9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
1st time with tui excellent service from start to finish The flight from Gatwick was ok the food onboard was nice and we were constantly offered drinks Ship was clean In all areas Cabins were spacious and kept well by the ... Read More
1st time with tui excellent service from start to finish The flight from Gatwick was ok the food onboard was nice and we were constantly offered drinks Ship was clean In all areas Cabins were spacious and kept well by the stewards tea and coffee making in room No iron so pack your travel iron as they don’t lend you one they do have a laundry service I didn’t use it Shows were fantastic as were the singers in bars We had one night in the night club in bar eleven good night Staff were always attentive Waiters were plentiful and so friendly Food was of a good standard and always plenty to choose from The pizza in bar 47 was excellent There was even a barbecue on deck 9 and it was great The ship was spacious Late night films up on deck Something for everyone We didn’t go to gym or spa just peeked In The indoor pool area was really tranquil plenty of beds and seating areas The mini golf course and climbing wall was a great feature for kids and adults alike We met people from all over uk and Canada The smoking areas are outside on deck 4 and deck 9 We thought the staff were all very nice and friendly they spoke and smiled to everyone We didn’t do any excursions we went ashore and did are own thing Embarking and disembarking were smooth and efficient The duty free shop was really great value a lot cheaper than the airport My only complaint would be internet it was £15 per day I paid for 2 days but found It really slow I would recommend this cruise my partner and I really enjoyed it Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Went on the Cuban Fusions followed by Pride of Panama cruises on the 29th January. After a rather farsical check in at Birmingham, with 12 available check in desks and only 3 people working it resulted in a rather long wait. Flight out ... Read More
Went on the Cuban Fusions followed by Pride of Panama cruises on the 29th January. After a rather farsical check in at Birmingham, with 12 available check in desks and only 3 people working it resulted in a rather long wait. Flight out again wasn't great as one of the toilets was broken which seemed to cause chaos! We were very lucky with ur landing as the weather was awful when we arrived in Montego Bay, however the Captain managed to land at the second attempt, unlike a flight from Gatwick that had to divert to Kingston! From here in the process was smooth, through immigration in Jamaica, on the bus, through the port check in and on the ship in circa 1 hour 25 minutes, despite the traffic being bad due to the weather. We were show to our cabin, a Junior suite on deck 8 starboard side, and were very impressed with what we saw. Bathroom to the left, with a bath and shower, then a large bed (2 singles joined together), a settee, 2 arm chairs, a foot rest and a coffee table then leading out onto the balcony which had a sunbed, 2 chairs & a table. We noticed most other balconies had 2 sunbeds however Im sure we could have got a 2nd one of we asked. Our cabin steward Nonet was fantastic for the whole cruise, always calling us by our first names preceeded by Sir & Miss, his towel folding was great and he was a credit to the ship. Now comes my only real complaint of the whole holiday, the life jacket drill. Scheduled for 18.30, then moved to 20.00 due to late flights, which is understandable. Our cases arrived by 19.00 (about 1.5 hours after getting on the ship), so we decided to unpack, go to the life jacket drill then eat. so we arrived where we were supposed to be at 20.00, got told eventually to go to Venue to wait. By now it was 20.15 and no sign of the drill commencing, around 20.25 an announcement was made saying it would commence 'shortly', finally at around 20.50 the drill commenced, which led to a rather hangry grumpy passenger who hadn't eaten! Ports - The first day we were at sea but managed to easily get a sunbed, then day 2 was Grand Cayman. Little tip here, as its the only port using tenders on the whole cruise it was very busy between around 9.30 & 12.30 to get of, so Id advise you hang around till about 12.30 (unless you are on an organised trip). Grand Cayman was beautiful, clean, lovely bars, vibrant but be aware, very expensive! 