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bad bits first ... Do not get me started on the planes madagascar airline (from the film madagascar ) only thing missing was the hula girl on the flight deck dash not impressed one bit for a 8hr flight i plus others were appalled at being crammed in this plane cold food naff films naff games and.... Kids.... ! i know they have to fly in the cabin space but why shove them in the middle aisle near the back away from toilets why not take note of other airlines let them on first near the front near the toilets kids love toilets on planes for some reason and have to use them at least least twenty times and thats before we have left the shores of the uk. give then a goodie bag filled with crap for them to ferret through come on thomson wake up adults take kids on holiday now a days one film for kids whoop whoop that lasts what 1hr 20 minutes whoop whoop the flight was 8hrs long what they meant to do for the rest of the flight ....oh yeah use the loo !!!! The ship is a tired "Old Lady" Vibrated 24/7 Thomson staff ... Um no comment ! They where far to busy taking selfies and walking around ignoring the passengers no social skills what so ever ! Entertainment sorry but .. Not a good experience the show team thought themselves on a broadway stage ! Very " school production " one singer very out of tune bless her for trying . And one young man didnt sing he shouted out of tune very ouch to the ears ! Thomson did not have their thinking caps on when it came to the ports of call . But where very clever. Ports with nothing of interest got a free bus to the nearest town where as ports with loads of interests and where miles away from anything you had to get a taxi costing a fortune ! In dubai you do get a free bus to a boring non exciting mall ! Be warned taxi from port in dubai to dubai mall will cost you about £25 one way ! Trips are expensive but thats what holiday companies do look around on groupon before you go and get vouchers for your destinations loads of offers on there lot cheaper than what thomson charge plus you can get money off food in the places you visit and at the airport and cheaper parking ! shhh i didnt tell you all that x They love to Tart the "Old Lady" up and are always painting sanding and varnishing Everyday one morning starting at 5.00 am with a sander lol The smell of paint lingers muscat seems to be their favourite port to paint the side of the ship one side on week other side the next and it stinks . I know maintenance has to be done but when your covered in sun cream the dust sticks to you and you end up coughing with the dust flying around . You will have to fight for your sunbeds on the days at sea as in typical brit style as with our german counterparts we love to be up at the crack of dawn claiming our sunbeds with our towels . Due to the lack of space on favoured decks when everyone is laid out they all look look like sardines crammed in a tin ! ANNA'S GOOD BITS In flight safety video well done thomson youv'e got yourself a gold star brilliant only good thing about the flight ! 38+ sunshine in February / March Food hot and very good selection mr chief can cook the meat to perfection but the veg is a little on the shall we say crunchy side typical brits love their home comforts whilst away and hp sauce heinz sauce and good old pg tips tea is on offer as well as what i call posh tea cant comment on the coffee as the stuff should be banned vile stuff ! . Sadly mr chief can not cook scones and the cream is squirty type cream not clotted ( as i come from devon its a bit of a miff subject ) afternoon tea lovely posh cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off i might add . Sadly his cake making skills lack rise and moisture.. I was going to offer to show him how to make a good sponge cake but never did . Lovely meals every night salads that would make a bunny think they where in heaven and puddings omg the hot puddings and custard mine all mine .... Cabin cleaned everyday fresh bedding fresh towels but take your own if you love to wrap up after a shower as they are small not one size fits all type . Beds turned back with a chocolate left on your pillow every night ... Please remove as you get into bed ! Bars well stocked and very quick service well done to them running around in that heat Anna's over all view on this cruise ... Sorry thomson.... Its butlins on the sea ! Nothing wrong with the ship its staff the food the cabins thats all great ... Its the thomson staff and the entertainment needs a overhaul ... Its a shame because you've got a good product there it just needs tweaking in places and good team leaders on board to pull rank on the staff . And change the bloody planes on this long haul flight i know youve got dreamliners hidden somewhere ... Love Anna x

BUTLINS ON THE SEA

Marella Celebration Cruise Review by anna-rakestrow

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bad bits first ...

