7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Pride of Panama and Cuban Fusion Cruise The flight from Gatwick took off at 9.30am and was a 10 hr flight due to a head wind the flight back was only 8hrs and 10 mins. On arrival at Jamaica at 2.30pm it was a bit chaotic having to fill ... Read More
Pride of Panama and Cuban Fusion Cruise The flight from Gatwick took off at 9.30am and was a 10 hr flight due to a head wind the flight back was only 8hrs and 10 mins. On arrival at Jamaica at 2.30pm it was a bit chaotic having to fill in Immigration forms which were handed to us while queueing, it would have helped if these we given on the flight as it held things up and took nearly 30 mins to get out of the airport the coach to the ship. On arrival at the port which took 30 mins it was very efficient embarkation and getting our boarding cards. We were allocated the inside room we had paid extra to choose and the room was a nice size and comfortable. There was some noise from the aircon. No fridge in the room but you could get cool water from dispensers in our case Midship. Plenty of hangers and storage space for a 2 week stay. We ate in 47 most nights and found the food to be nice and well presented although it did seem a little repetitive the second week with items appearing on the menu the same as first week. Fish selection was very average. Gallery 47 is the Italian themed restaurant and if you are not in before 6.45 you may have to wait in some cases upto 1hr ( they give you a pager). Do try the Trio Tiramisu and the Lasagne which are both very nice. In both restaurants if you want to make the 8.30 show it is best to opt for a table for 2 as the service is quicker, it takes longer to serve tables of 8 or 10. We sat on shared tables sometimes and met some nice people. One thing that was a disappointment was Christmas Eve where there was no special Christmas eve menu or dress to impress night particularly for the people leaving the ship on Christmas day. The entertainment team put on some nice shows in the Broadway Lounge , The Broadway Musicals, Vincent Van Gough Parody and The full Monty were all excellent. Some of the interactive shows in Venue were ok apart from the awful 007 spoof which I felt was dire. Bar service in the Broadway Theatre was always very good and in most bars on the ship the service was friendly and quick. A special mention here to Patrick the star of the Bar Staff ( No Card No Charge……spread the love). Towels are available for the sunbeds and to take to the beach and also towels are available in the Saunas which are in the Spa, you hand in the boarding card and they give you a locker key. Santa Marta, We didn’t do a tour here just walked along the promenade and had a beer at the Elevated café on the Marina. This maybe a good place to do a tour as there is little of interest apart from a small beach and a few shops. Cartagena, has a nice little animal park at the port with Parrots Flamingos and ant eaters. Got a taxi into Cartagena old town awful traffic getting in and took 30 mins shared with two other people for $20 we got one back for $10 but agree a price and make sure it’s a yellow authorised cab. Town is ok for a pootle around but you get pestered at a lot of places by street sellers. Also had a Columbian Coffee in Columbia at a Café near the church. Colon Panama Panama Canal, We did the Old and New Tour which included a visit to the old locks then onto Fort Lorenzo which was quite interesting and to get there is about an hour through rain forest roads and we saw Monkeys and Sloths. Then onto the New Locks Visitor centre where you get a good view of the new locks and big ships transiting through. Where the ship docks in Colon is not a nice area and is not somewhere some people felt safe walking around. It is also worth booking tours in advance here as they get booked quickly. Costa Rica, We did the Cahuita Transfer here which took around 40 mins. Arrived at a nice beach which was next to the Cahuita Rain Forrest park which we went through with our tour guide for around and hour (entrance $2 voluntary contribution) Toilet and changing facilities available and a couple of bars and shops nearby. We then had around an hour on the beach free time. Would have preferred to have an extra half hour on the beach rather than a long stop visiting a gift shop on route back to ship. Changeover day Jamaica, Went to Hard Rock Café, free transfer bus from port ask ladies on the gates where to pick it up. It cost $12 for two sunbeds and sunbrella and a beer was $5 and a free refill coke $2. Lovely beach and a nice chill out space also free wifi but not great wifi. Grand Cayman, This was our favourite place just across the road next to the library about 100yds from port you can get the Public Bus (minibuses) it costs $2 per journey so we went to Hell for $2 Each then Back to Seven Mile Beach $2 each then Back to the ship $2 each. Hell was Ok a bit warm and you only need 30 mins here for pic stop and post card purchase. There are toilets behind the gift shops next to the post office. We stopped at Luca Hotel on the beach managed to get a couple of free beds and two beers and two cokes was $20 not a cheap place but what a beach wow. Havana , Didn’t happen Port was flooded and damaged and closed so we had to go to Mexico a day early. This was genuine situation and there are vids on Youtube. Mexico, We visited the Mayan Ruins and Beach which was ok to hear the history about the place but not much to blow you away at the site. Then off to the beach which was lovely and the Mexican food was good value Tacos x 3 with salsa and Guacamole $8 had a nice time. Shops more reasonable in Mexico. Ocho Rios Jamaica (alternative to Havana) , We did the Dunns Falls and Kinoko Park. Kinoko Park is a lovely little place with nice trees and waterfalls there are also birds including Parrots which can be held and a snake around your neck if you like also a couple of lazy crocs. Normal cost of entry here is $20. Then onto Dunns falls which was interesting (DO NOT TAKE PHONES OR CAMERAS UNLESS WATERPROOF OR IN WATERPROOF POUCH if you are climbing the falls or they will be destroyed. Runners will offer to take pics with your camera but will expect a tip. The café next to beach seemed a rip off $10 for two beers. Also be careful when leaving the falls to go to the coach/Taxi rank there is a market area where people will try to put things in your hand and say they are free and then will ask your name and try to engrave another for your partner and then charge you $40 NOTHING IS FOR FREE!!! Entrance fee is $23 if you do it yourself. My wife managed to stay Mosquito bite free all week using the Deet sprays but seemed to have got bitten on the coach back to airport or at the airport so try to keep a liquid deet spray less than 100ml and spray before leaving ship arms and legs particularly. Ok Ive rambled on enough now just a quick hello to Rose and Tom and thanks for the Hard Rock Café tip and sharing the cab in Cartagena. We really enjoyed our cruise and would travel on Discovery 2 again. Both Captain Chris and Captain Jason it was nice to meet you both and some of your front line team. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have cruised more than 60 times on a variety of cruise lines and while we do have favourites I nevertheless feel able to provide unbiassed reviews on any ship I cruise on. In my view Marella Discovery 2 is somewhat of a gem in the ... Read More
