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Marella Discovery 2

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Passengers: 1,836   |   Crew: 771
Passengers to crew: 2.38:1
Launched: 1996   

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Cabin size: 139 - 172 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 54
Accessible rooms: 0
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 268
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Charlotte W wrote a review 14 Jul
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We went on our first ever cruise and we were blown away by the quality and service received throughout the whole week. The check in process at the terminal port was quick and easy. We arrived around 1pm and the luggage arrived to the cabin promptly after. We were in an inside cabin which was small due to having a roll away bed due to travelling with 2 year old, however the cabin steward team kindly took the bed away every morning and replaced each evening to allow us more space when getting ready. Efendi, Faisal and Clinton were brilliant, made a real effort to say hello to my 2 year old every day and gave high five’s which made him happy and feel welcome. The chocolates in the evening on our pillows were a nice touch. The showers are not very powerful but that’s my only moan. The food in all the restaurants were brilliant. Lots of variety and the quality of the food was outstanding. The waiters in the waiter service restaurant were brilliant. Particularly 47 and gallery 47. Nothing was ever too much trouble and they always made sure you had a drink, and glasses were topped up with water. The pool wasn’t the biggest and was salt water but it was pleasant enough for how long your round the pool. You could always get a drink from the pool deck bar and they even had staff offering waiter service for drinks round by the pool which was a nice touch. Sun beds could be difficult to get on a sea day but was fine for the rest of the holiday. The waiters did monitor towels being placed on sun loungers, if away for more than 45 minutes, they would remove towels to allow others to use the sun loungers. Entertainment was brilliant across the whole of the cruise. Quizzes during day and evening. Live music and musical shows in the evening and even a silent disco which was great fun if that’s your thing. We upgraded to the premium drinks package. Not necessarily required but we utilised it a lot as we drank a lot of the premium cocktails, gins, whiskeys and really utilised it at the coffee port. Overall had a brilliant holiday with outstanding service. During the whole stay they make you feel special. Would highly recommend and we cannot wait to book the next one. Thankyou Marella, continue to do what your doing 🌟🌟🌟
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Joanna H wrote a review 14 Jul
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First cruise - Amazing time !! Inside cabin - extremely clean but did come home with a cough and cold - probably the air con as this cannot be turned off - only downside. Food was lovely with plenty of variety not worth upgrading drinks package. Beds - very comfortable Inside cabin feels claustrophobic but you will get used to it - shame you have no control over the air conditioning- not healthy !! Hairdryer- take your own cable not long enough ! We visited Civettchia in Italy not worth getting off the ship it’s a very busy, dirty place. All in all we had a great week all the cleaners work so hard and are extremely friendly. Didn’t use the pool - too small. Would definitely do another cruise everything is so organised and a great way to see the world.
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Gary W wrote a review 11 Jul
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Read the reviews before we went and was ever so slightly worried at some of the negative ones but as always we wanted to experience it for ourselves and to make our own minds up. We first booked in 2019 for 2020 but obviously that was cancelled so we rebooked for 2021 but that was cancelled too. Left it for a few years before deciding in Jan 2024 to try again. We are so glad we did as we had the most fabulous time ever! Everything was perfect and I can’t praise the bar staff, cleaners, waiters, chefs...indeed everyone enough. They were all brilliant, polite, happy, and helpful. As for the entertainment it was the best we’ve ever seen on any holiday and we both loved every main show (the abba one was exceptional!) and all the smaller acts around the ship (George the singer/pianist in the live room was great!). Our cabin was a good size, and the views magical (see Mount Vesuvius in photo!). Ok, the balcony window and frame could do with a bit of a makeover and newer sunbeds would be good, but they really were the only minor niggles and we’re not dropping a star for that. Must add we were in cabin 8554 and the three guys who cleaned our room and left the towel animal figures every day were all lovely and a real credit to Marella/TUI. Surprised at any negative food reviews as we found it hot, plentiful, and tasty. The main restaurants serving three course meals with waiter service was particularly good. From an organisational point of view everything was excellent including the great excursions whilst all the guests we met were lovely and we had a great time with them. Theres so much to do and so many places to sit, eat, drink, and just watch the world go by. We both wish we'd done one long before and can’t wait for next year (it'll either be a summer cruise to Greece or a winter cruise to West Indies!). If I could offer some simple advice it would be this: • You really don’t need the premium drinks package and we won’t get it next time. • We did four excursions on the bounce and that was possibly too much as it means early starts and lots of coach travelling etc. Think next time we’d look at going on one then having the next day on the ship. That said we had to do three of the excursions as they were places we were desperate to see (Pompeii, Pisa, and Monte Carlo/Monaco. • If you’re claustrophobic, and/or don’t like air-con you’ll need an outside/balcony cabin. Appreciate the extra cost involved but it makes a big difference and the balcony doors left open at night means you won’t need the air con. • Don’t forget your passports if you go on any excursion unless specifically told not to (we did!!!!). • In all fairness I should mention the WI-FI. It’s not cheap but it is essential when you’re at sea. If you can just buy a £40 package (x2), use sparingly, and wait until you’ve docked or you’re near land where you can use 5G again (making sure to contact your phone supplier to make sure you’re set up accordingly!). Totally understand our experience will be different to everyone else’s but we just can’t fault TUI/Marella at all and we’re already looking forward to our next cruise.
