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114 Marella Cruises Dubrovnik Cruise Reviews

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
Just returned from a weeks cruising the Adriatic on the Thomson celebration ship. we had a great time and visited some lovely places. The ship is spotless and the crew could not do enough, they were all very nice and very helpful ... Read More
Just returned from a weeks cruising the Adriatic on the Thomson celebration ship. we had a great time and visited some lovely places. The ship is spotless and the crew could not do enough, they were all very nice and very helpful especially wee Dikha in the Lido dining room. The entertainment tram were fantastic and we wondered if they ever got any sleep as they were on the go all day and night. the shows that were put on in the Broadway were fantastic and in Liberties there was always lots of great fun going on. even during the day on deck there was always something going on. the cruise director Paul was terrific and made sure everyone was having a great time. the only negatives were that the venues for the entertainment were very cold at night so we had to wear cardigans and jackets to keep warm.( the heating on the cabins was ok) . the only other complaint was that there are not enough public toilets on the ship. the one provided for Liberties and the Broadway balcony only had two cubicles which were flooded nearly every night and the one on deck five was a long way from the Lido dining room. all in all we had a great time and on the return journey Thomsons organised boarding passes for all so that when we left our luggage outside the cabin the night before we left we never saw it again till we arrived at Glasgow airport. our thanks to all the crew on board the ship for giving us a lovely time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My husband and I had a phenomenal time on Thomson's 'Celebration' cruise- exceeded all expectations- we were so happy that this was our first sea cruise, too! This ship is a small cruise ship yet it is perfectly formed- ... Read More
My husband and I had a phenomenal time on Thomson's 'Celebration' cruise- exceeded all expectations- we were so happy that this was our first sea cruise, too! This ship is a small cruise ship yet it is perfectly formed- dwarfed by all those floating massive floating like towns of ostentations cruise liners- it may be mature in age yet it is very elegant all the same. We loved that it was one of the smallest ships when it was docked in port! The smaller size allows you to make some good friends, too- many seasoned cruisers we met on the ship prefered our ship for this very reason. There is plenty of luxury plus sophistication anyhow! We were amazed at how friendly plus helpful all the staff crew were- could not do enough for us! All they wanted to do was make us happy as well as smile, truly! The shore excursions were very interesting as well as beautiful plus our guides were just brilliant! Our excursions were to the Lipica horse stud farm in Slovenia- was brilliant in every single way- if you love horses and dressage you will love this as we did! The town of Sibenik in Croatia was stunning plus we also loved visiting the very impressive pretty cathedral of St James. Our last excursion was in Bari in Italy- to the Alberobella region of Truli houses- absolutely beautiful, fascinating as well as quirky! The entertainmen was of a very high standard right across the board! The shows we especially enjoyed- equal to West End Show performers, absolutely amazing in every detail!! Dining was varied, delicious, plus just excellent on so many levels. Service hich class in dining too! As am allergice to wheat and peanuts- my diet was fabulously catered for- had plenty of variety including having gluten free pasta and gluten free pizzas. Hygiene and cleanliness was taken very seriously throughout ship which was impressive. Everything ran so efficiently!! If you can find fault on this ship you must be like the grumpy old men from the Muppet Show, truly! We loved our cabin too- spacious, comfortable, luxurious, had a great view, loved the bathroom- shower with bath, and it had everything we needed. Even the wardrobe space was very generous! Met some amazing people- fellow cruisers- made some good friendships. Enjoyed talking to the staff crew who were friendly, too! The actors/dancers/singers were all top class- they all deserve much success plus hope they have long sucessful careers! The comedian had me in stitches- very funny!! The only problem was that it went much too fast- wish we could have pressed a pause button like on the tv remote control- we had so much fun plus relaxation! So many sublime memories created that will stay with us for always! It was indeed a celebration- so celebration was the perfect name! Brilliant diversity of ages on board from 20-80's which was lovely to see plus enjoyed talking to people of all ages(fellow cruisers)! We will be back with celebration ship for another cruise next year though going to different ports, for sure!! Massive thank you to all the cruise on Celebration ship- salute You! Hubby and I are so grateful to all the ship's crew who made our holiday the best one ever!!! 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 May 2015
Firstly I have to admit this was my first cruise. The Celebration is an old ship and in dire need of restoration. Three adult females booked a suite as we wanted sufficient space, we had space but the suite was like something out of the ... Read More
