6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This is the third or fourth time we have been on the Celebration over the past 4 yrs I believe. I feel a bit sorry to say that in all ways this ship has gone down in my estimation and is like a frail old lady. This not to say that we ... Read More
This is the third or fourth time we have been on the Celebration over the past 4 yrs I believe. I feel a bit sorry to say that in all ways this ship has gone down in my estimation and is like a frail old lady. This not to say that we did not enjoy our 2 weeks cruise because we did, but knowing this ship for a good few years it is a bit sad, so see her being dragged round the Med when all she wants is a good rest. The cabins are ok especially ours as we have an adapted cabin which is large and adequate in size but it looks exactly as it did when we first went on it all those years ago .apart from a new carpet,except it should not have done. it should have been brought more up to scratch. The cabin does not seem to have been decorated since the beginning of us using it. The food in Mistrals is really lovely but so it should at the supplement over what you have already paid. A very short menu.. The Lido is a bit like a works canteen but we only went there for breakfast as the Meridian was too early for us The food is not quite so good as before but perfectly ok. The best bit about this ship is the staff. They do all they can to make sure that you are happy. I had a couple of blips but it was soon sorted out.. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
was very dubious about cruising, but i must say i thourghly enjoyed my time aboard the celebration,,staff great,,food great..shows ..places..really relaxed...will defo do again.. most of the day was spent ashore and only travelling at ... Read More
was very dubious about cruising, but i must say i thourghly enjoyed my time aboard the celebration,,staff great,,food great..shows ..places..really relaxed...will defo do again.. most of the day was spent ashore and only travelling at night,,gave my wife and myself the chance to see if we liked cruising..liked the size and lay out of the celebration not to big nor to small..goldilocks ship..the shows on board were better than i expected........................ .........took out the al linclusive. didnt need anything else...everybody on board very very friendly...///////,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, might go a bit later than may next time, maybe second week in june................................... seen a few disabled /wheelchair passengers so mobility cant be much of a problem............ the restaurant and bars were more than capable in handling the amout of passengers on board very very rerely did i have to que long for anything..didnt go to the captains meeting bit to formal for me,like to relax. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Where can I start to not be too over the top to praise this Cruise First off all the staff could not have done enough for us. I traveled with my disabled son and the staff called us both by our first names throughout the trip and ... Read More
Where can I start to not be too over the top to praise this Cruise First off all the staff could not have done enough for us. I traveled with my disabled son and the staff called us both by our first names throughout the trip and nothing was too much trouble So friendly and chatty...to the cabin maids bringing ice to our room every day and the bar waiters giving hi fives and joining in to dance at the late parties....brilliant touch. It says all tips included but these staff on board are agency and paid very little so I would advise tipping as you go along. Your glass will never be empty but they treated everyone the same with or without tips. They don't expect it..... Struggled on my own with my son at times and the guests were excellent too chatting and helping him. Made some lovely friends from all over the country and a few from Australia. The people on board made our holiday ....especially the entertainment team who invited my son most evenings to have a sociable drink with them as he was their age (instead of being with his mum lol) Loved Teds Tatty Bye announcements every day and `Martyn who welcomed my son into their social circle of entertainment team. Loved Ted and Georgia beautiful people. The Broadway shows were brilliant A few upcoming west end stars in the making to watch out for I honestly think coz this ship was all English guests it made it a friendly ship everyone saying hello and time to chat. I;m amazed how friendly this ship was. Excellent holiday..... its gonna be hard to beat Thomsons but sure you wont disappoint us next year. Yes booking again soon Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
It was mine & the wifes 1st cruise & we wasn't dissapointed, from the lovely suite on the 8th deck, to the 2 cabin stewards Bert & Randy who just couldn't do enough for us, to the entertainment in the Broadway suite ... Read More
