7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This cruise ship is one of the smallest in the fleet, and therefore does not have a large amount of things to do. The interior is tired but they have updated the carpets and curtains. Accommodation: Typical inside double room, ... Read More
This cruise ship is one of the smallest in the fleet, and therefore does not have a large amount of things to do. The interior is tired but they have updated the carpets and curtains. Accommodation: Typical inside double room, with 2 single beds, and a butler who does a great job, and always kept the cabin clean & tidy. Entertainment: Every night there was a musical show, usually with 2 performances, which was excellent, the team put on a great show. With 4 bars in total, which all have they’re own musical themes, jazz, piano bar, disco etc, and an outside pool music after the last show most nights. A casino & slot machines, are attached to one of the bars, which opens during the afternoon and evening, until around 2am. Daily games of Bingo, pool games, trivia quiz shows. Also on board is a small gym, photo studio, spa & beauty salon, and duty free shop. Every day we arrived in a new port, which was excellent, with trips to great locations, however we did our own thing, using the local taxi’s, which were cheaper, and where we wanted to visit, with no time restraints. Food: The food is either buffet or A la Carte, which are British style menus. The pool side offers a quick snack area, with Pizza, Burgers & Hot Dogs etc. The brochure boasts 2 other restaurants, (French & Oriental), both are available at additional costs, even though I chose to upgrade to the All Inclusive Package, they are not included. Drink: When I booked this trip I paid the additional cost to go all inclusive, however TUI’s idea of All Inclusive is not what I expected. Firstly, if you want cans of Fizzy Juice, Bottled Water, Blue Bombay Gin, Malt whisky, certain cocktails, Peach Shnaps, or bottled beer, then this is chargeable. If you want to go to the Coffee Pot, which offers various styles of coffee, muffins & cakes, this also is chargeable, (not included in the All Inclusive Package), however you can go to your cabin, or any of the bars and get a cup of coffee, for free!! As stated I feel the All Inclusive Package is not clearly defined at booking point. Within 10 mins of getting on board I was pushed to upgrade to the Premium Package, at an additional cost of £50 per person for a week. Room service is available 24/7, food & drinks, and the cabin mini bar is not covered by the All Inclusive Package or the Premium Package. Communication: When booking this trip, I was informed that Wifi was available and mobile access was available whilst at sea. The truth is, I very rarely had any signal or able to connect to the ships network provider. The only time you get signal is in ports, but on this trip we had 2 days at sea, so no contact during these occasions. WiFi is charged at £8 for an hour, £15 per day, £25 for 3 days or £49 for the week, but only available in public areas not the cabins. Services: Laundry service (wash & fold), at a cost of £14.95 a bag. Pool towels, which are replaced daily Safety Deposit box in the cabin, which is chargeable. Smoking areas are available. This was my first cruise holiday, and I enjoyed the port stops, crew were great, food excellent, however I feel TUI are always looking at ways to get more money out of you. They are not clear at pointing out the all Inclusive Package or communication when booking stage. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
First of all this is not my first cruise my 3rd in the last 12 months Marella Celebration is a old ship and feels old passages are mostly 99 percent on all-inclusive and Are drinking most of the day and not even seeing the ports of ... Read More
First of all this is not my first cruise my 3rd in the last 12 months Marella Celebration is a old ship and feels old passages are mostly 99 percent on all-inclusive and Are drinking most of the day and not even seeing the ports of call. Let start of the food not the greatest food ever been severed on any ship lukewarm and just basic if you want to pay more and go to that paid restaurants then of course it ups its standards. Now the entertainment on board is where I have some real issues the leadership of the cruise director called Gavin is a lot to be desired when he's around the poolside doing games he makes ridiculous noises dogs other sounds and looks like a complete fool who is in charge of his team also I'm not a great lover of shows when you are never sure if the singers are really singing. The game show are great if you have been drinking all day and night because I have never had the pleasure of being to any holiday camps in the UK but I was told by most people sitting around me thats how they come across very poor and badly presented . The cabins are fine but any vibrations around the ship can be heard most nights. I will not be booking any more Tui ships in the future I understand that the company have new ships what I can't understand why they let This ship carry on in the fleet because it's a very poor example stay well clear of this company and its ships till they rethink their ships Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
First of all this was my 4th cruise in the last 16 months and thankfully I know there are better cruise lines & ships out there. Straight away after the captains reception you know this cruise is not going to be normal cruising ... Read More
