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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
SAIL THE THREE SEAS the itinerary that called me to sail on the Marella Celebration, reviewed separately. For me it all started with a 45 mile drive down the A1 at silly o’clock for the 06:50 Boeing 737 from Donny (DSA) to Dubrovnic ... Read More
SAIL THE THREE SEAS the itinerary that called me to sail on the Marella Celebration, reviewed separately. For me it all started with a 45 mile drive down the A1 at silly o’clock for the 06:50 Boeing 737 from Donny (DSA) to Dubrovnic (DBV) and a half hour coach transfer along the stunning Dalmatian coast. I must at this point thank all the other reviewers who said SIT ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE COACH. As the port cam into sight Cele was dwarfed by the MSC Lirica and Aida Blu The sail away form Dubrovnic was accompanied by music form the outrageously talented MUSIK UNLIMITED for a day at sea down to Celebrations flag port of Valetta, Malta I was pre-booked one both Malta Highlights tour which was a little disappointing due to quite heavy rain. Seabourn Odissey in Port Day 4, Messiina Sicily and the trip of the day was the Godfather Villages for me and I bought an umbrella opposite the world famous Bar Vitelli a today it was torrential. Day 5, Argostoli, Kefalonia, no trip today I decided to have a port day and just mooch around I caught the Red Train for a tour of the city. Weather was overcast but warm and more importantly DRY Day 6, Ingoumenitsa, Greece a glorious day and trip 3 to Necromantia and Parga in. My opinion we would have been better going straight to the picturesque Parga and having more time to explore and enjoy Day 7 up at 5 o’clock for the sail into Kotor in Montenegro - well I say five o’clock my iPhone had not changed the time from Greek so up at four it was then and failed to see the German U-boat pens, breakfast and off on the full day tout Highlights of Montenegro the highlight of which was transiting the road known as the 25 serpents. What a stunning country Day 8 wake up and we are back in Dubrovnik The ret of the time aboard being taken up eating, drinking and watching the excellent productions put on by the show team, I must say my favourite was the Broadway Shows extravaganza the finale being from Les Miserable and the last time I had seen it sung was by the Barricade boys, all of whom have sung the part in the West End, The Marella show team rendition was certainly equal to that Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We tried the majesty last year and were so impressed we decided to do the next one up ie the celebration. We had a large delux cabin which we had booked however we were given a queen bed instead of twin beds as originally requested. That ... Read More
We tried the majesty last year and were so impressed we decided to do the next one up ie the celebration. We had a large delux cabin which we had booked however we were given a queen bed instead of twin beds as originally requested. That being said the bed was extremely comfy and Ahmad, who looked after our cabin kept it spotlessly clean and the towel “art” each night was great. I hope the next cruise we go on we might get lucky and have Ahmad look after us again! Unfortunately on this cruise the ship appeared to be full to capacity and it was difficult finding seats in the different bars. Also when we wanted to sit and read say in the Hemingway’s bar it was most difficult. We did try the Broadway lounge which was always empty during the day but sadly it was really cold so couldn’t sit and read. The staff were lovely always accommodating nothing was too much trouble for them. The food which was aplenty, was tasty. The pianist Ben was good as was the guitarist. We watched the shows too in the Broadway lounge which were very good I particularly liked the Philip Marlowe production. The comedian they had on was also funny and went down well. An enjoyable cruise although the Celebration is looking tired and needs some TLC. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This is the third or fourth time we have been on the Celebration over the past 4 yrs I believe. I feel a bit sorry to say that in all ways this ship has gone down in my estimation and is like a frail old lady. This not to say that we ... Read More
This is the third or fourth time we have been on the Celebration over the past 4 yrs I believe. I feel a bit sorry to say that in all ways this ship has gone down in my estimation and is like a frail old lady. This not to say that we did not enjoy our 2 weeks cruise because we did, but knowing this ship for a good few years it is a bit sad, so see her being dragged round the Med when all she wants is a good rest. The cabins are ok especially ours as we have an adapted cabin which is large and adequate in size but it looks exactly as it did when we first went on it all those years ago .apart from a new carpet,except it should not have done. it should have been brought more up to scratch. The cabin does not seem to have been decorated since the beginning of us using it. The food in Mistrals is really lovely but so it should at the supplement over what you have already paid. A very short menu.. The Lido is a bit like a works canteen but we only went there for breakfast as the Meridian was too early for us The food is not quite so good as before but perfectly ok. The best bit about this ship is the staff. They do all they can to make sure that you are happy. I had a couple of blips but it was soon sorted out.. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
So many basic errors and a lack of understanding what cruisers expect. Obvious frozen veg straight out of a packet. Packet gravy. Braised beef hard and dry. Coq au vin not cooked in the totally unrelated sauce. Fruit salad straight from ... Read More
