9 Marella Cruises Marella Celebration Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Middle East

We had a party of 12 family members cruising the ‘Cities of Gold’ end of January / start of February. This included Dubai; Bahrain; Oman (Muscat and Khasab); Abu Dhabi and back to Dubai (with an overnight stay). We flew from ... Read More
We had a party of 12 family members cruising the ‘Cities of Gold’ end of January / start of February. This included Dubai; Bahrain; Oman (Muscat and Khasab); Abu Dhabi and back to Dubai (with an overnight stay). We flew from Manchester on a 767 – comfortable overnight flight of just under 8 hours. When we checked in at Manchester there was a desk for cruise passengers providing luggage labels for cases and instructions confirming that we DID have to collect our cases from the carousel on arrival and transfer them to the coach. Would have been nice if they were transferred directly – but no big issues, and it was all made very clear. We flew to Dubai - Al Maktoum airport – which is about an hour outside of Dubai. Although the airport is brand new and state of the art, it still took 1.5 hours from landing to getting our cases. After loading cases to the coach the next we saw of them was when they were delivered to our cabins. This was really smooth – only about an hour after boarding. Check in at the cruise terminal was smooth. We were provided with our ship’s card, and waited no more than ten minutes to have a picture taken and provide credit card details. Actually – debt card – Thomson made it very clear that they charged a supplement/charge of 1.5% for credit cards. The straight onto the ship. And what a delight. Yes, the celebration is an older ship – she’s been around for over 30 years under various names and line. She’s “traditional”; teak promenade decks and a capacity of around 1200 – a change from my last cruise on NCL EPIC huge at over 4000 passengers and almost all decks surrounded with Perspex (great for stopping the wind, but deprived of that outdoor, cruising feeling of resting against a balustrade and watching the sea…..but I’m getting poetic!) Cabin. I had an interior cabin. Large, very comfortable double bed (and a proper double, not two singles stuck together); Desk/dressing table; tea/coffee facilities; mini bar; more than ample cupboard/wardrobe space and adequate shower room. All perfectly clean, comfortable and in good order. It was not the most modern room ever, and would benefit from some redecoration – but overall, a great room for my week’s cruise. The cabin steward, Joseph, introduced himself within minutes and was at always at hand for the week, if needed. He did a smashing job of keeping the cabin clean and tidy. He had the perfect balance of being available but unobtrusive. Thank you Joseph. There is one Main Dining Room – The Meridian. We had accepted that with open seating the chances of all of our party getting a table together was slim. We were wrong. On the first night we were asked if we would like them to arrange a table for 12 (yes please!). Not only that but they reserved this table for u all at the same time every evening of the cruise. Now that’s service. We can’t give enough thanks to Benji, our head waiter, and our main table waiters Noel and Patrick, for the superb service we received throughout the cruise. They made dining a pleasure. Well – the food also helped…this was excellent – not a negative comment all week. There was sufficient choice to suit a variety of tastes, and after soups, starters, main, deserts, cheese, and coffee (and of course sufficient wine to accompany the food) we were nothing but spoilt. We all left the cruise a good half stone heavier than when we arrived. There were two specialist restaurants positioned just off the MDR, but we didn't try these. With the quality in the MDR we didn't need to ! For breakfast and lunch we used the Lido buffet. Great selection of well-presented and tasty food. Just outside of the buffet on deck more food snack type food was available – e.g. pizza or panini. No-one went short of anything to eat all week. One evening we paid the (modest) extra amount – about £15 each) to have to experience of the ‘hot stone meal’ on the deck. This was an enjoyable evening – but we all drew the conclusion that having to cook your own food was not what restaurant dining is about. Fun – but the food didn’t benefit, so won’t be repeating. However, our waiters (Noel and Patrick) from the MDR came to see us on deck to say hello and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. How friendly – above and beyond what I would expect. Throughout the ship is a selection of lounges and bars which each have their own character. Some of the ones we visits were: Broadway show lounge – quiet during the day, big picture widows to the outside, can sit and relax. Sometimes could also watch rehearsals for future evening entertainment being conducted on the stage. At night there was a selection of musical revue style shows (e.g. a Michael Jackson show; and a show with selections from the musicals produced by Cameron Mackintosh). Coffee