5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Having sailed numerous times with NCL, MSC, RCI and P&O I was more than happy with my recent cruise with Marella especially after reading some of the reviews. Flight, transfer and embarkation to our cabin was the best I have ever ... Read More
Having sailed numerous times with NCL, MSC, RCI and P&O I was more than happy with my recent cruise with Marella especially after reading some of the reviews. Flight, transfer and embarkation to our cabin was the best I have ever encountered, all well planned and trouble free. The ship is smaller than the others I have sailed on but every facility is available. The food was amazing, we ate in 47 and gallery 47 mostly but did try the island restaurant a few times for lunch. Choice of food was very good. The excursion were not too expensive although the one we were on to Bethlehem could have been better planned as we did not get to go to crypt due to delay in departing from the ship, this was very disappointing as other trips did get to see the crypt. Our cabin was a junior suite on deck 8 which was very spacious. One of the best features of this cruise was the entertainment, every night there was different shows in the theatre as well as an abundance of other bars for live bands and singers. We will most definitely be sailing with Marella again Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We were a group of 2 married couples. We boarded the discovery with absolute ease everything run so professionally. Our cabin was ready on arrival we had only an indoor cabin on deck 2 which suited our needs perfectly. Enough room and ... Read More
We were a group of 2 married couples. We boarded the discovery with absolute ease everything run so professionally. Our cabin was ready on arrival we had only an indoor cabin on deck 2 which suited our needs perfectly. Enough room and everything that was needed. The ship was easy to navigate around and plenty of information and personnel around if you got lost We dined in the waiter service restaurant which was just like eating in a 5* restaurant every morning and evening. Entertainment was always available and was really good. We did a few excursions and again information was given and disembarking was carried out in a professional and organised way. The staff on the ship were amazing, every single one never did we see a miserable face and never greeted without a smile. The captain Chris Dodds does an outstanding job, he is an ever presence around the ship always taking time to stop and chat and made everyone on the ship feel special. Restaurant manager Kenan was always around with a smiling face and happy to help. Absolutely loved our cruise and would recommend to anyone Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We choose this cruise for the itinerary and dates we are available to travel. The cruise sailed from Muscat, taking in a short visit to Salalah, Oman, then up to Jordan for 3 days/2 nights in Aqaba, for Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, then ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the itinerary and dates we are available to travel. The cruise sailed from Muscat, taking in a short visit to Salalah, Oman, then up to Jordan for 3 days/2 nights in Aqaba, for Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, then through the Suez Canal, around to Israel, Ashdod, for Jerusalem and Bethlehem, then over to Kefalonia and finally disembarking in Corfu. Unfortunately, after booking we discovered there would be no time to go ashore in Muscat, as we sailed early the following morning, and soon after booking we were advised that the Dead Sea trip from Aqaba was cancelled due to road conditions. We were disappointed but understand these things happen, so added an excursion to a 5 star hotel in Aqaba for a beach day instead. We had a great flight out in Premium on the Dreamliner, Muscat airport was easy and we were onboard quickly. The whole process smooth and efficient. We had an aft cabin, pre-booked and it was spacious, clean, comfortable, but I have to say on occasion noisy from the engine's, vibration was bad some nights, and yes, you do get a little soot on the balcony, there's nothing you can do about that, just don't wear white! The steward cleaned it daily. I'm not complaining, just pointing it out. The ship was full I think. Hard to get a sun bed. Or a seat in the atrium. Nowhere really for some peace and quiet, we were glad of our large balcony. Bar 11 was lovely for evening cocktails, we preffered the buffet for evening meals as we found the MDR very busy, squashed together and brightly lit, and actually didn't rate the meals there apart from breakfast and Beef Wellington. The surf and turf was excellent, you need to book as soon as you can! The excursions were a bit manic. They were long days in high temperatures which we were prepared for, but felt really rushed, the guides all knowledgeable and friendly, but a little inflexible. We were awed by some of the places we visited, but just didn't have time to appreciate them. Destination Services on board were rude and unhelpful, and you had the feeling they didn't care once they'd got your money! Many people complained about various issues on various trips, but I don't think there's been any resolution. If you can, book privately or go it alone. There was a mix of entertainment, both day and night, a great comedian, opera singer, guy with a guitar, we didn't do the shows but heard they were good, just not our thing. Most of the staff are fabulous, friendly, helpful, with one or two exceptions. The food was good and varied and mostly hot (except strangely chilled poached eggs in the MDR on the last morning for breakfast!!) As I said we preferred the buffet, snack shack was great for lunch, glass house for snacks in the evening. Plenty of choice of drinks on the standard AI, though we paid extra for a fancy cocktail or coffee occasionally. Overall though, we felt extremely lucky to be able to do this cruise, visit the places we went to (we will go back independently), enjoyed our sea days with a book and a view of the wake, dolphins, stars, and our adventures on shore. The ship was still having the occasional engine/electrical problems, so we lost some time in ports too. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise as I wanted to be away to avoid a certain anniversary. I looked for a Reposioning Cruise as I like plenty of sea days and not many port calls. Travelling as a single is always expensive and this was not a cheap holiday ... Read More
I chose this cruise as I wanted to be away to avoid a certain anniversary. I looked for a Reposioning Cruise as I like plenty of sea days and not many port calls. Travelling as a single is always expensive and this was not a cheap holiday even though it included drinks and gratuities. So one could not say ‘ You get what you pay for’ and imply it was a bargain rate and that I should have known better... The ship itself is fine, very clean and the majority of the staff are good at their job, helpful and courteous. The food is again ‘fine’, good choice, plentiful and varied, if somewhat overcooked at times, but the chefs are catering for a wide range of tastes and appetites. The Turf and Surf had very good food and was well worth the supplement.Embarkation and airport transfer were excellent. Excursions were pretty standard and reasonably priced. My problem was I am not vastly overweight, don’t wear Primark clothes, wouldn’t dream of drinking a pint of lager at ten in the morning, dislike having to strain to speak to people over the incessant row made by the talent-challenged entertainers in the bars, would have loved to sit on the sundeck without loud pop music blaring out - so I didn’t really fit in. It sounds snobby I know, but had I been aware of the target market of Marella Cruises, I would have realised it was out of my comfort zone. We all have different tastes and it doesn’t make us better or worse than each other, but Marella was not for me. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Nice ship! RC obviously have their ship design sorted and Marella now own a nice/modern ship. It isn’t a monster either and we like ships this size. We’d prefer this ship over P&O’s Oriana and Aurora and it’s that much ... Read More
