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114 Marella Cruises Dubrovnik Cruise Reviews

SAIL THE THREE SEAS the itinerary that called me to sail on the Marella Celebration, reviewed separately. For me it all started with a 45 mile drive down the A1 at silly o’clock for the 06:50 Boeing 737 from Donny (DSA) to Dubrovnic ... Read More
SAIL THE THREE SEAS the itinerary that called me to sail on the Marella Celebration, reviewed separately. For me it all started with a 45 mile drive down the A1 at silly o’clock for the 06:50 Boeing 737 from Donny (DSA) to Dubrovnic (DBV) and a half hour coach transfer along the stunning Dalmatian coast. I must at this point thank all the other reviewers who said SIT ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE COACH. As the port cam into sight Cele was dwarfed by the MSC Lirica and Aida Blu The sail away form Dubrovnic was accompanied by music form the outrageously talented MUSIK UNLIMITED for a day at sea down to Celebrations flag port of Valetta, Malta I was pre-booked one both Malta Highlights tour which was a little disappointing due to quite heavy rain. Seabourn Odissey in Port Day 4, Messiina Sicily and the trip of the day was the Godfather Villages for me and I bought an umbrella opposite the world famous Bar Vitelli a today it was torrential. Day 5, Argostoli, Kefalonia, no trip today I decided to have a port day and just mooch around I caught the Red Train for a tour of the city. Weather was overcast but warm and more importantly DRY Day 6, Ingoumenitsa, Greece a glorious day and trip 3 to Necromantia and Parga in. My opinion we would have been better going straight to the picturesque Parga and having more time to explore and enjoy Day 7 up at 5 o’clock for the sail into Kotor in Montenegro - well I say five o’clock my iPhone had not changed the time from Greek so up at four it was then and failed to see the German U-boat pens, breakfast and off on the full day tout Highlights of Montenegro the highlight of which was transiting the road known as the 25 serpents. What a stunning country Day 8 wake up and we are back in Dubrovnik The ret of the time aboard being taken up eating, drinking and watching the excellent productions put on by the show team, I must say my favourite was the Broadway Shows extravaganza the finale being from Les Miserable and the last time I had seen it sung was by the Barricade boys, all of whom have sung the part in the West End, The Marella show team rendition was certainly equal to that Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Just returned from this cruise. We booked this for several reasons, a late cruise, visiting Sicily and Kefalonia, adults only, all on the fabulous Celebration, in my opinion, Thomson’s/Marella’s best ship. The ships specification is ... Read More
Just returned from this cruise. We booked this for several reasons, a late cruise, visiting Sicily and Kefalonia, adults only, all on the fabulous Celebration, in my opinion, Thomson’s/Marella’s best ship. The ships specification is well documented on the Internet so I won’t go into the details, suffice to say, the food, entertainment, information, cabin service, bar service and so on were all of a very high standard. The pre-booked excursion tickets were waiting for us in our cabin on embarkation and the embarkation and disembarkation procedures were incredibly slick, including the experience of parting with your luggage at East Midlands airport and not seeing it again until it arrived outside your cabin, without having to collect it at Dubrovnik airport. The same procedure (in reverse of course) on the return home. That’s progress. I few points about the ports of call. Messina, Sicily - a nice place but not a lot to do if you arrive on a Sunday so it may be worth booking a trip. Argostoli, Kefalonia - again, a pretty town but a bit sleepy. Worth having a walk along the front and across the causeway (which leads to the other side of the bay). Igoumenitsa, Greece - this is a port town, with ferries to Corfu and beyond. It has little historical interest. The Marella map shows a castle but all we found was a church, something that may have been lost in the translation? We actually booked a tour to Nekromanteio which is steeped in Greek mythology if you like that sort of thing, then onto the postcard-perfect village of Parga, and it really is very pretty. Not enough for us for a whole day but a couple of hours is perfect to climb up to the castle and take in the views. Kotor, Montenegro - this is a quaint but bustling town. Check beforehand how many ships are in on the day and it will give you an idea as to how busy it will be. There are loads of options for tours, including private taxi’s and hop-on, hop-off busses. As we had been before we did our own thing. I took on the challenge of climbing up to the fortress Castle of San Giovanni, approximately 1,200 metres high and approximately 1,350 steps to climb to reach the castle. €8 for the privilege and it is a seriously long climb, over uneven (and sometimes missing) stone steps, or, in parts, a steep slope. The view at the top is fantastic and worth the pull on your calf muscles and hamstrings for the next couple of days. In general, as we went in October, the on shore tour options may not all have been present as this is right at the end of the season. If you go earlier in the year, there may be more available. In summary, this is not an itinerary that jumps out at you. The is no “Venice” or Barcelona”, but the cruise does visit some quaint, pretty and interesting places, many with stunning scenery (the bay of Kotor in particular). Couple this up with the magnificent Celebration cruise ship and add in the food, drinks, entertainment, the attentive, hard working staff and being able to meet like minded people, this all equates to a complete cruise experience. I would wholeheartedly recommend this cruise to any prospective cruiser. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have been on the celebration before so we knew what to expect. We flew from Gatwick on the Dreamliner and the self service check -in took about 5 mins. with no queuing. The plane arrived early and we were swiftly driven by coach to the ... Read More
We have been on the celebration before so we knew what to expect. We flew from Gatwick on the Dreamliner and the self service check -in took about 5 mins. with no queuing. The plane arrived early and we were swiftly driven by coach to the cruise terminal. The check in for the cruise was different this year as it was done on the ship with no queuing at all. Our cases arrived outside our cabin within 20 mins. The Celebration still has its slight wobble but it did not affect us at all. Our cabin was a de-luxe on deck 8, very spacious with large double bed under the 2 windows, settee,chairs, bath with shower over it and spotlessly clean and kept that way by our cabin steward all week. We ate in the Lido (self service) for breakfast and lunch, and in the main dining room for evening dinner. Sometimes there were queues to get in but they moved very quickly and we only waited for 10 mins. at the most. The food in all the eating places was very good with quick service. We eat in Minstralls on one night and it was well worth the extra money. We went to the shows every evening which were good, and one night there was a comedian who was excellent, he did a further show at 11.30pm later in the week. It was an adults only cruise. We got off at every port we stopped at and just walked around and did our own thing except for Venice where we went on the island of Marano and Buarno trip which was very interesting. We were not asked at all to buy drinks packages, photos, spa treatments, etc. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have already booked the Celebration again for next year. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
