We travelled as a party of 8 and ranged in age from 13-72! We can definitely state that Marella Discovery has something for all ages, as each one of us has had a fantastic time. We left this morning already talking about where we wanted to go next.
Embark was quick and well organised. We were soon on the ship and welcomed onboard by such friendly crew. They really cannot do enough for you and everyone is so friendly and will always say hello. As we booked fairly late, we had inside cabins but we were pleasantly surprised by the size and how much storage space we had in them. We were barely in our rooms and found them comfortable and quiet. (deck 7599-7593)
The entertainment began with the sail away and continued throughout the week. There was always something to do and events are put on throughout the day. You could exhaust yourself going from one to the other. Our youngest teenager loved kids club and made so many friends. The hideout is a fantastic room/idea as it’s quite awkward to make friends at this age but both our teenagers spent time here and made friends because of it.
The entertainment team on board are superb!! They are very experienced and it shows. The standard of their shows is incredible. They have already received great feedback and I can see why. The shows are fantastic. We loved festival (it had us up out of our seats dancing), the new Anton de Bec show with their dance couple Roland and Amy, and ‘Steel city’ which left us in stitches.
Don’t miss some of their cabarets (Bring him home and Friends of Macintosh) in the Atrium either, as they have their chance to show off their voices in more of a musical theatre/ classical style.
We also enjoyed the game shows/quizzes in venue. We usually came straight here after watching the first broadway show. They were always fun and Sophie, one of the hosts, is so bubbly and friendly.
We also enjoyed Bar 11. It was somewhere we could all dance together and we particularly enjoyed the nights when The saxophonist played along with ge music. It was lovely to see so many people of all ages dancing together. Please don’t think this is a room for the youngsters.
There was plenty of variety when it came to eating. We ate in most restaurants on board and never had a bad meal. There was always so much to choose from. Kota la and especially Surf and Turf are worth paying the extra for. We were also impressed by the range of gluten free food available. One of our party has coeliacs and I have never seen him eat so much. He could not believe the amount that was available and certainly took advantage of all the desserts that were available to him!
We had a tour of the bridge and met the captain. I would definitely recommend doing this on board. It was so interesting and Captain Chris is so down to earth- having selfies with our teenager! His announcements with Gavin (the cruise director) used to make us chuckle.
We didn’t do any excursions as we enjoyed just wandering around the ports by ourselves. The scenery is breathtaking and it’s worth doing this cruise just for the sail always alone.
We had a fantastic week and didn’t want it to end. A great captain, cruise director, showteam and staff. Like my heading says ‘what’s not to like?’ I’d recommend this cruise/ship to anyone. Well done Tui.
Pleasantly surprised by the size of the inside cabins. Plenty of storage space. Didn’t feel claustrophobic at all.