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Having sailed numerous times with NCL, MSC, RCI and P&O I was more than happy with my recent cruise with Marella especially after reading some of the reviews. Flight, transfer and embarkation to our cabin was the best I have ever ... Read More
Having sailed numerous times with NCL, MSC, RCI and P&O I was more than happy with my recent cruise with Marella especially after reading some of the reviews. Flight, transfer and embarkation to our cabin was the best I have ever encountered, all well planned and trouble free. The ship is smaller than the others I have sailed on but every facility is available. The food was amazing, we ate in 47 and gallery 47 mostly but did try the island restaurant a few times for lunch. Choice of food was very good. The excursion were not too expensive although the one we were on to Bethlehem could have been better planned as we did not get to go to crypt due to delay in departing from the ship, this was very disappointing as other trips did get to see the crypt. Our cabin was a junior suite on deck 8 which was very spacious. One of the best features of this cruise was the entertainment, every night there was different shows in the theatre as well as an abundance of other bars for live bands and singers. We will most definitely be sailing with Marella again Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We were a group of 2 married couples. We boarded the discovery with absolute ease everything run so professionally. Our cabin was ready on arrival we had only an indoor cabin on deck 2 which suited our needs perfectly. Enough room and ... Read More
We were a group of 2 married couples. We boarded the discovery with absolute ease everything run so professionally. Our cabin was ready on arrival we had only an indoor cabin on deck 2 which suited our needs perfectly. Enough room and everything that was needed. The ship was easy to navigate around and plenty of information and personnel around if you got lost We dined in the waiter service restaurant which was just like eating in a 5* restaurant every morning and evening. Entertainment was always available and was really good. We did a few excursions and again information was given and disembarking was carried out in a professional and organised way. The staff on the ship were amazing, every single one never did we see a miserable face and never greeted without a smile. The captain Chris Dodds does an outstanding job, he is an ever presence around the ship always taking time to stop and chat and made everyone on the ship feel special. Restaurant manager Kenan was always around with a smiling face and happy to help. Absolutely loved our cruise and would recommend to anyone Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Arrival at Gatwick did not go according to plan as there was conflict regarding checking our bags in the night before. ON FLY CRUISES YOU CANNOT DO THIs Otherwise embarkation and disembarkation was speedy and efficient This cruise came ... Read More
Arrival at Gatwick did not go according to plan as there was conflict regarding checking our bags in the night before. ON FLY CRUISES YOU CANNOT DO THIs Otherwise embarkation and disembarkation was speedy and efficient This cruise came up to all our expectations with one major exception that is the volume of the entertainment on deck 9 and in the Atrium. In the afternoon on deck 9 it was what they call Trivia which was quizzes, music etc. The compare had the microphone on full volume, to the extent it was difficult to talk to people and too read. The same applied to the music in the atrium in the evenings. In our case there was a guy with a guitar playing and singing. The volume was such that you could not carry out a conversation, we along with others had to move.Again in was a case of the volume being turned up too loud,Music in cases like this should be back ground you should not need to compete with it to talk to people a few feet away. I hasten to add the guitarist was really good. The bar staff on deck 9 in particular Jodi and her brother Christopher was excellent, super efficient and very happy people a real pleasure to be served by them. The classic car trip in Havana was good but Havana itself did not impress us. Would recommend the panama canal excursions,In Montego Bay. I did the Chukka Zip Wire. Superb fun and the instructors in particular namely Gray Goose Oka and Gossy Vernon. Excellent at their jobs. All in all everything about the cruise was superb in particular the food and our cabin boy Ikhsan, he really looked after us.My wife would have appreciated an Act of Worship on Sundays as practiced on other cruise ship. Finally talks or discussions would be appreciated as and alternative to going ashore or in addition too.sea days Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We booked this cruise totally for the length and the ports of call. We were not sure of the quality Marella would provide but the whole experience was much better than anticipated from some reviews. Flights arriving throughout the day ... Read More
We booked this cruise totally for the length and the ports of call. We were not sure of the quality Marella would provide but the whole experience was much better than anticipated from some reviews. Flights arriving throughout the day which meant embarkation was staggered and went very smoothly. Cabin was available straight away and luggage arrived timely. The ship is a medium sized older ship. Well laid out, decor good and plenty of room apart from deck space which was very crowded on sea days as the cruise was fully sold. Only one outside pool. We booked the basic inside cabin on the lower decks. It was smaller than other ships we had sailed on with just enough room at the side of the bed to squeeze out into the cabin. The cabin creaked and groaned quite loudly especially in rough seas. Apart from that it was very well laid out with a small seating area, dressing table, drawers and plenty of wardrobe space, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. No Fridge. The bathroom was OK with shower curtain but plenty of hot water and shower gel and hand soap. Dining - Islands Buffet - even on a full ship we had no problems finding a seat. It feels very airy because of the full length surround windows. Staff were very attentive and the food was varied and hot. We ate breakfast and lunch here and enjoyed both experiences. We did try the MDR for breakfast one day - if you like a leisurely meal then this may be for you. For us, we like to be up and away there are always so many things to do so we preferred the Islands. MDR - We ate most of our evening meals here. The decor of the room is lovely with tables for 2 and more, although most of the tables for 2 are so close together you feel as if you are on a table for 4 or 6. We felt the food served here was very good with a good selection and always hot and drinks served promptly. Staff were very friendly and efficient. If you eat early you can walk straight in, if you like to eat later you may have to wait for a table, generally 20 mins. This was never a problem for us as we like to go for a pre-dinner drink so we would go to the restaurant, were given a pager, would go off to enjoy our drink and then be called to eat at the time we wanted to. Great system. MDR - Italian Menu - Half of the upstairs MDR is set aside to serve an Italian Menu. There are 2 menus which are changed during the cruise so you need to keep an eye on that if you want to eat from both of them. Although you are still in the MDR, it is a different eating experience and an option if you don't fancy anything on the main MDR menu. Glass House - In the evening serves a tapas and pizza menu. Tried this once enjoyed the food, but didn't like eating next to the indoor pool and sunbeds. There is a platter of continenta meats and cheese, then you can choose from 7 tapas