So many basic errors and a lack of understanding what cruisers expect. Obvious frozen veg straight out of a packet. Packet gravy. Braised beef hard and dry. Coq au vin not cooked in the totally unrelated sauce. Fruit salad straight from the tin served as stewed fruit compot. The lobster highlight was dry, over cooked and tasteless. Appalling waste of good produce. Fish nearly always flaccid and with no discernible flavour. Best meal was lamb shank local pub style. One sweet served in a badly buckled stemmed dish. Obvious no one is overseeing what is coming out of the kitchen or understands what we expect. Feel I am being taken for a simpleton and being insulted by the offer of an upgraded meal (standard on any cruise line) at extra cost. Staff great. Cabin clean but no fridge. Some good entertainment but some screeching singers. Overaul third rate. Booked for an excellent itinerary pity about the rest. Tui wake up and get a grip. Will only consider Tui for land based holidays in future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This sailing was incredible from start to finish! The staff were all friendly, helpful, and couldn't do enough for you. The ship was an older classic style yacht, very comfortable but definitely a dated look to it. The cabins were ... Read More
This sailing was incredible from start to finish! The staff were all friendly, helpful, and couldn't do enough for you. The ship was an older classic style yacht, very comfortable but definitely a dated look to it. The cabins were small but comfortable, the beds were a little on the hard side for my taste but were still cozy enough to get a good night's sleep. The food on board was wonderful! The kitchen staff outdid themselves at every meal. I swear we barely ever stopped eating on board, as soon as breakfast was cleared, someone was out offering fresh slices of watermelon, then lunch, then a dish of sorbet on the sun deck, then an amazing dinner and cocktails, definitely overdid it but everything was impeccable. The cruise director was always knowledgeable about our ports, giving us plenty of insight on what to do while in each country (Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece). I do think the excursions could be improved upon though, they only offered a couple excursions in each port, and they were participation based, so if the one you wanted didn't have enough guests, it didn't happen. That being said, the only port I think an excursion is truly necessary is Albania. My favorite stops were Korcula, Kotor, Anti-Paxos and Paxos (Anti-Paxos had the best beach and bluest waters I've ever seen in my life!). I would gladly travel with Variety in the future, and look forward to the day I get to sail with them again! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We have cruised regularly on Thomson (TUI - Marella) and Cunard. We finally persuaded our friends to join us. The Marella Celebration itinerary was excellent as it included Venice, Dubrovnik and Korcular. Some of our favourite places. ... Read More
We have cruised regularly on Thomson (TUI - Marella) and Cunard. We finally persuaded our friends to join us. The Marella Celebration itinerary was excellent as it included Venice, Dubrovnik and Korcular. Some of our favourite places. Marella is less formal than Cunard, uses Sterling and had a great all inclusive deal when we booked. We did a cruise and stay holiday staying on the island of Kolocep just 30 mins from Dubrovnik. This was our first time on the Celebration but we knew her sister ship, the Spirit very well. Our first impressions were very favourable as though the deck layout is almost identical there is a much more modern feel to the Celebration - less vestiges of her Holland America past. The main dining room food was excellent - we ate all our meals there as it’s so much relaxed experience than the Lido. The included drinks were good enough for the most of us though one of our friends who deals in wine thought the Cote de Rhône to be excellent and good value for money. There were no sea days on this cruise - and I do miss a good sea day to relax. I think all that can be said about the age of the ship has been said before. I love the teak decks and the fact she is easy to get around. What gives this ship her heart are the people who work on it, the value for money and the entertainment. We would certainly return if it was the right itinerary. A first for TUI Marella is a welcome back party for loyal cruisers. You have to go to reception to let them know you have cruised with Thomsons before to be eligible. Cunard contact you and know your status - so me thinks Thomson’s weren’t keeping this info. We even received a little badge! We really found no fault with anything on the ship apart from the embarkation process that takes place on the ship - Long long queues We always choose our cabins after studying the deck plan as we like to be central and not near noisy areas. I do think a deck plan should be given out at departure - like other cruise lines. We knew the layout but our friends hadn’t cruised before. The cabin numbers and decks don’t tally. We were on deck 8 bridge deck but cabin 075. Dining - we dined in the Meridian for most of our meals and were very pleased with the food (better than on the Spirit). We celebrated our anniversary in the Mistral Restaurant which was excellent. Not so impressed by the food in the Kora La - the service was excellent in all the places we ate. Ports of call Bari Montenegro- There is a free port transfer bus to Bar - we then took a taxi to Stari Bar. It cost 5€ agree the price first. Stari Bar is no Kotor but still worth a visit. Korcula - tender port. Lovely old town - birth place of Marco Polo. We went for a wine tasting in a local restaurant- god wine but very expensive. It seems that