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This was our fifth cruise with Thomsons and our third on the Celebration so we had a good idea what to expect. What we didn't expect was the eight hour delay at Luton Airport on our outward flight. Virtually no information was provided by the Information Desk - they were clueless and couldn't even tell us if the plane would be flying at all. Whatever the problem was eventually sorted and we got to the ship around 22:30 local time, having already missed half a day from our holiday. Not a good start! Fortunately, that was the only problem. Here's the full review:    Ship Cleanliness. The cabin was small but functional. It was also kept spotlessly clean by our cabin boy, Made. Some of the ship's public areas had been refitted over the winter and new carpets were evident on the stairwells and corridors. There was always somebody cleaning or polishing some area of the ship to keep it "ship shape". Crew As ever, no complaints here. There were a few Greeks in amongst the usual Indonesian and Pilipino crew members but they still offered the same level of excellent service. A few of the waiters recognised us from last year which was nice. Ship Food We ate at breakfast and lunch at the Lido buffet and dinner at the Meridian restaurant. You could "help yourself" to the buffer which was different to last year and many people were taking far more than they could eat, resulting in rather a lot of waste.. The Meridian food was as good as it's always been - the steaks were the juiciest I have ever eaten! There was a midnight "chocaholics" buffet one night where, unsurprisingly, everything was made or covered in chocolate. Have to say that this looked far better than it tasted - I don't think the chocolate was the best quality. Onboard Entertainment Fewer people seemed to take part in the sporting activities than previous cruises. My lad and I were the only ones who turned up to a shuffleboard game. As for, the evening entertainment, most people know what to expect. The games were rather tacky in my view but my kids and the majority of the passengers seemed to enjoy them. The Broadway shows were good but the guest comedian was poor; most of his jokes I remember hearing when I was at school! Now, let's deal with the ports of call: Koper Very pretty Slovenian town and easy to walk to from the ship. We paid to go on a speedboat trip along the coast which was very good, albeit a little expensive. Venice First time in Venice and I was stunned - a lovely city but very crowded. We shared a gondola ride with another couple and then spent a couple of hours trying to get lost around the narrow city streets. St Mark's Square was heaving and it would have been pointless trying to queue to get in anywhere - people were waiting for hours. The cruise out of Venice was spectacular.   Split As this was a tender point we decided to wait until the afternoon until going ashore and thus avoid the crowds. The town is very nice and we walked around the castle and indoor market for a couple of hours. Not sure as you could fill a day here although there was a selection of good, but pricey, excursions available.   Dubrovnik We had heard the old town was a must see and decided to follow the advice given out at the port exit and take the half an hour walk into town. After three quarters of an hour's walking in 30 degree heat and no sign of an old town anywhere, we gave up and decided to walk around the harbour instead. The moral? Take a map! Kotor The captain had recommended an early rise for this port to witness the journey through what he described as the "mini fjords". Quite a lot of passengers had taken his advice as there was little room on deck at a quarter to six. The journey was indeed impressive - perhaps not quite as good as the trip through the archipelago to Stockholm but well worth being up for as the captain gave us a running commentary. Kotor itself is another small town with lots of nooks and crannies that are easy to walk around in a couple of hours. Corfu Town Foolishly we booked a trip on a glass bottomed boat for the morning, costing £20 each. Had we taken the twenty minutes walk from the ship to the quay, we could have booked it ourselves for around half this price. Tut tut, Thomsons! The boat trip was pretty good and the divers encouraged fish and other sea life to approach the boat. The boat also stopped to allow us to see some performing sea lions that are held in a netted off area off-shore. I've never liked watching performing animals and thought they looked rather sad.    All in all it was a very good cruise, notwithstanding the delay on the flight out. With daytime temperatures never dropping below 30 degrees, we could hardly complain about the weather. Time to plan next year's cruise!

