8 Corfu to Mediterranean Marella Cruises Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Reviews

Been on Discovery 2 before, nice ship, food ok, staff lovely always smiling, especially Philip he is a credit to Marcella. Ports of call very good, weather in Europe not so good, we were in a force 12 gale one day, but we survived it. ... Read More
Been on Discovery 2 before, nice ship, food ok, staff lovely always smiling, especially Philip he is a credit to Marcella. Ports of call very good, weather in Europe not so good, we were in a force 12 gale one day, but we survived it. Entertainment from Headliners excellent, didn't see comidiens so can't comment. 4 Tunes very good but did not like Jon Asher. Pleased Captain didn't say it's going to be a 'bobby dazzler' as often as he did on last cruise, he must have taken heed of feedback. I must say to all those inconsiderate people who went up to the Veranda deck to move sun beds on the 5 consecutive sea days ,one night it was 3am and others it varied between 4 am and 6am you should be ashamed of yourselves and if anyone thinks of booking a Junior Suite on deck 8 think again because you will be woken up in the early hours unless General Manager does something about blocking the stairs on deck 9 that lead to Veranda deck during night time thus stopping the selfish people from accessing Veranda deck until a reasonable time. Good cruise overall, but will not book a Junior Suite deck 8 again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our first cruise and we absolutely loved it !!! We can't stop telling everyone how good it was. All I would say is do what you want and not what everyone else wants you to do. The cruise had a dress to impress evening ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we absolutely loved it !!! We can't stop telling everyone how good it was. All I would say is do what you want and not what everyone else wants you to do. The cruise had a dress to impress evening where everyone dresses up in their refinery. Not for us thank you. I wear a suit all week and this was not my idea of fun. However, lots of smiles from those that did and that is excellent. Islands self service was brilliant. I didn't want to line up and have waiter service, that was our choice and again, I welcome those that want this. Myself and my wife are very used to good food but certainly didn't want this on our holiday. I did feel certain people were judgemental on various things, one being dining self service. One couple said to us that they were "slumming it" in Islands. I can assure you, myself and my wife know good food and this was not "slumming it". The entertainment was first class apart from one comedian. However, one person's taste is not the same as another. We played crazy golf at 11 o'clock at night with no one around and loved it. We found a part of the ship at the back to sit on our own with a long drink and take it all in. This ship catered for everyone but every activity is not for everyone. I heard one person say they didn't like the ship because you coudn't do everything like you could on other cruise liners !!! The planned excursions were not to our taste and we only did one. Saying that, the others we wanted to do were cancelled due to lack of interest. I cannot recommend high enough, loved it from start to finish but I do urge you to take from it what you want. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our fifth cruise but our first with Marella (4 with RCI). Unfortunately funds were low this year so, faced with the prospect of no cruise we bit the bucket and booked with Marella. Firstly, booking was simple - a few mouse ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise but our first with Marella (4 with RCI). Unfortunately funds were low this year so, faced with the prospect of no cruise we bit the bucket and booked with Marella. Firstly, booking was simple - a few mouse clicks, credit card out and we were done. Just over £1,000 each all inclusive for a week doing the Agean Meze (flights from Edinburgh). Flight was fine, on time and pleasant enough. Arrived at Corfu airport and. Eat by TUI reps who gave us our sea cards and directed us to the bus. Transfer to the port quick and easy as was checkin. Unfortunately the check in guy didn’t register our credit card so I had to go to guest relations when we boarded to do that (no big deal). Cabin 7585 (allocated, we didn’t prebook) was fine. Nice enough with ample hanging and storage space and was always kept clean. The ship is generally of a good quality (though showing signs of age in places) and, we felt, public areas weren’t kept to the same standard of cleanliness on RCI. Food Italian restaurant was lovely but alternated two menus so we only went twice. MDR food was good but quite boring - turkey dinner, haggis, needs and tatties etc. Despite trying on embarkation day we couldn’t get booked into either of the speciality restaurants. Glasshouse was nice for tapas and pizza. Islands we felt was bog standard fare and not a great