6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My third Tui cruise and my last I’m afraid. I’m won’t be too hard in my review as you get what you pay for and this cruise was heavily discounted. Naples airport was very poor- many passengers over 65 struggled having to carry their ... Read More
My third Tui cruise and my last I’m afraid. I’m won’t be too hard in my review as you get what you pay for and this cruise was heavily discounted. Naples airport was very poor- many passengers over 65 struggled having to carry their luggage a long distance from the airport to the coaches. Uneven pavements, crowded walkways and tiredness after a flight don’t mix well. One mature lady had a fall and was took away by ambulance. I would not recommend this embarkation port for anyone with health or mobility issues, or those who would struggle to carry their cases. I know Tui won’t be using Naples for this ship next year. This may be one of the reasons ! The food was disappointing- poor choice for those with dietary needs. Our cabin was fine and everything worked . The cruise has been refitted and is pleasant. It does however lack the plush luxury you get on most other ships. Buffet restaurant more like a canteen - crowded and noisy with queues. There was a bug on board so extensive special measures were in place to prevent its spread. This couldn’t be helped and contributed to difficulties. The main areas are open plan and lack cosy comfort making it all feel abit like Butlins. All the staff very friendly and welcoming . Shops have a good choice of products. The shore excursions were well planned and organised which was better than my last Tui experience . To summarise - I expect more from a cruise and won’t be back Tui . As I’ve said, it was heavily discounted which is the reason for the three rating . Had i paid full price I would have been very disappointed. 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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I choose this cruise because I had been on two Thomson ships before it became Tui. The expieriance before was amazing. This time it was awful!!! Firstly, there was no sail away party which before was fabulous and we looked so forward to it ... Read More
I choose this cruise because I had been on two Thomson ships before it became Tui. The expieriance before was amazing. This time it was awful!!! Firstly, there was no sail away party which before was fabulous and we looked so forward to it again. After our first night in our inside cabin, which we had had inside before, this time two mattresses put together and they separated during the night making it impossible to get comfortable. So we went to reception to ask if they could help our situation. We were told there would be a super king mattress put in place, I was in the cabin when the maid came to inform me they don’t have such thing on the ship. So she proceeded to strip the bed to see how she could help. To my disgust when she removed the sheet the mattress protector was filthy with stains from top to bottom. I was horrified to think this is what we had lay on. The protectors from the bed were replaced with relatively clean ones put across the beds to stop them parting in the middle. Still not happy we returned to reception next day informing them that no such mattress was available according to the maid. Then once more they said they would deal with it. Next we were approached with the head housekeeper to apologise for our inconvenience but said there is no such mattress on board! Staff on board were very much under pressure and with only a very few happy helpful faces. My husband has the constitution of an Ox, and yet after dining in Gallery 47 was extremely sick just after eating his meal. The choice of menus were very limited also. The buffet eating was nothing like our expieriance on the two previous ships. Then the entertainment, was poor same things every day/night. The standard was very poor. The promise of movies by midnight never once was on. Our holiday on this ship has put us off ever cruising again, it was a long two weeks trying to put our time in while on board. The outside pool was closed for days. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This Cruise was chosen by friends who have been on many cruises. We have never been on one so to us it was a whole new experience. From start to finish the experience was brilliant. The highlights were the Restaurant 47 and the other ... Read More
This Cruise was chosen by friends who have been on many cruises. We have never been on one so to us it was a whole new experience. From start to finish the experience was brilliant. The highlights were the Restaurant 47 and the other speciality Restaurants. The meals in these are just out of this world and where supplements were paid it was worth every single penny. At 47 we sat at Table 124 numerous times with the Worlds Best Waiter Baskaran. He was out standing and made us come back to the same table 8 times. Fault-less. The Entertainment and the Entertainment staff were so professional that it was hard to believe we were on a cruise ship All in all the only Complaint was after paying so much for terrific Cruise to be asked to PAY for wifi in the 21st Century was truly a joke, if you want money for wifi ask us to pay with the rest of the holiday not after…. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
6 islands cruise. We chose this cruise as initially all 6 islands were ones we hadn't visited. Unfortunately,3 had to be changed prior to departure but at least we didn't end up with our dreaded "days at sea" ... Read More
