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

Chose this cruise as we were constricted by time and wanted to visit Athens. We had been with Marella before and researched the ship before booking so knew what to expect. Luggage was dropped off at Gatwick and didn’t see it again ... Read More
Chose this cruise as we were constricted by time and wanted to visit Athens. We had been with Marella before and researched the ship before booking so knew what to expect. Luggage was dropped off at Gatwick and didn’t see it again until it was delivered to the cabin (the reverse happened on departure). Embarkation was quick but as there were only 1200 passengers there was no Premium boarding. Our cabin was roomy and clean with better decor than Discovery which was very bland. Plenty of storage and hangers. The balcony was adequate with 2 chairs and a side table, some balconies were larger with sun beds but also had less privacy. Navigating around the ship could be a bit confusing as not all lifts went to deck 9, some stairways gave no indication of what deck you were on and some corridors were dead ends. There were more than sufficient sun beds on the decks for the number of guests. Food was excellent although, being a small ship, there was not a massive choice in the buffet. Plenty of seating in the restaurants. We didn’t do any shore excursions but most destinations were interesting, those that weren’t we went to the beach. We knew beforehand about the vibration but didn’t find it a real problem, it was felt more in some places than others. A few children onboard but not a lot of activities, guests mainly middle aged to elderly. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
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
Sail Date October 2018
We were recommended this ship by a family member who had cruised with her before. the size of the ship was a factor we took into consideration as we didn't want to "go large." We flew from Doncaster Airport and it was ... Read More
We were recommended this ship by a family member who had cruised with her before. the size of the ship was a factor we took into consideration as we didn't want to "go large." We flew from Doncaster Airport and it was great that after checking in our luggage the next time we saw it was outside our Cabin door. Embarkation was very well organised and it didn't take long before we had the key to our Cabin which we found very spacious, well designed and most comfortable. We chose an inside cabin in the exact centre of the ship, this proved to be an inspired decision! Due to the high winds forecast. Our sail away was in full sun and light winds. Our first day was our only "sea" day. We woke up, got dressed and rushed up to deck for our first experience of cruising. Our hearts sank as the staff were busy tying up all the sun loungers, seats and anything else that moved. Yes, the winds were up, we were sailing into a hurricane!!! Later in the day, the captain announced, we would be missing our first point of call in Crete as the winds were too great for comfort. Instead, the ship hid in the relative calm between Islands to let the storm pass and we spent 1 day and a half in Piraeus, Athens. It rained for two full days but we made the best of it and had a laugh over a few glasses each evening. The weather improved and we enjoyed the excellent food and entertainment on board. The captains night was a highlight for us as was the arrival and sail away from Kotor, Montenegro. The ship had a good ratio of passenger to staff and all the staff were always very friendly. and helpful. The entertainment team were superb and put on some great shows. The Celebration is an old ship but has bags of character, the only grumble about the ship was the constant low vibration from the engines, that seems to be constant even when in port. We would definitely recommend cruising on the Marella Celebration. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
Sail Date July 2018
Chosen as interesting itinerary in the eastern Med. Flew Manchester to Dubrovnik and security tagged at the airport and sent straight to the cabin and vice versa on return. Very good service and all passengers pleased as not having to ... Read More
Chosen as interesting itinerary in the eastern Med. Flew Manchester to Dubrovnik and security tagged at the airport and sent straight to the cabin and vice versa on return. Very good service and all passengers pleased as not having to retrieve luggage at the airport and load on to the coach. Flew on the Dreamliner and pleasant experience all round. Dubrovnik airport was easy and coach to the ship. Picked up boarding cards and then had to register in on the ship - first time this has happened - and then to the cabin. All flights to the ship were early morning and by lunch everybody was on board. Equally on the last day everybody was off early and we left by 7.30. Some went off to the old City but there was an amount of hanging around until sailing at 9.00 pm. Another first was the SOLAS muster drill without having to take your life jacket. Odd I thought. Been on the Celebration before and easy to settle in and find your way around. CD was Adam Mustoe who we have seen elsewhere as an entertainment host. His parents were on board that week. Day at sea - usual port showcase and coffee's in the Coffee Port. Gala Night too but there was a change of Captain. New Captain had been delayed and old Captain sent his ceremonial uniform home.so the staff captain deputised. Quite amusing Malta - good weather and did the panoramic tour. Delay in leaving port as ship had lost some power. Messina - Late arriving at this industrial port and pulled in by 2 tugs. I suspected power issue with the thrusters which proved to be the case. Pleasant excursion to a winery on Mount Etna for a wine tasting afternoon. Excellent plate of cheese, olives salami etc. Argostoli - Late arriving and announced we