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We cruised 4 years ago and wanted to do a different itinerary . The newer upgraded ship was fabulous . Love the size of the ship .The food was great ( don’t miss the fish &chips and the chicken wings at the snack shak ) , the buffet ... Read More
We cruised 4 years ago and wanted to do a different itinerary . The newer upgraded ship was fabulous . Love the size of the ship .The food was great ( don’t miss the fish &chips and the chicken wings at the snack shak ) , the buffet was average but always lots of choices . The 47* restaurant ( a waitered a la carte) was excellent. There were many options that we didn’t even have the chance to explore ! All the staff , from the maintenance workers to the crew with stripes on their shoulders were super friendly and accommodating. We were very well looked after . Our cabin girl and guy were terrific . Mark and Lourdes deserve a day off ! ( deck 3 cabin 3052) This was our third cruise and the overall experience was excellent ! We will more than likely be back Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Poor food. Poor service. Poor entertainment . Ship not as good as others in Marella Fleet. Not enough staff on bars. Waiters stood around chatting. Waiters telling me it isn't my job to serve on this area. It's not my job to ... Read More
Poor food. Poor service. Poor entertainment . Ship not as good as others in Marella Fleet. Not enough staff on bars. Waiters stood around chatting. Waiters telling me it isn't my job to serve on this area. It's not my job to do something about empty water machine. Lack of hygiene. Snack Shack . One member of staff putting fruit juice on back of his hand to taste if it was strong enough. In front of me whilst I waited. A certain arrogance with shop staff, off putting. Maintenance moving us whilst they did jobs. Drains on deck 9 being cleaned out next to our sun beds. Stinking drains. Total lack of enthusiasm with some staff. This ship doesn't compare to other Marella ships we have been on Stale entertainment, seen it all before. New all answers to quizzes. Only one guest act during two weeks in theatre. One very good opera singer in Atrim. The food in buffet it not kept hot. The food in Gallery 47 below usual standard. Window in our cabin clouded up. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
First our Profile Canadian...57 and 67 years old/regular cruisers (15 cruises between Carnival, RC, NCL and Celebrity in the last 10 years)…. first time Marella Room - Excellent well serviced/clean 7th floor balcony cabin Ship - ... Read More
First our Profile Canadian...57 and 67 years old/regular cruisers (15 cruises between Carnival, RC, NCL and Celebrity in the last 10 years)…. first time Marella Room - Excellent well serviced/clean 7th floor balcony cabin Ship - Been on sister ship with RC...nice small ship...well re-appointed effort Overall Service - As good as any cruise line we've experienced Shows - very impressed (this is my biggest love and I am very critical)....considering the age and experience of the young vocalists (25+ age?) I thought some of the shows were Broadway level...my favorites in order were Tribute to Broadway, Van Gogh (sort of Moulin Rouge style) and the Freddy Mercury show...we had a professional British comedian one night and we had a little trouble understanding him but when I could he was very funny Other Entertainment Venues - lots of locations with good musicians/bands Overall Entertainment Staff - fantastic and very creative...the interactive/video trivia in the "Squid" was the best I have ever seen...some questions were very "British centric" but who cares (we still won twice)... Cruise Director/Staff - Great...very outgoing and appeared truly sincere about everyone having a great time!...they were very approachable too... Bars - great selection and service...they all had a "specialty/theme"....those reviews about bad bar service I don't understand...there are busy times but I saw no lack of effort to serve...we got the $100 upgrade package and although the basic package is very good we thought it was worth while especially with the inclusion of the specialty "coffee port". My only complaint is that I could not find a good red wine even at the premium level...just my taste I guess...having said that my girlfriend got her favorite white wine that she actually drinks at home (Matua) Food - very average at best in Buffet for breakfast and lunch (never had dinner there)….very limited selection...service still great though Main Restaurant - Okay/Hit and miss but great service...Italian Restaurant a bit better Specialty Restaurants - did not do...wanted to do the Surf and Turf but could not get a reservation Excursions - all fine (usual Caribbean stuff)....best sites were Cartegena and the Panama Canal...some disembarkation issues on 2 days...getting on and off the ship (beginning and end) was well orchestrated Bottom Line - this was the best value cruise we have ever been on with fantastic entertainment...only negative was the food and I guess they have to cut corners somewhere to provide such value...the service from ALL the employees was second to none One last observation...with the cruise full of just Brits and Canucks it was so nice to have line-ups with no pushing/shoving and people cutting in for a change!! Hope this helps Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Opted for this cruise because it sounded such good value and we were not disappointed! Whole trip was a total success! Plenty to do, eat visit. Very relaxed atmosphere throughout the ship. Entertainment was very good too. Staff always ... Read More
Opted for this cruise because it sounded such good value and we were not disappointed! Whole trip was a total success! Plenty to do, eat visit. Very relaxed atmosphere throughout the ship. Entertainment was very good too. Staff always there to help you. Got to know acouple of the staff quite well. Emilliaj, Daryna and Kerry, were just brilliant with our group. Always smiling and always had time to chat to us. Cant recommend the ship enough and will certainly be returning. Food was excellent. There was plenty of choice for everyone. Entertainment was great, too. Highwaves and Entourage, are great live bands and they also take time out to talk to the passengers. All staff make time to talk to you. There are also plenty of sun beds, so no need to put towels on them during the night, haha. Other smaller activities are available too, such as mini-golf, wall climbing and table tennis. Its a 10/10 from our group. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Choose a cruise. To relax and for a luxury couple vacation. I couldn’t have chosen a worse trip with TUI. As for food! Dreadful. A massive punch up on board passengers. Staff that didn’t have a clue. Not all inclusive. ... Read More
Choose a cruise. To relax and for a luxury couple vacation. I couldn’t have chosen a worse trip with TUI. As for food! Dreadful. A massive punch up on board passengers. Staff that didn’t have a clue. Not all inclusive. Entertainment was like a bad red coat holiday. Like a booze cruise Absolutely disgusting. And I complained straight away on board and on returning. Just received an email today. No compensation. And just a sad apology. Shame on you TUI Extremely overpriced 7.5k for the trip. And feel like I have been really ripped off. The sales pitch was so good I thought it was expensive but a real treat. But on return the shop wasn’t as happy to hear about my complaint. And as for the response I am fuming and shocked. If I treated my customers in this fashion. I wouldn’t have a business. Certainly not one that Jane MacDonald has advertised. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We spent the 2 weeks around New Year on this ship and were very impressed. They did a great job of the Hogmanay Party one of the best I have been to. Great Night. We will be back! Staff on the ship are 5*. I was told that they range ... Read More