we chose the cruise for the itinary also because we love the celebration the ship is very clean a bit tired but you wouldnt notice the staff are brilliant always smiling and helpful the cabin we had a suite was spotless and rohman our ... Read More
we chose the cruise for the itinary also because we love the celebration the ship is very clean a bit tired but you wouldnt notice the staff are brilliant always smiling and helpful the cabin we had a suite was spotless and rohman our steward was very good and always had a smile for us the food is excellent as always the dining room waiters oung and alwyn were lovely and looked after us so well we sat at their table the whole fortnight wasnt impressed with the showteam they seemed to do a lot of screeching but all the others were good the horizans team was very good also the liberties team were very good we have been on four times now and have always enjoyed it and had fun we will book again hopefully next year if the itinary is what we want the dreamliner plane was superb Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My friend and I chose this cruise because it was affordable and went to places we hadn’t been to before. From the moment we handed over our suitcases at Gatwick we couldn’t fault the service we received. Neither of us had been on a sea ... Read More
My friend and I chose this cruise because it was affordable and went to places we hadn’t been to before. From the moment we handed over our suitcases at Gatwick we couldn’t fault the service we received. Neither of us had been on a sea cruise before so I admit we have nothing to compare it to but we both really enjoyed the whole experience. We liked the ship; some bits felt a bit tired but no more so than some hotels I’ve been to. The cabin (644 on deck 2) was fine. It was spacious enough for the 2 of us and there was plenty of storage space. It had a porthole which gave us a lovely view if the passing scenery. Everything was immaculately clean. We ate breakfast and lunch/ afternoon tea in the Lido buffet and our evening meal in the Meridien restaurant. The choice at all meals was really varied, designed to suit all tastes. Everything was well presented and tasty. The service from all the staff was impeccable. We went on excursions in Montenegro, Greece, Kefalonia, Sicily and Malta and really enjoyed them. Our couriers were all knowledgeable and made the trips special, even the Etna trip which took place in pouring rain. The entertainment in the evening was eclectic, from piano playing, to the shows and quizzes. We went to the shows in the Broadway Lounge and enjoyed them also; some were better than others. Martin Daniels, the comedy magician was brilliant and had us in stitches. During the day at sea we tried out some of the on-board activities like dancing and carpet bowls, again good fun and made enjoyable by the crew taking them. Everything was well organised, from arrival to departure, with coaches arriving on time and suitcases arriving safely. We would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have cruised regularly on Thomson (TUI - Marella) and Cunard. We finally persuaded our friends to join us. The Marella Celebration itinerary was excellent as it included Venice, Dubrovnik and Korcular. Some of our favourite places. ... Read More
We have cruised regularly on Thomson (TUI - Marella) and Cunard. We finally persuaded our friends to join us. The Marella Celebration itinerary was excellent as it included Venice, Dubrovnik and Korcular. Some of our favourite places. Marella is less formal than Cunard, uses Sterling and had a great all inclusive deal when we booked. We did a cruise and stay holiday staying on the island of Kolocep just 30 mins from Dubrovnik. This was our first time on the Celebration but we knew her sister ship, the Spirit very well. Our first impressions were very favourable as though the deck layout is almost identical there is a much more modern feel to the Celebration - less vestiges of her Holland America past. The main dining room food was excellent - we ate all our meals there as it’s so much relaxed experience than the Lido. The included drinks were good enough for the most of us though one of our friends who deals in wine thought the Cote de Rhône to be excellent and good value for money. There were no sea days on this cruise - and I do miss a good sea day to relax. I think all that can be said about the age of the ship has been said before. I love the teak decks and the fact she is easy to get around. What gives this ship her heart are the people who work on it, the value for money and the entertainment. We would certainly return if it was the right itinerary. A first for TUI Marella is a welcome back party for loyal cruisers. You have to go to reception to let them know you have cruised with Thomsons before to be eligible. Cunard contact you and know your status - so me thinks Thomson’s weren’t keeping this info. We even received a little badge! We really found no fault with anything on the ship apart from the embarkation process that takes place on the ship - Long long queues We always choose our cabins after studying the deck plan as we like to be central and not near noisy areas. I do think a deck plan should be given out at departure - like other cruise lines. We knew the layout but our friends hadn’t cruised before. The cabin numbers and decks don’t tally. We were on deck 8 bridge deck but cabin 075. Dining - we dined in the Meridian for most of our meals and were very pleased with the food (better than on the Spirit). We celebrated our anniversary in the Mistral Restaurant which was excellent. Not so impressed by the food in the Kora La - the service was excellent in all the places we ate. Ports of call Bari Montenegro- There is a free port transfer bus to Bar - we then took a taxi to Stari Bar. It cost 5€ agree the price first. Stari Bar is no Kotor but still worth a visit. Korcula - tender port. Lovely old town - birth place of Marco Polo. We went for a wine tasting in a local restaurant- god wine but very expensive. It seems that most wine is produced for local consumption only. Zadar - ship to town transfer costs £7 - drop off near the Sea Organ. Lovely town with Roman ruins and great atmosphere. Venice - Get up foe the sail in - it is so peaceful and the only time you see Venicecwithout the masses. There was no organised transfer to St Marks Square but possible to buy tickets for transfer once off the ship. We realise