5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I travelled with my elderly mother, from the outset I was impressed with the great staff - the cabin crew were unflappable when she collapsed mid flight, gave her oxygen and brought her round. All the crew on the Celebration were friendly ... Read More
I travelled with my elderly mother, from the outset I was impressed with the great staff - the cabin crew were unflappable when she collapsed mid flight, gave her oxygen and brought her round. All the crew on the Celebration were friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The cabin was attended to twice a day, we found we were directly under the gangplank which turned out to be a bit noisy at times. We found the food at the self service restaurant and the formal restaurant good with a selection of fast food on the sundeck as well. The cruise was not overly expensive and I loved the itinerary of a different destination each day. The talented onboard entertainment also deserves a mention with a repetoire of 11 different shows Yes the ship is older and does vibrate but I actually found this soothing and was lulled to sleep easily. We didnt book any excursions as we took each day as it came but were happy with trips we took directly with the locals. Missing the sunshine already, I would go again in a flash!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Cheap last minute cruise, have been Thomson 4 times before The ship is old but spotless. Cabin on level 1 unremitting noise and vibration, awful even with earmuffs. Avoid rear half of the boat and lower levels. Cabin itself fine, if old ... Read More
Cheap last minute cruise, have been Thomson 4 times before The ship is old but spotless. Cabin on level 1 unremitting noise and vibration, awful even with earmuffs. Avoid rear half of the boat and lower levels. Cabin itself fine, if old fashioned. other: excellent - service on ship, smiles, genuine warmth, organisation on plane transfer embarking and disembarking, price, bar price, tip policy. good- food, good variety, usual odd duff meal but restuarant/self service both great, have a go evening singers! poor- cost of trips off boat, silly prices. Entertainment poor during day, no sail away parties here. Some quizzes were in bad taste and evoked gutter language and personal observations, stop it! Music by bands (not to my taste) or recorded music "in the style of", i.e. not original artists. I got the cruise well under £800, a bargain, at one thousand plus the p and o deals are better. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
the ship was lovely ,the crew were friendly ,couldn't do enough for yuri ,the food was hot and always plenty of it, we stayed in cabin 901 deck one which at first i thought we was in the lowest grade but after talking to people on ... Read More
the ship was lovely ,the crew were friendly ,couldn't do enough for yuri ,the food was hot and always plenty of it, we stayed in cabin 901 deck one which at first i thought we was in the lowest grade but after talking to people on upper decks e,g deck 5 upwards we probably had the better cabins ,there was not a lot of noise at all ,you could hear the engines but not enough to disturb your sleep ,yuri the cabin attendant was so nice and nothing was to much trouble for him as soon as you left your room he was in there cleaning it up ,felt very looked after ,chocolates left on the pillows every night .the local people were lovely too,if you get off in the port they will offer tpp take you on the excursions at sometimes half the price ,we did a mixture of tui excursions and using the locals. highly recommend the st lucia all day land and sea excursion .entertainment was good for a smaller ship ,everyone who we spoke to who was experienced cruisers also said they much prefer the marella celebration it was a more friendlier ship ,yes some things need modernising but on the whole our cruise was so good we are going to book again for next year , Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Sailed on marella spirit in October and was very disappointed it was tatty an average so was a bit worried about marella celebration as it's the Sister ship an had not known this when I booked but was very pleasant surprised ... Read More