Nice ship! RC obviously have their ship design sorted and Marella now own a nice/modern ship. It isn’t a monster either and we like ships this size. We’d prefer this ship over P&O’s Oriana and Aurora and it’s that much ‘nicer’. Shame about the buffet being at the front where every other ship puts a bar: Many tables weren’t available due to people being sat at the windows with a glass of orange juice just to watch the world go by. The ship. Looks and is very nice. Great to walk around, shiny and well maintained. Humorous captain and most of the crew very attentive. The culture on our sea-day intensive cruise was lovely & laid back. The main restaurant was good; 3 courses for all and the house wine or Prosecco please. We enjoyed our 2 weeks aboard, one week of which was at sea (we love sea days). The enrichment talks and presentations on board were great (Astronomy/Space, Piracy, belly dancing lessons and others) and the trips ashore to Petra, Wadi Rum and Spinalonga were a proper cultural immersion. Shame about the extremely average food at Spinalonga. (we didn’t order the rain either but we didn’t complain to Marella about that…) Marella forcibly entertain you. Most of the entertainment is in your face. There is some (usually good) music and performance in the Atrium but it is often overpowered by the performance from the live room, itself sometimes overpowered from the music in the Squid & Anchor. Ordering your cocktails from the all-inclusive menu? Don’t worry about the alcohol content as they all will be short-measured. Our cabin, 6500, was over the entertainment at the front of the ship. Early nights were a nightmare of music, music and music, courtesy of the Squid & Anchor. On one occasion we had to wait an hour between starter and main course. We had to be blunt with the restaurant manager whose staff kept telling us ‘it’s on its way’ so many times… The buffet was just a buffet. The bacon was unsmoked, the sausages mundane. (The moussaka was great!) The afternoon tea was OK; you could tell we weren’t sailing Cunard. Oh, we also liked having ‘technical problems’ a couple of days before Oman. We enjoyed the ship cruising far more slowly and having an extra night on board Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My first time on Discovery and most enjoyable, the cities were exceptional and lucky with the weather. I was lucky to discover an art class on the first sea day as I attended a lecture which was very entertaining about Pirate Radio and ... Read More
My first time on Discovery and most enjoyable, the cities were exceptional and lucky with the weather. I was lucky to discover an art class on the first sea day as I attended a lecture which was very entertaining about Pirate Radio and Interviews with some Graffitti information, well worth the time. i found myself attending the class with a Robin who was an excellent teacher and very patient. I now have an artistic ability I never knew about. Bar 11 was super in the evenings an oasis on board to enjoy a drink with a great view and excellent staff. The Entertainment in the evenings was much the usual with themed shows and quality speciality acts, all very good. just a warning there are no toiletries in the cabins so take plenty, however the cleaning staff were top draw. I believe that Marella will make changes but hopefully not too many. There was a charge for Shuttle Buses but all excursions were good value. St Petersburg is stunning and Aarhus was special but of course visiting so many cities its difficult to be critical. Docking in Copenhagen was a way out of the city which meant you couldn't walk to the city, but as it was raining not a bad thing, dock in Oslo was great. All in all I hope to return. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I thought you may like some feedback on our recent cruise in June 2018 to the Midnight Sun on TUI new ship Marella Discovery. We have been cruising with Thompson’s (TUI) since 2004 and have booked in excess of ten cruise trips with ... Read More
I thought you may like some feedback on our recent cruise in June 2018 to the Midnight Sun on TUI new ship Marella Discovery. We have been cruising with Thompson’s (TUI) since 2004 and have booked in excess of ten cruise trips with TUI. This is our second cruise with TUI in 2018. The ship is beautiful, with excellent recreation facilities, entertainment and lounge and bar service. In general, the facilities, bar and lounge staff were excellent. The two main areas that we were not too pleased with was the supervision and service provided in the Gallery 47 Restaurant and Island Restaurant. Maitr'd seldom visible did not help out. We eventually moved away from these facilities of the Gallery 47 and Island Restaurants and used the excellent facilities and food at the Black Rock Grill, Glass House, which was well supervised by Mr Anthony Tapiador, the Head Waiter and his most pleasant staff. I would recommend this excellent facility for your meals. Look forward to our next cruise. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Facilities were poor. Smoking areas were a joke and people were treated like "the great unwashed". Eventually after a Petition was set up the Captain provided a covered smoking area (weather was not very good). They ... Read More
Facilities were poor. Smoking areas were a joke and people were treated like "the great unwashed". Eventually after a Petition was set up the Captain provided a covered smoking area (weather was not very good). They announced it in the daily paper as an additional area, then proceeded to close the smoking area on the sunny deck Day time entertainment was very poor considering the weather, evening entertainment was not average but could have been so much better if nearly all the entertainment staff were not all their first cruise. They just did not seem to gel at all, they should have mixed it up a bit more. Poor standard of food, never ever warm never mind hot! Daily information about the ports was nearly non-existent, to the stage that a half-hour bus ride to a destination that was closed (bank holiday) was a total waste of time. A bit of a wash-out is the best way to describe it. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Like another reviewer on Discovery 2. We have been cruising with Thomson/Tui for many years and agree with everything they have said. Celebration was our favourite ship until Discovery came and then we saw how tired Celebration looked. Our ... Read More
Like another reviewer on Discovery 2. We have been cruising with Thomson/Tui for many years and agree with everything they have said. Celebration was our favourite ship until Discovery came and then we saw how tired Celebration looked. Our first cruise on Discovery was really good ;we were really impressed so we booked another. There were 2 years between the cruises. We were shocked how tired it looked in such a short time. In the buffet dining area tables were taking a long time to be cleared. The choice of food was not as good as the previous cruise. Entertainment was nowhere near as good as the Celebration. Since all inclusive has come onboard as non drinkers we believe we are subsidising the drinkers who seem to order for the sake of it. The dress code has well and truly gone down. Seems you can wear what you like despite the rules. Due to how things have changed we are now looking at other cruise lines which is a real shame. The crew on the Celebration is what made us return year after year. Our first Captain on the Discovery was from the Celebration. He told us Tui knows the love Celebration has and they want to replacate that on all their ships. Sadly they are going badly wrong and will loose alot of their valued customers. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
