15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I decided to book the Greek Mystique cruise as my wife has had surgery recently and really needed to recuperate and recover. After check in at Gatwick we didn't see our luggage again until delivered to our cabin I can not tell you ... Read More
I decided to book the Greek Mystique cruise as my wife has had surgery recently and really needed to recuperate and recover. After check in at Gatwick we didn't see our luggage again until delivered to our cabin I can not tell you how amazing that was not to have to face the hustle and bustle of the airport baggage carousels! I rater enjoyed the main resturaunt as they operate an open seating dining plan so we were able to dine with new people every evening, which when we usually cruise on Seabourn and Azamara we have a fixed table and dining companions for the duration of the cruise -so Marella has hit on a good idea on the occasions where one may be sitted on a dining table with 'cruise snobs'.Which in the past we have had to endure! We are retired although a young 59 and 61, we tend to book 4 cruises per year one for each season. We have one Seabourn and one Azamrara then 2 cheaper options which this year is Marella and Cruise & Maritime to try the other end of the market. The ship Celebration was old as described on CC.reviews,but it was perfectly clean and comfortable. We prefer to have waiter service at meals as my wife isn't always able to stand and queue for periods of time and apart from the very last morning when there was literally not a seat to be had this worked perfectly for us. Our cabin steward was superb so although tips are included we left him cash in an envelope cabin was cleaned and towels replenished twice daily. My wife purchased two Radley handbags which she said were great value. we are not drinkers so didn't opt for the AI Drinks package(due to my wife's medication). We did take excursions which although costly were not exhorbitant but much more importantly safe for my wife's comfort. We ate in Mistrals which was a delight -highly recommended especially drunken prawns delicious! The Ports of call were delightful especially KOTORin Mo ntenegro and sailing out of Dubrovnik at night ! STUNNING. keeping the best till last- just has to be the entertainment. THE showteam were leaving and a new team and Cruise Director was starting the week after we disembarked. They were amazing and the show Africa was wonderful. We really thought it couldn't get any better until Monday when the Guest Act came on to do his show. His name was Christopher Gee and he was superb, my wife laughed so much it was sheer joy to behold.And his comedy impressions were stunning-the thing we could't work out was how can every voice he did be so accurate and yet he even manages to look like each person he takes on. His Tommy Cooper had everyone in stiches, and his Eric Morecambe had us all fighting off a tear at the much loved comedian but the absolute hIghlight was his one man tribute to Dave Allen it was so perfect even down to him holding a whiskey glass with only half a forefinger, his attention to detail was astounding. He recieved a richly deserved standing ovation! The neXt night was his second show and there simply wasn't a seat to be had and extra chairs from the bars were brought in, but the show was totally different Alan Carr/Michael Macintyre/Ozzy/he also did an hilarious BORIS AND Donald Trump had us ill with laughter very up to date you could hear a pin drop and that was after midnight. He was very personable young man and told us he will be on Marella Dream later in the year so we are booking that one too! We love the shows and we don't watch a lot of comedians to be fair- but I just had to post this review as everyone is quick to complain but not always ready to say a big well done Marella for booking a comedian impressionist that did nor offend one single person no un PC material or smut involved just FUNNY!!! The entire ship was talking about him the next day. in all one has to commend Marella ,especially at their price point as I assure you we have got much less from paying 4 times more!!! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose a cruise-stay holiday as our honeymoon, travelling on the Thomson Celebration 'Grecian Legends' cruise, then spending a week on Kalamota Island - we had the time of our lives. Neither of us had ever been on a cruise ... Read More
We chose a cruise-stay holiday as our honeymoon, travelling on the Thomson Celebration 'Grecian Legends' cruise, then spending a week on Kalamota Island - we had the time of our lives. Neither of us had ever been on a cruise before and so were apprehensive about boat movement/sea sickness etc. These worries were completely unfounded, there was hardly any motion that we were aware of except for a little bit of choppiness on one night. We had also been lead by others into the mindset that cruises are for older folk and are stuffy and formal. Again, completely untrue! This particular cruise was adults only, but there were a few families with older teenagers on board, the age-range of the 1200 odd passengers was from about 16 to about 90! We met lots of people our own age, many celebrating their anniversaries, and a few also on