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80 Thomson Middle East Cruise Reviews

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sarah
Member Since 2000
7 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
alan
9 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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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Kay
6 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Alan Eastham
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Review of "Highlights of the Aegean" Cruise on Thomson Celebration We joined the ship in Marmaris after a four hour flight and two hour transfer from Dalaman. We had upgraded to a deluxe cabin on Deck 9 and were very pleased with its ... Read more
John Bradley
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
`First the ship was not as grand or luxurious as i expected. It was small,but clean and most things worked. The cabins were much smaller than i expected. The swimming pools should not be classified as swimming pools- size wise they are ... Read more
WillG
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2010
I guess Thomson are something of an anomaly in the world of cruising, less of a specialist cruise company, more of a "pile 'em high sell 'em cheap" package holiday operator who happen to have a couple of big boats on the side. It means a ... Read more
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jocap
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
5,070 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2010
We're really BIG SHIP lovers, but had seen so many good reviews of Thomson that we were determined to try the Red Sea, where OH learnt to dive many years ago. We had a stress-free flight from Doncaster, mainly because the airport is so ... Read more
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Paul
Member Since 2000
20 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2010
Thomson Celebration. Red sea. Jan'.10. Flight from B'ham. On Time. Cramped seats, poor meal, should use larger aircraft, to my mind 6 hours odd is longhaul. Embarkation: Smooth, Good. Ship, General: Showing it's age in places but spotless ... Read more
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