We spent the 2 weeks around New Year on this ship and were very impressed. They did a great job of the Hogmanay Party one of the best I have been to. Great Night. We will be back! Staff on the ship are 5*. I was told that they range from over 45 different countries but whoever did the hiring and training deserves a promotion. So proactive and helpful. Loved the way they take you straight from the bottom of the aircraft steps straight to the ship AND at the end of your trip Immigration is done ON BOARD before breakfast.. Very slick. No Q's at bars NEVER waited for water, bread , meals or drink to be delivered to my dinner table. How they manage to feed all those people in all the different restaurant about the same time was fantastic. Logistically amazing! Everything was so smooth you just take it for granted. Not once did I have to Q and that included going on or off the ship. Spa is nice, they do deals and I thought they were reasonable 3 treatments for £99. Don't ignore the shops on board, for some things they gave me the best prices. Try the bike rides(they have ebikes). We did 2 of the organised trips and thought they were good value, next year we will do more. Coffee in the Coffee Pot was lovely, girl who ran it knew her coffee. Loved the films on the top deck at night and one night when the weather got colder the staff turned up with cosy blankets - without being asked, how nice was that! As I said....we will be back! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Sailed from Barbados Dec 22nd for a 2 week cruise in an inside cabin, we traveled as a couple in our early 60s, we have cruised before in Feb2019 in the Caribbean on Marella Explorer for 1 week and booked again due to the fact we enjoyed ... Read More
Sailed from Barbados Dec 22nd for a 2 week cruise in an inside cabin, we traveled as a couple in our early 60s, we have cruised before in Feb2019 in the Caribbean on Marella Explorer for 1 week and booked again due to the fact we enjoyed our Feb2019 trip so much, at the time of booking we were told Discovery2 is a new ship ............... what they didn’t add was a new ship to Marella not a “new ship” So there is the background of this review, we always holiday with TUI and have decided not to use TUI again here is why, one reason we will not use TUI again was the flight experience was poor but we are not here to review the flight. 1) Food on the ship - We ate in the main restaurant only once, we found the staff a little bullish and seating was so tightly packed together as for the food, i had prawns, the portion was so small, the man on next table said always ask for two prawn staters on the same plate as for main course if you call a flash fry minute steak “a steak” that’s what was served the waiter asked my wife how does she like it cooked - it’s a very thin piece of meat that’s more suited in a baguette, needless to say we ate in the market place self serve for the rest of the holiday, food overall score 2/5 2) Entertainment - Main show was Ok but a bit “clubby” if you like that fine but it’s not a west end show without being rude the more experienced female singers were a bit mumsy and a few years past their best, apart from the main event if you like a guy playing a guitar being slightly sarcastic to the audience or someone on a piano the guest band (used far to much over the two weeks) were good so was the guest comic apart from the guest entertainment the rest was a bit clubby with to many quizzes, Ent score 3/5 3) Ship - All a bit grubby, looks to me as if the refurbishment was all a bit rushed, paintwork not cut in, windows on deck not cleaned and we were on for 2 weeks, all ship rails were sticky, button pads in lifts needing cleaning carpets a bit smelly ectect. score 2/5 4) Excursions : We booked all our trips through Marella, the transport we were forced to use on excursions were very second rate, not sure how many times I got bitten while crammed on, they had to return all money on one trip cause no sunbeds and the place was run-down, forget Rodney Bay beach, the very old ripped baggy sunbeds are so packed tightly together I was touching the person next to me, it was awful, trips 1/5 5) Cabins - All a bit 2nd rate, smelt of mould, no fridge it’s a TUI policy to only have a working fridge in balcony rooms, petty penny pinching. Score 1/5 In our opinion Marella cruising borders on booze cruising it’s only a matter of time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Just returned from the cruise, so I will start off with the positives. The discovery 2 is a smaller, well maintained ship that have hard working staff that provide a level of service. The itinerary was very good and each port Honduras, ... Read More
Just returned from the cruise, so I will start off with the positives. The discovery 2 is a smaller, well maintained ship that have hard working staff that provide a level of service. The itinerary was very good and each port Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico offered something for everyone. Now the bad and I will start with actually the worse food that I have EVER had on any of the numerous cruises I have been on. Bad enough to have made me spend the last 2 days in my stateroom, and while returning on my flight yesterday there were a few on my flight who were suffering as well. The rooms while clean, the bed was nothing short of terrible. A rake would have been equally as comfortable. The entertainment did offer a night with a former member of drifters Steve v king. By far the best entertainment I have seen on a cruise. The ship is primarily a British based cruise so they seem to cater to that travel base. I will not be traveling on marella cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Cruise staff onboard did all they could to please customers. Ship and cabin in need of updating, but fine. Landed in Montego Bay and eventually arrived with luggage in cabin 4 hours later! We were kept standing in a queue at the ... Read More
Cruise staff onboard did all they could to please customers. Ship and cabin in need of updating, but fine. Landed in Montego Bay and eventually arrived with luggage in cabin 4 hours later! We were kept standing in a queue at the airport for an hour waiting for buses to take us to the port. Then another queue at the port terminal for a further 2 hours. Babies were having their nappies changed on the terminal floor. Elderly and those less mobile were struggling. It is a 9 hour flight from the UK, therefore TUI and port staff knew well in advance and should have been prepared. Other cruisers said delays in Montego Bay was the norm. The overall customer service at the port terminal was incredulously rude, cold and lacking in personal interaction. Many customers complained of the same thing. Considering it was a South American/ Caribbean cruise this was not reflected in the food or music played throughout the ship. You could be confused and think you were still in the UK. There were a selection of restaurants which enabled customers to choose from and dress accordingly. However, the dress code wasn’t adhered and every night men and women wore shorts and t-shirts to formal restaurants. Which is fine for the informal and casual restaurants. TUI said there is nothing they could do about the above. If you are looking for a cruise which embraces the destinations, addresses repeated complaints from customers, then I would not recommend TUI. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The first and foremost part is what let’s the whole thing down. We were forced to leave our baggage outside the rooms at 2am the night before leaving . I complained and said I wasn’t comfortable and I was told their was no option. ... Read More
