Thomson Celebration Cruise Ship, Thomson Cruises
Thomson Celebration Cruise Ship reviews
As the Captain says....”She may not be a floating multi story block of flats with an Ice rink and climbing wall in the middle, but what she does have is character” and what a character she has. All the staff, from the numerous members who clean up after you, up the Captain all have smiles on their faces, they are all extremely helpful and friendly, really making you feel special and making your holiday. The food is just magnificent, in both the Meridian restaurant, which is waiter service and in the Lido which is self service. The variety and quality of food and it’s presentation is outstanding at all times of the day. The Meridian restaurant has an ‘open dining’ policy, meaning that you can dine whenever, where ever and with whom you want, unlike other cruise liners, which in our opinion is far better and more pleasurable. The bars, of which there are 6 of them littered about the ship, cater for every taste from a quiet relaxing drink with soft music in the Horizons bar, to lively music and entertainment in Liberties Bar, and serve you with proper, named brand drinks, not weakened, local brands.
The entertainment staff are something else. Every one of them is simply brilliant. The dancers and singers in the Broadway shows provide a ‘London Class’ spectacular evening show, which they perform twice nightly, for the early and late diners. During the week the show caters for all tastes, from ‘Killer Queen’ to ‘Classics from the shows’. Every performance was fantastic, with every member giving 110% energy and effort. The ship’s group, Top Men play in the daytime and evenings in Liberties, have a huge selection and sounded brilliant. The duet , pianists and singers throughout the ship were excellent and added to the mood and enjoyment of the evening. The head of entertainment, Gavin, should be very proud of all his staff and a huge thank you to him for being an excellent host.
The ship is cleaned within an inch of its life all the time. All area’s including your cabin, are kept spotlessly clean and safe with Sanitizers throughout the ship. You are issued with a ‘Credit Style’ card at the start of your holiday, which you use at all times to purchase drinks and pay for goods, and boarding and disembarking from the ship, which is a very smooth and efficient process.
We have suggestions for anyone going onto the Celebration. Firstly consider the All Inclusive drinks package, no matter what it costs. (It’s more expensive when you get on board rather than per-booking it.) It is well worth it and makes life so much more easier, with other benefits. And choose your cabin on whichever deck you prefer, Not all cabins have double beds, and the single beds can not be made up into a double.
To summarize, Its a fantastic ship, with magnificence staff, food, drink entertainment, which is clean and very friendly. We have called it ‘The ship of Smiles’.
- Holiday details: Sep 2013, Booked Independently
- Advice: Consider the drinks package.Its well worth it over-all
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Has anyone been affected by diesel fumes when ship in port refueling; especially affected was Deck 4. Pumps used to load diesel allowed fumes to enter via ship's ducts. I had chosen to go to my cabin instead of getting off ship & fell asleep whilst watching a film, when I woke up the cabin was full of the fumes affecting me with shortage of breath & coughing, I immediately sought assistance & was told this was a common problem & instructions were given for the cabin to be fumigated & neither myself or my wife were able to go back to the cabin for at least 4 hours. I ended up with a high temperature as well as the other symptoms & felt very tired, had to see Doctor & was prescribed anti-biotic. On a second occasion when the ship docked & refueled I remained on board again but away from our cabin, but found that the whole of Deck 4 was once again fume filled!
Would appreciate if anyone has encountered this or been affected by this would contact me via this review website to substantiate this situation occurring.
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This was our first cruise part of a cruise and stay in Turkey. Crimean discovery was the itinerary. Although one stop had to be taken off (Cesme) due to some passengers being delayed at the airport it didn't bother us too much as we enjoyed the extra day at sea. The crew on the ship are the friendliest you could meet, no one ever seemed to be in a mood or having a bad day at work. We enjoyed all the ports including Istanbul and Nessebar (Bulgaria) which was our favorite port. We didn't do any other the Thomson excursions on offer as we decided we wanted to get off and do our own thing and explore ourselves which we did. The food on the ship is exceptional. We mainly dined in the a Meridion restaurant in the evening which is wait staff. We also dined in the Lido during the day, breakfast and lunches. Again the food is superb. Banjoe, Tony, Louis and Eli in the restaurants are very nice people and always remember your names and who you are. Not bad for 1200 passengers. We made some good friends amongst the crew. We had an outside cabin on deck 3 and it did us fine, we were hardly in there. The bars are excellent too especially Horizons on the top deck. The only slight negatives I can rattle my brain to pick out are, it can be difficult to get a sunbed, especially on days at sea. Also there were a lot of keen people to get into dinner early and then into the theater afterwards and it was sometimes a struggle to get a seat in there if you wanted to enjoy a full day and go into dinner a bit later on. Also deck 6 promenade at the rear of the ship was a horde for smokers, which wasn't very pleasant but then again I'm not a smoker. Overall we had a magnificent time. If you want a ship with balconies and wave machines this isn't the one for you but for atmosphere and being taken care of by friendly and attentive crew and fantastic food and drink on offer you cant go wrong... Also the captains cocktail party and baked Alaska on the last night were brilliant. We also paid one night for a meal in the a la Cart (Mistrals) Just when you think the food cant get much better, it is a slight step up and worthwhile going for a meal in there. We would without question go back on there in the blink of an eye. Time to start saving again!!