had to tender. Not down as a tender port and whilst there was a large Costa ship berthed there was a view from the passengers that as the thrusters were dodgy and no tugs safer to tender. However not all the tenders were used and considerable delays in offloading passengers. Copious amount of complaints to Reception but to no avail as usual. In the end we gave up on going ashore due to the long delays. Igoumensita - not really a cruise destination port but probably a cheaper alternative. Had to pay for the shuttle bus and went into town. Average town and had coffee and ice creams etc before returning to the ship. Kotor - have been here before and there is a pleasant sail in. To be honest not a lot to see really. Went on the best excursion of the week to a Olive farm where the local farmer and his family made the group very welcome. Explained olive oil production and what to look out for when purchasing - always go for extra virgin olive oil. Absoulute superb lunch put on with plenty of wine. Note : Montenegro is not yet in the EU and all phone companies regard it as Rest of the World which makes it very expensive. Does accept the euro though. Entertainment - good though seen some show and games before. Won quizzes and choice of Octopus charger or notebook. Very good comedian called Terry Cotta. Had not seen him before but good act. Did not put champions league final on somewhere either. Food - excellent as usual and anybody who did not agree is a fussy moaner in my view Staff - excellent as usual and warm welcomes always given Loyalty - my bugbear !. Invited to meet the staff captain at a Discover your Smile party in Horizons. Glass of fizz and canapes together with a large Marella Celebration badge. Not sure of how we were were invited as in the past absolutely nothing. Couple next to us on their third Marella cruise and three different ships invited much to their amusement. Long rambling but good natured talk by the staff captain on the history of Marella cruises followed. Couple with the most Marella cruises given a bottle of wine. Though to be fair they were on their 82nd cruise. Taken this up with Tui on the social media site TUICares but clearly do not as their answer they do not have a loyalty scheme officially. Other cruise lines do and as the staff captain said 85% of passengers on that weeks cruise were repeat customers. All in all enjoyed the cruise and would go again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our flight to Dubrovnik was good and on arrival we were transferred quickly to the ship. Check in on board was fairly smooth but it was a bit annoying having a photographer line you up for photographs when you have just come off a flight. ... Read More
Our flight to Dubrovnik was good and on arrival we were transferred quickly to the ship. Check in on board was fairly smooth but it was a bit annoying having a photographer line you up for photographs when you have just come off a flight. Our cabin was a disappointment. It was small, but sufficient for our needs. We were lucky that the weather was good during our stay as I would not like to have spent a lot of time in it if the weather had been bad. The furniture was basic and in need of a refurb and the electrics were pretty wonky with a lack of sufficient points for charging phones, tablets etc or using the hairdryer. Also, there was a distinct sewage smell. My wife refused to unpack and we went to reception to complain. They said that they would send someone to inspect it but because everyone was busy with check in it would be several hours before anyone could come. We then discovered that several people on our deck (No 1) had the same problem. Someone came down at night to check. They sprayed the room and said that they would work on resolving the problem, which in fairness did improve as the week went on. However, my wife was still not happy, after all, you would not put up with a smell at home. We asked to be moved but were told that there were no cabins available. There was no place to sit other than on the beds and from one bed you could see the television but from the other you couldn't. In the free self service laundrette on our deck one of the available driers was out of order for the duration of the cruise, and also the iron did not work. I wonder if there had been a charge for this service whether the broken equipment would have been fixed sooner rather than later. Despite some reservations I would say that overall the cruise was excellent and good value for money. The food was excellent with a great selection in both the dining room and the self service cafeteria. We used the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch and there was a large enough selection to cover a huge variety of tastes with an omelette bar at breakfast and pasta and sandwich bars at lunchtime, as well as a huge selection of hot and cold food. The dining room was great with a choice of a four course meal which changed every evening . We had intended visiting one of the speciality restaurants but didn't bother as the food in the main dining room was so good. The choices included Steak, Lobster, Chicken, Salmon and Lamb as well as a selection of lovely soups, salads and deserts. It is also worth saying that the staff in the dining rooms were excellent. All very friendly and good natured. The entertainment in the theatre was terrific, but not so good in some of the bars, although the ships resident band were very good. We went to the theatre three times during the week and we saw the Brit Awards Show, the Tribute to Cameron Mackintosh show, and the comedian Stan James. All were very high quality shows, pretty much West End standard and very unusually, I had not heard any of the comedians jokes before. It is also worth paying tribute to Jake the cruise director, who put his heart and soul into everything and even appeared in one of the shows. I don't know when he managed to