honeymoon. There was one 'formal' gala evening, and everyone made a special effort to dress really well - some ladies wore cocktail dresses, and the gentlemen were in suits, shirts and jackets or tuxedos, but this wasn't compulsory. The Meridian restaurant has an expectation that men should wear long trousers, but this isn't unusual in our experience in hotel restaurants, so wasn't a big deal. The ship itself was well kept up together, clean and tidy in good repair. Our cabin was small (as you would expect), but perfectly adequate for our needs - we opted for a deluxe outside cabin in the centre of deck 3 - we could have chosen something more 'upmarket' but didn't see the need. Our chambermaid, Eblin, kept our cabin spick and span for us, making amusing animals out of our towels each day - she was friendly and helpful and always seemed to be there, hardworking girl! The staff all over the ship were solicitous to everyone's needs, taking very good care of all of the passengers and keeping the environment tidy and pleasing. We were serenaded by some of the waiters (Erwin and co) one evening in the Meridian restaurant, much to our embarrassment and their clear delight! The crew were also helpful and friendly, we had the special privilege of meeting and sitting with Captain Jason, a very genuine and entertaining man, on his gala evening, and also some other lovely crew members on the 'Sail Away' from Kotor on the final evening. By far our favourite member of the crew was Elaine, who worked so hard to make our honeymoon extra-special by organising lots of treats for us throughout the week - she really was amazing, and we are so grateful to her for everything she did for us. We were very impressed with the food and entertainment on board. We had a 'drinks on us' package provided by Thomson which meant that we were essentially AI. There were a few drinks that carried a surcharge, but there was such a huge choice of inclusive options that we didn't miss anything. The food was excellent - so much choice and available all day long. The Lido, a buffet-style restaurant, offered plenty of options, and the Meridian had menus and waiter-service. There were also other a la carte restaurants that were not AI, but we didn't visit them - the food and service was excellent at both of the inclusive options, and we were more than happy with them! The entertainment we caught was of a very high standard, some of the best we have ever seen while on holiday. We had the luxury of being able to pay for an excursion every day, and so got to see and experience so many different places. They were pricey, and if it wasn't our honeymoon we might not have been able to do it. We would also agree with other reviewers that the day in Corinth could shape up to be very disappointing if you aren't able/prepared to pay for an excursion - there is nothing there to do on a Sunday. That aside, we got to see Athens and the Acropolis and the ruins at Delphi. We went on the Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik (essential, if you're a fan), looked over the old town from a cable car and walked the city walls. We fell in love with Corfu, and visited the sea caves via a boat trip. We drove up a crazy road in Montenegro with 25 switchback corners to sample local foods and beer, and swam in the sea at Budvar. And, thanks to Elaine, we were invited to be part of a private party on the uppermost deck, with champagne and canapes, as we sailed out of the fjord at Kotor - one of the most beautiful and spectacular sights we have ever seen, and a memory that will stay with us forever. So - did we enjoy our first cruise? It was an absolutely perfect beginning to our honeymoon - busy for all of the right reasons. We were so well taken care of, and are thankful to everyone on the Celebration who worked so hard to make it such a special experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
This was only our second cruise. We were attracted by the destinations and reputation for not being too formal.also entertainment. We were not disappointed we had an outstanding holiday from start to finish. Ship info An old ship but ... Read More
This was only our second cruise. We were attracted by the destinations and reputation for not being too formal.also entertainment. We were not disappointed we had an outstanding holiday from start to finish. Ship info An old ship but quality, it's smaller size allowed access to some simply stunning ports, Kotor, koper,korcula,Venice,sibenik to name but a few. Wonderful destinations. Activities - always something going on, darts golf, bingo, particularly enjoyed the curling and quizzes.gym and spa small but fairly functional. Service- quite exceptional all staff friendly, attentive, always willing to help. This ranged from cleaning staff, cabin stewards, bars, restaurants, entertainment team require a particular mention, always smiling,engaging and helpful. Port & shore excursions Particularly enjoyed the cycling did several,however need to be aware a basic level of fitness and cycling experience is in our view essential. Travel to embarkation port- excellent only little drawback was we took cases to Birmingham airport night before as per itinerary however carrier declined to accept them. Once cases booked in next