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Im a bit of a cruise veteran with over 130 cruises since 1986! However 130 of the cruises was as catering staff on the superb liner the Cunard QE2 (late 1980s) and only 2 recently as a passenger! Last year summer 2016 we tried the Thomson Majesty (which was very good value albeit an aging ship) so we decided to try the newly refurbished TUI Discovery and last week we boarded for the Cosmopolitan Classics cruise from Palma Majorca. I can honestly say that the cruise was absolutely faultless and it really is a lovely 5 star hotel. Cabins are very spacious , we had a inside cabin on deck 6 which was big enough for 2 people no problem, cabins have aircon which is also very good, SKY TV is available wherever you are at sea or is port so no problem keeping upto date with world news & sports news. Restaurants - The food is very good throughout the ship, Deck 9 - The Islands restaurants is a buffet help yourself with plenty of good choice, also on deck 9 is Snack Shack doing mainly fast food, chips & sarnies & again very nice quick hot food.- Mens Attire for both is very casual , shorts acceptable Deck 9 - The Glass House , indoor small restaurant overlooking the indoor pool by day similar food to The Islands by evening there is a great Steak (cooked on hot stones) for a small supplement of £10.00 each but well worth it, Between 10pm - 1pm Cooked chicken and curry is available is your peckish after a few beers! Deck 5 - Gallery 47 is the Italian restaurant waiter service (overlooking the 47 restaurant below) Very nice restaurant for a special meal with fast service and a choice of starters, mains & desserts Mens Attire Long trousers & collars required Deck 4 - 47 Degrees is the main restaurant ,very plush (on par with QE2 restaurant back in my day!) english fayre menu but very nice indeed. Mens Attire as above Deck 11 - Surf & Turf Steakhouse- This restaurant is an absolute must on your visit! Its busy and first come first served so book early, we managed to get a table on captains cocktail reception night so it made it extra special and honestly the fillet & lobster tails was the best steak i have every tasted, fantastic service from the restaurant staff as well . The highlight meal of the cruise for me. Additional supplement £27.95 each but so worth it. Mens Attire as above. Deck 11 - Sushi bar & Kora La indian restaurant , we didn't try either so cant really comment Bars - Loads of bars everywhere offering all inclusive drinks as part of the package beers on tap Fosters & Strongbow , Beer bottles , Budweiser, Becks, Peroni & Corona plus premium brands Vodka, whosky Baileys & Tia Maria plus numerous cocktails - We didn't upgrade to the extra premium drinks as there was no need really! Deck bars on both 9 & 10 decks also with a few floating bar staff on trolleys and one by the Snack shack also the Venue Bar , broadway Show Lounge, Live Lounge & the very impressive Atrium all all well serviced by waiters who do a fantastic job. Best bar for us was Bar 11 , every night it opens at 5pm till 2am (still all inclusive as well!!) Missy the DJ is superb and keeps everyone in the party mood, You must visit this bar as the view alone is just stunning. TUI have upper their game with tech on this ship, an app is available for smartphones which shows you everything about the cruise, you are issed with a smart card which is your cabin key & on the reverse is a barcode which you flash to the barstaff & they scan it very quickly with no further need to sign anything or give your room number etc , Very impressive and so quick which keeps the queuing down. There lots to do on this ship you will not be bored from young families to the silver surfers there always something going on! Well done to TUI as they have done a great job with this ship and they should be applauded for making the once stuffy cruise life a more family orientated enjoyable experience. Ignore the moaners honestly there is nothing at all to fault this ship, literally the best holiday we have ever had and we will defiantly be booking again. Enjoy it as you will love it !

Well Done TUI - FAULTLESS CRUISE

Marella Discovery Cruise Review by HughRambo

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Im a bit of a cruise veteran with over 130 cruises since 1986! However 130 of the cruises was as catering staff on the superb liner the Cunard QE2 (late 1980s) and only 2 recently as a passenger! Last year summer 2016 we tried the Thomson Majesty (which was very good value albeit an aging ship) so we decided to try the newly refurbished TUI Discovery and last week we boarded for the Cosmopolitan Classics cruise from Palma Majorca. I can honestly say that the cruise was absolutely faultless and it really is a lovely 5 star hotel.

Cabins are very spacious , we had a inside cabin on deck 6 which was big enough for 2 people no problem, cabins have aircon which is also very good, SKY TV is available wherever you are at sea or is port so no problem keeping upto date with world news & sports news.

Restaurants - The food is very good throughout the ship,

Deck 9 - The Islands restaurants is a buffet help yourself with plenty of good choice, also on deck 9 is Snack Shack doing mainly fast food, chips & sarnies & again very nice quick hot food.- Mens Attire for both is very casual , shorts acceptable

Deck 9 - The Glass House , indoor small restaurant overlooking the indoor pool by day similar food to The Islands by evening there is a great Steak (cooked on hot stones) for a small supplement of £10.00 each but well worth it, Between 10pm - 1pm Cooked chicken and curry is available is your peckish after a few beers!

Deck 5 - Gallery 47 is the Italian restaurant waiter service (overlooking the 47 restaurant below) Very nice restaurant for a special meal with fast service and a choice of starters, mains & desserts Mens Attire Long trousers & collars required

Deck 4 - 47 Degrees is the main restaurant ,very plush (on par with QE2 restaurant back in my day!) english fayre menu but very nice indeed. Mens Attire as above

Deck 11 - Surf & Turf Steakhouse- This restaurant is an absolute must on your visit! Its busy and first come first served so book early, we managed to get a table on captains cocktail reception night so it made it extra special and honestly the fillet & lobster tails was the best steak i have every tasted, fantastic service from the restaurant staff as well . The highlight meal of the cruise for me. Additional supplement £27.95 each but so worth it. Mens Attire as above.

Deck 11 - Sushi bar & Kora La indian restaurant , we didn't try either so cant really comment

Bars - Loads of bars everywhere offering all inclusive drinks as part of the package beers on tap Fosters & Strongbow , Beer bottles , Budweiser, Becks, Peroni & Corona plus premium brands Vodka, whosky Baileys & Tia Maria plus numerous cocktails - We didn't upgrade to the extra premium drinks as there was no need really!

Deck bars on both 9 & 10 decks also with a few floating bar staff on trolleys and one by the Snack shack also the Venue Bar , broadway Show Lounge, Live Lounge & the very impressive Atrium all all well serviced by waiters who do a fantastic job.

Best bar for us was Bar 11 , every night it opens at 5pm till 2am (still all inclusive as well!!) Missy the DJ is superb and keeps everyone in the party mood, You must visit this bar as the view alone is just stunning.

TUI have upper their game with tech on this ship, an app is available for smartphones which shows you everything about the cruise, you are issed with a smart card which is your cabin key & on the reverse is a barcode which you flash to the barstaff & they scan it very quickly with no further need to sign anything or give your room number etc , Very impressive and so quick which keeps the queuing down.

There lots to do on this ship you will not be bored from young families to the silver surfers there always something going on!

Well done to TUI as they have done a great job with this ship and they should be applauded for making the once stuffy cruise life a more family orientated enjoyable experience. Ignore the moaners honestly there is nothing at all to fault this ship, literally the best holiday we have ever had and we will defiantly be booking again.

Enjoy it as you will love it !
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