First of all this was my 4th cruise in the last 16 months and thankfully I know there are better cruise lines & ships out there. Straight away after the captains reception you know this cruise is not going to be normal cruising the captain speech which is the most boring and longest I've ever seen on any ship in 5 years of cruising starts what really is a very poor week. Because the man who is the figure head for the ship tells awful corny jokes about all members and officers of his team as for the entertainment Onboard the shows are ok if you are not use to other ships which have a band play along side the shows which you are never sure if the singers are actually singing or miming . The games shows are some of the wrost I have seen on any entertainment venue anywhere in the world if you are drunk or have never watched any telly for 20 years they would be fine but all I saw were the hosts trying as hard as they can to make the games look good. The cruise director a Mr Gavin Carroll make the most. Ridiculous noises I've ever heard all around the poolside when he is hosting a game somebody or some drunk must have told this is funny at sometime. I watch the cruise director talk to his team several times in a manner that would not be acceptable in any shape or form of any business and comes across as someone who only cares about how he is doing as a performer not his team. The meals onboad are very basic not what you come to expect from any cruise ship nothing that's going to get you excited about entering the dining room . Most passengers that I watched aboard the ship with my husband were either drunk midday or very drunk at night the ship comes across as something you would expect to see in Benidorm or some low-grade hotel in Europe if you are somebody that cruise before like myself this is one ship to stay clear off because it is not anything you would expect to see on any other shipping company very low grade food and hospitality. cabins on board are okay big problem is the noise of the vibration of the ship Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Spent a fortnight on the Celebration in the Caribbean from 20th Dec 2017 to 3rd Jan 2018 and to be honest it was a great holiday apart from the very very poor entertainment from the cheesy dancers performing the same old shows in the ... Read More
Spent a fortnight on the Celebration in the Caribbean from 20th Dec 2017 to 3rd Jan 2018 and to be honest it was a great holiday apart from the very very poor entertainment from the cheesy dancers performing the same old shows in the Broadway Lounge and not at a decent level at all ,they were badly out of sync and the sound was rubbish ,to say they had some technical issues was not inspiring any confidence at all ,must do better !! sack the sound man ! Also in the Broadway Lounge was a guest comedian for the first week and another for the 2nd week ,let me start with the first weeks shambolic performance ,He was diabolical his jokes were older than the ship itself ,I really cant recall anybody laughing at all. The second week the comedian was equally as bad. we and other passengers found him racist and unfunny all his show mainly consisted of was slagging off the people from Liverpool, it was embarrassing, old hat and disgraceful . Waring a ridiculous suit to perform in does not make you funny, who the hell booked these halfwits. The singers around the ship were good until 2 of the acts went off ill with throat infections as did my wife and numerous other guests. The Cruise director did not replace these acts so again it was more lack of entertainment although they were advertised to perform in the daily cruise news. The Game shows in Liberties were rubbish, using the same old format... shabba , yawn yawn ... If it wasn't for the fabulous staff , from the cabin stewards, cleaners, bar staff , waiters etc holding the ship together it would have been a disaster , they even had a staff show that was excellent and far more entertaining than the so called professionals , well done to them , not to forget the food in the restaurant and Lido it was spot on , well done to little chimiy (restaurant manager) and his team. Tui / Marella need a complete overhaul with there entertainment they provide ,it was a load of rubbish. but apart from them it was a great cruise........shabba.......... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
The only good thing about this cruise was the single cabin - food available without having to pay was extremely poor choice and quality - entertainment was terrible unless you were drunk which many on ship were due to all inclusive package ... Read More
The only good thing about this cruise was the single cabin - food available without having to pay was extremely poor choice and quality - entertainment was terrible unless you were drunk which many on ship were due to all inclusive package - I have sailed on many cruise lines but first time with Thompson or Marella as it is called now and never again !!! Complete waste of money and a Christmas ruined !! The hotel after cruise made up for the terrible cruise but then extremely bad check in experience and late flight - replacement airline and no information given by Thompson then they have lost my luggage made this a holiday from hell when I was looking forward so much for a relaxing and enjoyable christmas and new year holiday - should have stayed home and saved myself over three thousand pounds !! Shall never use Thompson or Marella again Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This cruise was the first for my partner and the third for myself. My partner has been put off for ever cruising again. This ship should of been weighed in along time ago, we were never told that the norovirus was present on the ship ... Read More
