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8 Malaga to Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

All went wrong from the flight we took 7 hours 30 mins to get to Malaga we sat on granada runway for over two hours. We have not long come back from this ship Marella Celebration well where do I start the ship has paper thin walls I ... Read More
All went wrong from the flight we took 7 hours 30 mins to get to Malaga we sat on granada runway for over two hours. We have not long come back from this ship Marella Celebration well where do I start the ship has paper thin walls I could here the people in the next cabin snoring it was so bad and you can imagine what it was like when people came back from the casino or late night drinking. Also you sat in theatre/ show and you can watch everything vibrate It’s so bad people say you get use to it you don’t the ship is so old her sister ship has been scraped off I wonder why do not take children on this ship for me I would worry about them all the outside steps are so steep. You could not get a sun bed unless you get up at 6am just not enough they say they remove towels but they don’t Food very basic in self serving restaurant. Safe in room £35 for holiday I have never paid for safe on any cruise I’ve been on before WiFi nearly £50 which most of the time it did not work Another thing i was not feeling well at the end of cruise found my blood sugar very high (34) can’t be certain but I don’t think I was getting Diet Coke Good bit is the staff sorry not for me would try the newer ships but not this boat you will be sorry if you book look at newer ships this one is over 35 years old and her sister ship was scrapped I wonder why Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I give this cruise, the ship, the staff, the food, everything EXCEPT TUI, full marks. If Tui step up their game, and put customer service instead of money first, then there would be very little to moan about. Yes, my gripes are more ... Read More
I give this cruise, the ship, the staff, the food, everything EXCEPT TUI, full marks. If Tui step up their game, and put customer service instead of money first, then there would be very little to moan about. Yes, my gripes are more like moans. I was determined my first ever cruisewould not be spoiled by a petty nasty Destination Services person. Dear Julie, oh how I will always remember our time together. I travelled with my blind husband. A large ship would have been difficult. So, the ship. Small. Compared to some monsters that moor up beside us, our little clipper was a tiny craft, but, she made up for it by offering the BIGGEST group hug every day. Our cabin was basic, a small porthole window, but, spotless, comfortable, and a happy steward greeted up with big smiles every day. He made our bed twice a day, chocs on the pillow. The next days entertainment itinerary every evening to read. And boy were we entertained. Shows, games, lectures, lessons, loads to occupy anyone lost for something to do. The show team put on energetic performances with lots of song, dance, feathers and sequins twice a night. Guest comedians too. With table service inclusive drinks from smiling staff who never found anything too much trouble. Ok food. Well. It was hot. Plentiful. Tasty. Varied. We began by using the Lido self service restaurant, but by day two, we discovered the silver service restaurant was inclusive and made more sense for us. You were treated to wonderful service, ask for your own table, no need to share if you don’t want to. Breakfast, a served up number of choices, never empty juice, tea/coffee. Lunch. Dinner, all choice of menu, all good, and order what you want, some guests ordered double servings! There are small gripes. The shops on the ship are expensive. And the continued push for diamond international purchases at port. The excursions are expensive. And watch out for Julie. We missed an excursion, it took us 1.5hrs to get off the ship on day one, the excursion left without us. No refund, your fault. She refused further discussion. £76. No way..I phoned their UK office, 3 days later she refunded us. But she wasn’t happy. Another gripe. Sunbeds. Same as in hotels. Never a sunbed to be had, towels everywhere! Oh well, enjoy the quiet of the cafe, bar or reading rooms while the towel folk play sunbed roulette. You will read that the ship is old and tired. Yes...but...not tatty. Always clean. Wonderful cheery staff. And amazing entertainment. Taylor the entertainment manager, knows his stuff, and seems to be everywhere! We have to say, that, we did not enjoy the Caribbean, for many reasons. We took many excursions, taxis, and found nothing worth returning for. But, others found secret beaches and lovely places to go. We didn’t. The ship was our holiday, and the Celebrity was wonderful. We got stuck on our last day while Gatwick Airport dealt with its drones. An extra day onboard enjoying the hospitality, there were worse places to have been stuck. And the crew, staff and Taylor, made us all welcome, and kept us informed on progress. This is where Tui redeemed themselves. Finding planes, and coach transport back in the UK. Our first cruise. Not our last I hope. Would not blink if I find another Celebration cruise I fancy! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because we were on the Celebration relocation cruise last year and really enjoyed it. The ship is very clean and the crew are all very friendly. Our cabin was comfortable and kept very clean by Budi who always had a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were on the Celebration relocation cruise last year and really enjoyed it. The ship is very clean and the crew are all very friendly. Our cabin was comfortable and kept very clean by Budi who always had a smile and short chat anytime we met him. We ate in the Meridian Restaurant most nights and found this a very pleasant experience. The staff were very efficient and friendly and we met other guests whilst sharing a table with them. We mostly had breakfast and lunch in the Lido Restaurant where there was a wide and varied selection of food available. The only downside was, that if you didn't take a drink in with you, it was not easy to get a waiter. Maybe, more waiting staff would overcome this problem. We especially enjoyed the interview with Captain John one afternoon. It was very informative and interesting and he really has such a good sense of humour, which also came across on his daily bulletins when we were at sea. We enjoyed doing the daily trivia quiz but sometimes found it hard to hear the questions on deck 6. Overall, the service we received on board was excellent. The staff who especially stood out for us were Melisa and Sydney and the unforgettable Nosi, she was so wonderful, I would have been proud to have her for a daughter :-). Such hard workers and always with a smile on their face and an eagerness to help. Unfortunately, due to the hurricane, the ports we were supposed to visit were changed a bit, but that didn't matter to us. We saw some beautiful Islands in the Caribbean and met some wonderful people. Maybe next time we could visit the others. We had a wonderful time on our cruise and can't wait to do another one. Thank you to all staff and crew we came in contact with, you helped make our holiday one to remember. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Picked this cruises as a b2b Caribbean Horizons and Cuban Fusion as we wanted to leave from Malaga and also visit Cuba. Boarding the ship is easy as you can arrive at any time. We were able to go to our cabin straight away. Good ... Read More
Picked this cruises as a b2b Caribbean Horizons and Cuban Fusion as we wanted to leave from Malaga and also visit Cuba. Boarding the ship is easy as you can arrive at any time. We were able to go to our cabin straight away. Good ports of call except Dominican Republic where we were changed to La Romana. Biggest complaint on board was the lack of sunloungers and Policing of this. "Tanning time" tickets that should have been put on beds that had not been used for 45 minutes did not exist. Suspect this problem is exacerbated on a Transatlantic due to the number of sea days. Complaints initially appeared to be handled but in reality were never followed up and people were often fobbed off. The ship is a nice design with lots of lounge areas and reasonably up to date considering the age. Lifts are poor, very slow and often broke down. Cabins are a little basic but have all you need except the phones do not offer a facility for people to leave a message. Anytime dining worked well however their Gluten Free system left a lot to be desired. Twice I was given meals with Gluten in the Orion Dining room. In the buffet restaurants food was often wrongly labelled often missing a gluten free tag when it should have had one. Numerous complaints were placed and the final solution was for a staff member to take my order the night before and talk it all through amending the menu and the GF signs in the process. This worked reasonably well but should not have been needed. Cleanliness and hygiene could have been better. The doors from the Lido buffet to the pool area were not cleaned for days (we put a mark in the stained glass). They were cleaned when we reported it but again fell into a pattern of not being cleaned regularly. The areas beneath the tables were never cleaned properly. A waiter was seen to sneeze into his hand and another used a bare hand to check if the toast was hot or not (it never was). Most toilets did not have bins near the door to enable you to drop a paper towel into them after opening the door. However for us the best part of the cruise was the entertainment with the team working tirelessly and with great enthusiasm. For that reason alone we would consider another cruise on the Dream assuming it was to destinations we wanted to visit. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