My wife and I chose this cruise for our first wedding anniversary. It was our first trans Atlantic cruise with seven sea days in total. Our cabin was a Junior Suite, 8564. The cabin was immaculate and extremely comfortable with a ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise for our first wedding anniversary. It was our first trans Atlantic cruise with seven sea days in total. Our cabin was a Junior Suite, 8564. The cabin was immaculate and extremely comfortable with a huge amount of space. We really could not fault it. Our steward Prakesh was wonderful - decorating our cabin on our anniversary was a lovely gesture. The food was incredible - I had seen reviews about it not being warm etc etc - just don't listen to them! It was the best food we had had at sea (I've been with Royal Caribbean and P&O) and we were particularly impressed with Gallery 47 - the Parmesan Wheel is to die for! The Surf and Turf restaurant is a supplement restaurant, but wow what an experience! We had Lobster and Fillet Mignon and it was just out of this world. We also dined in Kora-La, which was equally delicious. The ship overall was amazing, lovely, classy ship which has plenty to do. The shows were excellent and the bars/drinks were fab. Shore excursions were very reasonably priced as well, plenty of port information was available at reception if you decided not to go on a tour. We have just booked to go back in the same cabin on the Thailand - India cruise in March next year - we can't wait! Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
we have been on this cruise before, however entertainment poor, all the same shows as last year , bands and singers all sang sad songs,people said ;get me out of here;.....NOT A HAPPY SHIP .The comic Peter Piper was good,.singer Benjamin ... Read More
we have been on this cruise before, however entertainment poor, all the same shows as last year , bands and singers all sang sad songs,people said ;get me out of here;.....NOT A HAPPY SHIP .The comic Peter Piper was good,.singer Benjamin Moss has a good voice,but again guests complained about his smutty jokes in between songs.Josh very friendly shame about the others in the show team.Staff in 47 fantastic.but food cold and lots of oil on veg in island on 9th floor ,even oil on top of mashed potatoes,very hard to find healthy option food ,also very underhanded as they knew we were not going to certain ports BEFORE we set of yet did not inform guests,the bar staff could do with more training,I understand they took on alot of new staff.when you think we were all going to the west indies,you would imagine it would be upbeat instead of dire entertainment,something is wrong with the agency that is supplying the entertainment.I would sack them and give the contract to someone else Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We had a deluxe balcony cabin which was spacious with plenty of space for clothes. The cabin was immaculate and it was kept like that all the cruise by Art who was the best steward we have had on any cruise. The ship was nice and public ... Read More
We had a deluxe balcony cabin which was spacious with plenty of space for clothes. The cabin was immaculate and it was kept like that all the cruise by Art who was the best steward we have had on any cruise. The ship was nice and public areas were kept clean. The all inclusive was very good with a lot of premium brand drinks. I'm afraid that is all the positives. On our first night we thought we would go to the Italian restaurant but there were no tables for 2 and a 15 minute wait for one. We decided to go to the other restaurant but there were no tables for 2 there either and a 20 minute wait so we decided to go back to the Italian but no tables for 2 so we joined with another couple but there were no tables for 4 either so we ended up at a table for 8. In the Italian there were empty tables for 2 but front of house said she was not given that information. 2 meals had to be sent back because they were cold. The food in the buffet restaurant was at best lukewarm. As time went by we were able to get a table for 2 in the main dining room. There were no wine waiters in the buffet restaurant so you had to serve yourself at the beer and wine pumps. When glasses ran out there was quite a long wait for clean ones to arrive. This was the poorest food on any cruise I have been on. Marella are cutting corners and it shows. The entertainment was also a weak point apart from Benjamin Moss and a few guest comedians. The service in the restaurant was hectic and you felt obliged to finish and get out. The Glasshouse was something else. You were allowed 3 tapas each and when they arrived they were the smallest portions I have ever seen. The late night buffet was awful with deep fried wraps being described as chapatis. We will never go with Marella again and a lot of passengers felt the same. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We booked this cruise with the thought that this is as good as Tui cruises get , we were totally disappointed, from start to finish all we did was wait , we had to wait [a long time] to embark, wait for tables at dinner, wait for drinks in ... Read More
We booked this cruise with the thought that this is as good as Tui cruises get , we were totally disappointed, from start to finish all we did was wait , we had to wait [a long time] to embark, wait for tables at dinner, wait for drinks in fact a large part of our holiday was taken up waiting for every thing,we put it down to untrained staff as a lot of them had no idea why they were on the ship. The food was of a very poor standard and poorly served in all areas ,buffet ,M.D.R. Glasshouse and Italian, and the snack shack served the same food every single day. The entertainment was generally mediocre apart from a couple of shows by the ships company and a wonderful singer called Ben he was the highlight of our entertainment experience. The A.I. drinks package was good but you had to ask specifically for the drinks you wanted E.G if you didn't ask for a specific brand they would serve an inferior brand. We had a great time on this cruise but very little could be attributed to Marella as they now call themselves and most of our enjoyment was derived from the wonderful people we sailed with Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We've been on many cruises with different cruise lines before, but we chose this one because we took one of our children's families on a Thomson's Cruise last year and were very impressed, and the timing was ideal as other ... Read More
We've been on many cruises with different cruise lines before, but we chose this one because we took one of our children's families on a Thomson's Cruise last year and were very impressed, and the timing was ideal as other child care duties were becoming slightly less pressing. We are not yet convinced by the freedom dining concept which means you don't easily build up contacts with staff and fellow travellers, and we felt that there was some evident cost trimming which meant that staff seemed more hard-pressed. We weren't sorry to lose some of the fringe activities like the chocolate festivals and ice-carving and we felt that fewer invited performers improved our entertainment enjoyment, because the young, 'resident' cast was excellent. TUI's general co-ordination was generally up to the level we experienced last year, but communications regarding the possible impact of the recent hurricanes was not ideal.We were surprised that passengers had to pay to join a passengers' choir. However, the food, service and entertainment were excellent, and the ship and our cabin were maintained meticulously. We couldn't have had kinder, more obliging cabin stewards than Milos and Ganna. The value, given the all-inclusive tariff and the fact that general gratuities were included, was outstanding. We liked the medium size of the ship and the show lounge and walking track in particular. The first time in the Eastern Caribbean and the weather was excellent. I found the islands fascinating and attractive in an uncoordinated way, my wife found them disorganised, impoverished, and sometimes intimidating. Most of the local people were charming. The destinations staff could have devoted a little time in their talks to advising those who who were going ashore on foot. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