time we saw them was in our cabin, excellent service. Don't forget to keep some essential items in your hand luggage, I.e. Medication, toiletries etc. Cabin - no 052 Neil Armstrong suite. Restricted view partial station for lifeboat, no issues though, very spacious, ample wardrobe and drawers. Loads of coat hangers.coffee tea. Mini fridge bar. Dining- Meridian was a super restaurant, varied menu each night, first class service good selection of wines. Avoid busy times about 8:30 pmif you want to avoid queuing . We also ate at hot stone and excellent service and we thought the supplement was worth it for a special occasion. Excursions - only did a few cycling very good and well organised, walking tour of koper very informative. Adult only- this suited us and we found the overall cruise experience first class. Entertainment - Quite simply outstanding we saw 10 different shows something for everyone's taste. The effort in rehearsals certainly showed in the highly professional performances living up to the Broadway billing. The cabaret and deck parties had everyone dancing , singing entertainment was a real highlight of the cruise for us. The team were also very visible throughout the day on many other activities, classes library, quizzes etc. Disembarkation - very efficient settled our account evening before departure. Cases packed left outside cabin by 0300 we then joined them at our arrival airport. Summary Outstanding, highly recommended will now try the other ships in Thomson fleet. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
At first I was a bit apprehensive going on my first cruise with my 83 year old grandmother but I was pleasantly surprised. On arrival I was helped with my grans wheelchair through check in and to the cabin. The cabin was small and dated ... Read More
At first I was a bit apprehensive going on my first cruise with my 83 year old grandmother but I was pleasantly surprised. On arrival I was helped with my grans wheelchair through check in and to the cabin. The cabin was small and dated but we couldn't complain as we got a cheap deal. The food at the Lido was great, we ate there every day and there was a different selection every meal time. Most of the restaurant staff were lovely, especially Noel, they all managed to remember myself and my grans name from the first day! The entertainment team were first class, putting on a different show each night. The comedian Peter pier was also brilliant. I especially enjoyed the Scottish jokes! The gym was small but functional, I went 4 times during my cruise and it done the job. Half way through the cruise I done a seascape photo session with one of the photographers, Damien. I was pretty nervous at the start as I was on my own but Damien put me at ease right away and made me feel relaxed during the shoot. We got some amazing shots and decided to buy the lot! I would highly recommend Damien. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Have just come back from a weeks cruise round the Greek Isles. On arrival had been given a double room rather than a twin but this was sorted by reception with a smile! Our room was wonderful spacious clean and comfy! - Cleaned everyday by ... Read More
Have just come back from a weeks cruise round the Greek Isles. On arrival had been given a double room rather than a twin but this was sorted by reception with a smile! Our room was wonderful spacious clean and comfy! - Cleaned everyday by a wonderful man whom we never got the name of! Food was lovely would highly recommend the panini station at lunch and Freddie at the ice-cream station always greets you with a smile and a laugh! The staff are a real credit to the ship I couldn't think of a bad word to say about them always helpful friendly and attentive. The show team are spectacular and clearly work very hard to entertain each evening! The stops were all OK but Kotor was really wonderful a beautiful town. We did a seascape photoshoot with Damien which I would recommend - great fun and lovely guy.. £40 for one photo though was abit steep lovely though the photos were! Can't think of anything negative to say about the ship would 100% recommend! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
1st September First look at our cabin we paid for an outside but imagine the disappointment when we saw the dark dank cabin they called outside it was virtually in the bow of the ship,we have been on the celebration in 2012 hence we wanted ... Read More
1st September First look at our cabin we paid for an outside but imagine the disappointment when we saw the dark dank cabin they called outside it was virtually in the bow of the ship,we have been on the celebration in 2012 hence we wanted to go again having enjoyed it so much you could not see with out all lights on it was appaling we were told not possible for upgrade perhaps next week! Never happend. Then the noise started 3am awoken by a horrendous noise s much so that my husband who is very. Laid back got dressed and went upon deck to see what was going on ....nothing really quite went to reception to be told we had to endure it as nothing could be done just cat napped for 13 nights after that as the noise was there every night balasting the ship we were told very important didn't help us much