Firstly I have to admit this was my first cruise. The Celebration is an old ship and in dire need of restoration. Three adult females booked a suite as we wanted sufficient space, we had space but the suite was like something out of the sixties, weird dark wood fittings, a bathroom which was sufficient in size and suitably equipped. However and this was a biggie for us there was ONE electrical socket! Three women with hair dryers, straighteners, mobiles and kindles it was a nightmare. We had to take items to reception for charging and our details were added to a substantial list. The first day was at sea and for me it confirmed my fears of claustrophobia, there was nowhere to go to escape the number of people aboard in fact even when people went ashore for excursions it seemed to make no difference! At the rear of the ship there was a swimming pool, which would allow you about ten strokes, it was surrounded by tables and sun loungers. The sun lounger arrangements I can only describe as bacon rashers on a grill, virtually no space between them and no shade, this was not a problem to us as we could never get one. We booked the 'drinks package' which we expected to be an all inclusive option which it was in part however most spirits came with a supplement, sparkling water was also not included although plain water was. The mini bar was extra too. Ice creams and the regular advertising of sangria taken around the ship was also extra, the costa type coffee bar was also outside the 'drinks package' so I do not think we saved much. We had booked the Adriatic Affair which cruised around Croatia and Italy, we docked every day where there were excursions or explore on your own, extremely good fact sheets and town maps could be picked up at reception. There was a daily paper with news highlights. On the positive, yes there is a positive the food was great and plentiful, the staff were outstanding, often remembering our names or drink orders. Hygiene was exceptional with hand sanitisers everywhere. This was an adult cruise so the entertainment was professional. I am not totally turned off from cruising but think the next, if there is one, I would look for a newer ship with more space but then again there would be more people. I had no looked at other reviews before writing mine, I am sorry but am glad that several other travellers had the same issues as we did Read Less
Sail Date May 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
My wife and I have cruised before, many time on Ocean Village and we were looking for a reasonably priced cruise with informality. This ship and the cruise proved to fit both these. We took no part in the formal nights, nor did we eat in ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised before, many time on Ocean Village and we were looking for a reasonably priced cruise with informality. This ship and the cruise proved to fit both these. We took no part in the formal nights, nor did we eat in the formal dining room. That was our choice and suited us. Overall the ship and the cruise was hard to fault. The cabin was very clean, comfortable and well maintained. The bathroom was a bit small and the loo itself was designed for a midget I think. There was a hairdryer supplied in the cabin and 2 electrical sockets (2 pin so adapters were needed) and a razor socket in the bathroom. There was plenty of drawer space and sufficient wardrobe space. Air con/heating worked. There was a safe in one wardrobe that you have to pay extra to use (sign of Thomson cheapness?). Our cabin steward seemed to work 24/7. If you left the cabin he popped in and changed the towels. He, and his colleagues were really friendly, always smiling. Nothing was too much, nor beyond them. Food. Very important on a cruise. We ate mainly in the Lido which is a buffet service. No complaints about the food, except for the wife who would have liked a better choice of cold dessert. Fruit Salad for instance would have been nice, but that is only available at breakfast. as always, the staff are very quick, sometimes too quick, to clear away. It would be nice if they waited until both people at the table had finished a course before clearing rather than taking plates, cutlery, glasses away as soon as they touch the table. We also ate in the Hot-Stones restaurant out side the Lido, which carries an extra charge. This is where you cook your own meat/fish on super-heated stones at your table. We enjoyed this. the staff were excellent, explaining everything and it was a great experience. The only complaint is the cost of a bottle of wine. £29 is a bit steep in some ways, but hey ho, we were on holiday. We took the All-inclusive package at the time of booking. Upon arrival, there was a card in the cabin offering us an upgrade to AI Premium Package at another £70 PP per week. We declined. On checking the drinks menu, most of what we wanted was included in basic AI (bottled beers, bottled drinks, some premium brand spirits and cocktails were extra) and we certainly didn't go short. We had house wine by the glass with most meals and plenty of cocktails. Bar staff are great. That soon get to know you and your favourite drinks. If you are a smoker and are are a cruise which does not leave EU waters (our 2nd week for instance) they will try and sell you cigarettes (£4.50 for 200) as the ships Duty Free does not sell tobacco or spirits. Works out a good little earner for them. The ship a a whole is very clean, maybe a little dated decor-wise in places, but otherwise very good. Plenty of toilets around the main public areas ( i noticed someone said there were too few) these were kept very clean. There were hand wash (gel dispensers) outside the toilets, and at the entrances to restaurants etc. Sunbeds and Pools. There were 2 pools, 1 for Adults, and 1 for families (it was an adult only cruise), both small and this lets the ship down. They are surrounded by sunbeams, in fact all public open areas were jammed solid with sunbeams. The best ones were right up the top on decks 9 and 10. Be warned, unless