The first and foremost part is what let’s the whole thing down. We were forced to leave our baggage outside the rooms at 2am the night before leaving . I complained and said I wasn’t comfortable and I was told their was no option. My case and my wife’s case turned up in the U.K. missing a £3.5k work MacBook Pro , 400 cigarettes and several items of designer clothes. The security seals were broken and the locks completely gone . After speaking with other cruisers since back they had the exact same issue with security seals tampered with and missing items. When I contacted TUI they weren’t in the slight bit interested and fobbed me off to travel insurance despite me asking for help in trying to track it down. No ownership of the problem whatsoever essentially means I have spent my last penny with TUI and will be telling people to avoid also. All in all the ship has been updated in the public areas but needs renovation in staircases and cabins. The atrium lifts were always filthy. Most staff are pleasant and friendly on the bars and restaurants but the entertainment staff less so (apart from Manuel and Tom) Restaurants are generally good however it’s very chaotic at times and service can be a little all over the place. My 30 year old wife was served a dessert saying “happy 60th Tony” on the plate. The buffet is absolutely atrocious and is school canteen standards, You would easily find a better breakfast in Asda. Alcoholic drinks are good but soft drinks again are atrocious with the syrups not mixed properly due to old machines and poor mixing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a Christmas present to us both, with the interesting places being visited. We'd never been away for Christmas before. Tui Dreamliner flights are excellent and we treated ourselves to Premier class - very good. For us ... Read More
This was a Christmas present to us both, with the interesting places being visited. We'd never been away for Christmas before. Tui Dreamliner flights are excellent and we treated ourselves to Premier class - very good. For us embarkation was smooth, but Montego Bay airport was disorganised (not in Tui's control). Also embarkation/disembarkation at the Port was disorganised - again poor coordination by the Jamaican authorities . Flew to Jamaica and did two 7-day back to back cruises, covering the Christmas period. Felt the ship could have been more festive - only the Atrium looked Christmassy. Many families on board, which gave the ship a better feel at Christmas time. Carols in the Atrium on Christmas Eve, with sparkling wine and mince pies. Christmas Day we had 3 sittings for the traditional meal - very good. AND most guests dressed to impress that day. By Boxing Day we had reached a lovely beach in Honduras - warm and sunny and it felt like Christmas was over. Meals in the main dining room were sometimes excellent, other times not so much. Serving staff under too much pressure - Tui don't have wine waiters now, so the waiter was doing everything - not fair on staff. However, they were always very pleasant. Self-service cafeteria on deck 9 was a poor choice of food and the floor always had remains of food on the carpeting. Only ate 1 main meal there. Ship's singers/dancers were excellent, but you get tired of seeing them every night. More variety please. Entertainers around the ship were good. Think most people are attracted by the free drinks (good choices) and no tipping. We did several trips with Tui, as some of the destinations visited were not considered that safe - we would have normally done our own thing. Panama Canal tour was excellent, seeing both ends of the Canal in Colon (v. poor area and not advised to wander on your own) ships going through the canal and then Panama City in the Pacific - prosperous City. Guide was excellent and informative. Did our own thing in Santa Marta, Colombia. Another poor place, but trying to attract tourism. Had plenty of attention from street sellers, but just said "No, gracias" and they didn't pester us. Did walking tour of Cartagena, Colombia. Beautiful City - not enough time there. Could have stayed all day. Didn't get any time to ourselves. Guide spent too much time giving a very detailed history of Cartagena - people glazing over. Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Tortuguero Canals. Good canal trip on waterways in a rain forest area. Saw sloths in trees, monkeys, plenty of bird life, iguanas, but I think some children were hoping to see alligators. Another poor area. Days sailing back to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Poured with rain o.night and into the morning, so not a beach day. Went to the Hard Rock Cafe (only ½mile away). Rain stopped, but still v warm with o.cast skies. Paid 8$ each to get in, which entitled us to a sunbed. Good area to be. Lovely small sandy beach, swimming pool, music, bar/restaurant and no-one pestering you to buy something. V Good value close to the Dock. Don't take a taxi - you can walk it. Roatan, Honduras. Walked off the ship and spent the day in Mahogany Bay, owned by Carnival Group. Fortunately only 2 ships in. Plenty of sunbeds, shade under trees, changing area/toilets. Sea lovely. Bars/restaurants/shopping. Good place to relax. Las Escobas Springs, Santo Tomas, Guatemala. Listed as a walk through the rainforest with glass-like rivers where waterfalls tumble into streams. Swim in the natural pools. (this is the drinking water for the people of the v. poor Santo Tomas). We were looking forward to seeing wildlife in this rainforest area. We saw NOTHING, apart from humming birds flying around a feeder. V disappointing. All the guide seemed to want us to do was swim/paddle in the pools. Reason we didn't see any wildlife is that there are too many tourists going round a very small area of rainforest. Belize City - Seas are v shallow and the ship had to dock 5 miles off the coastline. So we were taken in by 250 seater water taxis. Belize looks a prosperous place with many big yachts and is part of the Commonwealth, with English the main language. Went to a water park with huge water slide and man-made swimming area. (water a bit cool though) Plenty of sunbeds, warm sunshine, drink/food/music. Couldn't swim in the sea because of stingrays. Costa Maya, Mexico - Yucatan Peninsula. Just went ashore on our own. Looked like the ship had docked in the middle of nowhere - palm trees/mangrove as far as the eye could see. Only ship in that morning. Walked to end of jetty - very touristy area at end, full of shops selling the same stuff we had seen everywhere else + bars & eating places. Many people had gone on an 8hr coach trip to Mayan temples, but we didn't. Decided to walk outside of the tourist area to see what else there was on offer. Plenty of taxi drivers willing to show you the village where 700 people live, plus a trip further down the coastline, which we did. The village had no water (only collecting rain in water butts), or electricity. People cooking outside on fires. Stray dogs everywhere. V. poor and we don't think many of these people worked inside the tourist compound. Taxi driver said there was much corruption and wages were around $6 a day. When there's no ships in, there's no work. Went further down the coast, where they obviously had electricity as there were several small hotels etc - usual tourism and good beaches. Sailed back to Montego Bay and decided to have a coach trip on our final day to the Good Hope Great Plantation House, Trelawney County, plus lunch, then onward to the airport. The previous week we had seen those leaving the ship sitting around waiting until their flights were called in the afternoon. You had to vacate your cabin at 9am. Also, those who had just arrived wanting to board the ship, but couldn't because everyone was still waiting to leave. It was chaos on the quayside. Disembarked the ship at 9am in plenty of time for the 9.30 trip. However, we hadn't reckoned on Jamaican immigration wanting you to stand in a long queue whilst they looked at your immigration departure form, then stamped your passport. We still don't understand the purpose of this exercise, as no-one at the airport wanted the immigration form - just bureaucracy. Staff gazing into space. Tui staff unable to assist the situation. Note to Tui - consider not using Jamaica as a starting/departure point. Their organisation is dreadful and it causes many people so much frustration. This is our holiday. Went on the coach with Chukka tours, which departed at 9.30, but we had to stop and return to the departure point, as there were still several people held up in the immigration queue in the terminal. Eventually we left at 10am. The drive to the Good Hope house was good and we saw plenty of lovely scenery in the drive towards Falmouth on the north coast. Then turned off the Martha Brae road into the countryside - bumpy roads. The house stood in breathtaking surroundings with lovely gardens. It was v warm and sunny. However, there were 10 other groups touring around the house that day, so we felt a bit rushed, as