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

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
Sail Date September 2018
First time on celebration, choose it because of itinary. Good flights, fab easy transfer and check in onboard. However when we got to cabin, disappointed at age and standard of cabin. Although it was clean it was very very dated. We ... Read More
First time on celebration, choose it because of itinary. Good flights, fab easy transfer and check in onboard. However when we got to cabin, disappointed at age and standard of cabin. Although it was clean it was very very dated. We were well looked after for two weeks by our stateoom attendant Desmond. Went on deck to take look around, sat by pool and second shock was wTching people's bodies wobble as they laid on sunbed with vibration from ship and she wasn't even sailing.! Food acceptable, staff very pleasant, but some things again disappointing. We had to wait on several nights for table for two in main dining room, yet often when we were in dining room we could see tables for two empyty, we soon discovered that tables were being saved and we found this to be totally unfair, why have open seating and then allow tables to be saved. We then saw it happen all time, same people in same seats whilst others were told no tables free and having to wait outside....very very unfair and not true to open dining. Entertainment was ok but hit and miss, some good shows but others like car wash waste of time. Yet Eliza Doolittle brilliant. We would not return to the ship or recommend, it's too old too dated, too noisy, very bad vibration and cruising not a patch on other cruise lines. There was also outbreak of norovirus onboard in our second week, although staff did their best it wasn't good enough, lack of direction from management, felt no consistency, sometimes staff giving you tea/coffee other times you helped yourself, same with condiments, sometimes bottles of Ho left out so you helped yourself other times someone there dishing sauce out. Poor control of virus, on my return discovered norovirus been onboard several times. Ship ran aground as we left Albania, and today discovered ship had engine failure in Malta, have to say not surprised I have never heard such noisy, clunky engine. We met some lovely staff they are credit to Thomson. Saw some lovely ports of call, but overall the feeling of shabbiness too much for us, soot all over tables and chairs on deck, threadbare carpet on stairs, not the quality of cruising we are used to. Price if Thomson cruises in no way is good value compared to other cruise lines, my advice shop around. We have travelled a lot, cruise 3 times a year, Thomson overpriced and poor quality in comparison. Sorry Thomson! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My old dad who was in the royal and merchant navy would have described this as an old rust bucket. It looks old and dated and it is. Thomson are clever with their words by saying how long they have had it but its over 30 years old. ... Read More
My old dad who was in the royal and merchant navy would have described this as an old rust bucket. It looks old and dated and it is. Thomson are clever with their words by saying how long they have had it but its over 30 years old. It shakes and rattles even in port, to the point we had to wedge all the doors inside the cabin. The cruise itself i.e. Destinations was fine although some of the excursions were a bit laboured. The staff were very good and friendly also the food was good but the main restaurant was a bit like a works canteen. We were in the most expensive suite and that was only just big enough. We also had the inclusive drinks package but when on board was talked in to buying an upgrade. Unbelievable this didn't include fresh orange juice (only after 10.30). It was our first cruise and possible our last. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was a cruise around the Adriatic with excellent ports stops. Most easily walkable if you were not doing ships excursions. The Celebration is very popular with the UK market but I found it to be way way out of date. Its a very old ... Read More
This was a cruise around the Adriatic with excellent ports stops. Most easily walkable if you were not doing ships excursions. The Celebration is very popular with the UK market but I found it to be way way out of date. Its a very old ship that is constantly painted to cover the rust. The outside decks have dreadful stairs to negotiate and by the number of passengers with bandaged legs looks like some have accidents. The cabin are very small and very dark and old fashioned. Small beds, and dark and depressing. The shower area has an absolutely dire shower curtain and its pretty difficult to stop water going onto floor. Most of the ship is over air conditioned meaning that you ate quickly or took food outside to get away from it. Not sure how good this cruise is for staff as our cabin steward was constantly behind his peers and he begged us at the end of the cruise to give him a good review. Very uncomfortable about hours they appear to work and conditions they work under that it actually detracted further from our holiday. The staff are excellent and a credit to the ship, always cheerful despite the long long time away from their families. Embarkation was really rapid and we only went on two excursions. Both reminded how bad they could be. We prefer to do things ourself. Tendered twice and found these vessels really smelly and not something you would look forward to. Would hate to abandon ship into one of these lifeboats! Food was excellent and plentiful however very unimaginative! Well cooked but a tad boring always a roast and veg. It caters for the people who go on Thomsons cruises, its what they expect and like. Its testimony to the success of this old ship. Entertainment is more My Fair Lady oldies etc. Not very original and again a safe option. The only entertainment that I really liked was the comedian he was very entertaining , in fact , this was the only show that we watched. The rest we left early. We booked the cruise for the stops on the Adriatic as they are truly special, however this ship was exactly what I expected and not too my taste. It does have a loyal following but in my opinion its overpriced and under delivers. Some loyal cruisers should try a more modern larger ship and see the difference. I summary a Thomson cruise is not for me. Read Less
Sail Date September 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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