you find one on the Promenade deck (deck 6) you have no chance of getting any shade. Excursions. We only went on one, Venice Full Day, which we booked in advance. It rained that day, but that is not Thomson's fault. It was reasonably value for money. Thomson's let themselves down here as their website is inaccurate, there is discrepancy between the descriptions of excursions available and the actual booking part of the website. The staff on the excursion desk are keen to sell, but not really a lot of use for independent travellers. Come to that, nor are Reception. The printed info (ships paper and the destination maps) is adequate but could be improved upon. Most ports of call were easy going for finding your way around. Some involve a lot of walking up hill, some family flat. All had something of interest, except maybe Brindisi. Entertainment. This is varied and you can take your pick. Liberties (deck 6) had the Peakles, the ships resident band playing a lot of 60's, 70's and 80's music (Beatles, Blondie etc). They are pretty good. They also appear on the rear deck as well. Also Liberties is used for quizzes and game shows. The Broadway is the ships theatre. Here you will see shows by the resident sound/dance troupe, and once a week a guest comedian. The shows are again pretty good, but not quite up to the billing given by Gavin the cruise director. My pet hate was his appearance at the end of every show, trying to make out that we had just watched the most fantastic show by the most fantastic performers in the whole of the universe. I for one do not need to be told to stand and applaud. If the show is good enough it will bring the applause it merits. Sorry Gavin, you are out of touch. Hemmingways (the casino bar/lounge) is mainly used by the Pianist and the male singer - easy listening. Neither particularly talented, but they do a good job. As do the Duo in the Horizon Lounge on Deck 9. Inoffensive and makes good backgound music for an evening. The other major gripe I have with the entertainment team id their lack of integration with passengers. You would often find them out on Deck 6 (Lido bar) where they would sit together. This includes Gavin and his assistant Paul and the other 'hosts' Only William who was new, seemed to want to sit and chat. The others just ignored the passengers other than when they were running a game/quiz. Best you got was a 'Hi, how's it going'' if you managed to catch their eye when passing. We did not use the Gym or the Spa, nor did we use the Internet/Wi-Fi. Plenty of free Wi-Fi ashore. Both embarkation and disembarkation were handled efficiently with minimum of delays. Overall a good cruise, that suited our tastes and we would go again should the itinerary be right. That was the main reason for selecting this cruise, the itinerary was perfect. We love Croatia and Montenegro, especially Dubrovnik, and the wife wanted to see Venice. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My husband and I have been used to sailing on large ships but thought we would go on the Celebration for a change of destinations etc. We joined the ship in Dubrovnik. As we embarked I could smell something like musty books, it ... Read More
My husband and I have been used to sailing on large ships but thought we would go on the Celebration for a change of destinations etc. We joined the ship in Dubrovnik. As we embarked I could smell something like musty books, it wasn't a very pleasant smell at all. We were taken to our cabin and as soon as I entered my heart dropped. It was hot, the carpet looked filthy as in old looking. We had been told in the Thomson shop the plugs were English, NOT they were American. There was no fridge, the air con did not work, it was making all the right noises but nothing was happening. I looked in the bathroom and the towels were to say the least grey white. The port hole looked like it was just about ready to drop out with rusty marks on it. The cabin steward knocked on the door and was good enough to go and get a huge fan, an adaptor for the plug and an ice bucket full of ice which he changed twice a day. I had medication cream which was supposed to be kept in the fridge , nothing I could do about it, the offer was to take it to reception and fetch it every time I wanted it... what? I would have thought that in this day and age, all cabins should have a fridge. The floor was hot because were were on deck 1 cabin 905 which is what I would imagine hell to be so, not only did we have the noise of the air conditioner even though it didn't work but we had the noise of a fan too whiring and clunking. We went down to the cabin one day and the whold of deck 1 smelled of petrol/engine fumes, I did report it to reception and it was rectified but surely this should not happen at all. There was something outside the cabin on the outside of the ship which was constantly clanging on the side of the ship. The lamps above the bed on the wall rattled, well mine did. There was a rumbling sound from the engine 24/7 and when the ship was stationary the vibration through the whole of the ship was unbelievable. I will even say that, because the carpet looked so dirty, when I had a shower I put my shoes outside the bathroom so I could step into them because I didn't want to put my feet on the carpet. I believe this ship had been "done up" late last year. All I could say is goodness knows what it was like before, I would love to know. In fairness, our steward was lovely and worked hard, also the waiters in the restaurant were great. It seems to me though, Thomsons wants money money money, there was an elderly couple on our table one night who had been on the ship before and the gent said how Thomsons are doing more "money money money" grabbing, the new so called Asian restaurant is one in which they