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Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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292 Reviews

Adriatic Explorer October 2018

Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Review by Tomsmallfield

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean

This was our first time cruising and we wanted a smaller or mid sized ship with a balcony. Discovery 2 fits that bill. My wife and I, both in our 60s, would thoroughly recommend this cruise. Cabin 7006 with balcony was excellent in every way. In particular it had plenty of power points. One USA, one European and three USBs, one under each wall light.. We ate largely in 47 degrees the main dining room and found both the service and food to be very good. We ate early, rarely after 7:15, when there were no queues, but did notice queues, sometimes long, after 8:00. Upstairs in 47 Degrees Italian was also very good and free. One night we ate in the Steakhouse at £30pp extra. Well worth it, superb food and service. We did note that early booking on day 1 of the cruise is vital as after Monday this restaurant was booked solid and operating a waiting list.

We found that there were plenty of lifts and we never waited long at all. There were a fair number of disabled passengers with small buggies but they caused no problem and it would seem that this is a good ship and cruise for disabled people.

We took an organised trip at every stop and enjoyed them all, although we felt two of them to be poorly organised by Marella. The guides, without exception, were very good.

Dress code throughout is smart casual. Something women find easy and men in my experience find difficult to understand! Same comment also applies back home at my golf club.

Dress to impress night, I wore a three piece suit. About 5% wore tuxedo - well done! 20% Jacket and tie, 75% jacket or no jacket and no tie. Some even wore jeans. Didn't bother us, perhaps it's a plus that on this ship you wear what you want, within reason.

We would definitely cruise with Marella again and would choose a balcony cabin. We spoke with others and saw the interiors of outside and inside cabins and those who chose them loved them.

Staff were universally excellent. We spoke to people from South America, West Indies, Philippines, etc and they were a joy to speak to and to have them serve us.

We watched 4 shows in the large theatre where they bring waiter served drinks to your seat. We found the shows to be well put together and the performers did a good job. The theatre was packed for 2 shows a night.

Embarkation (we were one hour late from Gatwick) and disembarkation were no problems. You do have to be out of your cabin by 8am on the final day and have packed suitcases in your hallway the previous night.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Balcony 7006

Forward on the port side. We found the cabin to be large enough for us with adequate storage space and wardrobe hangers. The double bed was comfortable The cabin was cleaned and spruced up twice day by our cabin steward who was excellent. Plenty of power points, but take both US and European adapters. If your cabin was like ours, you would have three USB charging points, which we found very useful. Balcony smallish, but OK with 2 chairs and one round table. Kettle plus tea bags, instant coffee and milk sachets readily available and restocked daily.

Bathroom OK. Shower with curtain. Hot water varied depending on numbers using!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Ship docked next to quay where coach awaited. Short stop at castle, toilets and shopping available! Onwards to caves which were very busy indeed. Quite abit of walking in crowded conditions - the caves are very popular. Good day out escorted throughout and the caves are not to be missed.

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Waited a long time on board ship in the broadway lounge before the tour could start and with poor or no information. Should have gone straight to the gangway 30 minutes later. Venice was frankly much much too busy. We queued forever for the gondola ride and afterwards walked round Venice in massive crowds. Venice is a must see and the crowds reflect that. Dozens and dozens of escorted groups everywhere. Queues for the Doges Palace and St Marks unbelievably long. We first visited 40 years ago in much more pleasurable times. I can see why Venice is thinking of banning cruise ships! You must go, but please be patient and take your time. Think Oxford Street Christmas Shopping and you get the idea.

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Krka National Park

Great day out with a fine guide. Sadly Krka Falls are another must see and the crowds reflect that, even in October. Again plenty of toilet stops. Food stalls and shopping at the Falls a bit disappointing but the scenery is amazing.

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City Tour

Well guided tour. We visited a nearby smaller town, saw Dubrovnik from above and then did the city tour. Like Venice absolutely jammed with people. Great place to visit and great tour, but lots and lots of tourists! Wish I knew the answer to these overcrowded tourist hotspots.

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