13 Marella Cruises Marella Celebration Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

We chose this cruise as a belated honeymoon and it was my husbands birthday on the 30th. Our cabin was just so noisy, vibrations, clanging and banging and something hydraulic kept going off at various times. I felt the ship was tired and ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a belated honeymoon and it was my husbands birthday on the 30th. Our cabin was just so noisy, vibrations, clanging and banging and something hydraulic kept going off at various times. I felt the ship was tired and it reminded me more of a posh ferry, no charm about it. There are not enough seats in the bars and every night, is pretty much the same as the night before regarding entertainment. I was hoping there might be some dance lessons but it is too small although we were offered a talk on liver drainage. Food was ok although if you are in the lido it was only warm and the meals in the Meridian were bland and boring. Nothing spicy because they want you to pay extra and eat in the Asian restaurant. We did eat at the hot stone and the steak was great, starters and deserts we're not so good. Coffee port is great which is just as well as free coffee is awful. The best meal was the afternoon tea, loved it! The excursions are well organised, but you do not get enough free time, even to stop for a drink when walking in the hot weather. I have to say all the staff are excellent, polite and friendly and ship was kept spotless and ran like clockwork. We weren't sorry to get off and we're pleased we did cruise and stay in Dubrovnik instead of 14 nights cruise. I have rated cabin average because of noise. It was quite spacious with plenty of storage in bathroom. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to do something special for our Silver wedding anniversary so we decided on the Adriatic Affair itinerary, where we celebrated our vows, followed by a hotel stay. The whole experience was fantastic. All of the staff were ... Read More
We wanted to do something special for our Silver wedding anniversary so we decided on the Adriatic Affair itinerary, where we celebrated our vows, followed by a hotel stay. The whole experience was fantastic. All of the staff were friendly, helpful and hardworking and the ship was lovely. Patrick, our cabin steward, was lovely. Nothing was too much trouble for him. I had a light mishap with my dress, when we were getting ready for dinner at the captain’s table; however, some of the stewards were quickly on hand with a sewing kit, so a disaster was avoided. The food and drink were plentiful. We upgraded to premium all inclusive due to us preferring ‘zero’ pop, and my husband’s love of coffee. Our Celebration of Vows, in Venice, was perfect, and Elaine ( the social/welfare hostess) ensured that everything was perfect! It was lovely that she could share our special moment with us, along with the lovely Captain Nikos. We have got some lovely photographs that were taken by the onboard photographer. Overall, we had a wonderful experience, and will definitely be back on the Celebration as soon as we can. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was an absolute fantastic holiday everything was perfect the cases we never saw they appeared outside the cabin from the airport.This is a small ship and we love it because it has a more personal approach you feel like one big ... Read More
This was an absolute fantastic holiday everything was perfect the cases we never saw they appeared outside the cabin from the airport.This is a small ship and we love it because it has a more personal approach you feel like one big family.The service was second to none and every member of staff had a genuine smiling face .The entertainment was great and food and drink was fantastic.We have a lot of people who made our holiday special but we cannot name them all we would like to give a big thank you for our cabin boy Patrick who was exceptional he certainly went the extra mile.Also like to mention the outstanding service we received every day from Kenneth he will never forget us (the grey goose clan).We would all like to give a big mention and a huge thanyou to Marcy Sarich hotel manager she was always out and about extremely approachable and ever so friendly she made our holiday and in fact we have just booked another two with you.Last but no means least we thank siva our dancing chef he makes a mean rice/noodles once again thank you Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The full cruise was an adventure from start to finish. The on board team and crew were enthusiastic, friendly and most helpful when needed. There are so many crew I would like to mention, but some individuals deserve highlighting. Our ... Read More
