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What a complete waste of money. The tour itinerary was changed multiple times before we sailed due to the problems in Egypt. The ship is old and shudders the whole time whether in port or at sea. The cabins and common areas are shabby - the sealant around the bath was black, rust around the windows, damaged furniture and badly stained carpets to mention a few. Relaxing on the sun deck was akin to being in a sardine tin. The entertainment was like Butlin's of old. There were some good individual singers but they did not harmonise together at all and their dancing was questionable to say the least. The food was ok but there was no allergy advice on any of the buffet food. The waiters were good most of the time but there were one or two that really let them down. The itinerary was changed multiple times before we sailed which was annoying and there were not enough additional excursions offered. We spent the last 2 days of the cruise in Sharm El Sheikh and the only excursions were the glass bottom boat or quad biking. I'm sure Destination Services could have been a bit more creative and found some extra excursions.

In short this was not worth the £2,000 that we paid for the cruise and this goes down as the worst holiday ever. If we could've got an earlier flight home we would've done. Thomson should've done he honourable thing and cancelled the cruise when all the Egypt troubles started but they obviously put shareholders before customers. This was my first sea cruise and will definitely be my last.

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Marella Celebration Cruise Review by Woody686

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What a complete waste of money. The tour itinerary was changed multiple times before we sailed due to the problems in Egypt. The ship is old and shudders the whole time whether in port or at sea. The cabins and common areas are shabby - the sealant around the bath was black, rust around the windows, damaged furniture and badly stained carpets to mention a few. Relaxing on the sun deck was akin to being in a sardine tin. The entertainment was like Butlin's of old. There were some good individual singers but they did not harmonise together at all and their dancing was questionable to say the least. The food was ok but there was no allergy advice on any of the buffet food. The waiters were good most of the time but there were one or two that really let them down. The itinerary was changed multiple times before we sailed which was annoying and there were not enough additional excursions offered. We spent the last 2 days of the cruise in Sharm El Sheikh and the only excursions were the glass bottom boat or quad biking. I'm sure Destination Services could have been a bit more creative and found some extra excursions.




In short this was not worth the £2,000 that we paid for the cruise and this goes down as the worst holiday ever. If we could've got an earlier flight home we would've done. Thomson should've done he honourable thing and cancelled the cruise when all the Egypt troubles started but they obviously put shareholders before customers. This was my first sea cruise and will definitely be my last.

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Cabin 008
Shabby noisy and juddery.
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