Then the illness on ship was bought to our attention they could not find the source looking in every little nook and crank nine with tiny torches etc we were not to touch any food but we're served by gloved staff food was not up to previous cruise but the steaks under the stars were superb also the staff We paid half the price of this cruise on p and o earlier this year and never once were we disappointed it also was for 14 nights P&0 reward loyal customers with discounts whereas Thompson reward loyal customers with what must be the worst cabin on the ship Will have to think long and hard before traveling with them again mind you just booking the cruise on line was a nightmare they took our money but did not reserve the cruise had to revert to telephone but unfortunately the girl took hours to sort it out?..     Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2014
My wife and I booked a last minute cruise departing Belfast on Sept 8th with Thomsons on the Celebration ship on a cruise called Ancient Wonders, a very apt name as the ship is nearly ancient and a wonder that it is allowed to sail ... Read More
My wife and I booked a last minute cruise departing Belfast on Sept 8th with Thomsons on the Celebration ship on a cruise called Ancient Wonders, a very apt name as the ship is nearly ancient and a wonder that it is allowed to sail considering the regular outbreaks of norovirus on the ship. We got off to a good start with the flight leaving Belfast at the allotted take off time 7am for the 4.5 hour flight to Dalaman in Turkey. We enjoyed nice flight until it was time to start our descent to land, the plane dropped down very suddenly causing many on board to scream with fear before banking away and climbing again, this happened about 5/6 times before the captain came on the intercom to tell us that he was having problems getting a landing slot due to the amount of air traffic around Dalaman airport, he then advised that if no slot available on the next attempt that he would have to divert to another airport as he was running low on fuel, you can imagine what affect this had on the passengers on board. After another futile attempt he was then forced to fly to Bodrum airport to land and refuel. We eventually landed in Dalaman at 5.30pm, some 4 hours later than planned. We should have been on the ship around 3pm but did not board until almost 8pm, therefore losing any chance to spend some time in Marmaris.we boarded the ship and made our way to the cabin which was pretty much what we had expected. We then made our way to the buffet restaurant as this was the only venue open for dining and were shocked to see that staff were serving the self service food as there were cases of norovirus ongoing and the public were not allowed to serve themselves or even make a cup of tea. This greatly detracted from the enjoyment as there were difficulties due to staff not understanding what customers wanted and long queues developing due to the slowness in serving the food. As the week went on the norovirus became more wide-spread with. Number of passengers becoming infected and in some cases detained in their cabins. Staff were constantly sanitising all areas around the ship including a number of cabins on our deck. By the middle of the week my wife and I began to feel ill and decided to eat & drink as little as possible on the ship for the rest of the holiday, we survived by eating when we went ashore and by buying soft drinks & water etc off the ship, we returned home on Monday 15th and have both had to take time of work due to this illness. Our feeling is that the ship needs to be taken out of commission and to be completely overhauled, sanitised and checked to ensure that the norovirus is eliminated. On second day at sea all the power failed (albeit for a short time) and the Turkish authorities banned the ship from sailing any further until their inspectors had boarded the ship and checked that all was in order re the power supply. A few days before we returned home a number of cabins facing is were flooded, they had to be evacuated, stripped of all beds, carpets etc and satanised. We were delighted when we were able to leave the ship for the journey home.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Just returned from the Ancient Wonders Cruise on Thomson Celebration. Traveled with my 16 year old daughter. This ship is the sister ship of Spirit which was the first ship we cruised on about 7 years ago, it has had a refurb to be ... Read More
