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Marella Discovery 2 Review

4.0 / 5.0
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295 reviews
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Rather soulless compared to smaller Thomson (Marella) ships

Review for Marella Discovery 2 to Canary Islands
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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Oct 2017

Just back from a week on D2. Have been cruising with Thomson for nearly 20 years, so have been on many of their older and smaller ships.

Will give what I hope is my balanced view.. was very excited about going on this bigger and newer ship and first time having a balcony, but left feeling a little underwhelmed.

The ship has a good layout- the main restaurant 47 is light and bright and has a good mixture of tables for couples and larger groups. I also liked Gallery 47, with its Italian themed food and nice to have an alternative without having to pay extra. The food in both was excellent and the service mainly good, but the pager (or ticket at breakfast) system didn't always work, as you'd be taken to a table that actually wasn't laid up ready. This happened more frequently at breakfast, so it then delayed getting teas & coffees as no cups were laid up, then the toast might come but you'd have no plates. Also, one morning in particular the tables around us just weren't cleared and there was a pile of dirty plates at one of the serving stations for the duration of our breakfast. This just wouldn't have happened in the days of a maitre d' such as Cesar (if any of you remember him). Whether this is due to cutbacks in staff I don't know?

Cabin Review

Cabin Standard balcony

Fair size, had kettle, but no fridge. Free safe. Plenty of storage but not much 'worktop' space

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