choices and then you choose a pizza of your choice. There is also a desert choice available. This is free of charge - you can choose a hot stone meal for which a supplement is charged. Snack Shack - Sandwiches, Salads, Fruit pots, chips, burgers, chicken Wings, Fried Fish - that type of food. Only used this when coming back late to the ship - it's OK but wouldn't eat here if other options were available. Did not eat in the paid for restaurants. Entertainment was excellent and varied, as was the activities - something for everyone and if you didn't want to join in you could find quiet parts of the ship. All the entertainment staff were excellent. To ring the changes on this 18 day cruise entertainers were flown in to perform on one or 2 days and then left the ship. There were plenty of bars depending what you like to do in an evening and the choice of drinks was excellent. We never had to wait long to be served whether at the bar or from our seat. Ports of Call - Arrived as scheduled and we were given plenty of time in each port (an average of 7 hours). Did not go on any Marella excursions but the excursion staff were helpful when asked questions and provided a printed map of the main town area. Tip - If the weather is not good try to get a seat at The Veranda at the rear of the ship, it was sheltered when the outer decks were very windy. To sum up we had a fabulous trip, Food and Drinks were Very Good, Entertainment and Activities were excellent and the staff were the best. We enjoyed it so much we would book to go again as there are still things to see at the ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My first time on Discovery and most enjoyable, the cities were exceptional and lucky with the weather. I was lucky to discover an art class on the first sea day as I attended a lecture which was very entertaining about Pirate Radio and ... Read More
My first time on Discovery and most enjoyable, the cities were exceptional and lucky with the weather. I was lucky to discover an art class on the first sea day as I attended a lecture which was very entertaining about Pirate Radio and Interviews with some Graffitti information, well worth the time. i found myself attending the class with a Robin who was an excellent teacher and very patient. I now have an artistic ability I never knew about. Bar 11 was super in the evenings an oasis on board to enjoy a drink with a great view and excellent staff. The Entertainment in the evenings was much the usual with themed shows and quality speciality acts, all very good. just a warning there are no toiletries in the cabins so take plenty, however the cleaning staff were top draw. I believe that Marella will make changes but hopefully not too many. There was a charge for Shuttle Buses but all excursions were good value. St Petersburg is stunning and Aarhus was special but of course visiting so many cities its difficult to be critical. Docking in Copenhagen was a way out of the city which meant you couldn't walk to the city, but as it was raining not a bad thing, dock in Oslo was great. All in all I hope to return. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I decided to book the Greek Mystique cruise as my wife has had surgery recently and really needed to recuperate and recover. After check in at Gatwick we didn't see our luggage again until delivered to our cabin I can not tell you ... Read More
I decided to book the Greek Mystique cruise as my wife has had surgery recently and really needed to recuperate and recover. After check in at Gatwick we didn't see our luggage again until delivered to our cabin I can not tell you how amazing that was not to have to face the hustle and bustle of the airport baggage carousels! I rater enjoyed the main resturaunt as they operate an open seating dining plan so we were able to dine with new people every evening, which when we usually cruise on Seabourn and Azamara we have a fixed table and dining companions for the duration of the cruise -so Marella has hit on a good idea on the occasions where one may be sitted on a dining table with 'cruise snobs'.Which in the past we have had to endure! We are retired although a young 59 and 61, we tend to book 4 cruises per year one for each season. We have one Seabourn and one Azamrara then 2 cheaper options which this year is Marella and Cruise & Maritime to try the other end of the market. The ship Celebration was old as described on CC.reviews,but it was perfectly clean and comfortable. We prefer to have waiter service at meals as my wife isn't always able to stand and queue for periods of time and apart from the very last morning when there was literally not a seat to be had this worked perfectly for us. Our cabin steward was superb so although tips are included we left him cash in an envelope cabin was cleaned and towels replenished twice daily. My wife purchased two Radley handbags which she said were great value. we are not drinkers so didn't opt for the AI Drinks package(due to my wife's medication). We did take excursions which although costly were not exhorbitant but much more importantly safe for my wife's comfort. We ate in Mistrals which was a delight -highly recommended especially drunken prawns delicious! The Ports of call were delightful especially KOTORin Mo ntenegro and sailing out of Dubrovnik at night ! STUNNING. keeping the best till last- just has to be the entertainment. THE showteam were leaving and a new team and Cruise Director was starting the week after we disembarked. They were amazing and the show Africa was wonderful. We really thought it couldn't get any better until Monday when the Guest Act came on to do his show. His name was Christopher Gee and he was superb, my wife laughed so much it was sheer joy to behold.And his comedy impressions were stunning-the thing we could't work out was how can every voice he did be so accurate and yet he even manages to look like each person he takes on. His Tommy Cooper had everyone in stiches, and his Eric Morecambe had us all fighting off a tear at the much loved comedian but the absolute hIghlight was his one man tribute to Dave Allen it was so perfect even down to him holding a whiskey glass with only half a forefinger, his attention to detail was astounding. He recieved a richly deserved standing ovation! The neXt night was his second show and there simply wasn't a seat to be had and extra chairs from the bars were brought in, but the show was totally different Alan Carr/Michael Macintyre/Ozzy/he also did an hilarious BORIS AND Donald Trump had us ill with laughter very up to date you could hear a pin drop and that was after midnight. He was very personable young man and told us he will be on Marella Dream later in the year so we are booking that one too! We love the shows and we don't watch a lot of comedians to be fair- but I just had to post this review as everyone is quick to complain but not always ready to say a big well done Marella for booking a comedian impressionist that did nor offend one single person no un PC material or smut involved just FUNNY!!! The entire ship was talking about him the next day. in all one has to commend Marella ,especially at their price point as I assure you we have got much less from paying 4 times more!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
It was our 1st cruise and we thought it was a great experience the entertainment staff catering bar staff cabin staff highly recommended would do it again .would recommend it to other 1st time cruisers as well only thing we didnt like was ... Read More
