17 Dubrovnik to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Marella Cruises Marella Celebration Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date September 2018
This was our first non-Disney cruise so we were not sure what to expect with regard to the differences between TUI and Disney. Overall we really enjoyed the experience both on the ship and at the ports of call. The Good... The ... Read More
This was our first non-Disney cruise so we were not sure what to expect with regard to the differences between TUI and Disney. Overall we really enjoyed the experience both on the ship and at the ports of call. The Good... The staff on board were all excellent and friendly. This ranged from service staff in the restaurants, the cabin stewards and the entertainment team... not a bad encounter during the whole trip! The ship was kept clean and tidy the entire time, including the restaurant areas and lounges. There was never a stack of empty glasses or litter left around. We chose to eat in the Lido Restaurant rather than the Meridian as we prefer a more relaxed atmosphere and the menus seemed to be the same but a buffet rather than table service. The food itself was very good with lots of variety and choice every day. Food was available from 6am through to around 2am so there was always plenty of opportunity to fit in a snack or three. There was a good choice of on-board entertainment to choose from. There were musical and comedy shows in the Broadway Lounge every night and quizzes, games and bingo in other venues throughout the day. Plenty to keep the guests engaged. We went on a shore excursion at each port of call and found the logistics of them to be very well organised. We will say more about the trips themselves a little later... The cabins we had were much better than we were expecting. They had plenty of space and lots of storage. The Bad... The Celebration itself is a small and rather old ship and it is starting to show. There was a constant vibration running throughout the ship even when docked in port that was very noticeable. Sometimes this vibration was enough to rattle glasses and make the stage lights swing, so it isn't a small problem. The deck areas were packed full of sunbeds, sometimes to the point of being a pain to get past, especially if guests were not being particularly considerate of others. In our cabins, the fridge wasn’t actually a fridge, but a box that sort of tried to keep things cold. It didn’t work very well. There could also be more power outlets in the cabins. One socket might have been sufficient 30 years ago when the Celebration was built but it’s far from adequate these days. Additional costs. This was particularly annoying as until we got onto the ship we had no idea that soft drinks were not included (even with meals). We booked as Full Board so was expecting a little more choice than Tea, Coffee or Water, but that is all we could have. There was an option to upgrade to the 'All Inclusive' drinks package at a cost of £200 per person for the week. This would have included soft drinks, but as we are not drinkers of Beer or Spirits it would have been an extremely expensive option. There was no option of a 'soft drinks' package. We also heard a lot of people who had purchased the all-inclusive drinks package complaining that not all of the drinks were included! There was another 'Premium' package that they could upgrade to for another £50 extra per person. Amazingly, this ALSO did not include every drink available on board, many had additional surcharges. It was all very confusing and annoying, as guests are not made aware of this before check in. This also meant that many drinks had various possible prices - full price, all-inclusive surcharge price and premium surcharge price. For example; a 200ml glass of Coke (but mostly ice) was £1.20, but is included in the all-inclusive package. A 330ml can of Coke was £1.90 but if you had the all-inclusive package, it was still an additional £1.00. Not very all-inclusive or straightforward!! If you wanted a steak meal in the ‘included in your full board’ restaurant, it was yet another additional charge. £9.95 this time. Wifi? £8 per hour! Want to use the safe in your cabin? £15 for the week. It was extremely annoying. General availability of information was a problem. We found that TUI were very bad at letting us know what to expect. They provide a service where once you drop your cases at the airport you don’t see them again until you get to your cabin. This is useful, but we didn't know about this until we were in the check-in line at the airport and were handed a label to put on our case by a TUI rep. Handy, but if we had anything in our cases that we wanted to use when we got to Dubrovnik before we got on the ship we would have been out of luck. We found the same with the shore excursions. For a start we had to Google how to book them as it isn't on the same web page as the cruise booking and nowhere had a link to the excursions sites. Once on board we found trips could be booked there, but many were sold out already and once again, we were not informed. The descriptions of the trip were also rather vague and in retrospect a bit misleading at times. For example on the Kefalonia Highlights trip in Argostoli, the tour we booked advertised "Next, it’s time for a visit to the island’s most photographed stretch of sand, Myrtos Beach. This mile-and-a-half-long curve of white pebbles is the setting for several scenes of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin." We carried around a bag with towels and swimming gear in all day only to find that this visit was a 2 