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11 Dubrovnik to Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Captivated by the alluring Emerald Waterways brochure advertising the brand new luxury yacht Adriatic Princess 2 I encouraged some friends to join us on a luxury weeks cruise along the Dalmatian coast. That was the dream! The reality: ... Read More
Captivated by the alluring Emerald Waterways brochure advertising the brand new luxury yacht Adriatic Princess 2 I encouraged some friends to join us on a luxury weeks cruise along the Dalmatian coast. That was the dream! The reality: When we arrived at the dock we discovered that the promised brand new luxury AP 2 doesn't exist, it never did.The yacht had been replaced by the original Adriatic Princess. We were given no prior notice that the yacht had been changed and in my opinion a clear case of miss-selling. We were told to leave our bags on the quayside and go and find somewhere to eat or drink because we couldn't board for another two hours. The word "luxury" is used at least ten times in the brochure and five star once. At no time did we consider that we were on a luxury yacht with 5 star service. The food was average with little choice and not enough of it. The included wine with meals was undrinkable. The wine came in a bottle with a beer type cap which leads me to think it was very cheap. We had two dinners on board and were asked to keep our knives and forks for the next course. No tablecloths and cheap plastic flowers on table. If you didn't want the included wine you could buy a superior bottle for £37.50. Only 10 beach towels for 34 passengers. My wife and I had to make do with much smaller white towels. Our cabin safe was broken, it took 5 days to replace. Inadequate toiletries in cabin, no hair conditioner, no tissues. WiFi kept breaking down. At night we were moored between other boats some nights as many as seven boats. Which meant you had to cross all the other boats to get ashore. However that was helpful because you could see that some other boats were truly luxurious, unlike ours. Nearly all the other passengers complained about the service and food on board. I have registered a complaint with ABTA and I am awaiting a response. There are many luxury boats cruising the Adriatic sadly this isn't one of them. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Previously sailed on Spirit so layout of ship identical. Seemed like the ship was shaking herself to bits. Vibration from engines was constant and on every deck and location of the ship. Last night in port I was unable to sleep because of ... Read More
Previously sailed on Spirit so layout of ship identical. Seemed like the ship was shaking herself to bits. Vibration from engines was constant and on every deck and location of the ship. Last night in port I was unable to sleep because of the vibrations. Celebration needs to be retired. Staff are all excellent and food of a high standard particularly the Meridian restaurant. Didn't try the speciality restaurants. Lido restaurant always had a good selection of dishes, particularly liked the afternoon tea spread. Excursions were well organised but maybe allow for more free time to explore, find a cafe or W.C. Then hunt for souvenirs. Cabins were cleaned and refreshed regularly and any issues were addressed immediately. For us there were not enough dancing opportunities. Bands good but playing pop classics only suitable for “dad dancing” or as background music. No chance to do any ballroom or Latin dancing. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
SAIL THE THREE SEAS the itinerary that called me to sail on the Marella Celebration, reviewed separately. For me it all started with a 45 mile drive down the A1 at silly o’clock for the 06:50 Boeing 737 from Donny (DSA) to Dubrovnic ... Read More
SAIL THE THREE SEAS the itinerary that called me to sail on the Marella Celebration, reviewed separately. For me it all started with a 45 mile drive down the A1 at silly o’clock for the 06:50 Boeing 737 from Donny (DSA) to Dubrovnic (DBV) and a half hour coach transfer along the stunning Dalmatian coast. I must at this point thank all the other reviewers who said SIT ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE COACH. As the port cam into sight Cele was dwarfed by the MSC Lirica and Aida Blu The sail away form Dubrovnic was accompanied by music form the outrageously talented MUSIK UNLIMITED for a day at sea down to Celebrations flag port of Valetta, Malta I was pre-booked one both Malta Highlights tour which was a little disappointing due to quite heavy rain. Seabourn Odissey in Port Day 4, Messiina Sicily and the trip of the day was the Godfather Villages for me and I bought an umbrella opposite the world famous Bar Vitelli a