Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Review by dwl16
- Sail Date: April 2019
- Destination: Transatlantic
Things improved once the cruise was under way. The captain skillfully avoided the worst of the weather although we had to miss Horta, Azores because the tenders could not launch. The ship itself may be older than some but the recent refurbishment made the public areas look new with hi tech everywhere. A mention here for the app which is really a website hosted on the ships computer - so no internet needed to use it.
Dining was a weak point.
The buffet area is well laid out with indoor and outside seating. The breakfast food was frequently lukewarm or missing. We quickly learned to choose the best items and avoid the rest. It was better at lunchtime but choice was limited.
The MDR was much better. The main restaurant is attractive and the staff mainly very good. The food was better here. We dined as soon as it opened and had no problems getting a table for 2. Gallery 47 is the best complimentary eating place for both service and food but its limited menu means it is not for every night.
Entertainment was definitely a strong point.
The production cast were the best I have seen on any cruise. They were also the friendliest. The use of trained actors in the other entertainment staff was an improvement on most ships. Even the quizzes were amusing. The cruise director and his 2 assistants were top notch.
Music was all over the ship with all the musicians very competent and enjoyable.
The bar areas were frequently overcrowded and it was often difficult to find a seat but there was a good vibe about them. The included drinks are OK. There is no need to upgrade the drinks package.
This was our first cruise with Marella and it was better than I expected.
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There are some cons
This cabin is under the glasshouse seating and we could hear chairs and table scraping the floor and lumpy trolley wheels early in the morning. The bed was very hard. I asked the steward for an additional mattress topper. I also dislike the bath/shower arrangement. It seems to be neither one thing or the other.
My overall impression was that it was a good cabin.
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