It was our 1st cruise and we thought it was a great experience the entertainment staff catering bar staff cabin staff highly recommended would do it again .would recommend it to other 1st time cruisers as well only thing we didnt like was that you was unable to watch england games in the world cup tournament and to have wifi would be rather expensive the captains announcements were very clear and accurate information. My wife unfortunately broke her ankle while we were in rome and the medical staff were great and was Amanda of entertainment who came with us to th hospital while we docked in palermos spain also the very kind taxi drivers who took great care with us .I travelled with my with and mother in law and none of us had been on a cruise before we would do it again one year liked it very much. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My wife and I chose this cruise for our first wedding anniversary. It was our first trans Atlantic cruise with seven sea days in total. Our cabin was a Junior Suite, 8564. The cabin was immaculate and extremely comfortable with a ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise for our first wedding anniversary. It was our first trans Atlantic cruise with seven sea days in total. Our cabin was a Junior Suite, 8564. The cabin was immaculate and extremely comfortable with a huge amount of space. We really could not fault it. Our steward Prakesh was wonderful - decorating our cabin on our anniversary was a lovely gesture. The food was incredible - I had seen reviews about it not being warm etc etc - just don't listen to them! It was the best food we had had at sea (I've been with Royal Caribbean and P&O) and we were particularly impressed with Gallery 47 - the Parmesan Wheel is to die for! The Surf and Turf restaurant is a supplement restaurant, but wow what an experience! We had Lobster and Fillet Mignon and it was just out of this world. We also dined in Kora-La, which was equally delicious. The ship overall was amazing, lovely, classy ship which has plenty to do. The shows were excellent and the bars/drinks were fab. Shore excursions were very reasonably priced as well, plenty of port information was available at reception if you decided not to go on a tour. We have just booked to go back in the same cabin on the Thailand - India cruise in March next year - we can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Iberian Delights, lived up to the usual smooth operation one would expect from Marella, embarkation was smooth and efficient, less than 10 mins from dockside to our cabin which was well equipped the bathroom had fluffy towels, hairdryer, ... Read More
Iberian Delights, lived up to the usual smooth operation one would expect from Marella, embarkation was smooth and efficient, less than 10 mins from dockside to our cabin which was well equipped the bathroom had fluffy towels, hairdryer, shampoo and shower gel, the cabin was very clean and roomy, plenty of space for clothes and suitcases, tea, coffee making facilities, replenished daily by our cabin boy Aldrin who was always helpful and friendly. Dining, we ate in the dining room every evening, the menu was varied well presented and on the whole offered enough of a choice that even those who like to complain should have been catered for. Breakfast and lunch were also exceptional afternoon tea was a lovely treat, the words spoilt for choice spring to mind. Overnight sailings meant that there was plenty of time to experience all the on board entertainment on offer. As to shore excursions a really great itinerary from start to finish, and the bonus is only one sea day, the only hiccup was the tender operation for Portimao which due to sea conditions and the fact that everyone seemed to have the same idea as to their timetable for going ashore caused a few people to get a little agitated.(I still think a simple register with time slots bookable the day before would be a simple solution to this problem). We will certainly be sailing with Marella cruises again in the very near future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Just wanted to let fellow cruisers know of an amazing place near Amber Cove where you can volunteer to spend either half or full day at Dove Missions. Check out their website and trip adviser. We had such a worthwhile morning spent ... Read More
Just wanted to let fellow cruisers know of an amazing place near Amber Cove where you can volunteer to spend either half or full day at Dove Missions. Check out their website and trip adviser. We had such a worthwhile morning spent meeting children from one of the poorest areas around tbe barrio. At the school we played games, crafts and helped them with learning English. Martina and the staff are amazing and make you feel so welcome. You leave with a memory that will last a lifetime. Back to the cruise itself. I loved joining the' A Band on Ship 'learning to play the ukelele. My husband joined the choir. The singers, in particular Braxi Music and Dan were excellent, and we couldnt fault anything regarding entertainment. The theatre shows were outstanding. Food was fab, public areas beautiful, the whole ship was very impressive. The only downside of the whole experience was disembarking at Palma. Poor Brett put himself (very admirably) on the front line to take responsibility for a very badly organised departure from the ship. Should have kept cruisers in the groups which pertained to the colour of their luggage labels denoting their flight destinations and moved people group by group rather than the free for all experience of taking an hour and half to get off the ship. Despite that one hiccup we had an amazing time and will definitely look to cruise with Marella again Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because we were on the Celebration relocation cruise last year and really enjoyed it. The ship is very clean and the crew are all very friendly. Our cabin was comfortable and kept very clean by Budi who always had a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were on the Celebration relocation cruise last year and really enjoyed it. The ship is very clean and the crew are all very friendly. Our cabin was comfortable and kept very clean by Budi who always had a smile and short chat anytime we met him. We ate in the Meridian Restaurant most nights and found this a very pleasant experience. The staff were very efficient and friendly and we met other guests whilst sharing a table with them. We mostly had breakfast and lunch in the Lido Restaurant where there was a wide and varied selection of food available. The only downside was, that if you didn't take a drink in with you, it was not easy to get a waiter. Maybe, more waiting staff would overcome this problem. We especially enjoyed the interview with Captain John one afternoon. It was very informative and interesting and he really has such a good sense of humour, which also came across on his daily bulletins when we were at sea. We enjoyed doing the daily trivia quiz but sometimes found it hard to hear the questions on deck 6. Overall, the service we received on board was excellent. The staff who especially stood out for us were Melisa and Sydney and the unforgettable Nosi, she was so wonderful, I would have been proud to have her for a daughter :-). Such hard workers and always with a smile on their face and an eagerness to help. Unfortunately, due to the hurricane, the ports we were supposed to visit were changed a bit, but that didn't matter to us. We saw some beautiful Islands in the Caribbean and met some wonderful people. Maybe next time we could visit the others. We had a wonderful time on our cruise and can't wait to do another one. Thank you to all staff and crew we came in contact with, you helped make our holiday one to remember. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We've been on many cruises with different cruise lines before, but we chose this one because we took one of our children's families on a Thomson's Cruise last year and were very impressed, and the timing was ideal as other ... Read More
