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Marella Discovery 2 Review

4.0 / 5.0
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306 reviews
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A ship that suits us

Review for Marella Discovery 2 to Cuba
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020

We have been regular cruisers for a few years now, and have sailed with most of the big operators. We are recent converts to Marella and have just enjoyed a two week trip on the Caribbean on the Discovery 2. We particularly like the Discovery 2 (as well as Discovery 1). Here’s why.

1. Design of the ship. The D2 is a mid-size ship and is easy to get around. We never had to wait long for lifts unlike on the big American ships where you can wait for ages. We never felt overcrowded, not even in the buffet (which has recently been revamped and looked great). Some of the bigger ships may have more razzmatazz, but they seem to use the extra space for money making ventures such as huge (and smoky) casinos, art auctions, premium restaurants, and large jewellery shops, none of which interest us. Norwegian now have a policy of restricting large parts of their new ships to premium passengers only. On the D2 there is a very small (smoke free) casino, a couple of premium restaurants out of the way on the top deck, and a few shops. Most of the communal areas are devoted to entertainment. In addition to the lovely theatre, there are three other indoor venues for entertainers to do their stuff. That suits us fine.

2. Food. The quality and quantity of food was as good as any other operator that we’ve cruised with, perhaps with the exception of Celebrity. But what was really good was that every evening you had the option of eating in two free restaurants with completely different menus. If you cruise on the D2, do try Gallery 47 which has lovely food with an Italian style and desserts to die for.

Cabin Review

Well designed, sheltered balcony

Port Reviews

Montego Bay

The locals are fun. We visited Aaah Ras Natango (see review) but Dr Cave Beach looked good too

Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

Okay place though a bit top heavy with jewellers


I'm glad we went, but a bit disappointing because it rained quite a bit. Some nice buildings, friendly locals, interesting sights. Do be careful of the holes in the pavements and roads!

Cartagena (Colombia)

The best place we visited. Had to take a taxi to get into town, but once there, there was plenty to see. Visited the chocolate museum, a tranquil oasis.

The port itself has its own little free zoo, which is great.

Santa Marta

Okay, but in need of a bit of tlc. Found a cafe that sold the best coffee we had in 2 weeks.

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