6 islands cruise. We chose this cruise as initially all 6 islands were ones we hadn't visited. Unfortunately,3 had to be changed prior to departure but at least we didn't end up with our dreaded "days at sea" Overall an excellent week. Overwhelmingly, staff were friendly, attentive and helpful. Typically- our cabin stewardess Serina was superb. Food was excellent in all the places we tried. Mostly for evenings we used either 47 or Gallery 47 (both included in price). Plenty of choice and well presented. We had a couple of breakfasts where the waiting staff were somewhat disorganised - eg coffee turning up, followed 10 minutes later, after numerous requests, by milk and a further 5 minutes for tea spoons (forks work well provided you use the wrong end!!) The inclusive drinks range was sufficiently extensive for most people with few exclusions. I suppose if you only like one specific brand you may be disappointed (eg Remy Martin brandy is excluded as is champagne) but genuine Bacardi and named Whiskies were included and the beers/lager were good for my taste. We would certainly not have benefitted from the Premium upgrade although we did pay extra a couple of times at the Coffee shop which we enjoyed. Island buffet was also very good and we used this for breakfast when we had early starts and also at lunch - problem here is trying not to eat too much when you know you face dinner later. Then, of course, there’s always afternoon tea for when you get peckish! Surf and Turf restaurant – We tried to book this from day 1 for any night but the best we could get was, on day 2, to be put on a stand-by list for the week! We didn’t get in. As we were on a cruise and stay we were only on board for one week. We suspect that all bookings went to people for whom this was their second week thus had pre-booked before newcomers arrived. Even though we were told this wasn’t the case, we couldn’t get any other explanation. So if you are cruising for one week only you may not get in which to us felt like we were penalised. Others who had been to Surf and Turf said it was good but maybe not worth the £28 ish supplement each. Snack Shack is worth a visit during the day – some sandwiches / boxed salads to take away and some people loved the fish and chips although we didn’t try that. Bar Eleven, the top floor bar was OK but not as good as some other Tui ships. We were hoping for an “Horizons” type of bar (eg on Celebration and Spirit this was a good sized pleasant relaxed bar with some live relaxed music). We think that sticking Bar Eleven in a thoroughfare between Kora La and Surf and Turf restaurants spoiled the atmosphere noticeably. For us the Atrium was far better although many others must have thought the same as it was sometimes hard to find a table. However if you go to the Atrium later when the show is on in the Broadway lounge, you stand a better chance of getting a seat. Some excellent entertainment here particularly the guitarist. Other watering holes were good with quizzes, music and entertainment aplenty. See separate review for cabin On the dress to impress night I reckon about 60% or so wore DJ’s, most others wore smart casual. I don’t think it matters as long as people are seen to make some sort of effort. We were lucky enough to get last minute seats on the Death in Paradise excursion on Guadaloupe. This wasn’t available online before the cruise and was thus a pleasant surprise for us. We only found out accidentally at the excursions counter onboard – no idea why Tui hadn’t advertised it – staff didn’t know. And finally, where did the name Marella come from. I see Tui don’t call their German ships Marella. Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Regent Seven Seas, Princess, P&O, Norwegian Cruise lines, MSC, Silversea etc . Compared with those I think Marella sounds second rate. Even Tui would sound better. Just couldn't spend enough time on board to try everything out so certainly large enough ship for our needs and transport between islands. Overall, very good ship, staff and entertainment with plenty to keep all well fed, watered and entertained. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We did a 2 week cruise on Marella Discovery visiting many Caribbean islands we had not previously visited on other ships. We were so impressed with this ship with its wonderful friendly staff. It started with the Thomson flight, plenty ... Read More
We did a 2 week cruise on Marella Discovery visiting many Caribbean islands we had not previously visited on other ships. We were so impressed with this ship with its wonderful friendly staff. It started with the Thomson flight, plenty of legroom, a new aircraft and plenty of food and drink that you could want, it was a really good flight. We have cruised with many other cruise lines but never with Tui, this was our first. From the word go everything was so well organised. We enjoyed the food in all the restaurants. We visited Surf and Turf on two occasions and the food was amazing as was the service too, this restaurant was an added supplement as was Hot Stones and Kora La but the food in all three restaurants was brilliant we had beautiful meals in all three, well worth the supplement. The 47 and Gallery restaurants were very good too, well presented food and good choices. The buffet in Islands was also very good with a good choice of food every day. There was a self service beer and wine area near the entrance to Islands and I was so impressed with how spotlessly clean it was always kept. I commented to the guy who went over and above keeping this area tip top, his name was Stephan and well worth a mention. The quality of the inclusive