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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 !!

Another Great Cruise to Celebrate!!

Marella Celebration Cruise Review by Katomerikaf

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
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 !!
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Cabin Review

Cabin 400
End of corridor, inside cabin so very little noise other than usual ship creaking and some vibration.
Cabin very clean and well tended by Gusti.
Loads of storage and wardrobe space.
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