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Marella Spirit Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Really old, shaky and cold food (but friendly staff!)

Marella Spirit Cruise Review by Lucyazure

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

Before I start the review just want to say we are a couple in our mid-20s and recognise that our review may not be reflective of every bodies experiences!!

The ship

The ship is very old and dated. This has been stated in previous reviews so possibly our fault for not researching better. This means there’s not a proper mini fridge in your room, the boat is REALLY shaky (we only have celebrity cruises to compare to) and I felt like I was on a little fishing boat some nights with how much we felt the sea. In our cabins but mainly at dinner and in the evening entertainment. Really bad vibrations!

We thought we were staying in a double room but we got a twin bed. Usually would have been fine but told on the first night the beds don’t push together so we slept separately and at opposite sides of the cabin for the whole trip which was not great. Only one plug in the whole room and too low to plug my hair dryer or straighteners in...! Bathroom is fine but again a bathroom you’d expect on a tiny/old boat - not a Tui cruise ship.


Some nights we ate just fries. The food in the al a carte and buffet restaurant is mainly the same every night. If you ask to sit alone at a table for 2 you will likely still be joined by other people once you have sat down.

We enjoyed the 6 course restaurant on ship and felt this was great value for just £20pp. The food in the 6 course was of the same standard as the a la carte on celebrity or royal carribean.


Amazing! Really friendly. Really enjoyed the quizzes and evening entertainment.

For us we didn’t enjoy the broadway shows as much but we are used to celebrity cruise where they fly in West End/BGT contestants often so perhaps unfair to compare the entertainment.

We did see a British comedian that flew in for the night who most people found very funny and enjoyable.


The pool cannot be called a pool. It’s more like a bath. Most of us were disappointed by the pool, which looks bigger in photos. The water looked dirty and is definitely not big enough for everyone. We are usually big pool lovers - but we didn’t go in once on our holiday.

Overall we wouldn’t recommend cruising on the Marella spirit. Without question, staff were friendly and always professional and attentive. But the ship is just too old/shaky (often felt unsafe) and the facilities and food is not of the standard that we look for in our holidays. We paid the same for our Spirit 7 night as we did for our 10 night Celebrity Reflection - both around the med - and cannot be compared!

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