7 Marella Cruises Marella Discovery Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

We had been on the Marella Discovery before and even cruises on the sister ship Marella Discovery 2 last year. We decided to go on another cruise with my Parents and my Brother and Siater-in-law for my Parents 50th golden wedding ... Read More
We had been on the Marella Discovery before and even cruises on the sister ship Marella Discovery 2 last year. We decided to go on another cruise with my Parents and my Brother and Siater-in-law for my Parents 50th golden wedding anniversary. It started out ok with the only gripe was we were not able to book the Surf and Turf speciality restaurant on the day we embarked (11/10/2019), as we missed out with the speciality restaurant we went to the 47 gallery restaurant and the waiter staff were absolutely fantastic which was a consistent feeling when we dined. But this seems to be the only positive thing about the ship. Throughout the whole week the ship smelt of Fuel and a number of the Toilets were continuously blocked and smelly. The Balcony room was looking tired and used needs another refurb. The cabin staff were friendly but missed things when cleaning. The shows were very mediocre compared to previous Marella Cruises. I’m not sure I could guarantee I will cruise by Marella again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Staff food cabins shows everything exceeded my expectations all the places we visited were amazing cudnt have asked for more will def do it again loved every minute the entertainment was fantastic the food was amazing the only negative ... Read More
Staff food cabins shows everything exceeded my expectations all the places we visited were amazing cudnt have asked for more will def do it again loved every minute the entertainment was fantastic the food was amazing the only negative thing I wud say is they need sort out sun lounge situation cud never get one near the pool as people filled them every morning and left the ship all day so that was a night mare ant the pool is small for size of ship the all inclusive was great no need to up grade to premium there was plenty to do on sea days like the spa was fantastic and mini golf and table tennis also great climbing wall the teenagers loved that and the escape room wat else can I say only had fantastic experience for my first ever cruise and really glad we choose tui they were great from start to finish we done 2 wks and never got dored Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was my second cruise with Thomson, first the Dream 5 years ago and I took some persuading to go on this and I really did not want to leave the ship! Got to the ship at about 11.30am, embarkation was smooth and easy going. Ship ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Thomson, first the Dream 5 years ago and I took some persuading to go on this and I really did not want to leave the ship! Got to the ship at about 11.30am, embarkation was smooth and easy going. Ship compared to the Dream is amazing, we had chosen out aft cabin before we left and were not at all disappointed with this, having our 17 year old son with us there was more than enough room for us all. Bags emptied and put away and nothing left lying. Lots of little cubby holes to stash everything. Nice touch of the Clarins toiletries in the bathroom, kettle and coffee machine also. Sooooooooooooo much to eat and drink, we did not pay the extra to visit the two paying eateries as there was lots of choice. Drinks..........to much. lol There was always something going on whether it be a quiz, or film under the stars, in the show lounge or live music. There was a climbing wall, putting, an escape room, childrens clubs, swimming pools, hot tubs. The ports we stopped off at were really good, we did two trips one to Herculaneum and to Monaco. I would highly recommend this ship to anyone. During the cruise we were docked beside far far larger ships and I just hated the look of them as they just looked to me like floating flats. Albeit I have not been on one and it may be different. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Trusted Thomson..... Having been on approx 12 cruises under the Thomson flag, starting many years ago with the good old Topaz. Have sailed on other ships, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Cunard, but Thomsons have always come out on top for ... Read More
Trusted Thomson..... Having been on approx 12 cruises under the Thomson flag, starting many years ago with the good old Topaz. Have sailed on other ships, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Cunard, but Thomsons have always come out on top for value for money, food, entertainment, but most of all the friendliness of both staff and fellow passengers. Can't help but feel that Tui, Marella or whatever they are now branding themselves, have lost sight of their reputation and disappointed to have to say that although the ship was nice enough, the service and friendliness was nowhere near as good as other Thomson cruises. Staff seem tired and rushed, drinks and dinner service nowhere near as polished or as swift. The self service buffet, is a somewhat chaotic layout and really hard to find a table, disorganised, always running out of cups, plates and missed the presence of someone overseeing this busy operation. Wait time at the bars too