Morgan - Answered a Question by Mattock (31 Jan 09 10:45)

We have been on Thomson cruises several times and I am not a good sailor but have never really been seasick. Once when the weather was severe I put on wrist bands and was fine. You will really enjoy the Greek cruise, we did it last year. If you go to Kusadasi, you must not miss visiting Ephesus, it is fantastic, half day is sufficient and go with the ship. You must also visit Santaroni and go the village but don't be put off going on your own, it is really easy, do allow yourself time to come back on the cable car as the queues are long but do move fairly quickly. It is a lovely cruise and you should really enjoy it. We love going on thomson cruises and the entertainment is very good. Enjoy yourselves.

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Mattock - replied to Morgan (01 Feb 09 10:20)

Thanks for your response. As you have been on the greek cruise before my other concern with the Thomson Celebration is the number of passengers (1250) on this size of ship. Did it seem crowded and was is possible to get sun beds on the decks.

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Morgan - replied to Mattock (02 Feb 09 10:23)

The ship never seemed overcrowded to me, obviously when visiting islands for the day, lots of people get off the ship in the daytime. The evenings are taken up with 1st and 2nd sitting at dinner, therefore, the lounges are fairly well spaced. Obviously, the cabaret room can get pretty busy and you should make your way there as soon as possible if you want to get a good seat but, we find this on any ship. With Thomson, showtime is very busy because the shows are so good. With days at sea, if you want a particular spot to sit, then make your way there early, there are plenty of sunbeds, I'm not sure if there is enough for everyone but I didn't find it any trouble but I did go early. There is also plenty of sitting places around the ship. By the way, if one of your trips is to Cairo, do try to see the Pyramids, awe inspiring. It is a very tiring day, Cairo is poor looking and also, if you go to the toilets try to go in a large hotel, otherwise, it is not good at all. There are a few persistant touts at the Pyramids but you can expect this everywhere. Getting back to the ship, like everywhere, if you want a particular part to be in, be early, I have to say this, the British were the worst for keeping sunbeds!!. Enjoy.

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morris - Answered a Question by Mattock (31 Jan 09 10:48)

Well the weather in July should be fine so the risk of rough sea is reduced!! Celebration is not a tiny ship and was very stable the twice we've sailed on her...we did the Adriatic and Aegean on the Emerald which is quite a bit smaller and the Aegean on the Calypso which is even smaller and were quite comfortable at all times....we've also done Ventura and Serena (big ships) and much prefer the smaller ones. The Celebration is perhaps our favourite ship very friendly officers and crew giving superb service!

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Wigg - Answered a Question by Mattock (31 Jan 09 17:08)

When we cruised on the Celebration in the Canaries over New Year, we had one evening when it was rough and the ship rocked about an awful lot! My son was very seasick despite pills and wrist bands and needed a seasickness injection. I suggest if you are worried you do what I should have done and book a cabin low and mid-ships. It costs extra but is probably worth it! Apart from that we had a wonderful time, as I'm sure you will.

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Walsh - Answered a Question by Mattock (02 Feb 09 18:58)

We have been on the Celebration 4 times and love it , ok it's not flash and glitzy like the larger ships but it makes up in friendly staff and atmosphere. We are booking again for the greek islands as this is such a relaxing cruise.

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Hawe - Answered a Question by Mattock (02 Feb 09 19:47)

I have not been on this ship, but have cruised the Greek Islands on a similar ship, during the summer. If you are going to Santorini and Mykonos there is every chance the seas will be a little "turbulent" even with bright sunshine. It didn't bother me, but many on our cruise were a little green for this bit! Just take a seasick tablet, or better still, a couple of ginger tablets (I found these worked fine when we visited the Great Barrier Reef on a snorkelling trip, and no drowsy side effects) and you'll be fine. Enjoy your cruise and the Islands.

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Cain - Answered a Question by Mattock (03 Feb 09 08:12)

We have cruised on the Navigator of the Seas also on several Thomson Cruises.In my mind the service you get on the Thomson Cruises is much better than Royal Caribbean. Yes, the ship is a little tired in places and not as glitzy as the Royal Caribbean, but the restaurants, entertainment & service is excellent. The only day we felt the ship move was on the day at sea.

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BALDRY - Answered a Question by Mattock (03 Feb 09 09:22)

Just returned from 2 weeks onthis ship around the Canaries, yes it does have a constant vibration even when in port and compared with other ships it does have slightly more movement when sailing, and I certainly would not do a transatlantic crossing on her. Having said all that the atmosphere on board is fantastic, the crew and staff are so hard working, the shows superb. Lots to do, Captain Roy is quite a comedian, and the crew director Lee also very entertaining. Been on several other cruises and would not hesitate to return to these Thompson ships. Celebration is showing slight signs of wear and in some places could do with some tlc, but generally very good value for money.

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Taylor - Answered a Question by Mattock (03 Feb 09 09:31)

We cruised the red sea on Celebration, very nice and frendly ship good food. Only complait too much viberation all over the ship. Bit of a scramble for Sun beds best head for the top deck. Mr & Mrs a D Taylor. Warsash.

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