The full cruise was an adventure from start to finish. The on board team and crew were enthusiastic, friendly and most helpful when needed. There are so many crew I would like to mention, but some individuals deserve highlighting. Our cabin servicer PUTU was great, he was helpful and did his job to the highest standards, he is a credit to the ship and the team on it. The Bar teams were mind readers......they knew exactly what my wife and I drank without us even asking....Ervin and Wilson in the Horizons and Kumar, Sheldon, Kenneth and Sushil in the Hemmingway's Bar were always on hand even at daft O'clock in the morning. The food was very good and the shows were entertaining. The staff in the restaurants were great, they even sang Happy Birthday…..which was a memorable moment when the kitchen team came out front. The cabin had plenty of room in it with plenty of storage space for the belonging we took and the extras my wife always manages to accrue whilst we were away. The holiday was a special celebration for my wife, the extras didn't disappoint. The flowers the cake and the in cabin decorations were well received and appreciated….oh yes and the bubbly and strawberries went down a treat. we are looking already for next years cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our second time cruising and we were celebrating my 60th birthday and our silver wedding anniversary. We flew from Manchester to Malaga and once boarded, we decided to stay and explore the ship and rest up. The ship was very ... Read More
This was our second time cruising and we were celebrating my 60th birthday and our silver wedding anniversary. We flew from Manchester to Malaga and once boarded, we decided to stay and explore the ship and rest up. The ship was very clean, our cabins were cleaned twice daily by very friendly cabin staff who made us feel like it was home from home. The food was plentiful and delicious (I'm sure I gained weight) and we made lots of friends. As part of our celebrations, we were invited to dine at the captains table with other guests, a most enjoyable occasion. We paid extra for a photo shoot, a celebration package, which included flowers, Champaign, basket of fruit and of course a cake. A truly memorable occasion I highly recommend the spa treatment, it was fantastic. Everyone on board made you feel special, however, having requested an outside cabin with a queen size bed, we in fact got two single beds at opposite side of the cabin. We are now taking this up with the travel agency who made the booking. in spite of this, we enjoyed our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise itinerary because of the ports of call and have been on about 10 cruises with Thomson so was really looking forward to it. The ports of call did not disappoint but I feel that Thomson did. We had noticed a change ... Read More
We chose this cruise itinerary because of the ports of call and have been on about 10 cruises with Thomson so was really looking forward to it. The ports of call did not disappoint but I feel that Thomson did. We had noticed a change straight the way, no sooner we were checked in on board and before we took a few paces away from the table we were offered to buy a drinks package, if we had wanted one then we would have bought one when we booked our holiday. They used to have a different theme every night for food, but sadly no more. The food was very plain, not much flavour and it seemed to me cheap cuts of meat. The staff do as best as they can and always seem happy, but i feel they have cut back on them as well, as many a time people were waiting to be served. Cut backs all round I think. We were lucky as we got our holiday at a good price, but talking to other passengers if I had paid what they had I wouldn't have been happy. Maybe it's time to try other companies out. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
From airport to ship, everything went very smoothly,we embarked in Dubrovnik and as we had had a very early start we were delighted that our cabin was ready for us right away.Our steward Aldrin was lovely and so friendly as were all the ... Read More
From airport to ship, everything went very smoothly,we embarked in Dubrovnik and as we had had a very early start we were delighted that our cabin was ready for us right away.Our steward Aldrin was lovely and so friendly as were all the staff on-board, in fact that will be our lasting memory of this cruise, we felt like we were part of a happy family. Our cabin (outside no 540) was superb, the standard of food in the self service and waiter service restaurants was excellent.We ate in the a la carte "mistral" on the evening of our 30th wedding anniversary ( fabulous), and were serenaded by a staff member which was really lovely. The entertainment on this ship was amazing, why some of these singers aren't on the west end is beyond me, absolutely superb! The comedian was very very good also. We didn't do many organised excursions as we like to explore ourselves but the ones we did were very good. We enjoyed the fact that this was an adult only cruise-we love kids but we have been there, done that, for many years with our own children and wanted a relaxing break. All in all we were very sad to leave this lovely old ship, and wish we could have done another week, however we are already looking at a Thomson cruise for next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We decided to push the boat out (no pun intended) this year to take a two-week cruise on the Celebration to celebrate our Ruby Wedding, my wife's 60th birthday & my having cashed in part of one of my pensions & deciding ... Read More