25 dollars for a bottle of cider & a daiquiri!! Next 2 days was Havanna, again the queues to get through immigration were crazy for the first couple of hours so we waited until around 4.30 then sailed through. You are right in the middle of town so can easily do your own thing. Final port of the first week was Cozumel, again you are right in the middle of a huge shopping complex, however we did the speed boat/snorkel trip off the boat. On arriving back in Jamaica we decided to make the most of the ship being very, even eerily quiet, to enjoy some downtime. Week 2 and first stop was Santa Marta in Colombia. Again you are around a 5 minute walk into the town, its a bussling town, you will get pestered lots however I didn't feel unsafe, there are a lot of armed police around. Its an ok town however my least favourite port we visited. Next to Caragena. Little tip here, if you don't want to do a trip or venture in a taxi to the old town, then go to the little zoo/gardens place right in the port, its amazing, with parrots, flamingos, lizards, monkeys, birds, and best of all free!! Theres a lovely little bar and gift shop there, and we had a great couple of hours there. Next stop Panama. I strongly advise you do an organised trip here or stay on the boat, as Colon is very very run down and there were warnings in the Cruise news to be careful. We did the aerial tram/Eco Gardens trip, and on driving through Colon its the only place we went were I really wouldn't have wanted to walk around! The trip was great, got to see the Panama Canal, a sloth in the wild which was the highlight, and also sloths in a rehabilitation centre. The trip is a must for animal lovers. The main trip they do here is the Panama Canal Ferry, however be aware this trip leaves at 6.30am and is around 8 hours long. Finally on to Costa Rica where we did the 3 hour amazon river trip, again saw loads of wildlife, more sloths, crocodiles, monkeys. Trips off the ship are pricey but in general very good. Entertainment - The shows each night were fantastic, and Nashville was one of the best shows I have seen on a cruise ship. So please make an effort to go. Guest comedians both weeks. Also live music in Live room after the shows, in the Atrium there was often a singer too. so plenty to keep you entertained & of a great standard. Food - Plenty of choice. Islands was great for breakfast, Snack Shack perfect to grab a burger, salad, sandwich, fish & chips on the go or sit down. The main restaurant is 47 degrees, with the upstairs Gallery 47, which also has an Italian section. The food was on the whole great. If you want a table for 2 you may have to wait upto 30 mins in busy times but they give you a buzzer so you don't have to hang around. The Italian has 2 menus which it rotates so we tried both of them and theres a different menu each night in 47. We also ate at Kora La, whoch was lovely but £22.95 per person, and in surf & turf which was absolutely amazing. £28 pp, however I had the steak and lobster which wa sout of this worl, so please treat yourselves if you like a steak! Bars - Plenty of bars to choose from however our favourite was Bar 11, up on deck 11. wed go there before dinner for a drink. They do 'smokey' cocktails which are great, and come served in either smoke filled glass boxes or jars. They are free if on premium AI or £2.50 if not. The atrium bar was also nice and busy, an we used to go to the Live Room after the show. Cabin - we had 8554, slightly further back than wed usually choose however due to the over hang, which stops at around 8544, we decided to go further back. Quite a bit of vibration at times however we got used to that, and also occasionally heard sunbeds being moved above us but nothing to disturb us. All in all a great cruise, a lovely ship, fantastic entertainment, amazing staff, including Phillip who will entertain you all day with his 'beep beep, room service, no card no charge' drinks trolley on the pool deck, great food and all in all great ports Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My sister from Canada invited me to go on this Cruise with her friends. The ship was extremely clean. The Shows were awesome. There were many other activities including golf and rock climbing. Every night we enjoyed the entertainment. The ... Read More
My sister from Canada invited me to go on this Cruise with her friends. The ship was extremely clean. The Shows were awesome. There were many other activities including golf and rock climbing. Every night we enjoyed the entertainment. The stage performances were great. The actors did a wonderful job. I felt as if I was in New York without paying the price for the Broadway show tickets. The crews were outstanding. Food and drinks were delicious and non-stop. I still keep hearing the bell and Mr Spread the love. I met many interesting people. We had great times at Jamaica, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. I highly recommend this cruise for the perfect sized ship and outstanding crew. It was a peaceful and very enjoyable experience. I definitely will take another trip on the Marella Discovery 2 Ship. I thank the captain for a safe trip and the crew for their hard work and outstanding services. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Initially we chose this because it seemed like a good deal being a first cruise for thee both of us. We were very pleasantly surprised. The ship is not the newest, best, or the largest and quite frankly I’m glad. Our room was a ... Read More