Just returned from the Ancient Wonders Cruise on Thomson Celebration. Traveled with my 16 year old daughter. This ship is the sister ship of Spirit which was the first ship we cruised on about 7 years ago, it has had a refurb to be "Platinum" as Thomson call it. --Accommodation-- We were located on deck 1 on the inside so I didn't have great expectations, but was very pleasantly about the cabin, it was very clean, had plenty of space and ton's of storage. There was some noise, particularly on a rougher sea night, but both me and my daughter had no problem sleeping. The only problem is that the LCD TV did not have a great viewing angle and was unwatchable from my bed - but I wan't there to watch TV anyway! Although it has had the refurb, some parts of the ship are a little tired, but again this was no bother. --Food-- We found the food excellent, using the Buffet for snacks/breakfast and the main waiter restaurant for dinner and twice for breakfast. Had I not been with my daughter I would have used the waiter service a lot more - brilliant! Several people paid for a meal in the extra special restaurant (Mistral)and said it was absolutely worth the £20 surcharge per head - so hope to do that next time. We also chose to always share a table and spoke to many interesting and friendly people. --Entertainment-- This was what really made the holiday, we only caught 3 shows which were to a very high standard, but it was the entertainment team in general which made our 7 days so enjoyable - having got stitched up to be in a game show on our second night I suddenly found that this took the experience to an extra level. (having people wave to you when they see you on ship or on an excursion) My daughter now want's to be a presenter/compare, special Thanks to Jake and Paul from the entertainment team for telling her all the options and what a good life it is for someone young. We loved the quizzes and were gutted we didn't win a prize (really wanted that Thomson Bag). --Itinerary-- Ancient Wonders was a good mix, was however disappointed that Santorini had to be changed the day before - did like the added bonus of going to Rhodes though. This itinerary is quite good for those that like the option for just heading off yourself. --Summary-- A great cruise experience, I've done shock and awe cruising with Royal Caribbean and I will say hand on heart that it's not the age or size of the ship that makes a good cruise - it's the people and service and I would say that the crew on Thomson Celebration are excellent. (going on the Majesty 25th July so hopefully will be just as good!)   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
this was a great trip the staff were very friendly the food was excellent as was the entertainment .people who complain about cabin vibration why not pay a bit more for a cabin upgrade we did and we heard no noise. also the people who moan ... Read More
this was a great trip the staff were very friendly the food was excellent as was the entertainment .people who complain about cabin vibration why not pay a bit more for a cabin upgrade we did and we heard no noise. also the people who moan about the food.are probably the ones you see with three courses and then leave half of it .also you cant blame thomsons for the weather .we went on three trips and everything was handled expertly from boarding to getting off the staff are there to help .the ship may be a bit old but with this amount of passengers it becomes more intimate .if you want a three thousand passenger superliner go elsewhere.pre book your cabin and take the drinks package .as in other reviews some of the carpets could do with a wash but how much time do you spend with your nose on the floor .we ate about eight then relaxed in a bar for the second showing in the broadway theatre and there were plenty of seats for the show. the cabin steward spent more time in the cabin than me always busy and pleasant, one drawback i got lost looking for the toilets but it was a great experiance and we will be back Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Sailed out of Marmaris on the Ancient Wonders itinerary but Marmaris wasn't on the drop-down list! The ship actually looks like a ship and isn't in any way comparable to the modern day liners you will pass at sea or see in port ... Read More
Sailed out of Marmaris on the Ancient Wonders itinerary but Marmaris wasn't on the drop-down list! The ship actually looks like a ship and isn't in any way comparable to the modern day liners you will pass at sea or see in port but I kind of liked that. The flip side of course is that the Celebration isn't as luxurious as these floating hotels but nevertheless it has everything a person would need including a small gym along with several bars and restaurants plus a show lounge. Food - very good quality albeit the standard fayre and with plenty of choice for vegetarians. Drink - I was disappointed with the quality of beers and wines etc to the point that I probably would not take up the option of a "drinks package" in future and simply buy the premium brands. The "west end shows" are of course nothing of the sort and more like the sort of thing the local amateur drama club might put on at Christmas but that said they are entertaining. Cabins - are small but this is a ship after all and are fine. Crew - are very friendly and could not be faulted. Overall - Probably akin to a 3* hotel and I would return.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
I have recently returned from a week on Thomson celebration and I will not be going on this ship again. I went with my 13 year old granddaughter. I had the unfortunate experience of leaving my purse on the plane which meant that when I ... Read More