We decided to push the boat out (no pun intended) this year to take a two-week cruise on the Celebration to celebrate our Ruby Wedding, my wife's 60th birthday & my having cashed in part of one of my pensions & deciding against the Lamborghini. We've had cruises before on a variety of ships ranging from the quaint to one of the giant floating shoeboxes/towerblocks full of shouty Americans in little white socks & pushy Germans, so the Thomson Celebration was deliberately chosen, it being smallish, adults-only (we're not a fan of kids running around or screaming babies or sulking teenagers) & prefer the genteel intimacy of a smaller liner & its ability to dock at smaller ports. All the passengers were British too. We chose the 'Grecian Legends' followed by the 'Adriatic Affair' itineraries, & had the time of our lives. Flight on time, embarkation swift & smooth, luggage outside cabin door on embarkation: all this worked fine. We had an outside cabin on 'A' deck, level 3 (room 426) and it was superb. Clearly recently refurbished, very spacious and with much more storage space (there were 13 big drawers, I sadly counted them, but that's me), which was much more than most 4* hotels provide. Champagne, chocolate-coated strawberries & a large flower arrangement already in place on arrival ( our relatives had arranged for this to be delivered 3 days later, on our actual wedding anniversary, but no matter), as my wife was a bit hungry & very thirsty, so the Moet didn't last too long. Oh, & also breakfast in bed on one day when we had an early excursion start. We didn't care how old the ship was, as long as it wasn't older than us, & it was in much better repair than us, being constantly cleaned & polished by the enthusiastic smiling staff. It wasn't very engine-noisy either, apart from when the bow thrusters were deployed, but I think you need a bit of realtime maritime noises on a cruise & we even love a bit of rough when in bed (weather & seas that is!) but sadly the Aegean & Adriatic were both smooth as a millpond earlier this month. The passenger demographic:.......... I thought I was pretty old at 65 but We appeared quite young & sprightly in comparison to most of the passengers, & about 20 stone lighter, but this is to be expected on adults- only cruises. There was also a sprinkling of younger people. The food on offer in both the Lido & Meridian reflects this demographic, being largely classic British, with one or two 'foreign' dishes, but at least they have proper back bacon & British sausages at breakfast, so you won't be frightened by imagining your food has been polluted by garlic or chillies or similar, unless you specifically choose the more mysterious dishes. The food served in the self-service Lido & the waiter service Meridain restaurants is largely the same, the only difference being in the Meridian it's put on a plate for you in smaller portions than you'd do yourself & served by a waiter. We didn't try any of the other 'speciality' restaurants, as we object to having to pay extra on an All-INCLUSIVE trip. There's a carvery in the Lido serving up slices of meat, & Thomsons have a note there saying that all their meat is cooked 'well-done' for health reasons, so forget trying the roast lamb or beef if you like it slightly pink inside: this is cuisine designed for octogenarian British folk. It's cooked to death IMHO, but that's just my taste. The gravy's very nice though. You can get porridge at the porridge station in the Lido at breakfast, & sometimes freshly-cooked select-it-yourself pasta dishes or stir-fries for lunch, which are very nice. If you want an alcoholic drink with your meal at the Lido, & ordering it when you've sat down, forget it until you've finished your spotted dick or jam roly-poly, as the wine waiters there are totally inept and extremely slow. Get it from the bar outside beforehand. In fact, get two if you're on AI. They're that slow, & tend to hide away so you can't disturb them. UNLIKE the rest of the customer service crew there, who are very enthusiastic hard working lovely young people & an outstanding credit to Thomson & the 'Celebration'. A Special note to Ting Ting & Lynn in the Lido restaurant for being such bright charming smiling young ladies, consumately professional & fast in their service. Really brightened up