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Sail Date: August 2011
Thomson Celebration ship - Aegean Adventure cruise Day 1, flight from bristol left a 7am, to marmaris, 3hr 50m arrived in dalaman, directed through the airport and straight onto a coach, boy it was hot, had researched the trip ... Read More
Thomson Celebration ship - Aegean Adventure cruise Day 1, flight from bristol left a 7am, to marmaris, 3hr 50m arrived in dalaman, directed through the airport and straight onto a coach, boy it was hot, had researched the trip before going, had 2 bottles of water off the plane, need them. Coach journey to Marmaris was about 1hr 30, very hot little air conditioning, bags off the coach and into registration, left bags with cabin tags on and boarded the ship, (bags will arrive in cabin later on) all i can say this was very slick, no hassle, on arrival of the ship, hand wash on entry, and everywhere you went on or off the ship hand wash every meal, very clean, because we arrived early we got to go around the ship, and spotted level 10 top of the ship is the best place to sun bathe, very clean and all the staff were very polite, bad points of the cruise, bit outdated especially the shower, good points clean and very tidy, happy staff always trying to help cost of drinks - just like the local pub food - no matter where you went to eat plenty and good quality tons to do during the day if you want no nagging from staff show - professional done - just like the west end no nagging about the trip - your choice information while on the trips was brillant they knew there stuff sun bed plenty though day at sea they were a limited cinema, internet, quiet corners, casino, shops, tv, eu sockets for your ipod and chargers all i can say is that you arrive on ship and your encased in a little bubble and all the worries are lost, i am a convert and looking forward to the next cruise and on the same ship it was a truly a "celebration" holiday Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Back from Celebration Eastern Treasures departed 20th April from Cyprus we visited Israel Egypt Greek Islands and Turkey,10 great stops and one day at sea.Second time on ship very happy with it, good food with plenty of choice in both the ... Read More
Back from Celebration Eastern Treasures departed 20th April from Cyprus we visited Israel Egypt Greek Islands and Turkey,10 great stops and one day at sea.Second time on ship very happy with it, good food with plenty of choice in both the Meridian Restaurant and the Lido Buffet,tea and coffee available all day.Cabins very roomie and spotlessly clean as was every were,staff very attentive and plenty of them.Evening entertainment was first class,as were the 2 comedians.We did both trips in Israel with the ship very knowledgeable guides, we saw all the Holy places it was wonderful, only trouble we were in Jerusalem Good Friday and it was very crowed as you can only expect on the most holy day but i would not have missed it.We did all the other stops on our own apart from Turkey we arranged our own guide for trip to Ephesus which was great.We had rain in 2 places but you can get that on any holiday,but we our macks.All in all a wonderful holiday. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
The issues: our parents cabin on deck 9 got flooded out on the 2nd night due to a thunderstorm, so we crammed 5 of us into our cabin for the night ( never thought I'd have to share with my future parents in law whilst on holiday) and ... Read More
The issues: our parents cabin on deck 9 got flooded out on the 2nd night due to a thunderstorm, so we crammed 5 of us into our cabin for the night ( never thought I'd have to share with my future parents in law whilst on holiday) and although it was a problem at the time, Thomsons dealt with it admirably. They restored the cabin including laying a brand new carpet but as they wanted to ensure the roof was sound, they moved them to a crew cabin - exactly the same as a deluxe room. ( we had to laugh when Dad was saluted by a member of staff as he came out of his cabin!) The generators had a problem one day and an engine failed in Athens and we could not get to Izmir in time to give people lots of time to look around but we were the first cruise ship to ever dock at Cesme in Turkey and it was beautiful and the locals were thrilled to welcome us all. They even bussed the coaches from Izmir to ensure everyone's trips continued. The food was good, Elsa, Leo and Gilbert in the restaurant were excellent as was Nanette on the lido deck, knowing what we wanted before we chose it and decorated the table for our son's birthday which was a fantastic surprise for him. Keith is the best cruise director we have ever had in 11 cruises - he was organised, funny, often cheesy but looked like he loved every moment of his job and he knew how to organise what was on. The only problem is the teens on board had nothing organised for them. There weren't many on board but they were a little lost in what to do - well it was outside school holidays the first week. That said the older teens probably woudn't take part in what was organised anyway. Some of the ports were great, Santorini beautiful, Rhodes town a good place to walk round, Istanbul was interesting and the Blue Mosque good. The lake at Ag Nik was pretty and we had a couple of lovely lunches in some of these places for very reasonable prices. It was the first time we had gone all inclusive and found we didn't drink anymore than we would have if we had been paying for each drink separately but it was lovely to see the smallest cruise bill we had ever had. Please do get off the ship and spend a few pound son the local food and drink, the locals need the custom and it's great to try different cuisine and it does not need to be expensive. One of the best food we had was a kebab in the hand in Canakkale and it was all of £2.50. The meal in Cesme was fantastic. The entertainments team in the show lounge did some really good shows with a 7 min can can and a great Cameron macintosh show with Les Mis and an evening of Rocky Horror and Little shop of horrors but some of them were a little painful. It was obvious someone had a bad throat but made her continue to sing - ouch. It was really weird to have such a mixture like this. All in all we did have a fantastic time, although it took us until day 4 before we felt like we were actually on holiday - then to top it our son caught his toe getting out of the pool so we got to see the ships hospital for the first time. Lucky us! Yes she has a vibration but deck 2 is next to the engine and she is 27 years old. Hence we book a high deck and pay the extra. What this ship has is atmosphere - the larger ships we have been on can never seem to match this. We actually visited 12 ports in 14 nights (system won't let you put more than 6) The second week had no day at sea - this was a new one on us and it was great.We also embarked in Marmaris Turkey but again not on the list of choices. We had 3 cabins as we took 2 sets of parent - so also had cabin 009 and 111. Come on Cruise Critic update your site to handle the details. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Boarded the cruise at Mamaris Turkey slighty aprehensive about cruising with Thompson as felt it might be like Butlins on water! The checking in process was quick and simple and hassle free we walked staright onto the ship and was escorted ... Read More