This cruise was the first for my partner and the third for myself. My partner has been put off for ever cruising again. This ship should of been weighed in along time ago, we were never told that the norovirus was present on the ship before we embarked, had we known we would not have went. You could not serve yourself at all to ANYTHING .. not even a glass of water. the food and service was terrible... over cooked / undercooked / small portions , it was awful, the waitress had a cold and was sniffing all over the place. they all looked miserable as hell and would ignore you most of the time. There was nothing to do on this ship due to virus even the pools were empty half the time. The excursions were expensive and all very samey, if you wanted to do your own thing there wasn't much going on in the ports obviously so you had to get cabs to get anywhere which is ok if you know where you want to go. The only thing that saved the day was the entertainment gang, they were fabulous and should be on a better ship as they are wasted on this one. Our inside cabin had paper thin walls and we could hear conversations and tv's on both sides of our cabin, at night the constant vibration of the engines did not let up and creaked and groaned all night long , the air condition was so bad that I felt I was suffocating by the early hours of the morning every morning, two days. before we disembarked I started to get a bad persistent cough and sore throat which developed into a cold and severe chest infection which spoilt the weeks holiday after the cruise, its the 4 jan 2018 as I right this and I'm still ill and only started to unpack today, we got home on the 28 dec 2017. I strongly strongly advise anybody to avoid this ship like your life depends on it...Thompson should be absolutely ashamed to advertise this old tub as a cruise ship, everything about it, its crew, amenities, restaurants etc is way over its sale by date... I could go on and on and on.... AVOID AVOID AVOID Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I've just had the most amazing 2 weeks in the Caribbean with my friend on our first cruise, having the opportunity to visit 10 different islands, meeting wonderful people from around the world and seeing so many beautiful locations in ... Read More
I've just had the most amazing 2 weeks in the Caribbean with my friend on our first cruise, having the opportunity to visit 10 different islands, meeting wonderful people from around the world and seeing so many beautiful locations in fantastic weather. The plane journey there and back was questionable, however I could not be more impressed by the level of service and quality of staff on the Marella Celebration cruise ship. There was a slight hitch with our account being blocked a few days in when we went to order drinks although we were all inclusive, however this was quickly resolved and staff were very apologetic. The activities and entertainment on the ship was plentiful, however we tended to only stick to Hemingways and the Lounge for the shows in the evenings, some which were good and others according to taste. Horizon's was a relaxed atmosphere whereas Liberties was more party like. We were a regular visitor for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and late night snacks to Lido that was open until 1pm - so we quickly go too know a lot of the staff and fellow passengers. Plenty of food and drink choices hot and cold. We booked 2 excursions via the excursion team ( One for the BVI as on our first visit, due to the hurricane it was fairly quiet, however on our second visit it seemed to be a little busier, hopefully with more visitors the economy will be back to normal) and the rest we booked as and when we got off the ship depending on what we wanted to do. I was particularly amazed by the following staff members on the ship who went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed and enjoy our time. Starlin ( Deck steward) always greeted us with the warmest of smiles and professionalism either on the deck or in Mistral's restaurant. Silvio, the Lido buffet manager always ensured he took some time out to speak to us even at the most busiest of times. Edward, would always ensure we had something to drink wherever we were on the ship. Igor was impeccable in his service and directions to the assistant to ensure we had the best dining experience in Mistrals. Gusti, the housekeeper amazed us every time to return to an immaculate clean and tidy room at least 2 to 3 times a day. The Captain (John) himself was friendly whenever he spoke to us, possibly recognising us due to almost being late once to board the ship Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We were only on this ship last year travelling from Jordon to Dubai and most things were ok. Been on it before around the Med and that cruise was ok too. However this last Caribbean cruise was extremely disappointing! Even more so when ... Read More
We were only on this ship last year travelling from Jordon to Dubai and most things were ok. Been on it before around the Med and that cruise was ok too. However this last Caribbean cruise was extremely disappointing! Even more so when THE PRICE DROPPED BY £600!! What kind of incentive is there to book early when they pull a stunt like that?? The embarkation etc went quite well and fairly speedy but then things went downhill pretty quick. As so often happens with Marella cruises the ship was on precautionary lockdown due to another "Noro Viral" outbreak. Therefore the games room and Library was closed, the Sauna etc was also closed. No helping yourself in the self service restaurant. Drinks, water, tea and coffee etc and all food had to be served to you. No pasta station. No pizza station. No burger chips and salad station either, (normally outside in the fresh air). The dining was like a frenzied cattle market and if you managed to bag a fed up wine waiter.....well done, you normally finish the meal before one appears. Dining in the main restaurant was much calmer and nicer with waiter service which can be slow. I asked for brown sauce at breakfast one day