most wine is produced for local consumption only. Zadar - ship to town transfer costs £7 - drop off near the Sea Organ. Lovely town with Roman ruins and great atmosphere. Venice - Get up foe the sail in - it is so peaceful and the only time you see Venicecwithout the masses. There was no organised transfer to St Marks Square but possible to buy tickets for transfer once off the ship. We realise that there appears to be a hop on hop off water bus that may be worth using. We used the People carrier to take us to P le Roma near the Station. We made a mistake of getting a gondola from here. It costs €80 but not the most picturesque trip. Walk further on - there are plenty of gondola’s around in better settings. We followed the signs to the Rialto bridge. The streets/canals up unti this point are relatively quiet. We then visited St Marks Square. We have visited Venice before so wouldn’t have bothered visiting again as it is always heaving but our friends have not visited before. I would strongly suggest pre booking St Marks or Doge’s palace and trip to Guggenheim art gallery.Eat anywhere away from St Marks or Rialto. Trieste - short walk from ship to main shopping area. Hike up to the castle and church well worth it. Public transport runs up to the castle as well. Split - Diocletian palace and medieval town within is amazing - very game of thrones. Well worth a visit. Dubrovnik - We visited Dubrovnik at night on a sunset trip from Kolocep. We sailed into the old harbour - it was a fabulous trip. For those who are only cruising - the ship doesn’t sail till 10 pm so if you have the energy and inclination get the bus to the Pile gate and spend late afternoon/early evening there before she sails. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We as a couple in our 60s always choose Marella (formerly Thomson) for our cruises. The smaller ships are our choice as they are friendlier and more intimate. Great crew, always greeting you with a smile. We sailed from Dubrovnik, ... Read More
We as a couple in our 60s always choose Marella (formerly Thomson) for our cruises. The smaller ships are our choice as they are friendlier and more intimate. Great crew, always greeting you with a smile. We sailed from Dubrovnik, taking in Bar (Montenegro), Korcula (Croatia) and Venice, among a few other ports of call. All were beautiful - and the weather helped!! Sunny and hot every day. Although the ship, the Celebration, was full, we never felt cramped at any time. We are going back on this ship in October for 2 weeks from Dubrovnik to Malaga (repositioning). A couple of small gripes. We felt the entertainment this time round was not up to the usual high standard we have experienced before, particularly in the Broadway show lounge. We also found the food in the waitered Meridian restaurant of lesser quality than on previous cruises. Marella take note - other cruisers were of the same opinion. However, we can't fault Marella Celebration crew-wise. Even the vibration of the ship we have become accustomed to and now expect! Very enjoyable from start to finish. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I decided to book the Greek Mystique cruise as my wife has had surgery recently and really needed to recuperate and recover. After check in at Gatwick we didn't see our luggage again until delivered to our cabin I can not tell you ... Read More
I decided to book the Greek Mystique cruise as my wife has had surgery recently and really needed to recuperate and recover. After check in at Gatwick we didn't see our luggage again until delivered to our cabin I can not tell you how amazing that was not to have to face the hustle and bustle of the airport baggage carousels! I rater enjoyed the main resturaunt as they operate an open seating dining plan so we were able to dine with new people every evening, which when we usually cruise on Seabourn and Azamara we have a fixed table and dining companions for the duration of the cruise -so Marella has hit on a good idea on the occasions where one may be sitted on a dining table with 'cruise snobs'.Which in the past we have had to endure! We are retired although a young 59 and 61, we tend to book 4 cruises per year one for each season. We have one Seabourn and one Azamrara then 2 cheaper options which this year is Marella and Cruise & Maritime to try the other end of the market. The ship Celebration was old as described on CC.reviews,but it was perfectly clean and comfortable. We prefer to have waiter service at meals as my wife isn't always able to stand and queue for periods of time and apart from the very last morning when there was literally not a seat to be had this worked perfectly for us. Our cabin steward was superb so although tips are included we left him cash in an envelope cabin was cleaned and towels replenished twice daily. My wife purchased two Radley handbags which she said were great value. we are not drinkers so didn't opt for the AI Drinks package(due to my wife's medication). We did take excursions which although costly were not exhorbitant but much more importantly safe for my wife's comfort. We ate in Mistrals which was a delight -highly recommended especially drunken prawns delicious! The Ports of call were delightful especially KOTORin Mo ntenegro and sailing out of Dubrovnik at night ! STUNNING. keeping the best till last- just has to be the entertainment. THE showteam were leaving and a new team and Cruise Director was starting the week after we disembarked. They were amazing and the show Africa was wonderful. We really thought it couldn't get any better until Monday when the Guest Act came on to do his show. His name was Christopher Gee and he was superb, my wife laughed so much it was sheer joy to behold.And his comedy impressions were stunning-the thing we could't work out was how can every voice he did be