1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise for the ports of call Discovery 2 was visiting and we have had a wonderful holiday. The entertainment team put on some truly spectacular shows we especially enjoyed the Freddie Mercury show absolutely amazing, also ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports of call Discovery 2 was visiting and we have had a wonderful holiday. The entertainment team put on some truly spectacular shows we especially enjoyed the Freddie Mercury show absolutely amazing, also Carl the UK comedian had everyone laughing from the minute he came on stage to the minute he left and what an amazing voice he's got! The cuisine in all the restaurants is excellent, we especially enjoyed the Italian restaurant, our waiters, we're John Vicoy, Gilzen and the lovely Mary Rose, ask to be seated at Mary Rose's section of the restaraunt, I assure you they will add to your dining experience, thank you guy's and Mary Rose, you really made our holiday special and the trio of tiramasui is the best desert I have ever tasted! A mahoosive thank you to each and every crew member for making our holiday so wonderful. We will be back! Carol and Robert Parkes Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Our reason for booking this Tui cruise was that we booked late and needed a disabled cabin, Tui were the only cruise line that could accommodate this at such short notice. We are not “seasoned” cruisers, this was only our fourth ... Read More
Our reason for booking this Tui cruise was that we booked late and needed a disabled cabin, Tui were the only cruise line that could accommodate this at such short notice. We are not “seasoned” cruisers, this was only our fourth cruise in total and we have only sailed with P&O previously. We were nervous reading the reviews but have to say from the outset that we did enjoy our seven nights on Marella Discovery. I will try to make this review as fair and informative as I can. There are positives in that the ship was very clean, the staff (though mainly young and in lots of cases a bit inexperienced) were polite, friendly and very helpful. Discovery 2 isn’t massively impressive from the outside but the pretty atrium and public rooms on board are comfortably furnished and very welcoming and the vibe in the atrium bar is just lovely. I’m not sure whether this is down to the staff or the clientele but the atmosphere is very pleasant and relaxed. We met some lovely people on this cruise and didn’t find the snobby element you can sometimes encounter elsewhere. I need to say here that level 4 on the ship is the main “entertainment” area accommodating the theatre, a live-lounge (the clue’s in the name), a casino, the very popular atrium bar and the main dining room - BUT THERE ARE NO PUBLIC TOILETS ON THIS LEVEL!! You have to either go up one floor or down one floor to find a loo. Now this is fine if you, like me, are able bodied and can easily manage the double staircases (about 20 steps) to each level but, if you have to wait for a lift, it’s really unacceptable. This wouldn’t only affect the age demographic on this adult only cruise - I wouldn’t like to be travelling with children who, in my experience, nearly always decide they are desperately in need the loo when they sit down to eat. This really is my biggest niggle with Marella Discovery 2. As for eating, we personally used the main dining room, the Italian dining area, the Island buffet and the Snack Shack. The food in all dining rooms varied from perfectly acceptable to fairly good; there was lots of choice and you’d have to be a very fussy eater not to find something you’d like, however, we felt the dining room cuisine was not as good a standard as we have experienced on P&O. The temperature of the food served (on BOTH cruise lines we have travelled with) is never hot enough for British palates - we like hot food to be piping hot and this is something we rarely find in Mediterranean countries. Service in the main dining room can be a bit slow but we felt this could be improved either by better supervision, giving the staff more training or taking on more experienced waiting staff. That being said, the waiters/waitresses were all friendly and helpful. We were a bit worried about the “all inclusive” aspect of the cruise (which was adult only on our trip) and wondered whether people would be drunk by lunchtime. Again, we needn’t have worried, we didn’t see anyone taking undue advantage and going mad with the all inclusive drinks package. As for service of drinks, this was excellent with waiters/waitresses patrolling the pool area most of the day and checking whether you wanted anything from the bar and the same in the lounges in the evening. Drinks were served quickly and measures are European so more generous than in UK. We were asked if we wanted to upgrade to the premier drinks package but this really isn’t necessary and, though I’ve read in other reviews that people were pressured into purchasing the upgrade, we were not and we didn’t see anyone else being given the hard sell either. Our cabin was spacious, clean and comfortable. My only complaint was that drawer space was extremely limited. In an extra large, double cabin we had a wardrobe with plenty of hangers and only three very small drawers (I’m talking about 12” wide) built into a very small dressing table, though there was lots of space for a reasonable sized set of drawers. We do