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We wanted to cruise the Baltics and also the fact that we embarked in Newcastle was a bonus. Embarkation went smoothly. The first day at sea was relaxed and there were plenty of areas to sit apart from the dining areas. Oslo was the first stop and was a lovely place easily accessible without having to use the shuttle buses. The next port was Gothenburg which again was lovely. Despite being told there was nothing of interest in the port we found the Volvo museum which was worth the £8 approx. entrance fee, we could have spent hours in there. We also enjoyed a walk round the lake area. Stockholm was the next stop after another day and half at sea. This too was a lovely port and we found plenty to see without the shuttle bus again. Tallin in Estonia was a beautiful little place again easily walked to from the ship. The tours we had booked In St Petersburg were spoiled somewhat by the fact that there were so many ships and big ones at that docked where we were and obviously all wanting to see the same things but all in all lovely to get a glimpse of the city. Helsinki was a bit expensive but we had a pleasant walk from the ship round the harbour which is developing nicely. Wesmar in Germany was a real favourite of my husband and I, no more ships docked to spoil things and the town and people were so friendly, hope they don't spoil it by developing the dock areas too much and hence encouraging the larger cruise lines. That is me being selfish but it would spoil the town as well. Then the last port was Kalundborg in Denmark. We didn't do the tour to Copenhagen and were so p0leased we didn't. The town was lovely and again the residents very welcoming. We had a lovely reception and were treated to folk dancing and music for the sail away by the residents. The tours to Copenhagen were marred by the huge amount of ships docked near there and again the large numbers spoiled the trip for a lot of people. On board we really didn't see much of the entertainment. A favourite was Rod Taylor who spoke on 4 sea days and related tales about his time working with the media and stars of the time, he was very good despite having had cancer and a stroke last year. My husband saw the comedian and said he was very good. All the crew were very friendly and efficient. We ate mainly in the Lido and found there was always a good choice of cooked food items and varied salad options. There was also a wok station which seemed well attended. There could be a queue on sea days at lunch time but it usually sorted itself out in not too long a wait. Everyone behaved with patience, again the waiters were very good. My husband started to feel poorly on the last day and we put it down to the fact there were a few people coughing and sneezing and possibly the air con causing some discomfort, and he is still very poorly with a fever but despite this we enjoyed the cruise and would sail with Thomson again in the future but would hope to avoid all the large cruise ships. We found that all areas on the ship to be clean and didn't notice any threadbare carpets as reported in a review.

A relaxed cruise with an excellent itinerary

Marella Celebration Cruise Review by margpearce

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We wanted to cruise the Baltics and also the fact that we embarked in Newcastle was a bonus. Embarkation went smoothly. The first day at sea was relaxed and there were plenty of areas to sit apart from the dining areas. Oslo was the first stop and was a lovely place easily accessible without having to use the shuttle buses. The next port was Gothenburg which again was lovely. Despite being told there was nothing of interest in the port we found the Volvo museum which was worth the £8 approx. entrance fee, we could have spent hours in there. We also enjoyed a walk round the lake area.

Stockholm was the next stop after another day and half at sea. This too was a lovely port and we found plenty to see without the shuttle bus again.

Tallin in Estonia was a beautiful little place again easily walked to from the ship.

The tours we had booked In St Petersburg were spoiled somewhat by the fact that there were so many ships and big ones at that docked where we were and obviously all wanting to see the same things but all in all lovely to get a glimpse of the city.

Helsinki was a bit expensive but we had a pleasant walk from the ship round the harbour which is developing nicely.

Wesmar in Germany was a real favourite of my husband and I, no more ships docked to spoil things and the town and people were so friendly, hope they don't spoil it by developing the dock areas too much and hence encouraging the larger cruise lines. That is me being selfish but it would spoil the town as well.

Then the last port was Kalundborg in Denmark. We didn't do the tour to Copenhagen and were so p0leased we didn't. The town was lovely and again the residents very welcoming. We had a lovely reception and were treated to folk dancing and music for the sail away by the residents. The tours to Copenhagen were marred by the huge amount of ships docked near there and again the large numbers spoiled the trip for a lot of people.

On board we really didn't see much of the entertainment. A favourite was Rod Taylor who spoke on 4 sea days and related tales about his time working with the media and stars of the time, he was very good despite having had cancer and a stroke last year. My husband saw the comedian and said he was very good.

All the crew were very friendly and efficient. We ate mainly in the Lido and found there was always a good choice of cooked food items and varied salad options. There was also a wok station which seemed well attended. There could be a queue on sea days at lunch time but it usually sorted itself out in not too long a wait. Everyone behaved with patience, again the waiters were very good.

My husband started to feel poorly on the last day and we put it down to the fact there were a few people coughing and sneezing and possibly the air con causing some discomfort, and he is still very poorly with a fever but despite this we enjoyed the cruise and would sail with Thomson again in the future but would hope to avoid all the large cruise ships. We found that all areas on the ship to be clean and didn't notice any threadbare carpets as reported in a review.
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Cabin 303
We were disappointed on getting to the cabin that despite the fact we had booked a double it was a twin cabin. We did ask about this and was told when we started to sail and everyone was on board and cabins sorted out we would be told whether we could have another as booked. Nothing happened for an hour so we went again to reception to be told it was still being sorted and we could explore the ship and would get a letter in the cabin telling us whether we had got another cabin but that never happened so in the end we unpacked and settled into the cabin. Plenty of storage space and drawers. The bathroom was tiny and not a lot of room in the shower but all very clean and we had clean towels every day despite the fact that we had folded them after one use and not thrown them down. There were bar items and water and snacks on a tray ( we didn't have a mini bar) but we didn't use any of these as it would have been expensive. The cabin steward Aldrin was lovely and very efficient.
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