so accurate and yet he even manages to look like each person he takes on. His Tommy Cooper had everyone in stiches, and his Eric Morecambe had us all fighting off a tear at the much loved comedian but the absolute hIghlight was his one man tribute to Dave Allen it was so perfect even down to him holding a whiskey glass with only half a forefinger, his attention to detail was astounding. He recieved a richly deserved standing ovation! The neXt night was his second show and there simply wasn't a seat to be had and extra chairs from the bars were brought in, but the show was totally different Alan Carr/Michael Macintyre/Ozzy/he also did an hilarious BORIS AND Donald Trump had us ill with laughter very up to date you could hear a pin drop and that was after midnight. He was very personable young man and told us he will be on Marella Dream later in the year so we are booking that one too! We love the shows and we don't watch a lot of comedians to be fair- but I just had to post this review as everyone is quick to complain but not always ready to say a big well done Marella for booking a comedian impressionist that did nor offend one single person no un PC material or smut involved just FUNNY!!! The entire ship was talking about him the next day. in all one has to commend Marella ,especially at their price point as I assure you we have got much less from paying 4 times more!!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
was very dubious about cruising, but i must say i thourghly enjoyed my time aboard the celebration,,staff great,,food great..shows ..places..really relaxed...will defo do again.. most of the day was spent ashore and only travelling at ... Read More
was very dubious about cruising, but i must say i thourghly enjoyed my time aboard the celebration,,staff great,,food great..shows ..places..really relaxed...will defo do again.. most of the day was spent ashore and only travelling at night,,gave my wife and myself the chance to see if we liked cruising..liked the size and lay out of the celebration not to big nor to small..goldilocks ship..the shows on board were better than i expected........................ .........took out the al linclusive. didnt need anything else...everybody on board very very friendly...///////,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, might go a bit later than may next time, maybe second week in june................................... seen a few disabled /wheelchair passengers so mobility cant be much of a problem............ the restaurant and bars were more than capable in handling the amout of passengers on board very very rerely did i have to que long for anything..didnt go to the captains meeting bit to formal for me,like to relax. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We flew to Dubrovnik on Dreamliner and impressed by seat legroom and at seat entertainment. Once cases dropped at Gatwick did not see them again until outside cabin. Transfer from airport to ship about 40 minutes and on ship within 40 ... Read More
We flew to Dubrovnik on Dreamliner and impressed by seat legroom and at seat entertainment. Once cases dropped at Gatwick did not see them again until outside cabin. Transfer from airport to ship about 40 minutes and on ship within 40 minutes of arrival at port. CABIN - L shaped single beds (quite hard) and small porthole. Cabin dated but functional with lots of cupboard, drawer storage. WARNING. Electical point are American style and only 1 in cabin. Take adaptor and a multi-pin adaptor - you will need it. Cabin kept spotless by lovely Ida and Indyra - Twins from Ukraine and Bali. SHIP - Old but exceptionally well kept. Ship is Adult only so no children left to own devices - just naughty adults. Cant enter any dining venue without having hands gelled - fantastic - first ship this has been enforced - 10/10 Thomson/Tui Food in Lido Buffet and Compass Rose Restaurant is generally of highest quality, well presented and invariably hot - 10/10 Thomson/Tui. Plates presented are hot for hot food selection and cold for buffet selection - again 10/10 Thomson/Tui - other cruise lines especially Princess - please note. ship easy to get about being small but staff are ever so helpful and cheerful and so invariably are passengers. It is a happy ship and it shows. Ship has a number of entertainment venues. These include Broadway Show Lounge for mainly Ship Entertainment team to showcase talents, High Spirits for Quizzes, competitions, late night dancing /nightclub, Horizon Lounge for easy listening to trio , Explorers Lounge for relaxed chat and lastly Raffles Piano bar and Casino Area. All venues were spotlessly clean. Sunbeds could be a problem on sea days but generally not a problem, although the sun worshipers out in force at crack of dawn and not seen on beds most of day. Ship sunbed policy never enforced.. DRINKS - we were on All Inclusive and I could not believe how many beers/Spirits, cocktails were included. You could also be required to pay a supplement doe some drinks but most included. In the two weeks we only ever needed to pay 1 supplement for £1.50. The House White and House Rose were very palatable wines and available all day and very generously provided at dinner. ITINERARY Dubrovnik, Koper, Pula, Venice, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik (Turn around) then Valetta, Messina, Taranto, Igoumenitsa, Koper and finally back to Dubrovnik. Weather up to Zadar was invariably poor with heavy rain. Trip in Pula was cancelled owing to storms but ports of call were generally excellent apart from Igoumenitsa. It is pretty grim so book a trip. In summary - this was our first Thomson Cruise and wont be our last - value for money it blew the other cruise lines out of the water so bye bye P&O, Princess and RCI - Thomson has got my vote. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
