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Marella Celebration Review

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Review for Marella Celebration to the Eastern Mediterranean
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Lost in Dorset
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jul 2015

This was our first ever cruise so we were both quite excited when we came on board. We had booked a suite but we were rather underwhelmed at first sight - not the luxurious experience we thought it might be. There was plenty of space, a huge bed, large wardrobes and chests of drawers but the whole cabin was quite dated and dark. Only two pillows had cases on which were grubby and creased. The steward did promptly change them when I asked though. There were only two European sockets, the rest were 3 pin American ones which wasn't made clear in the brochure.

On the first night, it was very difficult to find a seat in any bar after dinner and also a sun bed on the day at sea. Only one area, on the promenade deck was in shade so it took a bit of searching and waiting to get a bed away from the sun. We ended up eating lunch and dinner in the Meridian waiter service restaurant as most days the Lido had long queues for food and no tables free. Amazingly enough, the Meridian was almost empty for lunch. We liked the idea that we could choose our meal times and whether to join other passengers or dine alone. Wherever we ate, all the food was excellent with a huge choice. All of the waiters were friendly and helpful too. On our last night, we ate in Mistrals and enjoyed one of the best meals ever.

There was a fair bit of juddering in our cabin which we did get used to. It was great to unpack once and arrive in a new destination every morning. We did think two of the excursions we booked were very over priced. If we do ever cruise again, we would choose a cabin with a balcony and sunbeds.

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