variety. Snack shack ok but quite small portions of fish and chips and my Caesar salad didn’t have much to it. Drink Long waits at all bars, just not enough staff! Also lack of bar waiters. I think the majority of passengers hadn’t seen drink before and wanted to make sure they got their money worth! The number of people we saw who were three sheets to the wind.... not the cruise operators fault. Smoking We are both smokers (hangs head in shame) and found it bizarre that they have tables where you can smoke next to the snack shack and in close proximity to the pool where kids were. Usually we enjoy a seat, drink and ciggie on deck four but there were no seats available which was disappointing. Deck 10 had three tables and a handful of chairs between the windshields but it got extremely windy so we spent a lot of our time standing on deck four. Entertainment Meh. Not great. Some of the shows were ok and one of the bands (I forget the name) were really good. UK comedian Phil Doyle was good but unfortunately a fight broke out during one of his shows which seemed to put him off a bit. Ports were lovely but we did our own thing so can’t comment on any of the excursions. All in all we had a nice enough holiday but felt it was a bit like floating Butlins. Unfortunately some of this was probably down to the passengers on board and not attributable to Marella. Captain Chris was mildly irritating with the constant “bobby dazzler” comments and “Martin Payne with two Ys...” RCI definitely a better choice for us but I guess it depends what you’re looking for. Disembarkation was easy and flight home good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Just got back from 2 weeks on the Marella Discovery 2 and can honestly say we had a fantastic holiday. The ship/cabin were spotless, cabin was cleaned twice a day. Dining was the best food I've had when abroad as I rarely like foreign ... Read More
Just got back from 2 weeks on the Marella Discovery 2 and can honestly say we had a fantastic holiday. The ship/cabin were spotless, cabin was cleaned twice a day. Dining was the best food I've had when abroad as I rarely like foreign food when on holiday, different story on this cruise though, never ate so well. The 47 restaurant was my favorite, everything I ate was delicious. Must mention Jayson from station 12 who waited on us nearly every night, so polite and nothing was too much for him, he even sings the odd song which made dining really pleasant. Sometimes had to wait half an hour to 40 minutes for a table, but that was no problem as we went in the bar and had a pre dinner drink. Entertainment was second to none, Emir, Jessica, Helen and the rest of the entertainment crew were as good as any Broadway show I've been to and there was a different show on for the whole 2 weeks we were there. Martin and Danielle who sings opera style were fantastic too. I would also like to mention the bar staff who worked their socks off serving our drinks, especially Moka who served us most nights. We didn't do any excursions, there was 6 of us (all adults) so we either stayed by the port or jumped a taxi to where we wanted to go. Venice was my favorite but most places were beautiful and we visited some gorgeous beaches. Only gripe I have is that the pool isn't big enough to accommodate how many people are on the ship, you can't move sometimes without bumping into someone. This was my first cruise but for the people I was with it was their 6th, I was not disappointed and will definitely be going on another one....Well Done TUI Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The ship was terrible for the money that was paid .the food was terrible .we went all inclusive and every given opportunity tui could charge you for something they would .same entertainment every night butlins style and on the the top deck ... Read More
The ship was terrible for the money that was paid .the food was terrible .we went all inclusive and every given opportunity tui could charge you for something they would .same entertainment every night butlins style and on the the top deck bar rave music at midnight with young hoody types breaking glasses and being destructive .the holiday was awful and id avoid at all costs .its back to norwegian cruises from now on they know how to give value for money . The cabin was tited and we went to the italian restaraunt if you want to call it that .my partner got spagetti bolognase which was terrible and no parmazan was offered as there was a charge .there seemed to be a charge for everything .tui tend to be very money orientated .i think if they could have charged you for using the pool they would have .the worst cruise ive ever been on .what a waste of money .the ports were good .that was iit or maybe they were more appealing because we couldnt wait to get off the boat for sanity reasons . Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Cabin 6572 Small double cabin with balcony. Smallest cabin we’ve ever experienced on Thomson/tui/marella ships, and one of the most expensive for its size (full price was approx £5700 for 2 weeks) and WITHOUT A FRIDGE for the first ... Read More