bar – bright and modern seating area proving coffee and cakes. There was an extra charge for the coffee here – but it was modest – and certainly less than most high street chains Horizons – probably my favourite. At the front of the ship (and took a little finding) on deck 9. Lots of wing chairs facing picture windows so you can watch out to see. During the day, very quiet and peaceful. In the evening the bar had live music (e.g. vocalist/pianist) and became a classy cocktail bar – ideal for a pre-dinner drink. Lovely. Liberties – we only went here in the evening. Late night cabaret/night club. Loud, but good atmosphere – nice way to end a good night out. Service at all of the bars was excellent. We were on an all-inclusive drinks package (highly recommended) – but the drinks were at a very reasonable price for those who were paying on the ship. Ports of call Bahrain – nice to say I’ve been! Could have been any town in that part of the world. For me, had little character and I won’t be hurrying back Muscat (Oman) – what a delight. A free courtesy bus takes you to the port gates then a five minute walk from the port takes you to the town. We walked around the bay, the main roads were planted with an abundance of colourful flowers. In the town there a wonderful souk. And everyone was so friendly. Everywhere we were greeted with a smile and warm welcome. Some of our party hired a minibus/taxi at the port gates and paid for a two hour tour around Muscat. Cheap way to do an excursion – and comes highly recommended. Khasab (Oman) – a free tender from the ship takes passengers to Khasab – then a 15 minute walk to the town. There is very little here, except a fort (with museum – which was really interesting), and a huger hypermarket (bizarre, middle of nowhere, no one around, but a massive shop!). However, I was lucky enough to get the last place on a Thomson organised cycle trip from the tender port. This turned out to be one of the highlights of the week. The tour gave the opportunity to go up into the stunning mountains and ravines, see wonderful lakes, tiny villages, cave paintings, beaches, and travel back down to the town to visit the fort (and the hypermarket!). This was well organised with frequent stops and an informative and personable guide. You’d need to be a reasonably proficient cyclist. I would definitely take another cycle tour. Brilliant day. Abu Dhabi – We took a Thomson excursion of a city tour and a visit the Grand Mosque. What a stunning place. There were dress restrictions (strictly enforced) so everyone complied with the cultural requirements of the mosque – and we had been informed of these when we booked (e.g. long trousers, long sleeves, and ladies covering their hair). The Mosque can hold 40000 worshipers – you can imagine its size. Wonderful building in white marble. Breath-taking and very spiritual place – and as with everywhere we visited, a warm and friendly welcome. Our coach took us along the promenade in Abu Dhabi – this looked delightful walk (I’d have liked another cycle ride down here), but we didn’t get a chance to get out. Perhaps another visit is calling! Dubai – Huge sprawling city. The buildings are spectacular and completed to standards approaching perfection. We visits a 5* hotel from a family birthday meal – what wonderful experience that was. This place is about money. And displays of money. Decide for yourself if that’s for you. Other comments Some other reviews had mentioned things like ‘the dreadful vibration’ of the ship. Nonsense. You could tell you were moving – same as you can in a car or a plane – but that’s never described as a dreadful vibration. It was actually a bonus; it made you feel like you were cruising, not just in some isolated floating hotel. It had no negative impact at any time, and in no way affected sleep. Cabin walls might have been thin, or the people next door had load voices and an inability to speak quietly and respect their neighbours (I expect the latter) - and I could hear pretty much everything next door. Sunbeds. Barely enough and the sun decks got very packed. There must be some way to stop the sunbed hoggers who put towels on the beds then disappear? The ship is in excellent order, spotlessly clean and the public rooms welcoming and well decorated. Overall – a wonderful cruise. The Celebration might be an old lady of the sea, but let’s think of her as motherly. The staff were warm and friendly. I would be more than happy to cruise with Thomson again…might try the Discovery. A slightly larger ship, with perhaps more sun beds would be great. But I will take with me fond memories of a terrific week on Celebration. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The cruise was billed as a luxury cruise, lovely ship and service. The opposite was true. Embarkation was easy and we were on in minutes, after a long flight (Thomson an hour delay too) we needed to rest. First impressions of the ... Read More
