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Marella Discovery Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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50th birthday cruise

Marella Discovery Cruise Review by wilamch

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean

This was our first cruise and we were a bit worried what to expect. However we had an amazing time, From embarkation with the welcome and the organisation at Gatwick airport we thought it was excellent. The ship was immaculate, we had upgraded to a suite on deck 8 which was fab and we had a lovely girl looking after us every day cleaning our room, ironed clothes for us and had chocolates on our bed every night. The staff work so hard cleaning the ship, in the restaurants and entertainment, I could not fault it, we we really impressed. The all inclusive option is really good for all the drink and food options. There was plenty of entertainment and shore excursions if you wanted it, we tended to do our own thing when we went ashore, with water taxis, trips etc. One trip they sold in port on St lucia I thought was expensive for being left 2 hours at a beach with not much to do and a quick stop at marigot bay, and they only had a bit of cheap rum punch to give you. I would not recommend this trip ( this was nothing to do with Tui it was one we did independently)

It was a great experience going in and out of port, leaving port in the evening with a glass of prosecco and the sun going down is perfect and exciting waiting to see where you are off to next. Grenada was lovely but a bit pushy when you got into port selling tours. Bonaire was a lovely island and probably the best for snorkelling. Overall would recommend the cruise, we also did the 7 day stay in Barbados at the Waves hotel which was amazing to top off the holiday again a beautiful hotel and would recommend

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Cabin Review

Cabin suite 8010

Fantastic and great service, only minor grip is having to leave your room by 8 am in the morning on departure and not leaving the ship to 1 pm, maybe a staggered departure from rooms would make the ship less busy

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Not much to see at the port area got a taxi to one of the beaches, it was ok but nothing amazing


Port was a bit pushy trying to sell everything, did our own thing and walked up to the fort which was good, then took a water taxi to one of the beaches which was good value and friendly, island very pretty


Lady at information bureau very helpful took a taxi which she recommended to one of the beaches to do some snorkeling which was really good, pretty port and nice atmosphere, really enjoyed bonaire

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