We've been on many cruises with different cruise lines before, but we chose this one because we took one of our children's families on a Thomson's Cruise last year and were very impressed, and the timing was ideal as other child care duties were becoming slightly less pressing. We are not yet convinced by the freedom dining concept which means you don't easily build up contacts with staff and fellow travellers, and we felt that there was some evident cost trimming which meant that staff seemed more hard-pressed. We weren't sorry to lose some of the fringe activities like the chocolate festivals and ice-carving and we felt that fewer invited performers improved our entertainment enjoyment, because the young, 'resident' cast was excellent. TUI's general co-ordination was generally up to the level we experienced last year, but communications regarding the possible impact of the recent hurricanes was not ideal.We were surprised that passengers had to pay to join a passengers' choir. However, the food, service and entertainment were excellent, and the ship and our cabin were maintained meticulously. We couldn't have had kinder, more obliging cabin stewards than Milos and Ganna. The value, given the all-inclusive tariff and the fact that general gratuities were included, was outstanding. We liked the medium size of the ship and the show lounge and walking track in particular. The first time in the Eastern Caribbean and the weather was excellent. I found the islands fascinating and attractive in an uncoordinated way, my wife found them disorganised, impoverished, and sometimes intimidating. Most of the local people were charming. The destinations staff could have devoted a little time in their talks to advising those who who were going ashore on foot. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We were originally booked to travel to Florida but as a result of damage etc and the hurricanes prevailing at that time we decided to cancel and were offered the chance to rebook so decided on a cruise and stay as always fancied this type ... Read More
We were originally booked to travel to Florida but as a result of damage etc and the hurricanes prevailing at that time we decided to cancel and were offered the chance to rebook so decided on a cruise and stay as always fancied this type of holiday. We had cruised many times before, only once though with Thomson on the Majesty which we hadn't particularly enjoyed at the time but had heard of good reports of the Discovery 1 and 2 ships. We were immediately very impressed, only had an inside cabin as that was all that was available approximately 6 days before we sailed but it was fine, plenty of storage, clean, quite modern, well kept by the steward whose name I sadly have forgotten, easy access to the parts of the ship we visited and also close to a water cooler so we always had fresh water to take ashore or during the night, great idea this instead of the constant sales push by other companies to purchase bottles of water from them at extortionate prices. The only negative is the horrid shower curtains that keep attaching themselves to you, why can't they get rid of them! Shower doors would be much better. We used the main dining room for breakfast as we had had a break from cruising as we had both got utterly sick of buffets, the queueing for tables and hustle bustle and noise of it all in the past. This was a much better choice, waiter service, good selection of breakfasts and much more relaxing dining option and we never had to wait for a table. We also used this option for dinner, generally we had to have a pager but often we ordered a drink, sat down and then our pager went off. Food was excellent too at dinner, cannot fault it and my husband is fussy! Would thoroughly recommend the main dining room and the all inclusive drinks option was wonderful. The Prosecco, cocktails and wines which I tried were excellent and bar service was good. We used to have a drink in the bar on the upper deck which became the disco later in the evening and would then go down to book a table for dinner, going into the atrium bar while we waited. Coffees were also available on the all inclusive package. We did not book any trips etc but did our own thing. During the day we used the glass house for swimming as I do not sunbathe, the pool was a little chilly but the atmosphere was lovely and the food options for lunch good and the takeaway section just outside did a variety of foods and fresh fruit selection. We only used the buffet once, quite late in the afternoon so it was not too busy to at that point. We went to a couple of shows which were very good but generally did our own thing in the evening. Embarkation was very speedy when we boarded and our suitcases arrived very quickly indeed which is always a relief !and as we were going to a hotel for four days we left the ship fairly early in the morning but sadly we ended up sitting on a coach for ages as the coach was overbooked initially, the passengers were transferred to another coach, all a bit of a pain really and then we had a long wait to check in at our hotel but that is another story! The cruise was excellent thoughout, would definitely go again and would recommend, the all inclusive drinks package and tips included is a bonus. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Spanish Sunsets Cruise : Date of Cruising: 28 May to 4 June 2017 Having cruised previously with Princess, Royal Caribbean and P&O on their larger ships holding 3,500 passengers, we were a little nervous about booking a western ... Read More
Spanish Sunsets Cruise : Date of Cruising: 28 May to 4 June 2017 Having cruised previously with Princess, Royal Caribbean and P&O on their larger ships holding 3,500 passengers, we were a little nervous about booking a western Mediterranean cruise with Thompson (now rebranded TUI), on their newly refurbished flagship ‘Discovery 2’. The TUI ship is a lot smaller carrying just 1900 passengers. Obviously, on ‘Discovery 2’ you don’t get the feeling of space as on the bigger ships and there is no ice rink, sports court, flowrider, water slides, large promenades, zip wires, etc … that you get on the larger cruise ships, everything is obviously scaled down, but so is the price. This ‘Discovery 2’ is a ship that was previously owned by Royal Caribbean but sold to TUI who then have rebranded it along with a major refurbishment in May 2017. I was presently surprised by what I saw and experienced and in most areas my expectations were exceeded. The cabin was first class and on a par with the other cruise liners we have sailed with. It was spacious and well equipped and had we had no complaints what so ever. The restaurant where we dined for our evening meals (Gallery 47), was also excellent with a varied menu and delicious food. The service from the restaurant staff was also first class. No complaints from me and I’m a fussy eater. Breakfast and lunch was in the Islands buffet restaurant and again the food was very good. It did get busy at peak times but going slightly earlier or later meant you could always get a table. (Peak time for breakfast was around 9am). Generally the look of the various areas of the ship was good and taking into account that it was a ‘refurbishment’ and not a ‘refit’ a good job had been done. Most importantly there was new carpeting throughout which is important as nothing makes a ship look more ‘tired’ than worn faded carpeting. There was a variety of entertainment around the ship and most was of a reasonable standard and some excellent. The main disappointment were the shows in the main theatre. Although the singers and dancers were very talented, their choice of material was disappointing and song choices could have been a lot stronger. The production and scenery was good and the seating was very, very comfortable, it was just a shame the the material chosen for them to perform was not the best. Also TUI could have done better by having more variety with professional artists being brought onboard to perform that were of a higher calibre than the TUI resident dancers and singers, as