wines was very good and although we occasionally ordered a bottle of wine it was certainly not on a regular basis. The entertainment was also excellent, although we did not get to every show, we were too tired on a few occasions but the shows we saw were really good. The comedian was really funny and the dancers very professional and top quality entertainment. It was such a happy atmosphere on this ship, like no other we have been on previously. Including P&O, Fred Olsen, Princess and Royal Caribbean, they certainly have got a good product with an excellent team and we will certainly be cruising on this ship again. Danni and Danielle at reception were very professional and went to so much trouble to sort out any queries and problems we had and all the reception staff were brilliant too. I must mention Claudia, social hostess who did such an excellent job hosting various events, so professional and friendly and made everyone feel special. We were a bit unsure about cruising with Tui for the first time but I must say we were extremely satisfied with the whole package, certainly as good as any other line we've cruised with in fact a lot better than most. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Lovely looking ship and cabin was clean and functional. Cabin staff great (Boyana). The excursions we chose were good and reasonably priced. However, the food was a major let down. We tried the Waiter Service Dining Room - ‘poached ... Read More
Lovely looking ship and cabin was clean and functional. Cabin staff great (Boyana). The excursions we chose were good and reasonably priced. However, the food was a major let down. We tried the Waiter Service Dining Room - ‘poached eggs’ consisted of one yolk that was just about warm, served with two pieces of bacon. The Buffet Breakfast was ok - the Buffet Lunch was poor - we actually could not find anything we wanted to eat on three days - and ended up with cheese and crackers. The Italian in the evenings was the best choice and although we knew the menu completely by the end of the week. Afternoon Tea was the best meal of the day. We ate once only, thank goodness, at Kore La, Speciality Restaurant - never had fusion food like that and will never do again hopefully. Total waste of money. The pool area was ok but noisy, however the Glass House was an oasis of calm. Would not go on this ship again. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Back to Back cruise on Thomson Discovery 13th to the 27th of May 2017 The Tui flight to Palma went ok and we were on the ship by early afternoon, although we had the hassle of reclaiming our bags at the airport and dragging them to the ... Read More
Back to Back cruise on Thomson Discovery 13th to the 27th of May 2017 The Tui flight to Palma went ok and we were on the ship by early afternoon, although we had the hassle of reclaiming our bags at the airport and dragging them to the coach which nowadays we are not used to. The outside cabin on Discovery was nice and storage space was good enough and the cabin was kept ship shape by two very efficient stewards, the shower was corner shaped with a curtain which jumped on you and the sink was a basin type being small round and deeply dished so if you turned the water full on it splashed you and wet the unit through, unbelievably I have never seen such thin and poor quality toilet paper on a ship, surely this must be false economy as three times more than normal had to be used. Discovery is a cold ship with drafts from the prom deck adding to the air conditioning as the doors to the prom deck were not the traditional heavy wood ships doors but two opposing sliding glass panels which both opened completely as would a town centre shop, letting the wind whistle through and it is plain to see that this ship was built for hotter parts of the world than the Med in May. Deck space is plentiful if grubby at the rear of the ship due to spilled drinks and soot specks on the deck that left dirty streaks on deck which I never saw mopped up, or the soot on the after deck sun loungers which were neither cleaned off, and while sun loungers are plentiful on the ship most have seen better days, unfortunately one big fault appears which is most annoying as no chairs are provided on the sun deck for those who have difficulty in getting on and off a sun bed and if you needed a chair it had to be pinched from the deck bar area which is not an ideal solution, and again there were also no chairs on the prom deck which again is a pretty bad and annoying oversight. The all inclusive drinks package cannot be bettered anywhere, and I guess that this is the reason that most passengers booked with Thomson and as drinks are a big part of the budget its a great saver. The bar waiter service on deck was great being constant throughout the day but the plastic drinking vessels are most off putting and they look filthy, possibly the denaturing of the plastic but I am sure any discerning cruise line would not serve drinks to respected customers in such vessels. Many of the plastic drinking vessels cups and plates etc were never collected at sundown, and were in evidence in some parts of the ship the morning after, so the ship is a bit sloppily run by higher management. Discovery is also a ship of music, in the main restaurant and Atrium there are tuneless automatic pianos aimlessly tinkering away by themselves, or pop music when they are not playing. There is live music on deck in the afternoon for those who like deck entertainment, but at all other times there is incessant piped pop music in every part of the ship, even in the restaurants while eating, and heavy