 forum posts
Sailed March 2013
We have just returned from Red Sea cruise. Overall great value for money Flights and check in easy at Manchester but Sharm el Sheikh airport was a nightmare with no reps on hand for advice. No one knew where to go! Ship was immaculate ... Read more
thomaskay
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
Sailed March 2013
Our family came back last week from the Pharaohs and Promised Land cruise on Thomsons Spirit. My husband and I are in our 50's, son is 29, daughter 28 and mother 81. After a break of 10 years without the "kids" we have had two cruises ... Read more
BigdogWirral
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
We have just returned from our first cruise, Thomsons "Red Sea Magic" aboard the Celebration. While this is not the largest ship out there, it is very comfortable, with a fantastically friendly yet unintrusive crew, who provide nothing ... Read more
ruthmel1
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
I was a bit worried about going on the Thomson spirit after reading some reviews about how old and tired the ship was. I was preparing myself for a tatty ship. Yes its old but it was very clean, and well decorated. We flew from ... Read more
grannyrider
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed February 2013
Just returned from 7 nights at the Sensatori hotel and 7 nights on the Celebration, Great hotel, clean, friendly staff. Entertainment wasn't great. Got on board at Sharma Port. The Celebration was fantastic, good size cabins, will be ... Read more
sergiouno
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
Sailed February 2013
We joined the Celebration on the 28 of February at Sh-arm El Sheik and we where not disappointed.From the quick embarkation to getting our cabin was first class.Its a pity THOMSON flights are not the same! We took this cruise with my ... Read more
Dodgerdog1
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2013
Thomson Calibration 21st to 28th Feb - Our first time cruising and what a great and fun time it was. This grand old boat packs a lot into its newly refurbished interior and what a happy and hardworking crew they all are. Loads to do ... Read more
thomsonfirsttimer
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
183 forum posts
Hi folks - We just got back from the Celebration yesterday - had a great time. We'd been on her twice before so we could see what had and had not changed. Hemmingways looked the most different for me. All new furniture and carpets and a ... Read more
Compsec
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2013
We booked this through a Thomson travel agency and never having cruised before decided to try a few upgrades. We upgraded to a suite, bought the drinks package (more later) and selected our seats on the flight. On arrival at the ... Read more
Dariusdave
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Thursday 24 Jan 2013 to Thursday 31 Jan 2013 Exceeded our wildest dreams Enormously helped by Sally at Thomson shop in Swindon who explained the language for Cruses, selecting cabins and most important the All Inclusive package at c. '79 ... Read more
Myjilani
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
Flew from Leeds Bradford with Thomson Airways. Reasonable check in. No quibbles over weight of hand luggage. Nearly six hours flight in cramped conditions. No inflight entertainment nor meals available on these flights. Tried a snack ... Read more

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