Thomson changes Egypt cruise

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Cruise ship Thomson Celebration will be leaving the Red Sea and Egypt behind this week – not because of the country’s recent troubles, but because it is scheduled to reposition to the Mediterranean.
Events have forced some changes to the itinerary. The Foreign Office still advises against excursions to Cairo, so after leaving Sharm el Sheikh on Thursday, the ship will head directly for the Suez Canal instead of calling at Port Sokhna. A stop at Alexandria has also been abandoned.
The updated itinerary now includes visits to Limassol in Cyprus, the Greek island of Rhodes, and Athens. Instead of sailing to Barcelona, the cruise will end with an overnight stay in Naples.
Passengers will be offered a complimentary excursion to Paphos or Curium and Omodos from Limassol, and the flights home from Naples should arrive at the same time as originally planned.
A Thomson spokesperson told me it is hoped that Spirit will be able to sail its itineraries as originally planned, including excursions to Cairo and Luxor. The seven-night cruise departing March 3 is currently available for the bargain price of £400 per person, including flights.

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:10+00:00 14 February 2011|Cruise Destinations, Cruise News, Cruise Ships|2 Comments

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  1. Mr & Mrs. wolton 27 February 2011 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Re: Thomson cruise changes on “Celebration”
    we understand the Egypt situation, but feel we were given no choice over our holiday. We were really told – go on this cruise, or lose your money. We feel more changes were made than just Egypt, and we would rather have re-scheduled to a time when we could have visited our preferred destinations, i.e. Cairo, pyramids etc. We would rather have waited. Very late alternative offers were made, but too late to be able to re-arrange things.
    We feel we were forced to take a cruise we did not want, and many others felt the many errors in “cruise news” which did not relate to where we actually were.

  2. Mr.& Mrs. Wolton 27 February 2011 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Re: Thomson “Celebration” cruise changes.
    We feel that more changes were made than necessary. We were offered no choice as to whether we wanted to take up this changed itinerary – we were virtually told: go on this cruise or lose your money. We would have preferred to re-schedule until we could visit the places we preferred – we would have left the money with Thomson. We were offered very late and unacceptable alternatives, too late to make new arrangements.
    We feel we were forced to take a holiday we did not want to be on.

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