This was our first cruise. We picked it because so many people told us what a fantastic experience it would be . Everyone raves about the quality of food, the level of service etc that you receive and we thought it would be a great way to ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We picked it because so many people told us what a fantastic experience it would be . Everyone raves about the quality of food, the level of service etc that you receive and we thought it would be a great way to visit a lot of new destinations in one trip. We love the Caribbean and have spent many holidays on various islands and were looking forward to both re-visiting some of these as well as setting foot on some new ones. We certainly didn't get what we both paid for and expected. Yes, there were good points. Our cabin with balcony was fine and serviced very well. The drinks included in our AI package were of a good quality. The evening entertainment was superb. However, everything else was extremely poor. The food was for the most part pretty diabolical - the standard of poor school dinners. The only good meals that we ate were in the restaurants which carried a surcharge, one of which cost an additional £60 for the two of us!!! Service in the main dining room was by and large abysmal, often waiting 3/4 to 1hr to be served our main meals. It would appear that a lot of the staff were new and were being given on the job training, which maybe accounted for some of the bad service. However, we did not sign up to be part of a training programme ! Yes, there were a lot of apologies and offers of more drink, but really it got to the point when all you wanted was your dinner!! The buffet restaurant was a total let down. We only tried it for a main meal on our first night. It was completely chaotic. Food looked awful. All dishes looked completely unappetising - very poorly displayed. There were no wine glasses - indeed no white wine,and the list goes on ! We did try it one more time for breakfast during the cruise but it was just like a bunfight to try and get food and tables were left uncleared and dirty. We didn't go back there again! Most excursions that we went on were also disappointing- incredibly poor value for money! At the end of our holiday we were unlucky that our flight was delayed and we had to spend a night in a hotel on Barbados. Obviously, rooms had to be found for a whole planeload of people, but we were assured that they would all be of the same quality. Unfortunately, we were part of a group that were put in a hotel, probably not fit for purpose. Amongst, many awful things, there was not even enough drinking water for us all. We have obviously raised all these points and more with Tui, who have not even had the decency to reply. So, we are now taking our case to ABTA who we hope will be able to help us. Would we cruise again ??? Certainly not for a long time, and definitely not with Tui. In the past we have booked many holidays through Thompson holidays, and yes we did sometimes have problems . The difference is that they were always sorted out in a speedy and professional way. Shame on Tui for not doing the same ! Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Flight out Manchester to Barbados, great on Thomson Dreamliner. Embarkation smooth with no Drama. Ship looked stunning, and we were looking forward to our first cruise with Thomson, after they procured this ship from RCI. We are seasoned ... Read More
Flight out Manchester to Barbados, great on Thomson Dreamliner. Embarkation smooth with no Drama. Ship looked stunning, and we were looking forward to our first cruise with Thomson, after they procured this ship from RCI. We are seasoned cruisers, and were looking at whether Thomson were to be a competitor for P&O In the UK market. The price we paid was reasonable alone, as well as the free upgrade to AI drinks. Well here goes, We had a decent cabin on deck 8 which was classed as a deluxe interior. Cabin 8023 was assigned to us when we were on board. Plenty of space and well kept. The only negative was that the pool area was above , and you were waken by the noise of the pool or fellow holidaymakers claiming and marking their sunbed as their territory. Please note no fridge. Ronaldo the cabin steward a real credit to Thomson. The ship itself is the smallest we had sailed on, but no dramas, and held herself well in some stormy conditions on the 6 day crossing. Bars were plenty and the theatre and facilities were ok. Gym small and half the equipment not working. Bars, our favourite was the venue, but was spoiled by some really poor cheesy entertainment. Bar eleven was nice too and was open till 0300. Drinks, reasonably priced, although we were AI. The drinks package was fine and wine by the glass was available with meals. Just watch the heavy sales pitch to upgrade to Premium. At 80 quid each person for the 13 nights to upgrade to premium it looked worth whilst. Covers all drinks and brands including craft ales.....the selling point for me. The disappointment was that most drinks including the ale ran out 2 days out to sea, and each bar does not stock the same drinks so its a little hit and miss. Cans of mixer are covered in the package as well as bottled water in cabin and speciality coffee at the coffee port. All in all worth the money. Well done Thomson. Dress code was lax, with anything goes. Most people did make the effort though. Food simply was poor in buffet, but good whilst seated in 47 degrees on deck 4.The free Italian in 47 gallery on deck 5 was brilliant. Snack bars ok and Barbeque on pool deck really good. Speciality dining is expensive. Excursions very expensive...do your own. Same with money exchange...poor rates. So far so good......now the entertainment......dismal. Mostly local on this cruise and usually the theatres where dance shows, the teams tried hard but not every night. In madeira a singer comedian from Wigan was on....ok best describes his efforts. The venue was all about trivia games and quizzes, very crude in parts and aimed at adults only...not in good taste and cheap, poorly managed rubbish. The local singer and band at best average just. This was the last winter cruise and the ship was now taking up its summer port and itineraries from Palma, so the crew were flying home with us, as with the entertainment team. Cruise ending, means you leave out your luggage on the last night, its collected and then you reclaim it on the dockside when you disembark. You then load the coach and join the check- in race. Loaded onto a cattle truck and flew home. The 2 hour flight home felt longer than the 8 hours out on the Dreamliner. Really poor here. Palma airport very busy and the walk to the departure terminal long. To be fair still good value for money all in all. Attention to detail will get Thomson there. Thanks for reading my honest review... Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our second cruise with Thomson having been on the spirit last year gave me the bug to book another one. We travelled with my sister on her 1st cruise. The Discovery was a much bigger ship and easier to get around. Disappointed ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Thomson having been on the spirit last year gave me the bug to book another one. We travelled with my sister on her 1st cruise. The Discovery was a much bigger ship and easier to get around. Disappointed that when at sea for 6 days due to wind sunbeds where not available on upper deck and everybody thought it a good idea to fill every spare space on lower deck blocking walkways etc and making it very difficult at times for individuals able bodied not to mention those with mobility aids. Unlike the previous post we attended every show on the later slot and would say each show was fully attended and thoroughly enjoyed, there was only one which I was disappointed with was the penultimate one which I found boring.The show team worked very hard to out in these productions and their professionalism came through. The cabin and ship were kept very clean and the staff around the ship were always friendly. There is a bar on deck 10 which is very understaffed especially on sail away's and should be looked at. I would say that there seems to be far to many guests to the ratio of staff, and they are very stretched at times. The open seating which has been introduced for meal times didn't really work for us. comparing it against my last cruise the service was very slow and we had to keep asking for a top up of drinks. On a number of occasion we were sat in a corner near the kitchens and felt like we had been forgotten. Although I must add that the food was excellent. The entertainment throughout the day for us was a little on the overload with quizzes etc, and some of the live entertainment was a little too much especially the saxophone man and the acoustic guitar around the pool. A little soft music would have been nice once in a while rather than live music. There were two fantastic live groups Trinity and B12 whom my sister and I thought were fantastic. Given all the above good and not so, this has defiantly not put us off travelling with TUI/Thomson as we met some incredible people who we hope we will meet again in the future and had a truly memorable experience. I hope Thomson will take the comments made and where improvements can be made on board they do so for future guests to enjoy. Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our seventh Transatlantic crossing, the fourth with Thomson, sorry, TUI! and about our 25th cruise in total. Previously we've crossed on Celebration, lovely little ship! I shall be sorry to see it go, Azura (P&O) and ... Read More
This was our seventh Transatlantic crossing, the fourth with Thomson, sorry, TUI! and about our 25th cruise in total. Previously we've crossed on Celebration, lovely little ship! I shall be sorry to see it go, Azura (P&O) and Adventure of the Seas (RCL). Flight was great. Travelled Dreamliner Premium Club which is worth every penny of the additional charge. Transfer was OK by Barbados standards but they don't have big comfy buses and its only 30/40 minutes so no big deal. Embarkation was swift and possibly helped by the fact we were in a Junior Suite with priority boarding. First impressions of the ship were good. Thomson, sorry TUI, at last has a ship in style and facilities to rival the big lines. It IS quite impressive! Very spacious and loads and loads of interior light in the public areas. I did note like another reviewer the crew demographic had changed with many Eastern European crew members, but who cares where they're from provided they do a good job and they largely did. We ate mostly in the main restaurant served by two great guys, Julio and Appollon. Ive cruised with many different cruise lines and on all Thomson ships except Dream and without a doubt, the food was every bit as good as any other four star cruise line and better than some Ive travelled on . I often read and have posted reviews myself complaining about cold food but not the case on this ship in the main restaurant where the food was always interesting, varied, well presented and hot. Only ate once in the self service restaurant and my choice was very nice but luke warm. The only minor hiccup came early in the cruise when a waiter who shall remain nameless served us at lunch. Three out of four starters came out all of which were hot so three of us began to eat. We then saw the main courses delivered to the waiter station at the same time as the missing starter. Three of us had finished our starters whilst the fourth was still eating theirs when the waiter came to the table and said he was going to serve the main courses because they'd been there a while. He didn't ask.... he just told us! We declined his kind offer and asked that the main courses when served be replaced having been standing about ten minutes and fish cools quickly. At this point it seemed that we'd asked for the impossible and were visited by Head Waiters, Restaurant Managers and other waiters one of which took responsibility and resolved the problem. Thank you to Anthony! The first waiter never served us again even though he was always close by. Not sure if that was by design or luck but a restaurant needs in my view to conform to common dining etiquette and on this occasion, it didn't. This incident apart, the main restaurant was excellent! Thank you. We like to eat in the specialist restaurants and the Italian was really good and does not incur a surcharge. I cant t say the same for my experience of Surf and Turf for which there IS a surcharge of £25 per head. Previously we've eaten in Mistral and Kora La on Celebration and the al a carte on Majesty. All three are excellent restaurants with a great food in a convivial atmosphere for an additional £20 a head. In the case of Mistral, that's for a six or seven course quality meal served by experienced and knowledgeable waiters. In Kora La on Celebration, you enter an oriental environment with suitably dressed waiters and the food is great. This is not the case on Discovery. The atmosphere and environment is no different to any other restaurant and depending on the time you eat, you have the vast pool deck screen glaring through the windows into your face. Not very oriental! I'm sorry to make the comparison but I'm afraid to do so is inevitable. We cancelled our reservation in Kora La as we found the screen intrusive and would have detracted from the dining experience. For your £25 in S and T, there are four courses and my personal view is that the food was little different to that served in the main restaurant. I chose seared scallops as a starter. It consisted of three small queen scallops which were not seared. Nice but........For my main I chose Sole which was to be served at the table. No fault of the waitress but I'm sure she hadn't deboned many sole. It took an age for her to do so whilst the fish was cooling all the time. Why not ask the customer whether or not they would like the fish to be deboned at the table or would they prefer to do it themselves. I wanted to scream out "Please give it me to do" but I resisted not wanting to cause any embarrassment. In short, S and T was not a good experience, not good value in my view and one I would not repeat in the current circumstances. We did speak to the head of F and B, raised our concerns and made the comparison with Mistral but his response was "Its the new concept" It certainly was different to Mistral and a "difference" I didn't care for! For me, a backward step. It's sad that there are no longer any wine waiters on board. Wine is now very ably and frequently provided by your table waiters but it was a little hint of extra class to have a wine waiter?waitress. I'm sure someone from TUI will read this review and I would point out that my comments are intended for their benefit also and to ultimately improve MY experience. I'm not a serial moaner and have cruised many times and to make comparisons although subjective, is inevitable. I have noted one comment on a review which I also totally agree with and is something we commented on when speaking to those in authority. In S and T restaurant, it was as if I was being served by someone speaking from a prepared script. Each waiter who approached the table started with the same pre prepared script and conversations with them were very stilted.. Ive never experienced this before on a Tui ship. It is unnatural, unwanted by me at least and makes normal conversations difficult. Please let the waiting staff be themselves. They can still say what they need to say. It was so obviously scripted, it became farcical. Lets be honest, Discovery is a nice ship. I didn't see a speck of dirt anywhere, 99.9% of the crew are fantastic. There is plenty of deck space and the sun beds are comfy. Although the bed grabbers were there at the crack of dawn as always, we never struggled to find availability.. I did read another review which commented that two of the six days were rather rough (my description, not theirs) My response would be to say that it was nothing more than gentle pitching and not nearly approaching rough. Have a ride through the Bay of Biscay on a bad day when all the doors are secured and you are not allowed outside at all. That's rough!!! Yes I agree the upper decks were closed for sunbeds on a couple of days but that was for safety reasons to prevent anyone being injured by airborne sunbeds. Yes it was windy, but if you ride a motor bike at 20mph into a 20mph headwind, it WILL be windy!! The ship was travelling at 18 knots (20mph ish) into a 20 mph headwind. Not much that can be done about that. Ive had worse transatlantic crossings but none I would describe as being uncomfortably rough and certainly none where abandoning ship became a consideration!!!. Its a great way to get home without jet lag whilst just relaxing or doing whatever takes your fancy on the ship. We don't do the shows so I cant comment on entertainment. Overall, we really enjoyed our cruise. So much so, we've already booked again for next year on Discovery and I look forward to once again meeting some great people providing a great experience. Thank you. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We checked in at Gatwick and flew by Dreamliner to Barbados. We were taken directly (the hold luggage is taken directly to the ship) from the aircraft to the Ship, so no immigration or collecting baggage at the airport. Check in at the ... Read More