our day, they were so nice. All the other ones are nice too, but they were outstanding. So was Gusti in the aft bar & Glenn as our cabin steward. To name but a few. The in-house band, the 'Top Men', who played consistently throughout the cruise, are an absolute eye-opener for a cruise/hotel band, very professional & consummately impressive musicians & singers covering a wide variety of genres from the Beatles to Eagles to more progressive tracks, each handled with superb musicianship & as an extremely critical music lover I vote them the best cover-version band I've ever seen on an expensive holiday, land or sea based: they had a very hardcore following among the passengers, including us. Full marks to them. They are excellent, believe me. Similarly, the theatre-based Thomson Broadway dance/cabaret ensemble on the ship were amazing in terms of professionalism, verve, imagination, singing & just electrifying stage magic, comparable to the best West End musical you've ever seen. And I wouldn't like this sort of show normally, being an old hippie, but these guys are simply amazing, so no complaints about the entertainment. Full marks: you won't be disappointed, despite being addicted to Pink Floyd or King Crimson like us. I've already rambled on far too much, so I'll focus on the destination ports later, if possible, but all in all, this was a cruise to remember, if you like the things that we like. We only did two of the bookable excursions on board, the passage through the Corinth canal & back (one of my wife's ticked boxes on her 'things to do before I die' list, for some reason) & 'Mysterious Delphi', as I'd always wanted to meet a hermaphrodite & get a prediction. Both were excellent, but very expensive. Which is why we only did two of them. As it was generally extremely hot ashore at most ports, we preferred simply to explore the towns by ourselves for a few hours & buy a fridge magnet & some water, which is much cheaper than buying a tiny bottle of water on board for £1.40. About 30 pence on shore. Why Thomson should charge for a drinks package & then exclude water is beyond me, but then they charge eye-watering prices for every 'extra' on board, including the photographs the itinerant cameramen take without your permission & then try to charge 15 quid per print (no file copies so you can share them online). Fortunately our relatives' celebration gift to us included one free print, which was a very good one actually, & also a chocolate cake at the Captain's Champagne Reception & a pretend-mariachi band celebrating our anniversary & her birthday at the table, so at the price this was value for money, along with the champagne etc.. I think the other destinations have adequately been covered elsewhere, so I'll just conclude by saying we had a great time, lots of laughs & almost no complaints, so this is a recommended cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Our first cruise - loved it, yes the boat is a little tired -but the food was excellent and the staff brilliant. You really don't need to do the trips if you can't afford them as all the ports are fantastic! I would ... Read More
Our first cruise - loved it, yes the boat is a little tired -but the food was excellent and the staff brilliant. You really don't need to do the trips if you can't afford them as all the ports are fantastic! I would however, recommend that you save your money and to the trip when you dock in Trieste in Italy - this is a very tired and neglected town. Apart from one square, it really isn't worth walking round - weeds growing through the cracks in the pavement - castle shut on Mondays so do the trip on this day. We paid for the drinks package and tried about every cocktail going! The food was brilliant-we particularly loved the Asian restaurant - do give it a try. Venice was fab, particulary the sail-away - the boat and crew made it so special, especially with an opera singer singing us down the grand canal- it was very moving. We would definitely book another cruise with Thomson as for what the boat lacks in the luxury liners, it is more than made up with by the entire crew who cannot do enough for you. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shown to our cabin (101), a disabled cabin (wife requires a wheelchair) on Deck 7, just under the bridge. We liked the size of the ship, as it’s not too big, I believe you would get lost in the crowd, lose the intimacy and not get to ... Read More
