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105 Thomson Middle East Cruise Reviews
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gailybabes
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
11 helpful votes
So here is my review of my first ever cruise on the Thomson Celebration (Mediterranean Sunrise). Obviously I have nothing to compare it with as I have never sailed before, but I have stayed in dozens of hotels worldwide so I will try to be ... Read more
HexyGlasgow
Member Since 2013
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Flight delayed out from Glasgow.Booked in premium on 767 300.Premium cabin as expected,Arrived Dubai(The smaller airport)Through customs fairly quickly, and then the problems began.Airport very quiet.Only one other flight from ... Read more
anna-rakestrow
Member Since 2017
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
bad bits first ... Do not get me started on the planes madagascar airline (from the film madagascar ) only thing missing was the hula girl on the flight deck dash not impressed one bit for a 8hr flight i plus others were appalled at ... Read more
Anthea Clarke
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was the first time we had been on the celebration, and it will be our last, having been with other cruise lines , this is the worst ship we have sailed on, it juddered all the time even when in port,towels thread bare , ship very cold ... Read more
Anderton94
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our first cruise and we did a Thomson cruise and stay with 7 nights on the Celebration and then 7 nights in a Dubai hotel. We decided on a cabin with a balcony (Deck 9 Room 6) and were not disappointed with the choice. The ... Read more
stevieshoe
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
12 helpful votes
6th cruise with Thomson and 4th time on Celebration but am thinking this may be our last. First niggle was complete lack of info from Thomson prior to cruise. Maybe it was because we booked on line but prior information was scant ... Read more
jamesdippy
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
This was my first cruise for me and my girlfriend. In our 30's, we decided to test the water with a 'cheaper' cruise instead of going all out. Going in Feb meant that we were limited to hot places, hence the Arabian Night tour. My ... Read more
Willington
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We have just returned from the Thompson Celebration Arabian Nights cruise 31st January 2017 and I will endeavor to provide an honest overview of our experience, our embarkation went well we were continually moving with little queuing. You ... Read more
MarkCheshire
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
83 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We had a party of 12 family members cruising the ‘Cities of Gold’ end of January / start of February. This included Dubai; Bahrain; Oman (Muscat and Khasab); Abu Dhabi and back to Dubai (with an overnight stay). We flew from ... Read more
dtaylor65
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise as the dates worked for us, the weather and the places that it visited. These cities were ones that we hadn't visited before but were intrigued by them. This was our first cruise and thought a week would be good for ... Read more
bariq1
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
this was a typical thomson cruise great staff great food , the ship is just showing it's age . cabins old the pa cannot be heard in the cabins . having said this the cruise was great because of staff on board nothing was to much trouble ... Read more
wacky60
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was our 18th cruise, we even did the Thomson inaugural cruise and Thomson is my ‘go to’ cruise line mainly because of the drinks pricing, many cruise lines charge a 15% service charge for every drink which soon mounts up ... Read more
alan.
Member Since 2017
1 review
28 helpful votes
We have travelled on Thomson's ships several times over the years and liked the idea of a cruise from Dubai. Prior to sailing however I checked out some of the recent reviews on the Celebration and travelled expecting the ship to have ... Read more
Helpful? Thank alan.
Dariusdave
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Cities of Gold Thomson Celebration 10/01/17 to 18/01/17 We had our best ever transit through Gatwick with Cathy in wheelchair and Dariusdave limping alongside. Our only disappointment was that we would not be flying a ... Read more
dukedog10uk
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Have been on a few Thomson cruises which we have enjoyed, this was the first time on the Celebration. We had a disabled room , cabin 100, which was a double, we had ordered a twin, so the steward brought us a very low put me up bed which ... Read more
sylandkei
Member Since 2017
1 review
20 helpful votes
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
suzie cruizie
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
we had been on the celebration before , we like to go away for new years eve ,when Dubai came up we jumped at the chance the flight out was brilliant staff attentive as alw. Once onboard our ship we had booked our room and we were not ... Read more
Morag
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 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
Helpful? Thank Morag
louloo22
Member Since 2013
1 review
87 forum posts
19 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
10 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
4 helpful votes
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
50 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

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