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Had outside cabin like sleeping in a caravan, eating in a canteen, can't get sun bed for love nor money when you are at sea. Actually day and half first day at sea. Four shops, about 4 pubs, trouble on deck 4 first night, trouble in Hemingway another night. Not a good experience of a first cruise.
- Holiday details: Aug 2013, booked with Thomson
- Advice: Don't go
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Fantastic holiday our first cruise we were a bit doubtful as there are a lot of bad reviews fro the celebration but a great ship we were on deck outside cabin and could not be looked after better by our cabin steward Delco. The cabins are modern we had two single beds but your not in there much anyway towels changed as often as you want and beach towels to hand as well tea and coffee facility's if you need them handy for that first cuppa in the morning. The lido pool is a bit over crowded but we went on to one of the other numerous decks were there are waiters to get you a drink and to be honest you can go and sit outside at the lido while you eat and watch the acts for a while to sunbath and just do that all day would be a bit boring for us.We got off at every port and would recommend the Thomson tour of Istanbul its very tiring but with the tour guide you get to know so much more he was fab.We went on a Thomson trip to Athens to it was okay a good guide but not as interesting as Istanbul not the guides faulty just our preference. We went on our own to the rest of the ports and to be honest a few hours on the Greek island of windy Mykonos and back on the boat we went. The food on board was great no complaints at all and the staff cant do enough for you to say they work 10 months a year before they see there family's they do get time off to go ashore as well and they even call you sir and madam off the boat.We took the drinks package as well which although we went off the boat every day it was nice just to flash your card when you got back and not worry about paying for drinks the price of the house wine was £3.90 a glass and most drinks had the same price on them so its worth to go on the drinks package you can get cocktails,Boddingtons beer and cold ice glasses of water you do pay a small supplement for some drink Irish coffee was £1.10 extra not bad. You can leave your credit card details at the reception but we chose to leave £200 cash and any extras come out of that we didn't spend it all as we book our trips before we went you just get it back went you leave the boat we enjoyed it that much were looking for another cruise and would definitely use Thomson again the celebration was a nice family feel.
- Holiday details: Jul 2013, booked with Thomson
- Advice: Istanbul
- Good For: Beach, City Breaks
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Fantastic Cruise. We booked the Crimean Discovery Cruise on the Thomson Celebration because we liked the itinerary and having sailed on her last year we were keen to revisit this well organized ship. Before traveling we read some rather worrying reviews. However we were not in the least disappointed. The recent upgrade only enhanced our memories. Yes, nothing major but a more modern streamlined approach in the bars and restaurants gave the ship a clean and appealing appearance. The food in the restaurants was every bit as good if not better than last time. We paid for the all inclusive drinks package which was well worth it. The staff were so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The entertainment was second to none. The shows in the Broadway Lounge were superb and the resident band Top Men were fantastic. The pianists and guitarists in the bars were not to be missed. It was difficult to decide where to go after our meal in the evening. The captain gave the impression he was really interested in his passengers and frequently commentated on our whereabouts given information on things to look out for during our travels. We cannot fault this ship apart from one little irritation, the vibration felt on occasions from the generators.