metal music at breakfast is not my thing, there is not a quiet lounge in the ship where passengers can sit quietly with a drink and talk to each other, or to just sit quietly, so wherever you go there is non stop background pop music. Food on Discovery was very average but most of the Destiny passengers seemed to appreciate it from the person who started eating by pushing a full sausage into his mouth and then dropping his chin to within 3 inches of his plate and without using a knife shovelled in the rest with just a fork, to the people who held their knives and forks as would a four year old, fine dinning it is not, but I guess on this cruise most passengers didn’t care as long as the food did not run out. On this ship there does not seem to be a formal night or Captain’s dinner, but a “Dress to impress” night, and indeed I was not impressed, Thomson have dropped smart dress, to casual, which has morphed into scruffy as T shirts and jeans with canvas type shoes seem to be the standard, or anything which showed off the tattoos, on the first dress to impress night I wore evening dress which was a mistake, as unfortunately there really was no point, and I never wore a jacket again, I also noticed that many people wore the same clothes for days and one chap wore a somewhat grubby flat cap morning and evening throughout the cruise, although during the second week in the evening just a few jackets were in evidence although the majority were still people who wore jeans or shorts and T Shirt with pumps around the ship. The Main Restaurant had an abundance of staff but the service was the worst I have ever seen on a ship in 30 years of cruising, after being escorted to a table and being given a menu the average time before the starter came was 40 minutes, with the whole three courses taking over an hour and a half and once two hours, we always arrived at the restaurant before 7pm and never left before the first show started at 8:30pm. I was not the only passenger to see that the dining format did not work, and while again the food in the main dining room was not fine dining it was acceptable and always nicely presented it was however never hot, and on two occasions my fish was wet and underdone, then one night we were told after ordering that for some reason? the steak could only be served very well done, (why) so we all cancelled the steak. There were two other bookable restaurants which were at both ends of the dismally and dimly lit Disco Bar 11 and as both were open to the incessant pop music, or the nightly disco music played in the bar 11 any intimate restaurant ambiance was also unachievable. Due to the terribly slow dinning we saw most ships shows at the second nightly performance and the shows in our view were quite poor, the singers were not very good and they had to sing over music which was far too loud straining their voices, and some productions were sort of acting and singing like their take of West Side Story, which they murdered. The guest artists were entertaining being a Yorkshire comedian who was very good, although unfortunately the comedian for the second weeks cruise was again very average, no I'v changed my mine he was poor, there were also two lady singers who were very good but many people got up and sneaked out, not their cup of tea, or possibly a little too sophisticated for this clientele, and after the show the bubbling and gushing cruise director never failed to impress upon us how great they all were, in just case we forgot. The ship's bars were in general dimly lit, with live entertainment in one of them which was a very popular venue, and of course the incessant piped pop music in the other bar lounge areas, although the barmen and bar waiter service was always very good. So to sum up, the cruise ports were very good, as were the ships tours we had booked, although our stay in Naples was cut shorter than stated in my published itinerary and as such we could not risk doing our usual trip around the bay by train to Sorrento and back, which was a lot more than irksome. Thomson have vastly dropped standards for this ship, and for certain Thomson are now targeting the ship at newbies, the first time cruises, a younger clientele and at families, as we were informed that there were 200 children due to board the day we disembarked, in preference to seasoned cruisers who demand better standards than this ship or Thomson TUi are willing to provide. We booked this cruise on the strength of having done 4 previous Thomson cruises, the last one to the Caribbean which was very good, and now it does make me wonder if Thomson have dropped standards throughout the whole fleet in order to target another market, so would we sail on Discovery again? Well its cruising Mr Spock, but not as we know it, so that’s a NO. This review is my own view of this cruise, other reviews may differ Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Given some of the reviews, I was a little nervous of the cruise but once there we had a good relaxing holiday on the Tui Discovery, three of us in a deluxe balcony room, a little small perhaps but cleaned and tidied every day by very ... Read More