We have cruised more than 60 times on a variety of cruise lines and while we do have favourites I nevertheless feel able to provide unbiassed reviews on any ship I cruise on. In my view Marella Discovery 2 is somewhat of a gem in the Marella fleet. Previously Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas it transferred to then TUI, now Marella and first saw service under that brand in May 2017. We actually sailed in her in June that year on a thoroughly enjoyable week’s cruise around the Iberian peninsula. We enjoyed the cruise and the ship so much that we had no hesitation booking a two week Caribbean cruise ending on Christmas day 2018. Our decision to book was reinforced by the offer of direct flights from Glasgow to Jamaica along with the ‘bonded luggage’ arrangement meaning after our cases were checked in at the airport we didn’t see them again until they arrived in our cabin. Our cabin was the same junior suite we had on the June 2017 cruise. Yes it was a bit more expensive than a balcony cabin, but it offered so much more room, along with an extended balcony with enough room for a sunbed, a full height table and 2 chairs. There was extensive storage space, so much so that we didn’t use all the shelves and drawers provided. For those who like a bath there was a shower and bath in the bathroom along with very nice Clarins toiletries. Nice fluffy bathrobes were provided along with slippers and along with the usual electric kettle and supply of tea, coffee, etc., the junior suite also had a Lavazza coffee pod machine producing excellent coffee. Well worth the extra expense in my view. Meals on the Discovery 2 were very good, particularly in respect of food on offer in the self-service Islands restaurant. We had just returned a month earlier from a 28 night cruise on P&O Arcadia where the food on offer in the self-service restaurant was absolutely deplorable, comprising one relatively tasteless soup at lunchtime and five or so unappetising main courses. Most importantly the food on Arcadia was seldom hot. The food on offer in Islands was a complete contrast with two delicious soups on offer each day along with eight-ten main courses including a roast of the day. All the food was piping hot. Food in the main 47⁰ restaurant on deck four and in the Italian fare restaurant Gallery 47⁰ on deck five was also very good. The clear tomato bisque we had one evening in 47⁰ was one of the best soups I have ever tasted. We had no need to use any of the paid restaurants on the ship as the food in the free restaurants was so good. Even the food in the outdoor Snack Shack on deck nine is to be commended, where the freshly prepared battered fish fillets and chicken wings are simply out of this world. In terms of entertainment Marella is not one of those companies that bring in loads of guest artists. They rely instead on a show team comprising singers and dancers that deliver no less than eleven quite distinct and different shows in the ship’s Broadway Show Lounge. The entertainment is reinforced with two very good bands – Muzik Nation and the 4Tunes – along with a very talented pianist (Dino) and other individual musicians. The place to be for up close and personal entertainment is undoubtedly the Live Room where each evening there is a full itinerary of music on offer from the various bands and artists, culminating in a ‘band jam’ once a week where all the musicians get together to perform. The lead singers from the show group also have guest appearances in the Live Room performing their own cabaret sets. Despite being relatively ‘senior’ cruisers we spent many an evening well after midnight singing and clapping along to the music there. The only slight criticism of the Live Room is that it is too small to be the hub of late evening entertainment particularly after the main shows disgorge from the Broadway Show Lounge. On many an evening it was standing room only. If I was to make one suggestion to Marella about this it would be to think about using the much larger Venue on deck 5 where possible. Marella Discovery 2 is of course an all inclusive ship and a very good all inclusive package it is too. I enjoy a Gin and Tonic or two before dinner and I was surprised to find that Tanqueray gin, normally only offered in premium packages, was being served by Marella in their standard package. What was even more surprising was the size of the spirit measures aboard the Discovery 2. Whereas on the P&O Arcadia spirit measures were a measly 25ml (5 x teaspoonfuls) on Discovery 2 measures of spirits served were 40ml. This compares to a standard pub measure of 30ml in most of the UK. Moreover, there was no difficulty obtaining a double measure, if like me you want to taste the spirit you are drinking. Unlike some ships we have been on there were always ample waiters around in show lounges and open decks to serve you. Some might be surprised to learn that Marella provides chilled drinking water dispensers on most floors and very good water it is too. A very nice 1 litre glass decanter is provided in your cabin so you can always have a supply of drinking water on hand and to fill your kettle or coffee machine. Dress code on the ship was generally relaxed or smart casual, but there were occasional ‘dress to impress’ evenings where some did make the effort to appear in their ‘finery’. On our recent Arcadia cruise a comedian made fun of Marella cruises, but based on my experience of both cruise lines I believe it is P&O that is becoming the laughing stock of the industry and Marella is firmly establishing itself in the middle ground of the cruising industry. A particular strength of Marella is its ability to offer cruise & stay/stay & cruise holidays where you can experience the best of what a cruise offers along with fabulous hotels in prime locations. I have no difficulty recommending the Marella Discovery 2 to any potential cruisers, be they first time cruisers or like myself experienced cruisers who want to try out the competition. To be absolutely clear Marella cruises does offer very serious competition. I will undoubtedly cruise on a Marella ship again and I am particularly looking forward to the 2020 season when the new Marella Explorer 2, previously the Celebrity Mercury, will be sailing from Newcastle. This will be a great attraction for those who like sailing from the UK and don’t have to worry about flying or taking an extra suitcase or two. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Heard from friends of Marella Discovery 2, especially the ' all inclusive' feature. My wife and I have done 8 cruises before and we were impressed with the service, the politeness of the whole crew of Marella Discovery 2. ... Read More
Heard from friends of Marella Discovery 2, especially the ' all inclusive' feature. My wife and I have done 8 cruises before and we were impressed with the service, the politeness of the whole crew of Marella Discovery 2. Never seen in any of the ships before the amount of drinks ( free ) available on that ship ... Anywhere on any floor you are greeted with carts of drinks. On the deck, almost every 15-20 minutes, you are approached by servers with always a smile on their face to offer you with drinks. Service is impeccable anywhere on the ship , in any department. Very clean ship. Entertainment was out of this world . Food ... no need for reservation in ' fine dining'. First come first. The only area which , I believe , needs improvement is the buffet . Breakfast is the same every day . If Marella improves in area of food , I won't hesitate to give the ship a 10/10. As it stands I give it a 9. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Was on this ship in April doing Cuban Fusion and had a great time. No complaints so we decided to do Pride of Panama this time. We booked a Oceanview cabin 2062 but was upgraded to a balcony 6516 which we didn’t know about until at ... Read More
Was on this ship in April doing Cuban Fusion and had a great time. No complaints so we decided to do Pride of Panama this time. We booked a Oceanview cabin 2062 but was upgraded to a balcony 6516 which we didn’t know about until at the Airport we meet another couple an upon talking to them they also were assigned cabin 2062. So we assumed one of us would be moved. We didn’t attend any of the shows as we spent most of our time in the live room listening to the great band 4Tunes. They were sensational and we couldn’t Wait for them to play. We were not impress by the food this time in 47 Restaurant. The lamb was tough and the veal was also not that good. The chicken had no taste. The buffet was ok for breakfast and we only had salad at lunch. The Italian restaurant saved our food experience. The lasagna was excellent,the sea food platter and the swordfish were really delicious and the trio desert was very good.Best of all was our waiter Lloyd who spent time talking to us and making us feel comfortable. He couldn’t do enough for us and made each of our visits to the restaurant very enjoyable. Our cabin was nice but not enough drawer space as we had in our previous cabin. It was nice to have the balcony but we didn’t use it that much. Our cabin stewart Henri was very personable and kept our cabin clean and we had plenty of clean towels.. The only reason I gave this cruise a 4 was due to the food in buffet and 47 Restaurant others wise this cruise was a 5 Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Arrival at Gatwick did not go according to plan as there was conflict regarding checking our bags in the night before. ON FLY CRUISES YOU CANNOT DO THIs Otherwise embarkation and disembarkation was speedy and efficient This cruise came ... Read More