I can't complain about anything. Our trip in Pan Orama through the Adriatic sea (Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece) was absolutely amazing. The crew is incredible, everyone was super nice to us and we felt really ... Read More
I can't complain about anything. Our trip in Pan Orama through the Adriatic sea (Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece) was absolutely amazing. The crew is incredible, everyone was super nice to us and we felt really well-treated by everyone. Absolutely everyone was super kind. The service is amazing, you get your room done twice a day. THE FOOD IS AMAZING!!!!!! The cabins are really well equipped, and they provide you some toiletries. It has a bar and a coffee table, where you can help yourself with coffee, infusions, tea, cookies or fruit 24/7. Its super peaceful and I am looking forward to go on board again. I was scared of being dizzy all day long, but the ship doesn't move that much and you feel in perfect conditions all the time. The shore excursions are really interesting and we went to really beautiful places ashore. The swim stops are one of the most amazing things I've ever done, it's amazing to swim in open sea.The activities on board are really entertaining and they were scheduled in the perfect moments. We relaxed and had the best vacation of our lives. I seriously hope to be back again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
It was mine & the wifes 1st cruise & we wasn't dissapointed, from the lovely suite on the 8th deck, to the 2 cabin stewards Bert & Randy who just couldn't do enough for us, to the entertainment in the Broadway suite ... Read More
It was mine & the wifes 1st cruise & we wasn't dissapointed, from the lovely suite on the 8th deck, to the 2 cabin stewards Bert & Randy who just couldn't do enough for us, to the entertainment in the Broadway suite which was top class, Tom Evans & all the team did a different show every night, & every show was a delight to sit & watch, they deserve all the praise they get, well done guys, to the resident band Strumjam, they were awesome & it was a pleasure to sing with them on a bandioke night, & to all the staff & crew they all work so very hard & some get so little sleep, to the Lido Restaurant with great food every day, to the Compass Rose Restaurant & the fantastic waiter service, to the waiters & waitresses that served our drinks, to the captain & his crew for getting us to our destinations, so thank you all for a awesome 2 weeks aboard the Thomson Spirit.. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Ok, so we have never been on a cruise. Before deciding to jump in and book a really expensive one for our wedding anniversary, we thought that we would try a 'cheaper' short cruise. This looked just the ticket. We knew from ... Read More
Ok, so we have never been on a cruise. Before deciding to jump in and book a really expensive one for our wedding anniversary, we thought that we would try a 'cheaper' short cruise. This looked just the ticket. We knew from reviews roughly what to expect. An older ship, a bit tired and supposedly noisy. Well, yes it is a bit tired but apart from an occasional place and time, little noise was experienced. By way of any compensation was the food and the staff. Good quality fayre with a really friendly crew. The after dinner entertainment was a bit limited and we expected a disco of some sort, but this wasn't until 11.30 and when you are up and out on a tour early the next morning, this is a bit silly. Overall, a good learning curve. This ship has one more year so if you like a friendly but older ship, give it a try. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise because of its destination, the size of the boat and the fact that it was vetted by Wilderness Travel, an excellent US travel company. Eight of us traveled for a week along the Dalmatian coast and had a wonderful time ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its destination, the size of the boat and the fact that it was vetted by Wilderness Travel, an excellent US travel company. Eight of us traveled for a week along the Dalmatian coast and had a wonderful time thanks to the great crew and the really nice ship. The embarkation was the only little problem we encountered: no one answered the phone earlier that day so we did not know where to go on the pier. Turns out you have to go through a customs office first, which was not mentioned in the instructions. But everything after that was great. All of us would recommend this heartily for people who like low-key vacations in smallish vessels. The only reason some of the ratings below (Enrichment activities, Entertainment, Fitness & recreation) do not get "excellent" is that they refer to large cruise ships and we were very very glad not to have them available. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Much has been written in previous reviews on this website about this ship and the cruise among the islands and ports of South Dalmatia plus Kotor in Montenegro with which I entirely agree. I will just add some extra points which occur to ... Read More
