4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We wanted to do something special for our Silver wedding anniversary so we decided on the Adriatic Affair itinerary, where we celebrated our vows, followed by a hotel stay. The whole experience was fantastic. All of the staff were ... Read More
We wanted to do something special for our Silver wedding anniversary so we decided on the Adriatic Affair itinerary, where we celebrated our vows, followed by a hotel stay. The whole experience was fantastic. All of the staff were friendly, helpful and hardworking and the ship was lovely. Patrick, our cabin steward, was lovely. Nothing was too much trouble for him. I had a light mishap with my dress, when we were getting ready for dinner at the captain’s table; however, some of the stewards were quickly on hand with a sewing kit, so a disaster was avoided. The food and drink were plentiful. We upgraded to premium all inclusive due to us preferring ‘zero’ pop, and my husband’s love of coffee. Our Celebration of Vows, in Venice, was perfect, and Elaine ( the social/welfare hostess) ensured that everything was perfect! It was lovely that she could share our special moment with us, along with the lovely Captain Nikos. We have got some lovely photographs that were taken by the onboard photographer. Overall, we had a wonderful experience, and will definitely be back on the Celebration as soon as we can. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This was an absolute fantastic holiday everything was perfect the cases we never saw they appeared outside the cabin from the airport.This is a small ship and we love it because it has a more personal approach you feel like one big ... Read More
This was an absolute fantastic holiday everything was perfect the cases we never saw they appeared outside the cabin from the airport.This is a small ship and we love it because it has a more personal approach you feel like one big family.The service was second to none and every member of staff had a genuine smiling face .The entertainment was great and food and drink was fantastic.We have a lot of people who made our holiday special but we cannot name them all we would like to give a big thank you for our cabin boy Patrick who was exceptional he certainly went the extra mile.Also like to mention the outstanding service we received every day from Kenneth he will never forget us (the grey goose clan).We would all like to give a big mention and a huge thanyou to Marcy Sarich hotel manager she was always out and about extremely approachable and ever so friendly she made our holiday and in fact we have just booked another two with you.Last but no means least we thank siva our dancing chef he makes a mean rice/noodles once again thank you Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
The full cruise was an adventure from start to finish. The on board team and crew were enthusiastic, friendly and most helpful when needed. There are so many crew I would like to mention, but some individuals deserve highlighting. Our ... Read More
The full cruise was an adventure from start to finish. The on board team and crew were enthusiastic, friendly and most helpful when needed. There are so many crew I would like to mention, but some individuals deserve highlighting. Our cabin servicer PUTU was great, he was helpful and did his job to the highest standards, he is a credit to the ship and the team on it. The Bar teams were mind readers......they knew exactly what my wife and I drank without us even asking....Ervin and Wilson in the Horizons and Kumar, Sheldon, Kenneth and Sushil in the Hemmingway's Bar were always on hand even at daft O'clock in the morning. The food was very good and the shows were entertaining. The staff in the restaurants were great, they even sang Happy Birthday…..which was a memorable moment when the kitchen team came out front. The cabin had plenty of room in it with plenty of storage space for the belonging we took and the extras my wife always manages to accrue whilst we were away. The holiday was a special celebration for my wife, the extras didn't disappoint. The flowers the cake and the in cabin decorations were well received and appreciated….oh yes and the bubbly and strawberries went down a treat. we are looking already for next years cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Previously sailed on Spirit so layout of ship identical. Seemed like the ship was shaking herself to bits. Vibration from engines was constant and on every deck and location of the ship. Last night in port I was unable to sleep because of ... Read More
Previously sailed on Spirit so layout of ship identical. Seemed like the ship was shaking herself to bits. Vibration from engines was constant and on every deck and location of the ship. Last night in port I was unable to sleep because of the vibrations. Celebration needs to be retired. Staff are all excellent and food of a high standard particularly the Meridian restaurant. Didn't try the speciality restaurants. Lido restaurant always had a good selection of dishes, particularly liked the afternoon tea spread. Excursions were well organised but maybe allow for more free time to explore, find a cafe or W.C. Then hunt for souvenirs. Cabins were cleaned and refreshed regularly and any issues were addressed immediately. For us there were not enough dancing opportunities. Bands good but playing pop classics only suitable for “dad dancing” or as background music. No chance to do any ballroom or Latin dancing. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Chose this cruise as we were constricted by time and wanted to visit Athens. We had been with Marella before and researched the ship before booking so knew what to expect. Luggage was dropped off at Gatwick and didn’t see it again ... Read More