- Holiday details: Aug 2013, Booked Independently
- Advice: Listen to all the information given by the captain
- Good For: , City Breaks
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Our first ever cruise was The Ancient Wonders and Egypt and the Holy land.The check in at both Manchester and on return at Dalaman were both dreadful and only once saw a Thomsons rep at Dalaman and she did nothing to assist or organise the check in.Our cabin was small and very hot despite supposed air conditioning. I agree with other reviews. The area at the Lido pool was awful. Children jumping in and out of the water, with seemingly no control from their parents If you were unfortunate to sit, to eat at a table near the pool, you were constantly soaked by children jumping about.The entertainment was naff and repeated almost word for word on the second week. Pretty much like Hi Di High! The adult only pool was OK early in the morning, but was so small and used by so many people, by lunch, the water was so dirty you could not see the Thomsons logo at the bottom of the pool.On the first week we did not visit Lesbos as expected, due to wind, but docked at some unknown town in Turkey. We booked a trip to the beach from Pireaus as we had been to Athens on two previous occasions. This was cancelled as not enough people had booked. On our second week our two days in Egypt were of course and understandable cancelled. The option was a trip to Rhodes and two days docked in the industrial port of ASHDOD, where you could view 10s of thousands of new cars and watch cement being unloaded. To avoid this we booked two trips, both of which were expensive and very rushed.Despite asking on several occasions noone at reception would advise what was happening on the second week despite the situation in Egypt worsening.When the cruise you have booked ends up having so many elements changed or cancelled, regardless of the reason, at what point does it become the product you didnt buy?? We were certainly given a credit, to spend on board of course, for the cancelation of the visit to Egypt, but this didnt make up for anything. When the foreign office cancelled all travel to that area of Egypt, would it not be reasonable to expect Thomsons to offer an alternative or advise what they were offering prior to travelling?
- Holiday details: Jul 2013
- Advice: stay away from school holiday time
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Never again! If this ship has had a major refit it wasn't worth the money they paid. 'Tired' is the only suitable description of The Thomson Celebration. In the Lido the food was poor, The Meridian wasn't much better with dishes rehashed with the addition of tinned mushrooms etc and Mistrals isn't worth the extra cost, fancy plate decoration but not a good steak. The toilet facilities are limited and at least one toilet in each set were 'out of order' due to the poor system. In port it became apparent that The Celebration always had the worst berth and some of the ports were industrial with a view of container ships being loaded/unloaded.
Egypt and the Holy Land became The Holy Land without a mention until the day the ship was due to depart and then a letter left in the cabin during the afternoon. The reception staff treated us like morons for mentioning that we had booked the cruise specifically for Egypt and that it could have been mentioned during one of Gavin's numerous announcements. The replacement ports were awful and certainly not equivalent to the ports we should have visited.
The ship suffered 'technical difficulties' at one stage, in reality it broke down and we drifted for 40 minutes.
We must have chosen the worst weeks as there seemed to be a large contingent of passengers who were making the most of the all inclusive deal, especially with the alcohol and some of whom thought that elderly obese women sunbathing topless is the norm for a cruise.
To top what was not a pleasant relaxing holiday our return flight was delayed by over 6 hours without a sign of a Thomson's rep or any information.
I repeat, never again! This was sold to us as a 'Platinum Cruise', it wasn't even bronze standard. Communication from Thomson's was none existent and the ship is well past it's best.
- Holiday details: Jun 2013, Booked Independently
- Advice: Don't go.
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Recently returned from back to back cruise on Celebration. Outward and return flights on time. Coach transfer to Marmaris and check in at the port very quick. Did not have a long wait for luggage to be delivered to cabin. Our cabin number 053 on deck 8 very spacious with lots of drawer space etc. There was no noise from fellow guests and an abundant supply of hot water. We also had a queen size bed. Food in the Meridian restaurant excellent, as was the waiter service. The waiters could not do enough for you. A special thanks to Ronaldo who nearly always managed to find us a table for two. The Lido self service restaurant offered a good choice of food. Afternoon tea served form 3 o'clock lovely. If you want peace and quiet the adult pool only on deck 8 is great. There is a spa tub as well. The family pool on deck 5 is rowdy, but that is to be expected with the children. This is where the afternoon entertainment takes place. However most of the demonstrations etc are all geared up to the hard sell of extra on board purchases. However unfortunately the old scenario of reserving sunbeds is still in existence. A tip for sun worshipers, be on deck no later than about 8.30am and earlier if ship at sea all day. Never mind, if you can't beat em, join em! The show team are excellent but be in the theater early to get a good seat. Some of the excursions are expensive. Rather than pay for a shuttle bus to town share a taxi with other guests. Would recommend the trip to Masala and the Dead Sea. Well worth the money. Be sure to take flip flops to walk on the beach at the Dead Sea otherwise you will burn the soles of your feet. We had a lovely holiday and met some nice people. Have been on Thomson ships for many years and the only one my husband and I found below standard was Majesty, not majestic in any way at all.