charge. There are lots of things on this ship which you have to pay for. The entertainment wasn't bad but nothing out of this world, we have been on cruises with other companies and they had different entertainers on all week, although I am sure, they entertainment group work hard, I think its a case of cheapness, not having to bring in outside entertainers. Now, on to the excursions. Because I only have 1/3 of one of my lungs, I find it hard to do a lot of fast walking and hills etc. We booked a tour Istrian Hilltops Jewels. It said nothing of walking uphill, we had a run around in the coach and then taken to a dusty road where we were hearded into a rattling hot bus with no air con, we were then "dropped off" and were taken up a huge slope of a road made of cobbles, dusty, and uneven. Nothing of this was mentioned in the ad for the tour, this is why I booked it. I could go on and on and on, there is so much I could say I would be here for another couple of hours. Would I go on this ship again, NO WAY, WOULD I GO WITH THOMSONS AGAIN? NEVER. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Got back from Dubrovnick Thursday. Can't understand what people expect. One couple said not for them the first night, took it all back by next evening and at breakfast last day said they loved the holiday and will go again and this ... Read More
Got back from Dubrovnick Thursday. Can't understand what people expect. One couple said not for them the first night, took it all back by next evening and at breakfast last day said they loved the holiday and will go again and this was after going on larger ships. Staff are friendly, the refurbishing excellent. Library was one of the best I have seen. Prefered the video shows in new coffee lounge. If you didn't eat the lobster of smoked salmon then hard luck. Where can you go for food like that at the price you pay on Thomson's. Plus you are not paying a 15% charge on all your drinks. The shows in the Broadway lounge are as good as the West End, the Africa show opened with the South African Anthem which had me in tears as did not expect this being a South African Read Less
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 June 2015
We have always been on land holidays and decided to go on a cruise. I must admit I was a bit nervous as I am not very good on boats lol but I should not have worried. We arrived in Dubrovnik to find our baggage would be on board the ship ... Read More
We have always been on land holidays and decided to go on a cruise. I must admit I was a bit nervous as I am not very good on boats lol but I should not have worried. We arrived in Dubrovnik to find our baggage would be on board the ship on our arrival. This was brilliant as no waiting at the airport for our cases. Check in on the ship was organised really well, we were even met with drinks! Our room was on deck 7 and was absolutely spotless. King size bed with dressing table. Wardrobes all along the back wall. Plenty of room to put your belongings. The bathroom had a bath with power shower and again spotless. Every time we left our room fresh towels were put out and at the end of the evening our bed was pulled down and chocolates were put on our pillow, we even had a pig made out of towels! Food on board was lovely. You could go to the Lido restaurant which was buffet from morning to evening. The Median was waiter service included in the price. The food was lovely. Three/four course meal. The waiters were lovely and cheerful always smiling. A waiter came round with wine topping up your glass as soon as it was getting empty. We were all inclusive with drinks, some had supplements, however bottled water was not included but you could fill an empty bottle of water up in the Lido restaurant! We paid extra for a meal which was a curry/Chinese but to be honest it was just as nice as the Median. The entertainment was outstanding which started at around 7 pm and went on into the early hours of the morning. My last memory was "My Fair Lady" fantastic show. I must admit we did get lost a couple of times on board the ship, to be honest the ship was plenty big enough for us. The shops were good as well. I booked myself an hair appointment for an up do for the captains dinner. The hairdresser was lovely and did a really good job. Plenty went on in the ship so you never got bored and of course all the beautiful places we stopped at eg Dubrovnik, Koper, Korcula, Venice, Bali, Sibenik. We did do some trips but on hindsight we could have done our own thing. Venice was amazing, we got up at 5 am to watch the ship sailing towards Venice. Venice was expensive but we expected that we did a trip with Thomson £50.00 each well worth it as a gondola ride was included in the price. We had a safety drill on board the ship. This apparently is routine on all ships. I was really impressed. I also noticed that cleanliness is paramount on board due to the norovirus. There were sanatisation liquids everywhere on board. I also kept washing my hands with soap and water. This cruise has blown us out of the water The Thomson staff work so hard and we were thoroughly spoilt. In fact we have booked another cruise next year, cant wait. