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Marella Celebration Cruise Review
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Marella Celebration Cruise Review by davidppmbrown

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2018
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean

We did the 7 day cruise 8 years ago as a sampler (our first cruise - Thomson Dreams) along with a 7 day beach stay. Decided on 14 days this time (our 6th cruise)

Perfect flight and transfer to liner. Upgraded to deluxe cabin (No.230) well worth it. Food and service is top class. Anyone who complains is probably a habitual complainer.

However, we did take out the All Inclusive drinks package. Unless you drink like a fish, don't take it. The "house" table wine, (served by the glass) was not only the worst I have ever had on A.I. (16 years all around the world) but you'd have a job to buy anything so bad. Very, very cheap Spanish. The remaining A.I. drinks were ok unless you wanted premium shorts cocktails or bottled beers. (Supplements of £2.50 upwards.) Unlike some other cruises we have been on, the overall price of drinks, beer cocktails, shorts and wine, were very reasonable

The other issue was Wi-Fi. £49 for 7 days or £95 for the 14 day cruise. Not only was it ridiculously expensive but it didn't work. I eventually got a full refund after 48 hours. Either get a sim with plenty of data allowance or use the Wi-Fi cafes in each port. The only other small gripe was the charge of £25 for the cabin safe. You can buy a fully electronic small safe for £100 so this charge was a complete rip off.

Those things apart, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole cruise. The evening stage show was as good as anything you will see anywhere and there were a couple of performers who should be on B.G.T.! We saw every show ( not my personal scene) for all 14 nights - they were that good! Our cabin boy was excellent, he thoroughly deserved the extra tip we gave him.

Return to airport and flight back were perfect.

So overall, a great cruise, marred only by a couple of issues which Marella should be able to rectify. Would we go again? YES!

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Cabin Deluxe 230

Good large (King) bed. Plenty of storage and most importantly, lots of coat hangers. 2 chairs and small table. A good modern bathroom with shower over bath. T.V. (if you wanted it) although not always getting reception. Fridge with drinks (chargeable). Bottled water was also chargeable, but water was generally available around the ship. A good sized cabin.

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