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56 Marella Cruises Romantic Cruise Reviews

Went for Christmas and had a lovely time, our stewardesse, Baby is a lovely girl and kept the room spotless and always complemented me on my evening wear, some days we didn't get up till late but she always serviced the room. We ... Read More
Went for Christmas and had a lovely time, our stewardesse, Baby is a lovely girl and kept the room spotless and always complemented me on my evening wear, some days we didn't get up till late but she always serviced the room. We had a problem with the room safe and an engineer turned up within five minutes to reset it, very impressed The service the Meridian was excellent, great choice on the menu and not over faced with too large portions, loved the fact you could opt to share a table and met quite a few interesting friendly fellow passengers, only one meal was made uncomfortable by a passenger who had no rapport skills and did not want to partake in pleasant conversation. My only downfall was that On Christmas night, the gala dinner, the first sitting was running late and the queue was too long so we went to the lido instead and the waiter was very obliging and fetched our champagne from the Meridian I made several trips to the Jewellers and he was so helpful and patient in helping me choose my Engagement ring We was on the drinks package and I was disappointed that most cocktails incurred extra charge but I accepted this and stayed within the package choice, we had our monies worth on principle but I doubt I will go with the package next time The entertainment was adequate, I especially enjoyed it when a passenger joined the band with his saxophone, excellent Joy, the drinks waiter on the deck stood out, always there ready to replenish our drinks with a big smile We did our own trips and loved sharing with other passengers to fill the taxis up Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
After reading a lot of negative reveiws we where apprehensive on going on The Celebration. It didn't have the wow factor as we approached the dock in Barbados. All the other ships dwarfed it. But as soon as we started going through ... Read More
After reading a lot of negative reveiws we where apprehensive on going on The Celebration. It didn't have the wow factor as we approached the dock in Barbados. All the other ships dwarfed it. But as soon as we started going through passport check we where handed a refreshing drink and a friendly greeting. Our cabin was bigger than we expected and spotless. We where on deck 2 outside. Our cabin steward approached us with our first names and made us feel so welcome. He couldn't have done enough all our 2 weeks. Our suitcases where in the cabin within a hour or so. After looking round the ship and finding our bearings we felt so comfy and thought the Celebration was a elegant old lady. The shows where brilliant. The group in liberties where our cup of tea. We loved their Moortown nights. Horizons was our favourite for a quiet cocktail through the day and early evening. The food in The Meridian was top class a l carte. The Lido was excellent for breakfast and lunch. We had an amazing time on the caribbean islands. And would definitely cruise on the Celebration again. Read Less
Sail Date November 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
First cruise so went with Thomson for price and itinerary. I am so glad I did, we enjoyed it very much so much so my husband never wants to stay in a hotel on holiday again. You are made to feel special, nothing is too much. Trips were ... Read More
First cruise so went with Thomson for price and itinerary. I am so glad I did, we enjoyed it very much so much so my husband never wants to stay in a hotel on holiday again. You are made to feel special, nothing is too much. Trips were excellent. Only downfall was we went to a hotel for the second week but wished we did 2weeks on the ship instead. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has never cruised and is worried about it being a stuffy environment. It is casual but you can do dressy too I did. Top marks to th Orion restaurant it was fabulous, the food was absolutely delicious. You can eat and drink whenever you want throughout the ship. Staff were fantastic throughout the voyage. Will be returning to the Thomson Discovery for sure Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
In early December we had our first transatlantic cruise on the Thomson Dream (02-12-11 to 18-12-11) to the Caribbean. We had a fantastic time, although we are aware that there were others on the ship who would not agree with us. There did ... Read More