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our first ever cruise so we were both quite excited when we came on board. We had booked a suite but we were rather underwhelmed at first sight - not the luxurious experience we thought it might be. There was plenty of space, a ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise so we were both quite excited when we came on board. We had booked a suite but we were rather underwhelmed at first sight - not the luxurious experience we thought it might be. There was plenty of space, a huge bed, large wardrobes and chests of drawers but the whole cabin was quite dated and dark. Only two pillows had cases on which were grubby and creased. The steward did promptly change them when I asked though. There were only two European sockets, the rest were 3 pin American ones which wasn't made clear in the brochure. On the first night, it was very difficult to find a seat in any bar after dinner and also a sun bed on the day at sea. Only one area, on the promenade deck was in shade so it took a bit of searching and waiting to get a bed away from the sun. We ended up eating lunch and dinner in the Meridian waiter service restaurant as most days the Lido had long queues for food and no tables free. Amazingly enough, the Meridian was almost empty for lunch. We liked the idea that we could choose our meal times and whether to join other passengers or dine alone. Wherever we ate, all the food was excellent with a huge choice. All of the waiters were friendly and helpful too. On our last night, we ate in Mistrals and enjoyed one of the best meals ever. There was a fair bit of juddering in our cabin which we did get used to. It was great to unpack once and arrive in a new destination every morning. We did think two of the excursions we booked were very over priced. If we do ever cruise again, we would choose a cabin with a balcony and sunbeds. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our second cruise and was chosen for the destinations not the ship. We have previously sailed on the Dream. The Celebration, we thought, was just as nice. Check in at Glasgow was great and we next saw our cases in our cabin ... Read More
This was our second cruise and was chosen for the destinations not the ship. We have previously sailed on the Dream. The Celebration, we thought, was just as nice. Check in at Glasgow was great and we next saw our cases in our cabin about 20 minutes after arriving onboard. Our cabin was 716 Deck 2 with a porthole. It was a very large cabin with separate beds which couldn't be moved but that wasn't an issue. The cabin was kept spotless by Mircea and we were treated to lots of towel art throughout the cruise and pillow chocolates each night. He seemed to work every day for the 2 weeks! The only problem with the cabin was noise from docking early in the mornings as it was just beside the gangway. All the staff were polite, courteous and helpful during the cruise. We had breakfast on the Lido and I loved my fresh omelettes from Leo every morning! Most days we had lunch there too and loved the paninis! We went to the Meridian for our evening meals, again could not fault the food. We liked a table for 2 but sometimes had to wait for a bit but on our second week were invited to join a table of 4 lovely friendly people from Airdrie who all made us very welcome. The excellent waiters were Ronaldo, Malcos and Benjamin (wine) all remembering everyone's preferences. We enjoyed all the shows which were very professional and also heard a funny comedian (not really my thing usually). Our preferred sun deck was 10 as it was more open than 9 so got a slight breeze. It was great having a mini bar and water cooler on sun deck 9 as it was so hot! Sometimes I went down to the shade on deck 6 though! All the stops were beautiful especially Kotor and the water so blue. Loved Croatia. We were lucky to see a pod of dolphins leaping in and out the water on one of our nightly walks round the promenade deck. We did 2 trips - Blue Grotto in Malta - was quite good but if we had known about the hop on/hop off bus we might have chosen that instead. and Mount Etna which was a long drive but interesting. We had a day in Dubrovnik in the middle and walked the walls - lovely views but very hot! Would do a city break to Dubrovnik in the future. The towns were all so clean compared to home. Last night we put our cases outside the cabin and collected them in Glasgow. Excellent! Long queues in Dubrovnik and Glasgow for security but we were expecting that. All in all, this was a lovely cruise and the Celebration is old but still a nice ship to cruise on. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
There were four of us in our party, my husband, my friend and her husband. This was our 12th cruise with Thomsons. Everything was superb from start to finish. When boarding we met Ronaldo who had been our waiter previously on the ... Read More
There were four of us in our party, my husband, my friend and her husband. This was our 12th cruise with Thomsons. Everything was superb from start to finish. When boarding we met Ronaldo who had been our waiter previously on the Celebration, what a welcome he gave us! I don't know how the staff remember everyone. We dined each night in the Meridian Restaurant where Malcos ,who assisted Ronaldo, and Benjamin the Wine Steward gave us excellent service. We had the all inclusive package so our glasses were well filled! We had a special treat in Mistrals, all very nice, but really not much better than the Meridian and lacking in the fun and atmosphere. The Restaurant Manager, we called him the "Whirlwind", ensured that the service in both the Lido and Meridian was of the highest standard, he was "hands on" clearing tables etc., when necessary. The Hotel Manager, Craig, was very chatty and also his main aim was that guests had no cause for complaint. The only negative comments I would make is that the Coffee Port was not really necessary, why pay for coffee when you can get is free in the Lido? Also the service in the Broadway was poor, not enough staff on duty. Tina, our Cabin Steward was always around, she kept our cabin spotless. Two of the tiles in the shower were cracked, we did not report this, but we noticed that these had been replaced when we were out. The entertainment was amazing. The team worked well together, you could see their interaction on stage. Each night they performed to a high standard which was always very enjoyable. We have met Gavin, the Cruise Director, on other ships and always feel that he seems to bring out the best in his team. His performance in "My Fair Lady" was hilarious. Altogether an amazing cruise, with beautiful scenery, the sailing into Venice and Kotor was fabulous. We spoke to many people on board and they all agreed that this cruise was wonderful. Well done Thomsons, we are already looking at next year! Thank You. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