Cabin 6572 Small double cabin with balcony. Smallest cabin we’ve ever experienced on Thomson/tui/marella ships, and one of the most expensive for its size (full price was approx £5700 for 2 weeks) and WITHOUT A FRIDGE for the first time ever which was a huge disappointment especially as it meant the bottled water provided (payable) was luke warm. Limited storage with shoebox size drawers & shallow cupboards. I frequently cruise with a female friend & know both of us would have struggled with lack of storage for 2 weeks. Fortunately my husband travels lightly even with his evening suit & on this occasion we had to make do with what there was. (Skipped the formal suit on our 2nd week as many didn't bother & so many wearing shorts for the formal evening.) Tiny shower/bathroom but spotless - apart from the smell/stench from drains throughout the 2 weeks. Frequent deposits of soot on the balcony which was washed down once a week only. Bed linen, towels etc. frequently changed and room kept tidy by hard working cabin stewards. Noise at night from atrium events/singing/saxophone/jazz music etc. Close to lifts and staircase. Handy usb ports in both bedside lamps for charging iPhone etc. No news channels on cabin TV - advised there was a satellite problem they were “working very hard to address” but 14 days later still no news channels. Reasonable selection of food in the Islands buffet restaurant on Deck 9 though we have noticed cut backs in many areas (cheaper cuts of meat, less choice of fish dishes / cold meats / salad selection / limited selection of cheeses). There’s an omelette station at breakfast where these were made to order. Ran out of chicken at chicken stir fry station…. Continued serving chicken stir fry as just vegetables! 47 Degrees Restaurant breakfast is good & there’s waiter service here although we found the evening meals in 47 rather hit & miss, generally poor/average with very small main meal portions. Paper thin roast beef, couldn’t have been thinner, served as main course. Served custard in a chipped/broken glass. Mostly staff were attentive even though extremely busy and appeared short staffed. Numerous gents admitted wearing shorts & flip flops for evening meals in the main 47 Degrees Restaurants, Surf & Turf Steakhouse restaurant, Kora La, & other speciality restaurants where most diners did make an effort to dress smartly/smart casual. Dress codes blatantly ignored by passengers and unchallenged by staff. Casual dress code is fine in the buffet restaurant. Speciality restaurants - Surf & Turf, Kora La, Hot Stone, etc - all charge various supplements (ranging from approx. £12 to around £29 per person)and were heavily booked throughout our 2 weeks so I would advise anyone considering a special evening meal in any of these to make their reservations as early as possible. Food was very good in these but it does come at a cost on top of what you’ve already paid for your all inclusive holiday. No rushed panic in the morning for sun beds during our time onboard despite some very early rise & reservers, but unfortunately there was the usual hogging of beds. Many reserved beds with towels etc and abandoned them for several hours. There’s a 45 minute rule for unoccupied sun beds whereby towels & personal belongings will be removed but despite timed tickets being issued no action was taken to remove items to free up sun beds that had remained unused for over 3 hours! A covered, warm, adults only indoor pool and sun beds can also be found in the Glasshouse on deck 9, however there were a number of unsupervised children in the “adult only” indoor pool and jacuzzis. The main outdoor seawater pool for cooling off and a leisurely dip also has a shallow area sectioned off for children. Be aware that the main Pool depth is 5’ 6” approx throughout so depending on your height you may not be able to stand or touch the floor of it. Outdoor POOL CLOSED ALL DAY both arrival/departure days during our 2 weeks- so don’t expect to be able to use it at all during theses days. Pool water was keep clean throughout our stay. There are varied daily activities around the ship but most we found uninspiring. Entertainment & events on weekly Arrival/Departure days are extremely limited so if you’re onboard for 2 weeks there’s very little and at times absolutely nothing happening on these days should you remain onboard. All Inclusive drinks - DOES NOT include everything. Premium drinks, premium cocktails etc incur a supplement or you can pay extra to upgrade to a Premium package - this is stipulated in the booking but the majority of people don’t discover this until they’re onboard and wondering why they have to pay extra for drinks. The All Inclusive wine is cheap house wine - again further cut backs. Check drinks & charges at the bars before you order & decide whether or not its worth your while upgrading. Deck/Pool bars ran out of Sauvignon Blanc white wine & didn’t bother