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Marella Discovery Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Good but could be better

Marella Discovery Cruise Review by Toastie99

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2016
  • Destination: Transatlantic

My partner usually cruises with Royal Carribean however I Persuaded her to try Thomson. The ship is impressive being an ex Royal Carribean ship however Thomson appear to be still trying to get a grip of running a bigger ship.

The evening entertainment was good on most nights and the variety excellent. The entertainment during the day around the pool could have been better and more varied. The only real entertainment was a band for one hour and a quiz.

Food overall was good and the service in the reastauraht excellent after the first night. The first night it took over two hours to get three course however the second night we were served by Igor who was brilliant. Food served quickly and wine flowing every night from then on. First formal night was good with the Captain saying a few words. The second formal night appeared to be solely for the photographers to get pictures of you to try to sell.

Cabin was fine and the all exclusive package was one of the best we have had.

The final day was a disaster with huge queues for everything. The immigration was done on the ship but the queue must have had about 150 in it. We got a paper example of how to fill in the form and it explained to put Barbados in one section. After queuing for some time we were told that this we wrong and to fill in new forms. We queued at reception wity lots of other people to get new forms as they didn't have any on the desk, I can't understand why they don't. The queue to leave hand luggage took about an hour to get through and my partner lost an item and queued at reception for 45 minutes without making much progress and had to depart the ship to get our transfer without finding if it had been handed in. On all the other days the officer and managers were highly visible, there were none to be seenon departure day when they were needed.

Overall it was good but it could be excellent if they get used to handling bigger numbers

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Cabin was fine, large enough, powerful shower

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