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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
It was our first ever cruise for hubby & myself yet we found it truly magical from start to finish! Everything went so incredibly smoothly as well as fabulously! They are just so incredibly efficient plus friendly from the time you ... Read More
It was our first ever cruise for hubby & myself yet we found it truly magical from start to finish! Everything went so incredibly smoothly as well as fabulously! They are just so incredibly efficient plus friendly from the time you emark until the time you disembark- every minute detail is taken care of with such beautiful exact precision- it is impressive! The celebration cruise ship is a mighty fine ship,pretty small in comparison to most other cruise ships you find in port- dwarfed by majority of ships,yet it is perfectly sized as well as elegant! It is not ostentatious like too many ships you see whilst on your cruise yet it is luxurious in a simply sophisticated manner. Our cabin was spacious plus had everything we could possibly need- we were on deck 6 at the very front of the ship with a superb view- hubby and I loved it! Good range of ages on board from people in their 20's then every decade up to 80's- great diversity! Met some amazing fellow cruisers- made a few friends. The entertainment was of a very high standard- been to many London West End shows yet these entertainers were just as talented if not more so! All the actors, dancers, singers as well as comedian were just totally brilliant! If you want a showy cruise that is the size of floating town then this probably is not the one for you. Yet, if you want a smaller friendlier ship yet still has plenty of choices on board plus staff that are top class (every single one of them) then go on this cruise! The excursions were awesome in every single way, too! Dining sublimely good!! My gluten free needs were expertly catered for, too! The only criticism had was that it went far too quickly- had such a wonderful time of relaxation, amazing excursions, fine dining, meeting such wonderful people as well as phenomenally good entertainment that the time zoomed by- wish you could press a pause button like on a remote control!! You have to be like those muppets the Grumpy Old Men in the theatre on The Muppet Show to be unhappy with this ship- really you do! They take such phenomenally good care of everyone on board plus bend over backwards to keep everyone happy, healthy, entertained, amused and smiling :-)! It was our best holiday ever!! We cannot wait until we go on our second cruise and it will be to a different location as we never go to same place twice yet it will be on board same ship as they were just the best!!! Romantic looking at the stars at night. We felt so special on this cruise ship- everyone is made to feel incredibly special- yet we felt like a princess and prince by the way we were treated and you could see how much each staff crew plus entertainment crew took pride in their jobs!! These memories will stay with us for always!! Massive salute to all the staff ship's crew on board Celebration that made it such a truly memorable special first cruise for us both!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Just returned from a weeks cruising the Adriatic on the Thomson celebration ship. we had a great time and visited some lovely places. The ship is spotless and the crew could not do enough, they were all very nice and very helpful ... Read More
Just returned from a weeks cruising the Adriatic on the Thomson celebration ship. we had a great time and visited some lovely places. The ship is spotless and the crew could not do enough, they were all very nice and very helpful especially wee Dikha in the Lido dining room. The entertainment tram were fantastic and we wondered if they ever got any sleep as they were on the go all day and night. the shows that were put on in the Broadway were fantastic and in Liberties there was always lots of great fun going on. even during the day on deck there was always something going on. the cruise director Paul was terrific and made sure everyone was having a great time. the only negatives were that the venues for the entertainment were very cold at night so we had to wear cardigans and jackets to keep warm.( the heating on the cabins was ok) . the only other complaint was that there are not enough public toilets on the ship. the one provided for Liberties and the Broadway balcony only had two cubicles which were flooded nearly every night and the one on deck five was a long way from the Lido dining room. all in all we had a great time and on the return journey Thomsons organised boarding passes for all so that when we left our luggage outside the cabin the night before we left we never saw it again till we arrived at Glasgow airport. our thanks to all the crew on board the ship for giving us a lovely time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
My husband and I had a phenomenal time on Thomson's 'Celebration' cruise- exceeded all expectations- we were so happy that this was our first sea cruise, too! This ship is a small cruise ship yet it is perfectly formed- ... Read More