Much has been written in previous reviews on this website about this ship and the cruise among the islands and ports of South Dalmatia plus Kotor in Montenegro with which I entirely agree. I will just add some extra points which occur to me. First, unlike one reviewer, we booked direct through Voyages Jules Verne. Transport to the ship and back to the airport was included in the price of our holiday and we did not have to pay anything extra. Aboard the ship, they made full use of the sundeck and one evening we had a barbecue and one morning when we were passing through many islands on the very scenic approach to Kotor, they served breakfast up there. Our cabin was on Deck 3 which was very convenient for the restaurant. The only problem was that you could hear the ship's dynamo or a similar noise all the time whether or not the ship was in dock but you quickly got used to it. I agree with one reviewer that the safe was on a top shelf. Whilst I could reach it, it was not very convenient. The food was excellent. Whilst my wife is on a diet, the restaurant manager was very accommodating and always provided an alternative if there was something she did not want to eat on the menu. It is probably a good idea to mention it to your travel agent when you are first booking which we did. There are many good tours with good English-speaking guides. Although I am slightly disabled and walk with a stick, people were very friendly and supportive. Whenever we went ashore in a ship's tender, at the time to come back on board, they used to provide fresh cold, mint tea at the landing quay. This was always welcome and refreshing. Like another reviewer we were a fairly small group, 16, of English-speaking tourists amongst mainly French people with two Americans and I think a few Germans but everyone was very friendly. To sum up, we had a very enjoyable holiday and would certainly go again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Worst ship we have been on for food you can see it's the last year and they have cut things back too far We have been on three other Thompson ships and found the food fine even the last year of the island escape We have sailed ... Read More
Worst ship we have been on for food you can see it's the last year and they have cut things back too far We have been on three other Thompson ships and found the food fine even the last year of the island escape We have sailed 6 years on the trot on Thompson cruises,majesty,island escape 3 times celibration and then this. We chose this ship as we had been on the sister ship for 2 weeks last year and it was great and the difference is amazing even tho we had visited some of the ports before they where just as good as the first times katakolon has been really upgraded and worth another trip. Mostly the staff are superb but the new non Asian staff require some training on costumer service I doubt we will return to Thompson in the near future if this is their way forward Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We have been on the celebration before so we knew what the ship was like. We flew from Gatwick on the Dreamliner which arrived in Dubrovnik early. Dubrovnik is called a 'bonded' airport which means we checked our luggage in as ... Read More
We have been on the celebration before so we knew what the ship was like. We flew from Gatwick on the Dreamliner which arrived in Dubrovnik early. Dubrovnik is called a 'bonded' airport which means we checked our luggage in as normal at Gatwick and the next time we saw it was outside our cabin. A fantastic service and it was the same on the return trip. We had a de-luxe cabin on deck 7 which had 2 large picture windows, a bath and shower, loads of space, 2 single beds and a sofa. It was as usual kept spotlessly clean by the 2 cabin staff. The ship was completely full and was adult only, we booked early so got the drinks package free. There were plenty of waiters both in bars and around the ship ( unlike the discovery last year where it was lacking in waiters) The food in all restaurants was of a good standard, the shows in the show lounge were excellent as were all the staff around the ship. We didn't go on any shore excursions we just did our own thing walking around every port of call. Its a shame the old girl is going but she is now showing her age. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
my wife is wheelchair bound and we have travelled with various cruise lines in the past including Thomson so when we were offered a package including flights at a reasonable price with adapted transfers from/to airport and ship for back to ... Read More
my wife is wheelchair bound and we have travelled with various cruise lines in the past including Thomson so when we were offered a package including flights at a reasonable price with adapted transfers from/to airport and ship for back to back [total 14 nights on the Spirit we decided to accept. The ship is tired but perfectly adequate , the staff are brilliant , the food is ok [ you certainly will not starve] No disabled cabins were available and the port of Pula was a tendered landing but we knew this prior to booking hence no complaints. no our gripe centres on where they land you , how far away the town is ,and no disabled transport to and from the advertised town. The Thomson policy appears to be one of charging able bodied travellers to board return bus travel to/from the cruise terminal to the advertised town destinations whilst the wheelchair bound are left to their own devices eg Port to Split return by taxi 35 euros. Port to Venice We travelled by people carrier[ overhead railway]while Thomson charged able bodied passengers for water taxi. In contrast in Tarranto the council provided Wheelchair friendly free transport for all, . Not good enough Thomson I believe, as a matter of principle that when you advertise these destinations then you should transport all to the town proper and not to a remote dockside It did not spoil my cruise but was very a source of annoyance to the disable people on board PS the staff are fantastic and the evening entertainment was excellent albeit that £5.50 for a can of Boddington is a rip off No trips are suitable for wheel chair passengers Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We sailed on the Thomson Celebration from September 29 - October 5 on the Eastern Mediterranean trip. It was our first-ever cruise so we were pretty green and did not have anything to compare it with. First impressions were good, ... Read More