The cruise was billed as a luxury cruise, lovely ship and service. The opposite was true. Embarkation was easy and we were on in minutes, after a long flight (Thomson an hour delay too) we needed to rest. First impressions of the ship..tired and old and nothing very attractive about it..too little sundeck space so nowhere to sit or lie in the sun as beds literally crammed in. The ship has an almost constant large vibration you can feel no matter what deck you are on..and i mean it SHAKES you. Several people i spoke to had moved cabins as found it hard to sleep but found no resolution as the whole ship shook. Even the Captain at his cocktal party when asking if people enjoyed themselves so far got a booo when it came to asking about the ship and said 'yes shes old' or something to that effect! Anyway given one twin cabin one double which i was supposed to share with my 11yr old..asked for a change of cabin and told doubles are rare and in need so they will sort but it didnt happen so my husband shared with our 14yr old son in the double all week. The cabins were ok good size but tired, bedding and towels not a good colour of grey! You could hear people turn over in bed next door and coughing..all night. Or coming in from the bar at 3am fighting/screaming/shouting...The aircon didnt work and i assume they know this as they sent me a fan right away when i asked..no repair man first even..and the fan was broken i had to prop it with a box we had. The safety/muster talk went on for ages, even telling us to be careful on deck cos can be slippy..and to be careful as some doorways to the deck are raised and it can be breezy on deck etc..really? the longest most boring hot muster ever experienced. We quickly became aware of the boozy mentality of a lot of our fellow passengers...boasting they were 'all inclusive' drinks and at the bar at 10am with pints. We even witnessed the 'Captains cocktail party' people downing the champagne glass after glass and had the cheek to lean back and put the empties on our table! i mean to the point where the wife couldnt walk without holding her husband who had said loudly 'shes going for a beer' (champagne!) So many nice people who expected a civilised trip. We had feral teens with no adults (asleep in the cabin!) while they screamed, shouted and upset people with their language..dug their hands in food, removed baubles from the trees to use as footballs..left unchallenged til passengers actually took it on themselves to sort them. People were so angry. It was day 5 before they were told the adults with them needed to stay with them all the time for the remainder of the cruise. On each cruise we have been on my young for his age, but wise, 14yr old joins kids club with his 11yr old sibling, is no trouble to anyone and joins in the quizes and games but was refused even tho there were few kids in the club. I was told NO most def. Neither of them went to kids club after that.. Food selection was quite poor..a few evenings my son and i who dont like red meat ate crackers and cheese or made rolls..vegetarian options were thin on the ground. We asked for omelettes one day in the meridian but they were tasteless. Xmas dinner was the worst ive ever had..nothing that resembled gravy! no extras to make it feel special...oh other than a table with scattered 'quality street' on it! Entertainment wasnt my thing but my partner enjoyed it..its the same every evening but one, the thomson crew singing and dancing...on the one evening we had a comedy magician he wasn't much cop..expected better especially over xmas! A quiz each afternoon and a resident band singing on deck (her voice can clear your ears) was the rest of the entertainment for families. Staff onboard were lovely and service excellent (ship staff) we couldnt have asked for much more. Thomson reps were rude, and gave very wrong info to me on more than one occasions. Thankfully i got advice at the port and was put right. (they told me in Dubai you cant use public beaches with swimsuits on..and they would be too crowded!....we found a beach with no-one within 100yds of us and pure clear waters, and we bathed for 4hrs in our swimsuits! ) Made to disembark for the flight home at 5.45am but the coach sat there for 30 minutes before we left...got to the airport at 7am for the 9.15am flight..told it was delayed an hour..waited til 2pm before being told we werent flying. No info at all all day..told there was no public address system. After asking told to go to mcds for lunch-a queue of over an hour..eventually after waiting an hour for cases back and 90minutes in the foyer of the airport we left at 5.10pm to be taken to premier inn and arrive 3 coach loads taking almost 2hrs to check-in..my partner was given 3 lots of rooms! the first two he was given had people in them when he opened the doors! During all this time the Thomson rep avoided us and because no-one knew what was happening people were getting angry. We were told the flight was going to be 3am the next morning..so not even a nights sleep..ended up being 10am scheduled to another early start and even then it was delayed again. i was told groups of young adults were making a nuisance of themselves on deck 3 fighting and punched a cabin wall and cracked it, drunk