that there appears to be a hop on hop off water bus that may be worth using. We used the People carrier to take us to P le Roma near the Station. We made a mistake of getting a gondola from here. It costs €80 but not the most picturesque trip. Walk further on - there are plenty of gondola’s around in better settings. We followed the signs to the Rialto bridge. The streets/canals up unti this point are relatively quiet. We then visited St Marks Square. We have visited Venice before so wouldn’t have bothered visiting again as it is always heaving but our friends have not visited before. I would strongly suggest pre booking St Marks or Doge’s palace and trip to Guggenheim art gallery.Eat anywhere away from St Marks or Rialto. Trieste - short walk from ship to main shopping area. Hike up to the castle and church well worth it. Public transport runs up to the castle as well. Split - Diocletian palace and medieval town within is amazing - very game of thrones. Well worth a visit. Dubrovnik - We visited Dubrovnik at night on a sunset trip from Kolocep. We sailed into the old harbour - it was a fabulous trip. For those who are only cruising - the ship doesn’t sail till 10 pm so if you have the energy and inclination get the bus to the Pile gate and spend late afternoon/early evening there before she sails. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband and I did this cruise as first time cruisers. I was never going on a cruise for a variety of reasons and chose this one because it was in the Adriatic Sea which isn’t as wide open as others so my theory was it may be calmer as ... Read More
My husband and I did this cruise as first time cruisers. I was never going on a cruise for a variety of reasons and chose this one because it was in the Adriatic Sea which isn’t as wide open as others so my theory was it may be calmer as sea sickness was a big concern. I also wanted to go to places I hadn’t been before and the only place I would be revisiting was Venice, which was fine as you can never visit Venice too many times. I had read that there is vibration in the ship and there is! We had an inside cabin on deck 3 and we could feel vibration but it didn’t affect us at all, we both slept well and did not feel any movement from the ship. There was no natural light in the cabin as it was an inside one but we weren’t in there much. For a longer cruise I would probably like a porthole at least. The air conditioning was good and the cabin didn’t feel at all stuffy. It was small but adequate. Ivon, our cabin steward was always available and very pleasant. We didn’t buy the drinks package and this was the right choice for us, we had whatever we wanted and it still cost around half of what the package would have been, however, we don’t drink alcohol so this may have made a difference. The food was good, we always had our evening meal in Meridian as I like to be waited on. The menu was changed every day and there was always something we liked. The waiters were very attentive, sometimes we shared a table but we didn’t have to, you can request your own and wait a few minutes for one to become free. We had breakfast and lunch in the Lido restaurant and again the food was good and plates were cleared quickly. The pool areas were clean and we could always find a sunbed when we wanted, even on the day at sea. Entertainment was of a good standard but you could find a quiet area if you wanted to. We enjoyed all of the ports, the only disappointment was that we visited Ancona on a Sunday and as it’s in Italy it was pretty much closed. However you have to go somewhere on a Sunday and we found enough to occupy us. I am now almost converted, I didn’t love cruising in the way a lot of people do! But I will go on another cruise and would go on the celebration again if it was a cruise I wanted to do. All together we were very satisfied. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We sailed 12th July 2018..for two weeks... cabin number 0230..it was central to everything..same floor to entertainment.. And nightclub.. You couldn't hear any noise from there at night.. The cabin was cleaned every day and bed was ... Read More
We sailed 12th July 2018..for two weeks... cabin number 0230..it was central to everything..same floor to entertainment.. And nightclub.. You couldn't hear any noise from there at night.. The cabin was cleaned every day and bed was turned down.. The ship was wonderful.. The food was amazing.. The staff were lovely and very helpful. Internet was OK in the right places fast enough.. Only in port tho... Some ports there was nothing to do if you weren't on a trip.. I've done lots of cruises I'd never do a hotel holiday again.. It's great seeing different places even when you're on a out at sea day its very relaxing.. Great weather boiling hot only rained once then it was still hot.. I'd definitely recommend tui cruises.. The shows every night were excellent.. Very comfortable sitting areas.. There was a disabled area that was helpful to some people.. The tender is easy to get on and off.. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I decided to book the Greek Mystique cruise as my wife has had surgery recently and really needed to recuperate and recover. After check in at Gatwick we didn't see our luggage again until delivered to our cabin I can not tell you ... Read More
I decided to book the Greek Mystique cruise as my wife has had surgery recently and really needed to recuperate and recover. After check in at Gatwick we didn't see our luggage again until delivered to our cabin I can not tell you how amazing that was not to have to face the hustle and bustle of the airport baggage carousels! I rater enjoyed the main resturaunt as they operate an open seating dining plan so we were able to dine with new people every evening, which when we usually cruise on Seabourn and Azamara we have a fixed table and dining companions for the duration of the cruise -so Marella has hit on a good idea on the occasions where one may be sitted on a dining table with 'cruise snobs'.Which in the past we have had to endure! We are retired although a young 59 and 61, we tend to book 4 cruises per year one for each season. We have one Seabourn and one Azamrara then 2 cheaper options which this year is Marella and Cruise & Maritime to try the other end of the market. The ship Celebration was old as described on CC.reviews,but it was perfectly clean and comfortable. We prefer to have waiter service at meals as my wife isn't always able to stand and queue for periods of time and apart from the very last morning when there was literally not a seat to be had this worked perfectly for us. Our cabin steward was superb so although tips are included we left him cash in an envelope cabin was cleaned and towels replenished twice daily. My wife purchased two Radley handbags which she said were great value. we are not drinkers so didn't opt for the AI Drinks package(due to my wife's medication). We did take excursions which although costly were not exhorbitant but much more importantly safe for my wife's comfort. We ate in Mistrals which was a delight -highly recommended especially drunken prawns delicious! The