We checked in at Gatwick and flew by Dreamliner to Barbados. We were taken directly (the hold luggage is taken directly to the ship) from the aircraft to the Ship, so no immigration or collecting baggage at the airport. Check in at the port was seamless and efficient. We had an outside cabin on deck 3 which was spacious and comfortable with a large picture window. Only downside if any was there was no fridge, otherwise lovely. The ship was brilliant. We prefer this freestyle type cruise and this was excellent value for money. I was slightly apprehensive after reading some reviews, however we experienced no problems whatsoever and indeed it exceeded our expectations. If you want formal, luxury type of cruise then maybe this isn’t for you although you’d have to pay a lot more on Cunard or other providers. We bought the drinks package which was well worth every penny. Good house wine and drinks whenever you wanted them. Prosecco flowed freely. The food in the buffet was our favourite. The quality and choice was amazing and we never failed to find something tasty to eat. There was a roast at lunch and dinner in addition to a speciality menu ie Greek, Turkish, Chinese etc, perfectly cooked and a choice of vegetables and salads. Soup was delicious and every day there was a traditional British pudding, including various sponges, spotted dick, fruit crumbles all served with lashings of custard as well as other deserts to choose from. The pastry chefs excelled and the cakes at afternoon tea were a delight. We also ate in 47, the formal dining room which was very nice and you could eat any time during their opening hours and choose to share or have a table for two. We also ate at Gallery 47, the Italian restaurant, also very good. We treated ourselves and ate at the Sushi bar, which was a supplement of £13.95 and well worth it if you enjoy sushi and sashimi. The cruise was for 13 nights with six days at sea and our stops were at St Lucia, Antigua, Madeira, Malaga, Ibiza and then we flew home from Majorca. I can’t comment on the Thomson excursions as we arranged our own using advice on Trip Advisor etc. I was concerned about spending six days at sea, however the entertainment lead by Ted and his team was varied and interesting. We particularly enjoyed talks by ex police officer Simon Dinsdale, cookery, and ice carving demonstrations. Dance classes, Ukulele lessons and choir lessons were also available along with quizzes and numerous other forms of activities. A first class gym with modern equipment and Yoga and Pilates classes too. The climbing wall was challenging and fun to do. Some of our fellow passengers did have various complaints but they were mostly niggly little things that wouldn’t have bothered us. Ie they thought the sea was choppy. Sun beds always appeared to be an issue, although we always managed to find somewhere to sit and it wasn’t a big deal for us. For two days there was quite a swell, however to my knowledge no one was sick and in fact I’ve experienced much worse on previous cruises, and I expected worse considering we were in the middle of the Atlantic. Apparently though most Atlantic crossings are very smooth and there’s not a lot anyone can do about the weather. The staff were friendly and helpful, special mentions to Rosmic, our cabin steward, Denny for excellent and friendly service in Bar Eleven, Alasdair the DJ for great music. Kamal at the omelette station in the buffet and all the other staff, who always had a greeting and remained cheerful. I would definitely recommend Tui Discovery . We’ve already booked for next year! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Our first time Thomson ,,,, (we have done many PO , princess, and Royal Carabean ) And it was more than we expected ,,, entairtainment great , so much choice in food , so much so we never got to the speciality resturants , we did a ... Read More
Our first time Thomson ,,,, (we have done many PO , princess, and Royal Carabean ) And it was more than we expected ,,, entairtainment great , so much choice in food , so much so we never got to the speciality resturants , we did a transatlantic 6 days at sea , felt there could have been a movie on through the day , as we are not all into quizzes ,,,,, however we came home and booked the Discovery 2 for March next year ...but not a transatlantic again , we spoke to other cruisers ,who were on there first ever cruise ,and said it would be there last ever cruise , as I said not enough going on in sea days . Great friendly staff and all inclusive premium drinks .... No cheap drinks ...... Staff in tge resturants were so friendly ... I cannot take peppers (allergy ) and chef made special fo me . Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We chose thomson for our first cruise as we were told they were a bit more relaxed, adults only, all inclusive and not too big a ship! I don't want to repeat previous reviews so will try and add bit that were relevant to us .. our ... Read More
We chose thomson for our first cruise as we were told they were a bit more relaxed, adults only, all inclusive and not too big a ship! I don't want to repeat previous reviews so will try and add bit that were relevant to us .. our Cabin was 8026 which was big and had a balcony with sunbed (just one!) - and a table and two chairs, there was tons of storage - we didn't use all the shelves, lots of hangers in the wardrobe, plenty of storage in bathroom. There was good lighting to put make up on and dry hair. Our cabin steward Herald was very thorough and due to our cabin, we had Clarins toiletries that were replenished as we needed them, and a couple of treats through the week - Temple Spa sleep mist, and two other sleep products. The beds were very comfy, we had twin beds and both have bad backs and didn't suffer which was a first. We had taken ear plugs as had heard that there could be some noise - we were below the sun bathing areas so sometimes heard them putting the sun beds out early in the morning - no other noise though. We ate in the Islands for breakfast the first couple of days but then once we tried 47 waiter service, never went back - there was a great selection on offer along with different cooked items each day. We thought the portion size was perfect and as it was waiter service, everything arrived hot. Lunchtime - we tried the Islands which always had a good selection, the Glass House had a small salad bar but with odd things to go with them, filled rolls or a joint of meat (which wasn't for us) - we had sandwiches from the Snack Shack on a couple of occasions and they were nice and fresh. Our favourite lunchtime place was again 47 for the Waiter Service .. there was a great fresh salad bar where you chose what you wanted and they chopped it up and added a dressing, there was always a burger available (which was really tasty), jacket potatoes we had a couple of times .. and then a choice from the menu for 3 courses if you wanted - the fish pie I had one day was just amazing! Dinner, again we tried the Islands once and that was enough for us, we alternated between 47 and the Italian where we had great food in both - beware with the Italian, they bring you a plate of fresh anti pasta while you order, and we ended up eating that and then being full! - they did some amazing tomato and chorizo soup with croutons. We found the red wine a bit hit and miss between the restaurants