I have recently returned from a week on Thomson celebration and I will not be going on this ship again. I went with my 13 year old granddaughter. I had the unfortunate experience of leaving my purse on the plane which meant that when I was checking in on the ship and at that point discovered that I had no purse. This had my debit and credit card in with some money in it. Luckily I had £200 in another wallet. All the receptionist did was to give me the telephone no. of santander and take my £200 to put on my on board credit account. At that point I had to phone the bank to cancel my cards. (On my mobile phone, no offer of please use our phone). I was going to use my debit card for my on board credit but it wasn't to be. I suggested that I go on my ipad and transfer money from my online banking to thomsons. They said that couldn't happen as thomsons account was in England. I also asked if someone could find out if my purse was in dalaman as it was on their thomsons plane, they said anything left on the plane had to go back to the airport which it had come from so I would have to check when I returned home to Leeds Bradford airport...... My grandaughter and I were 'on our own' from that point. The day after I went to speak to the manager of reception as I couldn't understand why I couldn't transfer money by online banking, again the manager told me the same as the receptionist and again insisted that anything left on the plane would be at Leeds Bradford aiport. Also he said the same as the receptionist....no transfer by online banking. My granddaughter and I struggled through the week, not being able to buy things off ship which was very disappointing. I have to say I met some lovely people on ship who offered to lend me money. One couple in particular who I must thank if they read this, was a lovely couple from Ireland but I never saw them again and didn't have chance to thank them, however I didn't borrow any money as I thought we would cope. Imagine to my horror after boarding the plane on my return home and asking the steward on the plane to guide me on where to go at Leeds Bradford to lost property was told that anything left on the plane would be offloaded at dalaman airport and could not ever be returned to the airport of departure due to security reasons. I had now missed the opportunity to visit lost property at dalaman airport. I have been on thomsons cruises before many years ago and could never fault them but will never go with them again, not just because of this experience of losing my purse but lots of other things. Food not as good, waiter service not as good. They advertised in the buffet that Beringer Zinfandel wine was on the bar list, but there wasn't any and hadn't had any for weeks. Cereal in the buffet on the first few days, there was lots of choice, later on in the week there seemed to be only cornflakes or rice crispies, when asked, they said they had run out. Choice on menu for dinner was poor. Cheese and biscuits, few thin slices of cheese and 2 cream crackers. The price for the week for a soft drinks package for my 13 year old granddaughter would be £97! On the positive side, the entertainment was good, but that was about all. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2014
Good flight out from Birmingham, arrived same time as 4 other planes, long queues, make sure you get your Visa online before you go (New Ruling as of April this Year) or two long queues. interesting 1.5 hrs run to Marmaris, will be quicker ... Read More
Good flight out from Birmingham, arrived same time as 4 other planes, long queues, make sure you get your Visa online before you go (New Ruling as of April this Year) or two long queues. interesting 1.5 hrs run to Marmaris, will be quicker when (If) they ever finish the roads. Very quick well organised checkin at the port, went to the Deluxe Balcony Cabin on Eagle Deck 9, was not disappointed. Balcony was great. Its an open Balcony with the sun allowed in from above, not suitable for young children though as it is just bars in front of you. It does allow you to lie in bed and watch the land to be viewed or the sea to go by. Sea day we had Complimentary Continental Breakfast on the Balcony, heaven, this meant we were late looking for a sun bed and s we couldn't find 2 together we returned and spent the day on the balcony, they are long enough to lay down on easily, (5' 8'') two very long days visiting Israel but would not miss it for the world. Differing stories on lunches and where they stopped at the Dead Sea. Jerusalem a must, guides on the coaches very good who tell you about the country and the people not just where you are going. shows very good best group to see is 2Intense in the Horizons bar they are very very good. best rendition of Skyfall I have ever heard. had a problem which toilet flush rang reception, man there within 3 minutes, went to dinner it was fixed by the time we returned. The Staff are brilliant, felt as though I was in a six star hotel, Pattu looked after us very well, Knew when we were out and didn't disturb us at all. Food was good all round. Didn't have a drinks package as went don't drink a lot but found the prices very reasonable in the bars. Organisation by crew was great and kept us well informed. Thank you Captain and Crew of the Thomson Celebration. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
At the age of 67, we decided to go on our first ever cruise. Chose the Celebration as it sounded friendly and not too formal. From the moment we boarded, we were made do feel so welcome. Had cabin 658, it was spot on and our steward was ... Read More