today it was torrential. Day 5, Argostoli, Kefalonia, no trip today I decided to have a port day and just mooch around I caught the Red Train for a tour of the city. Weather was overcast but warm and more importantly DRY Day 6, Ingoumenitsa, Greece a glorious day and trip 3 to Necromantia and Parga in. My opinion we would have been better going straight to the picturesque Parga and having more time to explore and enjoy Day 7 up at 5 o’clock for the sail into Kotor in Montenegro - well I say five o’clock my iPhone had not changed the time from Greek so up at four it was then and failed to see the German U-boat pens, breakfast and off on the full day tout Highlights of Montenegro the highlight of which was transiting the road known as the 25 serpents. What a stunning country Day 8 wake up and we are back in Dubrovnik The ret of the time aboard being taken up eating, drinking and watching the excellent productions put on by the show team, I must say my favourite was the Broadway Shows extravaganza the finale being from Les Miserable and the last time I had seen it sung was by the Barricade boys, all of whom have sung the part in the West End, The Marella show team rendition was certainly equal to that Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Recommended by travel agent as smaller, more intimate ship for our first cruise. We upgraded at a further cost of £394 to a deluxe cabin as I’m a bit claustrophobic. On an all inclusive basis. (Turns out that it’s not fully inclusive ... Read More
Recommended by travel agent as smaller, more intimate ship for our first cruise. We upgraded at a further cost of £394 to a deluxe cabin as I’m a bit claustrophobic. On an all inclusive basis. (Turns out that it’s not fully inclusive and you can pay a further supplement for premium all inclusive! What a rip off)! Cabin layout was fine but the large bed was two twins, joined together and mattresses rock hard. Pillows inside cases weren’t very clean. Cabin steward worked very hard so no complaints about general cleanliness of the cabin, although decor is slightly dated. Our main problem was location of cabin! When booking, we were advised by tui that no deluxe cabins were available on decks 6 or 8 so we thought we’d be obviously be on deck 7. Upon arrival, we were directed to cabin 236 on deck 6 which was the first cabin through the doors from the broadway show lounge!! The shows didn’t generally finish until after 11.30pm and the noise during the shows was terrible. When passengers later headed back to their own cabins, not many spared a thought for anyone sleeping and were extremely noisy passing by our door. Needless to say we got very little sleep during the trip. We couldn’t even have a nap on an afternoon as the entertainment team rehearsed!! (I use that term lightly too!) Very amateur productions to say the least! Upon complaining to reception about the noise, we were told it was out of their control if guests were noisy late at night and ship was full so we couldn’t be moved. They didn’t appear sympathetic at all! Ship is very shabby and at best I would say similar to a 2-3 star hotel. Food in the buffet Lido restaurant was awful. Overcooked vegetables (frozen), tough unseasoned meat, dirty crockery, instant custard with dry puddings, tinned fruit, need I go on? The meridian restaurant tried harder and it was smart dress with waiter service. Staff were attentive and wine / water glasses always topped up. We almost always had to wait for a table (around ten mins) as I refused to share a table with fellow passengers. Why would I want to share with strangers?? (Linen tablecloths and napkins always clean but again the food was such a let down. Meat tough, lobster tail ruined by overlooking and vegetables stewed to death! I ordered turkey with the trimmings one night and the chipolata sausage was totally raw as was the roasted potato. Upon mentioning it to the waiter, he took my plate away and returned to say the chef agreed with my view! Someone could have had a nasty tummy upset if it had been consumed. We did use the spa onboard and must commend Harry on his fantastic hot stone massage. 2 intense, the singers in the Horizons bar were also very good but their show was interrupted on one occasion by a very drunken passenger! I agree with other reviews that the ship is well past it’s sell by date and should be out of commission and felt that tui couldn’t care about the enjoyment and quality of your holiday once they had your money. It was like Butlins at sea!! Never again will Tui take money from me. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My wife and myself went on a 2 week cruise aboard the above named ship and prior to going upgraded to a superior room at a cost of almost £700.00. When we arrived on board we didn't even have a double bed. The ship is in dire ... Read More