like the formality of P&O cruises (probably because that’s what we’re used to) and I wasn’t sure how we’d go on with a less formal approach. It’s a case of almost anything goes but most people seem to dress smart/casual. I didn’t take any “evening” dresses - I think I’d have felt a bit too “showy” if I had. Several men wore dinner jackets and a few of the ladies did wear evening dresses on the “Dress to Impress” night (equivalent of the Captain’s formal nights on other lines) but, in the main, most guests were smart but less formal. (Some men in lounge suits, some in shirts, ties and smart trousers and others in open neck shirts with smart, casual trousers; ladies in anything from long or short summer dresses, jumpsuits, and smart pants and tops). We didn’t see anyone looking scruffy in the dining rooms in the evening and found the less formal approach very refreshing. The shows we saw (4 in total) were all very professional and your enjoyment of these will really depend on your own taste. The theatre is very comfortable and drinks are not only served there by waiting staff but you can also pick up a drink from the makeshift bar outside each performance in your way in but soft drinks were not available outside the theatre. Poolside entertainment was limited but we didn’t mind that and it may be different in summer months or on family cruises. (To be fair, we only had one sea day and the weather wasn’t conducive to sitting by the pool (November) so we didn’t get to find out whether there’s a bigger range of “entertainment” on sea days). There were quizzes by the pool during the day and you could take part or not, as you wish. On the strength of this experience we have booked to cruise with Tui again later in 2019 - having checked that there are loos close to the main entertainment and restaurant areas first. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this cruise for several reasons. 1. Itinerary, following the Adriatic coast I felt it would be more likely to be a smooth sail and the sea would be calm. ( I am not a good sailor). 2. The stop ports were places I hadn't ... Read More
I chose this cruise for several reasons. 1. Itinerary, following the Adriatic coast I felt it would be more likely to be a smooth sail and the sea would be calm. ( I am not a good sailor). 2. The stop ports were places I hadn't been to before. This was my first time on a cruise and I traveled as a single woman. I arrived after an early morning flight. The check in was easy, quick photograph taken and given card for boarding in a flash. Everything was so organised and I felt that continued throughout the cruise and included departure at the end. The dining was fabulous, especially the main restaurants, with waiter service for breakfast lunch and dinner. Food was really good and well presented, menu changed every day. Italian on upper level fabulous too. Given a pager at busy times, so just went for a drink until table ready. Sharing a table meant that it was quicker to get a table and a great way to meet new people and chat. Didn't manage the A la Carte restaurants as they were booked up very quickly. The buffet restaurant has lots of choices but can be very busy, only went in there for breakfast and also lunch on first arrival but enjoyed it. I attended a singles meeting on the second day organised by the crew hostess. Lovely new friends made, and in particular one friend, that enabled us to do things together including trips ashore and evenings at different entertainment spots. So much to do and still didn't manage all the entertainment on board. My cabin had a window and a lovely comfy double bed, loved it, and a really good steward, who looked after me and my room. So much to say I could go on and on. The singing from the entertainers was superb. The places and excursions are amazing. I had 3 nights after the cruise at a hotel in Corfu, because as much as I loved it, It can be very tiring and hard on the joints. It was wonderful way to end an incredible holiday. The ship is gorgeous! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Been on Thomson cruises previously and enjoyed the experience the Discovery 2 was to us different value from other Thomson Cruises the ship was clean beds comfortable but most times around the ship was loud music which although i do enjoy ... Read More
Been on Thomson cruises previously and enjoyed the experience the Discovery 2 was to us different value from other Thomson Cruises the ship was clean beds comfortable but most times around the ship was loud music which although i do enjoy music was not at all necessary all of the time.Having previously enjoyed thomsons there seemed to be a bit of a sea change on board discovery2 although it was all inclusive you had to queue at very busy bars as there did not seem to have been as many waiters/waitresses for taking drinks orders on this ship apart from in the show lounge,the ports of call were all very good and the captain gave you a good idea of what to find ashore every morning.Thomson as usual gave you plenty of time ashore which is more than some other cruise lines do allin all we enjoyed the cruise as we were with our family but i would now think long and hard sad tosaybefore cruising with Thomson cruises again, Read Less
47 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