Shown to our cabin (101), a disabled cabin (wife requires a wheelchair) on Deck 7, just under the bridge. We liked the size of the ship, as it’s not too big, I believe you would get lost in the crowd, lose the intimacy and not get to know various member of the crew or them to get to know you on the bigger ships. Getting around the ship with the wheelchair was fine and all the crew would help if need be. Annoyingly on Deck 6 the door into the upper part of the Broadway Show Lounge was always closed and its heavy to open. Difficult to get through whilst pushing the wheelchair as it also has a 90 degree turn on the one side. Some of the other doors were left open but not this one – perhaps to do with H&S! Plenty of choice in drinks and food and all good quality. Some drinks you had to pay a supplement (we were on all-inclusive) so it’s not really all-inclusive and it’s very easy to rack-up a sizable bill. The al la carte restaurants are also well worth a visit. We especially liked Mistrals, made even better with the extra attention from Francis and Tony. You have to pay a supplement for each but it’s worth it and very good value. The shows are also very good and the cast very professional. We paid for the VIP seats on a number of occasions. Again paying the extra is well worth it as you get front-row reserved seats along with a glass of fizz and you don’t need to grab a seat an hour before the show starts like everyone else. You can even group the al la carte restaurant and a show together and have a really great evening. Our adivse is book your restaurant meal for 7-7.30pm and the late show, 10.15pm, so you have plenty of time for your meal and are not rushed. Mistrals can be 7 courses so be prepared and hungry! Although we did buy some of the photos taken by the on-board photographer they are expensive. There’s plenty to do, what with sightseeing somewhere different each day and also loads to do on-board the ship. Going ashore we did our own thing, had a walk around each place just after breakfast then back to the ship to sunbath on the sundeck (Deck 9) later in the afternoon. The Sundeck has a bar outside and if you get too hot you can go along to Horizons, have a drink and a cool down. Overall we had a great holiday. I wouldn’t say it’s truly all-inclusive especially as its’s easy to end up with a sizeable bill by the end. Mind you it’s our own fault, what with; photos, al la carte’s, VIP seats, hairdressers, drinks but it’s holiday, so what the heck. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We have just returned from our first cruise around Croatia it was wonderful from start to finish. The handling of luggage was hassle free, all the staff were happy and helpful, the service faultless. The buffet food in the Lido restaurant ... Read More
We have just returned from our first cruise around Croatia it was wonderful from start to finish. The handling of luggage was hassle free, all the staff were happy and helpful, the service faultless. The buffet food in the Lido restaurant was non stop and excellent quality at any given time. We used this restaurant for breakfast, afternoon tea even a midnight feast once. There was a snack bar adjacent to the pool which we used once again good quality. In the evening we visited the Meridian restaurant which was waiter service the menu changed every night the food and service was 5* this was all included in the price of the holiday. As a couple we were asked if we minded sharing a table. We shared every night and met some lovely people some we never saw again others we kept bumping into it was so friendly! In my opinion this was best although no problem if you wanted to sit alone you just may have to wait for a table. We didn't visit any of the pay restaurants didn't need to. After dinner we went into the Broadway and watched a show which was different every night as good as anything you may see in London ( and I'm addicted to London shows love them!) however if that was not your thing there was a piano bar and various others catering for different tastes. The rooms were kept wonderfully tidy and a second visit to turn down the bed. A daily Thomson newspaper was available each day and an update of all the essentials needed in the next port slid under the door each day so no worrying about what documents were needed, what time to be back on ship, best places to visit etc. If I had to criticise anything we had a basic cabin which we upgraded once and it just got us a porthole extra it was single beds that were in an l shape and not really any space. However was to busy to spend time in there anyway. I think you needed to do a considerable upgrade to get a double bed and space. There was a couple of small deep pools and lots of sunbeds although you may need to visit other decks for the sunbeds which I found difficult with the heat needing to be close to the pool if sunbathing when returning to the ship. We both loved this cruise and would recommend it highly you can't beat the friendliness and service from the crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
The Thomson Celebration is a well equipped ship. It is not the newest Ship in the world but with the right itinerary it is perfect for the cruiser on a tight budget. Overall the ship is in a good maintained condition but it is a bit ... Read More