- Holiday details: Jul 2013, booked with Thomson
- Advice: Be in the dining room by eight o clock else you may have to wait for a table.Use the laundry around six o clock when not too busy.
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Our third Thomson Cruise but our first on the Celebration. Our cabin a 2nd deck outside was good with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space Sky sports news on the cabin TV was a bonus and the bathroom was perfectly adequate. We have an issue with the cabin location but that is in the hands of the booking office. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. We mostly ate in the Meridian restaurant. Service was a little slow on a couple of nights but with the open ended dining this can only be expected. The quality of the food was quite good but there were a couple of strange combinations ( ie boiled carrots with a curry). The waiters were good and were friendly. The ports of call were good. We didn't go on any excursions. We did our own thing and easily found our way around. Istanbul is quite easy to get around. We took in quite a few of the sights and stopped for a beer on the Bospherous before returning to the ship. Our main bones of contention were with the bar staff and the entertainment team. Apart from a couple of the waitresses most of the staff appeared to be unfriendly. It was very difficult to get their attention and you were often told to wait in a gruff voice ( sometimes you waited ten minutes or more and when you did get an order taken you often at to wait 15 minutes for it to arrive. The entertainment was poor. We only went to one show in the Broadway lounge because what was on offer was very tired and often repeated ( ie Queen and Michael Jackson tributes amongst others) The comedian's jokes were over 30 years old but he was quite good with the banter with the audience and his storytelling. The entertainment team appeared to be going through the motions. Very little was seen of the cruise director and most of the entertainment team didn't seem to want to engage with the passengers. I took part in one of the game shows in Liberties but was totally ignored by the host for the rest of the cruise. There was little in the way of entertainment in the mornings even on the day at sea. It was all very stale . The one exception was Lewis the assistant cruise director. He was very entertaining and worked his socks off. He gets full marks from my wife and I.
- Holiday details: Jul 2013
- Advice: Take plenty of reading material
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This was our very first cruise and had nothing to equate it with so we went with an open mind. We have travelled to many wonderful places and stayed in fantastic Hotels etc. On boarding The Celebration we were very pleased with our suite, lots of room and very clean.
We were surprised however, that this being a mainly British Ship, hardly any of the Dining room , Bar and cabin staff spoke little English.
But all facilities were first class and food very good.
I did feel however that we were not treated as well as I would have hoped.
We had a nasty accident in Cairo involving one of the tour buses and because we didn't make a fuss we were ignored, only one attempt was made to contact us and then just cursory acknowledgements when were seen on deck.
I have a big problem when I feel I am being ripped off and this was because the official photographs that were taken on the Captains night were being offered at £14.99 for one 10x8 unframed and unmounted ordinary photograph.
Would we go with Thomson again? Perhaps.
- Holiday details: Jun 2013, booked with Thomson
- Advice: Stop charging stupid prices for photographs, it makes everyone angry !!!
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A great ship - so much so we're going again - this time on the relocation cruise bringing the ship home from Turkey, via the Straits of Gibraltar. Having never been to Turkey, can anyone who went on a similar cruise advise if the £10 visa scam for GB passport holders still ongoing?
The cruise T&C's explains passengers transiting (going directly to Marmaris, then departing by ship) are exempt from the £10 cash drop at immigration. However, the cruise invoice warns the visa must be paid for. Confused? We certainly are, especially when querying this, one shop said you pay, another said you didn't!
Anyone arrived at Dalmation Airport on a cruise (immediate departure) what happened? Is there a certain queue you need to join? Thanks!
- Holiday details: Oct 2012, booked with Thomson
- Advice: Kick back and enjoy it!
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" Do the Excursions.....they may be expensive but the sights you see are priceless "
by Toldo west yorkshire
" pay for a cabin upgrade if you can afford "
by Gwen Taylor
" Bethlehem is a wonderful experience and Alanya is so inviting. The celebration gives the whole day for us all to enjoy the experience. "
by Ayrshire Team
" Enjoy all the destinations Istanbul and Izmir very different and city stops - Mykonos and Rhodes and Marmaris Kusadasi great beach resorts "
by Jacki Thew
" Make a sunbed reservation very early in the morning as no one sticks to the rule of not reserving. "
" Use a Credit Card to pay on board expenses instead of Debit Card,You get a month to get over aditional expenses trips etc.If on a budget. "
by Sue Hennedy Smallshaw
" prepare in advance for the captains night, we didnt and regretted it. "
" Liberties entertainment was good "
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