Marella Celebration

Former names: Thomson Celebration, MS Noordam

Marella Celebration Review and Specifications

Specifications of Marella Celebration

Year built1984  /  Age : 35
Flag state Malta
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
Building costUSD 160 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorMarella Cruises (Thomson UK)
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)214 m / 702 ft
Beam (width)27 m / 89 ft
Gross Tonnage33933 gt
Passengers1262 - 1350
Crew520
Passengers-to-space ratio27
Decks10
Cabins625
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2014
Former namesThomson Celebration, MS Noordam
Christened byBeatrijs van De Wallbake

Current itinerary / position of Marella Celebration

Marella Celebration current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Greek Mystique. The itinerary starts on 15 Aug, 2019 and ends on 22 Aug, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
15 Aug 20:00    Departing from Dubrovnik, Croatia hotels
17 Aug 09:00 - 18:00    Souda-Chania, Crete, Greece
18 Aug 08:00 - 18:00    Piraeus, Athens, Greece
19 Aug 08:00 - 17:00    Kalamata, Greece
20 Aug 09:00 - 18:00    Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece
21 Aug 09:00 - 18:00    Kotor, Montenegro
22 Aug 05:00    Arriving in Dubrovnik, Croatia hotels

Review of Marella Celebration

Launched in 1984, Marella Celebration cruise ship (formerly "Thomson Celebration") is a leased vessel which current owner is HAL (Holland America Line, Carnival Corporation's subsidiary company). The ship was built as ms Noordam and since 2005 is operated under long-term charter (expiring in 2021) the UK company Marella Cruises (formerly "Thomson Cruises").

History - construction and ownership

Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) is a British cruise company and trademarked brand owned by TUI Group. The company entered the cruise market in 1973 via Thomson Holidays (now TUI UK), but due to rising fuel costs, this service was terminated in 1976. Thomson Cruises restarted passenger shipping operations in 1995. The Thomson brand was renamed to "Marella Cruises" in 2018. Marella's parent company (TUI Group) owns hotels, the sister-companies TUI Cruises, Marella Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the travel brands International Expeditions and Zegrahm Expeditions, also aircraft and the airlines Corsair International (France), TUI Airways (UK), TUI fly Nordic (Sweden), TUI fly Belgium, TUI fly Deutschland, TUI fly the Netherlands.

Marella Celebration cruise ship (Thomson Celebration)

The 33,933-ton, 1,254-passenger Marella Celebration joined the U.K. holiday giant's cruise division back in 2004, after sailing for the cruise company Holland America as Noordam. In the past 5 years, Marella Celebration cruise ship has become a firm favorite with the ever-growing British cruise market. While it's not big and doesn't have the "wow" factor of a lot of the new mega-vessels taking up residence in the U.K., what it does have in galore is friendly crew members that secure a really good service so British cruisers might sit back and enjoy their holidays.

Though Marella Celebration cruise ship is one of the older vessels afloat (originally debuted in 1984), the cruise company has invested in refits. In 2008, suites were renewed, the Horizons Lounge was redone, new carpets were put in across all stairs and landing zones, and all public toilets were replaced. In 2014 the ship was last refurbished and introduced into the Platinum collection of cruises.

Cruise itinerary program

Marella Celebration itinerary program is based on Mediterranean cruises. During 2016-2017 winter season, the ship operated round-trip itineraries from homeport Dubai to ports in Bahrain, Oman, and UAE.

For summer 2018, the ship was relocated to homeport Dubrovnik for an adults-only cruise program with full day port stays in Bar, Korcula, Zadar, Venice, Trieste, Split. The ship also introduced 2 new 7-day itineraries, themed "Sail Three Seas" (Valletta Malta, Messina Sicily, Cephalonia Island, Igoumenitsa, Kotor) and "Greek Mystique" (Chania Crete, Piraeus-Athens, Kalamata, Corfu Island, Kotor).

