MS Thomson Celebration

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For other ships of the same name, see List of ships named MS Noordam.
Thomson Celebration February 2015.jpg
MS Thomson Celebration in Curaçao, February 2015
Career
Name: 1984–2005: Noordam
2005–present: Thomson Celebration
Owner: 1984–present: Holland America Line
Operator: 1984–2005: Holland America Line
2005-present: Thomson Cruises
Port of registry: 1984–1996: Sint Maarten,  Netherlands Antilles
1996–2005: Rotterdam,  Netherlands
2005–2009: Sint Maarten,  Netherlands Antilles[1][2]
2009–present:  Malta[2][3]
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Yard number: X27[1]
Launched: 21 May 1983[1]
Christened: by Mrs Beatrijs van De Wallbake[4]
In service: 8 Apr 1984 – present
Identification: Call sign: 9HUI9
IMO number: 8027298
MMSI number: 249544000
Status: in service
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 33,933 GT[5]
4,243 DWT[1]
Length: 214.66 m (704.27 ft)[3]
Beam: 27.26 m (89.44 ft)[3]
Draught: 7.50 m (24.61 ft)[1]
Decks: 9
Installed power: 2 × Sulzer RLB66 diesels
combined 21600 kW[1]
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)[3] (other sources claim 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph))[1]
Capacity: 1,254 passengers[3] (1,350 maximum)[4]
Crew: 520 crew[3]

MS Thomson Celebration is a cruise ship owned by Holland America Line, under long-term charter to the United Kingdom-based Thomson Cruises. She was built in 1984 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for Holland America Line as MS Noordam.

History[edit]

The Thomson Celebration was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in 1984 for Holland America Line as MS Noordam at a cost of $160million.[6] In 2005, the ship was taken out of service by Holland America, chartered to Thomson Cruises and rechristened as the Thomson Celebration.[1] She was originally furnished with a $1million art collection, some of which, including a 17th century Oriental screen at the entrance to the Horizons bar on Deck 9, can still be found on board.[6]

Her sister ship, the Thomson Spirit, was originally the Holland America ship MS Nieuw Amsterdam (1983).

Thomson Celebration received a refurbishment in December 2013 (including 20 cabins with balconies on Deck 9, and the installation of The Coffee Port and Explorers' Lounge on Deck 5) carried out by Blohm + Voss and was introduced into the new Platinum collection of cruises.[7]

Media attention[edit]

On 29 January 2014, an elderly couple travelling on Thomson Celebration claimed they had been attacked and injured by a fellow passenger who accused them of "snubbing him" at dinner,[8] leaving the woman with a fractured spine and shoulder injury and her husband with serious facial injuries.[9] At his trial in April 2015 gas worker Graeme Finlay (aged 53), from Glasgow denied the charges, stating he had acted in self-defence after being struck with a sharp object following an altercation with the couple.[10][11] He was cleared of all charges by a jury on 23 April 2015.[12]

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