My husband and I had a phenomenal time on Thomson's 'Celebration' cruise- exceeded all expectations- we were so happy that this was our first sea cruise, too! This ship is a small cruise ship yet it is perfectly formed- dwarfed by all those floating massive floating like towns of ostentations cruise liners- it may be mature in age yet it is very elegant all the same. We loved that it was one of the smallest ships when it was docked in port! The smaller size allows you to make some good friends, too- many seasoned cruisers we met on the ship prefered our ship for this very reason. There is plenty of luxury plus sophistication anyhow! We were amazed at how friendly plus helpful all the staff crew were- could not do enough for us! All they wanted to do was make us happy as well as smile, truly! The shore excursions were very interesting as well as beautiful plus our guides were just brilliant! Our excursions were to the Lipica horse stud farm in Slovenia- was brilliant in every single way- if you love horses and dressage you will love this as we did! The town of Sibenik in Croatia was stunning plus we also loved visiting the very impressive pretty cathedral of St James. Our last excursion was in Bari in Italy- to the Alberobella region of Truli houses- absolutely beautiful, fascinating as well as quirky! The entertainmen was of a very high standard right across the board! The shows we especially enjoyed- equal to West End Show performers, absolutely amazing in every detail!! Dining was varied, delicious, plus just excellent on so many levels. Service hich class in dining too! As am allergice to wheat and peanuts- my diet was fabulously catered for- had plenty of variety including having gluten free pasta and gluten free pizzas. Hygiene and cleanliness was taken very seriously throughout ship which was impressive. Everything ran so efficiently!! If you can find fault on this ship you must be like the grumpy old men from the Muppet Show, truly! We loved our cabin too- spacious, comfortable, luxurious, had a great view, loved the bathroom- shower with bath, and it had everything we needed. Even the wardrobe space was very generous! Met some amazing people- fellow cruisers- made some good friendships. Enjoyed talking to the staff crew who were friendly, too! The actors/dancers/singers were all top class- they all deserve much success plus hope they have long sucessful careers! The comedian had me in stitches- very funny!! The only problem was that it went much too fast- wish we could have pressed a pause button like on the tv remote control- we had so much fun plus relaxation! So many sublime memories created that will stay with us for always! It was indeed a celebration- so celebration was the perfect name! Brilliant diversity of ages on board from 20-80's which was lovely to see plus enjoyed talking to people of all ages(fellow cruisers)! We will be back with celebration ship for another cruise next year though going to different ports, for sure!! Massive thank you to all the cruise on Celebration ship- salute You! Hubby and I are so grateful to all the ship's crew who made our holiday the best one ever!!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Have just come back from a weeks cruise round the Greek Isles. On arrival had been given a double room rather than a twin but this was sorted by reception with a smile! Our room was wonderful spacious clean and comfy! - Cleaned everyday by ... Read More
Have just come back from a weeks cruise round the Greek Isles. On arrival had been given a double room rather than a twin but this was sorted by reception with a smile! Our room was wonderful spacious clean and comfy! - Cleaned everyday by a wonderful man whom we never got the name of! Food was lovely would highly recommend the panini station at lunch and Freddie at the ice-cream station always greets you with a smile and a laugh! The staff are a real credit to the ship I couldn't think of a bad word to say about them always helpful friendly and attentive. The show team are spectacular and clearly work very hard to entertain each evening! The stops were all OK but Kotor was really wonderful a beautiful town. We did a seascape photoshoot with Damien which I would recommend - great fun and lovely guy.. £40 for one photo though was abit steep lovely though the photos were! Can't think of anything negative to say about the ship would 100% recommend! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Firstly I have to admit this was my first cruise. The Celebration is an old ship and in dire need of restoration. Three adult females booked a suite as we wanted sufficient space, we had space but the suite was like something out of the ... Read More
Firstly I have to admit this was my first cruise. The Celebration is an old ship and in dire need of restoration. Three adult females booked a suite as we wanted sufficient space, we had space but the suite was like something out of the sixties, weird dark wood fittings, a bathroom which was sufficient in size and suitably equipped. However and this was a biggie for us there was ONE electrical socket! Three women with hair dryers, straighteners, mobiles and kindles it was a nightmare. We had to take items to reception for charging and our details were added to a substantial list. The first day was at sea and for me it confirmed my fears of claustrophobia, there was nowhere to go to escape the number of people aboard in fact even when people went ashore for excursions it seemed to make no difference! At the rear of the ship there was a swimming pool, which would allow you about ten strokes, it was surrounded by tables and sun loungers. The sun lounger arrangements I can only describe as