Chose this cruise as we were constricted by time and wanted to visit Athens. We had been with Marella before and researched the ship before booking so knew what to expect. Luggage was dropped off at Gatwick and didn’t see it again until it was delivered to the cabin (the reverse happened on departure). Embarkation was quick but as there were only 1200 passengers there was no Premium boarding. Our cabin was roomy and clean with better decor than Discovery which was very bland. Plenty of storage and hangers. The balcony was adequate with 2 chairs and a side table, some balconies were larger with sun beds but also had less privacy. Navigating around the ship could be a bit confusing as not all lifts went to deck 9, some stairways gave no indication of what deck you were on and some corridors were dead ends. There were more than sufficient sun beds on the decks for the number of guests. Food was excellent although, being a small ship, there was not a massive choice in the buffet. Plenty of seating in the restaurants. We didn’t do any shore excursions but most destinations were interesting, those that weren’t we went to the beach. We knew beforehand about the vibration but didn’t find it a real problem, it was felt more in some places than others. A few children onboard but not a lot of activities, guests mainly middle aged to elderly. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Having cruised with Marella (Thomson) since 2011 we were looking forward to another excellent cruise. We did the same repositioning cruise last year, the only problem then was a squeaking from a ship structure which had broken loose and ... Read More
Having cruised with Marella (Thomson) since 2011 we were looking forward to another excellent cruise. We did the same repositioning cruise last year, the only problem then was a squeaking from a ship structure which had broken loose and squeaked to the movement of the ship, we were in the same cabin this year and it had been fixed. The cabin staff were excellent and helpful as usual, in fact all staff were always smiling and eager to ensure you had an excellent cruise. Our first let down was the standard of food in the Meridian Restaurant for evening meal it was the worst we have ever encountered on a Marella (Thomson) cruise, our first two weeks were an excellent example on how to destroy food examples: rib eye steak tough and tasteless, chicken scallops dried out like crisp bread, veal cutlets you could have soled your work boots with, (totally un-edible could not even be cut with a knife). I had never seen so much food being left on plates, complaints regarding the standard of food was common place all round the restaurant. We were informed, but did not witness that there was an altercation between cruisers and kitchen staff, and apparently eight people were put of the ship in Madeira, if that was the case none was the chef as the food did not improve. Also it normally took two hours to serve three courses, it was not the fault of the staff, but the lack of staff, instead of two waiters and a runner there was only two waiters who were run off their feet. On the third week we decided to try the Lido for evening meal, it was basically the same menu but help yourself, we could not believe we were on the same ship, the standard of food was excellent and cooked to perfection, the only problem was finding a seat as so many cruisers had given up on the Meridian Restaurant for the Lido, The only night the Meridian Restaurant was OK was Captains Night, maybe it was we were only a few tables from the Captain. The second let down was disembarkation it was a total shambles, the first batch of passengers for embarkation was 08.00 the second batch was scheduled for 08.15. The first batch of passengers were still queuing in the stairways at 08.15, add the second batch and we had pandemonium, the lifts were unusable due to total passenger impasse on disembarkation deck, we were stuck on the stairwell for over an hour, it was so bad the elderly and infirm had to sit on the stairs. Unfortunately we have booked a stay and cruise on Marella Celebration for October 2019, will review again when we return, hopefully things will be back to the normally good standard of service we have received from Marella (Thomson). Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We needed to go to Barbados and this cruise came up - 7 day cruise - 7 day hotel stay - at a good price. Tui's organisation was fantastic. From check in at Gatwick to disembarking - all superbly organised. We had an inside ... Read More
We needed to go to Barbados and this cruise came up - 7 day cruise - 7 day hotel stay - at a good price. Tui's organisation was fantastic. From check in at Gatwick to disembarking - all superbly organised. We had an inside cabin which was in fact bigger than the one we had on the QM2! Yes there is a bit of a rumble when the engines are going but it actually rocked us to sleep! Deck 2 midships was a good location as not right over the engines. Captain was awesome - so approachable and freely gave his knowledge of the ship and our destinations. Staff very positive. Food average. Seemed to be a budget per course?? Can anyone tell me why ships run out of prunes?? They come in tins for god sake!! Sorry but found the entertainment a bit basic but on a 7 day cruise not really an issue. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We booked this cruise based on our experience on Marella Discovery which we really liked, and although we were aware that this was an older and smaller ship, thought that services and food would be of similar standards, how wrong we ... Read More