minute stop at the top of a cliff to look down at the beach and take a picture. This particular tour was not a good pick due to the amount of time spent on the bus. In a five hour tour we had 20 minutes in a row boat (which to be fair was amazing) and 1 hour in a town called Fiskardo. It was very picturesque but we had no time to enjoy it before we had to head back to the coach. A couple of the tours we went on also had some very intense bouts of walking, either due to steep climbs or quick tour guides that had to be followed. This wasn't a problem for our group, but I would guess 75% of the guests on these tours were elderly and many had mobility issues. On one tour several people stayed on the coach as they couldn't do the walk to the Greek Ruins in Igoumenitsa. This could have been avoided by more information being given at the time of booking. In conclusion... We really enjoyed the trip but would not travel on the Celebration again, mostly due to the constant rumble and vibration being very off putting. We would also be hesitant about booking with TUI again due to the stream of additional charges and lack of provided information. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Chose this cruise as provided opportunity to visit new destinations, 3rd cruise with Thomson/Tui/Marrella, and standards of food and drinks have dropped each time. Service and cleanlinesscontinues be of a good standard, although cabins are ... Read More
Chose this cruise as provided opportunity to visit new destinations, 3rd cruise with Thomson/Tui/Marrella, and standards of food and drinks have dropped each time. Service and cleanlinesscontinues be of a good standard, although cabins are in need of upgrade. Had the AI package, but didn`t take the upgrade offered at £50 pp, spirits served were LIDL/ALDI own brand standard unless you specifically asked for the brand. Diet/Light mixers were from plastic bottles and usually flat, service in show lounge slow Entertainment team worked hard but surely time to refresh shows, Cabin beds feel as if they are worn out very uncomfortable, problem with shower draining Food quality in MR was lower than previous cruises but generally well cooke and served, wine by the glass in AI package was acceptable. Took two ships excursions, well organised and reasonable value Embarkation and disembarkation were fine, baggage delivered promptly Great atmosphere and company but may be looking elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise itinerary because of the ports of call and have been on about 10 cruises with Thomson so was really looking forward to it. The ports of call did not disappoint but I feel that Thomson did. We had noticed a change ... Read More
We chose this cruise itinerary because of the ports of call and have been on about 10 cruises with Thomson so was really looking forward to it. The ports of call did not disappoint but I feel that Thomson did. We had noticed a change straight the way, no sooner we were checked in on board and before we took a few paces away from the table we were offered to buy a drinks package, if we had wanted one then we would have bought one when we booked our holiday. They used to have a different theme every night for food, but sadly no more. The food was very plain, not much flavour and it seemed to me cheap cuts of meat. The staff do as best as they can and always seem happy, but i feel they have cut back on them as well, as many a time people were waiting to be served. Cut backs all round I think. We were lucky as we got our holiday at a good price, but talking to other passengers if I had paid what they had I wouldn't have been happy. Maybe it's time to try other companies out. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
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
Sail Date September 2016
Well this was our very 1st cruise & will definitely be our last. We didn't have any expectations of this holiday it was one that I hadn't looked up researched "trip advisor" trawled. Our cabin (0082 on the 8th deck) ... Read More
Well this was our very 1st cruise & will definitely be our last. We didn't have any expectations of this holiday it was one that I hadn't looked up researched "trip advisor" trawled. Our cabin (0082 on the 8th deck) was nice light and spacious, the room is located on the deck with the lifeboats but our window had the gap so we had a good view. The ship feels a little dated inside and outside, but it is over 30 years old so expected? We found the whole experience very restrictive and over crowded, the whole time on ship I only managed to get a sun lounger once as everyone pops out at 7am and puts their towels on their desired lounger and leaves them on for the duration of the day! not once were any of the towels removed so not everyone can enjoy a bit of sunbathing? the pools are very small and over crowded. The toilets on this cruise were constantly blocked and I'm just thanking my lucky stars there wasn't the same norovirus outbreak as there was a couple of weeks previous as the ship seemed to do little to sort them out? they were blocked on different levels tor waiting about then cruising will not be for you? we did do the venice trip which was brilliant, we also did the PARENZANA train tour at a cost of 51 euro's each, it was the worst day there i can not believe they have this as a tour! the "TRAIN" is actually a nissan cladded to look like a train which pulls 3 trailers full of people through some lovely countryside most of which you can't see! Thomson are very crafty how they have taken the photo of the train and many were disappointed on arrival as they