bacon rashers on a grill, virtually no space between them and no shade, this was not a problem to us as we could never get one. We booked the 'drinks package' which we expected to be an all inclusive option which it was in part however most spirits came with a supplement, sparkling water was also not included although plain water was. The mini bar was extra too. Ice creams and the regular advertising of sangria taken around the ship was also extra, the costa type coffee bar was also outside the 'drinks package' so I do not think we saved much. We had booked the Adriatic Affair which cruised around Croatia and Italy, we docked every day where there were excursions or explore on your own, extremely good fact sheets and town maps could be picked up at reception. There was a daily paper with news highlights. On the positive, yes there is a positive the food was great and plentiful, the staff were outstanding, often remembering our names or drink orders. Hygiene was exceptional with hand sanitisers everywhere. This was an adult cruise so the entertainment was professional. I am not totally turned off from cruising but think the next, if there is one, I would look for a newer ship with more space but then again there would be more people. I had no looked at other reviews before writing mine, I am sorry but am glad that several other travellers had the same issues as we did Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
The Thomson Celebration is a well equipped ship. It is not the newest Ship in the world but with the right itinerary it is perfect for the cruiser on a tight budget. Overall the ship is in a good maintained condition but it is a bit ... Read More
The Thomson Celebration is a well equipped ship. It is not the newest Ship in the world but with the right itinerary it is perfect for the cruiser on a tight budget. Overall the ship is in a good maintained condition but it is a bit dated compared to some of the other cruise ships with other companies. Thats said, the staff on board were much better and more attentive than I have experienced on other ships. They quite simply could not do enough for you and were always happy to help. The food on board at the Meridian restaurant, which is the main dining area (waiter service breakfast, lunch and dinner), was of a high standard with a good variety on each daily menu. There are 3 premium pay restaurant, which we opted for, but to be honest there is no need as the main restaurant is that good. I did enjoy my steak at the hot stone experience though, Tip! We also used the self service restaurant and the terrace grill throughout the day and again there was a good selection. The terrace grill didn't look to inviting with the burgers and pizza as it look as though everything had been sitting for quite some time and when we tried the burgers on one occasion it was warm at best so never tried again. We enjoyed all the entertainment throughout the ship, and we took in as much as we could, and the quality and standard was very good. The theatre shows were of a very high standard. Service at the bars was really quite quick and we found a lot of the time the waiters would be coming around and asking if you wanted another. There was also a shopping arcade, spa and gym areas which we used sparingly but they always seemed quite busy and they look bright. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
My wife and I have cruised before, many time on Ocean Village and we were looking for a reasonably priced cruise with informality. This ship and the cruise proved to fit both these. We took no part in the formal nights, nor did we eat in ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised before, many time on Ocean Village and we were looking for a reasonably priced cruise with informality. This ship and the cruise proved to fit both these. We took no part in the formal nights, nor did we eat in the formal dining room. That was our choice and suited us. Overall the ship and the cruise was hard to fault. The cabin was very clean, comfortable and well maintained. The bathroom was a bit small and the loo itself was designed for a midget I think. There was a hairdryer supplied in the cabin and 2 electrical sockets (2 pin so adapters were needed) and a razor socket in the bathroom. There was plenty of drawer space and sufficient wardrobe space. Air con/heating worked. There was a safe in one wardrobe that you have to pay extra to use (sign of Thomson cheapness?). Our cabin steward seemed to work 24/7. If you left the cabin he popped in and changed the towels. He, and his colleagues were really friendly, always smiling. Nothing was too much, nor beyond them. Food. Very important on a cruise. We ate mainly in the Lido which is a buffet service. No complaints about the food, except for the wife who would have liked a better choice of cold dessert. Fruit Salad for instance would have been nice, but that is only available at breakfast. as always, the staff are very quick, sometimes too quick, to clear away. It would be nice if they waited until both people at the table had finished a course before clearing rather than taking plates, cutlery, glasses away as soon as they touch the table. We also ate in the Hot-Stones restaurant out side the Lido, which carries an extra charge. This is where you cook your own meat/fish on super-heated stones at your table. We enjoyed this. the staff were excellent, explaining everything and it was a great