and the waiter just said no sir???? I thought he was kidding....but he wasn't! Careful with your trips, ours got cancelled and they didn't bother to tell us until late at night! Not enough people wanted to go. TOP TIP...HAVE A THINK ABOUT FORGETTING THE DRINKS PACKAGE!! Lots of guests were complaining about the poor quality of drinks. The beer was Fosters lager. Cocktails were mixed by people under pressure and it showed, they were badly made! Gin or Vodka and tonic was very bland with way too much ice and tonic, no slice of lemon or lime available (WHY) even when you asked and no drinking straw, unless you asked. Bottled water is not included! I have to say that the normal drinks waiters in the show rooms and lounges were pretty good on the whole. The evening entertainment was great as were the singers and the band who sang and played exceptionally well. On disembarkation day there are no drinks available on the upper sun decks, you have to wander back into the ship and carry them back up the stairs, try and carry 2 hot cups of tea from aft to stern then up in the lift and finally up the stairs.....great fun!!!! In a nutshell there was nothing to celebrate about the Celebration! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Firstly this was a 3 star cruise with 5 star staff. Having done two previous cruises on Majesty and Spirit we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. Some useful information first. 1. If you are just doing the cruise for one ... Read More
Firstly this was a 3 star cruise with 5 star staff. Having done two previous cruises on Majesty and Spirit we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. Some useful information first. 1. If you are just doing the cruise for one or two weeks without a hotel stay you do not have to pay 10 Dollar entrance or 20 dollar exit from Dominican Republic. 2. There is a charge for the safe in the room which is £15 for one week or £25 for a two week cruise. 3. Do check in early online to get seats together. On previous flights we were only allowed to check in 7days before but on this trip you could do it a month before. 4. The flight out from London Gatwick took 8 hrs 30 mins and back just under 8 hours. Food served around 2 hours into flight going out and a free drink and wine with dinner. Flight back we had Chicken Pie and veg with wine and Breakfast 90 mins before landing. 5. Transfer time from La Romana airport to the ship is 15 minutes then you queue outside for about 30-40 mins to check in and get your room cards and safe keys. Baggage gets to your room about 2 hours later. Suggest have light clothes for arrival as it was 29c when we got there. 6. Wifi is expensive on the ship in my opinion £7 for one hour or £15 per day. I think you can buy a weekly package if you need to use it a lot. The ship is dated 35 years old but the staff are constantly cleaning and maintaining the ship. Whilst we were aboard the captain invoked enhanced santitation which meant you could not serve yourself in the buffet not even coffee or tea. This caused delays which some passengers got frustrated with. This action was taken because a few passengers went down with tummy bugs and they did not want it to spread. Also there was no access to the Saunas, Jacuzzi, or laundry/ironing rooms. It was fine with us. A couple of things that did irritate us were the inconsiderate passengers that gathered in groups and wanted to chat through the shows. Go to the bar or coffee shop if you want to chat. Secondly there is a noticeable engine vibration that feels like a worn prop shaft and you shake in your seat in some parts of the theatre or Lido buffet. The food was ok, always found something to eat some of the starter portions were miniscule like 5 pieces of calamari or the potatoes with blue cheese were just two tiny spuds cut with a bit of blue cheese in the middle. One chap on our table ordered this as a main course and got 4 potatoes on their own no garnish. One tip here is that if you don’t fancy the soups there is a tomato and basil option that is not shown on the menu. The fish was overcooked on a couple of occasions particularly the salmon. The food in the Lido was ok, the sweets and jellies were a bit repetitive but we enjoyed what we chose. A good selection of herb teas and decaff coffee was also available. There are two speciality restaurants, one that serves indian cuisine and costs £17.95 per person extra or the other ala carte which cost £19.95 per person. The main entertainment was in the Broadway Theatre for the shows or in Liberties for the Quizzes or Mr and Mrs evening. If you do participate don’t get caught cold with the answer to the question ‘What unusual place have you had amorous relations’ i.e back of an Austin Alegro or in the sea at the resort!. It is a bit of fun and Gavin the cruise director does a great job at comparing this show. Tarin, Amy and Taylor The Milky bar Kid are also great fun. The two must see shows in my opinion are The Man in The Mirror Michael Jackson tribute and Cameron Classics with a fabulous Les Miserable Finale. The show team were excellent . A couple of the shows were shown twice in the two week cruise. Queen Tribute and Cameron Classics. Andre the Magician was good but Kamika the male/female duo reminded me of a pub act although the guitarist was good with his Eagles rendition. The first port of call after leaving La Romana is Road Town Tortola. The island is just getting back on its feet and some devastation is still there to see but the people are so friendly and welcoming. The ship is only in port for 4 hours we just walked into the town and had a look at the shops but the second week we visited Pussers Bar ‘ Serving cruise ships since 1979’ looks nothing from outside but do go inside and have a look at the art deco, nautical bric a brac and