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morris - Answered a Question by Haylett (06 Feb 09 14:25)

We have taken our kettle on a few occasions and hidden in the wardrobe when not in use...but...there is free tea/coffee available 24 hours on the Lido deck so we decided that we won't both any more and use the extra space for more clothes!! Good point about the extension lead ! On one occasion we had to unplug the fridge to plug in a charger because the oversize plug wouldn't fit the dressing table socket. The Cairo and Luxor trips tend to be 12 hour days...Petra not so long..all worth it though!

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Wigg - Answered a Question by Haylett (06 Feb 09 13:00)

If you go to 'ports of call' on the Thomson website, it lists the excursions and prices of each. The website also tells you how long the drive is to Cairo, etc. No kettle and you are not allowed to use your own for safety reasons and because you will set off alarm. There is a socket on the dressing table. Use a European adaptor and take a small extension lead with 4 sockets, as the position may make it difficult to plug in big plugs, plus you can charge more than one thing at a time then.

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Lacey - Answered a Question by Haylett (06 Feb 09 16:41)

There are three trips worth doing from my experience. They are Petra, Pyramids and Valley of the Kings/Luxor. All are full day excursions involving long bus rides, some with armed guards on board and sometimes in convoy with jeeps front and back carrying machine guns. DON'T BE WORRIED!!!! You will be totally safe and treated like royalty. Petra requires you to walk a couple of miles down a gentle slope through a ravine. It can be very cold or very hot so be prepared either way, but the sight at the end is simply AWESOME. On your return you get a fantastic lunch in a hotel, before getting back on the bus. The trip to Cairo is a real education. You will see filth and poverty like never before. Please understand that this is how these folks live and don't judge them. If you go to the Mosque BEWARE THE TOILETS. I can't say any more!!!!!!!! At the Pyramids you will get hassled and constantly approached by kids selling junk. Shoo them away. But again don't worry - they are used to it and aren't at all aggressive in a physical sense. Once again the sight makes it all worth while. So was the belly dancer on the mini-Nile cruise we did, but that's another story! Finally the biggy. You get up at daft o'clock and onto a bus that zooms across the desert for 4 hours. Then it all kicks in. The Nile, Statues of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatchepsut and WOW!! the Temple of Karnak. A fabulous lunch at a hotel on the banks of the Nile is included. The contrast between Cairo and Luxor is amazing. Then back on the long drive to the Spirit to be met by the crew carrying hot soup and towels. Never had a day like it in my life and - yes - I'd do it again. Please don't chicken out. You are going there for these experiences and will probably never get a better opportunity to see them all in absolute safety in terms of body and health. By the way, get a couple of insulated mugs with lids and fill them up at the self serve before returning to your cabin to enjoy a hot drink. They cost a pound or so and are worth their weight in gold. Have a fabulous cruise.

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Swinton - Answered a Question by Haylett (06 Feb 09 17:58)

I did this cruise a couple of years ago. The trips are not too expensive. I would not advise you to try doing trips on your own, firstly because of safety and secondly they are a bit far. We did the trip to a submarine, which was very good, the trip to Cairo to see the pyramids and the Cairo museum. All the coaches had armed guards on them and the coaches had to travel in convoy, no cars were allowed to travel in between the coaches. Even when you are looking around the pyramids the guards are keeping a lookout. No way would you drive in Cairo, you have never seen anything like it, You have never seen congestion until you see Cairo. We had a meal included in the trip to Cairo, which was very good (a beautiful hotel). All the trips we did were well worth the money. Regarding Coffee/Tea, there are no coffee/tea making facilities in your room but there is free coffee and tea all day in the self service restaurant. Also there are self service coin laundy machines on a few floors. You have to collect a token from reception. I am sure you will have a lovely holiday. I have been on the Thomson Spirit a few times and found the entertainment very good, The ship is a little tired, could do with some renovation but this did not spoil the holiday. The prices for drinks were roughly the same as at home. Enjoy!

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waters - Answered a Question by Haylett (07 Feb 09 04:47)

We did the red sea cruise on the celebration, so i can not comment on the ship. you must go to petra - this was amazing - but it is a very long walk so wear trainers. also on the ship they tell you that it will be cold. It was actually frosty in the mountains - so wear very warm clothes and walk as fast a you can. don't go to luxor - there is far too much to see on a day trip. it is far better value to do a nile cuise, which you can pick up quite cheaply, at another time. My sister went to cairo, because we had done a nile cuise before we did not bother - another long journey by coach. you will be pestered by street traders be prepared! we really enjoyed our cruise with thompson.

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Holmes - Answered a Question by Haylett (07 Feb 09 09:58)

We did the same trip leaving on the 27/12/08. the trip was very good, food geat and lots to do on the ship. there are no tea making facilities in the cabin, but enough plugs. Some of the trips are a little expensive, but i would recommend when you get to Jordan to go for a walk into the town it is so different ,also go on the Wadi Rum trip that was well worth the money. As for travel from the ports, this trip is not like the Nile Cruise where every thing is nearby. It took hours to get to Cairo as with most of the trips. It can be cold this time of the year so take a light cardi. Don't be put of the experience is great.Have agreat holiday, sorry must dash going on the Thompson Caribean Cruise tomorrow.

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Latcham - Answered a Question by Haylett (07 Feb 09 10:41)

Hi, Most of the Red sea trips are quite long..we went 2 years running so that we split the trips !! - they are quite expensive but worth it . it is not really possible to do the trips yourself . i would advise to do 2 long trips & 2 half days so you spread the travelling out. Wadi rum desert is a good " short trip" and good fun. We did an overnight to Luxor ..expensive but not so tiring. Petra is also a very tiring trip- loads of walking --but worth it . Take lots of English £1 coins - you can buy anything for a £1!! You cannot make tea & coffee in your cabin- but it is available 24 hrs a day on Lido deck. Hazel.

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Marr - Answered a Question by Haylett (07 Feb 09 10:42)

Petra, Wadi Rum, Valley of the Kings, Luxor and even a glass bottom boat on the Red Sea (this is the only one to arrange yourselves) are all great experiences. You may well end up doing more miles on land than knotical miles at sea! Long days for Cairo and Luxor - the latter nearly 15hours but well worth it. Thomson Cruises are good value and like Ocean Village you get what you pay for. We found their tours to be by far the best value of any Cruise line. Have a great time. Other replies have answered your other questions.

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Payne - Answered a Question by Haylett (07 Feb 09 14:39)

We did the red Sea cruise on Celebration in November and it was excellent. The trip to Petra is about 1-1/2 hr in the coach and I would advise booking that and the Cairo trip with Thomson - I think it was about £70 each but Thomson should be able to give you a price. It incluced a very good lunch at a top hotel on each and you had time in both locations to wander so not rushed. You may want to take a travel kettle with an adaptor and tea bags as there was not one on Celebration. If you are keen snorkellers the trip to Paradise Island was excellent too. Have a great time.

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s boffin - replied to Payne (07 Feb 09 16:06)

We were told under no circumstance were you allowed a kettle in the cabin also no irons either health and safety. We did luxor the trip lasted 16 hours never again would i do the trips on a red sea cruise all long trips that is why the ships are berthed for 2 days in the horrible ports to do egypt the best way is a nile cruise.

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