Ports of call were delightful especially KOTORin Mo ntenegro and sailing out of Dubrovnik at night ! STUNNING. keeping the best till last- just has to be the entertainment. THE showteam were leaving and a new team and Cruise Director was starting the week after we disembarked. They were amazing and the show Africa was wonderful. We really thought it couldn't get any better until Monday when the Guest Act came on to do his show. His name was Christopher Gee and he was superb, my wife laughed so much it was sheer joy to behold.And his comedy impressions were stunning-the thing we could't work out was how can every voice he did be so accurate and yet he even manages to look like each person he takes on. His Tommy Cooper had everyone in stiches, and his Eric Morecambe had us all fighting off a tear at the much loved comedian but the absolute hIghlight was his one man tribute to Dave Allen it was so perfect even down to him holding a whiskey glass with only half a forefinger, his attention to detail was astounding. He recieved a richly deserved standing ovation! The neXt night was his second show and there simply wasn't a seat to be had and extra chairs from the bars were brought in, but the show was totally different Alan Carr/Michael Macintyre/Ozzy/he also did an hilarious BORIS AND Donald Trump had us ill with laughter very up to date you could hear a pin drop and that was after midnight. He was very personable young man and told us he will be on Marella Dream later in the year so we are booking that one too! We love the shows and we don't watch a lot of comedians to be fair- but I just had to post this review as everyone is quick to complain but not always ready to say a big well done Marella for booking a comedian impressionist that did nor offend one single person no un PC material or smut involved just FUNNY!!! The entire ship was talking about him the next day. in all one has to commend Marella ,especially at their price point as I assure you we have got much less from paying 4 times more!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I just got back from cruising round Croatia and Italy this was my first cruise and I found the over all experience was totally amazing staff and crew bent over backwards to help you and the food was lovely always had a good variety to ... Read More
I just got back from cruising round Croatia and Italy this was my first cruise and I found the over all experience was totally amazing staff and crew bent over backwards to help you and the food was lovely always had a good variety to choose from even had burgers and snacks on if you just wanted something small to eat can't fault any part of my experience the bar staff where brilliant after a few days of being on board they knew what we wanted they where all very polite well mannered and would always try there best to get you what you asked for even though there was a language barrier however there where four bar staff on deck 6 (the promenade deck) there names are Arben, Zakhar,Dede,and Emillian they where a great bunch of guys who made my first cruise a memorable one as they all went that extra mile to help you and always made me smile no matter how I was feeling whether it was being hungover from the night before or just feeling tired they all brightened my day just by giving me a smile and basically doing what they are paid to do and that's to make sure the guests are happy and for that I would highly recommend the marella celebration cruise ship to my friends and family I will definitely be coming back on board again sometime . The cabins where spotless always kept clean didn't do any excursions as it was more of a relaxing holiday so my overall experience of my first cruise was 100% amazing Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My Wife and I have been cruising for many years on Royal Caribbean, Princess and P and O.We decided to go on the Marella Celebration because of the itinerary. We booked a Balcony cabin and were delighted with the size of the room. They ... Read More
My Wife and I have been cruising for many years on Royal Caribbean, Princess and P and O.We decided to go on the Marella Celebration because of the itinerary. We booked a Balcony cabin and were delighted with the size of the room. They staff were the friendliest we have ever had on board a ship always smiling and friendly everyone of them that passed you said hello from the ships officers to painters . The reception staff were so pleasant and helpful rather than the stuffy approach we have experienced on other ships. Embarking the ship was really easy we were in our Cabin in minutes and our cases arrived within 30 minutes not the normal 4 hour wait. The all inclusive package had a good choice of lager beer and Cider with top shelf spirits not watered down as we have read on previous reviews, the drinks were so good we did not have to upgrade to the premium package. The food in the restaurants was excellent and the service could not be faulted, the buffet restaurant always had fresh supplies of food. We also visited the Asian restaurant this was as good as any Indian restaurant we have visited in the UK. The entertainment was superb with some of the best singers we have seen when cruising. We will certainly be cruising with Marella in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
First time on a cruise & it certainly won't be the last. Our cases were taken at the airport & we didn't see them again until we got to our cabin. We were treated like royalty from the moment we got there. Short bus ... Read More
First time on a cruise & it certainly won't be the last. Our cases were taken at the airport & we didn't see them again until we got to our cabin. We were treated like royalty from the moment we got there. Short bus trip from airport to the ship & checking in was very swift & friendly. We were all inclusive & the drinks were plentiful so we didn't feel the need to upgrade our drinks package. The food was out of this world. We ate mainly in the Meridian Restaurant where the service was second to none. It was like dining in a very plush restaurant every meal time. The staff were a credit to the captain, so lovely & friendly and just wanted to ensure you were having the best time. There was one dessert we had that really was probably the most delicious desert that I have ever tasted & I told the waiter...only for him to bring me another one so I could enjoy it again! We had a few snacks in the Lido Restaurant which was their buffet eating area which was open pretty much all the time for food where you could eat indoor or outdoor. The food there was very good too with lots of choice. Hygiene was very important on the ship with hand sanitising machines in all the toilets, in the entrances to all the eating areas & dotted around the ship. We had a cabin with a balcony which was nice as we could retreat there & still enjoy the sun & also it was lovely to stand out there when leaving & coming into port. The cabin staff were brilliant too. Nothing was too much trouble, we had towel animals left each day which were really cute along with a chocolate on our pillow each night. We didn't do any of