experience. The only complaint is the cost of a bottle of wine. £29 is a bit steep in some ways, but hey ho, we were on holiday. We took the All-inclusive package at the time of booking. Upon arrival, there was a card in the cabin offering us an upgrade to AI Premium Package at another £70 PP per week. We declined. On checking the drinks menu, most of what we wanted was included in basic AI (bottled beers, bottled drinks, some premium brand spirits and cocktails were extra) and we certainly didn't go short. We had house wine by the glass with most meals and plenty of cocktails. Bar staff are great. That soon get to know you and your favourite drinks. If you are a smoker and are are a cruise which does not leave EU waters (our 2nd week for instance) they will try and sell you cigarettes (£4.50 for 200) as the ships Duty Free does not sell tobacco or spirits. Works out a good little earner for them. The ship a a whole is very clean, maybe a little dated decor-wise in places, but otherwise very good. Plenty of toilets around the main public areas ( i noticed someone said there were too few) these were kept very clean. There were hand wash (gel dispensers) outside the toilets, and at the entrances to restaurants etc. Sunbeds and Pools. There were 2 pools, 1 for Adults, and 1 for families (it was an adult only cruise), both small and this lets the ship down. They are surrounded by sunbeams, in fact all public open areas were jammed solid with sunbeams. The best ones were right up the top on decks 9 and 10. Be warned, unless you find one on the Promenade deck (deck 6) you have no chance of getting any shade. Excursions. We only went on one, Venice Full Day, which we booked in advance. It rained that day, but that is not Thomson's fault. It was reasonably value for money. Thomson's let themselves down here as their website is inaccurate, there is discrepancy between the descriptions of excursions available and the actual booking part of the website. The staff on the excursion desk are keen to sell, but not really a lot of use for independent travellers. Come to that, nor are Reception. The printed info (ships paper and the destination maps) is adequate but could be improved upon. Most ports of call were easy going for finding your way around. Some involve a lot of walking up hill, some family flat. All had something of interest, except maybe Brindisi. Entertainment. This is varied and you can take your pick. Liberties (deck 6) had the Peakles, the ships resident band playing a lot of 60's, 70's and 80's music (Beatles, Blondie etc). They are pretty good. They also appear on the rear deck as well. Also Liberties is used for quizzes and game shows. The Broadway is the ships theatre. Here you will see shows by the resident sound/dance troupe, and once a week a guest comedian. The shows are again pretty good, but not quite up to the billing given by Gavin the cruise director. My pet hate was his appearance at the end of every show, trying to make out that we had just watched the most fantastic show by the most fantastic performers in the whole of the universe. I for one do not need to be told to stand and applaud. If the show is good enough it will bring the applause it merits. Sorry Gavin, you are out of touch. Hemmingways (the casino bar/lounge) is mainly used by the Pianist and the male singer - easy listening. Neither particularly talented, but they do a good job. As do the Duo in the Horizon Lounge on Deck 9. Inoffensive and makes good backgound music for an evening. The other major gripe I have with the entertainment team id their lack of integration with passengers. You would often find them out on Deck 6 (Lido bar) where they would sit together. This includes Gavin and his assistant Paul and the other 'hosts' Only William who was new, seemed to want to sit and chat. The others just ignored the passengers other than when they were running a game/quiz. Best you got was a 'Hi, how's it going'' if you managed to catch their eye when passing. We did not use the Gym or the Spa, nor did we use the Internet/Wi-Fi. Plenty of free Wi-Fi ashore. Both embarkation and disembarkation were handled efficiently with minimum of delays. Overall a good cruise, that suited our tastes and we would go again should the itinerary be right. That was the main reason for selecting this cruise, the itinerary was perfect. We love Croatia and Montenegro, especially Dubrovnik, and the wife wanted to see Venice. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
My husband and I have been used to sailing on large ships but thought we would go on the Celebration for a change of destinations etc. We joined the ship in Dubrovnik. As we embarked I could smell something like musty books, it ... Read More