It was mine & the wifes 1st cruise & we wasn't dissapointed, from the lovely suite on the 8th deck, to the 2 cabin stewards Bert & Randy who just couldn't do enough for us, to the entertainment in the Broadway suite which was top class, Tom Evans & all the team did a different show every night, & every show was a delight to sit & watch, they deserve all the praise they get, well done guys, to the resident band Strumjam, they were awesome & it was a pleasure to sing with them on a bandioke night, & to all the staff & crew they all work so very hard & some get so little sleep, to the Lido Restaurant with great food every day, to the Compass Rose Restaurant & the fantastic waiter service, to the waiters & waitresses that served our drinks, to the captain & his crew for getting us to our destinations, so thank you all for a awesome 2 weeks aboard the Thomson Spirit.. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Much has been written in previous reviews on this website about this ship and the cruise among the islands and ports of South Dalmatia plus Kotor in Montenegro with which I entirely agree. I will just add some extra points which occur to ... Read More
Much has been written in previous reviews on this website about this ship and the cruise among the islands and ports of South Dalmatia plus Kotor in Montenegro with which I entirely agree. I will just add some extra points which occur to me. First, unlike one reviewer, we booked direct through Voyages Jules Verne. Transport to the ship and back to the airport was included in the price of our holiday and we did not have to pay anything extra. Aboard the ship, they made full use of the sundeck and one evening we had a barbecue and one morning when we were passing through many islands on the very scenic approach to Kotor, they served breakfast up there. Our cabin was on Deck 3 which was very convenient for the restaurant. The only problem was that you could hear the ship's dynamo or a similar noise all the time whether or not the ship was in dock but you quickly got used to it. I agree with one reviewer that the safe was on a top shelf. Whilst I could reach it, it was not very convenient. The food was excellent. Whilst my wife is on a diet, the restaurant manager was very accommodating and always provided an alternative if there was something she did not want to eat on the menu. It is probably a good idea to mention it to your travel agent when you are first booking which we did. There are many good tours with good English-speaking guides. Although I am slightly disabled and walk with a stick, people were very friendly and supportive. Whenever we went ashore in a ship's tender, at the time to come back on board, they used to provide fresh cold, mint tea at the landing quay. This was always welcome and refreshing. Like another reviewer we were a fairly small group, 16, of English-speaking tourists amongst mainly French people with two Americans and I think a few Germans but everyone was very friendly. To sum up, we had a very enjoyable holiday and would certainly go again. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The Cruise was meant to be a 5 star cruise. What a joke. The room had light fittings that did not work, the shower flooded, the "entertainment" was totally rubbish - the only thing funny about the comedian was leaving the ... Read More
The Cruise was meant to be a 5 star cruise. What a joke. The room had light fittings that did not work, the shower flooded, the "entertainment" was totally rubbish - the only thing funny about the comedian was leaving the room. The main restaurant expected you to queue for 30 minutes before being seated and you were served drinks sporadically. That brings me on to my main gripe - paying before going on board for a drinks package. We paid before going on board and then found that the majority of both non alcoholic and alcoholic drinks were not included in the drinks package. Similarly, don't think the food is included in your all inclusive package. There are additional charges for many meals including steak. They give you a card and bill as they go, so you end the holiday with a credit card bill which they automatically debit. Now for the offshore trips. I was travelling with a disabled passenger and only booked excursions where little walking was involved. Not only did each trip involve substantial walking and steps, Thomson even had the cheek to change our excursion from Venice (While docked in Venice) to Verona in Italy even though we pre-paid the trips in the UK. I thought this was a one off mistake, until I learned on the bus to Verona that this had also happened to 10 other couples. We each received our tickets in the room, with no explanation and had not realised the deliberate Thompson mistake until we were given the ultimatum - "Go to Verona, or loose your money and stay on the ship". No apology given. To top it off, it was a walking trip, where I warned the lady that