Initially we chose this because it seemed like a good deal being a first cruise for thee both of us. We were very pleasantly surprised. The ship is not the newest, best, or the largest and quite frankly I’m glad. Our room was a balcony suite, good size and clean. Our room crew were so nice and helpful and that goes for every one of the crew we came across. The bartenders at the Atrium were fabulous and our entertainment there(Paul Greenwood) was very talented. There were more entertainers and all were good, but Paul was my favourite. The buffet was very good with choices for every palate. We did dine at the international and Italian and both of those were excellent. The service at both was impeccable. All the staff seemed to be happy at their jobs and paid attention to detail. We did not do the steak and lobster restaurant as we ran out of nights. We did talk to one person that was not chuffed by the food saying that — cruise line had lobster on the buffet every night and we did respond that I’m sure that cruise was a lot more expensive. Some will complain about anything. I however found absolutely nothing to complain about and will definitely recommend this cruise line to anyone! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was over Christmas 2018 & New Year, from Jamaica with stops to Belize, Guatemala, Roatan and Mexico. Upon arrival at the cruise ship terminal in Jamaica, we found out there was a mix up with a lot of the Sunwing bookings. There ... Read More
This was over Christmas 2018 & New Year, from Jamaica with stops to Belize, Guatemala, Roatan and Mexico. Upon arrival at the cruise ship terminal in Jamaica, we found out there was a mix up with a lot of the Sunwing bookings. There was no room reservation for us, there must have been over 50 of us who had to wait to get rooms. We waited over 4 hours, and some waited much longer. At least they let us on the ship and had us waiting in a room instead of the terminal. Except the room they had us waiting is not big enough to hold all of us. The alcohol was flowing, I'm sure the drinkers appreciated it but we needed real food. All they had was some stale cookies and nuts. After we finally got our rooms which was not the ones we paid for we head down to Gallery 47 in the hope to sit down for dinner, only to be told the next sitting was at 9:00 and we needed some kind of invitation which we did not have. Anyway, the head waiter Jomar was kind enough to reserve us a table for 9:00 sitting (Thanks Jomar). In the meantime we thought we'll check out the buffet at The Islands to snack a bit but we couldn't find anything decent to eat there. The buffet was pretty disappointing. Sadly the 1st meal at Gallery 47 was not much better. I was thinking maybe I was just too exhausted and disappointed with our rooms to appreciate the meal. In summary, the food at Marella Discovery2 is mediocre. The Islands buffet did not get any better. Same spread every single morning, it got pretty tiring. For a ship with mostly Brits on board the fish and chips at Snack Shack was very disappointing. My daughter and niece had a bite of the burger and gave up on it. The wings and fries were good but you can only eat so much wings. We ate once at 47 Degree (Italian), it took over 2 hours for the whole meal which was also mediocre. The rest of the dinner were all at Gallery 47, it wasn't bad, but really have lots of room for improvement.. I didn't want to risk paying extra for the other restaurants, as I was afraid it'll be mediocre as well. Overall the food was quite disappointing. Us Canadians, are blessed to be so close to the Caribbean and have plenty of options including All Inclusive Resorts, with Cuba being the least expensive of all. It is a common tag line to see "you don't go to Cuba for food". Food in Cuba would have scored a 5 star in comparison to Marella D2 Exotic Explorer's food. All the cruises and resorts I have done I would say I would re do, except I don't, only because there are so many to try and experience. Marella Discovery 2 is the first one to NOT do again. Cabins #7119 & #7121 were not good cabins, we felt all the vibrations and ship's swaying and a very long walk from the center of the ship. #7121's AC did not work properly even after it was checked and supposedly fix. There is also a sewer smell that comes and go. Probably caused by the toilet flooding from the cabin across from us. Very thankful though that we did not have that problem, as they were never moved to another room. Room attendants were very good, they kept the rooms clean and always with fresh towels. Thanks Gogo. The itinerary was good. Excursions we did were all great, which I booked privately. All Inclusive drinks were plentiful, good and not water down. Entertainment was also good. Well, this is my take. Having said all that we still had an awesome time. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise for two things , first that it covered Christmas and New year, secondly it was going to Cuba. Flight from Gatwick to Montego Bay was good no problems , arrival was chaotic , wrong forms for immigration given out so ... Read More
