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  Thomson Celebration (Thomson Cruises)

Thomson Celebration | Thomson Cruises
MS Thomson Celebration cruise ship, Funchal, Madeira
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Thomson Celebration | Thomson Cruises
MS Noordam in Barbados in March 2003.
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The Thomson Celebration originally entered service as MS Noordam before it joined the Thomson fleet. The ship which cruises in the Mediterranean and the Middle East has a relaxing atmosphere, exemplified by the two-story spa. The ship mainly caters to the adult market. This is an English speaking cruise ship, appealing to a wide spectrum of clients.

The Thomson Celebration holds cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and the Red Sea

The Thomson Celebration is owned by Holland America Line but has been chartered to Thomson Cruises in 2005. Thomson Cruises is its currently registered operator. Built in 1984 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique, it was originally named MS Noordam until it was acquired by Thomson Cruises. It was built in the French shipyard St. Nazaire.

There are formal and casual dining options onboard the Thomson Celebration. Two restaurants are serviced by waiters. They are the Meridian Restaurant and the Mistralís Restaurant. The Meridian Restaurant is slightly more flexible, offering open seats for breakfast and lunch. The Mistralís Restaurant requires reservations and may have cover charges. Thereís also the Captainís Gala Night and Weekly Cocktail Party. Dining schedules for these formal events are also assigned.

Two restaurants onboard the ship offer more flexible dining opportunities. The Lido Restaurant is an al fresco dining area serving international food. This is open 24 hours a day. The Terrace Grill is open in the morning and at noon. They serve excellent pasta and grilled seafood dishes. Every week, the ship has a Buffet Magnifique event wherein the passengers are entertained while enjoying exotic desserts.

Passengers of the Thomson Celebration can enjoy Class A acts and live band shows in three lounges. The Broadway Show lounge features presentations from UKís best theatre teams. The Horizonís Lounge, on the other hand, features classical and jazz musicians. If youíre in the mood for karaoke, games, live bands, or disco, you should frequent the Liberties Lounge.

There is also a casino and a cinema in the ship. If you feel like mingling with the other passengers, you can have drinks at the Horizonís, Hemmingwayís Bar, and the Explorerís Lounge. Those who would like to work out may go to the Sports Deck. Thereís also the Oceanís Health Club which is the shipís spa and salon facility.

The Thomson Celebration has three cabin categories namely the Standard, Deluxe, and the Suite. For the Standard Cabins, you can choose from outside and inside rooms. All of these cabins have air conditioning and basic amenities like TV and hair dryers. The deluxe cabins and the suites are just bigger. The suite, in particular, has a sofa bed which can accommodate another person.

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Ship Summary
Operator:Thomson Cruises
Built by:Chantiers de líAtlantique, France
Date Completed:1984
Gross Tonnage:33930
Length:214.66 m
Width:27.26 m