sleep. We had bought a drinks package and this was my biggest issue. We did not realise that you could buy bottles on board and take them to your cabin. We paid £360 for the package but I would certainly not buy it again. It annoyed me having to sign for every drink that you bought. When we cruised previously with Celebrity you were issued with a smart card, which the barman simply swiped to automatically charge your account. The biggest issue with the bars though was the APPALLING service. On entering a bar, particularly Hemingways or Liberties, the waiters would studiously ignore you and you could easily wait for 10-15 minutes before someone took your order. I tried going up to the bar but they asked me to sit down and someone would come to take my order. It would often then take another 15-20 minutes before the drinks arrived. It was so bad that on a couple of occasions I actually went up to the bar and took the drinks from the waiter and got them myself. This happened so often that I am convinced that it was Thomsons policy to ensure that they profited from the drinks packages. I'm quite sure that had we been paying for every drink, the service would have been a heckuva lot quicker. I also noticed that if you did not specify a proprietary brand, you were given a local spirit. Another way for Thomsons to maximise their profits. If I had known then what I know now I would certainly not have bought the package. If this is not Thomsons policy then they really need to retrain their bar staff or employ some new ones. The destinations which we visited were on the whole excellent, particularly Dubrovnik and Kotor, although we did these on our own as the tours were pretty expensive. We walked into Dubrovnik from the ship which took about an hour, although we were just dawdling along, so could have done it much quicker. We shared a taxi back which was only 7 Euros. Kotor is very accessible and you can walk in in a few minutes. We took a taxi from Corinth to Delphi, which was 30 Euros each way, but still cheaper than the tour (especially if you share). We took the tour of Athens because it was an hours journey from Itea to Athens. We enjoyed seeing the Parthenon and The Acropolis as well as the Olympic Stadium. Again, it was fairly expensive but we felt worth it. In summary I would say that this cruise is excellent value for money, despite the problems with the cabin and the drinks package. I would certainly do it again but would not buy the drinks package, and would probably go for a higher specced cabin Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise because my partner had been on this ship with Thomsons before and really liked it. Embarkation went ok apart from being asked to fill in a health questionnaire on the bus but none of us knew what they were talking ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my partner had been on this ship with Thomsons before and really liked it. Embarkation went ok apart from being asked to fill in a health questionnaire on the bus but none of us knew what they were talking about. Hence, it got a bit chaotic for a short period. Not being a great cruise traveller I was rather hesitant but the size of the ship was perfect for me - not too small and not too big to be unfriendly. It was cleaner than many hotels I had stayed in and the staff were always very friendly and willing to help. The cabins were a bit stuffy and the air conditioning was non-existent, but very clean and serviced to a high standard throughout the day. Food was okay but very variable depending upon where you were. The Lido self-service restaurant was expansive but a bit repetitive after a few days. Hence, we went to The Meridien which was beautiful and the food was served to a high standard and the menu contained something to please everyone I would think. The entertainment was amazing and I was in awe of the staff involved. They work so hard and truly do integrate with the passengers which is easier on a ship of this size. The shows put on were at a highly professional standard and never failed to entertain their audience. The shops were rather dismal I felt and very limited in what they sold. Rather pricey and only sold high end items and not everyday things which people needed. Just felt the shops could have been a bit more imaginative. Excursions were well organised and appealed to what I imagine most people would expect from Thomsons. Cannot fault them at all as far as these were concerned. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
Sail Date August 2016
We have been on many Thomson's cruises, but this was are first cruise on the Celebration. Lovely to leave your cases in uk and then they turn up outside your cabin. Yes, the ship is a little dated, but defiantly value for money. ... Read More
We have been on many Thomson's cruises, but this was are first cruise on the Celebration. Lovely to leave your cases in uk and then they turn up outside your cabin. Yes, the ship is a little dated, but defiantly value for money. The food was brilliant and as we booked early, the AI drinks package was very reasonable priced, around £69 for the two of us...so no complaint there! Everywhere was kept spotless. Staff very friendly. The ports of call were OK, but due to bad fog we were unable to visit Albania, so visited Kotor instead. We were a little disappointed, as we have visited here a few times, along with Koper and feel we have now exhausted these places, but obviously safety is more important! We were a party of 4 and never had any problems getting a lounger or having to wait long for a table for our evening meal. We all enjoyed the captain dinner party and thought it was one of the best ref the captains speech, food and drinks. We did however feel it was a bit of a wait, if you didn't want to meet the captain to have your photo taken. Yes, in my opinion the photos are overpriced. I didn't feel the entertainment was quite as good as on some of the other ships and some of the dancers seemed in competition with each other. The Mr Men weren't really to my taste. I would defiantly go on this ship again and I am a little surprised by some of the negative comments made on here. Please go with an open mind! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