My wife and myself went on a 2 week cruise aboard the above named ship and prior to going upgraded to a superior room at a cost of almost £700.00. When we arrived on board we didn't even have a double bed. The ship is in dire need of a makeover, the pools (if you could call them that) were closed for almost the entire duration of the cruise. The entertainment was very poor and at best amateurish. This was our first time on a TUI cruise and it will be our last. The food was nice most of the time but there seemed to be a significant wait every evening if you wanted to dine in the restaurant. We had 3 or 4 days of poor weather in the first week and there was very little to do, you would have thought there would have been some activities in place for when the weather was poor. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
It was mine & the wifes 1st cruise & we wasn't dissapointed, from the lovely suite on the 8th deck, to the 2 cabin stewards Bert & Randy who just couldn't do enough for us, to the entertainment in the Broadway suite ... Read More
It was mine & the wifes 1st cruise & we wasn't dissapointed, from the lovely suite on the 8th deck, to the 2 cabin stewards Bert & Randy who just couldn't do enough for us, to the entertainment in the Broadway suite which was top class, Tom Evans & all the team did a different show every night, & every show was a delight to sit & watch, they deserve all the praise they get, well done guys, to the resident band Strumjam, they were awesome & it was a pleasure to sing with them on a bandioke night, & to all the staff & crew they all work so very hard & some get so little sleep, to the Lido Restaurant with great food every day, to the Compass Rose Restaurant & the fantastic waiter service, to the waiters & waitresses that served our drinks, to the captain & his crew for getting us to our destinations, so thank you all for a awesome 2 weeks aboard the Thomson Spirit.. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise purely because of the itinerary. It had some of the destinations that we had never visited before. The Croatian destinations were brilliant and well worth a return. However the Celebration failed to live up to the ... Read More
We chose this cruise purely because of the itinerary. It had some of the destinations that we had never visited before. The Croatian destinations were brilliant and well worth a return. However the Celebration failed to live up to the itinerary. The ship is very old and definitely showing signs of its age. Checking in process was poor and entailed a lengthy queue around the main dining restaurant as in there is no central atrium. In places I would describe it as "filthy", especially the sun beds and "Bali beds". There should be replaced immediately as they are absolutely manky. The dining tables on the lido deck are significantly higher than the chairs and make you feel like an infant at the table. The rattan design of these is falling apart on some of the chairs. In Hemingways it is cold and again the seating is falling apart in places. The service is patchy and with a few exceptions, the bar waiters are rude and will often overlook guests requests. Matson was a breath of fresh ar in comparison to many of the others. The all inclusive package is a lie. There are 146 supplement charges out of the 236 drinks available on the bar menu. Some of these beggar belief. If you order a 200ml soft drink it is in your drinks package, but there is a supplement charge for a 300ml drink of the same kind. Easy to get round by ordering two of the smaller drinks but nonsensical nevertheless. You get letters threatening you with charges if you lose this or if you misplace that. There is a £25 charge for the use of the "safe" in your cabin. Surely this is a standard you would not expect to have to pay for. Not exactly what you expect for the price. Food is plentiful but not a massive amount of variety. Yet again there are supplement charges if you want a steak or a lamb cutlet. The company appear to be trying to penny pinch everywhere. Tours available were reasonably priced but can be done cheaper on your own if you have the courage to "go for it". On a positive note the entertainment is really good and the talents of those that are in the show team truly deserve to be presenting their trade on a ship that reflects their talent. They go above and beyond what I have seen from an an entertainment team on any cruise line that I have travelled with. Becky has a fantastic vocal range and does a solo performance of high quality late one evening. Their rendition of Les Miserables was brilliant. If this was my first cruise experience it would have put me off for good and therefore I would recommend other other companies way before Thomson and often at a cheaper price. Very expensive for what was provided. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our first cruise (previously done a mini cruise to Egypt) and have to say what a wonderful time we had. Our itinerary was slightly different as we flew to Dubrovnik and home from Malaga but covered every port we wished to visit. Its ... Read More
