Before I say anything else, I must say how friendly and helpful all the staff we encountered were.
They all had a smile and friendly greeting.
They made the whole cruise so much more enjoyable and despite anything you may perceive as negative you read below, we had a fabulous time and intend to cruise with Marella/Tui again.
There are only a handful of balcony cabins on this ship, unfortunately we booked too late to get one.
We had cabin 7062 which is a suite with a separate bedroom and lounge.
A fruit basket, chocolate covered strawberries and 2 bottles of fizz awaited us which was a nice welcome.
It had a walk in wardrobe with masses of storage everywhere and more than sufficient cost hangers. If fact there was so much storage I forgot where I had put some things.
The irony was that the one place a drawer would have been useful, ie: the bedside table there was not.
The bed was made up of two single mattresses but with a double duvet.
I liked that there was no profusion of useless cushions which seem to annoyingly appear on many hotel and cruise ship beds nowadays.
The lounge area had a couple of hidden fold down berths, so the suite could sleep 4 guests.
Two big sofas, a coffee table, a flat screen tv, DVD player and a generous sliding desk area which could double as a dining table for two made the lounge very practical and comfortable.
The bathroom actually had a large walk in shower where originally the bath had been. I like relaxing in a bath, so was a little disappointed as our travel agent stated there was a bath with shower over it.
There was plenty of hot water and the cosmetics were better than I was expecting.
The towels were rather on the small size.
2 x bathrobes but no slippers.
The shower water is not heavily chlorinated like on some ships (Cunard for example) so no itchy dry skin.
Our steward named Gusti, very unobtrusively, made up our bed and cleaned up the suite almost as if by magic when we were ashore or having breakfast etc.
If you wanted to get to bed before midnight this was not a good cabin position as the music and singing from the Medusa bar on the deck above was often excessive.
It must have been ear damaging in the bar itself. However on the stroke of midnight silence prevailed apart from the crying baby we could hear through the thin cabin walls.