In early December we had our first transatlantic cruise on the Thomson Dream (02-12-11 to 18-12-11) to the Caribbean. We had a fantastic time, although we are aware that there were others on the ship who would not agree with us. There did seem to be some serial moaners on the ship who were looking for issues to rival the problems the ship had on the 2010 transatlantic crossing. We had an outside plus cabin on deck 9 which was very good, plenty of room and a nice sized bathroom and clean. It also gave us good access to the ships amenities on all decks. As we are not ones for sunbathing much so we decided to have a pretty full itinerary of excursions when we reaches the Caribbean. These included swimming with dolphins, swimming with turtles, horse riding and snuba diving. The Excursions Team on board the Dream were excellent particularly Ruth and Adrian. We also found that getting a local taxi (not those at the port) was a great way to see the islands. These tend to be at a fraction of the price of the tours and you get out what you put in. Transatlantic sunsets and Caribbean sun rises are quite magnificent; this coupled with flying fish almost all crossing certainly and making new friends made it a most memorable holiday. The islands visited were all gems in themselves and each had unique character. The locals are exceptionally friendly (again some people will differ with this view) and will accept a polite no thank you if you don't want bothered. Just remember they rely on tourism. Our highlights are as follows (could go on and on for hours):- St. John's, Antigua (great if you want diamonds or sample the local brews. Horse riding through the surf!) Philipsburg, St. Maarten (two flags Dutch and French island tour very good) Road Town, Tortola, British virgin islands (Dolphin swim.........just excellent) Basseterre, St. Kitts (scenic railway was a great way to see a lot of the island, despite what the locals said) Portsmouth, Dominica (great rainforest, watch out for the snakes) Castries, St. Lucia (snuba madness and the views on Pigeon Island are just stunning) Kingstown, St. Vincent (dolphin and whale watch. A pod of 40 dolphins swimming beside us for 30mins) St. Georges, Grenada (taxi island tour with monkey encounter, cliff divers and local artist) Scarborough, Tobago (the glass bottom boat, Buccoo reef snorkelling and swimming in the Caribbean) Bridgetown, Barbados (swim with turtles, sail on a catamaran and rum, what a way to finish) The food on board was OK, I would not say spectacular and not as good as the Thomson Celebration food. We ate at the Orion Restaurant most nights as my wife has a gluten and diary free diet. The Celebration had a specific gluten free menu but the Dream does not. Once we explained this to the Restaurant staff everything was cooked specifically for her (a special thanks to Elmer, Hotif, Rey, Archie and Dion as without their help the holiday would not have been the same). The staff in general were excellent and very friendly, especially Monika and Fairy who worked extremely hard all hours of the day and night to make our experience all the better. The entertainment on board improved as the trip went along. This was the first time many of the artists had performed in front of the public as a group. The piano bar was great and there were a number of other activities from the gym to quizzes, lectures, guest speakers and demonstrations to keep one occupied. The Cruise Director Stephen Guy was excellent and had a presence on stage with a fantastic voice. The majority of the entertainment was based within the Medusa Lounge which did not have enough seating for the demand. There was a distinct feeling that the transatlantic cruise was being used to gear the ship up for the winter season in the Caribbean. Apart from the main entertainment show being disjointed there was far too much maintenance going on. Doors were being varnished, areas being painted, rust was being scrapped of deck 10 which meant that areas of deck 9, the main promenade deck were isolated and the hand rail along most of the port side of deck 9 was had a barrier preventing access for four days. The funnel spewed soot at regular intervals and this ended up on out clothes when we were at the stern; one gentleman had his breakfast spilt over him due to a large piece of soot debris hitting his tray. There was constant disinfecting of the ship due to the presence of norovirus (some people were quarantined after succumbing, however others failed to follow the ship's strict hygiene policy - deliberately). Our disappointment regarding this matter relates to the lack of information and honesty over the extent and whether the ship should have sailed or not from Tenerife. Our air conditioning and hot water failed for three days and the head of the customer services was rude and abrupt to both my wife and I regarding this. No hot water = poor hygiene on a contaminated ship. The only other gripe is that on two occasions our towels were not laundered and put back on the racks. There were not enough sun beds which resulted in the fanatics out at 05:30 each morning to claim their spot. When we did manage to get sun beds together we had to go for meals separately to avoid the circling vultures claiming the spoils. The last paragraph were the things that took the shine off the holiday a wee bit. We will go back to the Caribbean and will do a transatlantic cruise again but I think not on the Thomson Dream. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We booked our cruise on the Thomson Dream in December 2009 and have been watching the news and reviews with cautious apprehension. Our cruise commenced in Montego Bay and taking in a wonderful itinery including two nights in Cuba. ... Read More
