2 Marella Cruises Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

We went as part of a large family group (6 of us in total), two parents and then two couples in our twenties. My parents mostly go with P&O (10th cruise) however they were really pleasantly surprised. Overall we had a great ... Read More
We went as part of a large family group (6 of us in total), two parents and then two couples in our twenties. My parents mostly go with P&O (10th cruise) however they were really pleasantly surprised. Overall we had a great time. Really good food, bar service was sometimes slow when they were very busy but never more than 5 mins wait. I will say that the Buffet restaurant (Islands), whilst the quality of the food is very good, the place is terribly dated, busy, confusing layout. Awful. We only ate there once, and much preferred the MDR and other restaurants. We tried all the 'pay extra' restaurants (Kora La twice) and have to say they were all really great quality with exceptional service by genuinely nice staff members. The only real negative area was Destination Services. On the first day we went to the excusion presentation in the show lounge and ended up walking out as it was so poor. A guy from Liverpool was 'presenting' - actually just reading from a script. There was no interest, passion, and if I never hear the phrase 'its a realllyyyy lovelyyyyy trip' it'll be too soon. We went on four excursions (already booked before leaving the UK), one of which was terrible, but all were very badly planned - where are your staff to check people onto buses? They were also very rude, not to me personally, but I witnessed on two occasions them being really rude to other passengers. If it was me I'd replace the lot. Gym could do with a refurb, but nice Sauna and Steam room area to use. Overall a great holiday was had by all of us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Let me start by saying that this was my first cruise so maybe the points that I did not enjoy are standard on these kinds of holiday. If you are 60+, then you will likely enjoy this cruise. We went on the TUI Discovery 2 primarily to ... Read More
Let me start by saying that this was my first cruise so maybe the points that I did not enjoy are standard on these kinds of holiday. If you are 60+, then you will likely enjoy this cruise. We went on the TUI Discovery 2 primarily to spread the ashes of my mother in law as per her wishes. Before I go on, I have to say that they were fantastic with assisting us. Elanor helped us out greatly and is a true asset to the ship. On arrival to Malaga Port, I was a little underwhelmed with the size of the ship but in fairness, I had seen pictures so had an idea that this wasn't the Royal Caribbean monster ships that I'd seen on my travels. Once we got to port we were told that our luggage would be brought to our rooms and all we had to do was check in. While this is a nice idea, I had been up since 3 am (it was now 2 PM) and I wanted to have a shower and change but I had to wait for my bag. Accommodation: The package we booked included an internal cabin. My opinion on a holiday is to spend as little time as possible in my room so it didn't matter to me if I had a balcony etc. In saying that, these rooms are tiny! Maybe all ships provide a cabin of this size but there is very little room to move. With our cases in the room, it meant I had to climb over the bed to get into it because of the room that the 2 cases took up. Not including the tiny shower & WC the room was approx 3 mtrs x 4 Mtrs. The rooms were supposed to be upgraded but not seeing them before I can't comment. The bed was comfortable and there were USB chargers in all of the wall lights which was handy. There is a flatscreen TV in the room with a couple of channels (ITV choice and a couple others that I can't recall). They have kids movies on a loop so handy for kids but the room is too small to spend any time in it really. The safes in the rooms should be replaced. They work using a magnetic strip which essentially means that you need to carry a credit card with you in order to open and close it. That kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion as I only want to take my credit card out when I need to. Housekeeping: The housekeeping was exceptional. The room was cleaned daily in the morning and towels replaced etc in the evening. The ship is kept very clean and tidy. Drinks: The cruise is all inclusive as standard but all inclusive does not mean all inclusive. On the standard package, you can have a couple of beers on tap (nothing in a bottle) and a few spirits. We immediately upgraded for £50 (EACH) as we are fussy with drinks. It worked out OK. If you stay on the standard package, you will be hit with a supplement for each drink on the premium menu at an average of £1.50 per drink. Entertainment: There are 5 main places for entertainment: The atrium, The Live Lounge, The Venue, Bar Eleven and The Theatre. Live Lounge: It's a really comfortable place but the bar gets really crowded as its the most popular. Most nights there was a guy on piano followed by a band or singer giving it socks to "Your favourite hits" which consisted of Billy Joel / Neil Diamond type music. While it was not my cup of tea, the older folks certainly enjoyed it. The casino is also part of the Live Lounge and has Blackjack, Poker and Roulette. The Venue: This place is just weird. It's done really well but the entertainment was just odd. I went in twice and was left kind of scratching my head as to what was going on. The first time we went in, there was an interview with a staff member on stage followed by a guy going through the "Top 10 Tweets of the day". It was like watching a video on Youtube but live. The second time we went in, there was a guy showing Youtube video "Fails". I really think that this could be a great venue but they are not using it properly. The Atrium: Located beside the Live Lounge The Atrium is actually quite similar to the Live Lounge ad the entertainment is similar. Broadway Show Lounge: The venue is stunning and it's obvious that Thomson has put some money in here. We went in 3 nights of the 7 that we were there and the acts were ok. What was weird was that the sound seemed a little "tinny" considering they had a cracking sound set up. Bar Eleven: We were delighted to find this in the evening as we really needed a break from the cabaret. It's the nightclub of the ship and I would say caters for about 200 people so it's quite small. The music was refreshing for the first night and was kind f wedding like i.e. Abba, Justin Beiber, Tom Jones. It was ok but the DJ seemed to play the same set every night so it got a bit repetitive. Good for a late night drink though. Food: I don't think there is a need to review every place but there are some good and some not so good points to make. The food overall is OK. Nothing really to complain about and nothing t write home about. The best restaurants that don't require a reservation is 47 and just above it (Mezzanine style) Gallery 47. The food here is nice and a step up from the buffet. The main issue we had with the food was that there are 2 restaurants that require a booking - Kora La and Surf and Turf. We tried to book a table for either restaurant for any night on Tuesday morning (We arrived on Sunday) and were told they were booked out for our entire stay. Saying that i managed to book a table with Kora La despite being told it was booked out. What made it worse was that while we ate, there were 6 tables free for the entire meal. So it looks like people book and just don't show up. Kora La (Asian fusion) was amazing by the way. These 2 restaurants require a £20 pp supplement. Staff: In general, the staff were great and very accommodating. There were times at the bar when we ordered drinks and were told: "we don't have it here, please go to another bar". Not really what you want to hear on this kind of holiday. Tours: The tours looked overpriced so in all locations except Ibiza, we did our own thing, which after booking the Island Tour in Ibiza, was a good idea. The Ibiza Island tour stated it was a tour around the Island, stopping in a couple of towns, then lunch and a beach. At £55 per person, we thought it seemed reasonable. The tour was just that, a bus ride around the island where we stopped at places to do our own thing for x amount of minutes and then meet at the bus. Lunch was not included! All in all, it was a bus trip around the island and was not worth the £110 per couple we spent on it. This was my first and definitely my last (At east until it nearer retirement age). It just was not my idea of a good holiday and didn't represent value for money. I can see the appeal for the older generation however and this is who they cater for. While it may sound like I am being critical, I again must stress that it was my first cruise so maybe the items I disliked are standard. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Marella Discovery 2 Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.7
Family 3.5 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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