the planned excursions when in port, we just did our own thing, but it was pretty easy to have a "hop on, hop off" bus trip wherever we were. There was always plenty to do on board & I have to say the entertainment in the evening was out of this world, it was like going to a West End show every evening. Even the Captain was lovely. Made time to speak to any guests he met when he was around the ship. My only niggle (& it's a very small one) is that we had 2 photographs taken of us, one when we arrived on board & another taken of our group at the Captains meal & I decided it would be nice to buy them as a memento. We spoke to one of the photographers who was wandering around where the photos were displayed & said we'd like to buy the 2 photos, he told us we have to buy 3 photos as they're in a offer they were doing. I told him we'd only had 2 photos taken so there wouldn't be a 3rd we could buy & could we not just purchase the 2 we wanted & he told us we couldn't & walked off!!! I wasn't impressed as you know the photos are just going to be destroyed once we'd left so it seemed a bit mean we couldn't buy the 2 we wanted. He seemed very disinterested in us & had a "couldn't care less" attitude. Such a shame as everyone else on the ship was so friendly & helpful. We will definitely be booking another cruise with Marella & have been recommending them already. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I Recently cruised on Tui Marella celebration, this was my first cruise and I wasn’t disappointed The food was excellent and the staff couldn’t do enough for you, my cabin was clean and the bed was comfortable there was some ... Read More
I Recently cruised on Tui Marella celebration, this was my first cruise and I wasn’t disappointed The food was excellent and the staff couldn’t do enough for you, my cabin was clean and the bed was comfortable there was some slight vibrations but this is to be expected, it was well worth upgrading to premium drinks package however I would’ve preferred to be told about this option when booking online apart from this everything was perfect. The whole experience from start to finish was made simple for us we dropped our bags off at the airport and then was reunited with them on the ship , twice-A-Day the housekeeping staff would make up the room and leave a wonderful towel animal on the bed , there was plenty of choice of food to eat with menu that changed every day and three à la cart restaurants to eating at a slight additional cost which were all very good , The entertainment was fantastic really enjoyed the quizzes and the stand-up comedian . Overall I couldn’t ask for more I would like to thank staff and crew for fantastic time Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
was very dubious about cruising, but i must say i thourghly enjoyed my time aboard the celebration,,staff great,,food great..shows ..places..really relaxed...will defo do again.. most of the day was spent ashore and only travelling at ... Read More
was very dubious about cruising, but i must say i thourghly enjoyed my time aboard the celebration,,staff great,,food great..shows ..places..really relaxed...will defo do again.. most of the day was spent ashore and only travelling at night,,gave my wife and myself the chance to see if we liked cruising..liked the size and lay out of the celebration not to big nor to small..goldilocks ship..the shows on board were better than i expected........................ .........took out the al linclusive. didnt need anything else...everybody on board very very friendly...///////,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, might go a bit later than may next time, maybe second week in june................................... seen a few disabled /wheelchair passengers so mobility cant be much of a problem............ the restaurant and bars were more than capable in handling the amout of passengers on board very very rerely did i have to que long for anything..didnt go to the captains meeting bit to formal for me,like to relax. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have been on the celebration before so we knew what the ship was like. We flew from Gatwick on the Dreamliner which arrived in Dubrovnik early. Dubrovnik is called a 'bonded' airport which means we checked our luggage in as ... Read More
We have been on the celebration before so we knew what the ship was like. We flew from Gatwick on the Dreamliner which arrived in Dubrovnik early. Dubrovnik is called a 'bonded' airport which means we checked our luggage in as normal at Gatwick and the next time we saw it was outside our cabin. A fantastic service and it was the same on the return trip. We had a de-luxe cabin on deck 7 which had 2 large picture windows, a bath and shower, loads of space, 2 single beds and a sofa. It was as usual kept spotlessly clean by the 2 cabin staff. The ship was completely full and was adult only, we booked early so got the drinks package free. There were plenty of waiters both in bars and around the ship ( unlike the discovery last year where it was lacking in waiters) The food in all restaurants was of a good standard, the shows in the show lounge were excellent as were all the staff around the ship. We didn't go on any shore excursions we just did our own thing walking around every port of call. Its a shame the old girl is going but she is now showing her age. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Price was good and all the destinations were places we had never visited before. We had a previous cruise on The Dream 5 years ago and it was brilliant. Ship lovely ,clean and so well organized. Melvin our cabin stewart did ... Read More
Price was good and all the destinations were places we had never visited before. We had a previous cruise on The Dream 5 years ago and it was brilliant. Ship lovely ,clean and so well organized. Melvin our cabin stewart did everything he could to keep our cabin perfect. Not a crease in the sheets. Night wear folded perfectly and lovely towel sculptures every day. Brill and so so friendly and always happy. The dining is brilliant. In the main restaurant the staff can not do enough to please. They work so hard and long hours. Always clean,smart and the food is like eating in a 5 star restaurant . The self service is just as top class, no complaints at all.The same can be said in the bars. All the staff are so efficient ,friendly and all seem happy in their jobs. Entertainment is also top class and although some games etc. may sound silly we had lots of laughs. Loved Debrovnik which we did ourselves but very busy with tourists. Greek main land had a lot of graffiti and rubbish and trip to canal and ruins was rushed, No time for drink to cool us down. Enjoyed bike ride in Itea which was brilliant and the rest of my party did Itea and Delphi themselves ,also good but Itea also had a lot of graffiti and rubbish when not on the front. Loved Montenegro the most beautiful place I have visited and the trip was brilliant too . Very clean and peaceful place. Corfu we also did ourselves but also a lot of graffiti and litter. Cruising is brilliant if you havn't already tried it have a go. We spoke to a lot of people who have been on other companies ships and they prefer Thompsons smaller ships as too much queuing in the bigger ships and too big to fin their way around if only on for a week. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We knew that we would like to visit Greece again and it was the travel agent who suggested Croatia. It was beautiful and cannot wait to go back. The celebration was a beautiful lady ship staff could not help you enough and were very ... Read More