good as they were. There was one variation during the week when we had a comedy magician who was OK but not the best. Most of the crew were very courteous and helpful and the room stewards good although they were not as visible and as ‘chatty’ as some on other cruises we’ve been on. There were two pools (both with jacuzzis), one indoor and one outdoor. Both were of good quality and the indoor one was not overcrowded, as was the outdoor one, but that probably wasn’t helped with the week of our cruise being Spring Bank holiday week, and so there was a large number of children onboard. There were plenty of sun beds around the ship and if you looked around you could find a variety of shaded areas. In summary: There is an old saying that ‘you get what you pay for’, and that is certainly true here. You just get the feel that things are just not quite as big, as plush, as roomy and of the same quality as the cruise companies I’ve made mentioned previously, but for what you pay it is good value for money. As you can probably tell, I’d prefer to cruise with Princess, Royal Caribbean, P&O etc, but for a cheap one week cruise in the Mediterranean then it’s worth considering if ‘money is not is a little tight’. Having spoken to others that have previously sailed with TUI/Thompson, I think this is a step up for the company and the effort they are putting into raising their image and brand in the cruise market is to be commended. If you’ve booked a cruise on ‘Discovery 2’ then I suspect you’ll enjoy it as long as you don’t expect the same experience as on the larger cruise liners who specialise in this type of holiday. I hope this review has proved useful and if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at glyn.day@ntlworld.com. Cheers, Glyn Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We checked in at Gatwick and flew by Dreamliner to Barbados. We were taken directly (the hold luggage is taken directly to the ship) from the aircraft to the Ship, so no immigration or collecting baggage at the airport. Check in at the ... Read More
We checked in at Gatwick and flew by Dreamliner to Barbados. We were taken directly (the hold luggage is taken directly to the ship) from the aircraft to the Ship, so no immigration or collecting baggage at the airport. Check in at the port was seamless and efficient. We had an outside cabin on deck 3 which was spacious and comfortable with a large picture window. Only downside if any was there was no fridge, otherwise lovely. The ship was brilliant. We prefer this freestyle type cruise and this was excellent value for money. I was slightly apprehensive after reading some reviews, however we experienced no problems whatsoever and indeed it exceeded our expectations. If you want formal, luxury type of cruise then maybe this isn’t for you although you’d have to pay a lot more on Cunard or other providers. We bought the drinks package which was well worth every penny. Good house wine and drinks whenever you wanted them. Prosecco flowed freely. The food in the buffet was our favourite. The quality and choice was amazing and we never failed to find something tasty to eat. There was a roast at lunch and dinner in addition to a speciality menu ie Greek, Turkish, Chinese etc, perfectly cooked and a choice of vegetables and salads. Soup was delicious and every day there was a traditional British pudding, including various sponges, spotted dick, fruit crumbles all served with lashings of custard as well as other deserts to choose from. The pastry chefs excelled and the cakes at afternoon tea were a delight. We also ate in 47, the formal dining room which was very nice and you could eat any time during their opening hours and choose to share or have a table for two. We also ate at Gallery 47, the Italian restaurant, also very good. We treated ourselves and ate at the Sushi bar, which was a supplement of £13.95 and well worth it if you enjoy sushi and sashimi. The cruise was for 13 nights with six days at sea and our stops were at St Lucia, Antigua, Madeira, Malaga, Ibiza and then we flew home from Majorca. I can’t comment on the Thomson excursions as we arranged our own using advice on Trip Advisor etc. I was concerned about spending six days at sea, however the entertainment lead by Ted and his team was varied and interesting. We particularly enjoyed talks by ex police officer Simon Dinsdale, cookery, and ice carving demonstrations. Dance classes, Ukulele lessons and choir lessons were also available along with quizzes and numerous other forms of activities. A first class gym with modern equipment and Yoga and Pilates classes too. The climbing wall was challenging and fun to do. Some of our fellow passengers did have various complaints but they were mostly niggly little things that wouldn’t have bothered us. Ie they thought the sea was choppy. Sun beds always appeared to be an issue, although we always managed to find somewhere to sit and it wasn’t a big deal for us. For two days there was quite a swell, however to my knowledge no one was sick and in fact I’ve experienced much worse on previous cruises, and I expected worse considering we were in the middle of the Atlantic. Apparently though most Atlantic crossings are very smooth and there’s not a lot anyone can do about the weather. The staff were friendly and helpful, special mentions to Rosmic, our cabin steward, Denny for excellent and friendly service in Bar Eleven, Alasdair the DJ for great music. Kamal at the omelette station in the buffet and all the other staff, who always had a greeting and remained cheerful. I would definitely recommend Tui Discovery . We’ve already booked for next year! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Our first time Thomson ,,,, (we have done many PO , princess, and Royal Carabean ) And it was more than we expected ,,, entairtainment great , so much choice in food , so much so we never got to the speciality resturants , we did a ... Read More
Our first time Thomson ,,,, (we have done many PO , princess, and Royal Carabean ) And it was more than we expected ,,, entairtainment great , so much choice in food , so much so we never got to the speciality resturants , we did a transatlantic 6 days at sea , felt there could have been a movie on through the day , as we are not all into quizzes ,,,,, however we came home and booked the Discovery 2 for March next year ...but not a transatlantic again , we spoke to other cruisers ,who were on there first ever cruise ,and said it would be there last ever cruise , as I said not enough going on in sea days . Great friendly staff and all inclusive premium drinks .... No cheap drinks ...... Staff in tge resturants were so friendly ... I cannot take peppers (allergy ) and chef made special fo me . Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We sailed with friends, choosing this cruise based on destination and price. Dreamliner flight from Glasgow was amazing...only to be ruined by the immigration fiasco in Montego Bay. Given two cards on arrival..no pens available, herded ... Read More
