8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Probably the biggest disappointment was the food. The buffet restaurant seems to have no dress code and the food was absolutely appalling. Cheap, mass produced rubbish. The a la carte restaurants (47° and gallery 47) were slightly ... Read More
Probably the biggest disappointment was the food. The buffet restaurant seems to have no dress code and the food was absolutely appalling. Cheap, mass produced rubbish. The a la carte restaurants (47° and gallery 47) were slightly better but the food was all bought in and heated up, menus lacked imagination and the quality was average at best. We did have one good meal by paying £46 to upgrade to the Kora La Asian restaurant. This was almost 5 star but not quite. The ship has been with TUI Marella since 2017, before this it was Legend of the Seas and on exchange was supposed to have had millions spent on it. Apart from a nice external paint job it's difficult to see what this could have been spent on as it's all very tired and often quite tatty internally. The cabin has it's own section within this review. The entertainment was quite reasonable. The band 4Tunes are good and some of the shows were ok, though not fantastic. Why are cruise ships obsessed with Broadway shows? On good quality 5 star holidays we are used to entertainment that typifies the culture and music of the area being visited. The all inclusive drinks are ok but I don't understand why this doesn't include the cabin mini bar. Maybe the type of 5 star all inclusive holidays we are used to has set our expectations a bit high for large cruise ships due to the mixed client demographic. We certainly wouldn't sail with Marella again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because we’ve cruised with thompson’s 8 times and tui teice and wasnted to go on the new ship and try out the new marella company. We boarded the ship with no problems flights and port to ship tranfers were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we’ve cruised with thompson’s 8 times and tui teice and wasnted to go on the new ship and try out the new marella company. We boarded the ship with no problems flights and port to ship tranfers were great embarkation process was as usual very quick and efficient. We were diricted to our cabin. Supposed to be standard inside as we always get. When we got there it all went wrong. Cabin 7621 as soon as we walked in we realised the cabin was not normal shape size or orientation to normal inside berths. The double bed is jammed up against the wall so whoever was on the inside had to climb over the other person to get out not good if you both have arthritis! Also no fridge my wife has special prescription eye medication that must be kept chilled so another major problem. Went to reception to complain and was told “sorry ship is full no chance of move or upgrade or any compensation if your not happy contact whoever you booked your cruise with and complain to them when you get home!!!!” we were raging!!!! Eventually after more complaints we got a small fridge that we managed to jam under the dressing table and had to have the chair removed to give us some space. Added to the the air conditioning fan was noisy and freezing cold complains every day they came and banged around a few times but still the same when we left. Other issues. Dining room queues were ridiculas if not in by 7-30 you had to wait with a buzzer in hand till called and when you got in there were loads of empty seats. Obviously a staff shortage issue service is slow expect to spend at least an hour in there for for a 3 course meal of small portions and longer if you want coffee at the end. For years we’ve raced over the legendry thompson entertainment and show teams. Not this time some shows ok others borderline shocking to the point many people walked out. Opera singer benjamin being the exception he is amazing. Finally the ships smoking policy is disgusting they have smoking tables located a mere 2 metres from the opening to the snack shack. The entire starboard side of the pool deck upper deck an life boat deck stinks of tobbaco, vope smoke and stale cigarettes urgghhhh!!!! Finally when we came to disembark all the passegers going on to stay in hotels on. Off we’re kept on board until 13-45 the busses were then also late meaning we didn’t get to our hotel till 15-00 even though it was only on the other side of corfu bay we could see the ship from our hotel room. So disappointed. We were big fans of thompson but now seeking alternative companies as the prices have also gone up but standards sadly have dropped. Discovery 2 used to be called the legend of the seas if it’s allowed to sail like this the mabe the legend has died. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
flight to corfu .....no problem . 1 hour after getting bags at airport we were in the cabin ...the cases arrived promptly. Cabin ...a junior suite was spacious with a big balcony ....spotlessly clean and kept that way by the ... Read More
