Red Sea Magic on the Celebration: Thomson Celebration Cruise Review by verian
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Red Sea Magic on the Celebration
Destination: Middle East
We only did three trips as we had already seen Luxor on a previous trip to Egypt. Petra was exhausting but exhilarating, this place is magnificent - in spite of hot weather, sand, dust, hawkers, it was still a great day. Definitely a 'must do' trip. Be warned though, its not at all suitable for anyone with walking difficulties, the ground is uneven, broken up and/or sandy and makes for difficult walking. You can get a horse, camel or a carriage both up and down if you fancy it but even this looks like hard work. Cairo is scary with drivers, pedestrians and various animals dicing with death on chaotic roads. The main reason for booking this cruise was to do this trip to the pyramids, and we weren't disappointed, they are, of course, incredible. We visited the Solar boat too, which is quite awesome. A surprising hit of the week was a trip in a submarine boat to view the fish and coral reefs at Hurgada. This gave us an amazing view with many species of fish and coral - no wonder divers believe this place offers the best diving in the world. Booking trips was easy and prices were reasonable when you consider what you get at around £80 for the full day tours to Petra, Cairo and Luxor. All the trips were very well organised with informed and friendly guides, although there is always the obligatory shopping trip, which is fine if you like tourist shopping without the usual haggling. Every passenger was provided with a snack bag to take with them and lunch at Cairo and Petra was provided by a good quality hotel.
Good bits - efficient and friendly staff, a great bunch of passengers, glorious weather. A whole week of being waited on hand and foot - what's not to like? Bad bits. The people in the next cabin smoking so that smoke drifted through the air-con into ours, making it smell like a stale ashtray. VERY SELFISH of them, not to mention dangerous. Stupid people set off the smoke alarms and even that didn't stop them. Less
Cabin review: 082
Spacious cabin on deck 8, twin beds, plenty of wardrobe and drawer space for two people. Mini-bar, phone, TV. Bathroom adequate, has bath with shower over.