As a family for my parents 25th Anniversary earlier this year, we decided to choose a cruise as our holiday. We have never cruised before but my parents always wanted to try it. We were recommended a Thomson Cruise as it is seen as more of ... Read More
As a family for my parents 25th Anniversary earlier this year, we decided to choose a cruise as our holiday. We have never cruised before but my parents always wanted to try it. We were recommended a Thomson Cruise as it is seen as more of a relaxed cruise and less formal and intense as others (in regards to the size of the ship). The words we were told by the travel agent were "its an easy way to start cruising as its basically a Thomson hotel, but floating". We were satisfied with this as we had been to many Thomson hotels before and enjoyed them. We cruised on the "Grecian Legends" itinerary, we flew from Bristol to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik was spectacular a gorgeous place and has urged me to book a holiday there. We had the day we arrived on the ship and they day after in Dubrovnik, so plenty of time to see it. We then moved on to the port of Corinth, we were highly disappointed the whole place seemed derelict, we didn't book excursions as they are really expensive through Thomson, but then we found out that as were docking in "Corinth for Athens" that Athens was an hours drive away - this was not advertised properly! We then docked in Itea for Delphi, we found a bus that took us to the top of the mountains to Delphi which cost 2 euros up and 2 euros back - well worth the money and the views are spectacular. We then docked in Corfu Town, this was a lovely place and felt like "real" Greece, in the sense of the shops, markets, forts and tavernas around. This was a lovely place to see. The last stop was Kotor, Montenegro - WOW a gorgeous place to visit walking around the old town, would even consider a holiday here too. We were new to the whole experience, leaving our luggage in Bristol airport and not seeing it for many hours later was great in a sense that they did it for us but when you land in a hot country and want to get changed and freshen up - you can't because you have to wait for them to deliver your luggage. This was the same with the return journey as much as it is very helpful that they sort your luggage out for you and we pick it up back up in Bristol, it was pretty frustrating that we had to leave our luggage outside our cabins the night before resulting in us leaving toiletries that were needed for the morning on the ship as they were too much for hand luggage. When we arrived at our rooms we were disappointed, they were clean and well furnished but they were L shaped rooms. We were on the lowest deck as we hadn't pre-booked our rooms, it was just luck what we got along with many other travelers. The rooms were not what we were told we were getting or what we expected. We had spoken about a double room and the travel agent had said that is what we would have and we also put in a request for a porthole room, but we didn't have that either. Straight away we visited reception whilst people were still checking in, and explained our situation she had said everyone had been "allocated rooms" so i requested to be moved before everyone had checked in but this couldn't happen as they were travelling at full capacity but not everyone was checked in, the lady did not seem overly helpful. I requested to speak to a manager and she said she is busy you will have to wait until this evening. Eventually we spoke to the manager and she couldn't resolve the issue either. We were stuck with a very claustrophobic room, with 2 single beds in an L shape, it felt like a child's room. In the cabin they provide "clean white towels" when needed, however personally i'd call them grey. The housekeeping staff do an excellent job all week to keep the cabin clean, can not fault the staff. The restaurants were lovely, food on the go 24/7! This was a great feature of the ship, the food. There was the Lido restaurant which was buffet style in which there was always something different available, i personally loved the afternoon tea part of the buffet in between meals. The waiter service all inclusive restaurant was lovely but as it was fine dining the portions were small. Entertainment was constant - almost got too much by the end of the week throughout the day but cant fault it, a fab Thomson crew. The evening entertainment in the Broadway lounge was fantastic!! The whole cast, were west end worthy. Overall, the ship isn't up to scratch even though the staff seem to working around the clock to keep it "Ship shape" just little details like the tiles were falling off around the pool whilst you were in it. I would cruise again, but not sure I would Thomson cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first cruise and we chose Thomson for its varied destinations that were on our 'bucket list' and many of the places didn't disappoint. Venice, Dubrovnik and Kotor were our highlights. We flew out to ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose Thomson for its varied destinations that were on our 'bucket list' and many of the places didn't disappoint. Venice, Dubrovnik and Kotor were our highlights. We flew out to Dubrovnik from Manchester airport and were impressed that on check in we were informed we didn't need to collect our luggage in Dubrovnik airport as it would be transported straight to our cabin for us. We arrived in Dubrovnik after a short transfer from the airport and after a quick and smooth embarkation and check in we were