and had even threatened to burn people out of their cabins. Staff refused to call police as said it would be too dangerous to put them off ship in the UAE! I could go on all day..but will leave you with this as it sums up their attitude to us. Quote of the day...one passenger asks 'is there water on the coach?' as we leave the airport at 5.10pm after being there since 7am...rep answers 'no' man says..'we have been here since 7am you know we need more drinks?' rep replies 'yeh so have i' Man (and several on the coach) YES BUT YOU'RE GETTING PAID TO BE HERE!! My best tip? dont ever book a thomson flight or cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have been on many cruises and cruise lines ,but when we looked at this one ,flights, All inclusive ,plus free drink package included ,and 14 nights cruising .it was one of the best ever. The food was lovely ,in both restaurants ,our ... Read More
We have been on many cruises and cruise lines ,but when we looked at this one ,flights, All inclusive ,plus free drink package included ,and 14 nights cruising .it was one of the best ever. The food was lovely ,in both restaurants ,our cabin was outside,our steward was 1st class , We got all our photos on deal,just £69.95 ,needed a case to bring them back. The entertainment as always with Thomsons was excellent ,there is nothing I can't say bad about this cruise,we loved the superb weather full 14 days in the 80s . The price was so good we came back home and booked a 14 day cruise on the discovery On the 8 th jan 2017. Well done on the Middle East cruise it was fab ,I hope the security allows you to have this cruise again ,it would be sad for many other passengers not to see these fantastic countries and very kind people ,just like ourselves just wanting to live in peace ,I'm sad I did not take family with us I know they would of loved it as much as we did. David & Maureen Blair , I would just finish saying Thomsons/ Tui. Being together sets you apart. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We did this same trip last feb and had such a good time we returned. Once again the celebration didnt let us down. A small ship with massive personality and so friendly. The refurb is looking good, althou we must of had the only area where ... Read More
We did this same trip last feb and had such a good time we returned. Once again the celebration didnt let us down. A small ship with massive personality and so friendly. The refurb is looking good, althou we must of had the only area where they hadnt gutted the cabins, we did a peak in a revamped cabin and it looked all streamline and clean lines, minimal look! We never saw or heard any work being done, but it was.... Hemmingsway now has a piano and violin playing nightly and horizons has good old Tomas and maris, they are so so good! The meetch and co band are still as good as ever! The entertainment crew and show gang are amazing, such a talented group. We knew the ports are not the prettiest of ports but we went to relax and have fun and we soo did! We never left the ship once but others that did had a fab time and would defo reccomened all trips. The meridian never let us down at all, many waiters remembered us. The lido restaurant serves some delish food all day and night. Yes she still has a slight murmor/vibration onboard, nothing drastic thou and she still hasnt got that glitz and glam of a huge ship BUT she sure makes up for it. She s defo one of our fav ships. Captain John knows how to get the best from his crew. Remember Sharm airport is mental, nothing to do with the ship or thomsons, it is egypt. Think we will return next year as its such good value for money Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Hi folks - We just got back from the Celebration yesterday - had a great time. We'd been on her twice before so we could see what had and had not changed. Hemmingways looked the most different for me. All new furniture and carpets ... Read More
Hi folks - We just got back from the Celebration yesterday - had a great time. We'd been on her twice before so we could see what had and had not changed. Hemmingways looked the most different for me. All new furniture and carpets and a nice bookshelf type thing at the left hand end (near the casino) which looked nice but wasn't practical (it wasn't an extension of the library ). Meridian has new carpets and furniture but ceiling and lighting were the same. Same with the Broadway Show Lounge. Horizons didn't looked like it had been touched but I liked it the way it was so no worries there. The Lido restaurant also has new carpets and furniture. The Terrace Grill behind the lido near the pool has also been refitted and has new chairs and tables and some low soft seating. The sunbeds in this area still looked like the old blue canvas ones. I don't think any major cabin refurb was going on whilst we were onboard. The ship was pretty full I think as it is half term. As we left on Thursday though they were already sectioning off corridors and ripping soft furnishings out of cabins so they are cracking on with it. I thought maybe they