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Middle East First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Ship
Middle East
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

21

Very Good

7

Average

7

Poor

1

Terrible

2

Cruise type

Family Cruises

124

Senior Cruises

90

Luxury Cruises

85

Romantic Cruises

56

First-Time Cruisers

40

40 Middle East First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews


gailybabes avatar

gailybabes

1 Review Written

22 Helpful Votes

First timer - Brilliant cruise, we had a ball!

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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 ...
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Sail Date March 2017


Morag avatar

Morag

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Not up to my expectation

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 ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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Leics 1

1 Review Written

23 Helpful Votes

DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY !

Only booked this for the destination really and to try msc as we have never sailed with them before and after this experience we wont ever again ! Whilst the ship itself was lovely that's the only thing that could ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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ashbrow

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

First Time Cruisers

This was our first experience of cruising so we had mixed feelings once we started to read the reviews but I suppose you can't please all of the people all of the time. We were met at the airport and because of the ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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Frescer

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

First Cruise

This was our first cruise ever, so we went with no preconceived ideas and no expectations. We chose the cruises mainly on price, it was cheap and it went to interesting places in the Middle East that I wanted to go ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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Travel Madness

1 Review Written

Awful

This was our first cruise. It was our Wedding Anniversary and my husband's 70th birthday, so it was booked up last June. We paid £3,900 for the holiday + £600 for 2 drinks packages, so expected some luxury... ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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VeronicaFiguereido

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Awesome Winter Across the Ocean!!

This was my maiden trip on a cruise and was absolutely mind blowing experience. Since I was travelling with my mother, I must say I was bit apprehensive given the health conditions of both of us, but that fear did ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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Crusin vol

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Batman Adventure; Bombed by Security

We, as a family, were looking forward to this cruise for months. it was my and my husband's first cruise. embarkation was easy. Our kids and grandkids have been on several cruises so they know the drill. we ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Kf3229

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

BRILLIANT

This was our first cruise and, having undertaken extensive research, booked RSS with the USP of Holy Land tours included. We travelled business class from LHR on Virgin, which was the worse business cabin we have ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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Spotthedog

4 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

First ever cruise - and last?

This was our first ever cruise and hence our first review on this site. A couple of earlier reviews of this ship on this website were very helpful for us so thank you for taking the trouble - they really helped us ...
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Sail Date February 2015


Johnscone avatar

Johnscone

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Never again

Our very first cruise and we were so looking forward to sailing on QM2 but by the time we arrived back at Heathrow from Dubai I could have kissed the ground so glad were we to be back. I suppose the omens were ...
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Sail Date January 2015


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artemisiag

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

The best pampered, educative time had in years!

I went on the 'Holy Lands' cruise, March - April 2013. It was fantastically good value and had the most wonderful time! I loved being on the ship, arriving at an exotic port at dawn, a days fabulous sightseeing,all ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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ElainePDean

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

An absolutely fabulous first experience.

It did not start well - an overnight flight from the UK which was very squashed and uncomfortable (Emirates. VERY disappointing) and then we were in the embarkation area by 9.30am and told we would not have a cabin ...
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Sail Date March 2014


Benkins avatar

Benkins

1 Review Written

Christmas

My Wife and I decided to do a Cruise this Christmas to get away from it all. We flew to Dubai on the 20th December from Dublin, good flight. The Hotel overnight supplied in Dubai was excellent and we were up graded ...
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Sail Date December 2013


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Dariusdave

2 Reviews Written

18 Helpful Votes

Red Sea Magic exceeded our wildest dreams

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2013


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Bearzrus

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Celebrate good times!

My partner and I were lucky enough to have booked a two week 'cruise and stay' holiday, very last minute (less than one week before our departure!), with week one on the Thomson Celebration 'Red Sea Cruise' (from ...
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Sail Date April 2013


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msamra

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

No rating

Dubai - Oman

First let us introduce ourselves we are a married Egyptian couple with no children living in Kuwait I work in investment banking and my wife is a freelance graphic designer. We came across the Dubai cruise by ...
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Sail Date April 2013


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JMGTyrone

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Disappointing first experience

Firstly, for those who have read my previous reviews I hope I've demonstrated that my comments are as objective as possible and where possible as positive as I can be. This review is based on my expectation for the ...
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Sail Date April 2013


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BigdogWirral

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First time..........Excellent

We have just returned from our first cruise, Thomsons "Red Sea Magic" aboard the Celebration. While this is not the largest ship out there, it is very comfortable, with a fantastically friendly yet unintrusive ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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Dodgerdog1

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

A holiday to remember

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 ...
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Sail Date February 2013


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pandpEastbourne

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First time cruising

We have recently returned from a week's cruise in the Middle East on board RCI's "Serenade of the Seas". This was our first cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We booked very early, paid extra for an ...
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Sail Date February 2013


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Compsec

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Thomson Celebration

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. ...
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Sail Date February 2013


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zumbaprincess

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

First Leg of the World Voyage 2013 froum Southampton - Dubai

My partner and I decided to book a cruise as it was a holiday we had never done before and having reviewed many different cruise lines we settled upon Cunard and the Queen Mary 2. We took this decision as we ...
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Sail Date January 2013


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Ridgehead

1 Review Written

Red Sea cruise on the Celebration

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, ...
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Sail Date January 2013


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Ockham

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Holy Land Cruise

First-time cruiser -- head read up on all the various things to watch for on cruises, etc. We found ourselves with many experienced cruisers (5 x a year or more) who told us this was an exceptional ship relative to ...
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Sail Date September 2012


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