Arrival at Gatwick did not go according to plan as there was conflict regarding checking our bags in the night before. ON FLY CRUISES YOU CANNOT DO THIs Otherwise embarkation and disembarkation was speedy and efficient This cruise came up to all our expectations with one major exception that is the volume of the entertainment on deck 9 and in the Atrium. In the afternoon on deck 9 it was what they call Trivia which was quizzes, music etc. The compare had the microphone on full volume, to the extent it was difficult to talk to people and too read. The same applied to the music in the atrium in the evenings. In our case there was a guy with a guitar playing and singing. The volume was such that you could not carry out a conversation, we along with others had to move.Again in was a case of the volume being turned up too loud,Music in cases like this should be back ground you should not need to compete with it to talk to people a few feet away. I hasten to add the guitarist was really good. The bar staff on deck 9 in particular Jodi and her brother Christopher was excellent, super efficient and very happy people a real pleasure to be served by them. The classic car trip in Havana was good but Havana itself did not impress us. Would recommend the panama canal excursions,In Montego Bay. I did the Chukka Zip Wire. Superb fun and the instructors in particular namely Gray Goose Oka and Gossy Vernon. Excellent at their jobs. All in all everything about the cruise was superb in particular the food and our cabin boy Ikhsan, he really looked after us.My wife would have appreciated an Act of Worship on Sundays as practiced on other cruise ship. Finally talks or discussions would be appreciated as and alternative to going ashore or in addition too.sea days Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
There was an awesome deal through Wagjag & Sunwing so since we'd never been on a cruise before thought we'd try it & so glad we did as it's been our best trip ever by far! I'll never forget from the very first ... Read More
There was an awesome deal through Wagjag & Sunwing so since we'd never been on a cruise before thought we'd try it & so glad we did as it's been our best trip ever by far! I'll never forget from the very first moment when we opened the door to our cabin the view that awaited us through a huge window over top of our headboard & beautiful accommodations took our breath away! The staff were so nice, helpful, accommodating & personable all the way from our handsome young Captain Chris to our 'ever present to our needs' cabin steward Bojan to the bartender Alex that gave us our very first drink then always looked for us after that, to the most talented young man I've ever met Thomas (I told him he looked like the actor Freddie Highmore) that kept us entertained night after night. There were so many more that I wish I could remember everyone's names like the lovely very helpful ladies at reception & the excursion desks to help plan trips. Also, the endless list of the most wonderful group of entertainers that provided Vegas-style shows to the many behind the scenes people that worked endlessly to provide all the delicious, varied meals & snacks you definitely never went hungry!. Words alone can't express enough the experience you provided so many thanks to all of you & we guarantee this won't be our last cruise with you! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was an all inclusive ship so all drinks/food/tips and the service was incredible. We were especially impressed with how approachable ALL the staff were and they were all great fun . The cruise director was very down to earth and ... Read More
This was an all inclusive ship so all drinks/food/tips and the service was incredible. We were especially impressed with how approachable ALL the staff were and they were all great fun . The cruise director was very down to earth and happy to talk to everyone and take part in anything. You could do as much or as little as you wanted on this ship - there were enough sunbeds if you wanted them and a small adult area as well. There were plenty of indoor daytime activities including dance classes/ basic spanish ( good fun ) /indoor bowls /trivia quizzes even an afternoon pantomine The shows were very varied and as for the comedian Phl - he was side splitting hilarious . There is none of the american hard sales patter about booking your next cruise or what to buy or shopping talks etc.. but good value trips . The food was varied and we went to the fanastic surf and turf (payable) which was incredibleand good value . There is no restriction on dining so you turn up and if its busy they give you a buzzer for when your table is ready AND you can choose a table just for your party or share so excellent if you eat with friends sometimes and eat alone others - so flexible . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Chose the cruise because of the itinerary. Have cruised the Caribbean before but this cruise visited places we had'nt been. Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia to name a few. We were delighted to find we not only had a great ... Read More
Chose the cruise because of the itinerary. Have cruised the Caribbean before but this cruise visited places we had'nt been. Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia to name a few. We were delighted to find we not only had a great itinerary but we also were on a great ship. The entertainment was fantastic , 12 different shows and 2 guest artists in 14 nights. Cabin was ample in size, food was good although very busy at peak times. Staff were very friendly and helpful . All inclusive drinks were of a good quality not rubbish like we've had on occasion. We went on several excursions and were only disappointed in one The Panama Tour. The boat we went on was quite small for the number of people and seating was loose chairs crammed together on deck. People who arrived on first coaches obviously took outside seats near rail and once we started most of them stood up meaning the majority of people could see nothing. The locks on canal are massive and consume a vast amount of water so our boat was'nt allowed in alone and had to squeeze in behind a great big cargo ship the back end of this ship and the back end of people was our view for most of the trip. Certainly not worth the £110 pp cost. Apart from this one thing I can find no fault with cruise at all. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Boarded ship effortlessly in Montego Bay certainly the quickest we have gone from airport to being onboard Ship staff were brilliant very friendly Disappointed with Havana stop as we arrived around 2pm and then it was a free for all ... Read More
Boarded ship effortlessly in Montego Bay certainly the quickest we have gone from airport to being onboard Ship staff were brilliant very friendly Disappointed with Havana stop as we arrived around 2pm and then it was a free for all to get off 4.5hrs to finally get through customs We were told you could only use Cuban money and to exchange Stirling but this was untrue as Dollars and Stirling were accepted Infact all stops accepted dollars including Columbia and Panama Cartegna port was brilliant as they have a zoo type area when you get off with parrots monkeys flamingos and other wildlife just free to move around Some people said they saw more wildlife here than they did in the rain forest trip off the ship Montego Bay port has a Hard Rock Cafe within walking distance from the ship which has a nice beach where sun beds are $4 each and bar and restaurant and has a free shuttle back to the ship The HR cafe is to the right as you walk out the port and about 5-10mins walk away The cruise itself goes to some great ports we were just disappointed with the entertainment at night which wasn’t great in any bar and he lack of good information when visiting areas off the ship as everything is geared towards you booking trips and not to do it yourself Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Marella Discovery 2. It was without doubt the best value we've had to date. The entertainment staff were close and personal throughout, with the daily shows all having a different theme which ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Marella Discovery 2. It was without doubt the best value we've had to date. The entertainment staff were close and personal throughout, with the daily shows all having a different theme which was very enjoyable, as the ship is of a medium size, there was no need to book to visit places on board and we very very rarely queued for anything. The food was great and varied, with everything I could see being fresh the ship was clean, but when dirtied by passengers was then quickly cleaned up. For a mid 90's ship it had been modified and brought up to date, and the excursions were as described. The cruise wasn't without it's issues, such as our time in Cuba being shorter than originally stated, and the queue to disembark was longer than anticipated (not TUI fault), but it's how it's dealt with that counts, and it was dealt with very well. I would highly recommend them. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My partner and I chose Marella Discovery 2 as I had previously been on a smaller cruise (formerly with Thomson) and as it was his first cruise. Also we wanted to do something special/memorable for my 50th birthday. The price was ... Read More