my partner could not walk, only for the condescending donkey to single her out at each opportunity and make her feel awkward and uncomfortable. Overall, if you want a terrible trip, book this. However, if you still think it's 1970 and want to burn yourself to a crisp in lard and not go on any excursions, you will be in good company with your Butlin friends, so long as you have the right colour towel (this is based on how much you paid - cruise towels only) and rush to the deck at 6am to reserve your burning bed - You won't find Germans - They have taste. I'M NEVER TRAVELLING TUI AGAIN. Even their planes are from the dark age and the service is considerably better on Ryanair and Easyjet. I've just travelled with Qantas and the cabin crew, service and aircraft are second to none unlike the rubbish Thomson offering. Don't expect food on your flight or a 1980's wet blanket. As for entertainment, that'll depend on your cabin crew arguing. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our first cruise and we chose Thomson for its varied destinations that were on our 'bucket list' and many of the places didn't disappoint. Venice, Dubrovnik and Kotor were our highlights. We flew out to ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose Thomson for its varied destinations that were on our 'bucket list' and many of the places didn't disappoint. Venice, Dubrovnik and Kotor were our highlights. We flew out to Dubrovnik from Manchester airport and were impressed that on check in we were informed we didn't need to collect our luggage in Dubrovnik airport as it would be transported straight to our cabin for us. We arrived in Dubrovnik after a short transfer from the airport and after a quick and smooth embarkation and check in we were able to access our cabin straight away. Our cabin steward Ahmed couldn't do enough to please us and was friendly and reliable all through our stay. Our cabin was an outside cabin on the bottom deck. It was big enough for us as it was just somewhere to sleep. If you want luxurious and spacious I would suggest upgrading your cabin beforehand. We ventured out into Dubrovnik to explore what it had to offer as we were spending a further two days there later on in the cruise. When we returned to the ship our cases had arrived in time for the safety drill- the drill was handled professionally and was very clearly delivered. We explored the ship and although small we preferred this as we could move round easily and learn the layout. There were a limited but varied choice of bars and the a la carte dining was just that. The main dining room, buffet and terrace were always busy but the quality of the food across the whole ship excelled our expectations. Being a younger couple on the ship (28 and 29) the entertainment wasn't really for us- a little too social club/butlins style but the majority of the ship seemed to enjoy it. We spent most of our time in the casino where the staff were amazing! A special shout out to Julie on the tables and Ali on the bar who both made our cruise so much more enjoyable! The crew on board really are a credit to the ship and if you are looking for a personal touch you won't be disappointed. They are always happy to help and we enjoyed some great banter with them. This is a huge strength of the ship. We were pleased with the excursions offered although pricey you pay for the convenience and we don't regret doing the tours we did especially Predjama castle and Postojna caves from the port of Trieste and the Plantaze vineyard wine tour in Bar. The destination services team are more than happy to help with enquires and I would suggest booking early on the trips you know you want to go on as the most popular get booked up. We spent some time in the gym and also visited the spa and shops on board. All of which has just enough to offer. Look out for the nights where the shops have special events or discounts before you buy. The spa and a la carte restaurants also have offers on too. During our stay on board there were a few small niggles that stop this ship being marked 5/5. The drainage had some issues but the maintenance team on board couldn't work any harder! They were out and about at all hours sorting things out. The ship is dated but it is an older ship so to be expected- they were painting, varnishing and replacing carpets all whilst we were on board and this shows they value the appearance of the ship. There weren't enough sun beds on the at sea days especially but the staff kept on top of those reserving beds for any length of time and removed their belongings to allow others to get a bed. We weren't too bothered about using the pools but they are on the small side. Most ports had the option of a beach though so we went swimming there. The wifi came at a cost which was a bit cheeky and also the all inclusive package had supplements for branded whiskey and beer which we also felt was unecessary when we had paid a sufficient amount of money already. Overall if you are looking for a cruise that travels to a variety of beautiful places, has excellent cleanliness standards, friendly and hardworking staff and delicious food this is the ship for you. If you are looking for a ship that is modern, state of the art and has lots of lively entertainment with top class on board facilities because you don't want to venture off the ship then this probably isn't for you. At the end of the day it's about what you want out of the holiday and for us this was more than what we needed. Thanks to all the staff and crew for a lovely fortnight away! We aren't the easiest of people to please and are well travelled so this review shows how much we enjoyed ourselves onboard this ship. Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our 6th cruise on the Celebration and will probably be our last. It was definitely our worst! On the day of embarkation the weather in Dubrovnik was heavy and constant rain which resulted in most passengers baggage being fairly ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise on the Celebration and will probably be our last. It was definitely our worst! On the day of embarkation the weather in Dubrovnik was heavy and constant rain which resulted in most passengers baggage being fairly wet through and affecting clothing to the extent that many had to have suits, dresses, etc cleaned, dried and ironed. Not a pleasant start to a cruise. We learnt many years ago to pack all clothing in vacuum sealed plastic bags and had no such problems. Check-in at the port is pretty straight forward but the timing of the various Thomson flights that day resulted in long delays. The ship was not departing until the evening of the next day but as the weather was still very iffy and having explored Dubrovnik before, we stayed on the ship other than for a very brief sojourn to some souvenir stalls set up on the dock side. The ship itself is a grand old lady and I have no complaints in that regard. She has an open deck promenade deck so you can walk right around the ship uninterrupted. The new sun deck (which replaces the sports deck) has single and double sun beds but these are fixed to the deck and cannot be moved so you cannot follow the sun. A waste in my opinion. Our cabin was a deluxe on the promenade deck (deck 6). In the past we have always opted for deck 9 which have been converted to balcony cabins -the extra cost for this facility didn't justify going down that route and I don't see the need for a balcony as it can't be used in bad weather, you don't know which side of the ship will be in full sun and you don't know when docked what you will be looking at! The supposed refurbishment was barely visible throughout the ship. In the cabin it amounted to a new bathroom (already showing signs of wear) and new drapes at the windows. Food was its normal excellent variety both in the Lido and Meridian restaurants. Of the speciality restaurants we only used the Kora-la. The surroundings here were very pleasant and relaxing, however, the quality of food was disappointing when judged against the sopplemental charge. Entertainment in the show lounge was very good, particularly the night of the guest comedian. The night of the crew show was disappointing in that only 2 crew members took place. In the past this show has been the highlight of the week. Having said that the 2 lads (both singers) were extremely good. Service around the ship, bars, restaurants and cabins could not be faulted, even though the crew is now a much more eclectic mix of nationalities - it used to be predominately Fillipino with a few East Europeans, now there are Chinese, Indian, South American etc. We saw the Captain on deck only once during the cruise, normally we have had captains readily visible even taking breakfast each morning with passengers and holding a Q and A session in the show lounge where you could ask virtually anything you liked. Not this voyage. Ports of call were hit and miss, and with a Greek port being a Sunday call every thing was closed. There were no courtesy coaches laid on as has been the case with every other Thomson cruise we have on (10), the impression gained was Thomson wanted everybody to take shore excursions. We didn't because we prefer to explore the ports of call themselves and the prices are way over the top. The so called all inclusive drinks package is a con - of 242 drinks listed in the drinks menu, 139 carry a supplemental charge. That to me is not all inclusive and I would certainly not pre-purchase the AI package. In conclusion, whilst I like the Celebration as a ship, the cons are starting to outweigh the pros and that is simply due to the increasingly penny pinching by TUI. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Our first cruise (previously done a mini cruise to Egypt) and have to say what a wonderful time we had. Our itinerary was slightly different as we flew to Dubrovnik and home from Malaga but covered every port we wished to visit. Its ... Read More
