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Marella Celebration Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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652 Reviews

Fantastic cruise. Can't fault anything.

Marella Celebration Cruise Review by Brizzle

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  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Caribbean

Have just returned from two weeks cruise in the Caribbean. TUI flights were excellent with free drinks, meals and in-flight entertainment. Transfer to ship was easy - straight from the plane. Didn't see our luggage until we got to our cabin. Cabins small but perfectly functional with plenty of hanging and drawer space, Kettle with tea/coffee etc. We were towards the bow of the ship and we never heard the engine. The cabins towards the stern were probably quite noisy as the engines were towards the rear. Staff friendly and helpful. I loved the fact that the captain was on the quayside every morning when passengers disembarked and was happy to speak to everyone. He was very approachable. We ate breakfast and lunch/tea in the Lido restaurant which is a buffet and every evening we ate in the Meridian Restaurant which is waiter service. The food could not be faulted. Excellent at every meal and beautifully presented. This is an all-inclusive cruise and you could upgrade but why anyone would want to I don't know. The all-inclusive package included cocktails, liqueurs, Irish coffees, soft drinks, beers, spirits etc. all day and drinks were served at all bars and restaurants. We never saw anyone drunk (which we had read before we went). The entertainment each evening in the Show Lounge was excellent. There are 10 young people, all very talented, who sing and/or dance. We didn't book any excursions from the ship. In every port we stopped in we were greated by plenty of local taxi and tour companies who were happy to offer the same tours as the ship but costing a lot less. Except for Guadeloupe, which uses the Euro, we were able to use US dollars in every port. And everywhere we went English was spoken. This was not an adult only cruise but the few children who were on the ship caused no problem at all. There were two nights when smart clothes were required for the captain's cocktail party - although obviously you didn't have to take part if you didn't want to. But for the rest of the evenings smart/casual was the order of the day. I would highly recommend this ship.

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