Could anyone let me know if it is worth upgrading from inside cabin deck 1 or 2 to a deluxe cabin for £308 for the holiday
hbrac could you tell me what deck you had your outside cabin on and why you would not go back to an inside as we have not experienced either
We have also stayed in inside and outside cabins. On our first cruise we paid for the privilege on having an outside cabin mid-ship, but after that we only booked an inside as it was much cheaper and we could put the extra money to better use elsewhere.
We were lucky enough to be upgraded to an outside free of charge with Airtours several times, but Thomson's are not known for upgrading you. I certainly wouldn't pay £616 extra just to have a porthole, but that is personal preference.
Let us know what you decide Steve and also what you thought of it once you have been.
I think I will stick with the indside and as we have never been before we can't compare it with anything and as you say the extra we have saved can go on something else like trips etc, we have got the AI upgrade which should also save us a bit as well.
I will certainly let you know what I thought but its not till May 2009 so if you don't mind waiting.
I have cruised on the Celebration twice this year and enjoyed them both and would happily go again but have also been on cruises with alot of other lines. Thomsons are a cheap and cheerful cruise line and to me if you are going to pay more to upgrade to a better cabin then you would be better spending the extra and going with a better cruise line such as Royal Caribbean, P&O, Princess etc as there standard low grade cabins are better that Thomsons upgrade cabins.
We gazed wistfully at outside cabins as we passed along the corridor and as my son didn't want to come with the next time, we booked an outside cabin for 4 . We felt we deserved a little extra seeing as we were a bit cramped with 4 adults sharing.
We went up to the next level deck 3/4 for the inside cabin.
Our experience of a higher deck is that there aren't so many kids running up and down making alot of noise. As I say, that was just our experience of the lower decks, others may tell you that it was quiet around their cabins.
If you have an inside cabin it doesn't really matter which deck you're on. If you don't mind going up and down the stairs ( good exersise) or taking the lift go for it. It is cheaper.
We now like being able to see out so that's why we go for outside now. We use the money that we would have paid for our son to indulge ourselves
I really wanted to try one of the bigger, more upmarket ships, but I couldn't find any 14 days cruises round the Eastern med - only 10 - 12 days - don't know if anyone knows of any?
We haven't done the adriatic before so can't comment, but a lot of the greek islands you can just get off and explore the pictoresque ports yourself. Athens is worth an excursion, although I think you can also DIY. Prices usually £20/25 half day excursion, £40/50 full day.
Drinks - no real time restriction (unless you like drinking 9.00am!) - most brands included, apart from eg Baileys, where you pay a supplement - you can drink as much wine by the glass as you want with your meal. Drinks such as cointreau and sambucca included in AI, as are most cocktails.
Suit or shirt and jacket recommended for more formal nights - though you could eat in the buffet restaurant if you didn't want to dress up - but thats part of the fun!
Sorry, we are end of Aug. beginning Sept. so we won't meet, but thanks for the info. My husband asks if they do cider on the boat? Do you know?
They sell Strongbow (cans) and it is NOT part of your AI package, you will have to pay a surcharge of around £1.80 for it........
as for the dress code.......I am afrais to say that your hubby will be happy! Formal night excepted, the accepted dress for the Meridian restaurant is simply a shirt with a collar (can be a polo shirt), and casual trousers (chino's or cords), NOt jeans. Very few men wore a tie or a suit, apart from captains night. Doesnt stop you putting your glad rags on tho!
You will have a great time! We went on our first cruise in march for my 'special' birthday too! and we loved it so much we go on the Emerald in August!
if you have any other questions, just ask!
casual trousers other than jeans are fine (for example my husband wore trousers from Next which are jeans but are coloured, beige and have a cord effect, also some chino's from same shop). In fact, I would think jeans may be too warm in the summer months anyway, chino's etc would be cooler I imagine.
As for us ladies, I cant say I noticed any women in jeans, but I would say if they were smart and you had a dressy top on with them you would be absolutely fine. They dont seem to turn anyone away, but it's more how you feel comfortable if everyone else is dressed a certain way.....
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