We chose this cruise for two things , first that it covered Christmas and New year, secondly it was going to Cuba. Flight from Gatwick to Montego Bay was good no problems , arrival was chaotic , wrong forms for immigration given out so had to fill new ones while standing in a long line. Embarkation at port no problem. Cabin allocated was on deck 2 with a large window. Good size with a sofa lots of storage space, good size bathroom with a shower , just shower gel and soap in there. Lots of hangers in wardrobe and able to hold full length evening dresses so no creases. good size safe , though this one need ed you to use a credit card to open and close it which meant you had to keep card out at all times. Kettle and tea and coffee provided also carafe which meant you could fill this at water stations near lifts meaning that you did not have to buy water. Water is not included in the all inclusive product but is if you upgrade to premium at an extra 99 pounds per person per week. we did not do this as the normal package was adequate. Ate in main dining room for most breakfasts and dinner, food at night was a bit boring, steaks when offered were not good, best steak was on last night. short on vegetables Could do better. Gallery 47 (italian) was good but service hit and miss. Glass house tapas good , pizza good, service again hit and miss also a lot of vibration here. Buffet ok but hate looking for a table only had a couple of lunches here and 1 dinner. Snack shack good for quick breakfast and lunch. used Veranda on deck 9 most days as had comfortable sunbeams (adult only) nice and quiet. Noisy round pool . Indoor pool area good but a bit stuffy on a hot day. Entertainment was the best a different show every night with very good performers . Venue had a good variety of acts with 4 actor staff all good , Katie, Jenny,Josh and Adam kept us amused every night . Live bands every night in different places plus piano players, guitarists etc all good. Staff in bars excellent especially Boris and Dejen who looked after us on the Veranda deck Information desk staff were not the best could do with more training they did not know their product , learned more from other passengers. Destination desk handed out maps of ports which were useless had to wait to get off ship to find out more. Felt that they did not want us to know more so that we booked tours through the ship. Do not book and pay for internet as its not good and expensive for what you get. Most ports have a bar etc with wifi etc. We missed Havana completely as there was a storm and ship not allowed to dock . If we had managed to get into port Havana was under 4 feet of water and we may not have got out again. Costa Maya was excellent pool, bars , shops etc all at dock Dolphins Flamingos to watch for free. Guatemala was one of the best ports , we took a local river tour for 40 Dollars fantastic experience , good guide (Herman) Roatan , again problems so did not go into Mahogany bay instead went into old port took taxi to West bay , spent day at beach @ 20 dollars each to include beds , umbrellas and wifi good value. Belize , went to St Johns cathedral as had been before and wanted to revisit, also Governers house which was still not open to public, was not 12 years ago either. Cozumel just wandered the seafront Ochios Rios spent day at beach as had been before. Montego Beach shade on ship had been before. Over all do not think we will visit this side of the caribbean again. Would go on Discovery 2 again if price and Itinerary ok Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our 14th cruise and as we liked the look of the itinerary decided to give Marella a go after previously being loyal to P&O and Cunard. We did back to back Cuban Fusion and Exotic Explorer cruises so first the good points; ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise and as we liked the look of the itinerary decided to give Marella a go after previously being loyal to P&O and Cunard. We did back to back Cuban Fusion and Exotic Explorer cruises so first the good points; The Premium flight outbound was very good. The nightly shows were excellent. The staff were very good, especially Tamara , A Macedonian bar waitress. Negatives- where to begin? Cuban Fusion should have been called Fusion as we didn't actually get to Cuba - apparently the port was flooded and despite the annoyingly self-congratulatory captain Jason Ikiadis announcing he was confident we would get there, his next announcement overturned this and we were condemned to another boring sea day - more of those later - and an extra day in the sinkhole which is Jamaica. The food was distinctly average especially in the 47 degrees main restaurant where there was very limited choice. Even the Christmas Day gala dinner was disappointing - we were rushed in and out in an hour and didn't