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86 Thomson Middle East Cruise Reviews
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JOLLY LACK TAR
1 review
We embarked on the Thompson Spirit in Sharm El Sheikh on 7/04/2011 for the Red Sea Magic cruise.On the 9/04/2011 at least a dozen passengers went down with the Norovirus. We were amongst those infected. All were confined to their cabins. ... Read more
George Lazenby
1 review
1 helpful vote
Although I have never been in a Butlins camp before, I have seen TV footage and this cruise seemed to match it. On a positive note, the ship was clean and we upgraded to an outside cabin which was impressively large for such a small ... Read more
Cymro1953
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
4,542 forum posts
We were aboard on the cruise departing 31st March 2011.The cruise is described as Red Sea Magic.And it was Magic. We had a fantastic time, met some lovely people and saw some amazing sights we would never have seen without this cruise.The ... Read more
Dorothy currie
1 review
This was my first cruise. I chose it as I wanted to visit Petra Jordan,and the Cairo museum,sphinx and pyramids.the ship was a little tired,but the cabin was adequate,if you can ignore the shower curtain sticking to you as you shower.the ... Read more
Andy B
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
What a worry some reviews can give you, this ship had some awful comments that we saw after we booked, had we'd have seen before, we would not have booked. THANK GOODNESS we did not see them because we had an excellent cruise on this ... Read more
sarah
Member Since 2000
7 reviews
Sailed February 2011
Landing at Sharm, we knew it was a mad airport but a Thomson rep was waiting and we bypassed all the long queues to get our cases and walked straight onto a coach. Embarkment was easy and well organised, from landing to walking onto ship ... Read more
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Margaret Brown
1 review
Sailed February 2011
This was our sixth cruise with Thomson and sorry to say very disappointing. The vibration and noise on the ship was just horrendous. I cost me several nights sleep,( I was so tired at 5:30 in the morning I was in tears at reception though ... Read more
mwbarnes
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
This was our first cruise so we didn't really know what to expect but we were not disappointed. The ship was clean and comfortable although beginning to look it's age and some area's could do with refurbishment. Our cabin was at ... Read more
Enchantica
Member Since 2007
1 review
18 forum posts
This was a bit of a magical mystery tour as we were due to join the Celebration on 17th February 2011 - when things were still very unsettled in Egypt. About a week before we were due to sail we spotted that our itinerary had changed ... Read more
Bruce Tucker
4 reviews
Not rated Sailed February 2011
We're relatively experienced cruisers and although we have used Thomson before for beach holidays, had fairly low expectations of this trip. How wrong we were, this ship and her crew were excellent throughout. Booking at the last minute ... Read more
Woody686
1 review
Sailed February 2011
What a complete waste of money. The tour itinerary was changed multiple times before we sailed due to the problems in Egypt. The ship is old and shudders the whole time whether in port or at sea. The cabins and common areas are shabby - ... Read more
sentruion
1 review
Sailed January 2011
we boarded the celebration at sharm after first spending a weeks all inclusive at the savita hotel & spa (review can be read on trip advisor)the crew were doing a quick re paint and grout of the swimming pool on the lido deck when we ... Read more
P Nelson
1 review
Afer using cruisecritic forums and trip advisor for months ahead, there were no real surprises. Embarkation and disembarkation quick and efficiently handled by Thomson. The ship, Celebration, was as most people say - dated and in ... Read more
Mrs DE Davies
1 review
Just returned from our first ever Thomson Cruise. How did it compare to previous cruise ships? Well firstly, and as expected, it wasn't as plush or as large as say P & O, or Princess Lines, but although a lot smaller than other cruise ... Read more
Sailed December 2010
After getting off the plane we collected the cases carrying them to the waiting coaches, then at the port had to drag them in the dark from passport control down steps to the ship ourselves. As we arrived late in the evening we had missed ... Read more
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Sailed December 2010
This is the 3rd Thomson cruise i have been on and must say "what the hell has happened" last year the food was better and so were the staff on board. the food was ok but was tasteless most of the time compared to last year and the ... Read more
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Dawnier
1 review
1 helpful vote
I booked the holiday as I wanted to see Egypt and thought staying on a cruise ship would be safer - it was!! The room - I was surprised that the bed was a double and the room was very spacious. Loads of storage space, flat screen ... Read more
mr_mrs_fidget
Member Since 2009
1 review
62 forum posts
Hi, - We're Charlie and Barry, - 35 and 30 yrs, from Coventry in England. Although we got off to a bad start when our cruising partners were unable to come with us due to being very ill the night before, however the cruise itself ... Read more
Eileen Levine
1 review
Having cruised previously with Royal Caribbean my daughter and I were a little apprehensive about the Red Sea Magic Cruise. However, we booked as we wanted the excursions offered. What a fabulous surprise, we had the best of holidays. ... Read more
Jag500
6 reviews
We did the Thomson Celebration Red Sea Magic out of Sharm el Sheikh (not shown in the departure listing so I've put Safaga) at the end of November 2010. We were a bit wary as had cruised on the Destiny and were bitterly disappointed with ... Read more
Patsmak
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2010
This was our seventh time on a cruise ship and it more than met our expectations. We chose the Celebration on a nostalgic whim having sailed across the Atlantic seven years ago on the same ship when she was called the Nordam and was ... Read more
janocards
Member Since 2010
1 review
Sailed November 2010
The ports of call are not attractive and I do not recommend this as a first cruise, we were very disappointed that it was not easy to get off the ship and explore on our own. This is a cruise for people who plan to get off the ship on ... Read more
Pixieperson
1 review
We sailed on the Celebration's Red Sea Magic cruise in February this year and totally enjoyed the experience, apart from Petra being closed because of poor weather conditions. So when the Red Sea Voyage came up we decided to do the trip ... Read more
Alan Singleton
1 review
Ok, so here goes....This was a surprise cruise , (and our first one ) bought for us for our 30th wedding anniversary from our Son and Daughter. It sounded wonderful. It was a 7 day cruise - Egypt and the Holy Land! We were a little worried ... Read more
williams
1 review
first off,i'm not a "cruiser" but can't resist an itinerary which takes you to places you might not otherwise go to and thomsons do some cracking itineraries with the minimum of seadays.they also provide a complete package; flights, ... Read more

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