Our first cruise (previously done a mini cruise to Egypt) and have to say what a wonderful time we had. Our itinerary was slightly different as we flew to Dubrovnik and home from Malaga but covered every port we wished to visit. Its hard to know where to begin; we arrived in the beautiful port of Dubrovnik to be met by a taxi provided by Thomson as my husband is disabled and this allowed the transfer to the ship a little smoother. On arrival we awaited our cabin in what appeared to be a long queue but such a lovely atmosphere the time went quickly. Our cabin was located on the 3rd deck but whilst lower not at all claustrophobic as we imagined and could not have asked for better assistance from our Cabin steward. The staff certainly make the cruise more memorable, in each and every eatery they go our of their way to ensure you are happy with all aspects of the service; even valet parking with my hubby wheelchair which was very amusing but so, so helpful. The entertainment was second to none and could have equally matched any performance I have seen at the West End. Bars always well stocked and the advantage of waiter service meant I was able to totally relax whereas Im normally rushing around looking after my husband. We did one excursion which was excellent at Naples but choose to do Rome independently as and whilst we experienced a few hiccups it all added to the fun. Imaging being stuck in the Vatican and your wheelchair loosed power but our prayers were answered and allowed to charge is outside the Sistine Chapel!! Only one negative to those who have mobility issues and it has nothing to do with the actual ship facilities; ensure you are aware of the distance from the ship to port stops. The representative whilst helpful did not provide us with accurate information whist meant on several occasions the distance to coaches on excursions was very much of a 'guesstimate' as I would tell my pupils and did cause a few stressful moments which could have been avoided if the representative had been a little more informed but our overall experience was fantastic and very much looking forward to going on the Thomson Dream as Easter. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Shown to our cabin (101), a disabled cabin (wife requires a wheelchair) on Deck 7, just under the bridge. We liked the size of the ship, as it’s not too big, I believe you would get lost in the crowd, lose the intimacy and not get to ... Read More
Shown to our cabin (101), a disabled cabin (wife requires a wheelchair) on Deck 7, just under the bridge. We liked the size of the ship, as it’s not too big, I believe you would get lost in the crowd, lose the intimacy and not get to know various member of the crew or them to get to know you on the bigger ships. Getting around the ship with the wheelchair was fine and all the crew would help if need be. Annoyingly on Deck 6 the door into the upper part of the Broadway Show Lounge was always closed and its heavy to open. Difficult to get through whilst pushing the wheelchair as it also has a 90 degree turn on the one side. Some of the other doors were left open but not this one – perhaps to do with H&S! Plenty of choice in drinks and food and all good quality. Some drinks you had to pay a supplement (we were on all-inclusive) so it’s not really all-inclusive and it’s very easy to rack-up a sizable bill. The al la carte restaurants are also well worth a visit. We especially liked Mistrals, made even better with the extra attention from Francis and Tony. You have to pay a supplement for each but it’s worth it and very good value. The shows are also very good and the cast very professional. We paid for the VIP seats on a number of occasions. Again paying the extra is well worth it as you get front-row reserved seats along with a glass of fizz and you don’t need to grab a seat an hour before the show starts like everyone else. You can even group the al la carte restaurant and a show together and have a really great evening. Our adivse is book your restaurant meal for 7-7.30pm and the late show, 10.15pm, so you have plenty of time for your meal and are not rushed. Mistrals can be 7 courses so be prepared and hungry! Although we did buy some of the photos taken by the on-board photographer they are expensive. There’s plenty to do, what with sightseeing somewhere different each day and also loads to do on-board the ship. Going ashore we did our own thing, had a walk around each place just after breakfast then back to the ship to sunbath on the sundeck (Deck 9) later in the afternoon. The Sundeck has a bar outside and if you get too hot you can go along to Horizons, have a drink and a cool down. Overall we had a great holiday. I wouldn’t say it’s truly all-inclusive especially as its’s easy to end up with a sizeable bill by the end. Mind you it’s our own fault, what with; photos, al la carte’s, VIP seats, hairdressers, drinks but it’s holiday, so what the heck. Read Less

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