short flight out was best part all downhill after that ship had leaking pipes everywhere,now 30 years old and showing it,swimming pools were oblong tubs,the wife best describes it as pontins on water not a cruise i want to repeat one port ... Read More
short flight out was best part all downhill after that ship had leaking pipes everywhere,now 30 years old and showing it,swimming pools were oblong tubs,the wife best describes it as pontins on water not a cruise i want to repeat one port of call in the dominican rep la romana was just dangerous, dock was a commercial one for container ships and if you attempted a walk ashore you put your life in danger even the police had machine guns , decent food in the canteens(yes i do mean canteens as in the old factory ones)sunbeds were in short supply people were up at 5am to get one,the german side of the company keep the best ships and send the uk the scrap end shipswe regularly saw maintenance carrying very large pipe sections around the ship,only good thing was the crew but they deserved a better ship to crew,as it is we will be avoiding thomson `cruises` Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The itinerary took our eye, plus as a late booking, we got a good deal.Must say we were pleasantly surprised by , not only the ship, but the staff were great, as was the food. We had a superior outside cabin which was really spacious, ... Read More
The itinerary took our eye, plus as a late booking, we got a good deal.Must say we were pleasantly surprised by , not only the ship, but the staff were great, as was the food. We had a superior outside cabin which was really spacious, & the entertainment was fabulous.Never having been big fans of Thomson, this as I said, was a really pleasant surprise. We thoroughly enjoyed our little blast of warmth before Christmas & will certainly look at Thomsons again in future. The only slight downside was that we did have a few showers, not the fault of the cruise company of course!Think next time we head off on a late quickie this time of year, would leave it another 2 or 3 weeks just to make more certain of the weather.Also, the port of la Romana(Dominican Republic), is quite an unpleasant experience & we think should be removed from ports of call for a nicer option.Anyhow, roll on February when we,re off again, back with Fred Olsen this time! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Brilliant introduction to cruising. As it was our first time we had no idea what to expect and after the initial traumatic problems of getting on board from Malaga we were sure we had made a big mistake. We were made to queue for almost ... Read More
Brilliant introduction to cruising. As it was our first time we had no idea what to expect and after the initial traumatic problems of getting on board from Malaga we were sure we had made a big mistake. We were made to queue for almost two hours in a underground car park a Malaga airport as there were simply not enough coaches to transfer passengers. We then encountered long delays through security and finally registration where there was only seven positions, out of twenty or so, manned. Get your act together Thompson!!! However once on board the experience truly started, everything from the food to the entertainment was superb. The crew could not be more cheerful and helpful, special mention should go to cruise director Paul, assistant Jake and entertainment team of Jack, Ciaron and Laura. In the restaurant we were so well looked after by Ryan, Richard and Rueben our very our three 'Rs'. The Broadway Show team worked so hard and put on some fantastic shows and guest artistes, comedians Andy Wilkins and Taffy and singers Stevie Jay Johnson, Ben Morris and Stevie Michales were outstanding. Six days at sea went by un-noticed. Add to this the paradise islands we visited. We can' wait to do it again, were hooked. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Just returned from 17 nights onboard The Celebration having previously cruised with Thomsons some 20 times but this cruise was one of the best I have ever experienced the food was excellent, the staff in both the Lido and Meridian ... Read More
Just returned from 17 nights onboard The Celebration having previously cruised with Thomsons some 20 times but this cruise was one of the best I have ever experienced the food was excellent, the staff in both the Lido and Meridian restaurant (a special mention to Ryan our lovely waiter) . The itinerary was wonderful although we did have 6 sea days but this was made easier with the entertaiment and activities that were provided by the entertainment team led by the most amazing cruise director Mr Paul Evans he was the best cruise director I have ever seen the leadership that was displayed and evident both with his team and the passengers went beyond his call of duty, a real ambassador for Thomsons. Our Cabin 065 on deck 8 was adequate although the air conditioning needed to be adjusted but that was just a I minor issue. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015

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