some people on our coach said they had return flights at 4.15pm - ours was 5.50pm. We were then given lunch outside, which was a selection of typical Jamaican food, very tasty, followed by melon, cake and the famous Blue Mountain coffee. Or rather it would have been, had we not been rushed to move on to a rum tasting, so didn't get any coffee. The rum tasting was also rushed as we were moving on to another part of the Estate to look at the swimming pool/activity area, before heading to the airport. Such a shame, as this COULD have been a good trip instead of a rushed exercise. Returning to Montego Bay airport - chaos ensued, but we had Premier class tickets, and the queue was v small. However, going through security was chaotic - everyone being made to take off their shoes, find their own trays, load them with their belongings and push them down the conveyor belt. Went to gate 18 and waited, then an announcement that the Gatwick flight was from gate 15. People all over the place. Flight called. Everyone surged forward. Jamaican staff just stood around gazing (again). Flight waited another hour before being able to leave, as ground staff had not loaded 3 containers of luggage, plus all the pushchairs and wheelchairs. The Captain even left the flight deck to find out what was happening, but has no control over what happens in the airport. Night flight back. By the time we left, we realised that it was almost midnight, New Year's Eve, in the UK, so raised our glasses to 2020. 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Sail Date December 2019
I would like to have given this cruise a higher rating but there are some matters that need to be addressed mainly which occurred before and after the cruise. When you book this cruise TUI advise that you download their TUI app but when ... Read More
I would like to have given this cruise a higher rating but there are some matters that need to be addressed mainly which occurred before and after the cruise. When you book this cruise TUI advise that you download their TUI app but when you do so you soon realise that the TUI app is not applicable to Morella cruises. You will also receive a lot of paperwork re TUI but not necessarily about Morella cruises. In the notes it clearly says that you can take your luggage to the airport the day before. We were booked into a hotel for the night preceding the cruise. Having booked in the hotel I dragged 2 suitcases to the airport and found an unmanned check in which had a note saying if you wanted to check in your luggage to use the desk phone and someone would attend but alongside that note was another saying that early check in did not apply to Morella cruises. So I dragged the 2 suitcases back to the hotel. At Jamaica it was chaos from leaving the plane it took 3 hours to embark the boat people were being screamed at in the airport children were crying some disabled people were crying. On the Manchester flight passengers had been given a short immigration form but on the Birmingham flight we were given the long form but you were supposed to fill in both forms.Then there was even bigger chaos at the port where Morella staff were trying to register everyone. On the return flight to Birmingham we had to wait for 1.45 hours for the luggage to be off loaded. This is totally unacceptable and management need to sort it out. On board the ship the bar staff, cleaners etc could not have been more helpful and polite and they are to be congratulated. Entertainment was not of a high standard except for the singer/guitarist and the saxophonist who were excellent. There was one musician who was a real primadonna in the words of Mr. Fawlty "stroke him and you will never play the guitar again" Security was obviously important as you had to show your photographic pass every time you left and returned to the ship. My pass in my name had my wife's photograph and hers had mine (not the best form of security). So TUI sort out the admin both before, after and during the cruise and get HR on board to sort out the management cliques and you could have a brilliant cruise. I have seen previous reviews mentioning the mixers for drinks and I agree they are terrible we had to pay £100 premium to upgrade so that we could get tins of tonic etc not the "splash" mixers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We went on the discovery 2 in April 2019 from Montego Bay calling at Hondurus, Guatemala, Belize and Costa Maya Mexico. We travelled over the easter period therefore some of the places were quiet. We stayed in a junior suite room 8080 ... Read More
We went on the discovery 2 in April 2019 from Montego Bay calling at Hondurus, Guatemala, Belize and Costa Maya Mexico. We travelled over the easter period therefore some of the places were quiet. We stayed in a junior suite room 8080 but would not choose this room again. The only problem we faced really was that very morning at 7am we were woken by staff putting out sunbeds which seemed to be just thrown onto the floor, as our room was on the 8th floor, floor below sunbathing deck!! Another problem was the two whirpools that were just full of teenagers (unruly ones) who just seemed to hang around all day doing their holiday romance courting. Despite parents speaking to them odd times/checking up on them they still sat there eating food and having drinks in the whirpool then eventually leaving, several hours later, leaving behind rubbish and cups around the side of the pool. Fantastic staff, fantastic food and fantastic entertainment. Next time maybe chose adult only as can not do with rude, unruly children and parents who don't care what their kids are doing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This is our sixth cruise with Marella and the second on discovery 2. We cruised from Montego Bay calling at the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Honduras, Cozumel Mexico, Guatemala, Belieze and Costa Maya in Mexico. The ship is lovely, not to big ... Read More
This is our sixth cruise with Marella and the second on discovery 2. We cruised from Montego Bay calling at the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Honduras, Cozumel Mexico, Guatemala, Belieze and Costa Maya in Mexico. The ship is lovely, not to big so you easily find your way around. The crew are marvellous, so friendly, polite and nothing was too much trouble. The entertainment was excellent, wasn’t keen on the comedian but the show team productions were very good. No complaints with the food, served hot and plenty of choice. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6. Cabin stewards were very efficient, more than enough room although no fridge as not a deluxe cabin. We went on a couple of excursions but were also able to get off and wander around independently. The Tui trips were reasonably priced, we had to cancel one and there was no trouble with this. Enjoyed the dress to impress night. Would recommend and have booked again for next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Chose this cruise due to the ports of call. Flight out from Manchester smooth, excellent onboard service and check in at Montego Bay was efficient.I knew the ship having previously travelled on her when in Royal Caribbean brand,but ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to the ports of call. Flight out from Manchester smooth, excellent onboard service and check in at Montego Bay was efficient.I knew the ship having previously travelled on her when in Royal Caribbean brand,but transformation was great.We had an inside cabin and was suffucient for our needs as only in room to shower and change,room kept clean by excellent cabin steward. Dining-- we are early risers so we ate breakfast at the buffet in Islands restaurant, plenty of variety of food and very tasty, we also went to the same restaurant for buffet lunch, excellent choices and never had a problem finding something to eat.Had evening meals in 47 restaurant with waiter service, couldnt fault the menus, evening meals excellent choices and our waiters were superb, nothing too much trouble. Now the entertainment, this was our 20th cruise having been with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and P&O, the entertainment team onboard Marella Discovery 2 were by