thought it was a real train they were boarding??? our carriage may as well not have had any wheels at all the noise throughout was horrendous !!! and when we got back many said the town/port was beautiful so not enough information given on the trips. Our last day was Bar in Montenegro the town/port is extremely industrial and unattractive why Thomson don't stress this to encourage the day trips here i'll never know, we had an hour or so off ship which was a day wasted in our opinion but I appreciate we are not all the same just my personal view. I was glad to get off ship the only two good things about our holiday was the food and the staff. Cruising just wasn't for us.he whole 7 days we were on board and finding a toilet to use that wasn't blocked became the talk of the ship! The food was just brilliant and the service was 5* too we couldn't fault either of them, and the cleanliness of our room was second to none throughout the whole stay, we met many people who had done lots of cruises and the majority of them go again and again, but if like us you like to do what you want when you want with no restrictions Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Well what can i say? We had a nice holiday and what the ships condition lacked was made up for by the staffs friendliness and sense of fun but this ship really really is at the end of its life. Great food, entertainment and ... Read More
Well what can i say? We had a nice holiday and what the ships condition lacked was made up for by the staffs friendliness and sense of fun but this ship really really is at the end of its life. Great food, entertainment and destinations except Crotone where surely the local council must pay Thomson to dock. Shady looking dirty southern Italian town, litter and dog shit everywhere, dirty beach with broken glass. We did not feel safe and were back on board within an hour. Anyhow other than that all destinations were good. Ship is old and is rattling and shaking itself to pieces, Large lumps of rusty paint dropping off it faster than the poor crew can paint over the gaps. Rear of the ship everything rattles, struggled to sleep some nights. Then we lost all engine power and were plunged into darkness leaving Valletta Which was followed by an emergency dropping of the anchors and the scrambling of 2 tugs before 30000 tons of metal crashed into Valletta harbour wall. No power for about an hour and this incident followed the previous weeks drama then the old girl got stuck on a sandbank leaving Albania!! The ship was clean as best as the crew could make it but when something is this old its always going to be difficult to maintani and with constantly out of order toilets its hardly surprising that the prior week there had been a few people with tummy bugs. We had a good holiday but come on Thomson invest the money in some new (old) ships, as part of TUI surely there is investment capital available Would we return on a Thomson cruise, absolutely. Would it be on the Celebration or other vessel in this vintage fleet, absolutely not. Jon Naylor Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Loved the itinerary and overall have always loved Thomson ships but this was the first time on The Celebration and in our opinion it was not up to the standard of The dream and even the old Destiny fared better. The staff are amazing ... Read More
Loved the itinerary and overall have always loved Thomson ships but this was the first time on The Celebration and in our opinion it was not up to the standard of The dream and even the old Destiny fared better. The staff are amazing and certainly no bad words about them. It almost seems to be be a ship which is being used as a 'training' ship and through no fault of the staff the service was sometimes poor. Food was generally good and we had the drinks package which also was good with plenty of choice. As always the entertainment was excellent and the show teams work so hard and the standard was very good. Ports of call were excellent and we visited most of the stops ourselves using local transport wherever possible which was very cheap. We have already booked on The Spirit next year because once again of the itinerary and hopefully will continue to book Thomson for the overall friendliness of their ships, we have tried the bigger companies but always come back to Thomson. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We had cruised with Thomson before on the Island Escape and had a wonderful time so decided to go all out with the Celebration and upgraded to Deck 9 Cabin 005 what a waste of money - shabby and not worth the money at all so complaining to ... Read More
We had cruised with Thomson before on the Island Escape and had a wonderful time so decided to go all out with the Celebration and upgraded to Deck 9 Cabin 005 what a waste of money - shabby and not worth the money at all so complaining to Thomson. The ships very confusing to get around and we weren't the only ones to comment about it. The staff were very impersonal just not interested in any interaction with you - never had that before!!!! Speaking to others I think we must have been on a bad week as norovirus was on board and so many things not available to us in the restaurants and activities - the virus was contained but after the initial letter and following day captains message nothing was said but there was no self service in the Lido and other things still missing so no idea what was going on.The food was not upto the usual standard either very bland and I have gluten and nut free and every day ordered from the following nights menu and they still put nuts on the cheese and biscuits and 1 night gave me a sugar free pudding even though I was assured it was gluten and nut free luckily I had only taken 1 bite before they realised their mistake - someone else might not be so lucky and could have had serious consequences. Lovely places visited but don't think I'll be risking another Thomson cruise - feeling very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We have been Thomson cruisers for many years and our 2nd on this ship.Firstly we must say the organisation from airport to ship is a far better way than previous years where as soon as you check in luggage you don't see it till it ... Read More