were working from top to bottom on the cabins on the refurn but that was not the case. I saw cabins on 7 and 8 which had been 'done' but others which had not. Similarly we were on deck 1 and some cabins had been completed and others not. I did have a peek inside the refurbed cabins. New carpets, curtains and bedding are the order of the day but the furniture/wardrobes seemed to be the same (our wardrobes in our cabin - non refurbed - looked in good nick). I would have really liked to have a look at the bathrooms in the platinum cabins but didn't have the nerve to step over the threshold. My husband went up to the sports deck where they are storing ripped out stuff and he said there were a few bathtubs but certainly not the amount of ripped out sanitary ware he would have expected. If anyone has any updates re the refurbed bathrooms they could post in a review that would be great. The gym, spa and kids club all looked the same to me (we used all three). Service as always was great. The entertainment was also very good and the UK guest act, Manuel Martinez was really fun (he's a comedy magician). Looking forward to travelling on the Celebration again soon! Rachael Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
My wife & our boys aged 12 years & 9 years were on the Thomson Celebration Cruise during this Christmas in 2 nos. outside cabins on B deck. The cabins were comfortable with adequate space to store cloths etc. The food was ... Read More
My wife & our boys aged 12 years & 9 years were on the Thomson Celebration Cruise during this Christmas in 2 nos. outside cabins on B deck. The cabins were comfortable with adequate space to store cloths etc. The food was acceptable in the buffet restaurant but could have been hotter. A microwave would sort this problem out. The crew were both friendly & helpful. The first port of call was Aqaba in Jordan. Thomson supplied a free shuttle bus to the centre of the town which was worth a walk around. Thomson were running a tour to Petra which they would charge my family £404.00. We arranged our own taxi & including the cost of entry tickets. Total cost £140.00, a saving of 65%. The next port was Sokhna in Egypt. This port is a commercial one in the middle of nowhere surrounded only by factories. There is no town. Initially, we walked to find a taxi to take us to the Pyramids but were thwarted by the Port Authorities as they were not happy with Thomson passengers walking in their port. The Thomson representative tried to get us to return to the ship but when we refused found us a taxi. We assume that the Port Authorities complained to Thomsons which forced them to find us a taxi. We would have booked the Thomson Tour to the Pyramids if it had been reasonably priced, our cost including tickets was £150.00. Thomson were charging £320.00, a saving of 53%. If the passengers did not want to take the Thomson Tour they were kept captive on the ship, just like another day at sea. The final port before returning to Sharm El Sheikh was Safaga, another commercial port with a cement factory at the quay side. When we arrived it was windy with cement dust blowing towards the ship which is a health hazard. The town is quite run down & not really worth a visit. We easily found a taxi to take us to the Valley Of The Kings which cost £160.00 including entry tickets. The Thomson cost for my family was £344.00 our saving 53%. Thomson tours are grossly overpriced. I think that they are exploiting a captive market. A week before the cruise set sail date Thomson informed us that the Sports Deck was closed due to upgrading the ship. Having 2 nos. boys that are keen on football & basketball this was not good news as it was difficult to keep the children occupied during the day at sea. As we only booked this cruise a month before the cruise would start, we consider it was deceitful of Thomsons to not tell us about the deck closure at the time of booking. we complained to Thomsons who so far have ignored us. Finally, Thomson want to organise their airport departure procedures better. All their buses from the cruise & hotels arrive at the airport at the same time. This leads to massive unnecessary queues. All their planes were taking-off at short intervals which meant there were not enough buses at Sharm El Sheikh Airport to ferry passengers to the planes & when the planes were ready to take-off they were having to queue to leave. Our plane was 50 minutes late taking-off. This problem could easily be overcome by staggering the times that the buses arrive at the airport & leaving longer periods between flight take-offs. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We sailed on the 19th Jan 2012. After a quick transfer from the airport we were greeted by staff in a hut to check in and have photo's taken for ship id. There was a short walk to the actual ship (10mins max). We were greeted on board ... Read More