We knew that we would like to visit Greece again and it was the travel agent who suggested Croatia. It was beautiful and cannot wait to go back. The celebration was a beautiful lady ship staff could not help you enough and were very friendly. Passengers were relaxed and lovely to talk to. It was brilliant to sit at a table with different people every night. We enjoyed our excursions that we booked at the travel agent only one trip we missed out on due to the lack of interest. But no problem getting our money back. The only thing that I would say is that the photographs that we had done had a very dark background and that some of the staff taking the photographs should have more experience of taking them as some were poor quality. The food on the ship was lovely. We paid for the extra dining and it was worth the extra money. The entertainment was brilliant and we enjoyed watching it every night. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Excellent cruise from start to finish, easy check in, we had an inside cabin on deck 3 which was fine, kept spotlessly clean. Great choice of food, tended to eat in the Meridian restaurant most evenings but tried the Kora La one evening ... Read More
Excellent cruise from start to finish, easy check in, we had an inside cabin on deck 3 which was fine, kept spotlessly clean. Great choice of food, tended to eat in the Meridian restaurant most evenings but tried the Kora La one evening which was lovely. The entertainment was excellent, a different show every night. The comedian was a bit rubbish though! The gameshows in the Libertys lounge were good fun, Holly the senior entertainment host was excellent, very funny and entertaining. The ports of call were delightful, especially Korcula and Venice. Yes the ship is a bit old and rattly but this is made up by the friendly family feel, we were at the front of the ship so had some anchor noise in the morning lasting for approx 30 minutes although it is possible to request a cabin for a small charge. All the waiters were friendly and polite. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise because it went to all the places that we wanted to visit. A real bonus not having to deal with luggage, so efficient. Embarkation was smooth and very friendly. Our cabin was very clean and our steward was very helpful ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it went to all the places that we wanted to visit. A real bonus not having to deal with luggage, so efficient. Embarkation was smooth and very friendly. Our cabin was very clean and our steward was very helpful as were the reception team when we had any queries. Being a vegetarian I was very pleased to find that there was plenty of variety for me to eat. The staff in both the restaurant and the buffet worked really hard and the tables were cleared very quickly and with great efficiency and always with a smile. The entertainment was the best I have experienced on a cruise and we enjoyed every performance as did other passengers as there were frequently standing ovations. We enjoyed the excursions and the guides were very knowledgeable and extremely helpful to those who were handicapped. Having read other comments about this cruise I am surprised that we were on the same ship as the comments were so negative. We sat with different people every night in the dining room and none of them had any complaints. The flights on the Dreamliner were very comfortable with plenty of leg room. All in all a very good experience my only complaint is that my face aches from so much smiling, tne crew are a wonderfully friendly group and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the 'Celebration' Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was the first time we had ever done a cruise and loved it. I have read the reviews on here and i'm sorry but i've never read so many people twist on about small things. If you want perfection go and stay in a 5* plus hotel ... Read More
This was the first time we had ever done a cruise and loved it. I have read the reviews on here and i'm sorry but i've never read so many people twist on about small things. If you want perfection go and stay in a 5* plus hotel somewhere. The whole experience for us was really good. Yes the ship isn't the most up to date and modern like the big P&0 or Royal Caribbean but then your not paying thousand of pounds to be just a number in 1000's of passengers. We found this cruise excellent, friendly and everyone we spoke to was enjoying it and the staff are there to help you with anything. We were advised to start on a smaller thomson cruise which was more relaxed and laid back. We chose an adult only cruise and there isn't anything i can fault.. Yes the ship was a bit jiddery at times but nothing major. This ship was full, it was early august so a peak holiday time yet we never had a problem getting a sunbed at any time of the day, even after coming back late from a day in port there was always beds free. There was also a spa and a good gym. The meals were fabulous, if you cannot find anything to eat on that ship you are far to picky. The food was first class and better than some expensive hotels i've stayed in. There was were many different restaurants, self service, thai, grill bar etc. The staff were so friendly and helpful and deserve gold stars as they never stopped cleaning. Our room was on the seventh floor and was spotless everyday. We were over the top of one of the bars so had a bit of noise from time to time but it stopped quite early so we had no problem getting to sleep There was many different types of entertainment to cater for all needs, cabaret, disco, quizzes, auctions, bingo, whatever takes your fancy. For me from the moment we started our holiday to getting on the ship etc we were well looked after and enjoyed every minute of it. We are definatly going to book another Cruise next year and if thomson do a one we like we will try them again regardless of what ship. The Celebration for me is a lovely ship and we had a fabulous time i assume all ships as do Hotels have issues from time to time but for me we couldn't fault this ship at all. i thinks sometimes people can take to much advice of people on these sites and should just go and experience it yourself. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose a cruise-stay holiday as our honeymoon, travelling on the Thomson Celebration 'Grecian Legends' cruise, then spending a week on Kalamota Island - we had the time of our lives. Neither of us had ever been on a cruise ... Read More
