Marella Discovery 2 Review

Nice but a bit below par

Review for the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Marella Discovery 2
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2018

The ship is in real terms old, having been purchased from Royal Caribbean, 1st constructed in the mid 90’s. However she has stood the test of time and is still very welcoming, for the type of cruiser that does not wants the whizz bang that the present day builds may have. The cabins are very much the same as every other ship in both design and size. However the media systems although modern flat screen, lack Video On Demand (VOD). But the Browser based, WiFi connected via all devices, notice board system worked really well. Even down to booking specialist restaurants or checking on board account. However there did not appear to be any sea based GSM mobile system. The usual minute based Wi-Fi system was available, for those who cannot do without their Internet time. The only bug bare with Wi-Fi, is the per minute pricing, when we all know data is charged by the Mbit. Just remember when travelling in Europe and some of the islands in the caribbean, this is not a problem because you can use you home plan whilst roaming. I glad to see that all the photographic based system used by the camera crew, where again accessed via the browser or dedicated tech stations. So that there was not wastage of row after row of printed photos. Entertainment onboard in all areas was varied and excellent, you can well understand why this cruise line tops the customer satisfaction in this area. Food was varied and delicious, all venues are freedom dining, this could lead to a wait at busy times. However personally I prefer this to the now out of fashion club dining. Food service was well organised but not over the top. Room servicing as always cannot be faulted, timely and efficient. Bar service was at times a little slow, but use of electronic tablet ordering led to few errors. The only bone of contention, as regards the All Inclusive (AI) bars was concerned, where chargeable items, unless you had the premium AI, at an extra £50 pppw. However some of these, if in a cocktail, would be free, very confusing. Also bottled water was chargeable, although each cabin floor had a chilled water machine. Finally the navigational staff, ie captain etc, where not very visible, which seems a little bit of a shame.

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OK but a bit dated.

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