able to access our cabin straight away. Our cabin steward Ahmed couldn't do enough to please us and was friendly and reliable all through our stay. Our cabin was an outside cabin on the bottom deck. It was big enough for us as it was just somewhere to sleep. If you want luxurious and spacious I would suggest upgrading your cabin beforehand. We ventured out into Dubrovnik to explore what it had to offer as we were spending a further two days there later on in the cruise. When we returned to the ship our cases had arrived in time for the safety drill- the drill was handled professionally and was very clearly delivered. We explored the ship and although small we preferred this as we could move round easily and learn the layout. There were a limited but varied choice of bars and the a la carte dining was just that. The main dining room, buffet and terrace were always busy but the quality of the food across the whole ship excelled our expectations. Being a younger couple on the ship (28 and 29) the entertainment wasn't really for us- a little too social club/butlins style but the majority of the ship seemed to enjoy it. We spent most of our time in the casino where the staff were amazing! A special shout out to Julie on the tables and Ali on the bar who both made our cruise so much more enjoyable! The crew on board really are a credit to the ship and if you are looking for a personal touch you won't be disappointed. They are always happy to help and we enjoyed some great banter with them. This is a huge strength of the ship. We were pleased with the excursions offered although pricey you pay for the convenience and we don't regret doing the tours we did especially Predjama castle and Postojna caves from the port of Trieste and the Plantaze vineyard wine tour in Bar. The destination services team are more than happy to help with enquires and I would suggest booking early on the trips you know you want to go on as the most popular get booked up. We spent some time in the gym and also visited the spa and shops on board. All of which has just enough to offer. Look out for the nights where the shops have special events or discounts before you buy. The spa and a la carte restaurants also have offers on too. During our stay on board there were a few small niggles that stop this ship being marked 5/5. The drainage had some issues but the maintenance team on board couldn't work any harder! They were out and about at all hours sorting things out. The ship is dated but it is an older ship so to be expected- they were painting, varnishing and replacing carpets all whilst we were on board and this shows they value the appearance of the ship. There weren't enough sun beds on the at sea days especially but the staff kept on top of those reserving beds for any length of time and removed their belongings to allow others to get a bed. We weren't too bothered about using the pools but they are on the small side. Most ports had the option of a beach though so we went swimming there. The wifi came at a cost which was a bit cheeky and also the all inclusive package had supplements for branded whiskey and beer which we also felt was unecessary when we had paid a sufficient amount of money already. Overall if you are looking for a cruise that travels to a variety of beautiful places, has excellent cleanliness standards, friendly and hardworking staff and delicious food this is the ship for you. If you are looking for a ship that is modern, state of the art and has lots of lively entertainment with top class on board facilities because you don't want to venture off the ship then this probably isn't for you. At the end of the day it's about what you want out of the holiday and for us this was more than what we needed. Thanks to all the staff and crew for a lovely fortnight away! We aren't the easiest of people to please and are well travelled so this review shows how much we enjoyed ourselves onboard this ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The ship had plenty of sun beds and seating. The cabin was good plenty of storage. The food was fautless. We dined in the meridian in an evening and the lido through the day. Felt there was no need to try other restaurants. We boarded in ... Read More
The ship had plenty of sun beds and seating. The cabin was good plenty of storage. The food was fautless. We dined in the meridian in an evening and the lido through the day. Felt there was no need to try other restaurants. We boarded in Dubrovnik and spent the first night in port. We needed kunas to pay for the public bus and other small items. You can pay with your debit/ credit card for the walls. The bus station is just a few minutes walk. Single tickets there and back no more than £2.50. Corinth we booked an excursion to Athens. Itea has very nice stone beaches to the left and the right of the pier. Corfu worth while booking the beach bus as taxi seemed to charging 80 euros. We found a little beach using two buses and a 5 euro all day ticket. Kotor was stunning, our friends took a taxi to Bulva and other places. We booked a little speed boat 60 euros. Felt a bit like James Bond in the most stunning surroundings. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The experience was very good and very well run by the Thomson team. The ships narrow and old compared to the large floating hotels on the water these days. What that gives you is a little bit more of the feel of being aboard a ship. ... Read More
The experience was very good and very well run by the Thomson team. The ships narrow and old compared to the large floating hotels on the water these days. What that gives you is a little bit more of the feel of being aboard a ship. Having only completed one cruise before on the QE2 we found this a really nice place to relax and unwind to great entertainment and food. The only one downside for me that keeps going over in my mind was being presented to the captain and doing the right thing in handing him a hand of friendship like I do in everyday life to be told 'we are not doing shaking of hands'. The staff in all parts of the ship were very good and the entertainment team were very professional. The selection of restaurants were second to non and the food was plentiful. Will be booking another one. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