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Kate wrote a review Jun 2024
Chester, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
Experience overall - New digital system in place for drinks orders so there were a few delays as staff scan your card for everything apart from food but it didn’t bother us. Staff did their best and were apologetic if any delays. - App to report any issues, see what’s happening onboard and for excursions. Useful but kept disconnecting so I had to look for the info multiple times. - On board WiFi is expensive so we didn’t use it. Paid EE’s daily charge when docked. Ship - Always clean and tidy. - Something for everyone including jigsaws and games. Staff - Polite and friendly, always saying hello. - Get the feeling that no ask is too much. - Special mention to Allan on housekeeping, he was great! Food - Good variety and different places on the boat to get food with a choice of sit down served meals or help yourself snacks. Drinks - Cocktails were strong from some bars, try a couple as they make them slightly differently. - We upgraded to the premium drinks package but probably could have done without to be honest, it depends what drink you like. Room - Upgraded to a balcony room (room no. 6122) at the back of the ship to avoid noise and get a bigger balcony. We are definitely glad we did it. - Chair with matching foot rest with room to move around. - Peaceful relaxation with a view of the open sea. - Plenty of space for the bed, sofa and coffee table. - Powerful hairdryer in drawer. - In the shower there is one dispenser with hair and body wash in. Didn’t use on hair as I brought my own but might be useful for some travelling lighter. - Outdated but apparently getting an uplift soon my partner says. - Toilet issues! Apparently people don’t understand the phrase “please don’t flush any wipes as it causes blockages”. Either that or it was just an excuse that their toilet system is rubbish. The engineers were quick to sort it every time we reported it though (which was about 7 times!). - Bedding was slightly stained. - Glass on balcony needed cleaning. Excursions - Corsica - we didn’t book an excursion as they were sold out by the time we booked. We wandered around near the dock looking at the buildings and shops which was still nice. Some people who booked said it was absolutely beautiful so might be worth booking one if you’re going! - Rome on your own 10 hours - 1.5 to get there and then 1.5 to get back but we got round most of the main things and did a lot of walking. Got a map on the bus with some tips which was nice. - Pisa - nice trip out. - St Tropez - we had a great tour guide but the cruise staff had to rearrange our excursion due to a tender issue on board so you likely won’t have the same tour guide we did. We ended up docking at Tulon and not St Raphael. Not ideal but they were fast to make arrangements for us. - Barcelona - We just did the hop on hop off bus which was great and we got round everything in time. Would have liked to have gone to Park Güell but we had to choose from that and looking at everything else in Barcelona. Would have been better if the Park Güell excursion was 9am instead of 12pm so that people could go around Barcelona too. - You had to buy ice cream on board even if you had the premium package so we got an ice cream at each place we docked at instead. We think Rome had the nicest ice cream! Entertainment - Variety of entertainment and they do the same show twice a night so you can catch either, or both! Potentially helpful details - Can take straighteners on board. - They offer a clothes clean and pressed service for a charge, around £2.50 for cleaning and £1.50 for pressing per item. Also offer same day, +50% of charge. I used it once and it was very handy. - Bring some layers, the outside areas can get chilly because of the wind. For the ladies, people wore all sorts from a smart shirt over the outfit, something that covers the shoulder and some even brought fleeces!
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whitbyl0ver wrote a review Jun 2024
middlesbrough19 contributions9 helpful votes
Firstly i have to thank Ronald cabin crew, Jo and Wei, bar waiters, nothing was too much trouble , worked for hours on end. Next the shows every night where amazing and made the holiday for me. What can i say about the windowless cell we lived in for 2 weeks, can't turn aircon off, I got chest infection with it, it had a double bed which meant you couldn't get in without bruising your leg, Ronald changed this for us into 2 singles within an hour. The card you have to link to your own bank card is a rip off. you don't pay until you leave the ship at todays rate so the trips and anything you buy in the ships shop are charged a great deal more when taken in sterling, that's a nice little earner they have going there. The night time bars are so busy you have to endlessly walk round looking for a table, I thought a cruise was relaxing, not so this was my first and last time, don't forget to keep asking if your drinks are not premium or you will be charged. If you have already booked have a lovely time just remember that little 10 euro bag will cost a lot more when taken out of your bank account at home.
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