3 Safaga to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Marella Cruises Marella Celebration Cruise Reviews

The Celebration is having a makeover and has new carpets in many of the public areas. Some of the cabins on the lower decks were also being refurbished with double beds being installed and the old TVs were in the corridors. We were on ... Read More
The Celebration is having a makeover and has new carpets in many of the public areas. Some of the cabins on the lower decks were also being refurbished with double beds being installed and the old TVs were in the corridors. We were on deck 4 and there was occasionally a slight smell of thixofix which didn't bother us in the slightest. We took all our meals in the Lido as the informality suits us best, and a lovely waiter called Benny looked after us really well, he watched out for us and put iced water on our table, carried our tray, and served us coffee as soon as we wanted it. Our cabin steward, Yussuf, was also great, although we could do without having our beds turned down in the evenings. It does make you reluctant to go back to your cabin until he has been. Although the bathroom is slightly Dated it was always immaculately clean and we had no complaints about it at all. We felt that a chair that tucked under the desk in order to give more space would be good. Otherwise the cabin was excellent. All in all the we couldn't fault the ship in any way and we visited Jerusalem (our main reason for choosing this cruise) and the Dead Sea, we traversed the Suez Canal, a fantastic experience, and we also visited El Alamein, Cyprus; Alanya, Fethiye and Marmaris in Turkey; and Crete and Rhodes. All in all a fabulous cruise just like Red Sea Magic on the Spirit last year, and we can't wait to go on another Thomson cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
The main reason we chose this cruise was the itinerary and also it was a repositioning cruise lasting 11 days. We sailed from Sharm on the Thursday night and spent our first day in Port Sokhna for those wanting a visit to Cairo. The ... Read More
The main reason we chose this cruise was the itinerary and also it was a repositioning cruise lasting 11 days. We sailed from Sharm on the Thursday night and spent our first day in Port Sokhna for those wanting a visit to Cairo. The following day was spent sailing north through the Suez Canal, we were ship number 2 in a convoy of 25 and the scenery encountered was exciting & varied as we headed off to Alexandria where we spent Sunday morning before setting sail for Ashdod in Israel where we spent 2 days.Nothing much in Ashdod so an excursion recommended. Don't miss out on the duty free shop in Ashdod port (prices can't be beaten). Wednesday spend exploring Larnaca then off to Alanya in Turkey (great place for buying your "designer" gear. Next day in Fethiye one of the most scenic places I have visited in Turkey. Ag Nik in Crete was next then our last day in Rhodes before heading for our disembarkation port in Marmaris. We have cruised 4 times now on the Celebration and on previous cruises have had a de-luxe cabin but due to our late booking we had an outside cabin on deck 1 which was comfortable enough but a little noisy when docking etc.You also have the waves lapping against your port hole but you get used to this and it sends you to sleep at night. Overall a great cruise and would recommend a repostioning cruise for greater variety. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Flights were on time and trouble free both ways but 5.5 hours into Sharm is a long time, and coming back my knees were touching the seat in front. I wish they would take a few rows of seats out, I wouold be happy to pay a bit more. ... Read More
Flights were on time and trouble free both ways but 5.5 hours into Sharm is a long time, and coming back my knees were touching the seat in front. I wish they would take a few rows of seats out, I wouold be happy to pay a bit more. Can't afford business class though, even if it had been available. Check in at Naples was very slow, they should have opened a few more desks to get us through. Our second cruise (the first was Red Sea Magic Easter 2010 on this same ship). The old ship is still a bit shabby chic - our bathroom had seen much better days - but the public areas are good and the room was always kept clean by the lovely staff. Check-in was pretty good although the queue at Sharm port was longer than I'd have liked - more staff at busy times would be good. Because of the itinerary changes we didn't have time to do any port research, so it became a chillax cruise - we never left the ship in the end. We'd already seen the pyramids and know Barcelona so weren't really bothered, but there were quite a few whingers on board. I reckoned it was a good heads up that cruises don't always go according to plan, and I'll learn from it. February in the med isn't really warm enough for sight-seeing, and the only one we fancied was climbing the volcano. That day it was 10 degrees and windy even at sealevel, so we decided to save the trip for another time (summer preferably!). I curled up in a patch of sun in Hemingways, drank Tom Collins and read a book instead. On the two rough nights I took pills and slept - feel ready for an Atlantic cruise now! Husband first dragged me up to Horizons to see the prow crashing into the waves - somewhat unnerving but quite exciting! Service onboard was nearly as good as last time although hardly any staff were the same, we heard they had all gone to the 'Dream'. Food good. We started with breakfast in Meridian but found it was generally buffet and when it was waiter service it was pretty rushed, as though they couldn't get us out fast enough - not what we experienced last time. We soon decamped to the Lido which was more relaxed although then you have to do your own portion control which husband is pretty bad at! We lunched in Meridian which was much more relaxed, especially on a port day when the ship was pretty quiet. Dinner also mainly in Meridian, mainly excellent. The chefs were especially good with fish and simple meat. Didn't go in the A La Carte restaurant - we did go in last year and found it no better than Meridian - maybe we made poor menu choices? Drink - we chose the AI after some thought but might not next time. It's changed since last year. Draught cider was available this time, but they had taken all fizzy wines and also baileys off the AI which was disappointing (I lived off kir royale and baileys last time). Captains night was a laugh, it's good to see (almost) everyone dressing up. The showlounge entertainment was professional and well done but not really to my taste. Kearney Street were pretty poor except when they were riffing their own stuff. The various quizzes in Liberties were hit and miss. The classical duo were good. The main quiz (held over several days) was a laugh, and we also enjoyed the captains talk and a bridge tour. My husband enjoyed the comedian, I found him a bit Bernard Manning. It must be really hard to find the right entertainment balance tough, so all power to the team for trying. Check out, especially getting on our coach in Naples, was a bit chaotic, you got a sense that we were not interesting any more, just to be got rid of. Shame - Thomson should pay attention to last impressions as much as first. And the less said about the in-flight meals the better. No way will I ever pay Thomson for one of those again. All in all, we had a lovely relaxing cruise. You get what you pay for, and the downside of this less formal cruise is lower spec accommodation. Highlights for me were the suez, and at dinner sipping a glass of wine in the straights of messina while the pilot boat was surging up and down in the spray just outside my window, with the lights of sicily in the distance. Would I cruise on Celebration again? At the right price, unreservedly yes. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Marella Celebration Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 3.8
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 3.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.6
Enrichment N/A 3.3
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.9

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