There were four of us in our party all 70+. We choose this cruise due to the fact that we had been on the Celebration several times before and also for the itinerary, (and the sun of course)!! We received a fantastic welcome from staff ... Read More
There were four of us in our party all 70+. We choose this cruise due to the fact that we had been on the Celebration several times before and also for the itinerary, (and the sun of course)!! We received a fantastic welcome from staff who had known us previously, particularly Chima, the Restaurant Manager, who never fails to impress us with his organisational skills. We were shown to a table for four and we had the same table for the two weeks. Our waiters, Vikas and Simca where super - first class service. Also Nedroyd our Wine Stewart kept our glasses full and entertained us at the same time! We also met up with Benjamin, who is now a Head Waiter as well as a fabulous singer. We met each night in Horizons before Dinner, where Carol and Jefferson gave excellent service and were so welcoming. We dined in the Meridian Restaurant each evening and had our lunch and breakfast in the Lido, where Artur, in his own quiet way was friendly and efficient. The food was up to the usual standard, varied and well presented. We were pleased that Stewart, the Executive Chef was still in charge, he should be proud of the standard of food produced. Our cabins were kept spotless by Addi. The entertainment was as good as ever. Now for the negatives - We like to sunbathe on the sun deck at the front of the ship, but were a bit annoyed that due to a Champagne Sailaway (costing £13.95) this deck was closed off for five hours prior to sailing from Kotor, and on the day we sailed from Venice, due a high winds this Sailaway took place in Horizons which again was closed off. We do feel that Thomsons are slowly introducing charges that they did not do before. For example a waiter came round each day trying to get us to book the A la Carte Restaurants. We tried Mistrals last year, but did no think it was worth the money. Apart from that The Celebration, although now a "Grand Old Lady" (in the words of the Captain) is still a wonderful friendly ship, with super staff. We are sorry she is sailing from UK next year, as we are sun worshippers, but who knows! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We decided to push the boat out (no pun intended) this year to take a two-week cruise on the Celebration to celebrate our Ruby Wedding, my wife's 60th birthday & my having cashed in part of one of my pensions & deciding ... Read More
We decided to push the boat out (no pun intended) this year to take a two-week cruise on the Celebration to celebrate our Ruby Wedding, my wife's 60th birthday & my having cashed in part of one of my pensions & deciding against the Lamborghini. We've had cruises before on a variety of ships ranging from the quaint to one of the giant floating shoeboxes/towerblocks full of shouty Americans in little white socks & pushy Germans, so the Thomson Celebration was deliberately chosen, it being smallish, adults-only (we're not a fan of kids running around or screaming babies or sulking teenagers) & prefer the genteel intimacy of a smaller liner & its ability to dock at smaller ports. All the passengers were British too. We chose the 'Grecian Legends' followed by the 'Adriatic Affair' itineraries, & had the time of our lives. Flight on time, embarkation swift & smooth, luggage outside cabin door on embarkation: all this worked fine. We had an outside cabin on 'A' deck, level 3 (room 426) and it was superb. Clearly recently refurbished, very spacious and with much more storage space (there were 13 big drawers, I sadly counted them, but that's me), which was much more than most 4* hotels provide. Champagne, chocolate-coated strawberries & a large flower arrangement already in place on arrival ( our relatives had arranged for this to be delivered 3 days later, on our actual wedding anniversary, but no matter), as my wife was a bit hungry & very thirsty, so the Moet didn't last too long. Oh, & also breakfast in bed on one day when we had an early excursion start. We didn't care how old the ship was, as long as it wasn't older than us, & it was in much better repair than us, being constantly cleaned & polished by the enthusiastic smiling staff. It wasn't very engine-noisy either, apart from when the bow thrusters were deployed, but I think you need a bit of realtime maritime noises on a cruise & we even love a bit of rough when in bed (weather & seas that is!) but sadly the Aegean & Adriatic were both smooth as a millpond earlier this month. The passenger demographic:.......... I thought I was pretty old at 65 but We appeared quite young & sprightly in comparison to most of the passengers, & about 20 stone lighter, but this is to be expected on adults- only cruises. There was also a sprinkling of younger people. The food on offer in both the Lido & Meridian reflects this demographic, being largely classic British, with one or two 'foreign' dishes, but at least they have proper back bacon & British sausages at breakfast, so you won't be frightened by imagining your food has been polluted by garlic or chillies or similar, unless you specifically choose the more mysterious dishes. The food served in the self-service Lido & the waiter service Meridain restaurants is largely the same, the only difference being in the Meridian it's put on a plate for you in smaller portions than you'd do yourself & served by a waiter. We didn't