My wife and myself have been cruising with Thomson for 11 years now, and this was definitely the best too date. We booked an outside deluxe cabin on deck 7, mid ship, without balcony. The room had a large floor to ceiling window, which ... Read More
My wife and myself have been cruising with Thomson for 11 years now, and this was definitely the best too date. We booked an outside deluxe cabin on deck 7, mid ship, without balcony. The room had a large floor to ceiling window, which gave us a lovely view. The room consisted of both round and flat pin sockets, but also had USB charging sockets on the bedside lights, which we found to be a big bonus in charging phones and tablets. The room was spacious, with a fold down sofa bed to sit on, rather than lying on the beds during the short time in the room. The bathroom was adequate, with a shower. As with previous cruises, the cabin boy must have hidden around the corner as we never really saw him, but our bed was always made! We ate breakfast in 47, lunch mainly in the buffet restaurant (Islands), and even meal either in 47 or 47 Italian. Food was excellent, with the Italian meals being exceptional. Service was always very good. The waiters in both areas were friendly, funny and generally entertaining, and were always willing to go that extra mile for you if needed. Special mention to Jesus, the head man in this area, who kept everything ticking on well without any seen issues. There was a food shack on deck 9 as well during the day, serving fish, hot dogs, burgers, chicken wings, as well as sandwiches, salads and fruit pots. We ate here just the once, but the fish was very nice. Entertainment was of a good standard, with the highlight being the beautiful operatic voice of Danielle. However, there were times when getting seats was difficult to watch some of the performances in the Atrium bar. Service for drinks could be slow at time, but not too long. The ladies looking after the Atrium section were amazing. The deck pool area got busy, and there was a large influx of children during the second week, so it became noisy. However, there were other areas to go to step away if needed. The captain was of the new breed, known by his first name, and always willing to talk if you approached him. His first question to us was what we thought could improve the ship and our experience, which was refreshing. We did point out that WIFI was a huge costs at £90, where you could quite often get free WIFI in the ports. He commented that this was outside of his control, but should be commented on the Thomson report when made. One of the new innovations is the interactive display boards around ship, which helped you to look for activities, food, etc. You could also look at the picture gallery through panels on deck 5. The onboard photography was expensive, but worth it if you want memories to take home, either digital or hard copy. We did not do any excursions, but just walked out in the local ports, or took the buses where necessary. Sometimes these were at a small cost, but not too expensive. I did go out on two bike rides, around Ibiza and Barcelona. Callum and Paige were well co-ordinated and looked after our bike parties well. The bikes were new and well maintained, and there was also a choice of e-bikes if needed. There were a couple of challenging hill climbs in Barcelona, but we always knew we had to come down at the end! Overall, we felt the positives well exceeded a small amount of minor issues, which did not affect our overall enjoyment of the holiday. We both agreed that we would go back on this ship again. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
All in all a very enjoyable cruise but despite being "Fully Refurbished" i dont think enough attention was paid to the actual cabins, the seals around the shower were greying and mouldy but that said the bathroom was kept clean ... Read More
All in all a very enjoyable cruise but despite being "Fully Refurbished" i dont think enough attention was paid to the actual cabins, the seals around the shower were greying and mouldy but that said the bathroom was kept clean and fresh towels given daily so only a small gripe there. My biggest bug bear was the water, having paid for an all inclusive cruise the bottled water was not included and at the bars was 80cents per 500ml bottle, however when leaving the ship to go on an excursion at 9am i wanted to buy some water to take with me but the little man selling his wares at the gangway wanted 1.40euro for the exact same bottle, i asked why the increase in price compared to the bar price and i was told before 9.30am the inflated price is payable, i find this totally unacceptable and so refused to pay it and chose to purchase water from outside. Another really anoying thing was anti sickness tablets, I have in the past suffered from seasickness. I did take some tablets purchased at Boots called Stugeron, 15 15mg tabs at a cost of £3.19 I was taking them only as a precaution however i run out of them and needed some just for the final 2 nights cruising so i went to reception to buy some, i was offered 2 tablets at a cost of £2.00!!!! bloody extortionate so i politly declined and went to a pharmacy in portugal and purchased the exact same tablets, 60 for 3.40 euro. so be aware if there is any chance you are going to suffer with seasickness then take plenty of tabs with you or you will be stung at reception. I simply hate being ripped off! 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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