even get a mince pie! There was very little to do on board unless you were interested in seminars about back pain, metabolism, wrinkles, bad feet etc - all ending with a hard sell of course. No guest speakers, no lectures, very few quizzes and those that were put on were hosted by staff with excruciating senses of humour and an apparent inability to pronounce the simplest of words. There was a carol service on Christmas Eve but even this was ruined by some baffling readings/poems which bear no relation to Christmas. No religious service as the planned Boxing Day occasion was cancelled owing to a 4 hour anchored stop while the ship picked up 13 Colombian 'refugees' who were drifting in the sea. All well and good but there was an appalling lack of communication while this was going on - my wife suffers from anxiety and for all we knew these people could have been pirates. Still it was another excuse for a 'look how good I am' tannoy announcement from the captain. Worst of all was the behaviour of some fellow passengers. There was a fight on the pool deck on the first night then on Christmas Day we had the pleasure of the arrival of 2 families of what I am apparently forced to call 'travellers.' These people behaved like savages, 1 of them threatening to 'break the bloody back' of a fellow passenger by the pool, and the teenagers terrorising bar staff by swearing and shouting at them and demanding alcohol. Unfortunately 2 of these people were in the cabin directly above us and sleep was at a premium because of the disgraceful racket they created. Complaints to reception led to warning letters being sent to them but these had little effect as we had 4 security guards visit our cabin at 2 am on the final morning. The cruise director and his assistants were juvenile throughout and the shop staff were unhelpful and unsmiling. The shops stocked neither deodorant or toothpaste. I could go on but I'm depressing myself remembering it! If you're considering cruising with this line do yourself a big favour and think again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
My cruise was a 70th birthday gift, the most disappointing aspect was the change in the itinerary. they took out three of the ports we really wanted to see. The ship is okay, showing it's age a little, but the cruise was 18 nights all ... Read More
My cruise was a 70th birthday gift, the most disappointing aspect was the change in the itinerary. they took out three of the ports we really wanted to see. The ship is okay, showing it's age a little, but the cruise was 18 nights all inclusive and I didn't consider the price to be expensive. The staff were very good overall, some still in training in the 47 dining room I think, but the food generally was good. The overall cruise was very relaxed so if you want fine dining and evening dress every night this isn't for you, although we did our best to show how dressing up is done. The dance teachers on board held lessons almost every day and there was ballroom and sequence dancing most nights, the teachers Jasmin and Adam were excellent. The other entertainment was provided by visiting comedians 3 of them who we enjoyed very much. the rest of the entertainment team put on there shows on a regular basis. The two singers on board were Max & his wife Brandi, could not fault them, professional, fantastic singers-they will go far. If you like fun and a great atmosphere without stuffiness this is for you.Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Chose this cruise as it aligned with our holidays. Loved the atrium in the ship. This was a great focal point, especially to enjoy a few drinks. Deck 9 was always a hive of entertainment, which was great but meant it wasn’t always ... Read More
Chose this cruise as it aligned with our holidays. Loved the atrium in the ship. This was a great focal point, especially to enjoy a few drinks. Deck 9 was always a hive of entertainment, which was great but meant it wasn’t always easy to get a seat in the sun and not ideal for a quiet read. It is a shame the lower decks did not get the sun. All the staff with the exception of those at reception were incredibly helpful and friendly. They couldn’t do enough to help my mother in law who is not very mobile. It was a shame that the itinerary made it difficult for her to disembark. Loved Havana. A unique place full of character. Food was plentiful and well presented. Loved the shows. I love live theatre so always a winner. There were a couple of particularly talented performers who definitely have the potential to go further in their careers! The show team worked relentlessly, with very little free times yet produced some very varied shows of high quality. Personally I loved the Musicals show and Hot Summers Night. However, there was such a variety everyone had something to see during the trip. 