Our first cruise (previously done a mini cruise to Egypt) and have to say what a wonderful time we had. Our itinerary was slightly different as we flew to Dubrovnik and home from Malaga but covered every port we wished to visit. Its hard to know where to begin; we arrived in the beautiful port of Dubrovnik to be met by a taxi provided by Thomson as my husband is disabled and this allowed the transfer to the ship a little smoother. On arrival we awaited our cabin in what appeared to be a long queue but such a lovely atmosphere the time went quickly. Our cabin was located on the 3rd deck but whilst lower not at all claustrophobic as we imagined and could not have asked for better assistance from our Cabin steward. The staff certainly make the cruise more memorable, in each and every eatery they go our of their way to ensure you are happy with all aspects of the service; even valet parking with my hubby wheelchair which was very amusing but so, so helpful. The entertainment was second to none and could have equally matched any performance I have seen at the West End. Bars always well stocked and the advantage of waiter service meant I was able to totally relax whereas Im normally rushing around looking after my husband. We did one excursion which was excellent at Naples but choose to do Rome independently as and whilst we experienced a few hiccups it all added to the fun. Imaging being stuck in the Vatican and your wheelchair loosed power but our prayers were answered and allowed to charge is outside the Sistine Chapel!! Only one negative to those who have mobility issues and it has nothing to do with the actual ship facilities; ensure you are aware of the distance from the ship to port stops. The representative whilst helpful did not provide us with accurate information whist meant on several occasions the distance to coaches on excursions was very much of a 'guesstimate' as I would tell my pupils and did cause a few stressful moments which could have been avoided if the representative had been a little more informed but our overall experience was fantastic and very much looking forward to going on the Thomson Dream as Easter. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My wife and I have cruised before, many time on Ocean Village and we were looking for a reasonably priced cruise with informality. This ship and the cruise proved to fit both these. We took no part in the formal nights, nor did we eat in ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised before, many time on Ocean Village and we were looking for a reasonably priced cruise with informality. This ship and the cruise proved to fit both these. We took no part in the formal nights, nor did we eat in the formal dining room. That was our choice and suited us. Overall the ship and the cruise was hard to fault. The cabin was very clean, comfortable and well maintained. The bathroom was a bit small and the loo itself was designed for a midget I think. There was a hairdryer supplied in the cabin and 2 electrical sockets (2 pin so adapters were needed) and a razor socket in the bathroom. There was plenty of drawer space and sufficient wardrobe space. Air con/heating worked. There was a safe in one wardrobe that you have to pay extra to use (sign of Thomson cheapness?). Our cabin steward seemed to work 24/7. If you left the cabin he popped in and changed the towels. He, and his colleagues were really friendly, always smiling. Nothing was too much, nor beyond them. Food. Very important on a cruise. We ate mainly in the Lido which is a buffet service. No complaints about the food, except for the wife who would have liked a better choice of cold dessert. Fruit Salad for instance would have been nice, but that is only available at breakfast. as always, the staff are very quick, sometimes too quick, to clear away. It would be nice if they waited until both people at the table had finished a course before clearing rather than taking plates, cutlery, glasses away as soon as they touch the table. We also ate in the Hot-Stones restaurant out side the Lido, which carries an extra charge. This is where you cook your own meat/fish on super-heated stones at your table. We enjoyed this. the staff were excellent, explaining everything and it was a great experience. The only complaint is the cost of a bottle of wine. £29 is a bit steep in some ways, but hey ho, we were