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Marella Discovery 2 Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Review for Marella Discovery 2 to the Western Mediterranean
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KenMcD
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Aug 2017
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The crew were unfailingly nice and attentive, not a single person who wouldn't smile and say hello, even the odd mechanic or engineering worker who I bumped into.

I am aware staff on cruises work really hard but I think Thomson have a reputation for treating them better than some other cruise lines. I'm an HR Manager so I tend to automatically look for the cracks, what do you have to do to get absolutely everybody to be civil to passengers but I saw none - genuine good natured interactions between staff as well as between staff and passengers.

Organisation was incredibly slick, from arrival at the airport you were met at every stage, luggage delivered to your room, and the trips to cities were well organised and varied. Trips tended to be quite short - Santiago De Compostela, probably spent an hour in the town, if I've got a gripe it's that you don't really get a chance to explore.

Cabin Review

Cabin Deluxe Cabin with Balcony

Cabin was clean, but smaller than it looked on the wide angle photo on the website, would definitely recommend a balcony. I think our room was serviced at least 3 times a day. This is the first time we went on a cruise and we were not particularly looking forward to the mass bleaching on the sun decks, or hordes of people generally, so having your own space where you can see the sea makes a huge difference. That said, was expecting the worst of humanity on an all inclusive cruise, but saw no really drunk people, nobody was rude or pushy in the restaurants and you can easily avoid the masses on a big ship.

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Porto (Leixoes)

Porto a 20 minute trip from the Leixoes, so you'll need a transfer one way or another. Porto is a beautiful city, houses covered in decorative tiles, and some churches with spectacular tile paintings on the external walls. The railway station is also amazing with floor to ceiling tiles. The cathedral is OK, but not nearly as spectacular as some of the other churches (Igreja do Carmo worth a look inside and out, Igreja Monumento de Sao Francisco - quite plain on the outside, interior is spectacular - but no photographs). Douro River runs through the city, lots of places to eat and good views of the city from the Luis Ist Bridge. Would definitely go back

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