My partner and I chose Marella Discovery 2 as I had previously been on a smaller cruise (formerly with Thomson) and as it was his first cruise. Also we wanted to do something special/memorable for my 50th birthday. The price was reasonable, and we split 2 cruises over 2 weeks which made the choice of locations more interesting. We also wanted to see different places rather than just spend 14 days on a sunbed, so this seemed ideal for us. We booked the Pride of Panama for the first week and Cuban Fusion for the second week, as suggested by a Tui Rep. Having read varied reviews beforehand, we booked with an open mind, and are so glad we went with our instinct. The Gatwick process with Marella was flawless and we received our cabin number tag in advance. It was fantastic that we didn't have to lug heavy luggage about and it arrived on the ship in good time. The flight was also excellent both ways and arrived in good time (can't beat the Tui Dreamliner wow!). The process at Montego Bay airport, although very busy and slightly confusing with the immigration forms (which were provided by Tui staff) went much better than expected, and we were directed straight to our coaches without delay. The only immigration forms needed are those given to you by Tui staff on the plane (the forms we were given separately by Jamaican staff were not actually required from Jamaica to your first port of call - please check with Tui staff if unclear). The transfer and process for accessing the ship was fine, and everyone appeared to be dealt with quickly and efficiently. On arrival, the ship looked enormous, but when moored next to a newer, sparkly and much larger ship, yes it does look a little old and insignificant in size, but the rest definitely made up for it and we weren't disappointed. The staff were friendly, helpful and reacted well to positive communication. We were saddened to hear some people moaning about having to wait, etc, but hey your on holiday and its not a race! We couldn't fault the staff who bent over backwards to keep everyone well fed, watered, comfortable and entertained. We were amazed by our cabin 7128 at the rear of the ship....wow what a view and a memory we will always treasure. The cabin wasn't sparkling but was extremely comfortable and the bed was lush! I suffer with upper back problems and I slept like a log, sometimes too good and nearly missed breakfast on a few occasions! Yes the Island Buffet and other restaurants were busy, but we compromised happily and patiently and worked our eating times around the much busier periods. The pager system was a brilliant idea for 47 and Gallery 47, which alerted us whilst nipping to the bar before dinner. We really enjoyed the food on offer, and were unable to fault any of the restaurants on-board and the choice was immense. We particularly enjoyed the Kora La Restaurant (Pan Thai) which was superb. The staff were also amazing and helped with our surprise engagement whilst moored in Cuba. This involved the manager, serving staff and also Camilla (Special Events Hostess) all keeping the secret. It was a truly amazing evening and a special memory for us both, and we can't thank them all enough. Also thank you to housekeeping who put up special balloons, a banner and beautiful swans towel art when we returned to our room after a wonderful evening. Bojan was terrific, always polite and helpful throughout our stay, and our room remained immaculate throughout. The entertainment was excellent, and again the staff did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. The shows were fantastic and varied across the 14 days. There was always something to do even on the days at sea, and we admit to attending the gym only once! However we did enjoy the walk around deck, playing board games, visiting the shops, drinking coffee and even trying the climbing wall and crazy golf! Paul Evans (Entertainment Manager during our cruise) and Captain Chris' announcements were hilarious (our sort of humour and a bit cheesy). We loved listening to them together, a real live double-act to brighten your day! We even held our cabin door open to listen to the morning announcements, as they were most entertaining whilst informative. The trips offered were varied and interesting. We found the app for booking restaurants, spa sessions, trips, etc, extremely useful. We did think the internet costs were expensive and the wifi reception not always great, but to be honest were glad to have a break away from social media for 14 days! Just remember you are on the ocean miles from anything so it may not be perfect! We enjoyed all our booked trips, and despite initially thinking they were expensive, soon realised that by doing your own thing isn't cheap either and wished that we had booked more trips through Marella/Tui. Also you have the knowledge that you are in safer hands and the trips are organised. We felt that we wasted time not knowing what to do, and could have spent our money more wisely i.e, spent 110 dollars on a taxi tour round Costa Rica for 2hrs, etc. It was lovely but we were literally following the Tui Tour. Next time we will research more before visiting, but we really enjoyed all the locations we visited. We particularly enjoyed a chilled Zuana Beach Day (Santa Marta, Colombia), Kayaking in Panama, River Tubing in Jamaica (which was most memorable, chilled and fun!), guided walking tour in Cuba (also old cars and horse and cart trips are available by the port) and Ze-hal (Lagoon in Mexico). Each of the locations brought about something different, and were real eye openers at times! We can honestly say this was one of the best holidays that we have ever had, in addition to the kindness we received on our engagement. We loved MD2, it may not be new, sparkly and not the biggest, but it has a warmth/comfort about it being a smaller ship, and we couldn't fault the hospitality we received on this cruise. It still took us about a week to find everything though! Well done to Marella/Tui and hope to see you again soon for our next adventure. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Wanted to visit Havana and limited in choice as not a fan of MSC. Liked the Tui dreamliner flights in premium economy. Pleasantly surprised at how good the condition of this older ship was. Great staff and cruise director made it ... Read More
Wanted to visit Havana and limited in choice as not a fan of MSC. Liked the Tui dreamliner flights in premium economy. Pleasantly surprised at how good the condition of this older ship was. Great staff and cruise director made it very relaxed . Food was very good and drink package covered most tastes. Only £50 to upgrade if you want top brands. Would definitely book with Tui again as good value for money compared to most of American owned ships . The evening shows were the best on any ship and geared towards a uk audience. Cabins were fine if a bit dated but the dining areas are very good with excellent service throughout. We ate at the 2 specialty restaurants and surf and turf was particularly good. Gym ,steam and sauna are all included You get your cases picked up outside the cabin on the last night ,delivered to the airport and checked through to your destination,great service with all tips included. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Our reason for booking this Tui cruise was that we booked late and needed a disabled cabin, Tui were the only cruise line that could accommodate this at such short notice. We are not “seasoned” cruisers, this was only our fourth ... Read More