We chose a cruise-stay holiday as our honeymoon, travelling on the Thomson Celebration 'Grecian Legends' cruise, then spending a week on Kalamota Island - we had the time of our lives. Neither of us had ever been on a cruise before and so were apprehensive about boat movement/sea sickness etc. These worries were completely unfounded, there was hardly any motion that we were aware of except for a little bit of choppiness on one night. We had also been lead by others into the mindset that cruises are for older folk and are stuffy and formal. Again, completely untrue! This particular cruise was adults only, but there were a few families with older teenagers on board, the age-range of the 1200 odd passengers was from about 16 to about 90! We met lots of people our own age, many celebrating their anniversaries, and a few also on honeymoon. There was one 'formal' gala evening, and everyone made a special effort to dress really well - some ladies wore cocktail dresses, and the gentlemen were in suits, shirts and jackets or tuxedos, but this wasn't compulsory. The Meridian restaurant has an expectation that men should wear long trousers, but this isn't unusual in our experience in hotel restaurants, so wasn't a big deal. The ship itself was well kept up together, clean and tidy in good repair. Our cabin was small (as you would expect), but perfectly adequate for our needs - we opted for a deluxe outside cabin in the centre of deck 3 - we could have chosen something more 'upmarket' but didn't see the need. Our chambermaid, Eblin, kept our cabin spick and span for us, making amusing animals out of our towels each day - she was friendly and helpful and always seemed to be there, hardworking girl! The staff all over the ship were solicitous to everyone's needs, taking very good care of all of the passengers and keeping the environment tidy and pleasing. We were serenaded by some of the waiters (Erwin and co) one evening in the Meridian restaurant, much to our embarrassment and their clear delight! The crew were also helpful and friendly, we had the special privilege of meeting and sitting with Captain Jason, a very genuine and entertaining man, on his gala evening, and also some other lovely crew members on the 'Sail Away' from Kotor on the final evening. By far our favourite member of the crew was Elaine, who worked so hard to make our honeymoon extra-special by organising lots of treats for us throughout the week - she really was amazing, and we are so grateful to her for everything she did for us. We were very impressed with the food and entertainment on board. We had a 'drinks on us' package provided by Thomson which meant that we were essentially AI. There were a few drinks that carried a surcharge, but there was such a huge choice of inclusive options that we didn't miss anything. The food was excellent - so much choice and available all day long. The Lido, a buffet-style restaurant, offered plenty of options, and the Meridian had menus and waiter-service. There were also other a la carte restaurants that were not AI, but we didn't visit them - the food and service was excellent at both of the inclusive options, and we were more than happy with them! The entertainment we caught was of a very high standard, some of the best we have ever seen while on holiday. We had the luxury of being able to pay for an excursion every day, and so got to see and experience so many different places. They were pricey, and if it wasn't our honeymoon we might not have been able to do it. We would also agree with other reviewers that the day in Corinth could shape up to be very disappointing if you aren't able/prepared to pay for an excursion - there is nothing there to do on a Sunday. That aside, we got to see Athens and the Acropolis and the ruins at Delphi. We went on the Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik (essential, if you're a fan), looked over the old town from a cable car and walked the city walls. We fell in love with Corfu, and visited the sea caves via a boat trip. We drove up a crazy road in Montenegro with 25 switchback corners to sample local foods and beer, and swam in the sea at Budvar. And, thanks to Elaine, we were invited to be part of a private party on the uppermost deck, with champagne and canapes, as we sailed out of the fjord at Kotor - one of the most beautiful and spectacular sights we have ever seen, and a memory that will stay with us forever. So - did we enjoy our first cruise? It was an absolutely perfect beginning to our honeymoon - busy for all of the right reasons. We were so well taken care of, and are thankful to everyone on the Celebration who worked so hard to make it such a special experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Having reluctantly returned home from Celebration yesterday, my review is: Flights and transfers to/from ship = excellent. As part of his, seamless luggage transfers too after leaving them at Manchester to the ship, and vice versa. Room on ... Read More
Having reluctantly returned home from Celebration yesterday, my review is: Flights and transfers to/from ship = excellent. As part of his, seamless luggage transfers too after leaving them at Manchester to the ship, and vice versa. Room on deck 3 = excellent. Regularly turned down and room cleaned several times per day by Aldrin. Food in both meridian and lido = excellent. Service was comparable too. This applied to all 3 specialist restaurants too. The staff = excellent. All of them couldn't do enough to help. Entertainment by show team = excellent. Superb talent, dedication and passion. Excursions = very good. Only gripe here was beach transfer on island of Corfu. This is sandy yes, but in the water, slippery rocks, which then turns back to sand out in the water. The beach itself was very nice. People/fellow passengers = very good. The whole majority of people we're very nice, with the odd minority of aspirants turning their noses up just to say they'd been on a cruise. My other main gripe was hearing people having a moan about the standard of entertainment saying they're not west end style performers, and comparing to other larger cruise lines. Those performers gave their all, and deserve respect. I don't even think some west end musicians could fuse four songs together (musicals night) and make it work. If you want west end, then pay more and go with more pretentious cruise lines. And lastly, the dreaded sunded. If you're not going to use them, don't put towels on them. I was going to be taking them off, but my wife unfortunately spoke reason to me. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
A bit of background: party of 6, me & DH (50s), brother & sis-in-law (50s) and my parents (active 79 & 83). All have cruised before - we have sailed with Cunard, Thomsons, P&O, Bro & sis only Thomsons and parents with a ... Read More