Do not get me started on the planes madagascar airline (from the film madagascar ) only thing missing was the hula girl on the flight deck dash not impressed one bit for a 8hr flight i plus others were appalled at being crammed in this plane cold food naff films naff games and.... Kids.... ! i know they have to fly in the cabin space but why shove them in the middle aisle near the back away from toilets why not take note of other airlines let them on first near the front near the toilets kids love toilets on planes for some reason and have to use them at least least twenty times and thats before we have left the shores of the uk. give then a goodie bag filled with crap for them to ferret through come on thomson wake up adults take kids on holiday now a days one film for kids whoop whoop that lasts what 1hr 20 minutes whoop whoop the flight was 8hrs long what they meant to do for the rest of the flight ....oh yeah use the loo !!!!

The ship is a tired "Old Lady" Vibrated 24/7

Thomson staff ... Um no comment ! They where far to busy taking selfies and walking around ignoring the passengers no social skills what so ever !

Entertainment sorry but .. Not a good experience the show team thought themselves on a broadway stage ! Very " school production " one singer very out of tune bless her for trying . And one young man didnt sing he shouted out of tune very ouch to the ears !

Thomson did not have their thinking caps on when it came to the ports of call . But where very clever. Ports with nothing of interest got a free bus to the nearest town where as ports with loads of interests and where miles away from anything you had to get a taxi costing a fortune ! In dubai you do get a free bus to a boring non exciting mall !

Be warned taxi from port in dubai to dubai mall will cost you about £25 one way !

Trips are expensive but thats what holiday companies do look around on groupon before you go and get vouchers for your destinations loads of offers on there lot cheaper than what thomson charge plus you can get money off food in the places you visit and at the airport and cheaper parking ! shhh i didnt tell you all that x

They love to Tart the "Old Lady" up and are always painting sanding and varnishing Everyday one morning starting at 5.00 am with a sander lol

The smell of paint lingers muscat seems to be their favourite port to paint the side of the ship one side on week other side the next and it stinks .

I know maintenance has to be done but when your covered in sun cream the dust sticks to you and you end up coughing with the dust flying around .

You will have to fight for your sunbeds on the days at sea as in typical brit style as with our german counterparts we love to be up at the crack of dawn claiming our sunbeds with our towels . Due to the lack of space on favoured decks when everyone is laid out they all look look like sardines crammed in a tin !

ANNA'S GOOD BITS

In flight safety video well done thomson youv'e got yourself a gold star brilliant only good thing about the flight !

38+ sunshine in February / March

Food hot and very good selection mr chief can cook the meat to perfection but the veg is a little on the shall we say crunchy side typical brits love their home comforts whilst away and hp sauce heinz sauce and good old pg tips tea is on offer as well as what i call posh tea cant comment on the coffee as the stuff should be banned vile stuff ! . Sadly mr chief can not cook scones and the cream is squirty type cream not clotted ( as i come from devon its a bit of a miff subject ) afternoon tea lovely posh cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off i might add . Sadly his cake making skills lack rise and moisture.. I was going to offer to show him how to make a good sponge cake but never did . Lovely meals every night salads that would make a bunny think they where in heaven and puddings omg the hot puddings and custard mine all mine ....

Cabin cleaned everyday fresh bedding fresh towels but take your own if you love to wrap up after a shower as they are small not one size fits all type .

Beds turned back with a chocolate left on your pillow every night ... Please remove as you get into bed !

Bars well stocked and very quick service well done to them running around in that heat

Anna's over all view on this cruise ...

Sorry thomson.... Its butlins on the sea !

Nothing wrong with the ship its staff the food the cabins thats all great ...

Its the thomson staff and the entertainment needs a overhaul ...

Its a shame because you've got a good product there it just needs tweaking in places and good team leaders on board to pull rank on the staff .

And change the bloody planes on this long haul flight i know youve got dreamliners hidden somewhere ...

Love Anna x
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Cabin 707
DECK 1 NO GO AREA ... poor people down there never slept with the noise and vibration
DECK 2 OK NOT SO BAD ... Bit of a vibration thing going on played hunt the rattle in the room most nights ( best deck as they use it to get off the ship you can get on and drop your treasures off then find a bar ...
Deck 3 GETTING BETTER ...
As for the rest of the decks i have no idea as no one passed comment on them so they must of been good .
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