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Marella Discovery 2 Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Great value cruise, great service, highly recommended

Review for Marella Discovery 2 to the Caribbean
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flash1906
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2018
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The view from our balcony of Cartagena, Columbia at sunset
A photo of Marella Discovery 2 taken from ashore in Cozumel, Mexico
A view of the main atrium stairs on Christmas Day on the Discovery 2
A view of our junior suite cabin

We have cruised more than 60 times on a variety of cruise lines and while we do have favourites I nevertheless feel able to provide unbiassed reviews on any ship I cruise on. In my view Marella Discovery 2 is somewhat of a gem in the Marella fleet. Previously Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas it transferred to then TUI, now Marella and first saw service under that brand in May 2017. We actually sailed in her in June that year on a thoroughly enjoyable week’s cruise around the Iberian peninsula. We enjoyed the cruise and the ship so much that we had no hesitation booking a two week Caribbean cruise ending on Christmas day 2018. Our decision to book was reinforced by the offer of direct flights from Glasgow to Jamaica along with the ‘bonded luggage’ arrangement meaning after our cases were checked in at the airport we didn’t see them again until they arrived in our cabin.

Our cabin was the same junior suite we had on the June 2017 cruise. Yes it was a bit more expensive than a balcony cabin, but it offered so much more room, along with an extended balcony with enough room for a sunbed, a full height table and 2 chairs. There was extensive storage space, so much so that we didn’t use all the shelves and drawers provided. For those who like a bath there was a shower and bath in the bathroom along with very nice Clarins toiletries. Nice fluffy bathrobes were provided along with slippers and along with the usual electric kettle and supply of tea, coffee, etc., the junior suite also had a Lavazza coffee pod machine producing excellent coffee. Well worth the extra expense in my view.

Meals on the Discovery 2 were very good, particularly in respect of food on offer in the self-service Islands restaurant. We had just returned a month earlier from a 28 night cruise on P&O Arcadia where the food on offer in the self-service restaurant was absolutely deplorable, comprising one relatively tasteless soup at lunchtime and five or so unappetising main courses. Most importantly the food on Arcadia was seldom hot. The food on offer in Islands was a complete contrast with two delicious soups on offer each day along with eight-ten main courses including a roast of the day. All the food was piping hot. Food in the main 47⁰ restaurant on deck four and in the Italian fare restaurant Gallery 47⁰ on deck five was also very good. The clear tomato bisque we had one evening in 47⁰ was one of the best soups I have ever tasted. We had no need to use any of the paid restaurants on the ship as the food in the free restaurants was so good. Even the food in the outdoor Snack Shack on deck nine is to be commended, where the freshly prepared battered fish fillets and chicken wings are simply out of this world.

Cabin Review

Cabin Junior Suite

We had sailed on this ship in the same cabin a year earlier so we knew what to expect. It was very spacious with ample cupboard and storage space, an extended balcony where we had a sun lounger, 2 chairs and a full height table. Other amenities included bath and shower, Clarins toiletries, bath robes and slippers and a very nice Lavazza coffee pod machine

Port Reviews

Puerto Limon

Chose to go ashore at the port on this occasion as we have visited Puerto Limon previously and did an excursion. The town itself is a little run down but the people are very friendly and there is a nice park at the port where, if you are lucky, you will spot the odd sloth in the tree canopy or as I did a family of owls.

Colon (Cristobal)

Not much to see in the port area with lots of construction work going on. If you are interested in a trip to the Panama Canal this is the port to do it from but if you want to do some serious shopping there is a huge tax/duty free shopping zone less than a 10 minute walk from the ship

Cartagena (Colombia)

We had visited Cartagena previously and did trips there but for those just wanting to sample the atmosphere of Columbia there is a great free wildlife park at the entrance to the port where you will find a range of tropical birds, monkets and other wild life.

Cozumel

Its been some years since we had visited Cozumel and it was a pleasant surprise to return there as we found a delightful array of shops and restaurants to visit along a sea front stretching 2 miles or so either side of the cruise terminal. There is a huge mega store within a few minutes walk of the cruise terminal where you can stock up on almost anything at excellent prices

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