We booked this cruise based on our experience on Marella Discovery which we really liked, and although we were aware that this was an older and smaller ship, thought that services and food would be of similar standards, how wrong we were.There was evidence of penny pinching(or nickel and diming)as our American friends would say, as soon as we entered our cabin, which I must say was quite spacious (outside and upgraded) there was no hand soap only a soap dispenser, no face tissues and the usually free safe was chargeable, in my opinion the company did not operate a "duty of care" in respect of security as the door key was clearly labelled with the cabin number to which it related. We had purchased a cruise with an "all inclusive" basis-drinks and gratuities but found the choice very limited, the wine available was a house red, white or Rose with the former being particularly dry and vinegary, if you preferred a bourbon whisky the only option was Canadian Club, Jim Beam or Jack Daniels was not included. We did not enjoy much of the food on board, breakfast was the usual fayre, there was good variety but the quality was poor, lunch and dinner again offered a wide choice of vegetables but some strange combinations of dishes and it is not everyone's preference to have the vegetables al dente, we were surprised no salad cream on an English ship!. Service from the waiters, assistant waiters, and head waiters was excellent- polite courteous and helpful. I would like to single out Gamal one of the head waiters who was most diligent in accommodating requests and always delivered what you requested. Entertainment options were quite limited with a main show lounge, a cabaret type lounge and a piano bar, the production shows were average, the band who played a blues/rock type of music in the cabaret lounge were very loud and on one occasion so loud I found it painful, they also played on deck reggae type music which I found quite pleasant. We have visited most of the ports before and have our favourites this was our first visit to St Barths and found it very pleasant but relatively expensive. We took only two excursions one in Antigua - Sun and rum which was not as good as the previous one with Marella at this resort-very poor facilities! and the Rhum Runner which is our favourite party trip, happy-great atmosphere and good music and dancing. I am aware that this review may be seen as a litany of complaints, however it reflects our perception of this cruise, the point that I am attempting to make is that given the cost of this cruise which was very similar to others with similar itineries and inclusive arrangements but offers significantly less in terms of food quality,entertainment and facilities. We did speak to a few other passengers who did like what was on offer which illustrates the point that you can't please all the people all the time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We have just returned home from a 14 day cruise "A Taste of Paradise" in the Caribbean and we have to give credit when it is deserved. We have been cruising with various companies for over 18 years and I must say this is one of ... Read More
We have just returned home from a 14 day cruise "A Taste of Paradise" in the Caribbean and we have to give credit when it is deserved. We have been cruising with various companies for over 18 years and I must say this is one of the best cruises we have been on. From the moment we left Manchester Airport the staff from TUI/Marella made us most welcome. We where made most welcome from Cabin Steward through to dining room staff, waiters and reception staff. Entertainment well organised by Gavin, Cruise Director and his excellent support team. The service on board was top notch, food of a high standard, especially the speciality dining in the Meridian, Kora La, Hot Stone and Minstral Restaurants. Well done to Ships Company. A few names of staff that deserve credit - Meridian and Speciality dining room waiters, April Rose, Roy, Jasarmy and Kristamel. Excellent choice of ports on the cruise itinerary, our favourite was St Kitts. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
choose this cruise because we went on a med cruise in the marells discovery and loved it . the carabbian cruse ship celebration wasnt as good as the discovery . food was ok ,much better on the discovery though ..entertainment much better ... Read More