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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Wanting to go to Havana and see the Panama Canal. We have cruised with Thomson before on the Destiny, but having enjoyed balcony cabins with other cruise lines, we hadn't returned to Thomson ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Wanting to go to Havana and see the Panama Canal. We have cruised with Thomson before on the Destiny, but having enjoyed balcony cabins with other cruise lines, we hadn't returned to Thomson until they acquired their new ships. We flew from Manchester to Montego Bay, no delays, and were promptly through immigration and onto the coach to the ship. On board the ship within an hour from airport. Found our cabin easily, you don't need anyone showing you the way. Went up to pool deck for a drink and a bite to eat. Cases were outside cabins within 2hours. Our cabin was on deck 6, near the back of the ship [we hadn't pre-booked our cabin], very clean and adequate size and plenty of storage. We ate in 47 most mornings for breakfast, and lunch, unless we were out and about and most evenings. Food was always well presented, hot and tasty and portions were not too big. We ate twice in Gallery47, the Italian, and had lovely meals up there. Sometimes you had to wait for a table, not longer than 10 mins. and you were given a pager. We ate in Kora La one evening which was lovely. Indian curry made to order and as hot as you wanted. Drinks package was excellent. No need to upgrade. Prosecco, wine, cocktails and Tanquerry gin and slim line tonic out of a can. All the staff appeared happy in their work, some have worked with Marella for years and there were plenty of staff. Never had to wait for a drink at the bars. Cabins and the rest of the ship were spotless. Plenty of sunbeds when you wanted one. If you want to be on the pool deck then you did need to be up early to get a bed there. However, we were happy to be on deck 10. Entertainment was okay, nothing special, but you can't please everyone. Ports of call were lovely, especially Havana, Caymen Islands, Cozumel, Panama Canal, Cartagena and Costa Rica. I would certainly choose to cruise with Marella again, if the itinerary was what we wanted. We tend to cruise for the itinerary, not to be loyal to one cruise company. Give it a go, you will be pleasantly surprised. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Destinations and to celebrate retirement. From stepping on the ship everything was amazing lovely staff great destinations, the captain and crew were friendly and informative nothing was too much trouble. The Jamaican people in ... Read More
Destinations and to celebrate retirement. From stepping on the ship everything was amazing lovely staff great destinations, the captain and crew were friendly and informative nothing was too much trouble. The Jamaican people in Montego were welcoming friendly. The tour guides were brilliant particularly Alex when we went to the Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza Mexico. Alex was enthusiastic informative and good fun. Havana and classic cars was a once in a lifetime experience and lived up to its reputation as did Tropicana. Roatan was the perfect Caribbean island. Food was excellent in the 47 restaurant as was the food in the Islands restaurant. Snack Shack was perfect for a real sandwich and a great place to have burgers. Shows were a very high standard. Cabin and balcony were perfect. We have had a wonderful experience. .we enjoyed the cruise so much we have booked again! Thank you Captain Chris and your staff Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Review Marella Discovery 2 Cuban Fusion 22 January 2018 This was our forth Thomson (Dream*3) Marella cruise, our least favourite but still a good cruise. Rated a 4 instead of five is related to entertainment. About 1800 passengers ... Read More
Review Marella Discovery 2 Cuban Fusion 22 January 2018 This was our forth Thomson (Dream*3) Marella cruise, our least favourite but still a good cruise. Rated a 4 instead of five is related to entertainment. About 1800 passengers mostly from the UK, 100 from Canada. Different flavour from US origin ships, we enjoy it and find the itineraries somewhat different. We booked and flew with Sunwing from Toronto on a 737 which was a bit cramped but adequate for a 4 hour flight. Be sure to take a pen to fill in the Jamaican immigrations forms. The transfer from the airport to the ship and the boarding process was very well organized, ditto for the return. This cruise was “all inclusive”. We being 100% and 95% non drinkers, were a bit nervous but needlessly. Never noticed any problems, no lineups for drinks etc. We were not the only non drinkers on board. The ship is quite nice, all crew, waiters, etc excellent. They all obviously make efforts to keep the ship clean and enjoyable for your stay. There was some sickness aboard, don’t know how this can be avoided, once you have payed your fare most will be going, coughing or not. Our suggestion is to always use the hand sanitizers and wash your hands more frequently than usual. Shame on the gent that was finger feeding himself on the cheese counter, should have slapped his hand. There were two main formal eating areas with similar names. 