far the most professional group we have ever seen, so energetic, it made the cruise so special as we like the shows in the evening but this team were in a different league from previous cruises,Thanks for your hard work We visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman,Cuba,Belize,Costa Maya, Cozumel, Guatemala and Honduras. We only did 2 tours, Cuba in an old vintage car, pink Pontiac and was great fun,booked before we left with independent company at half the price. We also did the catamaran and snorkel in Roatan,Honduras, this was through ship and was excellent value. Cozumel lots of shops,Costa maya has a purpose built cruise area and this was fantastic as you could watch the dolphin show, free unless you wanted to swim with them, lots of shopping and even pool bars to swim in. Staff onboard Marella Discovery 2 were always smiling, service was excellent throughout the ship,nothing was too much trouble. I would have no hesitation in going on this cruise again, Marella excelled my expectations Just made extra special by all the shows in the evening,this for me was the highlight of our cruise, cant compliment the evening entertainment team enough. Return flight and check in once again smooth and efficient Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Five Stars * * * * * for our 5th cruise with Thomson/Marella and the 2nd time for Pride of Panama. Booked through Sunwing, we flew from Toronto to Montego Bay, just under 4 hours, no time change. Aircraft (737) was a bit cramped but ok ... Read More
Five Stars * * * * * for our 5th cruise with Thomson/Marella and the 2nd time for Pride of Panama. Booked through Sunwing, we flew from Toronto to Montego Bay, just under 4 hours, no time change. Aircraft (737) was a bit cramped but ok for the short flight. Immigration in Jamaica is always a bit unorganized, just take your time, make sure you have a pen. Marella reps were in the terminal to direct us to the buses for transport to the ship. This is about a 30min ride depending on traffic. Driver was entertaining, even explained the meaning of KFC! Boarding the ship was quick, just need to register your credit card, get your cruise cards and tag your baggage. Your baggage once tagged will be taken to the ship and left outside of your cabin. Bunch of locals hanging around wanting to move your luggage looking for tips etc, just ignore them. We were in cabin 6005 near the bow. This is an inside cabin above the entertainment (Venue), we found it to be quiet and all that we needed. I suspect there may be a little more roll/sway near the bow, was not a problem. I always take a(one) Gravol before retiring. Food - Really enjoyed it. Usually ate breakfast and lunch in Islands, dinner in 47. The Dining room(s) is "Any Time Dining", we never had to wait more than a few minutes, when it's busy they have pagers. You have to ask to share a table, we asked and shared every night. Nice to talk to and meet your fellow cruisers and share experiences. If you do not fancy sharing there are more than enough small tables for two. Entertainment - Spectacular! Amazing how 12 people can put on such a wide variety of nightly shows. Also did the backstage tour with Dennis & Emily, interesting and two very nice young entertainers. We are not into sunbathing, inevitable that some folks will be out early reserving there spot. We never had a problem finding a lounge away from the pool area and at times found one near the pool. Lots of places to sit out in the sun or shade. The cruise is all inclusive, we did not observe any alcohol related problems, lines ups etc. We are 1 non and 1 95% non drinker. Ports. We did ship booked tours in Santa Marta, Colon and Puerto Limon. All good except we found the Santa Marta tour interesting but too long, as we prefer ~3hours. Colon was a bus tour on the locks, on on Pacific side, the other on Atlantic side. Puerto Limon was a tour of the Tortuguero Canal, most excellent. Also did out own "walking tours" in Cartagena(cab to town) and Puerto Limon. Leaving. Always sad but inevitable. You have to have your bags packed and outside your room by 2am. You have to vacate your room by 8am. You can leave your hand baggage in Venue and use the rest of the ship. Have breakfast or lunch if time permits. We had to be off by 12 but were called at 11:30 to go to the airport for a 4pm flight. We had booked club MoBay which provide a relaxing soft seat with included drinks and a light lunch. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We had been on the celebration last year and thought it was very good value for money. The itinerary was great for the discovery 2 so thought we would give it a go. The ship is big and newer than the celebration. Impressive when you ... Read More
We had been on the celebration last year and thought it was very good value for money. The itinerary was great for the discovery 2 so thought we would give it a go. The ship is big and newer than the celebration. Impressive when you arrive. Luggage delivered to door of cabin with no issue and in a reasonable time. Everything was clean and tidy (I think the only thing I saw which had a bit of mould on was the showers next to the glasshouse pool). Our cabin was towards the back of the ship on starboard side. Reasonable size. Nice seating area with a sofa and table. Plenty of storage - drawers/shelves etc. The balcony is lovely. 2 chairs and a table. Great for sitting out on. The bathroom is quite small but easy to get around in and plenty of room to shower/use the sink. Quiet as it’s at the back of the ship with no bars above it. No cabins opposite which I’m sure reduces the noise too. In all we loved our cabin and it was very well maintained. Fridge in the room. Tea and coffee making facilities. Water dispenser just up the corridor. Hair dryer (not the greatest). On some nights it got really hot as though the air con wasn’t workings well which sometimes made sleeping a bit difficult. Bed was comfortable though. They have an outdoor pool on deck 9 - it did get full fast with people on the sunloungers. We didn’t go in the pool here. We didn’t spend a lot of time on here other than to listen to the music from the live bands. The glasshouse is a nice relaxing place. The pool is nice and the whirl pools are super warm and relaxing. We had a massage from the spa which was lush (a little bit pricey but reasonable). The gym seemed well equipped - I didn’t use it but did some of the free classes there (you can pay extra for Pilates/yoga class). There are various places to eat. We ate most in 47. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner here when we could! It is waiter service so was a real treat. Breakfast has a spread of breads, fruits, salmon and cereals and then you can chose from omelette, English breakfast, fish, daily specials and pancakes. Lunch was 3 courses - excellent! Wine as well. Dinner had excellent choices. Some meals were better than others. I felt most meals were cold or at least warm - I like my food pipping hot which it wasn’t most of the time. Gallery 47 is above 47 and is an Italian restaurant - they only have 2 menus which they rotate. We went twice and had a great menu on both occasions. We didn’t go to the speciality restaurants as it was booked up but they did look good! Islands the buffet restaurant - they do breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea ans dinner. Good views from here. In general they had a good selection of food. The snack shack had good fish and chips and chicken wings. The sandwiches weren’t that good. The glasshouse has food until 1am - good for a midnight curry or burger! Good selection of drinks on the all inclusive but on celebration had a bigger choice of cocktails. You can upgrade or pay about £2.50 for the premium drinks. We loved drinking in the atrium - comfortable, a great space and good to people watch. Bar 11 is also a good way to begin and/or end a night! There is a lot going on during the day but some of it wasn’t that interesting. They had lectures on metabolism, secrets to a flat stomach and swollen ankles - not my cup of tea. They had regular quizzes and also bingo. The deck parties were good - great songs and bands. They also have a film showing outdoors which is cool. The shows were