We have been Thomson cruisers for many years and our 2nd on this ship.Firstly we must say the organisation from airport to ship is a far better way than previous years where as soon as you check in luggage you don't see it till it arrives outside your cabin! .... Now for our opinion this time.... The cabin...(deck 2) ill fitted carpets, newish bathroom tiles, but clean comfy bed ,Special mention to Karen our cabin steward lovely lady .The Lido... Food of good variety but some staff with " couldn't care less " attitude to whether they served you or not with the exception of Lynn the waitress lovely and polite.Hemingways.... Again poor service where you wait too long for staff to approach you. Broadway show lounge.... Average entertainment seen much better in previous years) but great comedy show on twice . Service got better as week passed. Whilst sunbathing around ship it was quicker to go and order a drink and wait for it..... Poor service. Although we did have a relaxing week our Thomson cruise experience has changed because of the lack of customer service we received which for many years we have raved about saying " you are treated like royalty, you don't need to move from your chair" not this time . This is our holiday opinion and having spoke to many other Thomson cruisers was theirs as well. Maybe time to change brands???? Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
the ship is good and spacious lots of little areas to enjoy, the cabins where an OK size and the food was really good the only problem i had was with the omelette station i tried ordering what i wanted in it but always get something ... Read More
the ship is good and spacious lots of little areas to enjoy, the cabins where an OK size and the food was really good the only problem i had was with the omelette station i tried ordering what i wanted in it but always get something different, so i gave up in the end and i am also a big fan of pancakes ( crepes ) but to my surprise they didn't do them, the entertainment staff where very good. The cruise it self was very interesting as in the places you visit The only draw back was the toilets, there wasn't many and a lot of the time they where out of order so you found that the ones that where working you was queuing for a long time the main dining room was very comfortable and the waiter service was good but didn't use it much as i prefer buffet styl Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was our second cruise, but the first on this ship. On the positives, the ship was spotlessly clean and the staff were fantastic. The cabin crew and restaurant staff were really excellent, friendly and helpful. The food was ... Read More
This was our second cruise, but the first on this ship. On the positives, the ship was spotlessly clean and the staff were fantastic. The cabin crew and restaurant staff were really excellent, friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful. I never got bored during the 14 days of the varied choices and cooked really well. There were sugar free and gluten free options and everything was labelled and beautifully displayed. That was a highlight. The entertainment cast were great and having one of them Chris, sing us out of Venice was another hi light and very magical. The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and well managed. The excursions were ok,although the team organising them were not particularly helpful. The bike tours were great. It is great that all tips are included and this makes life on board the ship easier than having to worry about it all the time. They have a nice little gym. Last time I went on the Thomson Dream and there were lots of activities to attend during he 'At sea' day. This time there were not many and this was disappointing. Rather than watching a demonstration of fruit and veg carving, or cake icing it would have been nice to have a go. Now for the negative; this ship is very old and in places, particularly the cabins the decor is tired. Some of the general toilets were quite often out of action. Please see my cabin review for further information. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our 2nd cruise but the first time on the Celebration. The ship itself is a bit old but is in relatively good order and is spotlessly clean throughout, our last cruise ship was the Island Escapes so this was much, much better. ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise but the first time on the Celebration. The ship itself is a bit old but is in relatively good order and is spotlessly clean throughout, our last cruise ship was the Island Escapes so this was much, much better. From leaving the plane to check-in onboard the Celebration was very smooth and well organised although it took a little time for our cases to arrive at the cabin (we wanted to change clothes before going into Dubrovnik as it was very hot on our arrival) but given the number of cases this is to be expected I suppose, so no complaints really. The cabin, although a bit dated was bigger than we expected compared to last time we cruised and the bathroom was again spotlessly clean. We were in a cabin on deck 3 and we could hear the engine noise at times especially from the bow thrusters but nothing too bad. The cabin was cleaned and tidied twice daily without fail by a really nice chap from Bali called Astika, he really did work hard and did excellent job. The food on board was very good we thought in both the Lido and the Meridian but a special mention must go to the Kora La, we ate there twice even though there is a charge of £18 a head, if you like Indian and Chinese food it really is worth it, I had the chicken Vindaloo on both occasions and although not spicy enough for me it was very very tasty and the staff in here are just brilliant. 10/10 for Kora La. The Crew are all very helpful and friendly and can't do enough for you but we did find the officers a little aloof and once or twice we heard them being a little off hand with the crew which is a bit unfair as they work tirelessly. Entertainment wasn't really to my taste but then a lot of guests were older than us and everyone seemed to enjoy it. There is however a resident band who seem to play everywhere everyday at some point called Top Men (I think), they cover numbers of all genres from swing to the Eagles to Deep Purple and they were supurb. The only thing that let the week down was a couple of destinations that Thomson decided to try out on us for the first time I believe. Messina (Sicily) and Crotone (Italy) Where do you start? Messina, well first impressions were not good as after waiting 45 mins in the blazing sun to board the shuttle bus because we were docked so far from the terminal (a 10 minute bus ride) the bus took us past the refugee's being processed on the quayside, body bags and all to the terminal. we crossed the busy road and into the main sqaure within a couple of minutes, the square is nice enough with a beautiful church and a nice clock tower but it's all ruined by at least 30-40 traders with wheeled stalls constantly trying to sell you tea towels and tacky Blackpool type souvenirs, so we decided to head into town, not a good choice. Within a few minutes walk you are in grimy residential streets with graffiti and nothing of any note to see. It was once over probably a nice place, some of the buildings would have been beautiful but not now, so we walked for about an hour then headed back disappointed. Once at the terminal the shuttle bus turned up along with one of the 2 mini busses and told us we couldn't get on for another 1 hr 15 mins (it was about 27c and no shade or seats), the mini bus was full and we were told there will be another in a few mins so the remainder (about 15 of us) waited, the mini bus came back and told us he wasn't going back for another hour!!!! but the other one is on his way back and you can get on that, it turned up, parked and without a word the driver walked off. By this point there was about 150 people (and yes Thomson I do have the photo's to prove it) along with a full size coach, 2 mini busses and no drivers, this was only resolved when a passenger called the Ship to complain. By this point we had been there well over an hour in the blazing sunshine, old people and people with walking sticks, even the port security were wondering what was going on as the terminal was blocked. Crotone, given yesterdays trip we were looking forward to a day in Crotone. Boy were we disappointed again, after a trip to Santa Severina in the morning (which is absolutely stunning and well worth seeing) we walked into Crotone, now I'm sorry and don't mean to be rude to Crotone and the folk that live there but the place is a dump! it is not a tourist destination, it is full of litter and graffiti and very run down, we did try, we walked for about an hour and a half but it never changed. Everone we spoke to had the same to say about these 2 places, it wasn't just us, we asked one chap what he thought when we were back on board an his exact words were "it was ok apart from the litter and the dog s***". Igoumenitsa (Greece) which is essentually a transit port for going to other places was ok tbh, at least you could get a beer and somthing to eat. The other places Valletta (Malta) was really nice and Kotor (montenegro) was simply breathtakingly pretty. We feel like Thomson by taking us to Crotone and Messina have wasted 2 days of our cruise and really should have done more research into these places, we are very disappointed as everything else was good or very good. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Having already cruised on the Thompsom Majesty last year we were expecting another great experience on the Celebration but unfortunately some much of the cruise was a disappointment. There were some good parts like the quality of service ... Read More