Sailed on marella spirit in October and was very disappointed it was tatty an average so was a bit worried about marella celebration as it's the Sister ship an had not known this when I booked but was very pleasant surprised celebration was a massive improvement spotless fantastic staff.i was travelling with friend who has to use a buggy to get about an everyone was so helpful. .food was good for mase catering there was nothing to moan about working in catering myself I know how hard it is .i did a few excursions some were fantastic some ok an some not worth bothering with a true mixed bag wasn't worried about paying a bit more than I could have done if sorted on my own as had piece of mind making it back on time great itenary 11 Islands in two weeks loved tortola but favourite was the last port of call bequia not sure spelt that correctly it's the Sister island of St Vincent very small beautiful harbour tender to shore went all over island on back of converted truck up an down beautiful scenery and visit to turtle sanctuary. Worst trip on St Martin double decker bus don't bother waste of time .captain was a joy always time to talk to people nothing to much trouble a credit to the company. Only negative found some of the entertainment staff a bit lacking in joy for the job best way to describe it the exception being Taylor and William who were both warm and friendly big thanks to William on taking the time to show me the star constilations it was fab Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our third cruise with Thomson/Marella to the Caribbean and our second on Celebration. It started off really well in Manchester Airport waving goodbye to our cases and knowing that we would see them next outside our cabin door! ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Thomson/Marella to the Caribbean and our second on Celebration. It started off really well in Manchester Airport waving goodbye to our cases and knowing that we would see them next outside our cabin door! Arrival in Barbados and we were whisked straight from the plane to the ship and through the painless embarkation process. Now our holiday could begin. The first thing that hits you as you board is the friendliness of staff on board and their willingness to help if you need any pointers! We saw a few familiar face from our previous cruises. The ship has recently had a little bit of an update and you could see this in some of the publc areas and bars. Our cabin was well tended throughout by our lovely cabin steward Gusti who made sure we had everything we needed and also provided us with many towel animals ! Loads of storage and wardrobe space. Bar staff were really friendly and by the end of our cruise greeted us like old friends-especially in Horizons bar. We tended to eat our breakfast and lunch/afternoon tea in Lido buffet. Lots of choice for everyone and always easy to find a table. Evening meals were also great and we ate in the main waiter service dining room Meridians. Again really friendly and attentive staff. We always managed to have a table for two with no problems. Entertainment was ok - daytime quizes etc The evening shows were good and varied but for us the trio in Horizons were the best (can't for the life of me remember their name !). The main band could have been a LOT better though. Best entertainment was Captain Nikos though! Great afternoon call out each day and very entertaining with it ! We had some great ports of call - some of them smaller ones - and that's one of the reasons we return to Marella. The Caribbean is easy to do excursions by yourself but you do need to do some research beforehand. Ship excursions were varied and although we went on a couple found some of them to be extremely pricey!! Our top port of call was Virgin Gorda. Well Done Celebration !! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We were very pleased with our experience on this cruise. It was a last minute break and we only paid £2500 for a deluxe cabin sailing on 20th December for 7 nights, flying from Manchester. Its true that you get what you pay for, this ... Read More
We were very pleased with our experience on this cruise. It was a last minute break and we only paid £2500 for a deluxe cabin sailing on 20th December for 7 nights, flying from Manchester. Its true that you get what you pay for, this cruise was very good value so our expectations were realistic. The staff were excellent and it is a very friendly ship. The food was great, well cooked and enough of a selection - again the price point of this cruise I wouldn't expect any real fine dining included. The quality of the drinks were great and the service of them from the staff excellent. I was a little disappointed with some of the cocktails, it seemed that every member of staff would do them differently, substitute ingredients - some of the fruit juices for these weren't the best. There wasn't a single cocktail that I returned to. The ports, excursions were all great. We were delayed on our flight by 9hrs as a knock on effect of the 'drones' in London so missed St Lucia really as we'd only had 3 hrs sleep by then! The entertainment was ok, the men singers were better than some of the women unfortunately - there were occasions were the audience were cringing - although they all made a great effort and we were certainly entertained! The cabin was pretty standard, along with the rest of the ship you could tell it had had a bit of a spruce up. The biggest downfall was the age of the ship and thus the movement, I've done 2 other cruises any never had a problem but had to take sickness tablets on this one to start with - its not the sea movement but a constant vibrating/jumping (imagine sitting on a tractor across a field jiggling you about) of the ship...you would be sat there and could see everyone jiggling up and down and its relentless, in addition to this there was a strange constant jolting (imagine a small child shaking you for attention) If these negatives hadn't of been there I would have voted it 4/5 stars. I would recommend this cruise if you want something cheap and cheerful, just don't set you expectations too high! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
