7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our second time cruising and we were celebrating my 60th birthday and our silver wedding anniversary. We flew from Manchester to Malaga and once boarded, we decided to stay and explore the ship and rest up. The ship was very ... Read More
This was our second time cruising and we were celebrating my 60th birthday and our silver wedding anniversary. We flew from Manchester to Malaga and once boarded, we decided to stay and explore the ship and rest up. The ship was very clean, our cabins were cleaned twice daily by very friendly cabin staff who made us feel like it was home from home. The food was plentiful and delicious (I'm sure I gained weight) and we made lots of friends. As part of our celebrations, we were invited to dine at the captains table with other guests, a most enjoyable occasion. We paid extra for a photo shoot, a celebration package, which included flowers, Champaign, basket of fruit and of course a cake. A truly memorable occasion I highly recommend the spa treatment, it was fantastic. Everyone on board made you feel special, however, having requested an outside cabin with a queen size bed, we in fact got two single beds at opposite side of the cabin. We are now taking this up with the travel agency who made the booking. in spite of this, we enjoyed our cruise. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
JOURNEY: very easy to check in online few days before and then just drop off bags-and not see them again until we got on board the ship-this was great and took away all the stress of travelling -The dream liner is a fab plane and a very ... Read More
JOURNEY: very easy to check in online few days before and then just drop off bags-and not see them again until we got on board the ship-this was great and took away all the stress of travelling -The dream liner is a fab plane and a very comfortable way to travel .I am glad that Thompsons offer complementary drinks with the service for long haul, just adds a personal touch instead of being appearing money grabbing like some airlines. SHIP: never been on Celebration before-lovely little ship –the Broadway showroom was like a traditional theatre with an upper balcony and had a nice feel to it. FOOD: Food was plentiful and sufficient variety to suit all tastes-my hubby is a keen meat eater –I prefer fish. We only had one evening when the food in the main restaurant was not very appetising and a bit cold but we came late and they were very busy. We ate once in Mistrals which was a lovely dining experience-because we went on the second night it was not busy and we have excellent service. You are asked if you wish to dine alone or share with others –we did both, it is nice to meet people from all walks of life. STAFF: what can I say 99% of the staff were warm and friendly and could not do enough for you-they appeared to love their job and enjoy meeting new people. They worked so hard to ensure we had a good time and it was lovely to see some greeting returning guests like lost family. ENTERTAINMENT: We did not attend much other than two shows in Broadway and one night in Liberties but everyone seemed to enjoy what was on offer-plenty to do day and night. ITINERARY: loved this-the ABC (Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire) islands were so beautiful, very clean and felt very safe. Castries; St Lucia Port was a bit grim (we were too tired on first day to do a trip) worth a visit but I did not like the constant haggling of taxi drivers and tour operators. The Market did not feel that safe. Grenada: lives up to its name of the Spice island- everywhere you went the air was filled with the most amazing smells and although there was some pressure selling it was acceptable-people just trying to make a living but were gracious when you said no. A must is the great rum punch in the market square but lethal so only have one. Curacao: What a pretty island-I was somewhat pressurised by the tours operators on the ship to do the Dolphin swim, but as I had done on in the past am glad I held out my ground to do the observation only at £25 it was very affordable ,do not be told you will not see or hear anything-I got the best photos and was up close and personal –you also could walk around the rest on the sea life centre and also access the Mambo beach, which was stunning-as get transported there and back-well worth doing. Aruba: Beautiful beaches-we took a local bus $7 return to Eagle beach-took 20 mins and paid a further $15 each for the day for a sun bed each and palm tree shade and table, there are toilets and a couple of beach bars and water sports activities if you wish-very relaxing and busses run every 15-20 mins Bonaire: what can me say-little Holland-it looked like a beautiful brightly coloured toy town-there was a children’s carnival in progress and the atmosphere was so happy, there was no touting, hassle free .I took a long walk along the Harbour /Marina front alone and felt completely safe. Barbados: Sadly for others the day to Barbados falls on a Sunday when all the shops are shut but for us it was fine as we have friends who live on the island so we spent the last day with them. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Flew from Leeds Bradford with Thomson Airways. Reasonable check in. No quibbles over weight of hand luggage. Nearly six hours flight in cramped conditions. No inflight entertainment nor meals available on these flights. Tried a snack ... Read More
Flew from Leeds Bradford with Thomson Airways. Reasonable check in. No quibbles over weight of hand luggage. Nearly six hours flight in cramped conditions. No inflight entertainment nor meals available on these flights. Tried a snack "Croque Monsieur" - plastic rubbish. The cigarettes and tobacco that I wanted were not available on either flight, despite being advertised in the brochure. Arrived Sharm el Sheikh on time but had quite a wait at cruise terminal (shed) while paper work processed. Deluxe cabin on deck 9 was very comfortable but had not been refurbished, although I understand that it was due to be after we left. We had our own tea/coffee facilities anyway. The weather was cloudy most of the week but that was not a problem for us, but sun worshippers were disappointed. The entertainment was ok with an enthusiastic team of average singers and dancers. We spent a lot of time in the Horizons Bar which was very civilised with a fantastic duo who produced some beautiful sounds. The staff throughout the ship were superb and nothing was too much trouble for them. We ate one breakfast in the cafeteria and that was enough. The food was cold and the atmosphere similar to Macdonalds. Hundreds of square metres of carpet have been laid throughout the ship, but it takes more than new carpets to rebrand the ship Platinum. After that we had all our meals in the main Restaurant. The food was good. The ship docks at Aqabar for two days. If you want to go to Petra get off the ship on the first day, go into town, and there are dozens of taxi/travel agents who will arrange a trip on your second day for a fraction of Thomson price. The same applies for the Luxor excursions. Get off the ship on your first day at Safaga, go into the Duty Free Shop and there is a guy there who speaks excellent English and he will organise your excursion. The Airport at Sharm is an absolute joke. Although warned about liquids everyone was going through with bottles of water. The Departure Lounge was a nightmare. Thousands of people crammed in together, inadequate seating and facilities. A shambles. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
Sailed on the 14/12/11 from Cyprus to Sharm el sheik. Having been on several other lines the ship is not the nicest we have sailed on but it is in my opinion the best value for money. The food was great, plentiful selection to suit all ... Read More
Sailed on the 14/12/11 from Cyprus to Sharm el sheik. Having been on several other lines the ship is not the nicest we have sailed on but it is in my opinion the best value for money. The food was great, plentiful selection to suit all taste buds. The staff work very hard and are all friendly and pamper to your every needs. The ship was clean and was having new carpets fitted on the corridors. Entertainment was 3/5 but this is just my opinion. Having previously read about vibration noise towards the rear of the ship I prebooked cabin 642 on deck 2 and was happy I heard no noise. There is self service laundry rooms with washing machine and tumbledryer both free to use and soap detergent automatically fed into machine. Ports are industrial so you need to take trips and research the ports beforehand. Adding everything up im actually suprised Thomsons make any money from this cruise.   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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