Given some of the reviews, I was a little nervous of the cruise but once there we had a good relaxing holiday on the Tui Discovery, three of us in a deluxe balcony room, a little small perhaps but cleaned and tidied every day by very polite hard working staff. The ship Busy, especially the pool area, some quiet areas at the rear, putting green was fun, the deck chairs were past their best but ok, worth picking up some towel clips, night time movies ok, if you stand still for a while someone will clean you! There are photographers around every night and you can get a private session (they are very good), and the cost is not bad but be aware of the holiday spirit and an average price is still a fair few pounds. It s worth noting that the all inclusive lasts until you leave the ship, so no nasty bar bills at the end of your trip, also you can book out a towel on the last day and store your hand luggage so no need to carry around bulky items. The food We dined in Gallery 47 each night with breakfast and lunch in the Islands restaurant, always found something on the menu to have, again looked after by friendly staff. Unlike some we never had to wait more than a few minutes but we timed it well, not at peak times, late night the Glass house is worth stopping at for a burger or curry, so if you don't like what's on offer wait an hour or so and there will be something different to eat. The drinks We had the standard Inclusive drinks package and we found this to be more than adequate a good range of known brands not local equivalent ones, they did try to sell us the enhanced package but we saw no advantage. The service was good at the bar and from the rooming waiter and waitresses. The water was terrible, so where we could we would get coke and lemonade from the mini bars as they were from bottles, plus we carried on in luggage 6 ltrs of water (heavy case but at least room for duty free on the way home.) Entertainment Something for everyone, the shows were good, given that they do 10 different in 14 days, the musicians were also very good although they did tend to do the same set over and over again in different locations, the virtual band was rubbish. Shore Excursions This one is a mixed bag, the technology is good and you can book a shore excursion quickly and efficiently, but you can get the same package cheaper on shore, but be clear what you are paying for. Although always polite to us, the destinations desk could be better in a number of ways, such as it would be useful if they went on a some of the excursions as some did not do justice to people or islands as we passed through run down villages and piles or industrial rubbish. Swimming with dolphins in Curacao however was the best trip ever. Other Top tips Bring some bubble wrap, a drink bottle, a small funnel and an elastic band with you. Fill the bottle with ice from the ship and a drink, wrap the bottle with bubble wrap and a hand towel from the room, secure with the elastic and that should stay cool for 4 hours or more, at the end of the trip use the bubble wrap to protect your fragile items in your luggage. There are no laundry facilities other than room service, so for the odd item of washing bring a little powder and a few pegs. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We had a super holiday on the Tui Discovery which we had selected based on the ability to directly fly to Barbados and the itinerary of the islands we visited over the 14 days. I was initially a bit worried that is a 20 year old Royal ... Read More
We had a super holiday on the Tui Discovery which we had selected based on the ability to directly fly to Barbados and the itinerary of the islands we visited over the 14 days. I was initially a bit worried that is a 20 year old Royal Caribbean ship that had been modernised however the ship was really nice, modern and well kept. In fact it was a slightly smaller ship than we have been on previously with other cruise companies which meant it was easier to get around and you didn't have to bother waiting for lifts etc. Another big plus from our perspective with this ship was that the drinks prices were very reasonable indeed (almost UK pub prices) which unlike with other cruise companies you didn't have to pay through the nose for your drinks. This meant we didn't have to go through the rigmarole of trying to smuggle bottles of wine like we have done on our past cruises!! We mainly ate in the 47 Degrees and Gallery 47 (the Italian) restaurant and the quality of the food was on the whole very good. There was however the occasional course for which the portion sizes were either a bit on the small size or not quite up to standard but this was in the minority. We also ate in the Hot Stone restaurant which was very good and one night we ate in Kara Le the Asian restaurant which was excellent. The service in all the restaurants was good with some excellent individuals but there were a few waiters who probably needed some extra training in my opinion. We had a balcony cabin which was really nice and our cabin steward Carlos was absolutely excellent. Although on most of the islands we did our own thing and used local taxis etc we did do a cycle tour of St Kitts, a hike to a waterfall in Grenada and also the farewell to Barbados tour on our last day with Thomson. I thought the cycle tour was a nice idea and we got to try out an e-bike which I must say are absolutely marvelous in providing you with some extra drive when cycling up hill! Finally, in terms of entertainment we went to a few of the Broadway which I must say we enjoyed. All in all I would certainly recommend Thomson and this ship. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
So I like reviews to be short sweet and straight to the point. Here goes we book on a Thompson cruise with a trip on the TUI Discovery. We booked quite late so missed the drinks package. First point of note the day excursions off the ship ... Read More