good - great production team. Some lesser known songs on some shows but done well. There’s also a guess act - we had one of the grumbleweeds on our first week which was fun. We enjoyed the behind the scenes tour of the ship and of the broadway showroom - interesting to see how things work. We enjoyed the actors the most. Their play and entertainment in the evening was excellent. I also totally loved the dance couple - Alex and George. They were so good and did dance classes. We were looked after so well. The staff are fabulous. Always attentive, happy and willing to do anything for you. The cabin steward ensured we were comfortable and would always talk to us - they would try help with anything they could. The same in the restaurant - great service. Everyone said hello to you when passing on the corridor etc. The ports were great - places you wouldn’t think to go. In week one we had quite a lot of time at sea (our overnight Havana stop was cut short) which wasn’t ideal. There was a variety of things to do in each port. We did 2 excursions with TUI - the Panama Canal and jaguar rescue centre in Costa Rica. These trips you couldn’t really do on your own so I’m glad we did get to go on them. A lot of their trips though could be done for less than half the price if you did them yourself. The TUI trips have the added bonus that if you are delayed and miss the time to be back on board then they will wait. We wanted a late check out from our cabin but were told that there were no late check out cabins left. Of course you had to pay a fee but for none to be available seemed quite unreasonable. They didn’t even check which room we were in to see if it was available. I wasn’t impressed with that. The dress to impress nights lacked effort from some people who still felt it ok to dine in shorts. People may well like the fact you’re given a choice and it’s up to you what you wear but for me it’s like going to a formal do at home - everyone dresses up as it adds to the atmosphere and you wouldn’t dream in rocking up with your T-shirt on. For me personally I didn’t like that there was no clear dress code and no effort was made even on formal nights by some. I feel that at times the clientele were a little vulgar - swearing in public, pushing into queues etc. One person described the ship as ‘Benidorm at sea’ which I agreed with at times. We had similar experience on celebration. Don’t get me wrong - most people we spoke to were lovely fascinating people. In all, we felt that the cruise was excellent value for money with a delightful cabin and excellent service. Some parts were not to our liking but in the future we decided to look at other cruise liners to get experience on another companys ship. I’d certainly recommend it for a first time cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Pride of Panama and Cuban Fusion Cruise The flight from Gatwick took off at 9.30am and was a 10 hr flight due to a head wind the flight back was only 8hrs and 10 mins. On arrival at Jamaica at 2.30pm it was a bit chaotic having to fill ... Read More
Pride of Panama and Cuban Fusion Cruise The flight from Gatwick took off at 9.30am and was a 10 hr flight due to a head wind the flight back was only 8hrs and 10 mins. On arrival at Jamaica at 2.30pm it was a bit chaotic having to fill in Immigration forms which were handed to us while queueing, it would have helped if these we given on the flight as it held things up and took nearly 30 mins to get out of the airport the coach to the ship. On arrival at the port which took 30 mins it was very efficient embarkation and getting our boarding cards. We were allocated the inside room we had paid extra to choose and the room was a nice size and comfortable. There was some noise from the aircon. No fridge in the room but you could get cool water from dispensers in our case Midship. Plenty of hangers and storage space for a 2 week stay. We ate in 47 most nights and found the food to be nice and well presented although it did seem a little repetitive the second week with items appearing on the menu the same as first week. Fish selection was very average. Gallery 47 is the Italian themed restaurant and if you are not in before 6.45 you may have to wait in some cases upto 1hr ( they give you a pager). Do try the Trio Tiramisu and the Lasagne which are both very nice. In both restaurants if you want to make the 8.30 show it is best to opt for a table for 2 as the service is quicker, it takes longer to serve tables of 8 or 10. We sat on shared tables sometimes and met some nice people. One thing that was a disappointment was Christmas Eve where there was no special Christmas eve menu or dress to impress night particularly for the people leaving the ship on Christmas day. The entertainment team put on some nice shows in the Broadway Lounge , The Broadway Musicals, Vincent Van Gough Parody and The full Monty were all excellent. Some of the interactive shows in Venue were ok apart from the awful 007 spoof which I felt was dire. Bar service in the Broadway Theatre was always very good and in most bars on the ship the service was friendly and quick. A special mention here to Patrick the star of the Bar Staff ( No Card No Charge……spread the love). Towels are available for the sunbeds and to take to the beach and also towels are available in the Saunas which are in the Spa, you hand in the boarding card and they give you a locker key. Santa Marta, We didn’t do a tour here just walked along the promenade and had a beer at the Elevated café on the Marina. This maybe a good place to do a tour as there is little of interest apart from a small beach and a few shops. Cartagena, has a nice little animal park at the port with Parrots Flamingos and ant eaters. Got a taxi into Cartagena old town awful traffic getting in and took 30 mins shared with two other people for $20 we got one back for $10 but agree a price and make sure it’s a yellow authorised cab. Town is ok for a pootle around but you get pestered at a lot of places by street sellers. Also had a Columbian Coffee in Columbia at a Café near the church. Colon Panama Panama Canal, We did the Old and New Tour which included a visit to the old locks then onto Fort Lorenzo which was quite interesting and to get there is about an hour through rain forest roads and we saw Monkeys and Sloths. Then onto the New Locks Visitor centre where you get a good view of the new locks and big ships transiting through. Where the ship docks in Colon is not a nice area and is not somewhere some people felt safe walking around. It is also worth booking tours in advance here as they get booked quickly. Costa Rica, We did the Cahuita Transfer here which took around 40 mins. Arrived at a nice beach which was next to the Cahuita Rain Forrest park which we went through with our tour guide for around and hour (entrance $2 voluntary contribution) Toilet and changing facilities available and a couple of bars and shops nearby. We then had around an hour on the beach free time. Would have preferred to have an extra half hour on the beach rather than a long stop visiting a gift shop on route back to ship. Changeover day Jamaica, Went to Hard Rock Café, free transfer bus from port ask ladies on the gates where to pick it up. It cost $12 for two sunbeds and sunbrella and a beer was $5 and a free refill coke $2. Lovely beach and a nice chill out space also free wifi but not great wifi. Grand Cayman, This was our favourite place just across the road next to the library about 100yds from port you can get the Public Bus (minibuses) it costs $2 per journey so we went to Hell for $2 Each then Back to Seven Mile Beach $2 each then Back to the ship $2 each. Hell was Ok a bit warm and you only need 30 mins here for pic stop and post card purchase. There are toilets behind the gift shops next to the post office. We stopped at Luca Hotel on the beach managed to get a couple of free beds and two beers and two cokes was $20 not a cheap place but what a beach wow. Havana , Didn’t happen Port was flooded and damaged and closed so we had to go to Mexico a day early. This was genuine situation and there are vids on Youtube. Mexico, We visited the Mayan Ruins and Beach which was ok to hear the history about the place but not much to blow you away at the