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Middle East Cruise Reviews

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Marella Celebration
Middle East
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71 Middle East Cruise Reviews


gailybabes avatar

gailybabes

1 Review Written

22 Helpful Votes

First timer - Brilliant cruise, we had a ball!

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So here is my review of my first ever cruise on the Thomson Celebration (Mediterranean Sunrise). Obviously I have nothing to compare it with as I have never sailed before, but I have stayed in dozens of hotels ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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dencodunk

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Brilliant 1st time cruise, but only 1disabled toilet!!!!!

My wife suffers from M.S. so we were a wee bit apprehensive as to how a cruise ship would suit anyone with a disability. Thomson were fantastic as we were provided with an adapted cabin with a wet room etc, with no ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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HexyGlasgow

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Red Sea Adventure

Flight delayed out from Glasgow.Booked in premium on 767 300.Premium cabin as expected,Arrived Dubai(The smaller airport)Through customs fairly quickly, and then the problems began.Airport very quiet.Only one other ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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Dariusdave

2 Reviews Written

18 Helpful Votes

Winter 2017 Cities Of Gold, A Golden Cruise

Cities of Gold Thomson Celebration 10/01/17 to 18/01/17 We had our best ever transit through Gatwick with Cathy in wheelchair and Dariusdave limping alongside. Our only disappointment was that we would not be ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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MarkCheshire

2 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

Total Enjoyment and Excellent Value

We had a party of 12 family members cruising the ‘Cities of Gold’ end of January / start of February. This included Dubai; Bahrain; Oman (Muscat and Khasab); Abu Dhabi and back to Dubai (with an overnight ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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anna-rakestrow

1 Review Written

19 Helpful Votes

BUTLINS ON THE SEA

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 ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Anderton94

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

First Time Cruisers

This was our first cruise and we did a Thomson cruise and stay with 7 nights on the Celebration and then 7 nights in a Dubai hotel. We decided on a cabin with a balcony (Deck 9 Room 6) and were not disappointed ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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PhilArnold

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Cities of Gold

This is our second time on the celebration and will probably be our last. Some of the areas on the ship are looking very tired whilst other areas have been refurbished. I think moving the theatre to its current ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Anthea Clarke

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Average cruise

This was the first time we had been on the celebration, and it will be our last, having been with other cruise lines , this is the worst ship we have sailed on, it juddered all the time even when in port,towels ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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stevieshoe

2 Reviews Written

75 Helpful Votes

One Celebration too many. (A long review - sorry!)

6th cruise with Thomson and 4th time on Celebration but am thinking this may be our last. First niggle was complete lack of info from Thomson prior to cruise. Maybe it was because we booked on line but prior ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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wacky60

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Arabian Nights

This was our 18th cruise, we even did the Thomson inaugural cruise and Thomson is my ‘go to’ cruise line mainly because of the drinks pricing, many cruise lines charge a 15% service charge for every drink which ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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jamesdippy

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Hmmm... tired ship and rubbish thomson management made up by amazing staff!!!

This was my first cruise for me and my girlfriend. In our 30's, we decided to test the water with a 'cheaper' cruise instead of going all out. Going in Feb meant that we were limited to hot places, hence the Arabian ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Gerrr

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Enjoyed ourselves despite the ship!!

We wanted to go to the Middle East. Having travelled with MSC before, which was luxurious, this ship felt like we were on a ferry - very tired and not very impressive. The brochure states that there are dancing ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Mynameissue

4 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Thompson at its best

Very good cruise, love that Thompson are very organised and have excellent staff, from Airways to Cruise. Everything was as planned. Description of ports and itinerary was clear. Celebration is an oldish ship but ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Willington

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Arabian Nights

We have just returned from the Thompson Celebration Arabian Nights cruise 31st January 2017 and I will endeavor to provide an honest overview of our experience, our embarkation went well we were continually moving ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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dtaylor65

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

First Cruise

We chose this cruise as the dates worked for us, the weather and the places that it visited. These cities were ones that we hadn't visited before but were intrigued by them. This was our first cruise and thought ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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suzie cruizie

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

Fantastic cruise from start to finish

we had been on the celebration before , we like to go away for new years eve ,when Dubai came up we jumped at the chance the flight out was brilliant staff attentive as alw. Once onboard our ship we had booked our ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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alan.

1 Review Written

29 Helpful Votes

Excellent cruise but disappointing weather

We have travelled on Thomson's ships several times over the years and liked the idea of a cruise from Dubai. Prior to sailing however I checked out some of the recent reviews on the Celebration and travelled ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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bariq1

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

Great staff but the Celebration is feeling old

this was a typical thomson cruise great staff great food , the ship is just showing it's age . cabins old the pa cannot be heard in the cabins . having said this the cruise was great because of staff on board ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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dukedog10uk

3 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

Old friendly ship

Have been on a few Thomson cruises which we have enjoyed, this was the first time on the Celebration. We had a disabled room , cabin 100, which was a double, we had ordered a twin, so the steward brought us a very ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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sylandkei

1 Review Written

21 Helpful Votes

Great cruise but watch out for those added extras!!!!

Everything about our time spent on the ship was great - couldn't fault the staff, food, entertainment and cleanliness of all areas. The cabin was very spacious and catered adequately to our needs with plenty of ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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Morag

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Not up to my expectation

Retirement present for self and Husband. Never been on a cruise before, went with another couple who were seasoned at cruising. Staff on ship friendly, but lack of contact communication from Thompson reps, seemed ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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cerdav22

2 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Just love Thomson Celebration Ship

Went on the repostioning cruise sailing from Aqaba Jordan with six days at sea. This was the first repostioning cruise we had been on and was not sure what to expect. But it was a pleasant surprise. The ship we ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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louloo22

1 Review Written

20 Helpful Votes

Shocking ship, shocking holiday-makers-shame on Thomson

The cruise was billed as a luxury cruise, lovely ship and service. The opposite was true. Embarkation was easy and we were on in minutes, after a long flight (Thomson an hour delay too) we needed to rest. First ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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Bogside 1

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

From start to finish this was the Sail Of The Century

We have been on many cruises and cruise lines ,but when we looked at this one ,flights, All inclusive ,plus free drink package included ,and 14 nights cruising .it was one of the best ever. The food was lovely ...
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Sail Date December 2016


Marella Celebration Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.53.7
Dining4.04
Entertainment4.04
Public Rooms4.04
Fitness Recreation3.03.5
Family3.03
Enrichment3.3
Service5.04.4
Value For Money4.03.7
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