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Chose this cruise as we were constricted by time and wanted to visit Athens. We had been with Marella before and researched the ship before booking so knew what to expect. Luggage was dropped off at Gatwick and didn’t see it again until it was delivered to the cabin (the reverse happened on departure). Embarkation was quick but as there were only 1200 passengers there was no Premium boarding. Our cabin was roomy and clean with better decor than Discovery which was very bland. Plenty of storage and hangers. The balcony was adequate with 2 chairs and a side table, some balconies were larger with sun beds but also had less privacy. Navigating around the ship could be a bit confusing as not all lifts went to deck 9, some stairways gave no indication of what deck you were on and some corridors were dead ends. There were more than sufficient sun beds on the decks for the number of guests. Food was excellent although, being a small ship, there was not a massive choice in the buffet. Plenty of seating in the restaurants. We didn’t do any shore excursions but most destinations were interesting, those that weren’t we went to the beach. We knew beforehand about the vibration but didn’t find it a real problem, it was felt more in some places than others. A few children onboard but not a lot of activities, guests mainly middle aged to elderly.

Good cruise

Marella Celebration Cruise Review by rbarton22

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Trip Details
Chose this cruise as we were constricted by time and wanted to visit Athens. We had been with Marella before and researched the ship before booking so knew what to expect.

Luggage was dropped off at Gatwick and didn’t see it again until it was delivered to the cabin (the reverse happened on departure).

Embarkation was quick but as there were only 1200 passengers there was no Premium boarding.

Our cabin was roomy and clean with better decor than Discovery which was very bland. Plenty of storage and hangers. The balcony was adequate with 2 chairs and a side table, some balconies were larger with sun beds but also had less privacy.

Navigating around the ship could be a bit confusing as not all lifts went to deck 9, some stairways gave no indication of what deck you were on and some corridors were dead ends.

There were more than sufficient sun beds on the decks for the number of guests.

Food was excellent although, being a small ship, there was not a massive choice in the buffet. Plenty of seating in the restaurants.

We didn’t do any shore excursions but most destinations were interesting, those that weren’t we went to the beach.

We knew beforehand about the vibration but didn’t find it a real problem, it was felt more in some places than others.

A few children onboard but not a lot of activities, guests mainly middle aged to elderly.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 0012
Clean, roomy. Good size balcony. Plenty of storage and hangers. Fridge, kettle tv.
Bathroom was adequate but shower over bath lacked headroom and was narrow (should have been a wet room).
Fairly quiet, just normal noises.
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