site. Then off to the beach which was lovely and the Mexican food was good value Tacos x 3 with salsa and Guacamole $8 had a nice time. Shops more reasonable in Mexico. Ocho Rios Jamaica (alternative to Havana) , We did the Dunns Falls and Kinoko Park. Kinoko Park is a lovely little place with nice trees and waterfalls there are also birds including Parrots which can be held and a snake around your neck if you like also a couple of lazy crocs. Normal cost of entry here is $20. Then onto Dunns falls which was interesting (DO NOT TAKE PHONES OR CAMERAS UNLESS WATERPROOF OR IN WATERPROOF POUCH if you are climbing the falls or they will be destroyed. Runners will offer to take pics with your camera but will expect a tip. The café next to beach seemed a rip off $10 for two beers. Also be careful when leaving the falls to go to the coach/Taxi rank there is a market area where people will try to put things in your hand and say they are free and then will ask your name and try to engrave another for your partner and then charge you $40 NOTHING IS FOR FREE!!! Entrance fee is $23 if you do it yourself. My wife managed to stay Mosquito bite free all week using the Deet sprays but seemed to have got bitten on the coach back to airport or at the airport so try to keep a liquid deet spray less than 100ml and spray before leaving ship arms and legs particularly. Ok Ive rambled on enough now just a quick hello to Rose and Tom and thanks for the Hard Rock Café tip and sharing the cab in Cartagena. We really enjoyed our cruise and would travel on Discovery 2 again. Both Captain Chris and Captain Jason it was nice to meet you both and some of your front line team. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have cruised more than 60 times on a variety of cruise lines and while we do have favourites I nevertheless feel able to provide unbiassed reviews on any ship I cruise on. In my view Marella Discovery 2 is somewhat of a gem in the ... Read More
We have cruised more than 60 times on a variety of cruise lines and while we do have favourites I nevertheless feel able to provide unbiassed reviews on any ship I cruise on. In my view Marella Discovery 2 is somewhat of a gem in the Marella fleet. Previously Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas it transferred to then TUI, now Marella and first saw service under that brand in May 2017. We actually sailed in her in June that year on a thoroughly enjoyable week’s cruise around the Iberian peninsula. We enjoyed the cruise and the ship so much that we had no hesitation booking a two week Caribbean cruise ending on Christmas day 2018. Our decision to book was reinforced by the offer of direct flights from Glasgow to Jamaica along with the ‘bonded luggage’ arrangement meaning after our cases were checked in at the airport we didn’t see them again until they arrived in our cabin. Our cabin was the same junior suite we had on the June 2017 cruise. Yes it was a bit more expensive than a balcony cabin, but it offered so much more room, along with an extended balcony with enough room for a sunbed, a full height table and 2 chairs. There was extensive storage space, so much so that we didn’t use all the shelves and drawers provided. For those who like a bath there was a shower and bath in the bathroom along with very nice Clarins toiletries. Nice fluffy bathrobes were provided along with slippers and along with the usual electric kettle and supply of tea, coffee, etc., the junior suite also had a Lavazza coffee pod machine producing excellent coffee. Well worth the extra expense in my view. Meals on the Discovery 2 were very good, particularly in respect of food on offer in the self-service Islands restaurant. We had just returned a month earlier from a 28 night cruise on P&O Arcadia where the food on offer in the self-service restaurant was absolutely deplorable, comprising one relatively tasteless soup at lunchtime and five or so unappetising main courses. Most importantly the food on Arcadia was seldom hot. The food on offer in Islands was a complete contrast with two delicious soups on offer each day along with eight-ten main courses including a roast of the day. All the food was piping hot. Food in the main 47⁰ restaurant on deck four and in the Italian fare restaurant Gallery 47⁰ on deck five was also very good. The clear tomato bisque we had one evening in 47⁰ was one of the best soups I have ever tasted. We had no need to use any of the paid restaurants on the ship as the food in the free restaurants was so good. Even the food in the outdoor Snack Shack on deck nine is to be commended, where the freshly prepared battered fish fillets and chicken wings are simply out of this world. In terms of entertainment Marella is not one of those companies that bring in loads of guest artists. They rely instead on a show team comprising singers and dancers that deliver no less than eleven quite distinct and different shows in the ship’s Broadway Show Lounge. The entertainment is reinforced with two very good bands – Muzik Nation and the 4Tunes – along with a very talented pianist (Dino) and other individual musicians. The place to be for up close and personal entertainment is undoubtedly the Live Room where each evening there is a full itinerary of music on offer from the various bands and artists, culminating in a ‘band jam’ once a week where all the musicians get together to perform. The lead singers from the show group also have guest appearances in the Live Room performing their own cabaret sets. Despite being relatively ‘senior’ cruisers we spent many an evening well after midnight singing and clapping along to the music there. The only slight criticism of the Live Room is that it is too small to be the hub of late evening entertainment particularly after the main shows disgorge from the Broadway Show Lounge. On many an evening it was standing room only. If I was to make one suggestion to Marella about this it would be to think about using the much larger Venue on deck 5 where possible. Marella Discovery 2 is of course an all inclusive ship and a very good all inclusive package it is too. I enjoy a Gin and Tonic or two before dinner and I was surprised to find that Tanqueray gin, normally only offered in premium packages, was being served by Marella in their standard package. What was even more surprising was the size of the spirit measures aboard the Discovery 2. Whereas on the P&O Arcadia spirit measures were a measly 25ml (5 x teaspoonfuls) on Discovery 2 measures of spirits served were 40ml. This compares to a standard pub measure of 30ml in most of the UK. Moreover, there was no difficulty obtaining a double measure, if like me you want to taste the spirit you are drinking. Unlike some ships we have been on there were always ample waiters around in show lounges and open decks to serve you. Some might be surprised to learn that Marella provides chilled drinking water dispensers on most floors and very good water it is too. A very nice 1 litre glass decanter is provided in your cabin so you can always have a supply of drinking water on hand and to fill your kettle or coffee machine. Dress code on the ship was generally relaxed or smart casual, but there were occasional ‘dress to impress’ evenings where some did make the effort to appear in their ‘finery’. On our recent Arcadia cruise a comedian made fun of Marella cruises, but based on my experience of both cruise lines I believe it is P&O that is becoming the laughing stock of the industry and Marella is firmly establishing itself in the middle ground of the cruising industry. A particular strength of Marella is its ability to offer cruise & stay/stay & cruise holidays where you can experience the best of what a cruise offers along with fabulous hotels in prime locations. I have no difficulty recommending the Marella Discovery 2 to any potential cruisers, be they first time cruisers or like myself experienced cruisers who want to try out the competition. To be absolutely clear Marella cruises does offer very serious competition. I will undoubtedly cruise on a Marella ship again and I am particularly looking forward to the 2020 season when the new Marella Explorer 2, previously the Celebrity Mercury, will be sailing from Newcastle. This will be a great attraction for those who like sailing from the UK and don’t have to worry about flying or taking an extra suitcase or two. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Heard from friends of Marella Discovery 2, especially the ' all inclusive' feature. My wife and I have done 8 cruises before and we were impressed with the service, the politeness of the whole crew of Marella Discovery 2. ... Read More