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Marella Celebration Cruise Review by vwgolf

Trip Details
This was our fifth cruise with Thomsons and our third on the Celebration so we had a good idea what to expect. What we didn't expect was the eight hour delay at Luton Airport on our outward flight. Virtually no information was provided by the Information Desk - they were clueless and couldn't even tell us if the plane would be flying at all. Whatever the problem was eventually sorted and we got to the ship around 22:30 local time, having already missed half a day from our holiday. Not a good start! Fortunately, that was the only problem. Here's the full review:  
 Ship Cleanliness.
The cabin was small but functional. It was also kept spotlessly clean by our cabin boy, Made. Some of the ship's public areas had been refitted over the winter and new carpets were evident on the stairwells and corridors. There was always somebody cleaning or polishing some area of the ship to keep it "ship shape".
Crew
As ever, no complaints here. There were a few Greeks in amongst the usual Indonesian and Pilipino crew members but they still offered the same level of excellent service. A few of the waiters recognised us from last year which was nice.
Ship Food
We ate at breakfast and lunch at the Lido buffet and dinner at the Meridian restaurant. You could "help yourself" to the buffer which was different to last year and many people were taking far more than they could eat, resulting in rather a lot of waste.. The Meridian food was as good as it's always been - the steaks were the juiciest I have ever eaten! There was a midnight "chocaholics" buffet one night where, unsurprisingly, everything was made or covered in chocolate. Have to say that this looked far better than it tasted - I don't think the chocolate was the best quality.
Onboard Entertainment
Fewer people seemed to take part in the sporting activities than previous cruises. My lad and I were the only ones who turned up to a shuffleboard game. As for, the evening entertainment, most people know what to expect. The games were rather tacky in my view but my kids and the majority of the passengers seemed to enjoy them. The Broadway shows were good but the guest comedian was poor; most of his jokes I remember hearing when I was at school!
Now, let's deal with the ports of call:
Koper
Very pretty Slovenian town and easy to walk to from the ship. We paid to go on a speedboat trip along the coast which was very good, albeit a little expensive.
Venice
First time in Venice and I was stunned - a lovely city but very crowded. We shared a gondola ride with another couple and then spent a couple of hours trying to get lost around the narrow city streets. St Mark's Square was heaving and it would have been pointless trying to queue to get in anywhere - people were waiting for hours. The cruise out of Venice was spectacular.  
Split
As this was a tender point we decided to wait until the afternoon until going ashore and thus avoid the crowds. The town is very nice and we walked around the castle and indoor market for a couple of hours. Not sure as you could fill a day here although there was a selection of good, but pricey, excursions available.  
Dubrovnik
We had heard the old town was a must see and decided to follow the advice given out at the port exit and take the half an hour walk into town. After three quarters of an hour's walking in 30 degree heat and no sign of an old town anywhere, we gave up and decided to walk around the harbour instead. The moral? Take a map!
Kotor
The captain had recommended an early rise for this port to witness the journey through what he described as the "mini fjords". Quite a lot of passengers had taken his advice as there was little room on deck at a quarter to six. The journey was indeed impressive - perhaps not quite as good as the trip through the archipelago to Stockholm but well worth being up for as the captain gave us a running commentary. Kotor itself is another small town with lots of nooks and crannies that are easy to walk around in a couple of hours.
Corfu Town
Foolishly we booked a trip on a glass bottomed boat for the morning, costing £20 each. Had we taken the twenty minutes walk from the ship to the quay, we could have booked it ourselves for around half this price. Tut tut, Thomsons! The boat trip was pretty good and the divers encouraged fish and other sea life to approach the boat. The boat also stopped to allow us to see some performing sea lions that are held in a netted off area off-shore. I've never liked watching performing animals and thought they looked rather sad.   
All in all it was a very good cruise, notwithstanding the delay on the flight out. With daytime temperatures never dropping below 30 degrees, we could hardly complain about the weather. Time to plan next year's cruise!
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