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Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2 week Mediterranean cruise

Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Review by Malleykatt

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean

This was our second cruise on Discovery 2 and we rebooted the cabins we had last year.

6533 an inside cabin for our teenage boys. It's a really good inside cabin. Lots of storage and a small sofa in the room as well.

6534 balcony cabin again good size for two of us. Both kept tidy by our cabin steward. Deck 6 is a good position on the ship between the coffee port and the front stair cases and lifts.

Whole ship was kept so tidy the staff all work hard and are great team. Bit of a shame that the entertainment was identical to the shows on last years cruise .....festivals....Simon & Garfunkle .......strictly.....but we watched them and enjoyed.

Food. Everyone has different taste but the food here will not disappoint. We ate breakfast in the buffet each morning .....choices of continental ...full fry up....chef specials and omelettes or fruit. You can have it in 47 the main dining room if you wish. If on board lunch can be a quick snack or full blown meal the choice is there. We ate at the 2 waiter service restaurants in the evening's and paid supplement to eat in surf and turf.......gorgeous steak....a must try.

We did go with tuxedo and long dress and so did quite a few fellow passengers.

We visited ports and did a mix of on our own independent tours on foot and we booked some must see visits..i.e. Vatican and Sistine Chapel and Pompeii ....felt a bit let down with the Pompeii trip so definitely do you homework on what exactly Marella and selling the trip as. I would diy a trip next time.

This was our third Marella cruise but the lack of change in itinerary is putting me off booking another.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Balcony 6534

Had 6534 &6533 opposite each other. Both well looked after. Inside had better storage. Steward was very good.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Arrived early and on a two week cruise we had all day to wander. Have stayed on the island many times but never looked around Palma.

Must see Cathedral ...the Palace and the old town.

Corsica (Ajaccio)

We love Corsica. Ajaccio is easy on the feet. We did the HoHo bus trip well worth doing. If you arrive in port on a Monday however the main draw of Napoleons birth place is closed.

City Tour

A drive around Rome......up to Villa Borghese gardens......which we did not see only the rough park area. Lunch included but would rather have diy lunch.

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Sistine Chapel

I was looking forward to this but can only say it was an anti climax. Herded into the chapel with the security guards shushing everyone all the time.

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St. Peter's Basilica

Such a beautiful building the scale of the inside and the light a real treasure.

We stopped at the chapel of Pope John Paul II just to reflect.

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Vatican Museums

Rushed through.....saw....NOTHING.....just herded towards the Sistine Chapel.

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Another port that's easy to visit on you own. We got a taxi to Sa Grada Familia. €18 for the four of us. I had pre booked our tickets online with audio guide. If travelling with school age children take a copy of passport or if older a student card and you'll get discounts in a few places here. Visit the maritime museum right near the port. Lovely morning spent here.

Porto Torres

Not much to see here....book an excursion and look further afield. Shuttle bus was free.


Stopping point for Amalfi coast and Pompeii.

Booked tour to Herculaneum and Pompeii. Would not book through Marella. Tour of Cameo factory before we'd even left Salerno. Felt bulldozed in the restaurant for lunch by tour guide. Waiter huffed as we paid by card.......but we did have cash for €64 lunch. He gave no info or showed us road to follow into town.

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