tiffany lamps. Also an exclusive (expensive clothes) shop at the rear of the bar. Next Stop was St Martin, we got a water taxi over to the beach 7 dollars return 15 dollars for two sun beds and brollie some vendors were also offering 5 bottles of beer for 10 dollars. Nice beach and plenty of shops to browse. Off to Granada next, here we did a Tui tour Highlights of Granada £36 each which was 2 hours long with a 20 minute drink stop halfway through at a nice bar in a lovely location. Drink included in cost interesting info from Driver/Guide. Then onto Antigua where we took a Tui tour Sun and Rum £34 each to the Beach which was called Mistic beach. This was very nice two sunbeds and free unlimited Rum Punch ( be careful because after 3 you start to feel tipsy) Fruit punch is another option. You do have to pay an extra 10 dollars if you want a sunshade. I was impressed they had 3 life guards on the beach. Sea a little rough pm so no good for snorkelling. Castries St Lucia next and this was the only place we felt unsafe and hassled. Water Taxi to the centre was $5 return from the berth we were berthed at. As you approach the Water taxi booths choose the one on the right for the nicer boat transfer. You can walk to the nearest beach which is about 20 mins but as a policeman told us be vigilant and keep your eyes open. Do not wear any bling as one guy had his necklace ripped from his neck. Suggest maybe do a tour here but not the little train around the town reports were not good. Back to La Romana where we booked the Altos De Chavron and Boat trip. Supposedly where they filmed Jurrasic park but the tour guide told us that was 100km away! It was a nice tour but the cost is £55 and if you don’t want to do the boat trip part then you can get a courtesy bus to the replica 16th century village for $8. The boat trip 30-40 mins was nice and free drinks on board and sandwiches but all there is to see are a couple of expensive houses palm trees and maybe some Iguana. We enjoyed it. After a second visit to Road town we went onto Bassetere St Kitts. A free shuttle bus takes you to the centre and there are lots of shops a nice town to pootle around. There are also local tours available here at a much cheaper price than the tours on the ship. Also if you are looking at Jewellery and are serious about buying push for an extra 10% off their offer price. As you walk out they may accept your offer!. Martinique was the next port of call with a large port promenade area where you can either pick up a ferry to the beach for $7 or just have a walk around to the castle and around the shops. Bridgetown Barbados is about a 30 minute walk to the centre and it is worth paying $2 each way for a taxi. We docked on a Sunday and the shops do not open until 10am. In the afternoon we did the Beach Transfer to Carlisle beach with Tui which included sunbeds and shade and a free drink. A busy but nice beach cost of trip £24 each. Last port of call was Kingstown St Vincent. Now just to be clear The Botanical gardens are walkable from the ship 30-40 mins at a stroll but last 800m is up hill so do it early in the morning. Price of entry is $2 and $4 dollars extra if you want a guide. We were told by the rep it was a 20 minute taxi ride and $20 dollars entry (not true). In the afternoon we did the Tui Caribbean Pirate Sailaway which was a 3.5 hour trip along the coast to see where Pirates of The Caribbean one was filmed. Rum Punch and soft drinks served on board and one hour stop for snorkelling Not cheap at £55 each but a very enjoyable afternoon. In summary we had a lovely time, the room on deck one was fine, our cabin steward Adang was amazing. As we were at the front of the ship Room 802 there was a couple of nights when the ship was sailing into a headwind and as the waves hit the ship you could hear a loud thud. We took earplugs for situations like this. You have to vacate your room at 8am but you can ask to keep your room til noon for £25 or there is also a courtesy room available for a 20 min shower, key at reception. We met some lovely people each night at dinner and hello to Carol and Chris and Len and Karen whose company and chat we enjoyed. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We have done over 20 Thomson cruises and although most of the ship particularly the cabins are tired we have always enjoyed the entertainment and cruise. This one was shocking....the entertainment team spent more time on deck 6 smoking ... Read More
We have done over 20 Thomson cruises and although most of the ship particularly the cabins are tired we have always enjoyed the entertainment and cruise. This one was shocking....the entertainment team spent more time on deck 6 smoking than they did entertaining, they put on a deck party that lasted 35minutes where they just all danced together and did not involve any of the passengers and when were in dock there was no entertainment at all on the decks. All the shows were poor and pretty much everyone felt the same way one of the comedians thought it was funny to tell homephobic jokes and although we are not gay it was very uncomfortable. We were at sea for 6 days and they did nothing extra on the decks, most people had to make their own entertainment. I could go on and on about how disappointed we were and in fact couldn't wait to get off the ship and come home. There was no sail away party and even when the outside decks were full with passengers no extra entertainment was put on. If this is the future of the old Thomson cruises now called Marcella we certainly won't be doing another one Read Less
Marella Celebration Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 3.7
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 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.9

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