Having already cruised on the Thompsom Majesty last year we were expecting another great experience on the Celebration but unfortunately some much of the cruise was a disappointment. There were some good parts like the quality of service and the entertainment team were excellent. The ports were mixed with Sibenik and Bari a complete let down for various reasons. The highlight was Venice which was spoiled by the long walk from the ship to he exit. This was very difficult for people with walking difficulty like myself, all the other cruise ships in the port provided shuttle buses but not Thompson's. My main disappointment was the food, on the Majesty the food was a major part of our enjoyment with a great selection every night. The Celebration was the opposite with poor selection and the temperature of the food at times being lukewarm or some being over salted. One day they had problems with a generator and some of the food was actually cold, when we complained to the Buffet Manager he actually admitted that due to the generator problem they were unable to heat the food properly and if we went now the food would be hotter, I could not understand why they put out cold food and did not delay the service. We were supposed to receive an email within 48 hours of our return with a comments card but so far there is no sign of this. A sceptic would wonder that with our complaints to the buffet staff they decided not to send one. We will not let our experience stop us cruising with Thompson but not on the Celebration. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first ever cruise so we were both quite excited when we came on board. We had booked a suite but we were rather underwhelmed at first sight - not the luxurious experience we thought it might be. There was plenty of space, a ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise so we were both quite excited when we came on board. We had booked a suite but we were rather underwhelmed at first sight - not the luxurious experience we thought it might be. There was plenty of space, a huge bed, large wardrobes and chests of drawers but the whole cabin was quite dated and dark. Only two pillows had cases on which were grubby and creased. The steward did promptly change them when I asked though. There were only two European sockets, the rest were 3 pin American ones which wasn't made clear in the brochure. On the first night, it was very difficult to find a seat in any bar after dinner and also a sun bed on the day at sea. Only one area, on the promenade deck was in shade so it took a bit of searching and waiting to get a bed away from the sun. We ended up eating lunch and dinner in the Meridian waiter service restaurant as most days the Lido had long queues for food and no tables free. Amazingly enough, the Meridian was almost empty for lunch. We liked the idea that we could choose our meal times and whether to join other passengers or dine alone. Wherever we ate, all the food was excellent with a huge choice. All of the waiters were friendly and helpful too. On our last night, we ate in Mistrals and enjoyed one of the best meals ever. There was a fair bit of juddering in our cabin which we did get used to. It was great to unpack once and arrive in a new destination every morning. We did think two of the excursions we booked were very over priced. If we do ever cruise again, we would choose a cabin with a balcony and sunbeds. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Firstly I have to admit this was my first cruise. The Celebration is an old ship and in dire need of restoration. Three adult females booked a suite as we wanted sufficient space, we had space but the suite was like something out of the ... Read More
Firstly I have to admit this was my first cruise. The Celebration is an old ship and in dire need of restoration. Three adult females booked a suite as we wanted sufficient space, we had space but the suite was like something out of the sixties, weird dark wood fittings, a bathroom which was sufficient in size and suitably equipped. However and this was a biggie for us there was ONE electrical socket! Three women with hair dryers, straighteners, mobiles and kindles it was a nightmare. We had to take items to reception for charging and our details were added to a substantial list. The first day was at sea and for me it confirmed my fears of claustrophobia, there was nowhere to go to escape the number of people aboard in fact even when people went ashore for excursions it seemed to make no difference! At the rear of the ship there was a swimming pool, which would allow you about ten strokes, it was surrounded by tables and sun loungers. The sun lounger arrangements I can only describe as bacon rashers on a grill, virtually no space between them and no shade, this was not a problem to us as we could never get one. We booked the 'drinks package' which we expected to be an all inclusive option which it was in part however most spirits came with a supplement, sparkling water was also not included although plain water was. The mini bar was extra too. Ice creams and the regular advertising of sangria taken around the ship was also extra, the costa type coffee bar was also outside the 'drinks package' so I do not think we saved much. We had booked the Adriatic Affair which cruised around Croatia and Italy, we docked every day where there were excursions or explore on your own, extremely good fact sheets and town maps could be picked up at reception. There was a daily paper with news highlights. On the positive, yes there is a positive the food was great and plentiful, the staff were outstanding, often remembering our names or drink orders. Hygiene was exceptional with hand sanitisers everywhere. This was an adult cruise so the entertainment was professional. I am not totally turned off from cruising but think the next, if there is one, I would look for a newer ship with more space but then again there would be more people. I had no looked at other reviews before writing mine, I am sorry but am glad that several other travellers had the same issues as we did Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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 3.5
Family 3.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.6
Enrichment N/A 3.3
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.9

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