Our reason for booking this Tui cruise was that we booked late and needed a disabled cabin, Tui were the only cruise line that could accommodate this at such short notice. We are not “seasoned” cruisers, this was only our fourth cruise in total and we have only sailed with P&O previously. We were nervous reading the reviews but have to say from the outset that we did enjoy our seven nights on Marella Discovery. I will try to make this review as fair and informative as I can. There are positives in that the ship was very clean, the staff (though mainly young and in lots of cases a bit inexperienced) were polite, friendly and very helpful. Discovery 2 isn’t massively impressive from the outside but the pretty atrium and public rooms on board are comfortably furnished and very welcoming and the vibe in the atrium bar is just lovely. I’m not sure whether this is down to the staff or the clientele but the atmosphere is very pleasant and relaxed. We met some lovely people on this cruise and didn’t find the snobby element you can sometimes encounter elsewhere. I need to say here that level 4 on the ship is the main “entertainment” area accommodating the theatre, a live-lounge (the clue’s in the name), a casino, the very popular atrium bar and the main dining room - BUT THERE ARE NO PUBLIC TOILETS ON THIS LEVEL!! You have to either go up one floor or down one floor to find a loo. Now this is fine if you, like me, are able bodied and can easily manage the double staircases (about 20 steps) to each level but, if you have to wait for a lift, it’s really unacceptable. This wouldn’t only affect the age demographic on this adult only cruise - I wouldn’t like to be travelling with children who, in my experience, nearly always decide they are desperately in need the loo when they sit down to eat. This really is my biggest niggle with Marella Discovery 2. As for eating, we personally used the main dining room, the Italian dining area, the Island buffet and the Snack Shack. The food in all dining rooms varied from perfectly acceptable to fairly good; there was lots of choice and you’d have to be a very fussy eater not to find something you’d like, however, we felt the dining room cuisine was not as good a standard as we have experienced on P&O. The temperature of the food served (on BOTH cruise lines we have travelled with) is never hot enough for British palates - we like hot food to be piping hot and this is something we rarely find in Mediterranean countries. Service in the main dining room can be a bit slow but we felt this could be improved either by better supervision, giving the staff more training or taking on more experienced waiting staff. That being said, the waiters/waitresses were all friendly and helpful. We were a bit worried about the “all inclusive” aspect of the cruise (which was adult only on our trip) and wondered whether people would be drunk by lunchtime. Again, we needn’t have worried, we didn’t see anyone taking undue advantage and going mad with the all inclusive drinks package. As for service of drinks, this was excellent with waiters/waitresses patrolling the pool area most of the day and checking whether you wanted anything from the bar and the same in the lounges in the evening. Drinks were served quickly and measures are European so more generous than in UK. We were asked if we wanted to upgrade to the premier drinks package but this really isn’t necessary and, though I’ve read in other reviews that people were pressured into purchasing the upgrade, we were not and we didn’t see anyone else being given the hard sell either. Our cabin was spacious, clean and comfortable. My only complaint was that drawer space was extremely limited. In an extra large, double cabin we had a wardrobe with plenty of hangers and only three very small drawers (I’m talking about 12” wide) built into a very small dressing table, though there was lots of space for a reasonable sized set of drawers. We do like the formality of P&O cruises (probably because that’s what we’re used to) and I wasn’t sure how we’d go on with a less formal approach. It’s a case of almost anything goes but most people seem to dress smart/casual. I didn’t take any “evening” dresses - I think I’d have felt a bit too “showy” if I had. Several men wore dinner jackets and a few of the ladies did wear evening dresses on the “Dress to Impress” night (equivalent of the Captain’s formal nights on other lines) but, in the main, most guests were smart but less formal. (Some men in lounge suits, some in shirts, ties and smart trousers and others in open neck shirts with smart, casual trousers; ladies in anything from long or short summer dresses, jumpsuits, and smart pants and tops). We didn’t see anyone looking scruffy in the dining rooms in the evening and found the less formal approach very refreshing. The shows we saw (4 in total) were all very professional and your enjoyment of these will really depend on your own taste. The theatre is very comfortable and drinks are not only served there by waiting staff but you can also pick up a drink from the makeshift bar outside each performance in your way in but soft drinks were not available outside the theatre. Poolside entertainment was limited but we didn’t mind that and it may be different in summer months or on family cruises. (To be fair, we only had one sea day and the weather wasn’t conducive to sitting by the pool (November) so we didn’t get to find out whether there’s a bigger range of “entertainment” on sea days). There were quizzes by the pool during the day and you could take part or not, as you wish. On the strength of this experience we have booked to cruise with Tui again later in 2019 - having checked that there are loos close to the main entertainment and restaurant areas first. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We booked this cruise totally for the length and the ports of call. We were not sure of the quality Marella would provide but the whole experience was much better than anticipated from some reviews. Flights arriving throughout the day ... Read More
We booked this cruise totally for the length and the ports of call. We were not sure of the quality Marella would provide but the whole experience was much better than anticipated from some reviews. Flights arriving throughout the day which meant embarkation was staggered and went very smoothly. Cabin was available straight away and luggage arrived timely. The ship is a medium sized older ship. Well laid out, decor good and plenty of room apart from deck space which was very crowded on sea days as the cruise was fully sold. Only one outside pool. We booked the basic inside cabin on the lower decks. It was smaller than other ships we had sailed on with just enough room at the side of the bed to squeeze out into the cabin. The cabin creaked and groaned quite loudly especially in rough seas. Apart from that it was very well laid out with a small seating area, dressing table, drawers and plenty of wardrobe space, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. No Fridge. The bathroom was OK with shower curtain but plenty of hot water and shower gel and hand soap. Dining - Islands Buffet - even on a full ship we had no problems finding a seat. It feels very airy because of the full length surround windows. Staff were very attentive and the food was varied and hot. We ate breakfast and lunch here and enjoyed both experiences. We did try the MDR for breakfast one day - if you like a leisurely meal then this may be for you. For us, we like to be up and away there are always so many things to do so we preferred the Islands. MDR - We ate most of our evening meals here. The decor of the room is lovely with tables for 2 and more, although most of the tables for 2 are so close together you feel as if you are on a table for 4 or 6. We felt the food served here was very good with a good selection and always hot and drinks served promptly. Staff were very friendly and efficient. If you eat early you can walk straight in, if you like to eat later you may have to wait for a table, generally 20 mins. This was never a problem for us as we like to go for a pre-dinner drink so we would go to the restaurant, were given