At the age of 67, we decided to go on our first ever cruise. Chose the Celebration as it sounded friendly and not too formal. From the moment we boarded, we were made do feel so welcome. Had cabin 658, it was spot on and our steward was so lovely. In fact all the crew were wonderful. We chose to eat in the Meridian every night and shared a table with another couple we got to know. We had the same table each night. We can't speak too highly of our waiter, Tata. I wanted to take him home, he was so cute. Both he and our wine waiter got to know our names, their attentiveness was first class. Thoroughly enjoyed the Captain's Gala Night, Captain John was a really good people person. There was so much going on all the time, it's impossible to do everything. The shows were excellent, the highlight for me was the Queen show, the show team certainly delivered. The comedian was Dave Christian, very good, not a swear word in sight. Of all the bars, we liked Hemingways the best, great for pre dinner drinks. The cruise we did was Ancient Wonders, very interesting. We did a couple of excursions and did our own thing on the other ports of call. Because we enjoyed our cruise so much, we have decided to do another, next year. The Dream this time, we will look forward to it so much.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2013
No Celebration! No one who has sailed a modern cruise liner could give this 30 year old tub more than a zero rating. Our cabin, not on a lower deck, rattled buzzed and shuddered day and night in rhythm with the rough running engines. On ... Read More
No Celebration! No one who has sailed a modern cruise liner could give this 30 year old tub more than a zero rating. Our cabin, not on a lower deck, rattled buzzed and shuddered day and night in rhythm with the rough running engines. On modern ships you don't know you're moving, on the Celebration it's as though you're bolted to the engine! It was impossible to sleep with cheap plastic cabin fittings constantly buzzing and rattling. They were silent only when the ship broke down one night, leaving the ship drifting with no lights or power. It seems critical mechanical breakdown is not unusual on this ship due its worn out systems, and outdated engines that belch clouds of polluting black exhaust extending to the horizon. Bathroom fittings were chipped and mouldy, the surface of the "caravan" sink was peeling off, and the toilet vacuum system broke down. Drinking water had a pungent musty odour which tainted tea and coffee, so we avoided drinking it. Deck superstructure was rusting, and gates in deck railings not locked so they could be opened by passengers or children. On days at sea there was a drastic shortage of sunbeds, with passengers lying on painfully hard decks, or just giving up. Complaints raised on board were ignored . Their attitude was that if all passengers didn't complain, you didn't have a problem. The crew, however, were generally brilliant, but the food was poor. We have enjoyed a number of cruises with other companies and never had to complain before, but Thomson really scrapes the barrel by overselling this tired old hulk. Avoid! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Just returned form ancient wonders cruise. Flight from Manchester ok. 1 1/2 hr journey to Marmaris port, which I might add is a lovely port. Check in fast within 30 mins in cabin deck 3. no vibration midship Went for something to eat, ... Read More
Just returned form ancient wonders cruise. Flight from Manchester ok. 1 1/2 hr journey to Marmaris port, which I might add is a lovely port. Check in fast within 30 mins in cabin deck 3. no vibration midship Went for something to eat, cases there when we got back. Had the same cabin three times now. I read an early review that Thomason never recognised them as previous travellers. When we arrived in our cabin a nice card and lovely bottle of champagne. Much appreciated. We ate in the Meridian each night enjoyed the food, granted they were not big portions but by the time I had 5 courses that was enough. The wine waiter kept filling our glasses, never had to ask. We were on the AI which came with the holiday (booked early). My husband never had any trouble with the branded whiskey in fact the drinks seem to be extra strong in the Horizons bar. NIce atmosphere there and a lovely girl singer. The shows were ok, we have seen 'africa' many times but still enjoy it. The comedian was good too. Did 3 trips with Thomson, Istanbul, we chose the one where you drive over the Bospherous to the Asian side. We did Athens which was brilliant walked to the top, which is a must, fab views over Athens. We also did Santorine nice island. The other ports we did on our own. We have no qualms about the Celebration, will go again if its the right itinerary. This is a small ship not the huge P&O or RC. Its friendly, no tipping, all in all its what you make of a holiday and we thoroughly enjoyed it, go with an open mind. Enjoy. Read Less
Marella Celebration Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 3.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 0.0
Enrichment N/A 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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