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3 Marella Cruises Bodrum Cruise Reviews

Sailed out of Marmaris on the Ancient Wonders itinerary but Marmaris wasn't on the drop-down list! The ship actually looks like a ship and isn't in any way comparable to the modern day liners you will pass at sea or see in port ... Read More
Sailed out of Marmaris on the Ancient Wonders itinerary but Marmaris wasn't on the drop-down list! The ship actually looks like a ship and isn't in any way comparable to the modern day liners you will pass at sea or see in port but I kind of liked that. The flip side of course is that the Celebration isn't as luxurious as these floating hotels but nevertheless it has everything a person would need including a small gym along with several bars and restaurants plus a show lounge. Food - very good quality albeit the standard fayre and with plenty of choice for vegetarians. Drink - I was disappointed with the quality of beers and wines etc to the point that I probably would not take up the option of a "drinks package" in future and simply buy the premium brands. The "west end shows" are of course nothing of the sort and more like the sort of thing the local amateur drama club might put on at Christmas but that said they are entertaining. Cabins - are small but this is a ship after all and are fine. Crew - are very friendly and could not be faulted. Overall - Probably akin to a 3* hotel and I would return.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We took the two week "Western Promise” repositioning cruise on Thomson Celebration from Marmaris across the Mediterranean to Portsmouth. As first-timers having read the negative comments, we weren’t sure what to expect but left ... Read More
We took the two week "Western Promise” repositioning cruise on Thomson Celebration from Marmaris across the Mediterranean to Portsmouth. As first-timers having read the negative comments, we weren’t sure what to expect but left impressed. Everything was well organised by Thomson from day-before check-in at Gatwick to disembarkation at Portsmouth. The flight to Turkey was comfortable and worth paying for extra legroom. The Celebration is a traditional ship that doesn’t look like a tower block, and has recently been refurbished. The boat is clean with comfortable beds and a friendly, very hard-working crew. Hygiene is taken seriously with sanitisers everywhere, and food is served by staff wearing gloves. Even so, there were rumours of a few passengers with tummy bugs. We chose a Deck 9 deluxe cabin for the extra space and view but were kept awake by the Horizons Bar if doors were left open, then woken early when sun-loungers were put out above us. These cabins are getting balconies. There’s a wide choice of good food to British tastes. Most people sit at shared tables in the Meridian Restaurant; there’s free seating in the Lido buffet. For a more intimate experience Mistral’s is worth the £20 surcharge. The drinks package was a big bonus for booking early, with small supplements for "premium drinks”. Strangely, mineral water is excluded while alcohol is seemingly limitless. Excursions were enjoyable, though pricy. One tour that was messed up by the local agent was immediately refunded by Thomson. There’s useful information on board to help you explore ports on your own. The Celebration doesn’t make five stars as she’s showing her age. She judders and creaks, and there was no hot water at times. Some furniture and fittings were damaged in spite of the refurbishment. Sound-proofing in cabins could be better. But if you want a good unpretentious holiday, you should enjoy a cruise on this ship.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
The cruise looked great on paper. Set off from Marmaris in Turkey and sail around the Med. and back to Portsmouth. However, in some of the ports we had precious little time to soak up the sun and culture of the places at which we ... Read More
The cruise looked great on paper. Set off from Marmaris in Turkey and sail around the Med. and back to Portsmouth. However, in some of the ports we had precious little time to soak up the sun and culture of the places at which we docked.This was particularly so in Ajaccio where we had 4 hours and Catagena where we had 5 hours. Even in Lisbon we only had 6 hours and this was curtailed because the courtesy buses stopped 3 hours before we left due to a Strike. CABIN......The ship is definitely showing its age. Our cabin 201 vibrated quite badly ALL of the time whether we were at sea or in port. We spoke to others who were in the same block of cabins at the front of the ship on deck 6 and they all said the same. The vibration was not so bad in the middle of the ship so we would book a cabin midships if we booked again. Space wise the cabin was great with ample storage for clothes, etc. The other problem with the cabins 200-205 is that they have 2 way glass so that people using the promenade deck can see in the cabins. You are provided with net curtains but these reduce the light and view from your windows. At sunset you are also required to pull down a blind for navigational reasons...this cuts out all the light and you might as well have an inside cabin. The system for disembarkation (getting off) was poor. Even when there were large crowds lining up to get off there were no staff managing the situation and there were a number of arguments when people pushed in. It was even more annoying when you finally got to the gangplank to find only 1 member of the staff booking people off the boat. There were 2 computer terminals and both should have been operated...THOMSON TAKE NOTE... STAFF They were really good. Service was for the most part excellent. ENTERTAINMENT... We only went to one show which was good. The rest of the time in the evenings we spent in the Heminways Bar. The entertainment was great. My special congratulations to Guy who sang and played the piano. I wish him well in his new career. FOOD......It seems that Thomsons is cutting back on the quality/variety of the food. We sailed on the Majesty last year and the food was so much better then. In particular the bread rolls at breakfast were naff. There wasn't any marmalade at breakfast...but they did have peanut butter yuck. The sailing through the Bay of Biscay was unpleasant. It was made worse when we got back to our cabin late from the Heminways Bar to find the electrics in our cabin were off. We had to grab some nightware and stagger (caused by the heavy seas) to another cabin 2 decks up. At least I know not to choose a cruise going there in future.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
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