a pager, would go off to enjoy our drink and then be called to eat at the time we wanted to. Great system. MDR - Italian Menu - Half of the upstairs MDR is set aside to serve an Italian Menu. There are 2 menus which are changed during the cruise so you need to keep an eye on that if you want to eat from both of them. Although you are still in the MDR, it is a different eating experience and an option if you don't fancy anything on the main MDR menu. Glass House - In the evening serves a tapas and pizza menu. Tried this once enjoyed the food, but didn't like eating next to the indoor pool and sunbeds. There is a platter of continenta meats and cheese, then you can choose from 7 tapas choices and then you choose a pizza of your choice. There is also a desert choice available. This is free of charge - you can choose a hot stone meal for which a supplement is charged. Snack Shack - Sandwiches, Salads, Fruit pots, chips, burgers, chicken Wings, Fried Fish - that type of food. Only used this when coming back late to the ship - it's OK but wouldn't eat here if other options were available. Did not eat in the paid for restaurants. Entertainment was excellent and varied, as was the activities - something for everyone and if you didn't want to join in you could find quiet parts of the ship. All the entertainment staff were excellent. To ring the changes on this 18 day cruise entertainers were flown in to perform on one or 2 days and then left the ship. There were plenty of bars depending what you like to do in an evening and the choice of drinks was excellent. We never had to wait long to be served whether at the bar or from our seat. Ports of Call - Arrived as scheduled and we were given plenty of time in each port (an average of 7 hours). Did not go on any Marella excursions but the excursion staff were helpful when asked questions and provided a printed map of the main town area. Tip - If the weather is not good try to get a seat at The Veranda at the rear of the ship, it was sheltered when the outer decks were very windy. To sum up we had a fabulous trip, Food and Drinks were Very Good, Entertainment and Activities were excellent and the staff were the best. We enjoyed it so much we would book to go again as there are still things to see at the ports of call. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
been on this ship before , assistant cruise director very good,Ted is his name .4 tunes group excellent the guitar player was like a Jimmy Hendrix.show team a bit like a high school end of team thing. Boys had good voices but the girls ... Read More
been on this ship before , assistant cruise director very good,Ted is his name .4 tunes group excellent the guitar player was like a Jimmy Hendrix.show team a bit like a high school end of team thing. Boys had good voices but the girls ,dreadful!. staff in restaurants brilliant ,Vladimir,Jason,Romaine in fact all of them. Not enough chairs in bar areas,A bit like a booze cruise for pensioners. lots of nice people,However the free flowing drink ,didnt always bring out the best in people. lots of calls for code Alfa,Alfa ,WHICH MEANS THERE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. all that drinking and the age group I am sure did not help. bar staff good apart from the bar manager on deck 4, very arrogant and aggressive.I saw him in action.Not a good way to handle a situation. comics in the broadway not that good they had racist overtones, one comic stood and insulted the guests . does anyone monitor the comedians?. sun loungers a problem as usual . all in all a bit manic.The departure from Jamaica was a nightmare, It was like going through prison ,the attitude of customs was really terrible. Infact we wil NEVER go through Montego Bay again . Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We were on the same cruise but in reverse back in April this year.. weather for first week from Corfu through the med to Canary Islands was terrible but staff managed to keep everyone amused and jolly.. A lot of staff have been moved to ... Read More
We were on the same cruise but in reverse back in April this year.. weather for first week from Corfu through the med to Canary Islands was terrible but staff managed to keep everyone amused and jolly.. A lot of staff have been moved to other ships which was a negative as a lot of staff in live lounge and atrium had none of the zip and bounce that the originals had except two..There was Shevroy an excellent bar waiter in the live lounge, a true pro, superb he really was top drawer and looked after us everyday and night, he should be head barman because behind there he would be the dogs do das as he is wasted doing what he does... TUI or Marella will lose him if not careful; then comes Phil the young lad who went everywhere with his bell ringing it dancing, sharing the love amongst everybody and quite frankly he should be the number 1 name on the crews list as it was him who everybody warmed to and was better fun to watch than the entertainment onboard.He could be found on deck 9 during day serving drinks to all with his huge smile beaming from ear to ear and then at night time he was stationed just outside the live bar which seemed strange as he should’ve been in where everybody could watch and dance with him etc...Not a bad cruise, food in main restaurant 47 a little hit and miss but the tapas and hot stone menu in the glasshouse were superb ... promote those two lads, truly great staff members Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Been on Discovery 2 before, nice ship, food ok, staff lovely always smiling, especially Philip he is a credit to Marcella. Ports of call very good, weather in Europe not so good, we were in a force 12 gale one day, but we survived it. ... Read More
Been on Discovery 2 before, nice ship, food ok, staff lovely always smiling, especially Philip he is a credit to Marcella. Ports of call very good, weather in Europe not so good, we were in a force 12 gale one day, but we survived it. Entertainment from Headliners excellent, didn't see comidiens so can't comment. 4 Tunes very good but did not like Jon Asher. Pleased Captain didn't say it's going to be a 'bobby dazzler' as often as he did on last cruise, he must have taken heed of feedback. I must say to all those inconsiderate people who went up to the Veranda deck to move sun beds on the 5 consecutive sea days ,one night it was 3am and others it varied between 4 am and 6am you should be ashamed of yourselves and if anyone thinks of booking a Junior Suite on deck 8 think again because you will be woken up in the early hours unless General Manager does something about blocking the stairs on deck 9 that lead to Veranda deck during night time thus stopping the selfish people from accessing Veranda deck until a reasonable time. Good cruise overall, but will not book a Junior Suite deck 8 again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We suddenly were able to cruise these dates and loved itinerary We booked three weeks before and had to book guaranteed inside cabin Pros The luggage found its way to our cabin without a cabin number on as we didn’t know it ... Read More
We suddenly were able to cruise these dates and loved itinerary We booked three weeks before and had to book guaranteed inside cabin Pros The luggage found its way to our cabin without a cabin number on as we didn’t know it CD not in cabins not captain for long announcements Surf and turf pay venue the best meal all week Excursions good value Cons Cabin steward never introduced himself as we couldn’t be sure who he was to ask for toilet roll and clean cups Cabin very dusty on arrival at 11pm and carpet old and sticky CD went on and on and spoke like we were children and one night I timed him at 11 mins of stuff in the nightly leaflet Bar staff surly and said couldn’t make Expresso A’s not on the menu and said they had never heard of it No stirrers so drinks not mixed We tried the pay speciality coffee and left it after one mouthful... tasted like evap milk not froffed on cappuccino N/a We never went to MDR Never went in pools Never went to shows after hearing rehearsals but honestly not for us Feedback Give weather where excursions are not where ship is When passengers ask to share then don’t take them to table for two every time This ship full of large groups of loud tattooed people and lots of kids not at school Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first time cruising and we wanted a smaller or mid sized ship with a balcony. Discovery 2 fits that bill. My wife and I, both in our 60s, would thoroughly recommend this cruise. Cabin 7006 with balcony was excellent in every ... Read More