The aircon overall on the ship was poor especially in our cabin. The entertainment was ok apart from the British so called comedian why do Thomson do that we haven't seen a decent (British comedian on any Thomson cruise) We had ... Read More
The aircon overall on the ship was poor especially in our cabin. The entertainment was ok apart from the British so called comedian why do Thomson do that we haven't seen a decent (British comedian on any Thomson cruise) We had two meals in the waiter service restaurant both were rotten, we ate in the self service restaurant every meal after that it was fab. We did Mount Etna trip which took 2 hours to get there when we arrived the guide informed us that we didn't have time to go to the top that's why we did this trip to go to the top!! We had 55 minutes to see the craters then back on the bus for a 2 hour trip back to the ship at a cost of £34 each we felt that it was a complete rip off. The ship docked at a port called Brindisi another waste of time. We went on the little petite train that took us all round the dirty back streets; everyone was saying surely it's better than this unfortunately after an hour we saw nothing at a cost it 30 euros I wouldn't recommend this trip to my worst enemy. The staff on the ship are amazing so friendly and courteous nothing is to much trouble. I would recommend this cruise if Thomsons get there act together and look at the Brindisi stop. Read Less
Sail Date July 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
Have just returned from a 2 week cruise on the Celebration. Have cruised on the ship before and made very welcome by some of the staff who recognised us as returning passengers. Staff all very friendly and always made time to talk to ... Read More
Have just returned from a 2 week cruise on the Celebration. Have cruised on the ship before and made very welcome by some of the staff who recognised us as returning passengers. Staff all very friendly and always made time to talk to passengers all around the ship. Lovely atmosphere throughout the ship. Dining options on the ship very good. Ate in the Lido or Lido deck snack bar most lunchtimes. Ate in the Meridian restaurant every evening and our waiter was always helpful and very friendly. Chose to eat at the Hot Stone one evening which was well worth the supplement. Entertainment in the Broadway Lounge was fantastic with a different style show every night. Most of the ports we visited were excellent and we docked close enough for you to explore most of the ports independently. Photo team on board the ship did a great job of recording memories of a fantastic holiday. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
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
Sail Date August 2015
Came back yesterday from visiting Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, Malta and Sicily. The holiday commenced with a good start at Birmingham airport as we went to the cruise line desk and our cases had our cabin number lables secured to our ... Read More
Came back yesterday from visiting Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, Malta and Sicily. The holiday commenced with a good start at Birmingham airport as we went to the cruise line desk and our cases had our cabin number lables secured to our cases, we next saw our cases again after we arrived in our cabins. The celebration cabins are nice and comfortable, we upgraded and had a deluxe cabin on the 6th deck, it was just like a 5 star hotel room with a queens size bed, two full length built in wardrobes, built in dressing table with mirror and drawers. We had en suite bathroom with shower over the bath. You also have a steward who looks after your cabin and each night turns down the bed and leaves a chocolate on each pillow and also does towel art. There are 5 restaurant's with three are A La Carte, One restaurant is a self service where you can help yourself and one is waiter service. The A La Carte restaurant's are good, we ate at two of them being the Mistral and the Stones restaurant's and these had to be booked in advance.The food in each of these are good. The Stones one, you cook the food yourself on hot lava stones which is good fun and is outside.The ship also has a coffee lounge where you can get coffee and cakes. We were all inclusive and had the drinks package which is excellent and saved us a lot of money as it was also included in our holiday package price. The ship has a show lounge and the shows each night are different and very good and of a professional standard. You get a news letter every night that tells you the port you go to next, the time you arrive and the time the ship sails, it gives you the entire ships program of events and entertainment. The ship also has some laundry rooms where you can wash and also iron and you can also pay and have some washing done but they do not iron it for you, it comes back dry and folded. This costs £12.95 per bag. Duty free shops are also on board ship with various offers each night and these offers shows on the news letter. We pre booked our excursions online, We went on a panoramic tour of Malta and visited a fishing village that had an outdoor market selling local products and souvenirs and saw the blue grotto that was nice, the next day