We sailed with friends, choosing this cruise based on destination and price. Dreamliner flight from Glasgow was amazing...only to be ruined by the immigration fiasco in Montego Bay. Given two cards on arrival..no pens available, herded into a hall/corridor with no aircon! Had to lean on walls/floor to complete forms, whilst security shouted instructions from the other end of the area. Form 1 taken at security, without being checked, form 2 taken as you disembarked the coach after transfer to ship. Found out after speaking to other guests, Manchester flight were given the forms onboard...how much simpler was that!! Be aware. Boarding was seamless and found cabin with no problem. Given we had got a great price for trip, our cabin, midship deck 5 was fine, a little small but you only sleep in it so was not a problem. Shower-room a little tired but spotless. Cabin staff work really hard, couldn't fault. Dining became a full time job! Food was varied and plentiful, anrything we didn't like was personal taste. Ate between two buffet restaurants during the day and Orion in the evening. Our waiters were Joseph, Samuel and Eugene...what a team. I celebrated my birthday whilst onboard and we booked Mistrals, amazing food and service. Best steak I have ever eaten. It was so good we booked again for the last night of holiday. We upgraded to Premium All Inclusive. To be honest, not worth the money..would have been cheaper paying the supplement per drink. One of our party is t total but had to pay for the upgrade as both passengers must take this. Perhaps something could be done Thomsons. Captain Harris was seen around the ship regularly, talking with his crew and passengers...something we had never seen on Royal Caribbean ships. We had 6 sea days going transatlantic, The weather here was some of the sunniest. I found this ok, enough to do if you made the effort. Entertainment crew work so hard always with a smile. All in all ship and crew were great and we would cruise with Thomson again. Tho only thing I would like to make you aware of was the timing of this cruise. We were the last ship to leave the Caribbean..end of season..most shops had little stock left. It was also over Easter or Holy Week as the Islanders called it. There were days where bars etc were closed on the trips as no alcohol can be served before 6pm, but it meant you couldn't get juice or water either. The weather was iffy, humid, plenty clouds and rain and some sunshine. Wouldn't cruise at this time again, normally go in November, weather better then. Malaga airport was a nightmare after checking for flight home. I had been warned it was the 'worst airport ever' and it lived up to this..boarding gate was changed 4 times...one of them boarding, the flight was going to Glasgow....but with Ryanair,not Thomson! All in all a great holiday with friends,can't really fault this trip Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Great cruise holiday overall, First cruise on the Thomson Dream and was pleasantly impressed.First time in inside cabin and would recommend an outside one from previous experiences but if your budget doesn't allow for this the inside ... Read More
Great cruise holiday overall, First cruise on the Thomson Dream and was pleasantly impressed.First time in inside cabin and would recommend an outside one from previous experiences but if your budget doesn't allow for this the inside cabins are of a good size, well equipped only difference is no window. All staff were first class in every area of the ship and any request was acted on immediately with as little fuss as possible. The Captain toured the ship daily and mixed freely with passengers as did all the senior officers and crew. The 6 days at sea were well managed with plenty of on-board activities and entertainment to cater for all tastes. The Entertainment team were superb. Very friendly and all their shows were most enjoyable. The other entertainment acts were excellent too. The dining on board was also excellent. A great selection of menu choices which catered for all of our needs. All of the dining options were managed well with constant officer observation in them all ensuring everything was kept to standards required. The ships bar areas were all laid out well with various ambience options available to allow any taste in to be catered for. There were very few occasions when queues formed as staff would be reassigned to the nip points when volumes dictated. The drinks menu was extensive on our All Inclusive drinks package with a wide selection of branded drinks and some cocktails included too. The ports of call were excellent apart from one. The "Dominican Republic Port of Romana" should not be the main port for Thomson ships. Our itinerary was changed at the last minute from Port au Prince. I asked at reception if it was safe to walk ashore to the port town. I was informed yes. On leaving the port area I noticed a high volume of local police at ever street corner. They were informing everyone to take of jewellery and to take a secure grip of any bags etc. I was one of the younger (50) passengers venturing onshore and probably went further into town than most. We were ashore for no more than 40 minutes. Basically hit the town outskirts and back post haste. The most uneasy I have ever felt anywhere on holiday. We were informed on board 4 passengers had been robbed and one couple had been held up at gun-point for their valuables. No amount of vigilance or diligence by anyone will stop that happening. Thomson now know this port is unsafe and are using it as their main port of call for the Caribbean season in the Dominican Republic. One reason may be the higher port fees applicable for Port Au Prince. Thomson in my opinion have a "DUTY OF CARE" to all its cruise passengers visiting any port. Port Information must be correct and honest to allow passengers to assess the risks or dangers associated with local areas or customs. The only other criticism I have for this cruise is the amount of passengers who kmoan about trivia.If its something minor don't become drama queens. Enough moaning the cruise was first class apart from Romana. Thank you Thomson's Dream. Kevin Duncan Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this transatlantic cruise as we enjoy sea days and this cruise had 6 sea days between Malaga and St. Kitts, and because we wanted to try Thomson cruises. We chose an outside plus cabin on deck 6 which was large and very ... Read More
We chose this transatlantic cruise as we enjoy sea days and this cruise had 6 sea days between Malaga and St. Kitts, and because we wanted to try Thomson cruises. We chose an outside plus cabin on deck 6 which was large and very comfortable. Also well positioned to reach other areas of the ship. We were a little concerned that we would miss having a balcony, but as the ship is relatively small and we could easily get to an outside deck area this wasn't a problem for us. During the 6 consecutive sea days there were some class activities for passengers to in. These were the choir, watercolour painting classes and a murder mystery drama class which was a first time activity for Thomson cruises. I participated in the choir and my husband signed up for the painting and drama classes. There was a minimal charge for the choir and painting classes but not for the drama group. We both enjoyed these groups and the people we met through participating in them. The choir put on a performance before both theatre shows on the last formal night, which was well attended and enjoyed by all involved. The murder mystery group presented their play in one of the show lounges and the audience were invited to give their ideas on "whodunit". This was revealed in a short performance after the lunch time break on the last sea day. We found the menus to be varied and interesting, the standard higher than expected and the service excellent. We had the all inclusive package which included wine by the glass and our drinks were topped up without request. We only had one bad experience in the restaurant when we ordered a steak (at extra cost) and it took a very long time to arrive. We bought the package for all 3 extra charge restaurants and found these to be very good and worth the extra charge. Thomson still have the waiter parade on the night before the end of the cruise and this was enjoyed by everyone in the dining room. I cannot speak highly enough of the entertainment. The resident show group of singers and dancers were the best I have experienced on a ship and the guest acts were of an extremely high standard, particularly a duo called "Braxi" a pop/opera husband and wife singing act who were outstanding. The cruise director was an extremely friendly and likeable guy called Gavin who spoke to all the guests and listened to their feedback. We booked an excursion in the Dominican Republic which was disappointing but Thomson listened to our concerns and gave us a reasonable refund. As all ports were beach areas we made our own arrangements and enjoyed some beautiful Caribbean beaches, particularly Cane Garden beach on Tortola. Lastly, I would just like to mention how helpful and friendly the staff are on Thomson. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