We sailed on the Thomson Celebration from September 29 - October 5 on the Eastern Mediterranean trip. It was our first-ever cruise so we were pretty green and did not have anything to compare it with. First impressions were good, embarkation no problem and our deluxe cabin 136 was much larger than we imagined it would be. Enjoyed first day walk excursion in Dubrovnik, taking in cable car and the extremely busy walled city. Next day was Athens, what a dump and a miserable courier. Glad to get back but not so happy with the sickness and diarrhea bug (norovirus warning had greeted us in cabin on arrival) that struck me almost immediately. Called the doctor and he gave injection and confined both myself and my partner to the cabin. Next day was miserable sitting on bed most of the time - glad we had a window - and missed booked excursion to Itea. We were released from cabin late that evening as I had recovered sufficiently so were okay for Corfu Town trip next day. Enjoyed that, taking boat ride around the caves and a winding coach journey up to an impressive vantage point at a local restaurant Looking forward to Montenegro excursion the next day but hopes dashed when partner went down with the bug the previous evening. Given the jab by the doc and confined to cabin, I was allowed out but had to stay on ship. I did go out on deck early in the morning as the ship moved in through the fjords, impressive. On each occasion the doctor said he would hand our unused excursion tickets to reception and apparently if you book them on the ship you are reimbursed immediately, but we booked ours in our local Thomson shop prior to departure. Reception told us refunds would take 7-14 days paid on the card on which they were issued. That time passed and no money had arrived, so I complained and Thomson stated they would deal with the issue within 28 days of my contact email. What great PR. We revisited our local shop in an attempt to expedite the matter and were told the Montenegro refund had been issued - the problem was nobody had told us and it certainly was not in our bank account. As to the Itea payment the shop managed to ascertain that the matter was under investigation but were unable to reveal any more as the 'investigators' refused to release any further details. No further contact so far. What a farce. Are they saying we are lying? We booked five trips on five days at a cost of £360 which would suggest we intended to enjoy as much of the holiday as possible. Surely they only have to check the ship's medical records to find the truth - presumably these would include details of injections, confinement to cabin etc. If not somebody was sadly lacking in their duty. In future on cruises we will certainly heed the advice of a senior member of crew - avoid the self service area whenever possible and eat in the main restaurants. A final word for the staff - apart from the reception desk which was hopeless in most cases they were excellent and our cabin steward Mustaffah was a real star. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Prefer small ships. Wanted to go to the Adriatic. Had sailed on company's previous ship. Booking arrangements good but speakers and extension possibilities not available on line even on eve of departure. Travel to /from ship ... Read More
Prefer small ships. Wanted to go to the Adriatic. Had sailed on company's previous ship. Booking arrangements good but speakers and extension possibilities not available on line even on eve of departure. Travel to /from ship efficiently handled. We had a suite so cannot review smaller cabins, ours was excellent. Ship was very clean but is showing signs of age. Public spaces very good. Food good quality, well prepared & presented both at buffet and in restaurant. Mainly traditional British menu, classic but not adventurous. Entertainment was very good. Busy schedule restricted the number of lectures which were well presented by knowledgeable speakers. When bad weather prevented access to Monomvasia the alternative of Napflion was quickly arranged & proved to be a delightful spot. Catering/entertainment/cabin staff all very efficient, polite & cheerful. Shore excursions efficiently handled. We tend to make our own way as we find 'excursions' often overpriced and formulaic compared to the less informative but far more flexible (and cheap) ones available at the entrance to most terminals, but that's just us. All in all an excellent cruise and good value for the money. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Adriatic Affair/Taste of The Adriatic.September 8th to 22nd. Embarkation good, cases outside our cabin very quickly.If you want a peaceful secluded cabin without any corridor noise from other guests I can recommend number 51 on Deck 8 ... Read More
Adriatic Affair/Taste of The Adriatic.September 8th to 22nd. Embarkation good, cases outside our cabin very quickly.If you want a peaceful secluded cabin without any corridor noise from other guests I can recommend number 51 on Deck 8 Plenty of drawer /wardrobe space. Large double bed, Sofa and small Table. Cabin kept spotlessly clean by Jaya. No problems with Shower etc, hot water at all times. However from the moment one steps on board Thomson's Money Making Machine is activated so keep your hands on your wallets unless you want to be faced with an extremely heavy bill at the end. Many services which used to be complimentary are now chargeable.Every demonstration etc is geared up to relieve you of your hard earned cash. We dined in The Meridian restaurant most nights and the food in general was good. We did not experience long queues and our waiter (No name mentioned) always saved us a table for two. The food in the Lido was good with something to suit all tastes and an excellent salad bar. The shows were first class and the team consisted of some very strong voices.Excursions were expensive and the majority not worth the money. Check out the local busses when possible .All the staff were polite and .pleasant.Disembarkation very good till we arrived at the airport.Then we were informed our flight would be four hours late departing.,so we all lined up like cattle for a small drinks voucher.After travelling with Thomson for many years not once have we been given any incentive to carry on with them, so right now I feel it is time to say Bye Bye Thomson and spend our money with another cruise line. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise purely because of the itinerary. It had some of the destinations that we had never visited before. The Croatian destinations were brilliant and well worth a return. However the Celebration failed to live up to the ... Read More
