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Marella Celebration Cabins

4.0 / 5.0
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597 reviews
29 Awards
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Kerry Spencer
Cruise Critic Contributor

Cabin interiors last received an update in 2013, when furnishings were freshened up. This helped create a light and airy feeling inside. With the exception of suites, all cabins feature light wood with a burnt orange and brown colour scheme, which lends a retro-style touch to the cabins.

All cabins feature air-conditioning, a telephone, hair dryer, flat-screen TV showing a small selection of channels, including BBC World News, Sky News, Sky Sports News and two film channels; either one or two double wardrobes with ample hanging space, tea and coffee-making facilities and a safe. Despite the ship's British passenger base, don't expect three-pin plug sockets in cabins. Because of the ship's history as a Holland America Line vessel, two-pin American plugs fit the sockets. Tip: If you forget your travel adaptor and the shop has sold out ask your steward who is likely to keep spares.

All bathrooms contain a mirror-fronted bathroom cabinet containing two shelves, a large mirror behind a vanity unit and shower with a clingy shower curtain. Standard toiletries include a hand wash soap dispenser above the sink and a body wash dispenser in the shower. Even in the smaller cabins, bathrooms feel spacious with ample storage for toiletries.

One of the disadvantages of Marella Celebration is its small number of balcony cabins -- there are just 26 out of 631 cabins with a verandah.

Suite and Deluxe Balcony cabin passengers get a bath and a shower, plus premium Clarins toiletries, including a shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion, and towelling robes. They also receive premier services, including express check-in (subject to availability), priority luggage delivery, one complimentary pressing service of up to three items per person (in the first 24 hours) and one complimentary continental breakfast in bed per person.

Marella Celebration doesn't offer family cabins, but it does have four accessible, adapted cabins and two interconnecting cabins.

Interior: Interior cabins are available in two categories, Single Inside cabins -- well suited to solo travellers or those travelling with friends who prefer not to share -- and Inside cabins. Singles (39 to 42 square feet) include a single bed and bathroom with a shower. Interior cabins (49 square feet) feature two twin beds or a queen-size bed. The larger Inside cabins can sleep up to four people, and include a twin bed and foldaway upper berths. The cabins are well lit and laid out to maximise space, giving a roomier feel.

Oceanview: There are three types of Oceanview cabins: Single Outside, Outside and Deluxe Outside. Single Outside cabins (39 to 42 square feet) are identical to Single Interior cabins, with the addition of a small porthole. Outside cabins are identical to Interior cabins (49 square feet), but with the addition of a double porthole. Deluxe Outside cabins are a generous 62 square feet. Spacious and light, they have a larger rectangular window as opposed to the porthole-style windows, allowing extra light to fill the room. Deluxe cabins feature the addition of a minibar, a table and two chairs and a twin or a queen-size bed. There's also a folding bed, suitable for a third and fourth person. Some Deluxe cabins are interconnecting and some views are partially blocked by lifeboats.  

Balcony: The ship's Deluxe Balcony cabins (42 and 46 square feet) feature the addition of a furnished private balcony and as a result they are the airiest of all the ship's cabins. The balconies have a small outdoor table and two chairs.

Suite: There are 20 suites in four different sizes ranging from 85 to 88 square feet. None of the suites onboard feature a balcony. All suites feel spacious, with the large cabins carrying the dark furnishings well, giving a moodier ambiance to the room -- think early

nineties "luxury", dark-coloured (almost black) fitted cupboards, with faux marble surfaces and low lighting. Suites feature a king-size bed and a separate living area with a minibar, large comfy sofa that can be converted into a foldaway bed, a coffee table and two chairs. There's a long vanity unit/desk with wide drawer space and two double wardrobes. The picture window in the Suites feels comparatively small to the size of the room, lending to the darker feel of the cabin.

Additional features include an iPod docking station and premium Clarins toiletries in the bathrooms. The bathrooms are spacious, too, with a bath and shower. There's a mirrored bathroom cabinet, featuring three shelves, plus plenty of storage space around the vanity unit.

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