Red Sea cruise on the Celebration: Thomson Celebration Cruise Review by Ridgehead

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Red Sea cruise on the Celebration

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Other
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, were all fine and boarding process was no problem.
Had cabin 898 which is level C and the lowest you can get (A and B are higher decks) and also at the rear of the boat. I liked the fact we were so close to the water, the port hole sometimes went underwater, but the engine noise can be very, very loud due to an auxiliary engine. After complaining was given earplugs but you could still clearly hear the engine and this badly affected my sleep. This did not go well with the early start and long trips. The cabin itself was perfectly fine and better than we expected.
The ship itself is quite old and a bit tired but fine. The sports deck was closed, as we knew, but also a lot of refurbishment was going on, due to the ship going Platinum in May, More which we were not advised of.
Overall the food was good with a choice of eating places and varied menu.
The entertainment was continuous with live music, games, quizzes etc. and the shows were the best quality I have seen as 'hotel' entertainment. It can be hard to get seating if you are late to a show.
Restaurant and cabin staff were generally friendly and helpful.
There can be a shortage of sunbeds/seats in sunny areas and the pool is really a plunge pool and was very cold.
The tours were quite long coach journeys but the coaches were comfortable. There was a problem with our Petra tour, due to snow!! and an accident, which left us little time in Petra. This could have been handled better and an extra hour gained in Petra, especially given the price of the tours which do seem to be overpriced.
Both the Pyramid and Luxor trips went with no problems and were very enjoyable if over priced.
The ports we docked at were not particularly inviting and we only ventured out at Aqaba as there was a free transfer into a beach side town which was quite pleasant
Unfortunately despite hygiene appearing quite high on board there was an outbreak of norovirus which gradually got worse during the week culminating in having to leave the ship early on the last day so it could be deep cleaned. This was inconvenient but we were sent to a good hotel all inclusive to await airport transfers. Since returning I have also had norovirus. Less

Published 01/22/13

Cabin review: 898

Reasonable size with two double wardrobes, double bed, various draws. Bottom level so sea can come over porthole and view of quayside wall if docked that side. Poor position at rear of ship next to engine and very, very noisy (still noisy with earplugs).

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