this was our 2nd transatlantic cruise our 1st was a rough crossing this one was very calm we stayed in an inside cabin deck 7 very clean spacious great nights sleep our cabin steward cleaned twice a day always polite and smiling we paid ... Read More
this was our 2nd transatlantic cruise our 1st was a rough crossing this one was very calm we stayed in an inside cabin deck 7 very clean spacious great nights sleep our cabin steward cleaned twice a day always polite and smiling we paid for the drinks package this time and where very pleased with the fantastic choice on offer coffee and tea's are free of charge if you are on the drinks package but if you used the speciality coffee bar there was a small cost £1.40 for a large latte we ate in the Orion restaurant for breakfast and evening meal all the staff in the Orion gave great service we also used all speciality restaurants for a small cover charge yes the ship is ageing but so are we LOL and they keep the ship in excellent condition shows were very good the new casino area very nice my only gripe would be not enough staff in the medusa lounge many were training and the experienced left the ship to join the new ship the discovery when we docked in cadiz we did not go on any excursions but did use the spa treatments very good afternoon being pampered the ports we visited were superb we visited Bermuda the Azores cadiz malaga Alicante Dominican republic and Palma no tenders at any ports all disembarkations went very smoothly we even had extra hours in a couple of ports as the captain used to say every day buckle up and enjoy the ride thank you to all the staff for there professionalism courtesy and friendliness. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The cruise title was "Transatlantic Quest" commencing Barbados and ending in Malaga in the Mediterranean. The first few days included calls to several Caribbean islands including St Lucia, Dominica, St Kitts, British Virgin ... Read More
The cruise title was "Transatlantic Quest" commencing Barbados and ending in Malaga in the Mediterranean. The first few days included calls to several Caribbean islands including St Lucia, Dominica, St Kitts, British Virgin Islands, St Marten and Antigua, then we had a six-days crossing the Atlantic to La Palma in the Canaries followed by a stop at Gibraltar before disembarking at Malaga to fly home. This cruise probably will never be repeated as the Celebration was in fact repositioning for new itineraries out of Dubai after maintenance somewhere in the Med. We had a balcony cabin on Deck 9 on the starboard side and the All-Inclusive package and flew from Gatwick. We are fairly used to cruising but this was our first Thomson cruise and we had the most wonderful time with excellent food and nothing less than terrific service. We dined in the "Meridian Restaurant" lunchtime and evenings with waiter service but breakfasted in the Lido self-service restaurant. There is a large comfortable theatre, the "Broadway Show Lounge", with a wide range of entertainment - although we didn't go to any of the shows ourselves preferring to spend evenings with drinks and our books in our cabin or on our balcony. But we did enrol on the water-colour painting class for the six-day Atlantic crossing, and this was excellent. There were other activities too, including chocolate making and a choir. The Celebration is a 'real ship', not a floating box and subject to getting a balcony next time we would definitely cruise on it again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
What a great time we had on the Thomson Dream for the transatlantic cruise 'Beyond the Sunset'. We chose to embark in Gran Canaria, then enjoyed stops in La Gomera & Cape Verde before crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean. ... Read More
What a great time we had on the Thomson Dream for the transatlantic cruise 'Beyond the Sunset'. We chose to embark in Gran Canaria, then enjoyed stops in La Gomera & Cape Verde before crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean. I'll admit to having reservations about the 5 days at sea but 36 hours were shaved off this due to a medical emergency on bored. However the days went quickly & were enjoyable. We're not ones to join in with quizzes or games so can't comment on that - otherwise the entertainment was quite good. The food was very good; we ate breakfast (when we wanted breakfast that is) & lunch in the self service Lido. Yes it could be busy - especially on sea days. But if there's a queue go & sit down, have a drink, read another chapter of your book, etc & the queue will be gone next time you look. In the evenings we ate in the Orion - we enjoyed the smaller, rear section of the restaurant & were ably attended to by Mario & Kumar most evenings. Not forgetting Tony the wine waiter with his endless bottles of red & white wine. We always found there to be plenty of choice in the Orion & enjoyed thoroughly whatever we ate. The bars were very good; the bar staff on the whole very attentive with special mentions for Garnett & Girri up in the Lido Pool bar. The ship was a perfect size for us. On the whole we had a fantastic, memorable time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We flew from Gatwick to Las Palmas to join the Dream on December 5th, 2015 for a 17 day cruise across the Atlantic. Embarkation onto the ship was swift and painless. As we had sailed on her before we found our own way to our cabin which ... Read More
We flew from Gatwick to Las Palmas to join the Dream on December 5th, 2015 for a 17 day cruise across the Atlantic. Embarkation onto the ship was swift and painless. As we had sailed on her before we found our own way to our cabin which was on deck 5, outside No 50187. Pleasantly surprised to find how big the cabin was, as we previously had an outside plus. It had a nice square window, a sofa and just a shower (no bath). I preferred a shower only as thought we had more room. We were very satisfied with our steward Boho who kept the cabin clean with the minimum of fuss. The ship itself was spotless, the recent refurbishment has definitely improved the ship to a much higher spec. The new bar, Waters Edge was lovely but unfortunately there was not enough seating and it got very crowded later at night. In some instances standing room only. To be honest I am not sure they could put much more seating in there as the casino merges with the room at the entrance. The other improvements on the open deck where the Lido is was also very good and gave it a much cleaner look. The sun deck with its comfortable beds is also an asset. As for the food. Breakfast as usual were spot on and had plenty of choice regardless of where you ate. The same applied to lunch and the late afternoon snacks. Which we stopped having because we were too full after to enjoy our evening meal. This we always had in the Orion, again we enjoyed it all from the brilliant service by the lovely Trudy, Samuel and Rafaelle our wine waiter to the choices on the menu, to the food itself. Okay some meals were better than others but we had lobster twice and an excellent sirloin steak plus other lovely choices. All in the price. The drinks package was fine, if you chose carefully and asked for drinks done to your taste. Entertainment as usual was very good apart from the Comedy show. The itinerary was good and nearly all the ports of call you could do independently. First time for me to the Caribbean and to be honest apart from the white sand, blue seas and stunning weather I was not impressed. I did however really enjoy the crossing itself and I am very glad I went. Of course the main asset this ship has is its wonderful, caring, funny, smiley crew. They go out of their way to make sure everything is as perfect as possible. From the efficient, funny Joan in the Medusa, Iany in Tides, Jade in Waters edge to the very funny Jeffrey (apologies for spelling) they could not be faulted. I am sorry I can not mention you all but take it as read, you were all brilliant and an asset to the company. I have only a few negatives. Where the artists play in the evening should be changed more often so that everyone has a chance to see them. The sunbed policy should be implemented properly, then everyone can get a chance to move around a bit more. The keeping of seats anywhere for any length of time for large crowds should not be allowed. I understand that friends want to sit together but sometimes these were kept for far to long, in some cases well over and hour. Not fair. