MS Thomson Celebration

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For other ships of the same name, see List of ships named MS Noordam.
MS Thomson Celebration alanya.jpg
MS Thomson Celebration in Alanya, May 2011
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
Status: in service
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 33,960 GT[3]
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.


MS Noordam in West Harbour, Helsinki (2003)

The Thomson Celebration was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in 1984 for Holland America Line as MS Noordam. In 2005, the ship was taken out of service by Holland America, chartered to Thomson Cruises and rechristened as the Thomson Celebration.[1] Her sister ship, the Thomson Spirit, was originally the Holland America ship MS Nieuw Amsterdam (1983). Thomson Celebration received a refurbishment in 2013 and was introduced into the new Platinum collection of cruises. [5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Fakta om Fartyg: MS Noordam (1984) (Swedish), retrieved December 8, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Faergelejet – Noordam (Danish), retrieved May 20, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Thomson Cruises – Vital statistics for Thomson Celebration, retrieved May 20, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (1995). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Oxford: Berlitz. ISBN 2-8315-1327-8. 
  5. ^ "Multi-million pound investment sees Thomson Cruises go platinum". Retrieved 4 April 2012. 

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