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As with a previous cruise from Barbados the overall 'getting there' was faultless for us. Our suitcases were taken from Manchester airport and we didn't see them again until they were delivered to our cabin. The Dreamliner aircraft was comfortable and with good entertainment. We arrived into Barbados and were whisked straight to Discovery without the need to go through the airport. Embarkation was quick and easy and so our cruise began... First impressions of Discovery were that it was big (compared to Celebration). We had our first look around and were impressed with the public areas that we came across. The atrium was quite impressive and it was good to see a proper theatre for the shows. The bar areas also seemed a bit more contemporary to those on Celebration. We had two cabins during our cruise and both we found to be spacious enough for our needs and had everything we needed including plenty of storage and a bonus of a 'free' safe. During our time on the cruise we had our evening meals in the main dining room, gallery 47 and the glass house. We like to dine just the two of us and this wasn't a problem - we only had to wait for approx. ten minutes with a pager on one evening. We found plenty of choice in both 47 and gallery 47 (two menus alternative nights) and found the food we had to be of good quality and served well. We found it much simpler for the wine to be served by our waiter than a sommelier - much quicker too than previous cruises. Carlos one of the waiters in Gallery 47 deserves a special mention for his friendliness and helpful attitude. Bar service around the ship was good - not slow as some people have mentioned and a great choice of drinks to suit everyone. Breakfast in the Islands buffet was ok- a good selection of cooked and continental foods but finding a table was sometimes a bit of a chore. Afternoon tea was great though !! We often missed lunch so the Snack Shack was great for grabbing a quick salad, sandwich or cookie - a nice informal touch to the ship. Three things stand out for us about the entertainment; Paul Evans the cruise director - he should have his own show in the evenings !! Protégé - great band although we would have liked to have seen them more in the evenings around the ship playing more contemporary music, in the right environment. A good show seems to have been a jamming session with the band and Others including Mr Sax but this was late on and we had an early start the next day so missed it. Mr Sax - brilliant performer who really came across as enjoying his performances. We also enjoyed the comedian that came aboard and the crew show was great. We went to two of the shows in the Broadway lounge and these were also good. The evening quizzes etc that were put on in the Venue seemed a bit lack-lustre to us - perhaps it isn't the right 'venue'? A couple of things we did notice on this cruise regarded the staff onboard. The senior staff seemed invisible - we got used to seeing them around and about on celebration but other than 'Dress to Impress' night hardly saw them which is a shame. Also we found a lot of European staff to be a bit surly and not as friendly as the Asian staff which was very noticeable. It would be a shame to loose this quality. We had chosen the cruise because of the itinerary and only had one day at sea. The ports of call were all great for us but we really enjoyed Bequia, Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Antigua. We went on two ship excursions which we thoroughly enjoyed and found to be good value for money. Plenty of the ports had local companies offering tours as we came off the ship. equally we found it easy to do our own thing using local buses for a fraction of the cost and with a lot of local flavour thrown in!! We had a brilliant time and will go again with Thomson knowing that we will have another quality time.

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Marella Discovery Cruise Review by Katomerikaf

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As with a previous cruise from Barbados the overall 'getting there' was faultless for us. Our suitcases were taken from Manchester airport and we didn't see them again until they were delivered to our cabin. The Dreamliner aircraft was comfortable and with good entertainment. We arrived into Barbados and were whisked straight to Discovery without the need to go through the airport. Embarkation was quick and easy and so our cruise began...

First impressions of Discovery were that it was big (compared to Celebration). We had our first look around and were impressed with the public areas that we came across. The atrium was quite impressive and it was good to see a proper theatre for the shows. The bar areas also seemed a bit more contemporary to those on Celebration.

We had two cabins during our cruise and both we found to be spacious enough for our needs and had everything we needed including plenty of storage and a bonus of a 'free' safe.

During our time on the cruise we had our evening meals in the main dining room, gallery 47 and the glass house. We like to dine just the two of us and this wasn't a problem - we only had to wait for approx. ten minutes with a pager on one evening. We found plenty of choice in both 47 and gallery 47 (two menus alternative nights) and found the food we had to be of good quality and served well. We found it much simpler for the wine to be served by our waiter than a sommelier - much quicker too than previous cruises. Carlos one of the waiters in Gallery 47 deserves a special mention for his friendliness and helpful attitude.

Bar service around the ship was good - not slow as some people have mentioned and a great choice of drinks to suit everyone.

Breakfast in the Islands buffet was ok- a good selection of cooked and continental foods but finding a table was sometimes a bit of a chore. Afternoon tea was great though !! We often missed lunch so the Snack Shack was great for grabbing a quick salad, sandwich or cookie - a nice informal touch to the ship.

Three things stand out for us about the entertainment;

Paul Evans the cruise director - he should have his own show in the evenings !!

Protégé - great band although we would have liked to have seen them more in the evenings around the ship playing more contemporary music, in the right environment. A good show seems to have been a jamming session with the band and Others including Mr Sax but this was late on and we had an early start the next day so missed it.

Mr Sax - brilliant performer who really came across as enjoying his performances.

We also enjoyed the comedian that came aboard and the crew show was great. We went to two of the shows in the Broadway lounge and these were also good.

The evening quizzes etc that were put on in the Venue seemed a bit lack-lustre to us - perhaps it isn't the right 'venue'?

A couple of things we did notice on this cruise regarded the staff onboard. The senior staff seemed invisible - we got used to seeing them around and about on celebration but other than 'Dress to Impress' night hardly saw them which is a shame. Also we found a lot of European staff to be a bit surly and not as friendly as the Asian staff which was very noticeable. It would be a shame to loose this quality.

We had chosen the cruise because of the itinerary and only had one day at sea. The ports of call were all great for us but we really enjoyed Bequia, Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Antigua. We went on two ship excursions which we thoroughly enjoyed and found to be good value for money. Plenty of the ports had local companies offering tours as we came off the ship. equally we found it easy to do our own thing using local buses for a fraction of the cost and with a lot of local flavour thrown in!!

We had a brilliant time and will go again with Thomson knowing that we will have another quality time.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 2001/7007
2001 - nice room but incrediably noisy - not from other cabins etc but from banging during the middle of the night. Lots of good storage etc and situated at the end of the corridor.
7007 - another nice room, seemed more spacious than the previous cabin but think that was down to layout rather than size. Again lots of storage and a fairly quiet room. Hedy was a great room steward.

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