flight to corfu .....no problem . 1 hour after getting bags at airport we were in the cabin ...the cases arrived promptly. Cabin ...a junior suite was spacious with a big balcony ....spotlessly clean and kept that way by the steward who was brilliant. Meals in Islands restaurent ....most of the time ....i thought were good ....lots of negative comments on this site however ....speak as you find ..if you wanted finer dining you had options ...but booking well in advance was necessary or wait till called ....which didn,t appeal to us . The islands buffet was probably the best of its type we have experienced on our cruising experiences...quite quiet after 8 .15pm suited us ...give them some credit the staff were brilliant .. Timing is important on a cruise ship re dining ....go at peak times and you get what you should have expected ...we planned our days to avoid busy times and found the whole experience to be relaxing. Sunbathed on the balcony ....make sure you get the correct side of the ship for the most benefit of this and beware of the deck 8 cabins forward under the overhang which restricts sun. We read about noise above deck 8 before we went but never experienced any problems. must have been lucky ? The itinerary was great...i loved being in a different port every day almost and we did 3 excursions which were worth doing. Enertainment was exactly what we expected ...decent standard .....cruise ship musicals ....a comedian etc.....surely customers have an idea what its going to be like ....most night the Broadway theatre was pretty full ...dancers and singers were excellent. Individuals and groups playing in different areas of the ship were generally excellent. Disembarkation was smooth ...wait your.turn ...relax on ship ....on the bus ...corfu airport experience ok ...despite the prophets of doom on the ship.....and there were plenty of them.....flight on time ..great. To summarise ....a good relaxing holiday ....nice ship ...staff great ..worth the money . Came back home pleased with the whole experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We travelled as a family with two children under 14 , on back to back cruises , the Adriatic Explorer and Iconic Islands. The itinery was brilliant including Venice and Santorini which we really wanted , hence choosing TUI on this ... Read More
We travelled as a family with two children under 14 , on back to back cruises , the Adriatic Explorer and Iconic Islands. The itinery was brilliant including Venice and Santorini which we really wanted , hence choosing TUI on this occasion, having travelled with Royal Caribbean twice and Princess Cruises once before. * SHIP * The Discovery 2 is a great addition to the TUI fleet , and although refurbished is more than enough in quality for any average Brit traveller (as we are) who will not be disappointed. A good looking vessel. * DINING / FOOD * We used the Islands Buffet restaurant , and occasionally the Snack Shack. The food was good quality and varied. * CABIN * We had an outside cabin on level 2. The window was quite large , giving us all a great view of the scenery as we cruised along , well worth the small extra charge from an inside cabin. It was located near the rear of the ship , in a quiet position. We all slept very well indeed. There was enough space for a family , the beds for the kids dropped from the side walls. It was very clean and functional , although some of the furniture was aged with scratched draws. One kept falling off it's runner which was a bit annoying when accerssing things. The safe was spot on (although old), free of charge , accessed using a major credit card for the strip only. Not seen this type before , as I am used to tapping numbers in , but once I got used to it it was fine. I had no problems leaving valuables in there. * ENTERTAINMENT * One word , fantastic ! We went to all the shows in the Broadway Theatre. They were high quality and varied. It was clear a lot of effort had gone in to each performance. We also enjoyed other areas including The Venue , featuring an X factor finalist Andy. This was an unexpected level of quality. What a great singer - shame he didn't win ! The dance couple were amazing. The dance to the 'Bond Theme' left us all speechless. A big thank you to the entertainment team for making our cruise so enjoyable. * SERVICE * The cabin staff and bar staff/waiters were all super polite. Special thanks go to Janette, Alistair, Reymond, Mladen, Jorge and Malcolm - great people ! We had one complaint against a pool attendant who was not polite but unfriendly and confrontational in our opinion. Had this not occurred we would have given the cruise a 5 star rating. The complaint was handled eventually after several attempts thanks to the general manager Malcolm Chapple. TUI need to improve their complaint handling process to prevent unnecessary escalation to this level , and we have given this feedback to them in the hope other cruisers will not be impacted like we were after only a few hours into a 14 day cruise - this spoilt the 'holiday feel' somewhat for a few days. * DRINKS * The all inclusive drinks package is more than enough. Good draught beers/ciders to include John Smiths , Fosters , Strongbow , and bottled to include Becks , Guiness , Corona , Peroni (nice touch TUI) , many cocktails/shorts ,cola ,orange juice and much more. No need to buy the premium package at all in our opinion. * EXCURSIONS * Very very expensive. Recommend 'do it yourself' , haggle with taxi drivers etc as we did. S U M M A R Y A good quality cruise which was very enjoyable , and so nearly a 5 star rating ! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our second cruise on Discovery 2 and will be our last. Firstly the positives, check in and getting to ship and cabin was easy and reasonably quick, we did end up sitting in a bus at the cruise terminal for about 30 mins but it was ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Discovery 2 and will be our last. Firstly the positives, check in and getting to ship and cabin was easy and reasonably quick, we did end up sitting in a bus at the cruise terminal for about 30 mins but it was a busy period. The cabin staff are fantastic and can’t do enough for you and the balcony cabin we were given was clean,tidy and exactly what we booked and expected. The ship itself is impressive and has plenty bars, restaurants and social areas, these are generally clean and have attentive staff to look after guests. In my opinion there is a severe lack of seating in the “live and Atrium” bars and these areas fill to capacity very quickly making it near impossible to get a drink at the bars. Bar staff don’t appear to understand queuing and tend to serve those that shout loudest first and this can be frustrating after a long wait. The two main restaurants 47 and Gallery 47 are superb and the food was excellent as are the staff working there, sadly the same can’t be said of “islands” restaurant, the food there is buffet style self service, often look warm and tasted as if it had been prepared a long time earlier. More concerning was seeing people pawing food with hands and not using utensils to put food onto plates, this unhygienic trait really put us off eating there. The crew really try to encourage hand cleanliness and there are hand sterilisation points all over the ship especially in toilets which are used by most but unfortunately not all which on a ship is concerning. Entertainment....World Cup...no thanks but that’s what we got on our day at sea and also in Croatia. Decks 4,9 and 10 social areas were awash with painted football supporters,boozed up and behaving like louts. Verbal abuse, threatening and general intimidation are not what we paid for or expected. I along with 64 others did make our feelings known to front desk staff to no avail. Ports of call were superb and all within easy reach of the ship, the itinerary of the cruise was fantastic for us and allowed us to visit many interesting and beautiful places. In summary, excellent ship, excellent staff, reasonable food, plenty to drink if you don’t mind queuing and fantastic itinerary. Unfortunately Marella let many guests down by allowing football to be shown on every social deck leaving non interested guests no where to go to escape it. Corfu Airport is prehistoric and a disgrace considering how long tourists have visited the island, high time Thompson and other tour operators put pressure on the airport operator to seriously upgrade facilities. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
After watching the reviews from those on the Caribean trip we were a little apprehensive, however, we chose the Greek Island trip just a week and to put to rest anyone's doubt about Marella Discovery 2. we have to say disregard the ... Read More
After watching the reviews from those on the Caribean trip we were a little apprehensive, however, we chose the Greek Island trip just a week and to put to rest anyone's doubt about Marella Discovery 2. we have to say disregard the minority negative comments, we've cruised with TUI/Thomson before and if you've been happy with them you'll be happy with Marella, you receive the same courtesy, politeness, and the main thing the smile from the staff, the food everywhere is lovely in 47 and 47deg. three-course ample plateful really tasty, we didn't try any of the other restaurants didn't feel the need but anyone who does why not. The drinks package is excellent, again I don't see why anyone needs to upgrade but that's a personal choice, I drink lager and normally I don't like Fosters but it was great as was The Corona, Budweiser, and The Peroni, but I found I had a liking for a Tequila Sunrise quite often not to mention The Jamesons nightcap, great, I am now in rehab..... The show in the theatre on an evening was very good a different theme every night and the entertainment staff, in general, deserve a mention for the organising and keeping us all informed, there's live music in most bars. Around the pool area, there are quizzes, live music etc. not for everyone so if not for you go one deck higher and you'll find quiet and an abundance of sunbeds and loads of spaces the ship was full and lack of sunbeds was not an issue, the trolly bar visits regularly to save walking a few feet, well stocked. Someone mentioned the noise from engines etc. we always book a low deck inside cabin and pay to chose where, we had 2745 tucked away and quiet, the only thing about an inside cabin is, if there are no lights on they are pitch black day and night so no window to see if it's dawn, not for everyone. There was a cool drinking water distribution point near the lifts on our floor so I presume they're on others so everyone filled there water bottles up there.There were little things on our cruise that cropped up but nothing to spoil it or even worth mentioning, we saw no one drunk, the majority over ate that includes us, met some lovely people. Bon Voyage. Read Less
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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