try any of the other 'speciality' restaurants, as we object to having to pay extra on an All-INCLUSIVE trip. There's a carvery in the Lido serving up slices of meat, & Thomsons have a note there saying that all their meat is cooked 'well-done' for health reasons, so forget trying the roast lamb or beef if you like it slightly pink inside: this is cuisine designed for octogenarian British folk. It's cooked to death IMHO, but that's just my taste. The gravy's very nice though. You can get porridge at the porridge station in the Lido at breakfast, & sometimes freshly-cooked select-it-yourself pasta dishes or stir-fries for lunch, which are very nice. If you want an alcoholic drink with your meal at the Lido, & ordering it when you've sat down, forget it until you've finished your spotted dick or jam roly-poly, as the wine waiters there are totally inept and extremely slow. Get it from the bar outside beforehand. In fact, get two if you're on AI. They're that slow, & tend to hide away so you can't disturb them. UNLIKE the rest of the customer service crew there, who are very enthusiastic hard working lovely young people & an outstanding credit to Thomson & the 'Celebration'. A Special note to Ting Ting & Lynn in the Lido restaurant for being such bright charming smiling young ladies, consumately professional & fast in their service. Really brightened up our day, they were so nice. All the other ones are nice too, but they were outstanding. So was Gusti in the aft bar & Glenn as our cabin steward. To name but a few. The in-house band, the 'Top Men', who played consistently throughout the cruise, are an absolute eye-opener for a cruise/hotel band, very professional & consummately impressive musicians & singers covering a wide variety of genres from the Beatles to Eagles to more progressive tracks, each handled with superb musicianship & as an extremely critical music lover I vote them the best cover-version band I've ever seen on an expensive holiday, land or sea based: they had a very hardcore following among the passengers, including us. Full marks to them. They are excellent, believe me. Similarly, the theatre-based Thomson Broadway dance/cabaret ensemble on the ship were amazing in terms of professionalism, verve, imagination, singing & just electrifying stage magic, comparable to the best West End musical you've ever seen. And I wouldn't like this sort of show normally, being an old hippie, but these guys are simply amazing, so no complaints about the entertainment. Full marks: you won't be disappointed, despite being addicted to Pink Floyd or King Crimson like us. I've already rambled on far too much, so I'll focus on the destination ports later, if possible, but all in all, this was a cruise to remember, if you like the things that we like. We only did two of the bookable excursions on board, the passage through the Corinth canal & back (one of my wife's ticked boxes on her 'things to do before I die' list, for some reason) & 'Mysterious Delphi', as I'd always wanted to meet a hermaphrodite & get a prediction. Both were excellent, but very expensive. Which is why we only did two of them. As it was generally extremely hot ashore at most ports, we preferred simply to explore the towns by ourselves for a few hours & buy a fridge magnet & some water, which is much cheaper than buying a tiny bottle of water on board for £1.40. About 30 pence on shore. Why Thomson should charge for a drinks package & then exclude water is beyond me, but then they charge eye-watering prices for every 'extra' on board, including the photographs the itinerant cameramen take without your permission & then try to charge 15 quid per print (no file copies so you can share them online). Fortunately our relatives' celebration gift to us included one free print, which was a very good one actually, & also a chocolate cake at the Captain's Champagne Reception & a pretend-mariachi band celebrating our anniversary & her birthday at the table, so at the price this was value for money, along with the champagne etc.. I think the other destinations have adequately been covered elsewhere, so I'll just conclude by saying we had a great time, lots of laughs & almost no complaints, so this is a recommended cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The main reason for choosing this cruise was the visit to Venice (and the added benefit of it being adult only). Everything happened exactly as planned - luggage handed over at Newcastle airport appeared outside the cabin within a couple ... Read More
The main reason for choosing this cruise was the visit to Venice (and the added benefit of it being adult only). Everything happened exactly as planned - luggage handed over at Newcastle airport appeared outside the cabin within a couple of hours of boarding, cabin was sufficiently roomy with plenty of storage and was kept spotless by Ady the steward. The ship is 30+ years old and there are a few rattles but nothing to keep you awake. Other than seeing the sea going past the porthole there was very little sensation of moving. The meals, informal in the Lido self service restaurant or waiter service in the Meridian, were excellent with good choices at breakfast,lunch and dinner. All the restaurant staff are very efficient and extremely helpful. We chose to eat in Kora La, one of the 'optional extras ' with a surcharge one night and were delighted with the meal. First port of call was Trieste, an interesting place to spend half a day wandering round, followed by Venice the following day where we took the trip to Murano and Burano, followed by a couple of hours based around St. Mark's Square. Very knowledgeable guide and very enjoyable. Next 2 days gave us Rovinj and Hvar which are both very pretty and interesting with local historical sites to visit - albeit with some steps and/or slopes to climb. Bar in Montenegro was the last port of call, and the only disappointment as there is very little to see other than the cathedral which is undergoing restoration. Perhaps somewhere to book an excursion. Evening entertainment was varied, with choices to suit different tastes, plenty of information was available and all the crew were cheerfully efficient. Our first cruise - it won't be our last. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We did the Adriatic Wonders cruise and we were in cabin 338 on Deck 4. Thomson's have changed their baggage handling procedure and it is very successful. We had checked in on line prior to departure, and when we arrived at ... Read More