My husband and I have been used to sailing on large ships but thought we would go on the Celebration for a change of destinations etc. We joined the ship in Dubrovnik. As we embarked I could smell something like musty books, it wasn't a very pleasant smell at all. We were taken to our cabin and as soon as I entered my heart dropped. It was hot, the carpet looked filthy as in old looking. We had been told in the Thomson shop the plugs were English, NOT they were American. There was no fridge, the air con did not work, it was making all the right noises but nothing was happening. I looked in the bathroom and the towels were to say the least grey white. The port hole looked like it was just about ready to drop out with rusty marks on it. The cabin steward knocked on the door and was good enough to go and get a huge fan, an adaptor for the plug and an ice bucket full of ice which he changed twice a day. I had medication cream which was supposed to be kept in the fridge , nothing I could do about it, the offer was to take it to reception and fetch it every time I wanted it... what? I would have thought that in this day and age, all cabins should have a fridge. The floor was hot because were were on deck 1 cabin 905 which is what I would imagine hell to be so, not only did we have the noise of the air conditioner even though it didn't work but we had the noise of a fan too whiring and clunking. We went down to the cabin one day and the whold of deck 1 smelled of petrol/engine fumes, I did report it to reception and it was rectified but surely this should not happen at all. There was something outside the cabin on the outside of the ship which was constantly clanging on the side of the ship. The lamps above the bed on the wall rattled, well mine did. There was a rumbling sound from the engine 24/7 and when the ship was stationary the vibration through the whole of the ship was unbelievable. I will even say that, because the carpet looked so dirty, when I had a shower I put my shoes outside the bathroom so I could step into them because I didn't want to put my feet on the carpet. I believe this ship had been "done up" late last year. All I could say is goodness knows what it was like before, I would love to know. In fairness, our steward was lovely and worked hard, also the waiters in the restaurant were great. It seems to me though, Thomsons wants money money money, there was an elderly couple on our table one night who had been on the ship before and the gent said how Thomsons are doing more "money money money" grabbing, the new so called Asian restaurant is one in which they charge. There are lots of things on this ship which you have to pay for. The entertainment wasn't bad but nothing out of this world, we have been on cruises with other companies and they had different entertainers on all week, although I am sure, they entertainment group work hard, I think its a case of cheapness, not having to bring in outside entertainers. Now, on to the excursions. Because I only have 1/3 of one of my lungs, I find it hard to do a lot of fast walking and hills etc. We booked a tour Istrian Hilltops Jewels. It said nothing of walking uphill, we had a run around in the coach and then taken to a dusty road where we were hearded into a rattling hot bus with no air con, we were then "dropped off" and were taken up a huge slope of a road made of cobbles, dusty, and uneven. Nothing of this was mentioned in the ad for the tour, this is why I booked it. I could go on and on and on, there is so much I could say I would be here for another couple of hours. Would I go on this ship again, NO WAY, WOULD I GO WITH THOMSONS AGAIN? NEVER. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
Got back from Dubrovnick Thursday. Can't understand what people expect. One couple said not for them the first night, took it all back by next evening and at breakfast last day said they loved the holiday and will go again and this ... Read More
Got back from Dubrovnick Thursday. Can't understand what people expect. One couple said not for them the first night, took it all back by next evening and at breakfast last day said they loved the holiday and will go again and this was after going on larger ships. Staff are friendly, the refurbishing excellent. Library was one of the best I have seen. Prefered the video shows in new coffee lounge. If you didn't eat the lobster of smoked salmon then hard luck. Where can you go for food like that at the price you pay on Thomson's. Plus you are not paying a 15% charge on all your drinks. The shows in the Broadway lounge are as good as the West End, the Africa show opened with the South African Anthem which had me in tears as did not expect this being a South African Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
At first I was a bit apprehensive going on my first cruise with my 83 year old grandmother but I was pleasantly surprised. On arrival I was helped with my grans wheelchair through check in and to the cabin. The cabin was small and dated ... Read More
At first I was a bit apprehensive going on my first cruise with my 83 year old grandmother but I was pleasantly surprised. On arrival I was helped with my grans wheelchair through check in and to the cabin. The cabin was small and dated but we couldn't complain as we got a cheap deal. The food at the Lido was great, we ate there every day and there was a different selection every meal time. Most of the restaurant staff were lovely, especially Noel, they all managed to remember myself and my grans name from the first day! The entertainment team were first class, putting on a different show each night. The comedian Peter pier was also brilliant. I especially enjoyed the Scottish jokes! The gym was small but functional, I went 4 times during my cruise and it done the job. Half way through the cruise I done a seascape photo session with one of the photographers, Damien. I was pretty nervous at the start as I was on my own but Damien put me at ease right away and made me feel relaxed during the shoot. We got some amazing shots and decided to buy the lot! I would highly recommend Damien. Read Less
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