Robinson - Answered a Question by Graham (05 May 08 07:48)

Hi, My husband and myself went on Thompson's Celebration Red Sea cruise last year, yes, the ships are very dated,compared to all the other cruise ships and I think only one of the fleet has balcony facilities, but that said we never found it crowded at all. We have also been on MSC and Celebrity Cruise ships, which do put the Thompson cruise ships into a different light including the clientelle,( but not loud and uncouthed) but the food was better by far on the Thompson's. The Red Sea trip is well worth doing, but remember that the ports of call are a long drive away from the attractions, Jordan for example, nearly three hours on the coach, and also quite expensive, I think we paid about £50-£60 each, but you do get a very good lunch in a 5* hotel. We did not find any loud or uncouth passengers on our trip, which we would have hated being in our early 60's we went for a peaceful holiday, and that is what we got. I hope this helps.

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morris - Answered a Question by Graham (05 May 08 08:58)

We have done a few Thomson cruises and also Princess, Costa and Discovery. We think that Thomson cruises give excellent value for money ...staff, food, and entertainment all excellent. (the entertainment shows on their ships are superb). We have found that you get 'loud uncouth' people on all cruises that we have been on but there is always somewhere to avoid them. There are no balconies on Spirit or Celebration so it does mean that deck space is somewhat limited but our tip is to go up and forward as far as possible and there will be quiet places. Most of the 'louder' people gather around the pool area. We did the relocation from Palma to Sharm El Sheikh last October and we did find that the rear of the ship vibrated quite a bit but we had a cabin forward of midships on the promenade deck and were extremely comfortable. We could also just nip out on deck to sit when we wanted to ...so as near to a balcony as we could get!!! Not many ships go to the Red Sea so there is not much choice and Thomson do it well!! (we have been once with them, and once on Discovery which cost alot more but the actual excursions were much the same!) The food and dining was excellent, formal dining or buffet alternative...one formal night per week ...and also alternative dining where you pay extra but we never felt the need to use it as the restaurant was very good. We love Thomson cruises and indeed are off again in June on the Calypso to the Black Sea and Greek Isles..they are very good value for money especially as tips are included! and do mean that we can have three cruises a year instead of two!!!

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Graham - Answered a Question by Graham (05 May 08 11:04)

Thankyou for taking the time to answer. Seriously considering the Baltic cruise and maybe the Red Sea one. We went on the Van Gogh last year and loved it mainly because of the considerate and civilised behaviour of the fellow passengers. What other trips are on offer bsides Petra,Luxor and Cairo? are there any shorter trips and at what price? Thanks .

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Ben Doonagan - Answered a Question by Graham (06 May 08 14:11)

Try the Canaries this Winter on the Celebration. Tip - don't get off at Morocco ( it's a dump ) just stay on board and relax in the sun when the ship is quietest.

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Watt - Answered a Question by Graham (07 May 08 00:46)

The old adage- you get what you pay for springs to mind.

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Castro - Answered a Question by Graham (07 May 08 17:47)

I have been on several Thomson cruises in the height of summer, and whilst ship can get crowded on days at sea, I have never experienced loud or uncouth people, a jolly lot maybe but generally all the passengers behaved well. Thomson mostly has British passengers but there have been a few Russian passengers who dont share the same views about 'queuing' as we Brits do! but food, entertainment, service all excellent, you perhaps get more than what you paid for.

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Beard - Answered a Question by Graham (09 May 08 13:46)

We have done so many cruises and mostly with Thompson. We have found the loudest gather round the pool where we never go they mostly have children so never go in the school holidays, althought there are always some children. Except the Calypso no children alowed. There is a trip to the Dead sea on the red sea cruise I think it was the same price as Petra about £50 and a shorter day. I have won a weekend cruise on p&o Artimis going tomorrow so I wiil let you know how they fair against Thompson.

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Beard - Answered a Question by Graham (12 May 08 16:31)

HI just returned from our weekend on the Artimis and guess who there were, loud people round the pool. I can honestly say that I would not go on P&O again, unless of cause it was free. The waiting staff we found quite surly,I was told to wait this morning when I asked for toast. Thomson may have old ships but they do have friendly ships.

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smith - Answered a Question by Graham (29 May 08 21:53)

If you dont like people who have paid for the same holiday and are entitled to let their hair down on holiday perhaps you would be better suited to an old peoples respite care facility - unfortunately the bingo and crib evenings can get a bit rowdy!! silly snobbish attitudes spoil your own holiday no one eles's have cruised before yes a mixture of folk thats life!! do you really spend your hols looking down on people you know nothing about - some are there getting over personal losses and illneses and deserve your respect dont judge by appearances .

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