as we weren't keen on the one in 47 or the Italian, but the white was really nice - and the red wine from the other bars around the ship was nice. We booked Surf and Turf and the Kora La as soon as we got on the ship, before we even went to our cabin as it was my birthday while we were away and we wanted a nice restaurant for that night. We actually went back and booked both again before even trying them - and we were glad we did. The first time we went to Kora La - we had the most amazing beef penang - and had that the second time too .. the dessert the second time was called yin and yang - and is the best dessert I have ever tasted! The steak on the first night in the Surf and Turf wasn't the best, but the second time was gorgeous - luck of the draw I think. We hadn't told anyone it was my birthday but they brought us a 'happy birthday' tiramisu which was a lovely touch. We paid extra for the wine in the Surf and Turf, but that was £14 for a gorgeous South African red, well worth the money. The staff were just lovely in both restaurants and hugged us on our second visit - they are all so friendly. We tried a coffee from the Coffee Hut (can't actually remember what it is called) - but didn't waste our money again, they made a nicer latte in the atrium, and it was included. We tried a few different cocktails and had some nice gin and tonics - we paid extra for a smoked cocktail in Bar 11 on my birthday, and on the last night - these were great fun to watch being made and were really nice. We thought about adding to the All Inclusive drinks package but to be honest we're glad we didn't as there was enough of a selection included. We went to see the Comedian the first week - he was very funny, and the Operatic duo who were quite good, but we didn't get to any other shows. We went to the Live lounge a couple of times to see all the Bands having a jam session and that was great fun .. we had a good old dance to those, and then carried on upstairs at Bar 11. We were going to go and watch one of the movies on deck but it was the same evening as the BBQ and they overran each other which was a shame. It did always seem a bit to blowy at other times. The days we were at sea we went to listen to the talks that were given by an ex-police officer (I can't remember his name sorry) - but he was very interesting and entertaining, would recommend. I don't know how some people can say that the staff weren't friendly as our experience was totally different - everyone we passed smiled and said hello, from maintenance upwards (they may have been told to do this but whatever they've done, it has worked) - we also didn't have any problems getting served at the bars, and the girls walking around the atrium bar taking orders were pretty quick too. The days we did manage to sunbathe, there was a guy going around the deck taking drinks orders which we got quickly too. I don't think we are cruise converts - we would do one again at some stage, but would not personally do this one again .. we did know that we were going to be at sea for 6 days but it did seem far too long when we actually did it. We will do a shorter cruise in the future. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Great flight out from Birmingham,long flight but well looked after.outside cabin excellent,well looked after by maid.food great after complaining about cold meals in restaurant manager made sure our food was always hot .Missed the ... Read More
Great flight out from Birmingham,long flight but well looked after.outside cabin excellent,well looked after by maid.food great after complaining about cold meals in restaurant manager made sure our food was always hot .Missed the philippino staff,who are always great,this cruise had mainly Eastern Europe staff and some of them were hopeless.drinks package was great but let down by flat mixer drinks mainly out of plastic bottle.entertainment was none existing ,group was so noisy,broadway shows were awful,three piece band would be better busking in street,you could learn to dance ,or better still learn how to play the ukullele,ha.ive seen better entertainment in an old persons home.This was our tenth and worst cruise with Thomson.six days at sea with very little entertainment was boring,you can drink as much as you want for ai.but you have to pay for water is stupid.The sea was never rough a bit swell now and then but this ship seamed to rock and roll from day one,something I never felt on celebration!. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
A friend booked the cruise and her companion dropped out so I took that place. Lots of interesting ports of call after boarding in Majorca: Cartagena Spain, Gibraltar, Las Palmas Gran Canaria (6 days at sea crossing the Atlantic), Antigua, ... Read More
A friend booked the cruise and her companion dropped out so I took that place. Lots of interesting ports of call after boarding in Majorca: Cartagena Spain, Gibraltar, Las Palmas Gran Canaria (6 days at sea crossing the Atlantic), Antigua, St Maarten, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados in the Caribbean. The newly refurbished ship, albeit 21 years old and ex-Royal Caribbean, was very pleasant, not too large to make finding one's way around difficult. The Atrium refit is particularly impressive, also the Venue entertainment area. Main negative was the Atlantic crossing. For me, 6 days at sea was too long. There were things to do if you like quizzes, bingo, dance classes etc, and plenty of entertainment to help pass the time. On the sunny days there was the usual towel saving of sunbeds, by 7am there wasn't a sunbed to be had. The advertised timing by the crew and removal of towels after 45 mins if no one there, never happened. In the main the crew were very good, attentive, polite and well trained except the reception, where wrong information was given a couple of times and on occasions I was unable to get a reply when calling from the cabin. The IT support was also slightly lacking. I was glad to be on All Inclusive as the cost of drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, was on a par with London prices. The food was good and it was nice to have the choice of buffet or waiter service in the restaurants. The entertainment was very good, some professional acts, the remainder being the cruise show team. An excellent band, Protege, who played soul, R&B, Motown. Also worth a mention are the show dance couple and the operatic duo. Both embarkation and disembarkation were well organised and relatively stress free. Enjoyed all the shore excursions, and would recommend booking them in advance, saving queuing and possible disappointment if fully booked once you are onboard. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We have cruised on RCI, P&O, Princess, and this time Thomson Having sailed on the ship when she was RC Splendour of the Seas, first time with Thomson and thought we we try as she had been taken over by them. I will get the ... Read More
We have cruised on RCI, P&O, Princess, and this time Thomson Having sailed on the ship when she was RC Splendour of the Seas, first time with Thomson and thought we we try as she had been taken over by them. I will get the negatives out of the way first. Thomson website stated that you could bag drop at Gatwick the day before, as we have the extra problem of having a mobility scooter for my husband this seemed ideal I also rang the Welfare dept before we set off to check this was the case ( excuse the pun!) and was informed yes we could. After parking and paying for parking at the airport going through to the bag drop only to find the staff on the desk told us as we were cruising it was not possible as they didn't have luggage labels or the health questionnaire we needed to complete. I rang the welfare dept on my return to explain I had been given the wrong information, the the man I spoke to certainly should not be employed on customer services let alone Welfare Dept as he was exceptionally rude and kept telling me I needed to speak to my travel agent and it had nothing to do with Thomson. I emailed Thomson complaints but as yet virtually 2 months since our cruise no one from Thomson has had the courtesay to get back to me. Also the following