With a great itinerary around the caribbean we looked to book the celebration the ship is old and dose vibrate even when in dock but it is spotlessly clean with freindly staff the variety of food was brilliant only went to the Meriden ... Read More
With a great itinerary around the caribbean we looked to book the celebration the ship is old and dose vibrate even when in dock but it is spotlessly clean with freindly staff the variety of food was brilliant only went to the Meriden and lido restaurants but there was a great choice at breakfast dinner and evening meal our cabin was 429 and was brill and clean and well looked after by the cabin staff book your cabin before you get on it cost £48 and then you know what you are getting we did all inclusive for the first Week which was fine but paid an extra £100 for the 2nd to go to the premium drinks package which as more choice and was brill if you like cocktails and different spirits we met some lovely people on board and had a fantastic time the entertainment staff worked really hard to make the shows entertaining . Had some really late nights in liberties !! The other two bars horizons and Hemingway’s are really good too and have a great feel about them it was great to start the night in horizons with a gin before the evening meal brilliant bar staff we did some of the ship excursions which where all good if a bit pricey all in all it won’t suit everyone and if you have sailed on the bigger ships p&o etc it may not suit as it vibrates and judders along and is not that big SO DO YOUR HOMEWORK so-you know what to expect for us We would have stayed longer and will defo go back on the ship if i can get 7 spare days off and the right itinerary Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I really can't understand why people complain??? Yes the ship is a bit old but it does everything it needs to....gets you from A to B to Z with everything needed (unless you go 5 star and complain about that too?). My wife (who ... Read More
I really can't understand why people complain??? Yes the ship is a bit old but it does everything it needs to....gets you from A to B to Z with everything needed (unless you go 5 star and complain about that too?). My wife (who has a disability and TUI were great with the offer of a disabled cabin) & I enjoyed the whole experience around the islands & met some lovely new friends too. Staff - Excellent. Bars - Very Good (although should be 2 or more Bar Staff at all times). Food & Drink - Ideal. Entertainment - Very Good (something for everyone). Cabins - Not luxurious but if they are clean & tidy (as these are) then no complaints from us. Tours - Didn't do all as we like to do our own exploring (When in British Virgin Islands seek out Captain Friendly who will take you on an informative & very enjoyable 3 to 3 1/2 hour tour & visiting the Shell Man & Friends was the highlight). Transfers - Very Good yet we only did the arrival as return is a little early if you've got prebooked seats as TUI checked us in & our hold luggage was taken from our cabin straight to the plane (great touch TUI Thankyou). Tips for new travellers - Take mixture of U.S & Eastern Carribean Dollars as although U.S are widely used some prices better in local currency. Take Barbados Dollars for last day as locals will give you the price in their own currency first. Highlights - Apart from this lovely old ship & it being tbe best/slowest week holiday we have had then its the local bars,shops & people, as doing our own exploring we never felt threatened or intimidated due to the locals being friendlier than citizens of the UK. Negatives - Safe Key (£15 for the week non-refundable)....not a complaint but just a suggestion that this should be a deposit not an extra payment!!! ENJOY YOUR CRUISE WITH THE MARELLA SHIP THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN AS YOU ARE ONLY USING IT AS A TAXI-WITH-A-ROOM TO TAKE YOU TO SOME ONCE IN A LIFETIME PLACES AS ITS VERY RARE TO HEAR COMPLAINTS ABOUT A TAXI...HAVE A GREAT TIME ALL!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
All went wrong from the flight we took 7 hours 30 mins to get to Malaga we sat on granada runway for over two hours. We have not long come back from this ship Marella Celebration well where do I start the ship has paper thin walls I ... Read More