47 on deck 4 has a traditional menu (fish, meat, chicken etc), Gallery 47 on deck 5 is Italian themed with an alternating A & B menu. Both were excellent, we tended to look over the menus mid afternoon to make a choice. We had breakfast and lunch in ISLANDS on deck 9 which is buffet style, lots of choice. We enjoy sharing a table for the evening meal, which we did every night, thanks folks. There are plenty of tables for two or four therefore sharing is not quite as easy on this ship but still possible, you have to ask to share. Entertainment in the Broadway Show Lounge was not as good as we have seen on other Thomson cruises, not spectacular and lacked modern recognizable music. It is the content, we have seen quite a few of the entertainment staff before and know that they are capable. On our previous Thomson/TUI cruises entertainment was spectacular, we rated it the best of any cruise. Entertainment on this cruise was a bit of a let down and the reason for a 4 star instead of 5. Very pleased that Braxi Music (Brandy and Max) plus Daniella were onboard. Their powerful performances were very enjoyable. The comedian Dave Kristian entertained us well for two shows. The piano vocalist (Guy Stoker) in “Live Room” was quite good and later he performed as “Elton Guy”. In our opinion the “Elton Guy” show should have been moved to ‘Venue” which could have accommodated the overflow crowd. The cruise featured an on board Bubbleologist (Graham Maxwell). It was a quirky, interesting show, certainly one of the most unusual that we have seen. Did not do any ship excursions as we did the same cruise two years ago. Only tendered in the Caymen Islands. In all the ports we just got off the ship and walked around. We find Havana very interesting both culturally and architecturally, great photo opportunities. In Havana we rented an old car (52 Chev) for a tour. Felt quite safe walking around, had a coffee bought some churritos. Churritos, are local delicacy, made on the street, try um. The ship literally docks right beside the sidewalk in Old Havana. We did consider the ship based bike tour of Havana but declined as the weather forecast was not good and apparently the tours go regardless of the weather. The ship is quite nice and spacious, never had much of a problem with seating lineups etc. If you need a deck lounge in the perfect sunny spot you need to stake your claim early. We were always able to find a lounge chair in the shade on at sea days. The Broadway Show Lounge can fill up, most shows are on twice, just pick your time and go early. We had an inside cabin (6089) which was quite nice and suited our needs. Clean and kept clean. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I chose this cruise because of by passing the USA...The port of Montego Bay worked for us..me and wife as we live in Toronto.Very smooth process to get on ship...very impreseed with the overall transfer on and off(back to airport) ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of by passing the USA...The port of Montego Bay worked for us..me and wife as we live in Toronto.Very smooth process to get on ship...very impreseed with the overall transfer on and off(back to airport) organised by TUI...excellent job. Cayman tender was disaster...somehow cruise lines cant seem to get it right when there is a tender...I cannot fathom cattle herding people into a waiting area...what a waste of time..there is afar superior and more efficient way if they really want to improve. The bands were awful...this is the West Indies...you need to be upbeat and jumping and waving..the bands were performing as if they were at a WAKE...7 nights of going to a WAKE..a bit too much for me. The theater group and their performance were excellent...now thats lively. I think the cruise director Ian(or whatever his name is) is not up to the job..very poor and boring individual...no imagination..definitely needs replacing....I cannot foresee repeat passengers. The passengers were very nice to talk to....but the majority of English passengers(which is about 99 percent)..are queue jumpers and could not care less ...I was shocked at this behaviour..as coming from Canada we behave civilly...but as I said they are great to talk to..its just this pushing thing...oh well... They need a captain that speaks proper English...his accent is awful..maybe cockney or whatever..I have yet to understand any public announcement from him.. Thats it..... TUI you have anice cruise and ship,but your personnel needs lots of work and need to improve very fast. Read Less
Marella Discovery 2 Ratings
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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 3.6
Family 3.5 3.6
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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