So I like reviews to be short sweet and straight to the point. Here goes we book on a Thompson cruise with a trip on the TUI Discovery. We booked quite late so missed the drinks package. First point of note the day excursions off the ship sell out fast. We tried to book 2 trips both sold out within the first 2 days. The thai restaurant is a must again places went fast its worth the £20 extra. On sea days sadly the british culture of putting your towel out on a sun bed at daft o clock in the morning is still in evidence . To the credit of Thompson the staff were removing towels that had been on beds for more that 1 hour. Our cabin 3056 was very clean thanks Maria nice size window shower was a little tight but good water pressure. We had a great comfy double bed the cabin had plenty storage space for our clothes. The food was of a good standard with in my opinion a good choice in fresh fruit and hot and cold meals. We went to the self service breakfast buffet each day I must say that set me up for the day. The evening meals were a toss up between the Italian restaurant and the Alacarte restaurant The entertainment was ok as I have watched much better on other Thompsons Ships again this is my opinion. I was a little disappointed at the cost of the Thompson day trips a bike ride was £35 each 2 hour trip to train ride cost us £156.00. Would I use Thompson Holidays again yes would I do this itinerary of islands again No Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The holiday got of to a good start with out outbound flight on the Dreamliner to Barbados. We stopped in a Gatwick hotel overnight as it was an early flight. Unfortunatley our more local airports, Birmingham and Manchester, did not have ... Read More
The holiday got of to a good start with out outbound flight on the Dreamliner to Barbados. We stopped in a Gatwick hotel overnight as it was an early flight. Unfortunatley our more local airports, Birmingham and Manchester, did not have a Dreamliner on the return flight, even though Thomsons advertise that their long haul flights are on a Dreamliner aircraft. The staff in our Thomson holiday superstore, where we booked the holiday, wrongly tried to convince us it was, so always double check. Gatwick security check in is a dream, in and out, compared to our Manchester airport experience on previous flights. Tui Discovery 1 ship is much larger and has better facilities than the Thomson Celebration, which we sailed the Carribean on a previous cruise. The food sadly is nowhere near as good, the steak on 3 occasions was uneaten as it was too tough and the main meal of prawn mac & cheese consisted of a heated pre made bowl of watery food on a plate with no garnish etc, I should have photographed it it was so bad. The staff as always are excellent and can not do enough for you but in the main restaurant they are too busy as they now have to serve the meals and drinks, there are no longer any dedicated wine waiters. The food in the Italian restaurant always seemed much nicer and better presented but there was not enough variation to eat there every night. The Tapas & Pizza bar, situated in the glass house after 6.30pm, is also worth a visit for a change of scenery and a variation of menu. The Breakfast in the main restaurant is superb, as is the food in Islands buffet bar. The casino on board was a great disapointment, on the Celebration we spent many nights playing and (mainly) watching but the Discovery has an electronic Roulette, a few bandits and 3 card tables, which were a £5 minimum bet so not many people were playing. A lot of the Thomson excursions seemed to be aimed at people who enjoyed more active things to do, many of them revolved around snorkelling etc. We did go on a catamaran in Antigua where we were taken to 2 different beaches and enjoyed a wonderful barbequed Lobster lunch. On most of the Islands we found the best way to explore was by using a local taxi driver and asking for an Island tour. This is always cheaper the more passengers there are, sometimes you can share with fellow cruisers. The evening entertainment team worked very hard to provide a different show each night and in the main they were very good. The shows did get a little 'samey' by the second week, as even though they were different, they all consisted of similar song and dance routines. The two comediens that were on during our cruise were very mediocre, especially Maurice Grumbleweed, who wasn't our cup of tea at all. Having said that it's worth a look as we are all different. The itinery of our first week included Matinique and Guadeloupe, these islands are French and only use Euro's as currency. This was not mentioned to us when we booked so we didn't take any with us. No-one we spoke to onboard was aware of this either, consequently the ship ran out of currency quite early in the morning meaning many of us were unable to get euro's to pay for taxis or food ashore. Be careful when leaving on last day as we were assured by reception days before that there was no need to keep your cabin as rooms would be provided to freshen up and change prior to disembarkation. We were provided with a list of about 10 rooms, spread all over the ship for the hundreds of people leaving. We visited all of the listed cabins to find unhappy queues outside every one. We returned to reception to explain only to be told that they were the only rooms available, they were not interested in sorting the out the problem, we even offered to pay as we did not have time to queue but the receptionist was not interested. We had to travel back for some considerable hours without having a shower or being able to properly get changed. Not an ideal situation. Read Less
Marella Discovery Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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