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Why this Cruise? - Timing - We organised this trip to coincide with half term as one of our party is still of school age. The dates were correct for us and the relatively short haul flight to join the ship in Corfu made it viable. The Ship - I am not complete convert to cruising, having only taken three cruises previously over a 30 year period. In that time the World of cruising has changed considerably. I did have concerns when reading reviews about this ship (Discovery 2) with some reports suggesting it was poorly maintained. Those reporting such things could not be more wrong. The ship was in immaculate condition with teams working to ensure it remained so. For those that chose to look closely there were signs that Discovery 2, whilst new to TUI did have a 22 year previous history with Royal Caribbean, but you would need to be picky. The Cabin - We considered the cost of the upgrade to an Executive Suite reasonable. The suite was large enough for two twin beds, a sofa and two arm chairs and was well presented. The balcony was large enough to accommodate one lounger, two chairs and a table. The bath and shower were comfortable and well kept. Room Service - Room Service has a limited menu, but is fairly priced. Wines are a little expensive, but the mini bar is pretty empty, and there seems little objection to you filling it with your own wine bought at each port. Dining - Dining was relaxed, with no fixed meal times and a fairly forgiving dress code. Restaurant 47 (degrees) is the nearest you get for formal dining, with a menu that changes daily. The food is well presented, and whilst the menu is not vast there is something to suit most tastes. The key alternative is the buffet which is comprehensive but a little bit samey. There a few speciality restaurants that do not come as part of the all inclusive package. We only tried one and found it a very pleasant experience. Entertainment - Some reports on this ship can be quite critical of the Entertainment on this ship, the term 'Butlin's on the sea' being a common expression. Whilst my experience of cruising is limited I suspect all ships can be accused of this to some extent. On this cruise a number of artists featured that in my opinion were extremely talented. If something does not appeal to you, the ship is big enough to offer plenty of alternatives. The ship has two pools. The outdoor pool tends to be a bit of a free for all and can get crowded, whilst the indoor pool is very quiet and filled with people who probably would prefer to be sailing under a Cunard flag. All Inclusive and Fellow Passengers - Whilst it was autumn half term in some of the UK, there were very few families (at least with children of school age). The majority of passengers would be over 40, with the highest percentage being 50 plus or retired. TUI is the dominant package tour operator in the UK, and has successfully expanded its market to include the packaged cruise. The cruise is now an alternative option to the four-star all-inclusive hotel, only this hotel tends to move about. Needless to say the vast majority are hard working people looking to enjoy a hassle-free holiday, but there will always be the odd one that sees all-inclusive as an challenge to drink the bar dry, and the odd complainer, who I am sure makes the ship's reception staff worth every penny they are paid. Be aware of the term all-inclusive. Whilst fruit juices is free, carbonated drinks such as Coke are not ,which somewhat negates the term all-inclusive in my opinion. You can upgrade for £50 a week to a higher drinks package, but this turns out to be £100 a Cabin as both parties in a Cabin have to take it. This is unfair if, as we were, one of our party is to young to drink. Unless you have real appetite for cocktails the upgrade seems rather poor value for money. Internet - not fit for purpose. Needs upgrading.

Great Itinerary - Well Maintained Ship Catering for Packaged Holiday Market

Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Review by anp1808

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Why this Cruise? - Timing - We organised this trip to coincide with half term as one of our party is still of school age. The dates were correct for us and the relatively short haul flight to join the ship in Corfu made it viable.

The Ship - I am not complete convert to cruising, having only taken three cruises previously over a 30 year period. In that time the World of cruising has changed considerably. I did have concerns when reading reviews about this ship (Discovery 2) with some reports suggesting it was poorly maintained. Those reporting such things could not be more wrong. The ship was in immaculate condition with teams working to ensure it remained so. For those that chose to look closely there were signs that Discovery 2, whilst new to TUI did have a 22 year previous history with Royal Caribbean, but you would need to be picky.

The Cabin - We considered the cost of the upgrade to an Executive Suite reasonable. The suite was large enough for two twin beds, a sofa and two arm chairs and was well presented. The balcony was large enough to accommodate one lounger, two chairs and a table. The bath and shower were comfortable and well kept.

Room Service - Room Service has a limited menu, but is fairly priced. Wines are a little expensive, but the mini bar is pretty empty, and there seems little objection to you filling it with your own wine bought at each port.

Dining - Dining was relaxed, with no fixed meal times and a fairly forgiving dress code. Restaurant 47 (degrees) is the nearest you get for formal dining, with a menu that changes daily. The food is well presented, and whilst the menu is not vast there is something to suit most tastes. The key alternative is the buffet which is comprehensive but a little bit samey. There a few speciality restaurants that do not come as part of the all inclusive package. We only tried one and found it a very pleasant experience.

Entertainment - Some reports on this ship can be quite critical of the Entertainment on this ship, the term 'Butlin's on the sea' being a common expression. Whilst my experience of cruising is limited I suspect all ships can be accused of this to some extent. On this cruise a number of artists featured that in my opinion were extremely talented. If something does not appeal to you, the ship is big enough to offer plenty of alternatives. The ship has two pools. The outdoor pool tends to be a bit of a free for all and can get crowded, whilst the indoor pool is very quiet and filled with people who probably would prefer to be sailing under a Cunard flag.

All Inclusive and Fellow Passengers - Whilst it was autumn half term in some of the UK, there were very few families (at least with children of school age). The majority of passengers would be over 40, with the highest percentage being 50 plus or retired. TUI is the dominant package tour operator in the UK, and has successfully expanded its market to include the packaged cruise. The cruise is now an alternative option to the four-star all-inclusive hotel, only this hotel tends to move about. Needless to say the vast majority are hard working people looking to enjoy a hassle-free holiday, but there will always be the odd one that sees all-inclusive as an challenge to drink the bar dry, and the odd complainer, who I am sure makes the ship's reception staff worth every penny they are paid. Be aware of the term all-inclusive. Whilst fruit juices is free, carbonated drinks such as Coke are not ,which somewhat negates the term all-inclusive in my opinion. You can upgrade for £50 a week to a higher drinks package, but this turns out to be £100 a Cabin as both parties in a Cabin have to take it. This is unfair if, as we were, one of our party is to young to drink. Unless you have real appetite for cocktails the upgrade seems rather poor value for money.

Internet - not fit for purpose. Needs upgrading.
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The Cabin - We considered the cost of the upgrade to an Executive Suite reasonable. The suite was large enough for two twin beds, a sofa and two arm chairs and was well presented. The balcony was large enough to accommodate one lounger, two chairs and a table. The bath and shower were comfortable and well kept.