We sailed on the 19th Jan 2012. After a quick transfer from the airport we were greeted by staff in a hut to check in and have photo's taken for ship id. There was a short walk to the actual ship (10mins max). We were greeted on board and proceeded to our cabin which was given to us on arrival at check in at the UK airport. We were shown to our cabin which was number 201 on the 6th deck right at the front of the boat. The cabin was large, 2 single beds 2 day seats and a full bathroom with bath. It had 2 full length wardrobes with plenty of hangers and 2 bath robes. A tv which showed sky news and sports, cruise dvd which is available to buy, itinerary show on a loop, a 2 movie channels and radio channels. (the movies changed daily) The cabin was very clean and the bathroom was also clean, slight wonky tiles and very small mouldy bit which had tried to be removed with cleaning but still showed. Toiletries provided and plenty of towels. The Celebration is 100% better than the Island Escape. The ship itself was lovely. The staff very friendly and the shows excellent. Food: Lido restaurant was buffet service with plenty to choose from. Breakfasts was great everything you want and more, lunch great and dinners and late night snacks were fine too. On the lido deck, breakfast was also available as well as pizza and the best burgers I have had in a long time were available throughout the afternoon. Plenty of tea and coffee stations too. Plenty of choice of drinks apart from lager which is currently Heineken (sp) and 1 bitter john smiths, but the spirit selection is like a normal pub. Bottled water is not included on the AI basis but if bought after 10am you get it at £1.40. 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. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Landing at Sharm, we knew it was a mad airport but a Thomson rep was waiting and we bypassed all the long queues to get our cases and walked straight onto a coach. Embarkment was easy and well organised, from landing to walking onto ship ... Read More
Landing at Sharm, we knew it was a mad airport but a Thomson rep was waiting and we bypassed all the long queues to get our cases and walked straight onto a coach. Embarkment was easy and well organised, from landing to walking onto ship it took about just over an hour! The celebration is old and small compared to the large new ship we went on last year BUT she has the fun factor. All members of staff were excellent, the entertainment in the theatre was west end everyday! Josh, Holly, Kane and Mab kept us busy throughtout the day with quiz's and games. First stop Jordan, a shuttle bus takes you down the town, drops you in a random place but a long leisurely walk back to the town is worth it. All excursions are well organised by Thomson. The meridian restaurant was excellent, waiters were incredible and the food was amazing. he lido restaurant was fine bit same as daily as i am a veggi BUT they did offer to cook me something veggie every day if i liked (spoilt or what). Yes she does have a strange vibrating noise , nothing too loud just a faint rumble but with a ship her age thats to be expected?? Cabins were good size, the whole ship needs a revamp really as bit dated. Not much going on for the teenagers but we liked the fact we could dance the night away in Liberties together (something the larger ships dont allow). Disembarkment was again simple, we didnt leave the ship till 3.45pm so spent the day relaxing till our flight. Would recommened this ship as its incredibly friendly with lots of decent entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
After getting off the plane we collected the cases carrying them to the waiting coaches, then at the port had to drag them in the dark from passport control down steps to the ship ourselves. As we arrived late in the evening we had missed ... Read More
After getting off the plane we collected the cases carrying them to the waiting coaches, then at the port had to drag them in the dark from passport control down steps to the ship ourselves. As we arrived late in the evening we had missed the sit down meal and the show.The cabin had a blocked toilet and smelt of sewage, deep mould in the shower which was a tray and shower curtain next to toilet.We had to pay £12 for the use of the safe and that was not even fastened to anything. No fridge or drink making. Could not join the beds together as the room was long and narrow. Charge for towels if you leave them by swim pool.The vibration from the ship was 24/7 in port or at sea which shook everything and made it hard to sleep. Did not matter where you were on board you felt it.Family swim pool was 7 foot 6 deep. Was drained so they could put balloons in it for New Years Eve party. Life boat drill was two days after we sailed and jackets were thirty years old some with out lights or whistles.All the trips were over twelve hours and around £100 each, we spent £600 on 3.On the days afloat we had the diesel smoke and smell of sewage to put up with.All the ports were industrial working with the dust and noise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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 3.5
Family 3.0 3.5
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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