on holiday. We took the All-inclusive package at the time of booking. Upon arrival, there was a card in the cabin offering us an upgrade to AI Premium Package at another £70 PP per week. We declined. On checking the drinks menu, most of what we wanted was included in basic AI (bottled beers, bottled drinks, some premium brand spirits and cocktails were extra) and we certainly didn't go short. We had house wine by the glass with most meals and plenty of cocktails. Bar staff are great. That soon get to know you and your favourite drinks. If you are a smoker and are are a cruise which does not leave EU waters (our 2nd week for instance) they will try and sell you cigarettes (£4.50 for 200) as the ships Duty Free does not sell tobacco or spirits. Works out a good little earner for them. The ship a a whole is very clean, maybe a little dated decor-wise in places, but otherwise very good. Plenty of toilets around the main public areas ( i noticed someone said there were too few) these were kept very clean. There were hand wash (gel dispensers) outside the toilets, and at the entrances to restaurants etc. Sunbeds and Pools. There were 2 pools, 1 for Adults, and 1 for families (it was an adult only cruise), both small and this lets the ship down. They are surrounded by sunbeams, in fact all public open areas were jammed solid with sunbeams. The best ones were right up the top on decks 9 and 10. Be warned, unless you find one on the Promenade deck (deck 6) you have no chance of getting any shade. Excursions. We only went on one, Venice Full Day, which we booked in advance. It rained that day, but that is not Thomson's fault. It was reasonably value for money. Thomson's let themselves down here as their website is inaccurate, there is discrepancy between the descriptions of excursions available and the actual booking part of the website. The staff on the excursion desk are keen to sell, but not really a lot of use for independent travellers. Come to that, nor are Reception. The printed info (ships paper and the destination maps) is adequate but could be improved upon. Most ports of call were easy going for finding your way around. Some involve a lot of walking up hill, some family flat. All had something of interest, except maybe Brindisi. Entertainment. This is varied and you can take your pick. Liberties (deck 6) had the Peakles, the ships resident band playing a lot of 60's, 70's and 80's music (Beatles, Blondie etc). They are pretty good. They also appear on the rear deck as well. Also Liberties is used for quizzes and game shows. The Broadway is the ships theatre. Here you will see shows by the resident sound/dance troupe, and once a week a guest comedian. The shows are again pretty good, but not quite up to the billing given by Gavin the cruise director. My pet hate was his appearance at the end of every show, trying to make out that we had just watched the most fantastic show by the most fantastic performers in the whole of the universe. I for one do not need to be told to stand and applaud. If the show is good enough it will bring the applause it merits. Sorry Gavin, you are out of touch. Hemmingways (the casino bar/lounge) is mainly used by the Pianist and the male singer - easy listening. Neither particularly talented, but they do a good job. As do the Duo in the Horizon Lounge on Deck 9. Inoffensive and makes good backgound music for an evening. The other major gripe I have with the entertainment team id their lack of integration with passengers. You would often find them out on Deck 6 (Lido bar) where they would sit together. This includes Gavin and his assistant Paul and the other 'hosts' Only William who was new, seemed to want to sit and chat. The others just ignored the passengers other than when they were running a game/quiz. Best you got was a 'Hi, how's it going'' if you managed to catch their eye when passing. We did not use the Gym or the Spa, nor did we use the Internet/Wi-Fi. Plenty of free Wi-Fi ashore. Both embarkation and disembarkation were handled efficiently with minimum of delays. Overall a good cruise, that suited our tastes and we would go again should the itinerary be right. That was the main reason for selecting this cruise, the itinerary was perfect. We love Croatia and Montenegro, especially Dubrovnik, and the wife wanted to see Venice. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Just returned from a weeks cruising the Adriatic on the Thomson celebration ship. we had a great time and visited some lovely places. The ship is spotless and the crew could not do enough, they were all very nice and very helpful ... Read More