We booked our cruise on the Thomson Dream in December 2009 and have been watching the news and reviews with cautious apprehension. Our cruise commenced in Montego Bay and taking in a wonderful itinery including two nights in Cuba. (Short port review to follow) Firstly we are wondering if we went on the same ship as many of the reviewers on here, we appreciate that there have been problems but it is not a dirty smelly ship,it is simply older and a little tired in places , carpets for instance . The Thomson Dream is not new, it has been leased from Costa and this has never been made a secret. With this in mind we were expecting a comfortable and clean ship, but not a brand new one. We were not disappointed.Our cabin was on the infamous deck five. It was more spacious than some we have experienced and there were no problems with the air conditioning or the plumbing. The staff cannot be faulted, they went out of their way to ensure that our honeymoon was a happy and memorable one.Many knew us by name withing days, especially the adorable Miss Andrea( waitress). The food was tasty and well presented and as always plentiful. The entertainment was excellent, the team were extremely hard working and always looked as if they were really enjoying every perfomance. We dined mostly in the main table resturant and though slow on a couple of occassions had a lovely friendly feel sun beds were a problem on sea days ( though that is the case on all cruise ships ) with people getting up at dawn to reserve their spot . Overall it may not be as big and grand as other lines but its staff, entertainment and friendliness puts itself up there with its more costly rivals . Once you - and thomson- accept that it not a five our four star ship then you will have a fantastic cruise , trust me!. So to the port reviews. Grand Cayman - very pretty port area though somewhat americanised with its fast food outlets,hotels and diamond shops. Best trip by far- swim with stingrays . this can be booked once ashore for half the ship exursion cost. You will be approached by many people offering the trip on the quay so just go with it and you will have a great time Roatan - jump into a taxi head to west bay beach and you will find a picture perfect beach and fantastic snorkling ( reef left hand end of beach ) . There port area is fine for a beer if you have an hour to kill but not much else of interest - just get to west bay ! Cozumel - we were meant to have two days here however due to engine failure only had the one . Unfortunately we had pre booked tour to the Tulam ruins - they were OK if you really need your history and culture fix and the are situated in a gorgous location however we felt we could have better used our time and money either at one the water parks( chankanab got good reviews and can be done by taxi ) or cycling- now offered on ship £34 . You can walk into town however it is just an over built array of diamond shops and bars, didnt hear anything nice said about it . Cuba - We like walking so just get out there and explore ! . the contrasts betweeen rich and poor can be extreme if you venture into the suburbs but is fascinating. you can also take an open top bus for a few pasos so no need to book a trip . we did do the evening tropicana excursion which is expensive but very colourful and lovely to see . overall, you wont run out of things to see Dominica- Samana - a bit of a surprise as we werent expecting a great deal here however we found a lovely little beach 15 minute walk from jetty( tender which is very slow). the beach is below the big hotel on the left that you will see on the hill where the bridge starts( trust me you cant miss it) you can snorkle and catch star fish then walk the length of the bridge - very pretty indeed . Tortolla - we booked the virgin gorda trip - absulutely gorgous with fantastic snorkling and beach. we would do it again even though you only got a couple of hours on the beach. Note you can get a ferry locally cheaper but its a long way and if you miss it back youve got problems! Antigua. weve been there before and done the sights by taxi which is nice with a stop on the beach for an hour or two . however theres no snorkling here and you can get bored after an hour or two just laying on the beach so suggest you go cycling with the ship excersion- You park up in town so can walk off but to be honest its just a typical array of tourist tat and very grubby looking local shops St lucia - Pigeon island without a doubt. its set in a national park so you have to pay to get in 5 dollars. very scenic and you can climb upto an old fort which will give you great views of the island then walk around the grounds before settling onto its private beach for a bit of snorkling - perfect day . Its not actually an island so can be done by taxi. You can book an exursion to here but you wont get enough time to climb upto to the fort. well,overall we had a geat time and so will you, have a loveely holiday Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
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