The Thomson Celebration is a well equipped ship. It is not the newest Ship in the world but with the right itinerary it is perfect for the cruiser on a tight budget. Overall the ship is in a good maintained condition but it is a bit dated compared to some of the other cruise ships with other companies. Thats said, the staff on board were much better and more attentive than I have experienced on other ships. They quite simply could not do enough for you and were always happy to help. The food on board at the Meridian restaurant, which is the main dining area (waiter service breakfast, lunch and dinner), was of a high standard with a good variety on each daily menu. There are 3 premium pay restaurant, which we opted for, but to be honest there is no need as the main restaurant is that good. I did enjoy my steak at the hot stone experience though, Tip! We also used the self service restaurant and the terrace grill throughout the day and again there was a good selection. The terrace grill didn't look to inviting with the burgers and pizza as it look as though everything had been sitting for quite some time and when we tried the burgers on one occasion it was warm at best so never tried again. We enjoyed all the entertainment throughout the ship, and we took in as much as we could, and the quality and standard was very good. The theatre shows were of a very high standard. Service at the bars was really quite quick and we found a lot of the time the waiters would be coming around and asking if you wanted another. There was also a shopping arcade, spa and gym areas which we used sparingly but they always seemed quite busy and they look bright. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
It was our first ever cruise for hubby & myself yet we found it truly magical from start to finish! Everything went so incredibly smoothly as well as fabulously! They are just so incredibly efficient plus friendly from the time you ... Read More
It was our first ever cruise for hubby & myself yet we found it truly magical from start to finish! Everything went so incredibly smoothly as well as fabulously! They are just so incredibly efficient plus friendly from the time you emark until the time you disembark- every minute detail is taken care of with such beautiful exact precision- it is impressive! The celebration cruise ship is a mighty fine ship,pretty small in comparison to most other cruise ships you find in port- dwarfed by majority of ships,yet it is perfectly sized as well as elegant! It is not ostentatious like too many ships you see whilst on your cruise yet it is luxurious in a simply sophisticated manner. Our cabin was spacious plus had everything we could possibly need- we were on deck 6 at the very front of the ship with a superb view- hubby and I loved it! Good range of ages on board from people in their 20's then every decade up to 80's- great diversity! Met some amazing fellow cruisers- made a few friends. The entertainment was of a very high standard- been to many London West End shows yet these entertainers were just as talented if not more so! All the actors, dancers, singers as well as comedian were just totally brilliant! If you want a showy cruise that is the size of floating town then this probably is not the one for you. Yet, if you want a smaller friendlier ship yet still has plenty of choices on board plus staff that are top class (every single one of them) then go on this cruise! The excursions were awesome in every single way, too! Dining sublimely good!! My gluten free needs were expertly catered for, too! The only criticism had was that it went far too quickly- had such a wonderful time of relaxation, amazing excursions, fine dining, meeting such wonderful people as well as phenomenally good entertainment that the time zoomed by- wish you could press a pause button like on a remote control!! You have to be like those muppets the Grumpy Old Men in the theatre on The Muppet Show to be unhappy with this ship- really you do! They take such phenomenally good care of everyone on board plus bend over backwards to keep everyone happy, healthy, entertained, amused and smiling :-)! It was our best holiday ever!! We cannot wait until we go on our second cruise and it will be to a different location as we never go to same place twice yet it will be on board same ship as they were just the best!!! Romantic looking at the stars at night. We felt so special on this cruise ship- everyone is made to feel incredibly special- yet we felt like a princess and prince by the way we were treated and you could see how much each staff crew plus entertainment crew took pride in their jobs!! These memories will stay with us for always!! Massive salute to all the staff ship's crew on board Celebration that made it such a truly memorable special first cruise for us both!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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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