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92 Thomson Middle East Cruise Reviews
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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
laurianna
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
Sailed January 2013
Flight Luton to Sharm then embarkation very smooth -although my suitcase was completely battered in transit and was replaced with a new one within 2 days by Thomson. Our party of three ladies over 50 we booked a three berth and here ... Read more
jkjkjk
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
53 forum posts
Sailed January 2013
Airport:Helpful thomson staff at check in, very quick. Flight:The most cramped seats I have ever sat in. A little better on the way back with a newer aircraft. No entertainment on a 5 hour flight. Sharm airport: Bit of a long wait to get ... Read more
beemerrotherham
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
Sailed January 2013
I just need to state that this is the third time on this ship but it will be our last. We travelled from East Midlands to Sharm el Sheikh airport which all went fine apart from the fact that the aircon wasn't working. An hour and a half ... Read more
Ridgehead
Member Since 2013
1 review
Trip booked last minute, two weeks ahead, and wanted to try cruising and see 3 major sites of Petra, Pyramids and Luxor while it was cooler. Luckily for us it was also no children. Flights and transfers to ship, ported at Sharm el sheik, ... Read more
joshuamcbuck
Member Since 2013
1 review
My wife & our boys aged 12 years & 9 years were on the Thomson Celebration Cruise during this Christmas in 2 nos. outside cabins on B deck. The cabins were comfortable with adequate space to store cloths etc. The food was acceptable ... Read more
houseflag
Member Since 2013
10 reviews
2 forum posts
Joined Thomson Celebration on 20th December 2012 for Red Sea Magic Christmas Cruise. Transfers from Sharm El Sheikh airport to port went smoothly and boarding process was straight forward. We had sailed on the ship before , normally on ... Read more
elapatrice
Member Since 2009
1 review
31 forum posts
This was our first cruise with Thomsons and we were a bit wary before going as to whether or not we would enjoy a smaller ship, but all our concerns were unfounded, as we had a lovely time. We flew from Newcastle to Sharm El Sheik and ... Read more
marie cade
1 review
Sailed April 2012
We have just arrived back from doing the red sea magic cruise on board the Thomson celebration ship and we had a fantastic time. we could not fault a single thing. All of the crew bar staff and the restaurant staff were so helpful and ... Read more
Jo Taylor
1 review
Having sailed on a 'mini cruise' on the P&O Ventura 3 weeks prior to this cruise we were told not to expect anything like the size and extravagant ship for the Celebration but had been advised that the service and the atmosphere will be ... Read more
JeanneAl
2 reviews
Sailed April 2012
Wife & I had a flight time from Birmingham at a very civilised 11:40 on Thursday 12 April 2012. Arrival at Sharm El Sheik was 20 min early after a reasonably comfortable 5.5 hour flight. Immigration into Egypt was the usual nightmare ... Read more
ambey
Member Since 2012
1 review
43 forum posts
Sailed April 2012
This was our first cruise and it wont be our last,the crew and entertainment team on the celebration were amazing. I traveled with my mother and 12 year old son,my mother has difficulty walking and uses a walking stick and was quite happy ... Read more
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peter butler
1 review
Sailed March 2012
Arrived on board March 8Th 2012, as it was my birthday treat so we upgraded to big cabins on deck 6,underneath the bridge and paid for the all inc drinks package. We got our money back on the first day ('£49 for drinks package ). ... Read more
Graham Penman
1 review
Sailed March 2012
We took the March 2012 Red Sea Magic cruise having booked late and at a very good discount. We'd read all about the vessel not being the largest or the newest on the seas and we really thought that this might be a no better than a 'Holiday ... Read more
Chris Stansfield
1 review
We have been on Celebration several times and did this Red Sea cruise about 2 years ago. Overall the ship met our expectations and the entertainment, especially the shows, were of a high quality. We also ... Read more
r whiting
1 review
Sailed February 2012
We did this cruise 9th-16th Feb 2012 on Thomson Celebration and enjoyed it very much. On Friday in Aquaba there is a courtesy shuttle to the town (local map available on board). It's an interesting place to spend a while strolling round. ... Read more
blondy
Member Since 2005
1 review
218 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
brilliant holiday from start to finish, fabulous flights, excellent transfers and quite slick considering the number of people embarking at the same time as us, cabin spacious, clean and beds very comfortable, tea and coffee making ... Read more
David
Member Since 2000
22 reviews
663 forum posts
Sailed January 2012
We sailed on the 19th Jan 2012. After a quick transfer from the airport we were greeted by staff in a hut to check in and have photo's taken for ship id. There was a short walk to the actual ship (10mins max). We were greeted on board and ... Read more
Helpful? Thank David
breezy23
1 review
Sailed December 2011
This was our 13th cruise and was booked within the last 3 months. We normally travel with Princess and had never even considered Thomson, I suppose if honest, had made the assumption that it would be comparable to Butlins-on-Sea. How ... Read more
kerry scott
1 review
Sailed September 2011
We did the Egypt and the holy land cruise on the 26th of September for a week and loved it.I have read other reviews for this cruise and just want to get a few things straight. The whole of the staff cant do enough for you.My ... Read more

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