This is the second time on the Celebration and only our second cruise. We chose a similar itinerary as last year as we thoroughly enjoy the Trans Atlantic Crossing.
We flew to Malaga from Birmingham to join the boat and the flight and embarkation went smoothly. The boat had been in port for a week prior to our cruise so there were no passengers disembarking. This makes embarkation so much easier.
The ship is one of the oldest of the Marella fleet and is small compared to the big P&O and Royal Caribbean ships. The ship shows no sign of age as they are constantly painting and updating in tired areas.
We booked a balcony cabin on the Port side to get the sun during the crossing. The cabin was great very clean with a big double bed ,robes , Clarins toiletries , a TV , minibar and tea and coffee . The balcony had a sunbed and two chairs on it enough room to relax and chill . The cabin was cleaned daily to a high standard. There were two main restaurants a buffet and A La Carte. Never any queues and you can choose to sit alone or on mixed tables.The standard of the food was excellent. There are three specialty restaurants. All of these serve top quality food at a great price.
The bars and entertainment areas are very good . The Horizons bar was our favourite at the front of the boat where you can monitor your progress across the ocean. The quality of drinks are high. We chose to pay the premium drinks package. This was good value for us as we enjoy certain brands and like a specialty coffee and good wine however the drinks in the normal package are all branded.
Entertainment is good with an enthusiastic young show team who work there socks off nightly. During the cruise we had two guest comedians who were very good.
I used Oceans Spa for a facial and massage. Pele my therapist was excellent the best massage I have ever had and it was very well priced. I had the top to toe pamper package. The only disappointment for me was the gym. It doesn’t open until 0800. It is very small with only three treadmills a bike and cross trainer. One of the treadmills was broke throughout the cruise and people were queueing to get on the equipment.
Lastly the service and the staff are second to none. There is nothing they won’t do for you with a smile. Have already booked two further Marella cruises trying two of their newer boats next year but would definitely go back on the Celebration.
Great very clean, fantastic toiletries , Clarins. A large double bed, robes, Tv , mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. Daily cleaning and nightly turn down service. The cabin man was great .
The balcony had a sunbed two chairs and a table on it. Plenty of room to chill and relax with a glass of wine or morning cuppa.