choose this cruise because we went on a med cruise in the marells discovery and loved it . the carabbian cruse ship celebration wasnt as good as the discovery . food was ok ,much better on the discovery though ..entertainment much better on the disvovery too all round the discovery was a much better ship we also did sn excersion called rhino riders we went out on our own little boat and snokerled on the reef had a great day , found that some of the islands were quite expensive , and also had to taxi to quite a few beaches which worked out quite a penny at the end of yhe holiday , one last thing all the staff are excellent on the ships , they are very helpfull polite and friendly they help make your holiday 10 out of 10 to the staff we booked the three special restaurants and found the food to be excellent hot stone wasnt great though Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was a great cruise and all inclusive too. Gave our bags over at Gatwick and never saw them until they were in our cabin onboard. Same on the return. Food,crew,entertainment and the housekeeping magnificent. The Broadway revues were ... Read More
This was a great cruise and all inclusive too. Gave our bags over at Gatwick and never saw them until they were in our cabin onboard. Same on the return. Food,crew,entertainment and the housekeeping magnificent. The Broadway revues were one of the highlights of the cruise. The enthusiasm and ability of the group were superb. We would often go to the lounge on the 9 level after the show to listen to the quieter music. But oh the adds ons!!! £90 for 2 weeks wi-fi( connection not guaranteed) £25 for the room safe. £50 for premier drinks package. £1 for a can of Coke. £1 for a bottle of water Very poor exchange rates on the dollar and euro(.97 euro and 1.06 dollar) Don’t exchange back. £19 for tour to the bridge. £50 for tour of bridge, engine room and galley. Take your own currency with you or credit card. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I think the Marella Celebration should be renamed the Marella VIBRATION!!! Its 37 years old and should be decommissioned . Stayed one week on the Cruise ship on deck 1 at the back of the Ship and am convinced the Engine room was all ... Read More
I think the Marella Celebration should be renamed the Marella VIBRATION!!! Its 37 years old and should be decommissioned . Stayed one week on the Cruise ship on deck 1 at the back of the Ship and am convinced the Engine room was all around us and on average got 3 hours sleep per night , we did complain and tried changing rooms but was told the ship was at full capacity so had no spare rooms , even in the lido restaurant you could see a few of the Tables vibrate. Besides the vibration everything else was good, the food and especially the staff whether they were the Cleaners or bar staff were brilliant. The entertainment eventhough not professional singers was good and certainly hard working. Only booked one excursion through TUi before we left but sadly that got cancelled so quite a frustrating week. The Captain of the Marella needs a special mention as he was a real nice person and very jovial. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We wanted to go home shortly after boarding the ship. The only good thing I can take from this cruise is that the majority of the staff are very helpful and pleasant as one has come to expect from Thomson/Marella cruises. Although in ... Read More
We wanted to go home shortly after boarding the ship. The only good thing I can take from this cruise is that the majority of the staff are very helpful and pleasant as one has come to expect from Thomson/Marella cruises. Although in the minority, there were enough loud, drunk and foul mouthed party goers to ruin anyone's cruise. They made one hell of a noise in the early hours of the morning in the corridors. Drunk couples fighting and swearing at each other, loud drunks up at the bars, Broadway show lounge and out on the decks. Compared to other cruises there were just too many incidents for this to be a one off. It appears that this itinerary and low cost cruise has the ability to attract the above mentioned people unlike other cruises I have been on. The walls separating the cabins are paper thin. We were inside cabin so got constant noise (snoring, coughing, couples having sex, flatulence, opening and closing of drawers etc) coming through the walls on all four sides including the corridor. The cabin doors have a gap and let in all the noise and light from the corridors. The onboard entertainment was in my opinion well below average and musicians repeated the same songs night after night. The food in Lido's and the Meridian was below average and the vegetables always overcooked. The wok in Lido's was terrible and the person operating that should take a few lessons from the guy who does it on the Dream. The lobster down in the Meridian on the first Captains night was tough and overcooked. In the Meridian the catch of the day was so soggy and tasteless and the same applies to the bacon and hashbrowns in Lido's. Having said this, one could be selective at the buffet in Lido's and come away with a few appetising portions of food. This was the first cruise I have ever done where I came home lighter than when I left. In summary, on days at sea there are some loud drunk people at places on the decks so one has to be selective where one goes. On days when the ship docks, which is most days, one stands in the breakfast queue with others who cough all over you and also the food in the vicinity, then one eats a below average breakfast then goes out for the day. When one returns then one goes to the cabin to wash up along with all your neighbours and you get a chance to hear them using the toilet, showering, having sex, burping, flatulence, listening to music etc. Then one heads out for an overcooked meal but is selective and walks away with a few appetising items on the plate as if one is on diet. After this one heads to