Heard from friends of Marella Discovery 2, especially the ' all inclusive' feature. My wife and I have done 8 cruises before and we were impressed with the service, the politeness of the whole crew of Marella Discovery 2. Never seen in any of the ships before the amount of drinks ( free ) available on that ship ... Anywhere on any floor you are greeted with carts of drinks. On the deck, almost every 15-20 minutes, you are approached by servers with always a smile on their face to offer you with drinks. Service is impeccable anywhere on the ship , in any department. Very clean ship. Entertainment was out of this world . Food ... no need for reservation in ' fine dining'. First come first. The only area which , I believe , needs improvement is the buffet . Breakfast is the same every day . If Marella improves in area of food , I won't hesitate to give the ship a 10/10. As it stands I give it a 9. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Arrival at Gatwick did not go according to plan as there was conflict regarding checking our bags in the night before. ON FLY CRUISES YOU CANNOT DO THIs Otherwise embarkation and disembarkation was speedy and efficient This cruise came ... Read More
Arrival at Gatwick did not go according to plan as there was conflict regarding checking our bags in the night before. ON FLY CRUISES YOU CANNOT DO THIs Otherwise embarkation and disembarkation was speedy and efficient This cruise came up to all our expectations with one major exception that is the volume of the entertainment on deck 9 and in the Atrium. In the afternoon on deck 9 it was what they call Trivia which was quizzes, music etc. The compare had the microphone on full volume, to the extent it was difficult to talk to people and too read. The same applied to the music in the atrium in the evenings. In our case there was a guy with a guitar playing and singing. The volume was such that you could not carry out a conversation, we along with others had to move.Again in was a case of the volume being turned up too loud,Music in cases like this should be back ground you should not need to compete with it to talk to people a few feet away. I hasten to add the guitarist was really good. The bar staff on deck 9 in particular Jodi and her brother Christopher was excellent, super efficient and very happy people a real pleasure to be served by them. The classic car trip in Havana was good but Havana itself did not impress us. Would recommend the panama canal excursions,In Montego Bay. I did the Chukka Zip Wire. Superb fun and the instructors in particular namely Gray Goose Oka and Gossy Vernon. Excellent at their jobs. All in all everything about the cruise was superb in particular the food and our cabin boy Ikhsan, he really looked after us.My wife would have appreciated an Act of Worship on Sundays as practiced on other cruise ship. Finally talks or discussions would be appreciated as and alternative to going ashore or in addition too.sea days Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was an all inclusive ship so all drinks/food/tips and the service was incredible. We were especially impressed with how approachable ALL the staff were and they were all great fun . The cruise director was very down to earth and ... Read More
This was an all inclusive ship so all drinks/food/tips and the service was incredible. We were especially impressed with how approachable ALL the staff were and they were all great fun . The cruise director was very down to earth and happy to talk to everyone and take part in anything. You could do as much or as little as you wanted on this ship - there were enough sunbeds if you wanted them and a small adult area as well. There were plenty of indoor daytime activities including dance classes/ basic spanish ( good fun ) /indoor bowls /trivia quizzes even an afternoon pantomine The shows were very varied and as for the comedian Phl - he was side splitting hilarious . There is none of the american hard sales patter about booking your next cruise or what to buy or shopping talks etc.. but good value trips . The food was varied and we went to the fanastic surf and turf (payable) which was incredibleand good value . There is no restriction on dining so you turn up and if its busy they give you a buzzer for when your table is ready AND you can choose a table just for your party or share so excellent if you eat with friends sometimes and eat alone others - so flexible . Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Chose the cruise because of the itinerary. Have cruised the Caribbean before but this cruise visited places we had'nt been. Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia to name a few. We were delighted to find we not only had a great ... Read More
Chose the cruise because of the itinerary. Have cruised the Caribbean before but this cruise visited places we had'nt been. Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia to name a few. We were delighted to find we not only had a great itinerary but we also were on a great ship. The entertainment was fantastic , 12 different shows and 2 guest artists in 14 nights. Cabin was ample in size, food was good although very busy at peak times. Staff were very friendly and helpful . All inclusive drinks were of a good quality not rubbish like we've had on occasion. We went on several excursions and were only disappointed in one The Panama Tour. The boat we went on was quite small for the number of people and seating was loose chairs crammed together on deck. People who arrived on first coaches obviously took outside seats near rail and once we started most of them stood up meaning the majority of people could see nothing. The locks on canal are massive and consume a vast amount of water so our boat was'nt allowed in alone and had to squeeze in behind a great big cargo ship the back end of this ship and the back end of people was our view for most of the trip. Certainly not worth the £110 pp cost. Apart from this one thing I can find no fault with cruise at all. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This is our third cruise with Marella/Thomson. We haven’t cruised with another line so cannot compare the experience in that way. However, having previously sailed on Celebration and Majesty it has to be said that Marella have really ... Read More
This is our third cruise with Marella/Thomson. We haven’t cruised with another line so cannot compare the experience in that way. However, having previously sailed on Celebration and Majesty it has to be said that Marella have really upped their game with the newer ships. We picked Premium Club flights which I would highly recommend for a 10 hour flight, service in flight was lovely and very attentive. Boarding was smooth and straightforward. Customs at Montego Bay airport was a bit of a pain, but this is outside the airlines control I guess. Embarkation to the ship was easy and we were met with a steel drum band and a cold drink. Our cabin (Junior Suite) was lovey, nice and big for a cruise cabin and the bathroom was a decent size too. Clarins toiletries were a nice touch. Cabin was spotlessly clean and the bed was very comfy. Around the ship there are lots of bars and places to be entertained. Dining was good, especially in the ala carte restaurants. Some people complained relentlessly that the ala carte wasn’t free. However we found it very good value. Points to note - This isn’t a new ship, she’s over 20 years old and in some places that’s a little evident. That said it’s a nice size and well maintained. Tipping and service is all included so there’s no need to worry about extra charges Although the ship is All Inclusive there are some limitations. We upgraded to premium all inclusive for £50 per head which was well worth it for us Read Less
Sail Date April 2018

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