we went to Sicily and did a tour of Taomina, this is a lovely town in the hills with views of mount Etna, the trip says 4.5 hours but by the time you get there and the guide has taken you to the amplitheatre and given you various information along the way to the amplitheatre you then only had 55 minuets free time that is not long enough for such a beautiful village, we were later advised by another guest that it is better to get a taxi at the port with other guests as they had 2 hours in Taomina to look around. We next went to Brindisi and took the Ostini and wine tour, this is not as advertised as the wine tasting is a visit to a olive farm with a little food and one very small cup(not glass) of wine and Ostini is pretty but compact and you only had 20mins free time, the tour was that bad that a lot of guests complained and we were all refunded 30% of the excursion price. We next went to Kotor in Montenegro, a lovely town and we did the Highlights tour, this is very good, you go through the mountains to a village with excellent views of the mountains and coast as you go to the village in the mountains, here you are given a light snack of local produce and you can have either beer, wine or can of pop. You then go onto Budva and you have about one hour free time, nice excursion. After the excursion here we had a little time to go and look at Kotor. Next stop was Hvar, again a lovely Island and you had a tender to shore for this. We did an excursion that took you to the old capital of Hvar which is very pretty and again you had a snack of local produce and wine tasting that was two glasses of wine being white and red, you also had some free time there and stops at beauty spots with a panoramic stop of the town of Hvar, After the excursion there is time for you to look around Hvar town. The day you return to the UK is relaxing as you pack your case the night before and put your case outside your cabin before you go to bed but before 3am, this is then collected from outside your cabin and you do not see it again until you reach your home airport, all you do at Dubrovnik airport is go straight through security and to the departure lounge to await your flight. The weather on our cruise was excellent, very hot even on the day when you are at sea. The captains formal evening is very good and most enjoyable. The staff on board are very friendly and helpful and make you feel welcome. All in all we have had a really good holiday and we will book another cruise with Thomson holidays again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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
Just back from first cruise on Celebration, previously have done two in Majesty but really did prefer this ship. We only booked 10 days before departure so did not have choice of cabin and worried a bit about that. We did end up on deck ... Read More
Just back from first cruise on Celebration, previously have done two in Majesty but really did prefer this ship. We only booked 10 days before departure so did not have choice of cabin and worried a bit about that. We did end up on deck one, cabin was a bit noisy at times but large, comfortable and clean. It was fun watching sea directly outside porthole especially on the day it was a bit rough and porthole turned into a washing machine window! What a friendly fun ship from the highest to lowest member of staff. Cannot praise the entertainment staff highly enough the shows they put on could not be bettered. Africa was brilliant but there renderings of Les Mis was superb. All food was good. Never had a problem with sunbeds. Now two niggles, there seems to be a system in dining room with waiters reserving tables for certain passengers. We asked for table for two , told none available and led past lots of empty tables for two with bottled of wine on them. Later learned wine is removed when certain passengers arrive. Sometimes queues outside dining room but empty tables inside. Other point is, both my husband and I have walking difficulties we asked at destination desk for details of beach trip on Corfu, told that bus stopped next to beach and it was very accessible- bus stopped a fair distance away, we had to walk down a very steep hill then a number of steps to reach beach. On way back up even the able bodied were puffing! We were also told when enquiring there were only two seats left on bus, bus was half empty. We did however have a wonderful time and will certainly be back. All the ports were lovely Kotor once more taking pride of place. ( Flying to Dubrovnik , brilliant say bye bye to your luggage at airport and hello at your cabin door, and vice versa on way home) Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was a cruise around the Adriatic with excellent ports stops. Most easily walkable if you were not doing ships excursions. The Celebration is very popular with the UK market but I found it to be way way out of date. Its a very old ... Read More