morning when we checked in we still did not get luggage labels nor did we fill in a health check form. My husband has mobility problems and he is unable to manage steps or walk any distance, he can walk a little so moving around the cabin was not a problem, we were allocated a Junior Suite on deck 8 the cabin was ideal except there was a deep step to access the bathroom and the shower was over the bath, not exactly an accessible cabin which we had requested. As he cannot manage steps into a coach from Palma airport to the ship we had asked for a taxi via welfare department this took a lot of effort on our part having to get a Drs letter to explain why we needed a taxi eventually we got confirmation from the Welfare Dept that a taxi would be provided, on arrival at Palma no taxi was available and we waited more than an hour whilst one was sourced. Accessibility within the ship was good with the exception of booking a meal at Surf and Turf, we visited 2 days prior to the meal to ensure access, only to find 6 steps into the restaurant but around the other side hurrah a lift which his scooter would lift him to the restaurant area, on arrival the lift was not working which then involved 4 waiters having to LIFT him up the steps in a wheelchair and he is not a light weight, not good as the staff should not be expected to do this. Sun beds !!!!!! oh dear how people are expected to find and use one during days at sea of which there were 6 was impossible when talking to passengers at dinner telling us they reserved 6 every morning at 6:30am for their parties and in one instance reserving 6 on both sides of the ship for when the sun moved around. The Main Dining Room was excellent for all meals which we used for most of our meals as we eat early and were happy to share we never had to wait for a table. The staff were superb and used to stand waiting to take his scooter away once he was seated and return at the end of the meal which caused some hilaritary as there was competition between them who could drive it successfully, this was entertaining for us and other passengers as well. What a shame that the upper dining room Galley 47 was not used as much as it might be we went twice and both times there were waiters standing around with nothing to do. The entertainment shows were worthy of the West End and an amazing selection something for everyone. 6 days at sea whilst we travelled transatlantic was too long having previously spent 5 days on other transatlantic cruises, the entertainment during the sea day needs an overhaul as it consisted of Quizzes and quizzes which is not for everyone and with the weather being good it was a choice between trying to get a sun bed ( it took me until the last sea day before I managed this) and quiz. Nice to see the casino has been reduced in size and another bar created with guest artistes. Getting off the ship at each port was v. good most ports were within walkable (for me) distance therefore not needing to wait for shuttle buses and the gangway on most ports were virtually level so access with the scooter was not a problem. We were unable to do any shore excursions due the the mobility problems perhaps Thomson could look at providing some excursions for the less mobile? In the main we enjoyed the cruise the food was excellent the onboard staff are amazing very friendly I would say more so than any other cruise company we have used. Thomson office staff really would need to get their act together before we would cruise with them again which is such a shame as the ship and their staff were brilliant. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I chose this cruise to mark my retirement. We had looked at a number of other cruises but saw this as a late booking and liked the look of the itinerary. We booked a Junior Suite (8060) on the port side so we would have the sun on our ... Read More
I chose this cruise to mark my retirement. We had looked at a number of other cruises but saw this as a late booking and liked the look of the itinerary. We booked a Junior Suite (8060) on the port side so we would have the sun on our balcony during the 6 day Atlantic crossing. This proved to be very worthwhile as the usual sunbed reservation took place on the pool deck throughout the cruise. There were constant notices in the cruise news asking people not to do this but to no avail. It didn't bother us too much as I'm not fussed about getting a tan anyway but my wife enjoyed the sunbed provided on our balcony. The cabin was excellent with lots of storage a good sized bath room, with bath, and plenty of space. Our steward was excellent and very attentive. Overall we enjoyed the ship and the facilities, we mostly dined in Gallery 47, the upper level restaurant which has an Italian menu, it rotates between two daily menus but also includes a selection from the main 47 restaurant. We found that we got a table quicker there. We really liked the open airy feel to the restaurant, not buried down in the depths as on some ships we've been on. The food quality was generally good and service fine. Most of the crew were very friendly and happy to chat, there are a lot of East Europeans among the waiters. Also worth a try is the Glass House restaurant which is where the indoor pool is housed. It offers a Tapas and Pizza menu plus a hot stone option for which there is a cover charge of £9.50 (I think). This area is probably our favourite daytime spot, it is adult only 2 - 5, (this was an adult only cruise anyway which was another reason we chose it) and is nice and quiet to chill out in. They serve light snacks and salads during the day. We ate in the Surf & Turf a'la carte one night, the cover charge is £24.95 which seems a lot but my wife and I both agreed that the steaks we had were probably the best ever. The entertainment was generally fine comprising a range of music and dance shows in the Broadway lounge, we particularly enjoyed 'Starry Starry Night' 'Boogie Shoes' and 'Hot Summer Nights'. The final show 'Homeward Bound' based on Simon and Garfunkel songs was only marred by a jokey Elvis spot for Graceland. The alternative 'Venue' hosted a series of game shows and quizs which we didn't bother with, just not our thing. There were a number of bands performing around the ship plus some fly in performers, a couple of comics and singers. We particularly enjoyed 'Protege' 4 boys from St Lucia who were billed as the party band and Ben Moss. The crew put on a good Halloween party after we left Gibraltar with quite a few guests dressing up for the occasion too. We had wondered before about the 6 day crossing and what activities would be offered. These included a chance to learn the Ukelele, join a choir, have a golf lesson using a simulator. There was also a series of lectures on aviation from a former civil airline pilot. My wife and I joined the choir and took part in a concert on the last night before we got to Antigua and I also attended the aviation lectures, which proved quite popular. Everything was fine until we got to the Caribbean, we both had complained about waking up with very dry throats in the morning due to the air conditioning, which can't be turned off. My wife eventually lost her voice and we had to visit the medical centre, who were excellent, where she was diagnosed with a severe throat infection requiring intravenous antibiotics. As a result the last few days of the cruise were marred by this and we had to cancel some planned excursions. As I write this review we are back home and are both suffering from throat infections and are seeing our own GP. This spoiled what had been an excellent holiday and has made us think twice about cruising again for some time. Overall TUI Discovery is a pretty good ship which caters well for it's target market and I'm sure it will do well. The bulk of the guests were 40+ Brits, a few younger couples, maybe honeymooners, and quite a few elderly with mobility issues. There is something for just about everyone even if you don't fancy all that is on offer all the time. Read Less
Marella Discovery Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.7
Family 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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