We chose this cruise purely because of the itinerary. It had some of the destinations that we had never visited before. The Croatian destinations were brilliant and well worth a return. However the Celebration failed to live up to the itinerary. The ship is very old and definitely showing signs of its age. Checking in process was poor and entailed a lengthy queue around the main dining restaurant as in there is no central atrium. In places I would describe it as "filthy", especially the sun beds and "Bali beds". There should be replaced immediately as they are absolutely manky. The dining tables on the lido deck are significantly higher than the chairs and make you feel like an infant at the table. The rattan design of these is falling apart on some of the chairs. In Hemingways it is cold and again the seating is falling apart in places. The service is patchy and with a few exceptions, the bar waiters are rude and will often overlook guests requests. Matson was a breath of fresh ar in comparison to many of the others. The all inclusive package is a lie. There are 146 supplement charges out of the 236 drinks available on the bar menu. Some of these beggar belief. If you order a 200ml soft drink it is in your drinks package, but there is a supplement charge for a 300ml drink of the same kind. Easy to get round by ordering two of the smaller drinks but nonsensical nevertheless. You get letters threatening you with charges if you lose this or if you misplace that. There is a £25 charge for the use of the "safe" in your cabin. Surely this is a standard you would not expect to have to pay for. Not exactly what you expect for the price. Food is plentiful but not a massive amount of variety. Yet again there are supplement charges if you want a steak or a lamb cutlet. The company appear to be trying to penny pinch everywhere. Tours available were reasonably priced but can be done cheaper on your own if you have the courage to "go for it". On a positive note the entertainment is really good and the talents of those that are in the show team truly deserve to be presenting their trade on a ship that reflects their talent. They go above and beyond what I have seen from an an entertainment team on any cruise line that I have travelled with. Becky has a fantastic vocal range and does a solo performance of high quality late one evening. Their rendition of Les Miserables was brilliant. If this was my first cruise experience it would have put me off for good and therefore I would recommend other other companies way before Thomson and often at a cheaper price. Very expensive for what was provided. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
First week was superburb but weather was too hot our fault no complaint the ship is a bit rattle box but it is clean and the staff are brilliant some from the island escape made it even better,the half trips each day were not bad and the ... Read More
First week was superburb but weather was too hot our fault no complaint the ship is a bit rattle box but it is clean and the staff are brilliant some from the island escape made it even better,the half trips each day were not bad and the places we went to were lovely we had a cabin on third floor near the front only problem was the noisey neighbours,why do people make so much noise when it is so easy to have a bit of respect for other holiday makers,the staff everywhere are so polite and it is so clean the entertainment was ok the food was as so good in the lido we did not have to try any other place try the stir fry it is brill most of the ports are ok (krotor)outstandingly the drive in is as the captain said is one off the bucket list 2 hours of heaven and we were lucky to do it twice thank you captain for your decision to divert from duress Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
First time cruisers for anniversary. Ship a bit dated but service superb. Food very good and destinations varied and interesting. Entertainment first class. Balcony cabin a must as some appear to be a bit claustrophobic. Do NOT pay the all ... Read More
First time cruisers for anniversary. Ship a bit dated but service superb. Food very good and destinations varied and interesting. Entertainment first class. Balcony cabin a must as some appear to be a bit claustrophobic. Do NOT pay the all inclusive as you need to be a very heavy drinker to get the value for the VERY expensive package. Many drinks carry a surcharge above the AI cost. The excursions are costly and taxis offers are often a better bet. The captains night was very poor, with the same menu type as any other night and an hours queue to get in. Photos are taken all the time and cost a lot, but are optional, but not really good value. Bottles of water in cabin are not even in the AI package. Overall a good holiday but you can rack up an expensive bill if you don't be careful. Out cabin steward was brilliant and was always on hand to provide a good service. Read Less

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