Sailed on the 7th July 2013. We chose the Celebratiopn as we have done so before and had a great time.
Check in at Marmaris nice and easy with a little stroll to the ship. (shuttle bus for those who require it)
Cabin has been made over, but nothing spectacular. Flat screen TV, kettle and new tiles in the bathroom. We had issues with flushing/vacuum on 4 occasions which was dealt with. (maybe its becvause we were at the front of the ship?!?)
1 day at sea is the usual scrum for sunbeds. We managed to bag 4 together at 830 in the morning. Food onboard is not as good as last year, the selection has diminished, however we did not starve! The omelette station in the morning is still very busy but worth the wait. The daytime food still ok with the hotdogs/burgers and afternoon tea still served. The entertainment was ok, some shows are great some were just painful. (The funfair show is badly written with a terrible storyline, songs from all eras but it doesn't work....feel for the performers on this one!)
We experienced a late departure from Marmaris waiting for a late flight. This caused us to be late at Nessebar. The tendering is a nightmare. If you do not book a tour then you have to pick up tickets to be allowed off. We had tickets for the last tender, and had the grand total of an hour on shore, we didn't bother.
The other ports were docked so not so much problems, other than the queues to get off. Do what most people do....get the lift down to deck 2....then your right at the front. I still preferred to queue the good old British way!
Sevestapol we did our own thing, just walked around the market and had a drink on the shoreline. The people were friendly, we changed 20 euros to the local currency in town, had 6 drinks with cash left over. However, after speaking to other cruisers there was a great tour to the submarine base.
Constanta in Romania, big working port, but you can walk into town. We opted for a transfer to Mamaia. Seaside resort with cable cars and tacky shops, there was a festival gearing up, the beach clubs all had blaring music pumping out....very Ibiza. I liked it a lot! There is a massive shopping centre at the end of the cable car. Taxi would be better to get you back to port. Its dirt cheap in Romania, drinks and nibbles at £12 for beer wine etc for 4 of us. Shop prices very cheap. No roma gypsies seen here!
Istanbul is great. Do the walk to the grand bazaar yourself, easy to get around, trams, taxis plentiful. There will be loads of taxi drivers plying there trade when you leave port. Turn right out the doors, go through small market cross the bridge then get yourselfs lost! Great fun.
Cesme - We stayed onboard (few too many night before) Nice small port, one other small cruise ship picking passengers up. Market and marina, many people strolled about.
Only gripe was time spent in ports. 4/5 hours which is limited when you are not doing a tour so have to wait ages to get off.
Good sailings, a couple of moderate to rough seas sailings, but didn't feel it at all. The others were fine and smooth :) The last night we had moderate seas which were going against the ship causing it to roll for about 4/5 hours, but then ship turned and it stopped. Weather fine and hot.
Drinks service hit and miss onboard, but choose your server well and you get your drinks how you like them.
Great cruise again, a few niggles with things which may not affect your cruise so I wont add them! Would I go back on the Celebration ......YES!