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Marella Discovery Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Review for Marella Discovery to Asia
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Skull Master
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2019

We went on the Enchanting Far East cruise on the Marella Discovery in December 2019. The cruise got off to a bad start when we fell victim to a somewhat desperate money-grabbing trick. Even though we went online to reserve seats for our party of three as soon as booking opened, TUI allocated us seats scattered all around the plane and then demanded an additional fee for sitting near (not even next to) each other.

The food in the buffet was of the usual standard. Not great, but adequate if you’re not dining at one of the proper restaurants. One thing that bothered us is the fact that they have done away with paper napkins at the buffet. These were useful for holding the tongs/ladles etc when serving up the food. If you have ever noticed the sticky residue on them you would understand why. Their disappearance is a backward step in maintaining hygiene.

The meals at both “all inclusive” restaurants were a bit hit and miss but the upstairs Italian one was the better of the two. Although the portions were sometimes comically small, when it was good, it was very good, and the service was very friendly and mostly efficient. Having said that, for the second year running we gave up waiting one night and walked out before our dessert reached the table. My main criticism is that the plates in both restaurants were often greasy and finger-marked. Staff were not very receptive to feedback on the subject.

Cabin Review

Our cabin on the Discovery was slightly larger than the smallest available, in order to accommodate three adults. It suffered from the usual toilet blockages and weak shower but was otherwise adequate for a two week stay. This is just as well, since we ended up staying on board for somewhat longer than expected due to a fire in the engine room that impacted the itinerary.

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