All went wrong from the flight we took 7 hours 30 mins to get to Malaga we sat on granada runway for over two hours. We have not long come back from this ship Marella Celebration well where do I start the ship has paper thin walls I could here the people in the next cabin snoring it was so bad and you can imagine what it was like when people came back from the casino or late night drinking. Also you sat in theatre/ show and you can watch everything vibrate It’s so bad people say you get use to it you don’t the ship is so old her sister ship has been scraped off I wonder why do not take children on this ship for me I would worry about them all the outside steps are so steep. You could not get a sun bed unless you get up at 6am just not enough they say they remove towels but they don’t Food very basic in self serving restaurant. Safe in room £35 for holiday I have never paid for safe on any cruise I’ve been on before WiFi nearly £50 which most of the time it did not work Another thing i was not feeling well at the end of cruise found my blood sugar very high (34) can’t be certain but I don’t think I was getting Diet Coke Good bit is the staff sorry not for me would try the newer ships but not this boat you will be sorry if you book look at newer ships this one is over 35 years old and her sister ship was scrapped I wonder why Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I give this cruise, the ship, the staff, the food, everything EXCEPT TUI, full marks. If Tui step up their game, and put customer service instead of money first, then there would be very little to moan about. Yes, my gripes are more ... Read More
I give this cruise, the ship, the staff, the food, everything EXCEPT TUI, full marks. If Tui step up their game, and put customer service instead of money first, then there would be very little to moan about. Yes, my gripes are more like moans. I was determined my first ever cruisewould not be spoiled by a petty nasty Destination Services person. Dear Julie, oh how I will always remember our time together. I travelled with my blind husband. A large ship would have been difficult. So, the ship. Small. Compared to some monsters that moor up beside us, our little clipper was a tiny craft, but, she made up for it by offering the BIGGEST group hug every day. Our cabin was basic, a small porthole window, but, spotless, comfortable, and a happy steward greeted up with big smiles every day. He made our bed twice a day, chocs on the pillow. The next days entertainment itinerary every evening to read. And boy were we entertained. Shows, games, lectures, lessons, loads to occupy anyone lost for something to do. The show team put on energetic performances with lots of song, dance, feathers and sequins twice a night. Guest comedians too. With table service inclusive drinks from smiling staff who never found anything too much trouble. Ok food. Well. It was hot. Plentiful. Tasty. Varied. We began by using the Lido self service restaurant, but by day two, we discovered the silver service restaurant was inclusive and made more sense for us. You were treated to wonderful service, ask for your own table, no need to share if you don’t want to. Breakfast, a served up number of choices, never empty juice, tea/coffee. Lunch. Dinner, all choice of menu, all good, and order what you want, some guests ordered double servings! There are small gripes. The shops on the ship are expensive. And the continued push for diamond international purchases at port. The excursions are expensive. And watch out for Julie. We missed an excursion, it took us 1.5hrs to get off the ship on day one, the excursion left without us. No refund, your fault. She refused further discussion. £76. No way..I phoned their UK office, 3 days later she refunded us. But she wasn’t happy. Another gripe. Sunbeds. Same as in hotels. Never a sunbed to be had, towels everywhere! Oh well, enjoy the quiet of the cafe, bar or reading rooms while the towel folk play sunbed roulette. You will read that the ship is old and tired. Yes...but...not tatty. Always clean. Wonderful cheery staff. And amazing entertainment. Taylor the entertainment manager, knows his stuff, and seems to be everywhere! We have to say, that, we did not enjoy the Caribbean, for many reasons. We took many excursions, taxis, and found nothing worth returning for. But, others found secret beaches and lovely places to go. We didn’t. The ship was our holiday, and the Celebrity was wonderful. We got stuck on our last day while Gatwick Airport dealt with its drones. An extra day onboard enjoying the hospitality, there were worse places to have been stuck. And the crew, staff and Taylor, made us all welcome, and kept us informed on progress. This is where Tui redeemed themselves. Finding planes, and coach transport back in the UK. Our first cruise. Not our last I hope. Would not blink if I find another Celebration cruise I fancy! Read Less
Marella Celebration Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 3.8
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 3.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.6
Enrichment N/A 3.3
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.9

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