replenishing from other bars around the ship. At the Island buffet restaurant, guests can help themselves to Fosters larger, John Smiths, and Strongbow Cider - all available at self serve taps, as well as house white/rose/red wines - again on tap which we felt was a great idea. Docked at an industrial port in Chaina, Crete, not as previously, but did put on shuttle buses which passengers had to pay for. We felt the ship was being docked more frequently at industrial ports and again we believe this is further cost cutting by Marella as no doubt the docking fees are less at these. Never seen the Captain once around the ship but did hear he joined some passengers for their evening dinner. Did spot an occasional senior officer. Repeaters (now TUI smile) meeting - no count nor recognition of how many cruises passengers had completed & now a simple draw for a bottle of fizz. No canapés provided / yet more cut backs??? Clash of suits -v- shorts & flip flops on dress to impress (formal) evening. We felt Discovery 2 was struggling to achieve the fun, friendly, atmosphere that has been synonymous with so many of the Thomson ships over the years, but failing miserably to achieve that of its predecessors. Unspectacular & mostly boring entertainment. A number of other guests we met felt likewise (and had worse comments to make regarding the entertainment onboard but which I don’t feel could be repeated here !!!). The atrium was used far too much as a main venue for jazz, operatic singing, saxophonist, formal dance displays, guitarist/singer. Vocals ranged from rear shattering screeching to hoarse… and if your cabin is located mid ship you’ll hear it all & it can be quite noisy & disruptive. A pre-recorded “virtual” band is used as a filler + main event on a large screen in areas such as The Venue & at the poolside but with the songs & music completely different to & miss-matching the bands mime. Ships bands “Banda Certa” and 4Tunes are good but venue doesn’t do them justice. Rather watch paint dry than listen to an Audience with Martin Daniels - utterly boring and another time filler. Same old, same old, usual stuff for sale in the shops. Theatre Shows were well below Thompson’s usual standard which we’ve previously always found to be excellent - not on this ship though. We witnessed a number of people leave during the shows… Beware the Ships spa free demonstrations which turn out to be a hard pressure sale event to buy their expensive products and services. One young lady was particularly persistent to sell expensive products with an expectation that because you had attended a free talk or consultation, you were bound to make a purchase. Some examples : skin analysis, hair analysis, wrinkle solutions, puffy/dark circle eye treatments, acupuncture, back problems, foot problems etc. to name but a few - all honey traps to buy expensive products or services, however the choice is yours if thats what you want and have lots of cash to splash. Some decks (not all) do have water dispensers located on them - noticeably one is located immediately outside the door to the ladies public toilets on level 3/4. I cant help but contemplate: hygiene / drinking water / public toilets . . . Having cruised many times with Thomson (now Marella) over the past 20 years, our overall feeling is of a downgraded cruise experience with every means possible to extract more money from passengers. There is even a small charity donation automatically added to everyones bill at the end of your cruise. While minimal, it is nevertheless a bit of a liberty especially when this totals several thousands of pounds each week taken automatically from guests although there is of course an option to have it credited back to you account but of course you’d have to queue at reception to have this arranged. Great staff from previous Thomson ships have now been dispersed throughout the most recent additions to the Marella fleet - I wont call them their “new” ships as they are clearly not new - they’ve already been around for quite a while before being acquired by Marella. These experienced staff are key to the success of these ships but they are thin on the ground, with staff shortages and inexperienced staff evident. Bar & restaurant staff in particular appeared to be under pressure with only 1 bar person to serve customers 3 deep at some of the bars and frayed patience being evident as a result of out of turn ordering/serving. Our whole experience on Discovery 2 was quite different from that of previous Thomson cruises and their ships full of character and their more friendly, more personal, experience with their wonderfully friendly staff and great entertainment package. Discovery 2 fell very far short of this. We feel it has lost a lot of what Thomson built up over the years. While appreciating everyone has their own individual expectations, these are our personal findings from our recent 2 weeks cruise on Discovery 2 and unless things improve significantly with Marella, which we sincerely hope they do, we shall probably consider booking elsewhere in future as there are plenty of other cruise lines in this price range to chose from. We’ve had many happy years on the waves and hope that whoever you chose to sail with, that you will enjoy your experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I've cruised with Yachts of Seabourne, Crystal, Fred Olsen and MSC. TUI have the absolute best and most hard working entertainment teams and cruise directors. Beautiful comfy theatre and talented actors/singers. Different show ... Read More