long, with people queuing 4 deep, and real lack of table service in these areas that would have avoided the congestion at the bar. Some of the shows were very good, others toe curling. The outside main pool area, was heavily congested, smoking area inadequate for the number of smokers on board (read your passengers better!) hard to get a sunbed, the worst of this area, is the completely unnecessary volume of the large screen, was really uncomfortable, not helped by a few of the daily entertainment team being very loud and amateurish. We paid for and enjoyed a couple of the canape and bubbly sail always, unfortunately, this in the past was something that Thomsons made all passengers feel a part of in the past without trying to get that extra 'dollar' out of you, Officers were pleasant, but we really missed the old style of seeing the presence of officers mingling with passengers, that didn't cost you anything for the 'privilege' Shame, that the uniqueness of what made Thomsons so appealing and the sparkle and friendliness seems to have been forgotten. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Im a bit of a cruise veteran with over 130 cruises since 1986! However 130 of the cruises was as catering staff on the superb liner the Cunard QE2 (late 1980s) and only 2 recently as a passenger! Last year summer 2016 we tried the Thomson ... Read More
Im a bit of a cruise veteran with over 130 cruises since 1986! However 130 of the cruises was as catering staff on the superb liner the Cunard QE2 (late 1980s) and only 2 recently as a passenger! Last year summer 2016 we tried the Thomson Majesty (which was very good value albeit an aging ship) so we decided to try the newly refurbished TUI Discovery and last week we boarded for the Cosmopolitan Classics cruise from Palma Majorca. I can honestly say that the cruise was absolutely faultless and it really is a lovely 5 star hotel. Cabins are very spacious , we had a inside cabin on deck 6 which was big enough for 2 people no problem, cabins have aircon which is also very good, SKY TV is available wherever you are at sea or is port so no problem keeping upto date with world news & sports news. Restaurants - The food is very good throughout the ship, Deck 9 - The Islands restaurants is a buffet help yourself with plenty of good choice, also on deck 9 is Snack Shack doing mainly fast food, chips & sarnies & again very nice quick hot food.- Mens Attire for both is very casual , shorts acceptable Deck 9 - The Glass House , indoor small restaurant overlooking the indoor pool by day similar food to The Islands by evening there is a great Steak (cooked on hot stones) for a small supplement of £10.00 each but well worth it, Between 10pm - 1pm Cooked chicken and curry is available is your peckish after a few beers! Deck 5 - Gallery 47 is the Italian restaurant waiter service (overlooking the 47 restaurant below) Very nice restaurant for a special meal with fast service and a choice of starters, mains & desserts Mens Attire Long trousers & collars required Deck 4 - 47 Degrees is the main restaurant ,very plush (on par with QE2 restaurant back in my day!) english fayre menu but very nice indeed. Mens Attire as above Deck 11 - Surf & Turf Steakhouse- This restaurant is an absolute must on your visit! Its busy and first come first served so book early, we managed to get a table on captains cocktail reception night so it made it extra special and honestly the fillet & lobster tails was the best steak i have every tasted, fantastic service from the restaurant staff as well . The highlight meal of the cruise for me. Additional supplement £27.95 each but so worth it. Mens Attire as above. Deck 11 - Sushi bar & Kora La indian restaurant , we didn't try either so cant really comment Bars - Loads of bars everywhere offering all inclusive drinks as part of the package beers on tap Fosters & Strongbow , Beer bottles , Budweiser, Becks, Peroni & Corona plus premium brands Vodka, whosky Baileys & Tia Maria plus numerous cocktails - We didn't upgrade to the extra premium drinks as there was no need really! Deck bars on both 9 & 10 decks also with a few floating bar staff on trolleys and one by the Snack shack also the Venue Bar , broadway Show Lounge, Live Lounge & the very impressive Atrium all all well serviced by waiters who do a fantastic job. Best bar for us was Bar 11 , every night it opens at 5pm till 2am (still all inclusive as well!!) Missy the DJ is superb and keeps everyone in the party mood, You must visit this bar as the view alone is just stunning. TUI have upper their game with tech on this ship, an app is available for smartphones which shows you everything about the cruise, you are issed with a smart card which is your cabin key & on the reverse is a barcode which you flash to the barstaff & they scan it very quickly with no further need to sign anything or give your room number etc , Very impressive and so quick which keeps the queuing down. There lots to do on this ship you will not be bored from young families to the silver surfers there always something going on! Well done to TUI as they have done a great job with this ship and they should be applauded for making the once stuffy cruise life a more family orientated enjoyable experience. Ignore the moaners honestly there is nothing at all to fault this ship, literally the best holiday we have ever had and we will defiantly be booking again. Enjoy it as you will love it ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Just returned back monday 27th March 2017after a splendid two weeks cruise around the caribbean. Ship was faultless in our opinion and Food and drink was amazing especially for an all inclussive deal. The two Ala Carte restuarants we ... Read More
