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Just returned from a great cruise on Marella Discovery. We have previously cruised on NCL, MSC, P&O and other Thomson ships and have to say that this is the best value for money cruise and the best Thomson, now Marella, ship we have been on. The cruise was All Inclusive, no cheap brands...Gordons, Smirnoff etc so a great package plus teas and coffees and which included gratuities. You could upgrade for an extra £58 per person for the whole cruise which gave you extra premium brands and specialist coffees. The ship is lovely, spotlessly clean and carries the most amazing, friendly and genuine staff. The food in Islands Buffet was very good, great choice, always hot (plates were sometimes too hot to handle!). Different carvery every day... its not so often that you see suckling pig on offer at lunch!! Self service beer and wine at lunch is a great idea and if you wanted any shorts the bar is just outside and you can bring in what ever you want. The food in the main dining room in the evening blew hot and cold, some nights its was good...others not so good and choice was at times limited. The service however was outstanding. As a rule we don't usually go to the shows at night...but this time we did....in fact we went to 5 of the shows...so that in itself tells a story. There's no need to go to the bar as waiters come round taking your drinks order. The entertainment staff were absolutely superb.. the best entertainment we have seen. They worked so hard and always had a smile on their faces and always had time for a chat..well done to you all!!! All in all, we had a brilliant cruise on a great ship with exceptional staff and service for very good value for money...and yes...we will definitely be taking another Marella cruise.

Marella Discovery, European Experience

Marella Discovery Cruise Review by napoleon10

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Europe
Just returned from a great cruise on Marella Discovery. We have previously cruised on NCL, MSC, P&O and other Thomson ships and have to say that this is the best value for money cruise and the best Thomson, now Marella, ship we have been on. The cruise was All Inclusive, no cheap brands...Gordons, Smirnoff etc so a great package plus teas and coffees and which included gratuities. You could upgrade for an extra £58 per person for the whole cruise which gave you extra premium brands and specialist coffees.

The ship is lovely, spotlessly clean and carries the most amazing, friendly and genuine staff.

The food in Islands Buffet was very good, great choice, always hot (plates were sometimes too hot to handle!). Different carvery every day... its not so often that you see suckling pig on offer at lunch!! Self service beer and wine at lunch is a great idea and if you wanted any shorts the bar is just outside and you can bring in what ever you want.

The food in the main dining room in the evening blew hot and cold, some nights its was good...others not so good and choice was at times limited. The service however was outstanding.

As a rule we don't usually go to the shows at night...but this time we did....in fact we went to 5 of the shows...so that in itself tells a story. There's no need to go to the bar as waiters come round taking your drinks order. The entertainment staff were absolutely superb.. the best entertainment we have seen. They worked so hard and always had a smile on their faces and always had time for a chat..well done to you all!!!

All in all, we had a brilliant cruise on a great ship with exceptional staff and service for very good value for money...and yes...we will definitely be taking another Marella cruise.
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Cabin 6031
probably one of the biggest inside cabins we have ever had...well laid out and plenty of storage space.