Boarded the cruise at Mamaris Turkey slighty aprehensive about cruising with Thompson as felt it might be like Butlins on water! The checking in process was quick and simple and hassle free we walked staright onto the ship and was escorted to our cabin which was a suite the ship was older than any we had been on before but it was clean and tidy and she had a great charm about her, being a lot smaller than the glamour ships the personal touch was far superior than we could have ever expected. a bit overwhelmed at the sanitation process every time you left the ship or entered a restaurant but rather that than experiencing the noroVirus when on holiday. The cabin was a bit dated but loads of room, the food was out of this world considering the cost and the service was excellent the only disappointment was the gala night as we were on the first sitting it was a bit rushed and the wine was not chilled very well and the focus had disappeared on service that night but other than that it was excellent, the buffet was also very good especially for the late night snacks they had curry most nights which was very good, breakfast was better in the main dinning room as apposed to the buffet but the quality was good on both. There was a slight vibration on the ship but you did not notice it after a while, the entertainment was basic but they all worked very hard to put on a show every night the horizons bar was my favorite live music and relaxing atmosphere away from the over crowded main bars but something for everyone the pools were small but not used that much by the passengers so a refreshing dip was easy We had the all inclusive option which I would recommend it included brand drinks rather than the local equivalents bottles of wine were not included however we managed to get bottles of house white with dinner every night included we probably spent the cost of the AI on the first night! Would definitely go again on this ship and by far it was excellent value for money and can't fault Thompson's efforts on this one Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
This was our fifth cruise with Thomsons and our third on the Celebration so we had a good idea what to expect. What we didn't expect was the eight hour delay at Luton Airport on our outward flight. Virtually no information was ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Thomsons and our third on the Celebration so we had a good idea what to expect. What we didn't expect was the eight hour delay at Luton Airport on our outward flight. Virtually no information was provided by the Information Desk - they were clueless and couldn't even tell us if the plane would be flying at all. Whatever the problem was eventually sorted and we got to the ship around 22:30 local time, having already missed half a day from our holiday. Not a good start! Fortunately, that was the only problem. Here's the full review:    Ship Cleanliness. The cabin was small but functional. It was also kept spotlessly clean by our cabin boy, Made. Some of the ship's public areas had been refitted over the winter and new carpets were evident on the stairwells and corridors. There was always somebody cleaning or polishing some area of the ship to keep it "ship shape". Crew As ever, no complaints here. There were a few Greeks in amongst the usual Indonesian and Pilipino crew members but they still offered the same level of excellent service. A few of the waiters recognised us from last year which was nice. Ship Food We ate at breakfast and lunch at the Lido buffet and dinner at the Meridian restaurant. You could "help yourself" to the buffer which was different to last year and many people were taking far more than they could eat, resulting in rather a lot of waste.. The Meridian food was as good as it's always been - the steaks were the juiciest I have ever eaten! There was a midnight "chocaholics" buffet one night where, unsurprisingly, everything was made or covered in chocolate. Have to say that this looked far better than it tasted - I don't think the chocolate was the best quality. Onboard Entertainment Fewer people seemed to take part in the sporting activities than previous cruises. My lad and I were the only ones who turned up to a shuffleboard game. As for, the evening entertainment, most people know what to expect. The games were rather tacky in my view but my kids and the majority of the passengers seemed to enjoy them. The Broadway shows were good but the guest comedian was poor; most of his jokes I remember hearing when I was at school! Now, let's deal with the ports of call: Koper Very pretty Slovenian town and easy to walk to from the ship. We paid to go on a speedboat trip along the coast which was very good, albeit a little expensive. Venice First time in Venice and I was stunned - a lovely city but very crowded. We shared a gondola ride with another couple and then spent a couple of hours trying to get lost around the narrow city streets. St Mark's Square was heaving and it would have been pointless trying to queue to get in anywhere - people were waiting for hours. The cruise out of Venice was spectacular.   Split As this was a tender point we decided to wait until the afternoon until going ashore and thus avoid the crowds. The town is very nice and we walked around the castle and indoor market for a couple of hours. Not sure as you could fill a day here although there was a selection of good, but pricey, excursions available.   Dubrovnik We had heard the old town was a must see and decided to follow the advice given out at the port exit and take the half an hour walk into town. After three quarters of an hour's walking in 30 degree heat and no sign of an old town anywhere, we gave up and decided to walk around the harbour instead. The moral? Take a map! Kotor The captain had recommended an early rise for this port to witness the journey through what he described as the "mini fjords". Quite a lot of passengers had taken his advice as there was little room on deck at a quarter to six. The journey was indeed impressive - perhaps not quite as good as the trip through the archipelago to Stockholm but well worth being up for as the captain gave us a running commentary. Kotor itself is another small town with lots of nooks and crannies that are easy to walk around in a couple of hours. Corfu Town Foolishly we booked a trip on a glass bottomed boat for the morning, costing £20 each. Had we taken the twenty minutes walk from the ship to the quay, we could have booked it ourselves for around half this price. Tut tut, Thomsons! The boat trip was pretty good and the divers encouraged fish and other sea life to approach the boat. The boat also stopped to allow us to see some performing sea lions that are held in a netted off area off-shore. I've never liked watching performing animals and thought they looked rather sad.    All in all it was a very good cruise, notwithstanding the delay on the flight out. With daytime temperatures never dropping below 30 degrees, we could hardly complain about the weather. Time to plan next year's cruise! Read Less
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