Broadway show lounge, only to walk out halfway during a lacklustre performance or because some really drunk person is spilling their drink on you or others in the vicinity, yet continues to be served alcohol. So then, not wanting to go down too early one heads to one of the bars to hear the same musician/s singing the same songs they sang the night before. Then one cannot help but notice the loud drunk people and the continuous flow of well behaved people sitting down in the vicinity of the loud drunks then getting up and leaving without even finishing their drinks. After a beer one decides enough is enough and heads off to the cabin early only to be kept awake most of the night by your snoring, coughing, neighbour and of course the foul and loud mouthed drunks socialising in the corridors outside your cabin when returning to their cabins in the early morning hours. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was my 3rd cruise , I have always cruised on much bigger ships and I have to say that my first impressions were that the ship was very small and a little dated. But this didn't stop me from having a fantastic holiday . Because ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise , I have always cruised on much bigger ships and I have to say that my first impressions were that the ship was very small and a little dated. But this didn't stop me from having a fantastic holiday . Because the ship was smaller the staff seemed more friendly and seem.to remember you and what drinks you wanted . The captain often made am appearance unlike on the bigger ships we never saw him once . I would like to mention that the staff in the Horizon Bar really made our holiday special, it was like having all your friends on board with you the staff that really went an extra mile for us were ,Roger ,Gecyl,Shaym,Ni Made, Eric and Luius, nothing was too.much trouble and they were always smiling , i work with the public and i know only too well how hard it is working with the piblic , they are a credit to your company I only wish that more of my staff were like these. We had an amazing holiday and didn't want to leave I hope one day to cruise again on this ship . Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I travelled with my elderly mother, from the outset I was impressed with the great staff - the cabin crew were unflappable when she collapsed mid flight, gave her oxygen and brought her round. All the crew on the Celebration were friendly ... Read More
I travelled with my elderly mother, from the outset I was impressed with the great staff - the cabin crew were unflappable when she collapsed mid flight, gave her oxygen and brought her round. All the crew on the Celebration were friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The cabin was attended to twice a day, we found we were directly under the gangplank which turned out to be a bit noisy at times. We found the food at the self service restaurant and the formal restaurant good with a selection of fast food on the sundeck as well. The cruise was not overly expensive and I loved the itinerary of a different destination each day. The talented onboard entertainment also deserves a mention with a repetoire of 11 different shows Yes the ship is older and does vibrate but I actually found this soothing and was lulled to sleep easily. We didnt book any excursions as we took each day as it came but were happy with trips we took directly with the locals. Missing the sunshine already, I would go again in a flash!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Cheap last minute cruise, have been Thomson 4 times before The ship is old but spotless. Cabin on level 1 unremitting noise and vibration, awful even with earmuffs. Avoid rear half of the boat and lower levels. Cabin itself fine, if old ... Read More
Cheap last minute cruise, have been Thomson 4 times before The ship is old but spotless. Cabin on level 1 unremitting noise and vibration, awful even with earmuffs. Avoid rear half of the boat and lower levels. Cabin itself fine, if old fashioned. other: excellent - service on ship, smiles, genuine warmth, organisation on plane transfer embarking and disembarking, price, bar price, tip policy. good- food, good variety, usual odd duff meal but restuarant/self service both great, have a go evening singers! poor- cost of trips off boat, silly prices. Entertainment poor during day, no sail away parties here. Some quizzes were in bad taste and evoked gutter language and personal observations, stop it! Music by bands (not to my taste) or recorded music "in the style of", i.e. not original artists. I got the cruise well under £800, a bargain, at one thousand plus the p and o deals are better. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
the ship was lovely ,the crew were friendly ,couldn't do enough for yuri ,the food was hot and always plenty of it, we stayed in cabin 901 deck one which at first i thought we was in the lowest grade but after talking to people on ... Read More
