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Just wanted to let fellow cruisers know of an amazing place near Amber Cove where you can volunteer to spend either half or full day at Dove Missions. Check out their website and trip adviser. We had such a worthwhile morning spent meeting children from one of the poorest areas around tbe barrio. At the school we played games, crafts and helped them with learning English. Martina and the staff are amazing and make you feel so welcome. You leave with a memory that will last a lifetime. Back to the cruise itself. I loved joining the' A Band on Ship 'learning to play the ukelele. My husband joined the choir. The singers, in particular Braxi Music and Dan were excellent, and we couldnt fault anything regarding entertainment. The theatre shows were outstanding. Food was fab, public areas beautiful, the whole ship was very impressive. The only downside of the whole experience was disembarking at Palma. Poor Brett put himself (very admirably) on the front line to take responsibility for a very badly organised departure from the ship. Should have kept cruisers in the groups which pertained to the colour of their luggage labels denoting their flight destinations and moved people group by group rather than the free for all experience of taking an hour and half to get off the ship. Despite that one hiccup we had an amazing time and will definitely look to cruise with Marella again

Volunteerism in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Review by AndreanPeter

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Just wanted to let fellow cruisers know of an amazing place near Amber Cove where you can volunteer to spend either half or full day at Dove Missions. Check out their website and trip adviser.

We had such a worthwhile morning spent meeting children from one of the poorest areas around tbe barrio. At the school we played games, crafts and helped them with learning English. Martina and the staff are amazing and make you feel so welcome. You leave with a memory that will last a lifetime.

Back to the cruise itself. I loved joining the' A Band on Ship 'learning to play the ukelele. My husband joined the choir.

The singers, in particular Braxi Music and Dan were excellent, and we couldnt fault anything regarding entertainment. The theatre shows were outstanding.

Food was fab, public areas beautiful, the whole ship was very impressive.

The only downside of the whole experience was disembarking at Palma. Poor Brett put himself (very admirably) on the front line to take responsibility for a very badly organised departure from the ship. Should have kept cruisers in the groups which pertained to the colour of their luggage labels denoting their flight destinations and moved people group by group rather than the free for all experience of taking an hour and half to get off the ship.

Despite that one hiccup we had an amazing time and will definitely look to cruise with Marella again
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Cabin Review

Cabin 8553
We booked our cruise 2 wks before departure so had no choice of cabin. This was our first cruise so have had no experience of other cabins . We loved it, took a nightlite to plug in. Hardly spent any time in cabin. Slept, showered and dressed! Our stewards were outstanding and couldn't have done more for us. Cant remember their names but both from Honduras.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
    Volunteered for half a day at a charity in Puerto Plata supporting children from the pooresr areas in the barrio. Were picked up from outside Port, shown the areas where the children live and met with very friendly local people. Then back to the Mission School to help with teaching the children English. Extremely worthwhile morning, I would encourage anyone who may be interested in applying via internet prior to their cruise. The guys are doing an amazing and very worthwhile job and we were made to feel so welcome by the children and the staff. A memory to last a lifetime !!
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  • Snorkeling
    Chukka snorkelling adventures.were very professional and especially considerate of anyone who was not so confident in the water. An amazing trip
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