A bit of background: party of 6, me & DH (50s), brother & sis-in-law (50s) and my parents (active 79 & 83). All have cruised before - we have sailed with Cunard, Thomsons, P&O, Bro & sis only Thomsons and parents with a number of lines but never Thomsons. We chose the Adriatic because of the itinerary & Thomsons because of the bike tour options and the price & flights were good for all of us. We flew from Manchester, early flight and were on-board within 1 hour of landing. I liked the chilled juice & water available while we waited to check in, especially as it was very hot even at 10.15am. Cabin (outside, deck 2) - decent size, kept very clean (although we had an issue with slow drainage from the shower), excellent air-con which we appreciated as it reached 35C on one day, very comfortable bed. Yes, the paint needs refreshing in some areas and the mirror needs re-silvering at the base but there is loads of wardrobe space - 1 each and plenty of bathroom storage space. We liked the location as although the gangway on deck 2 was used for getting on and off the ship, we heard very little noise, but it was convenient for dropping our gear off as soon as we got back on the ship. Would choose the same cabin again. Food - very very good. I like my food, it's an important part of the holiday. We had breakfast in the Lido every day, or to be exact, the Lido and the outside Grill area. The omelette station out there was a bonus, perfectly cooked tasty omelettes each time. The fresh fruit selection in the Lido was also good and there were different cereals and yoghurts. I had 1 ‘full English’ and again it was all hot, tasty and well-cooked. Lunch was either in the Lido, or off the ship. Plenty of choice, fresh salads, wok station, pasta station, other hot dishes and the Lido Grill where there were pizzas, burgers, hot-dogs. Ice-cream was available at lunchtime and in the evening. Mum & Dad had breakfast & lunch in the main dining room a couple of times and said it was good. Afternoon tea - had this a couple of times, tasty sandwiches, delicious warm mini sausage rolls and lovely biscuits as well as scones with jam and cream, and cakes and pastries. Dinner - we ate in the main dining room each night, except once when DH & I went to Mistral. On the first night we got a round table for 6 and managed to get that table each night - we tended to eat a bit earlier than the main rush - arriving about 6.45 - 7.15. We did notice it got busy about 8pm with a short queues, but everyone was seated fairly quickly. Our waiters, Juni & Karmala were brilliant, friendly, efficient and to be honest, made dinner a pleasure. Karmala always made a big fuss of mum! Our wine waiter was Nikola and he was also excellent. There was always plenty of choice and apart from 1 night when mum’s choice of fish was dry, everything was spot-on. Mistral - DH & I ate here 1 night. It was just under £20 pp and was amazing value. 5 courses, plus extra treats and outstanding quality. One of the best meals I’ve ever had on a ship. Lobster bisque, escargots, rack of lamb, surf & turf (fillet steak and a lobster tail). The menu changes part way through the week and we were very tempted to go again but resisted. Midnight buffet - managed this a couple of times! Always salads, cheese and biscuits, 2 curries (fab), and hot items like pizza, hotdogs, fish fingers, chicken strips. Drinks - we didn’t get the drinks package as it was full price when we booked. We didn’t skimp and it worked out cheaper for us than had we bought the package. They had some promotions on like 2 for 1 on Marston’s Pedigree, and we bought a 3-bottle wine package on the 2nd night. I noticed that the standard gin for my G&T was Gordons’ Export. Service in the bars was very good, especially Ida in the Horizon Bar, a lovely spot. The others in the group said the new coffee port was very good. We did 1 cycle tour in Corinth, which was good, though very hot. The rest of the time we did our own thing, catching the local buses outside the port or walking. Tip - we were overnight in Dubrovnik so went into town after dinner for a couple of hours, well worth doing. The taxis by the ship are 13euros, by the bus station 2 mins away they are 10euros and the bus (that is on the road outside the bus station) its 150Kuna - get the 1a or 1b to Pile. You use the same stop at Pile to return which is only 3 mins from the Gate into the old town. Entertainment - typical cruise shows but done well with a talented cast. I especially enjoyed the Cameron Mackintosh and the Africa ones. Didn’t go to the comedian but heard he was very good as well. Did some quizzes and a wine-tasting on the seaday (£7pp). Overall, an excellent week, exceptional service, great food, interesting stops and I’d happily go on the Celebration again, as would the Thomsons virgins Mum & Dad! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose The Celebration again this year for the itinerary ( we did a week sailing from Dubrovnik last year) & wanted to go to Venice & Rovinj this time & were more than happy to go back to Hvar again. Have to say Rovinj ... Read More
We chose The Celebration again this year for the itinerary ( we did a week sailing from Dubrovnik last year) & wanted to go to Venice & Rovinj this time & were more than happy to go back to Hvar again. Have to say Rovinj & Hvar were are favourite ports.It's so much nicer tendering at sea & waking up to sparking seas,than the working port of Bar (for instance),which wasn't a patch on Kotor last year,but then I understand it's new stop for cruise ships,so maybe in a few years time it no doubt will be different.It's a shame that the last stop is the weakess. After a good flight & quick transfer to the port we were unfortunately all slightly let down by the fact that coach loads of passengers were were made sit on our coaches for at least an hour before we even got in to the terminal building,we when had to wait again to get on the ship & then once on the ship we had to all queue up again to have our photos taken & credit cards etc registered. The staff tried saying it was due to extra security measures implimented after recent bombings & that it was due to bags having to be scanned again!. Personally think it has more to do with the fact that Thompson had too many flights arriving all at the same time,hence too many passengers to process all at the same time( & not long after passengers have disembarked. Perhaps they should consider staggering the flights as they clearly couldn't cope that day, & when you have coach loads of tired passengers who have all been up half the night for early flights people are bound to get stressed. However once on board it was lovely to see many familiar faces from last year,the staff really are the thing that make The Celebration so special,they all work so hard & are always so pleasant & friendly & a credit to the company. Special mention for Matias( barman in Hemingsways),last year he was in Horizons.He always has a smile & cheery word & goes out of his way to be helpful & he makes a mean Singapour Sling.It was also lovely to see the smiley face of William the waiter again this year, having seen him twice previously on the Dream. Should also give a mention to the very talented Male Rep from Leeds( sorry I can't remember his name),who amazed & astounded us all by singing opera as we sailed out of Venice,it made the sail away truly memorable!. Nice touch now being able to have a glass of Prosecco (all inclusive) as you sail away. Read Less
Sail Date June 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
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