I've cruised with Yachts of Seabourne, Crystal, Fred Olsen and MSC. TUI have the absolute best and most hard working entertainment teams and cruise directors. Beautiful comfy theatre and talented actors/singers. Different show every night. The staff were very friendly. The cabin is spotless and maybe a bit basic (ocean view stateroom). Food quality is good. Nice choice in Islands buffet. I especially liked the Italian which felt more formal. The main dining room is fine with a nice choice. Portion sizes are small but you are eating all day you are never hungry! Sauna/steam is free to use in the gym. No ironing boards or customer launderette on-board which is poor. You have to pay if you are fussed about crease free clothing. Huge range of drinks included in the complimentary all-inclusive drinks package. Very British clientele which could be viewed as an advantage or disadvantage! Highly recommended ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because it went to the Ports we wished to visit and we wanted a further week at the Corfu Palce Hotel. ten minutes from Corfu Town. The Hotel was wonderful. The Marella could have been just as wonderful. We chose a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it went to the Ports we wished to visit and we wanted a further week at the Corfu Palce Hotel. ten minutes from Corfu Town. The Hotel was wonderful. The Marella could have been just as wonderful. We chose a 8th floor Junior suite with a magnificent and ample bathing balcony overlooking the back of the ship with two sunbeds. There were minor problems with the drains but that was sorted and didn't bother us. But above us was the Terrace sunbathing deck with heavy rattan sunbeds and chairs and these seemed to be dropped from great heights in the early hours of the morning when no one should have been up there. Well it seemed that the Terrace was Scheduled for cleaning in the early hours of the morning thus we could hear dragging of beds and buckets. My partner is a very light sleeper and I sleep so deeply that thunder and lightening doesn't wake me but the cleaners did. Our neighhours heard something but said after so many cocktails it didn't bother them. This is an All Inclusive Ship but we don't drink so weren't in the desirable drunken stupour needed to sleep in the 8th floor cabins. We complained about the noise at reception and were told categorically, no one should be up there between the hours of 10pm and 7am and next time it happened to call reception and the security would go and investigate which we did that night and a phone call back said no one was up there!!! So my partner went up and there was a mop bucket on wheels outside the gym and someone had been up there mopping up water. The next night at 12.30am to 2.30am my partner had to go up again where he found a crew member scrubbing the decks which was 'Scheduled' the desk said this was in the 'SCHEDULE' and couldn't be changed. After this there was no point in complaining as things weren't going to change and the desk wasn't sympathetic to our pleas. It was all in the Schedule. The desk in actual fact lied in the beginning when we complained and couldn't care less after that. So after that we got our sleep in during the day. Shame really because it's a nice ship and very stable, not a rocking or bumping when coming into port like most ships.Typically THOMSON of course. Loud music, entertainment of a labour club standard, no quiet rooms (although our cabin was quieter in the day than at night) and dished up food in bowls but again one must be aware this is how THOMSON operate and their passemgers seem not to notice so long as there is plenty of it and booze. We didn't bother with the restaurant after the first night as the menu is limited there by what's in the canteen. The ship broke down in Venice and we had to anchor there overnight when we should have been travelling to Split so we didn't get to Split and ended up late for the next venue which was Dubrovnik for which we rewarded £25 each to spend on ship. It paid for the Wifi. The only trip we wanted to go to, Budva, was cancelled because of lack of interest. Thank goodness we booked the marvellous Corfu Palace Hotel for a further week so having said all that in itself was a good deal. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Marella Discovery 2 Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.6
Family 3.5 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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