This was our first time cruising and we wanted a smaller or mid sized ship with a balcony. Discovery 2 fits that bill. My wife and I, both in our 60s, would thoroughly recommend this cruise. Cabin 7006 with balcony was excellent in every way. In particular it had plenty of power points. One USA, one European and three USBs, one under each wall light.. We ate largely in 47 degrees the main dining room and found both the service and food to be very good. We ate early, rarely after 7:15, when there were no queues, but did notice queues, sometimes long, after 8:00. Upstairs in 47 Degrees Italian was also very good and free. One night we ate in the Steakhouse at £30pp extra. Well worth it, superb food and service. We did note that early booking on day 1 of the cruise is vital as after Monday this restaurant was booked solid and operating a waiting list. We found that there were plenty of lifts and we never waited long at all. There were a fair number of disabled passengers with small buggies but they caused no problem and it would seem that this is a good ship and cruise for disabled people. We took an organised trip at every stop and enjoyed them all, although we felt two of them to be poorly organised by Marella. The guides, without exception, were very good. Dress code throughout is smart casual. Something women find easy and men in my experience find difficult to understand! Same comment also applies back home at my golf club. Dress to impress night, I wore a three piece suit. About 5% wore tuxedo - well done! 20% Jacket and tie, 75% jacket or no jacket and no tie. Some even wore jeans. Didn't bother us, perhaps it's a plus that on this ship you wear what you want, within reason. We would definitely cruise with Marella again and would choose a balcony cabin. We spoke with others and saw the interiors of outside and inside cabins and those who chose them loved them. Staff were universally excellent. We spoke to people from South America, West Indies, Philippines, etc and they were a joy to speak to and to have them serve us. We watched 4 shows in the large theatre where they bring waiter served drinks to your seat. We found the shows to be well put together and the performers did a good job. The theatre was packed for 2 shows a night. Embarkation (we were one hour late from Gatwick) and disembarkation were no problems. You do have to be out of your cabin by 8am on the final day and have packed suitcases in your hallway the previous night. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Why this Cruise? - Timing - We organised this trip to coincide with half term as one of our party is still of school age. The dates were correct for us and the relatively short haul flight to join the ship in Corfu made it viable. The ... Read More
Why this Cruise? - Timing - We organised this trip to coincide with half term as one of our party is still of school age. The dates were correct for us and the relatively short haul flight to join the ship in Corfu made it viable. The Ship - I am not complete convert to cruising, having only taken three cruises previously over a 30 year period. In that time the World of cruising has changed considerably. I did have concerns when reading reviews about this ship (Discovery 2) with some reports suggesting it was poorly maintained. Those reporting such things could not be more wrong. The ship was in immaculate condition with teams working to ensure it remained so. For those that chose to look closely there were signs that Discovery 2, whilst new to TUI did have a 22 year previous history with Royal Caribbean, but you would need to be picky. The Cabin - We considered the cost of the upgrade to an Executive Suite reasonable. The suite was large enough for two twin beds, a sofa and two arm chairs and was well presented. The balcony was large enough to accommodate one lounger, two chairs and a table. The bath and shower were comfortable and well kept. Room Service - Room Service has a limited menu, but is fairly priced. Wines are a little expensive, but the mini bar is pretty empty, and there seems little objection to you filling it with your own wine bought at each port. Dining - Dining was relaxed, with no fixed meal times and a fairly forgiving dress code. Restaurant 47 (degrees) is the nearest you get for formal dining, with a menu that changes daily. The food is well presented, and whilst the menu is not vast there is something to suit most tastes. The key alternative is the buffet which is comprehensive but a little bit samey. There a few speciality restaurants that do not come as part of the all inclusive package. We only tried one and found it a very pleasant experience. Entertainment - Some reports on this ship can be quite critical of the Entertainment on this ship, the term 'Butlin's on the sea' being a common expression. Whilst my experience of cruising is limited I suspect all ships can be accused of this to some extent. On this cruise a number of artists featured that in my opinion were extremely talented. If something does not appeal to you, the ship is big enough to offer plenty of alternatives. The ship has two pools. The outdoor pool tends to be a bit of a free for all and can get crowded, whilst the indoor pool is very quiet and filled with people who probably would prefer to be sailing under a Cunard flag. All Inclusive and Fellow Passengers - Whilst it was autumn half term in some of the UK, there were very few families (at least with children of school age). The majority of passengers would be over 40, with the highest percentage being 50 plus or retired. TUI is the dominant package tour operator in the UK, and has successfully expanded its market to include the packaged cruise. The cruise is now an alternative option to the four-star all-inclusive hotel, only this hotel tends to move about. Needless to say the vast majority are hard working people looking to enjoy a hassle-free holiday, but there will always be the odd one that sees all-inclusive as an challenge to drink the bar dry, and the odd complainer, who I am sure makes the ship's reception staff worth every penny they are paid. Be aware of the term all-inclusive. Whilst fruit juices is free, carbonated drinks such as Coke are not ,which somewhat negates the term all-inclusive in my opinion. You can upgrade for £50 a week to a higher drinks package, but this turns out to be £100 a Cabin as both parties in a Cabin have to take it. This is unfair if, as we were, one of our party is to young to drink. Unless you have real appetite for cocktails the upgrade seems rather poor value for money. Internet - not fit for purpose. Needs upgrading. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Our problems with Marella Cruises started just after booking: we didn't realise that when we booked through the cruise hotline we were automatically diverted to a store location (which was nowhere near us). Not only were the staff at ... Read More
Our problems with Marella Cruises started just after booking: we didn't realise that when we booked through the cruise hotline we were automatically diverted to a store location (which was nowhere near us). Not only were the staff at Stockport ill-trained, but their computer system didn't even link up with the Cruise dept. I later had to give up adding an additional week hotel reservation because they could not provide live pricing and by the time they got back to me with details, the property had sold out - this happened 3 times over! I also believe the agent knowingly misinformed me about cruise details in order to secure a sale. We booked a week cruise for 7 people over 3 rooms. Even 10 months advance booking could not secure us a family room nor adjoining rooms, meaning our 10-year anniversary cruise had to be spent in separate rooms in order to chaperone the children. We decided to take our children on our anniversary cruise because the cruise was advertised as having Kids' Club from 9am until 2am each day, so we assumed we could have a couple 'date nights'. Once aboard we learned that the nearly fully booked ship considered the October school half-term break a low season, thus cancelling the vast majority of kids club. They offered 3 awkward 2-hour sessions instead of the original promise. As for other onboard offerings for children, there was a video game room which was unsuitable for our children (mainly too young to 'get it'), a 9-hole mini golf, a climbing wall (open 2hrs per day) and 2 swimming pools. Unfortunately we were not informed the the pools were re-filled with sea water each day, including the indoor one, making them far to cold for anyone to actually swim in. They were not heated in the meantime. Is this common practice on cruises? Within 3 days, our children were bored with the pathetic offerings onboard, and not able to spend entire days out at port. We found the ship clean and the food great. The ports were amazing, and obviously these can not be faulted. That said, Marella advertises Corfu as one of the ports on the itinerary, which is false advertising as they only flew us in at 10:30pm on embarkation day, and out at 10:30am on disembarkation day. Ridiculous. I might recommend this cruise to adults travelling unaccompanied by children, but it is certainly NOT fit as advertised, as Marella's flagship 'family' option. Very disappointed. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first cruise and we absolutely loved it !!! We can't stop telling everyone how good it was. All I would say is do what you want and not what everyone else wants you to do. The cruise had a dress to impress evening ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we absolutely loved it !!! We can't stop telling everyone how good it was. All I would say is do what you want and not what everyone else wants you to do. The cruise had a dress to impress evening where everyone dresses up in their refinery. Not for us thank you. I wear a suit all week and this was not my idea of fun. However, lots of smiles from those that did and that is excellent. Islands self service was brilliant. I didn't want to line up and have waiter service, that was our choice and again, I welcome those that want this. Myself and my wife are very used to good food but certainly didn't want this on our holiday. I did feel certain people were judgemental on various things, one being dining self service. One couple said to us that they were "slumming it" in Islands. I can assure you, myself and my wife know good food and this was not "slumming it". The entertainment was first class apart from one comedian. However, one person's taste is not the same as another. We played crazy golf at 11 o'clock at night with no one around and loved it. We found a part of the ship at the back to sit on our own with a long drink and take it all in. This ship catered for everyone but every activity is not for everyone. I heard one person say they didn't like the ship because you coudn't do everything like you could on other cruise liners !!! The planned excursions were not to our taste and we only did one. Saying that, the others we wanted to do were cancelled due to lack of interest. I cannot recommend high enough, loved it from start to finish but I do urge you to take from it what you want. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We were quite worried after reading previous reviews , however it turned out to be a very good cruise. Firstly the cons ( not many ) . As so many other reviews have highlighted they need more bar/wait staff in atrium/live room bars between ... Read More
We were quite worried after reading previous reviews , however it turned out to be a very good cruise. Firstly the cons ( not many ) . As so many other reviews have highlighted they need more bar/wait staff in atrium/live room bars between 6-11pm this was the only negative review of service . ( PLEASE LISTEN MARELLA !!!! would have been 5 stars but for this !!!). Also the only other fault was that we felt some of the meat products ie burgers, cooked meats needed to be of a higher standard ( Think microwave burgers ! ). The pros , great flight and super transfer , embarcation all very well organised . The most friendly welcome ever ( previous ncl + celebrity cruise nowhere near as good in this respect). Virtually all the crew including officers very friendly ( one exception a surly barman in atrium bar ).Cabin cleaned very well by paul and charlie , lots of space and a comfortable bed.Food was generally very good and never waited long to be seated. Always managed to find a seat in islands. Something for everyone regards entertainment re dancing , bingo ,quizes , etc ( your never going to please everyone all the time as the ships passengers are a cross section of British society ).Fantastic itinery and some fairly priced excursions ( adriatic ). We thought this would be a one off cruise with marella but will now definatly book again. Go with a smile on your face and enjoy. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Probably the biggest disappointment was the food. The buffet restaurant seems to have no dress code and the food was absolutely appalling. Cheap, mass produced rubbish. The a la carte restaurants (47° and gallery 47) were slightly ... Read More
Probably the biggest disappointment was the food. The buffet restaurant seems to have no dress code and the food was absolutely appalling. Cheap, mass produced rubbish. The a la carte restaurants (47° and gallery 47) were slightly better but the food was all bought in and heated up, menus lacked imagination and the quality was average at best. We did have one good meal by paying £46 to upgrade to the Kora La Asian restaurant. This was almost 5 star but not quite. The ship has been with TUI Marella since 2017, before this it was Legend of the Seas and on exchange was supposed to have had millions spent on it. Apart from a nice external paint job it's difficult to see what this could have been spent on as it's all very tired and often quite tatty internally. The cabin has it's own section within this review. The entertainment was quite reasonable. The band 4Tunes are good and some of the shows were ok, though not fantastic. Why are cruise ships obsessed with Broadway shows? On good quality 5 star holidays we are used to entertainment that typifies the culture and music of the area being visited. The all inclusive drinks are ok but I don't understand why this doesn't include the cabin mini bar. Maybe the type of 5 star all inclusive holidays we are used to has set our expectations a bit high for large cruise ships due to the mixed client demographic. We certainly wouldn't sail with Marella again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Have tried all the other marella ships. So decided on discovery 2 to cruise with friends. Never had a balcony cabin before . Would not pay for another one as didn't use it. Our cabin was just above the atrium so noisy if you wanted a ... Read More
Have tried all the other marella ships. So decided on discovery 2 to cruise with friends. Never had a balcony cabin before . Would not pay for another one as didn't use it. Our cabin was just above the atrium so noisy if you wanted a nap or early night. Entertainment was just ok. Too much daytime entertainment slots were filled with spa demonstrations which are always too overpriced. The comedian Terry Cotta was very good. The 4 tunes group were very good the banda certa group not so good. Food and drink good. Cabin kept clean by Benji. Reception staff were polite. Entertainment staff friendly. Long wait for waiters to serve you they always seemed to look the other way except for Sherene a lovely girl from Jamaica and Philip or tinkerbell as we called him always on the go and so cheery. Standard have dropped in mdr, stains on tablecloths dirty cups and twice I saw young waiters just using the glass table number stand to brush crumbs on the floor. I think more training by older experienced staff is needed. Food is good but long wait for it to be served. More waiting on staff are needed in the dining rooms. I always come back from cruise with a chest infection I put it down to air con either in cabin or on flight. Would not cruise from Corfu airport again. Long queues outside airport then another to check in then another to put your case through then another for security. If you want to use special assistance you are put on last on the plane. Special praise goes to the woman captain on the flight for her persistence in trying to land our plane in strong winds . Well done. Read Less
Marella Discovery 2 Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.7
Family 3.5 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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