Marella Celebration Cruise Review by David
- Sail Date: January 2012
- Destination: Middle East
The ports of call on this cruise are pretty poor. You have to use there excursions for piece of mind. We did go alone to Aqaba into the town and felt ok there. Nothing to do but shop though!
We did the Petra trip which was fine, didn't meet expectations though...didn't know what to expect, but didn't have enough free time to explore when the tour in Petra finished. Be wary if your not active walker as can be very hard going. The walk back to the town after Petra can be difficult and long. But we were glad we did it.
Port Sokhna for Cairo: We did the mohammed ali mosque, lunch on the nile and the pyramids. Again a long coach journey (2.5 hours) Mosque was rather uninteresting, nile lunch food fine and belly dancer and local music played. trip on Nile only an hour or so which included your eating time. View from Nile is not pretty. Pyramids I hated because of the constant hassle. We did venture in a pyramid for extra 22euros......don't bother all walls are stone, nothing else. Be warned the entrance down to the tomb was very hard I am 35 and struggled. (my legs still ache now because of the position you have to take to get down) so I personally wouldn't bother. coach continues to Petra which was better. Then onto 2 shops which was just tat in my opinion. was glad to get back to the ship. Also the roads in Cairo are scary and dangerous, close your curtains on the coach!
We cancelled our last trip to the valley of the kings as it was a 15 day trip, we were sick of the coach journeys. So did a submarine trip in Hurghada instead....again time wasted been driven to the town and tatty shops.
If the trips were not so long, it may have made the day trips more bearable and fun. However, I must say the guides and the armed personnel are great.
Now back to the ship, the celebration is a great family friendly boat, we met some great people on board and have surely made friends for life. The entertainment was excellent, singing great and the comedian Bernie Flint was very funny and he didn't swear once! (he was on opportunity knocks for 15 weeks!) The cruise director was a great guy very chatty and fun to drink with!
A great time to be had on the Celebration, I would recommend this ship....but not this cruise stops.