Cabins

Marella Celebration has a total of 625 cabins (of which 20 Suites, 416 Oceanview, 209 Inside, 15 Single) in 9 grades. Most Marella Celebration staterooms are 145-175-sq.foot Oceanview. Only 4 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Marella Celebration is the Suite (295 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are three restaurants onboard Marella Celebration. The 600-seat Meridian has a warm decor and operates in an open-seating arrangement. Most tables are for four, six, or eight. Dinners include a choice of 4 starters plus an alternative vegetarian choice. The small a-la-carte Mistral’s (capacity 45 seats) is a specialty dining spot adjacent to the Meridian. There is a per-person cover charge. The Lido Restaurant is open 24 hours a day in an open-seating arrangement. A themed buffet may be offered each week. However, self-serve buffets are repetitive. On the Lido Deck, the Terrace Grill provides fast-food items, pasta, and pizza.

Marella Celebration cruise ship (Thomson Celebration)

Follows the complete list of Marella Celebration restaurants and food bars.

  • The Meridian restaurant (offers breakfast, lunch and 6-course dinner; all meals are served as open seating; once per week hosts the Captain’s Gala Reception and Gala Dinner)
  • Mistral’s restaurant (a stylish specialty à la carte restaurant with the cover charge applied and required onboard reservations; open for dinner only between 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
  • Kora La Restaurant (Asian restaurant for Lunch and Dinner, complimentary; reservations are recommended)
  • Lido restaurant (with al-fresco dining area and self-service buffet, open 24 hours a day; twice a week international theme nights are held)
  • Terrace Grill (the place for pizzas, pasta dishes, specialty salads, served in the sunshine).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Overall, Marella Celebration cruise ship is particularly great for first-timers, with amenities which clearly blur the gap among land-based and sea holidays. One such example is the Lido Bar and Restaurant's outdoor seating zone - sitting out on deck, sipping a cocktail or beer and watching a show on the stage across from the swimming pool is something which reminds of a typical resort-based hotel in the Mediterranean.

Marella Celebration cruise ship (Thomson Celebration)

Follows the complete list of Marella Celebration lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Broadway Show Lounge (600-seat, features grand production shows with dance, acrobatics, comedy, and games); Broadway Lounge Bar
  • Broad Street Shops (duty-free shopping arcade with boutiques selling watches, fine jewelry, Marella Cruises logo merchandise, luxury perfumes, fashion clothes, liquor, tobaccos, convenience goods); Boutique (luxury Spa cosmetics, beauty products)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Card Room; Library with Internet access
  • Explorers’ Lounge (features live piano music and daily Afternoon Tea; home to The Coffee Port bar for specialty coffees and teas served with complimentary desserts; wi-fi hotspot)
  • Casino (served by its own Bar)
  • Mezzanine Bar & Lounge
  • Hemingway’s Bar (live piano performances, large windows for panoramic sea views)
  • Lido Bar (open 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; serves the pool deck area)
  • Liberties (disco nightclub, with its own bar, a stage for live performances, dance floor; offers live music, film screenings, game shows, and dancing classes during the day)
  • Main Pool area (paddle pool for kids, swimming pool, sunbathing area; served by an alfresco Pool Bar)
  • Marella Kids’ Club (play area, complimentary; offers supervised age-appropriate activities for kids 3-11 yo); Video Games Arcade
  • Oceans Spa & Gym (Wellness Centre: Treatment Rooms, Massage Rooms, Saunas, Beauty Salon, Relaxation Area; The Gym has a separate Aerobic Studio)
  • Adults-only pool deck area (swimming pool, whirlpool, sunbathing area)
  • Horizons Lounge & Bar (observation lounge with panoramic sea views; has a dance floor and offers live classical music and jazz performances, as well as cabaret performances in the evening)
  • The Sun Lounge (outdoor adults-only relaxation area with luxury daybeds; served by its own bar).

