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Discovery Review

3.5 / 5.0
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60 reviews
11 Awards

MV Discovery - Western Mediterranean

Review for Discovery to the Western Mediterranean
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Sail Date: Nov 2006

Just come off Discovery after a 19 day cruise. We had previously cruised with Princess and Royal Caribbean as well as Orient Lines and, from what we had read, Discovery should have compared to Marco Polo. It didn't. As a cruise experience the trip was abysmal. We chose the particular cruise because of the great itinerary and we just had to keep that in mind. That said, no itinerary would convince us to book Discovery again unless the cruise prices are adjusted to represent some sort of value for money.

The ship is extremely plain with unbroken cream walls and green carpet. When I say that the Lido buffet restaurant, where breakfast and lunch is served, has a glass roof which opens to the sky and has a swimming pool as a centerpiece, one conjures up visions of an appealing tropical atmosphere. Unfortunately, it's not. The pool is very small and deep with very high sides so that it looks like an out of ground tank. Some of the tables and chairs are timber but the majority are just white plastic. The buffet server area is small and totally unappealing. The main restaurant is quite attractive but, being on the bottom deck, the portholes are above sight when sitting. We were extremely thankful that we were sitting at a table with chairs and not on the fixed benches along the walls. On the positive side there are several comfortable, if uninspiring, lounges and the main public deck has large picture windows.

The promenade deck is not joined front or back. The main pool on a rear outide deck area is slightly wider than deep but again built up out of the deck. Presumably this is to prevent water splashing around - especially since the ship has a very noticeable list while sailing AND in port. Also prevented spilling when the poor old ship slowed down to enter port - nearly imploding each time with vibration. This did serve as a great wakeup call as reception was usually an hour late with theirs!

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