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We have enjoyed 3 cruises on The Celebration previously so we knew what to expect from the ship and had chosen our cabin so we were pleasantly surprised to find it had been spruced up with new upholstery and carpets. We settled in quickly ... Read More
We have enjoyed 3 cruises on The Celebration previously so we knew what to expect from the ship and had chosen our cabin so we were pleasantly surprised to find it had been spruced up with new upholstery and carpets. We settled in quickly after a horrendous embarkation experience (described by several other reviewers) which was way below Thomson's usual standards and had them apologising many times over the next few days. To our delight, we found staff members whom we had met on a previous cruise waiting for us in the dining room on the first evening and it was like greeting old friends as they welcomed us! This is one of the special things that we love about Thomson cruises and we hope they don't change as they move to bigger ships in the future. The service in the dining room is easily as good as in any of the expensive restaurants we have been to in London and the staff are always happy and smiling. The food is pretty good too - a double edged sword on a 17 night cruise! The Celebration is a relatively small ship, but we love her. She has a proper promenade deck and is easy to get around by using the stairs for exercise, or lifts if you're tired. There are free self service laundries and several bars of which our favourite is the Horizons on the 9th deck with panoramic views at the front above the bridge. We were lucky enough to see and photograph a whale blowing from up there as we left Madeira! This repositioning cruise was different from a normal two week cruise in that there was no changeover of guests halfway through as there would have been doing two 7 night cruises back to back. Everyone who boarded at the beginning was on the ship for the whole 17 nights and no one else would be joining us, so we started to make friends that we met up with in the bars and at dinner and it took on a great atmosphere of camaraderie. This was helped by the extra activities that were available for the sea days crossing the Atlantic, such as the watercolour painting classes, chocolate making, dancing and singing etc as well as the nodding to people as we walked the laps of the deck in the mornings to try and work off some of the excess of food and drink! We had been a bit concerned about the weather and brought warm clothes and shoes in case it was cold and rough, but actually it got calmer and warmer each day as we got further south and west so we would pack much lighter next time. There will definitely be a next time as we absolutely loved this cruise - it was the best yet, even without any of the ports we saw! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Just a quick review.. The ship may be small but she has bags of character and so much prettier than the larger ships that really do resemble a block of flats! Facilities may not be of the same standard either but what we did have were ... Read More
Just a quick review.. The ship may be small but she has bags of character and so much prettier than the larger ships that really do resemble a block of flats! Facilities may not be of the same standard either but what we did have were good enough for us. The bars were tastefully decorated and very comfortable to sit in any time of the day or night. The new cafe was very popular with people. This was situated in the same room as Destination services. It has a fresh colour scheme and you could just sink nicely into the seats and read a book whilst gazing at the passing scenery through the windows. The Lavazza coffee was very good. There are only a few shops. I think the prices were a little steep for their goods to be honest. It was great to be able to walk all the way around the ship to get some exercise after eating all that food! The out door Lido pool area was great with plenty entertainment going on through the day and the entertainment team were funny and lovely people. I loved the Sail Away night from Tenerife, It really did get us in the mood for our holiday. The food was mostly good and reasonably varied. Always fresh. I'm not sure how I feel about piling all your stuff on a tray as it felt a bit like a school canteen so think this could be improved. The Meridian restaurant had helpful waiters who had bags of character. Wally was our favourite. You may well hear him sing in the final night. Not a bad voice either! I just felt there could be more choice on the menu. Perhaps they could make the portions for the starters a but bigger. Our room was compact but perfectly proportioned. We had two double wardrobes, plenty drawer space and a comfortable, spacious double bed. I slept like a baby. The bathroom was very small but again had everything you needed. One problem, however, was the water didn't empty quickly enough out of the shower tray so you had to stand in water to have a shower. Felt a bit unhygienic. Our steward, Matt, was a great guy who kept our room immaculate through our stay. Just remember to check if your sheets are getting changed. We did have to ask for fresh ones. Our only gripe though tbh. The show lounge was always packed out. People arrived for the second show as soon as the first one had finished to get a seat, obviously reflecting how good that showteam were. The singing and dancing were really good and excellent in parts. We enjoyed all of the shows but our favourites were My Fair Lady and Les Mis. Our hairs stood on end! The Murder Mystery play is worth waiting up for too. It was hilarious! You could then see them perform cabarets after the performances up in the Liberties lounge. The ports of call were Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Gibraltar, Cartagena, Palma, Majorca, Rome, Naples, Messina, Corfu, Kotor and Dubrovnik. All perfect and we have lots of great memories now from them except for Messina which we didn't feel was our cup of tea. Not a great deal to do there for us. The ship excursions we purchased onboard were for Going on the camels and seeing the volcano in Lanzarote. Had a fab guide for this and worth the money. Our 'Rome in one day' guide was excellent and very informative. Unfortunately we couldn't really understand our guide for 'Sorrento and Pompeii'. Her English wasn't quite up to scratch. But we still enjoyed the day. The weather was also perfect for the duration of the holiday. Not a drop of rain and virtually no rockiness on board the ship. The ship was very friendly and homely. I didn't want to come home! It really was a great holiday and despite the odd hiccups here and there I would recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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