We did the Adriatic Wonders cruise and we were in cabin 338 on Deck 4. Thomson's have changed their baggage handling procedure and it is very successful. We had checked in on line prior to departure, and when we arrived at Birmingham airport, we were directed to a dedicated bag drop. There, a Thomson rep gave us labels with our cabin number on put on our cases. After dropping the bags, we didn't see them again until they were delivered to our cabin. No more identifying your bags on the quayside or off the coach. We had great weather all week except for the night we were supposed to leave Venice. Strong gales were forecast where we were going, so we stayed in Venice overight, and left at 15.00 the next day. The food was up to Celebrations usual high standard in both the Lido and in the Meridian restaurants. The entertainment in the Broadway was some of the best I have seen on a cruise ship. Leaving the ship, we were issued with airline tags to put on the cases. They were collected from outside the cabin and we picked them up from Birmingham airport. This was our 6th cruise on Celebration. She is old, but like a pair of slippers just comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Just back from first cruise on Celebration, previously have done two in Majesty but really did prefer this ship. We only booked 10 days before departure so did not have choice of cabin and worried a bit about that. We did end up on deck ... Read More
Just back from first cruise on Celebration, previously have done two in Majesty but really did prefer this ship. We only booked 10 days before departure so did not have choice of cabin and worried a bit about that. We did end up on deck one, cabin was a bit noisy at times but large, comfortable and clean. It was fun watching sea directly outside porthole especially on the day it was a bit rough and porthole turned into a washing machine window! What a friendly fun ship from the highest to lowest member of staff. Cannot praise the entertainment staff highly enough the shows they put on could not be bettered. Africa was brilliant but there renderings of Les Mis was superb. All food was good. Never had a problem with sunbeds. Now two niggles, there seems to be a system in dining room with waiters reserving tables for certain passengers. We asked for table for two , told none available and led past lots of empty tables for two with bottled of wine on them. Later learned wine is removed when certain passengers arrive. Sometimes queues outside dining room but empty tables inside. Other point is, both my husband and I have walking difficulties we asked at destination desk for details of beach trip on Corfu, told that bus stopped next to beach and it was very accessible- bus stopped a fair distance away, we had to walk down a very steep hill then a number of steps to reach beach. On way back up even the able bodied were puffing! We were also told when enquiring there were only two seats left on bus, bus was half empty. We did however have a wonderful time and will certainly be back. All the ports were lovely Kotor once more taking pride of place. ( Flying to Dubrovnik , brilliant say bye bye to your luggage at airport and hello at your cabin door, and vice versa on way home) Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The Thomson Celebration is a well equipped ship. It is not the newest Ship in the world but with the right itinerary it is perfect for the cruiser on a tight budget. Overall the ship is in a good maintained condition but it is a bit ... Read More
The Thomson Celebration is a well equipped ship. It is not the newest Ship in the world but with the right itinerary it is perfect for the cruiser on a tight budget. Overall the ship is in a good maintained condition but it is a bit dated compared to some of the other cruise ships with other companies. Thats said, the staff on board were much better and more attentive than I have experienced on other ships. They quite simply could not do enough for you and were always happy to help. The food on board at the Meridian restaurant, which is the main dining area (waiter service breakfast, lunch and dinner), was of a high standard with a good variety on each daily menu. There are 3 premium pay restaurant, which we opted for, but to be honest there is no need as the main restaurant is that good. I did enjoy my steak at the hot stone experience though, Tip! We also used the self service restaurant and the terrace grill throughout the day and again there was a good selection. The terrace grill didn't look to inviting with the burgers and pizza as it look as though everything had been sitting for quite some time and when we tried the burgers on one occasion it was warm at best so never tried again. We enjoyed all the entertainment throughout the ship, and we took in as much as we could, and the quality and standard was very good. The theatre shows were of a very high standard. Service at the bars was really quite quick and we found a lot of the time the waiters would be coming around and asking if you wanted another. There was also a shopping arcade, spa and gym areas which we used sparingly but they always seemed quite busy and they look bright. Read Less
Sail Date June 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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