Just returned back monday 27th March 2017after a splendid two weeks cruise around the caribbean. Ship was faultless in our opinion and Food and drink was amazing especially for an all inclussive deal. The two Ala Carte restuarants we visited "Surf & Turf " excellant and staff brilliant, Also the Karla La "Asian Food " was to Die for. ( Had Prawn Vindiloo rated at 10 Hot amazing tatse ( Best meal of the week ) however you need to book as soon as you get on ship as places limited. Meals for everyone on board and plenty to go round. I was was scepitcal before going as read as many NG reports as Good but i can only say as i find well done Thomson brilliant trip. Staff on board went the extra mile to please. They were always respectfull to guests all the time. Must admit entertainment not the best but they tried very hard to please. The only down side as many others have already mentioned is Thomson trips very over priced compared with just getting off and getting local Taxi to take you where ever you want. The Scenes of St. Lucia was Rubbish due to very poor Guide who only seemed interested in stopping at Family roadside stalls trying to sell brown Bananas. The flight back delayed by 4 hours so watch this space if compensation entilted too hopefully. Dream liner plane both ways excellant as first time on this Plane, although many people i spoke to on board said they never had this plane but the 767 which mainly was flying from Birmingham or Manchester. Gatwick seemed ok for Dreamliner flights. Thoroughly reccommend this ship if thinking of going. Will probably look for same Shipo Discovery next year perhaps in Med for a change. For our First time cruise excellant time had by all well done. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Just returned, 24/09/16 to 01/10/16 from our Mediterranean cruise aboard 'Tui Discovery', Thomson's latest cruise liner acquisition, flew to Palma De Mallorca, where we embarked our ship, embarkation was fairly smooth ... Read More
Just returned, 24/09/16 to 01/10/16 from our Mediterranean cruise aboard 'Tui Discovery', Thomson's latest cruise liner acquisition, flew to Palma De Mallorca, where we embarked our ship, embarkation was fairly smooth although we did arrive at the ship's gangway without our passes being validated, though this was a simple process it did mean returning through the queue we had just vacated, it may be worth mentioning at this stage that 'Tui' runs a cashless ship system and that the ship's currency is in : GBP Pounds Stirling, although we had time to explore the departure city, [midnight sailing] we chose instead to explore the ship, our cabin N0.2577 Deck 2 nicely fitted out, plenty of storage for 2 people, complete with hairdryer, kettle, television, safe, and daily supply of tea bags, milk, and coffee, only downside really the shower cubicle could have been a little larger and a fridge would have been nice, however we felt the cabin adequate for our needs. The ship has a modern design and decoration throughout, floors and carpets are spotless, however the first one thing you notice is how friendly the ship's crew and staff are at any time of day, the ship itself has many bars and restaurants, with the later almost in double figures, 2 of them incur a small surcharge, though all serve the most superb food dishes, our favorites were the Island restaurant, self-service with so much choice, 47 degrees, and 47 gallery, for the wife and I the food and service was 10/10. Entertainment another 10/10, different themes every night with 2 shows, and a weekly guest comedian, in our case 'Andre' who was excellent throughout his 2 shows, and not one swear word, highlight for me was Wednesday when they had a legends theme, they played David Bowie's 'Space Odyssey' with spacemen coming up through the stage floor, and the pyrotechnics bellowing out everywhere, brilliant, fantastic tribute. Shore excursions whilst not cheap are a must if you wish to see places of interest, or enlarge upon your knowledge of a certain town or city, we did 2 in all, the 'Godfather Villages' and 'Herculaneum', both were fascinating in their own right, with the villages tour we even met the actress who played 'Michael's [Al Pacino] Mother-in-law, she had a photo still taken at the time, amazing, Herculaneum, unlike Pompeii was covered mainly in silt and mud and so well preserved, as are the mosaics, all in all a great holiday, we chose the holiday mainly for the places of interest itinerary, however this ship really is a class above others, especially in food and entertainment. Finally I really must mention the cabin stewards, who carried out their daily and nightly duties, all went down so well, as did the chocolates they left on our pillows. Happy Holidays and Thank you for reading. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Marella Discovery Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.7
Family 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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