the ship was lovely ,the crew were friendly ,couldn't do enough for yuri ,the food was hot and always plenty of it, we stayed in cabin 901 deck one which at first i thought we was in the lowest grade but after talking to people on upper decks e,g deck 5 upwards we probably had the better cabins ,there was not a lot of noise at all ,you could hear the engines but not enough to disturb your sleep ,yuri the cabin attendant was so nice and nothing was to much trouble for him as soon as you left your room he was in there cleaning it up ,felt very looked after ,chocolates left on the pillows every night .the local people were lovely too,if you get off in the port they will offer tpp take you on the excursions at sometimes half the price ,we did a mixture of tui excursions and using the locals. highly recommend the st lucia all day land and sea excursion .entertainment was good for a smaller ship ,everyone who we spoke to who was experienced cruisers also said they much prefer the marella celebration it was a more friendlier ship ,yes some things need modernising but on the whole our cruise was so good we are going to book again for next year , Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our first cruise and it certainly won't be our last. After a great flight on the dreamliner we were whisked from Barbados airport to our ship - the Marella Celebration. Everything was extremely well organised and we were in ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it certainly won't be our last. After a great flight on the dreamliner we were whisked from Barbados airport to our ship - the Marella Celebration. Everything was extremely well organised and we were in our cabin in no time. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9 - absolutely fantastic. It had everything you would need : toiletries, hairdryer, robes. Bed was very comfortable. The shower worked perfectly. Ronaldo our cabin steward was exceptional. He works very hard to keep everything in order. The restaurants were of really good quality. In the day we used the Lido - something for everyone here. In the evenings we mostly used the Meriden which is waiter service. Absolutely no complaints. It was great. Tried the Kora La once and it was OK. This restaurant has a supplement - probably wouldn't dash back. The bars are all well manned so depending what mood your in you can either dance the night away or watch a show or have a quiet drink. There's an outside bar on deck 6 outside Liberties which was a lovely place to sit and watch sail away. A big thank you to Bektur for keeping our glasses topped up!! The ports we went to were : St. Maarten, British Virgin Islands, St Kitts, Guadeloupe and St Vincent & the Grenadines. We took an excursion with Tui from St. Vincent 'Mustique Magic' wow wow wow - well worth the money. It was fantastic. Wish we'd booked the Death in Paradise excursion whilst in Guadeloupe as this was the only disappointing port. Never mind there's always next time. The weather was amazing. Yes there is vibration on the lower decks but to be honest you do get used to it. I have absolutely no complaints - so much so we're booked on the same cruise next Jan but for 14 days this time - can't give a higher recommendation than that. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We have cruised many times with Thompson/Marella in fact all their ships (including the Infamous Saphire in 1996)(Tic). Yes she is old and vibrates a bit. But the Food is excellent in all venues the staff are all vey good our cabin ... Read More
We have cruised many times with Thompson/Marella in fact all their ships (including the Infamous Saphire in 1996)(Tic). Yes she is old and vibrates a bit. But the Food is excellent in all venues the staff are all vey good our cabin steward was 1 of the best we have had. We had a disabled cabin 101 apart from the "Lump" where they have raised the floor in front of the Bathroom. a few of the staff we have met over the years we have cruised with them, and were glad to see their friendly faces. Mainly "Ling the Lerciless" a play on Ming the Merciless The only drawbacks are the Small swimming pool/s and only 1 Extreemly small Jacquzi, and turning them into "all inclusive" seems to be turning them into "Booze Cruises" which IMHO is not the best way forward. The Discoveries both Ex Royal Caribbean Vision class are superb. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Sailed on marella spirit in October and was very disappointed it was tatty an average so was a bit worried about marella celebration as it's the Sister ship an had not known this when I booked but was very pleasant surprised ... Read More
Sailed on marella spirit in October and was very disappointed it was tatty an average so was a bit worried about marella celebration as it's the Sister ship an had not known this when I booked but was very pleasant surprised celebration was a massive improvement spotless fantastic staff.i was travelling with friend who has to use a buggy to get about an everyone was so helpful. .food was good for mase catering there was nothing to moan about working in catering myself I know how hard it is .i did a few excursions some were fantastic some ok an some not worth bothering with a true mixed bag wasn't worried about paying a bit more than I could have done if sorted on my own as had piece of mind making it back on time great itenary 11 Islands in two weeks loved tortola but favourite was the last port of call bequia not sure spelt that correctly it's the Sister island of St Vincent very small beautiful harbour tender to shore went all over island on back of converted truck up an down beautiful scenery and visit to turtle sanctuary. Worst trip on St Martin double decker bus don't bother waste of time .captain was a joy always time to talk to people nothing to much trouble a credit to the company. Only negative found some of the entertainment staff a bit lacking in joy for the job best way to describe it the exception being Taylor and William who were both warm and friendly big thanks to William on taking the time to show me the star constilations it was fab Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our third cruise with Thomson/Marella to the Caribbean and our second on Celebration. It started off really well in Manchester Airport waving goodbye to our cases and knowing that we would see them next outside our cabin door! ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Thomson/Marella to the Caribbean and our second on Celebration. It started off really well in Manchester Airport waving goodbye to our cases and knowing that we would see them next outside our cabin door! Arrival in Barbados and we were whisked straight from the plane to the ship and through the painless embarkation process. Now our holiday could begin. The first thing that hits you as you board is the friendliness of staff on board and their willingness to help if you need any pointers! We saw a few familiar face from our previous cruises. The ship has recently had a little bit of an update and you could see this in some of the publc areas and bars. Our cabin was well tended throughout by our lovely cabin steward Gusti who made sure we had everything we needed and also provided us with many towel animals ! Loads of storage and wardrobe space. Bar staff were really friendly and by the end of our cruise greeted us like old friends-especially in Horizons bar. We tended to eat our breakfast and lunch/afternoon tea in Lido buffet. Lots of choice for everyone and always easy to find a table. Evening meals were also great and we ate in the main waiter service dining room Meridians. Again really friendly and attentive staff. We always managed to have a table for two with no problems. Entertainment was ok - daytime quizes etc The evening shows were good and varied but for us the trio in Horizons were the best (can't for the life of me remember their name !). The main band could have been a LOT better though. Best entertainment was Captain Nikos though! Great afternoon call out each day and very entertaining with it ! We had some great ports of call - some of them smaller ones - and that's one of the reasons we return to Marella. The Caribbean is easy to do excursions by yourself but you do need to do some research beforehand. Ship excursions were varied and although we went on a couple found some of them to be extremely pricey!! Our top port of call was Virgin Gorda. Well Done Celebration !! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We were very pleased with our experience on this cruise. It was a last minute break and we only paid £2500 for a deluxe cabin sailing on 20th December for 7 nights, flying from Manchester. Its true that you get what you pay for, this ... Read More
We were very pleased with our experience on this cruise. It was a last minute break and we only paid £2500 for a deluxe cabin sailing on 20th December for 7 nights, flying from Manchester. Its true that you get what you pay for, this cruise was very good value so our expectations were realistic. The staff were excellent and it is a very friendly ship. The food was great, well cooked and enough of a selection - again the price point of this cruise I wouldn't expect any real fine dining included. The quality of the drinks were great and the service of them from the staff excellent. I was a little disappointed with some of the cocktails, it seemed that every member of staff would do them differently, substitute ingredients - some of the fruit juices for these weren't the best. There wasn't a single cocktail that I returned to. The ports, excursions were all great. We were delayed on our flight by 9hrs as a knock on effect of the 'drones' in London so missed St Lucia really as we'd only had 3 hrs sleep by then! The entertainment was ok, the men singers were better than some of the women unfortunately - there were occasions were the audience were cringing - although they all made a great effort and we were certainly entertained! The cabin was pretty standard, along with the rest of the ship you could tell it had had a bit of a spruce up. The biggest downfall was the age of the ship and thus the movement, I've done 2 other cruises any never had a problem but had to take sickness tablets on this one to start with - its not the sea movement but a constant vibrating/jumping (imagine sitting on a tractor across a field jiggling you about) of the ship...you would be sat there and could see everyone jiggling up and down and its relentless, in addition to this there was a strange constant jolting (imagine a small child shaking you for attention) If these negatives hadn't of been there I would have voted it 4/5 stars. I would recommend this cruise if you want something cheap and cheerful, just don't set you expectations too high! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
With a great itinerary around the caribbean we looked to book the celebration the ship is old and dose vibrate even when in dock but it is spotlessly clean with freindly staff the variety of food was brilliant only went to the Meriden ... Read More