Just returned from a weeks cruising the Adriatic on the Thomson celebration ship. we had a great time and visited some lovely places. The ship is spotless and the crew could not do enough, they were all very nice and very helpful especially wee Dikha in the Lido dining room. The entertainment tram were fantastic and we wondered if they ever got any sleep as they were on the go all day and night. the shows that were put on in the Broadway were fantastic and in Liberties there was always lots of great fun going on. even during the day on deck there was always something going on. the cruise director Paul was terrific and made sure everyone was having a great time. the only negatives were that the venues for the entertainment were very cold at night so we had to wear cardigans and jackets to keep warm.( the heating on the cabins was ok) . the only other complaint was that there are not enough public toilets on the ship. the one provided for Liberties and the Broadway balcony only had two cubicles which were flooded nearly every night and the one on deck five was a long way from the Lido dining room. all in all we had a great time and on the return journey Thomsons organised boarding passes for all so that when we left our luggage outside the cabin the night before we left we never saw it again till we arrived at Glasgow airport. our thanks to all the crew on board the ship for giving us a lovely time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My husband and I had a phenomenal time on Thomson's 'Celebration' cruise- exceeded all expectations- we were so happy that this was our first sea cruise, too! This ship is a small cruise ship yet it is perfectly formed- ... Read More
My husband and I had a phenomenal time on Thomson's 'Celebration' cruise- exceeded all expectations- we were so happy that this was our first sea cruise, too! This ship is a small cruise ship yet it is perfectly formed- dwarfed by all those floating massive floating like towns of ostentations cruise liners- it may be mature in age yet it is very elegant all the same. We loved that it was one of the smallest ships when it was docked in port! The smaller size allows you to make some good friends, too- many seasoned cruisers we met on the ship prefered our ship for this very reason. There is plenty of luxury plus sophistication anyhow! We were amazed at how friendly plus helpful all the staff crew were- could not do enough for us! All they wanted to do was make us happy as well as smile, truly! The shore excursions were very interesting as well as beautiful plus our guides were just brilliant! Our excursions were to the Lipica horse stud farm in Slovenia- was brilliant in every single way- if you love horses and dressage you will love this as we did! The town of Sibenik in Croatia was stunning plus we also loved visiting the very impressive pretty cathedral of St James. Our last excursion was in Bari in Italy- to the Alberobella region of Truli houses- absolutely beautiful, fascinating as well as quirky! The entertainmen was of a very high standard right across the board! The shows we especially enjoyed- equal to West End Show performers, absolutely amazing in every detail!! Dining was varied, delicious, plus just excellent on so many levels. Service hich class in dining too! As am allergice to wheat and peanuts- my diet was fabulously catered for- had plenty of variety including having gluten free pasta and gluten free pizzas. Hygiene and cleanliness was taken very seriously throughout ship which was impressive. Everything ran so efficiently!! If you can find fault on this ship you must be like the grumpy old men from the Muppet Show, truly! We loved our cabin too- spacious, comfortable, luxurious, had a great view, loved the bathroom- shower with bath, and it had everything we needed. Even the wardrobe space was very generous! Met some amazing people- fellow cruisers- made some good friendships. Enjoyed talking to the staff crew who were friendly, too! The actors/dancers/singers were all top class- they all deserve much success plus hope they have long sucessful careers! The comedian had me in stitches- very funny!! The only problem was that it went much too fast- wish we could have pressed a pause button like on the tv remote control- we had so much fun plus relaxation! So many sublime memories created that will stay with us for always! It was indeed a celebration- so celebration was the perfect name! Brilliant diversity of ages on board from 20-80's which was lovely to see plus enjoyed talking to people of all ages(fellow cruisers)! We will be back with celebration ship for another cruise next year though going to different ports, for sure!! Massive thank you to all the cruise on Celebration ship- salute You! Hubby and I are so grateful to all the ship's crew who made our holiday the best one ever!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015

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