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Marella Celebration Review

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Review for Marella Celebration to the Eastern Mediterranean
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Sail Date: Apr 2011

As with all our previous cruises, this was an excellent holiday. It was our second time of cruising with Thomson but the first on the Thomson Celebration. The itinerary, which is always our main criterion when deciding on a cruise, was a really good mixture of the religious, historical and more laid back holiday resort places.The flight took place from Doncaster Airport (our first time of using the airport) - the car park is handily right next to the terminal. There were no problems upon arrival at Paphos Airport or with the coach transfer to Limassol. Apart from the lack of opportunity to actually wander round Limassol and the slightly disappointing weather, everything else was first class on this cruise.The places visited were interesting. The food on the ship was excellent. The entertainment was really good and varied, and included two first-class comedians. The waiters were polite and friendly. As it was an old ship, there was a more-or-less constant slight vibration which you could feel and of course the decor wasn't up to the standards of newer ships - but these were minor points compared with everything that was good about the cruise.Places visited at towards the end of the cruise were Didim (pleasant enough to wander around), Rhodes Town (where an excursion to Felimeros is worthwhile, as there are good views from there, and where a pleasant walk around the moat of the Old Town can be undertaken) and Marmaris (where you walk past the marina, along the prom and into the Old Town).There were no problems with disembarkation and we were allowed back on the ship for lunch after visiting Marmaris. The trip to the airport was in the afternoon.

Cabin Review

We had a deck 4 inside cabin. Although we'd specified a preference for a double bed, it was twin beds - but that didn't bother us too much. There was a surprisingly large amount of storage space in the cabin. The TV gives you a view out of the front of the ship and a daily weather forecast, so that you've some idea of what it's like outside.

Port Reviews


We took a taxi to Fort Qaitbay (built on the site of where the Alexandrian Lighthouse originally stood) and had a good look round it. You need to haggle the taxi driver down to a fair price before boarding the taxi. This was worthwhile and there were some good views of Alexandria from the ramparts. The promenade seemed at first pleasant enough to walk along but what spoiled it was the constant hassle of taxi drivers trying to persuade us to take trips with them and they wouldn't take 'No' for an answer. Walking back to the ship through a side street, we saw much filth and poverty.

Crete (Heraklion)

At Aghios Nikolaos, we took the land (fun) train along the coast and got a good view over Spinalonga and Elounda, returned to the ship for lunch and walked around Aghios Nikolaos in the afternoon. A pleasant town, with a lake that joins up to the sea.

Athens (Piraeus)

The ship docked at Piraeus. We took an open-top double-decker tourist bus from next to the port. Having bought your ticket, you can go on it into Athens, then change to another bus to visit any of the sights in Athens / have a round trip, getting on and off as much as you like. This worked out cheaper than taking a Thomson excursion, even allowing for us having to pay to visit the top of the Acropolis. The latter was certainly worthwhile, although the Parthenon was having much work done on it when we were there.


A pleasant town to wander round. We saw one of the two resident pelicans. They charge ridiculous prices for a coffee in a cafe, though. In fact, prices of things in Greece seemed high generally, presumably because of the economic collapse there.


We walked over to Pigeon Island in the morning. The ship was easy to go back onto for lunch and we wandered in the other direction along the promenade in the afternoon. There is a smallish beach which we laid back on. Unfortunately, the Marina is not visitable as you're not allowed in unless you own a boat there. All in all, it seemed a good holiday resort.

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