With a great itinerary around the caribbean we looked to book the celebration the ship is old and dose vibrate even when in dock but it is spotlessly clean with freindly staff the variety of food was brilliant only went to the Meriden and lido restaurants but there was a great choice at breakfast dinner and evening meal our cabin was 429 and was brill and clean and well looked after by the cabin staff book your cabin before you get on it cost £48 and then you know what you are getting we did all inclusive for the first Week which was fine but paid an extra £100 for the 2nd to go to the premium drinks package which as more choice and was brill if you like cocktails and different spirits we met some lovely people on board and had a fantastic time the entertainment staff worked really hard to make the shows entertaining . Had some really late nights in liberties !! The other two bars horizons and Hemingway’s are really good too and have a great feel about them it was great to start the night in horizons with a gin before the evening meal brilliant bar staff we did some of the ship excursions which where all good if a bit pricey all in all it won’t suit everyone and if you have sailed on the bigger ships p&o etc it may not suit as it vibrates and judders along and is not that big SO DO YOUR HOMEWORK so-you know what to expect for us We would have stayed longer and will defo go back on the ship if i can get 7 spare days off and the right itinerary Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I really can't understand why people complain??? Yes the ship is a bit old but it does everything it needs to....gets you from A to B to Z with everything needed (unless you go 5 star and complain about that too?). My wife (who ... Read More
I really can't understand why people complain??? Yes the ship is a bit old but it does everything it needs to....gets you from A to B to Z with everything needed (unless you go 5 star and complain about that too?). My wife (who has a disability and TUI were great with the offer of a disabled cabin) & I enjoyed the whole experience around the islands & met some lovely new friends too. Staff - Excellent. Bars - Very Good (although should be 2 or more Bar Staff at all times). Food & Drink - Ideal. Entertainment - Very Good (something for everyone). Cabins - Not luxurious but if they are clean & tidy (as these are) then no complaints from us. Tours - Didn't do all as we like to do our own exploring (When in British Virgin Islands seek out Captain Friendly who will take you on an informative & very enjoyable 3 to 3 1/2 hour tour & visiting the Shell Man & Friends was the highlight). Transfers - Very Good yet we only did the arrival as return is a little early if you've got prebooked seats as TUI checked us in & our hold luggage was taken from our cabin straight to the plane (great touch TUI Thankyou). Tips for new travellers - Take mixture of U.S & Eastern Carribean Dollars as although U.S are widely used some prices better in local currency. Take Barbados Dollars for last day as locals will give you the price in their own currency first. Highlights - Apart from this lovely old ship & it being tbe best/slowest week holiday we have had then its the local bars,shops & people, as doing our own exploring we never felt threatened or intimidated due to the locals being friendlier than citizens of the UK. Negatives - Safe Key (£15 for the week non-refundable)....not a complaint but just a suggestion that this should be a deposit not an extra payment!!! ENJOY YOUR CRUISE WITH THE MARELLA SHIP THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN AS YOU ARE ONLY USING IT AS A TAXI-WITH-A-ROOM TO TAKE YOU TO SOME ONCE IN A LIFETIME PLACES AS ITS VERY RARE TO HEAR COMPLAINTS ABOUT A TAXI...HAVE A GREAT TIME ALL!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
All went wrong from the flight we took 7 hours 30 mins to get to Malaga we sat on granada runway for over two hours. We have not long come back from this ship Marella Celebration well where do I start the ship has paper thin walls I ... Read More
All went wrong from the flight we took 7 hours 30 mins to get to Malaga we sat on granada runway for over two hours. We have not long come back from this ship Marella Celebration well where do I start the ship has paper thin walls I could here the people in the next cabin snoring it was so bad and you can imagine what it was like when people came back from the casino or late night drinking. Also you sat in theatre/ show and you can watch everything vibrate It’s so bad people say you get use to it you don’t the ship is so old her sister ship has been scraped off I wonder why do not take children on this ship for me I would worry about them all the outside steps are so steep. You could not get a sun bed unless you get up at 6am just not enough they say they remove towels but they don’t Food very basic in self serving restaurant. Safe in room £35 for holiday I have never paid for safe on any cruise I’ve been on before WiFi nearly £50 which most of the time it did not work Another thing i was not feeling well at the end of cruise found my blood sugar very high (34) can’t be certain but I don’t think I was getting Diet Coke Good bit is the staff sorry not for me would try the newer ships but not this boat you will be sorry if you book look at newer ships this one is over 35 years old and her sister ship was scrapped I wonder why Read Less
Marella Celebration Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 3.8
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 3.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.6
Enrichment N/A 3.3
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.9

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