Marella Celebration wiki

Marella Celebration cruise ship was built and launched as ms Noordam (link to the HAL ship) for Holland America. In 2005 the vessel was chartered to Thomson Holidays. Following an extensive refurbishment in 2013, Celebration was introduced into a new Platinum collection of itineraries. The vessel's godmother is Beatrijs van De Wallbake.

The ship was built in France and by design and specifications is sister to Thomson Spirit (originally launched as "ms Nieuw Amsterdam" for HAL in 1983). The Apollo Group company was contracted for providing all Marella ships with the entire onboard hotel product and services. This includes administration, food staff (preparation and serving), housekeeping staff, also the vessel's provisioning and crewing. Other luxury cruise lines served by Apollo are Oceania (6 ships fleet) and RSSC Regent Seven Seas (4 ships fleet).

During its winter 2016-2017 season, Marella Celebration was deployed to home-port Dubai for a set of 7-night round-trip cruise itineraries to ports in UAE, Oman, and Bahrain.

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Marella Celebration Itineraries

The below listed Marella Celebration cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Marella Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2019 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2019 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2019 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Greek Mystique Dubrovnik
2019 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2019 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2019 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2019 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2019 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Greek Mystique Dubrovnik
2019 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2019 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2019 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2019 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2019 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2019 Nov 10 11 days, one-way from Malaga to Bridgetown Malaga
2019 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2019 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2019 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2019 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2019 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2019 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2020 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2020 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2020 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2020 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2020 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2020 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2020 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2020 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2020 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2020 Mar 05 20 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Limassol Bridgetown
2020 Mar 25 7 days, round-trip Ancient Kingdom Limassol
2020 Apr 01 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2020 Apr 08 7 days, round-trip Aegean Titans Limassol
2020 Apr 15 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2020 Apr 22 7 days, round-trip Aegean Titans Limassol
2020 Apr 29 8 days, one-way from Limassol to Dubrovnik Limassol
2020 May 07 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2020 May 14 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2020 May 21 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2020 May 28 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2020 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Greek Mystique Dubrovnik
2020 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2020 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2020 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2020 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2020 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Greek Mystique Dubrovnik
2020 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2020 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2020 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2020 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2020 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2020 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Greek Mystique Dubrovnik
2020 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2020 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2020 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2020 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Greek Mystique Dubrovnik
2020 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2020 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2020 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Affair Dubrovnik
2020 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas Dubrovnik
2020 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Sail Three Seas Dubrovnik
2020 Oct 29 6 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Limassol Dubrovnik
2020 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Aegean Titans Limassol
2020 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2020 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2020 Dec 02 13 days, one-way from Limassol to Dubai Limassol
2020 Dec 02 14 days, one-way from Limassol to Dubai Limassol
2020 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Arabian Dubai
2020 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Arabian 2 Dubai
2020 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold Dubai
2020 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold 2 Dubai
2020 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Arabian Dubai
2020 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Arabian 2 Dubai
2021 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold Dubai
2021 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold 2 Dubai
2021 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Arabian Dubai
2021 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Arabian 2 Dubai
2021 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold Dubai
2021 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold 2 Dubai
2021 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Arabian Dubai
2021 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Arabian 2 Dubai
2021 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold Dubai
2021 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold 2 Dubai
2021 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Arabian Dubai
2021 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Arabian 2 Dubai
2021 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold Dubai
2021 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold 2 Dubai
2021 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Arabian Dubai
2021 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Arabian 2 Dubai
2021 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold Dubai
2021 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Cities Of Gold 2 Dubai
2021 Mar 09 15 days, one-way from Dubai to Limassol Dubai
2021 Mar 10 14 days, one-way from Dubai to Limassol Dubai
2021 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2021 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip Aegean Titans Limassol
2021 Apr 07 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2021 Apr 14 7 days, round-trip Aegean Titans Limassol
2021 Apr 21 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol

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