Red Sea Magic - What a fabulous surprise - best of holidays: Thomson Celebration Cruise Review by Eileen Levine

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Eileen Levine

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Red Sea Magic - What a fabulous surprise - best of holidays

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Aqaba
Having cruised previously with Royal Caribbean my daughter and I were a little apprehensive about the Red Sea Magic Cruise. However, we booked as we wanted the excursions offered.

What a fabulous surprise, we had the best of holidays.

Our cabin was basic but clean and comfortable with plenty of storage. Do not forget to look under the bed. Like most hotels not enough hangers, so if you have enough room, take your own. The bathroom was basic but the shower worked perfectly. We had a porthole, which seemed under water at some times, with the waves crashing against it, but we found it hilarious and had no problem with noise or vibrations.

We found the food to be excellent and drinks were priced about the same as UK.

Staff were friendly and helpful, especially Melanie, Jerry and Yelland in the restaurant and Harold in self-service.

We found the entertainment on board excellent.

We had no problem with finding somewhere to sit and relax More on the decks. We were not there to sunbathe after all!

We found the ship small and friendly and we met some really nice people who hopefully we will keep in touch with.

Would recommend the Wadi Rum 4x4 desert adventure on Day 1. We had a great time, including our jeep getting stuck in the sand which was really good fun.

Enjoyed the camel ride (not expensive but make sure you have some money suitable for Jordan)

Petra was fabulous. The walk down is easy but a bit harder coming back, though well worth the visit. Look for the "Jack Sparrow" look-a-like on a camel, you really will believe it is Johnny Depp. Prepare to be approached by children selling postcards. As these literally only cost a few pounds would suggest buying some straight away and then you will not be asked any more. We also gave them some sweets we had with us.

Pyramids and the Sphynx - sights to behold. Again be prepared to be hassled to buy things here - it can be quite persistent.

Would recommend the Semi-Submarine glass bottomed boat in Safaga, as the coral and fish are fantastic, but perhaps not for those who may suffer from sea sickness. The following trip into Hurghada city centre was good as we were able to browse shops at our leisure without being hassled to buy things.

Luxor - Karnak & The Valley of the Kings was fabulous. Well worth seeing Tutankamun's tomb (costs extra so make sure you have enough money with you)

We went in 15 minutes before closure and as there were only three of us there it was quite awe-inspiring.

Be aware, that if anyone offers to take your photograph, have their photograph taken with you or gives you some information, they will expect something in return. Again, this can be just a few pounds and it is just like tipping in the UK.

A very nice touch on returning from excursions was being met by a band and the crew with hot towels and refreshments. A good ending to a good day.

Overall - yes the trip is busy and can be tiring, but that's what you are there for to see as much as you can in the time available. You are there to have a good time, so forget the "moaning Brits" and go with the flow and enjoy it all!!! P.S. make sure you have some comfortable shoes for walking Less

Published 01/20/11

Cabin review:

Based on what we paid for the cruise - although the cabin was small it was clean and comfortable and adequate for our purposes. Plenty of storage, good shower. not noisy.

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