This was a cruise around the Adriatic with excellent ports stops. Most easily walkable if you were not doing ships excursions. The Celebration is very popular with the UK market but I found it to be way way out of date. Its a very old ship that is constantly painted to cover the rust. The outside decks have dreadful stairs to negotiate and by the number of passengers with bandaged legs looks like some have accidents. The cabin are very small and very dark and old fashioned. Small beds, and dark and depressing. The shower area has an absolutely dire shower curtain and its pretty difficult to stop water going onto floor. Most of the ship is over air conditioned meaning that you ate quickly or took food outside to get away from it. Not sure how good this cruise is for staff as our cabin steward was constantly behind his peers and he begged us at the end of the cruise to give him a good review. Very uncomfortable about hours they appear to work and conditions they work under that it actually detracted further from our holiday. The staff are excellent and a credit to the ship, always cheerful despite the long long time away from their families. Embarkation was really rapid and we only went on two excursions. Both reminded how bad they could be. We prefer to do things ourself. Tendered twice and found these vessels really smelly and not something you would look forward to. Would hate to abandon ship into one of these lifeboats! Food was excellent and plentiful however very unimaginative! Well cooked but a tad boring always a roast and veg. It caters for the people who go on Thomsons cruises, its what they expect and like. Its testimony to the success of this old ship. Entertainment is more My Fair Lady oldies etc. Not very original and again a safe option. The only entertainment that I really liked was the comedian he was very entertaining , in fact , this was the only show that we watched. The rest we left early. We booked the cruise for the stops on the Adriatic as they are truly special, however this ship was exactly what I expected and not too my taste. It does have a loyal following but in my opinion its overpriced and under delivers. Some loyal cruisers should try a more modern larger ship and see the difference. I summary a Thomson cruise is not for me. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We did the Adriatic Wonders cruise and we were in cabin 338 on Deck 4. Thomson's have changed their baggage handling procedure and it is very successful. We had checked in on line prior to departure, and when we arrived at ... Read More
We did the Adriatic Wonders cruise and we were in cabin 338 on Deck 4. Thomson's have changed their baggage handling procedure and it is very successful. We had checked in on line prior to departure, and when we arrived at Birmingham airport, we were directed to a dedicated bag drop. There, a Thomson rep gave us labels with our cabin number on put on our cases. After dropping the bags, we didn't see them again until they were delivered to our cabin. No more identifying your bags on the quayside or off the coach. We had great weather all week except for the night we were supposed to leave Venice. Strong gales were forecast where we were going, so we stayed in Venice overight, and left at 15.00 the next day. The food was up to Celebrations usual high standard in both the Lido and in the Meridian restaurants. The entertainment in the Broadway was some of the best I have seen on a cruise ship. Leaving the ship, we were issued with airline tags to put on the cases. They were collected from outside the cabin and we picked them up from Birmingham airport. This was our 6th cruise on Celebration. She is old, but like a pair of slippers just comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I was a little worried about booking onto the Celebration, having been more used to the larger P&O Ventura. However, the smaller ship and the whole first-time Thomson experience exceeded my expectations. We had a balcony cabin on ... Read More
I was a little worried about booking onto the Celebration, having been more used to the larger P&O Ventura. However, the smaller ship and the whole first-time Thomson experience exceeded my expectations. We had a balcony cabin on deck 5. It was perfectly located as the Coffee Port was about 6 steps away and it was so convenient having the rest that deck 5 has to offer on our doorstep. In future I would choose these balcony cabins rather than the ones on deck 9. Contrary to many other reviews, these cabins did have English electric sockets (4 I think), and not European or US ones. It was great to have a bath and also a few luxuries like Clarins toiletries. It was spotlessly clean and had nice decor. The walls are quite thin though and I was woken up every morning by next door stirring their cup of tea! The best thing about Thomson, and this ship, is the staff. My friend has a nut allergy and the kitchen couldn't have done anything more to reassure her that all of her choices were nut-free. Svilen, the head waiter, sought us out each night and gave us the following night's menu so that she could choose what she liked. They did make some of her dishes individually if the original recipes contained nuts. I was massively impressed by this. I kept comparing this cruise to P&O and I think on balance they were 50:50. P&O has the wow factor, and with bigger ships, more choice of activities. We struggled some nights with what to do after our meal. I didn't love their shows and the other entertainment was a bit low-key (pianists, solo singers etc). The disco was quite good though with a good mix of music (especially on the northern soul / Motown-themed night) but it could have started earlier than 1130pm. It was empty most of the time. We did 3 Thomson excursions (Taormina, Lecce, and Archipelago Cruise in Hvar). The latter was good - and good value for money, but the other two not so. There was too little time in each place and the local guides could have been better. Whilst they had very good vocabulary, they were just very difficult to understand! We did a bike tour in Kotor which was one of my highlights. Jonty was very friendly and went out of his way to accommodate us. He fitted ladies saddles to his two remaining (male) bikes for us, to ensure we were comfy. I'd recommend the bike tours. There is a range of mixed ability ones over varying distances. Ours was 10 miles over flat terrain with stunning views. In summary, I would book with Thomson again. I think it's value for money and the staff are brilliant! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
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