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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.

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Marella Celebration Cruise Review by NigelRC

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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.
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Cabin 515
Clean, comfortable and plenty of storage space.
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