6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We have just returned from a fabulous 7 days. The whole thing was fabulous. A clean and lovely ship. The staff are excellent can’t do enough for you. Cheerful friendly and helpful. Our room was well looked after cleaned everyday. Top ups ... Read More
We have just returned from a fabulous 7 days. The whole thing was fabulous. A clean and lovely ship. The staff are excellent can’t do enough for you. Cheerful friendly and helpful. Our room was well looked after cleaned everyday. Top ups for tea coffee milk etc. Our cabin was a balcony deluxe and it lived up to its name.Chocolates on your pillows. Always an animal towel in your bed lol.The entertainment was professional and great to watch.A different show each night. We had waiter service in the bars for our wide selection of cocktails.Irish cream coffees Baileys etc. The food was great .A good selection and always hot. Salads were tasty and tempting. Breakfast has a wide variety of things From English breakfast to continental. Omelettes were delicious. The trips were long days but we made lots of memories. Just need extra stops on the Rome walking tour. We packed a lot in a week but was a great holiday. Can’t wait to go cruising again with TUI. Thanks to everyone. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We choose the cruise because it was adult only. The food was fantastic latitude 53 and vista where with the fully inclusive package. Both waiter service the service and food where excellent top grade good choice and daily specials ... Read More
We choose the cruise because it was adult only. The food was fantastic latitude 53 and vista where with the fully inclusive package. Both waiter service the service and food where excellent top grade good choice and daily specials depending on which country you where in. Great wines. The market place was self service very high standard of foods different every day great for snacks fresh pizza. We only tried one premium restaurant it was 50euro charge Kora lá well worth it high standard of food but you need to book it early wasn't available a lot of the time. Pool side bar had great beer selection never too busy loads of deck chairs on 3 or 4 levels with burgers and chicken bits pizza always available for snacks. Bars were well stocked they have nearly every drink to avail of the full drink menu you need to buy premium drink package 7 euro a day a must this gives you drinks choice in every bar and restaurant and coffee hall a must. Our favourite bar was squid & anchor great fun mainly due to the staff Brendyl, Joseph and Romal who couldn't do enough to make us laugh and make our holiday a great one found ourselves coming back here every night. The entertainment was good show lounge was huge 1000 capacity the comedian was super well worth checking out and the drink was still flowing here. We didn't use the shore excursions and just ventured out on our own buses were always waiting no ques fast getting off and back on. The casino was small the machines didn't play too well but there was card and roulette dealers in the evening. The night club was busy and we got to meet the captain and all the key staff on the ship and asked any questions great idea. Our cabin was 8056 balcany mid ship very quiet roomy mini bar and 30 seconds walk to pool bar comfy bed and spotless yulia was brilliant and the cábán was spotless. Loved the food drink and especially the lovely staff who where friendly and always chatty. Will be using Marella cruises again 100% can't wait to go again great value for money Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Been on Discovery 2 before, nice ship, food ok, staff lovely always smiling, especially Philip he is a credit to Marcella. Ports of call very good, weather in Europe not so good, we were in a force 12 gale one day, but we survived it. ... Read More
Been on Discovery 2 before, nice ship, food ok, staff lovely always smiling, especially Philip he is a credit to Marcella. Ports of call very good, weather in Europe not so good, we were in a force 12 gale one day, but we survived it. Entertainment from Headliners excellent, didn't see comidiens so can't comment. 4 Tunes very good but did not like Jon Asher. Pleased Captain didn't say it's going to be a 'bobby dazzler' as often as he did on last cruise, he must have taken heed of feedback. I must say to all those inconsiderate people who went up to the Veranda deck to move sun beds on the 5 consecutive sea days ,one night it was 3am and others it varied between 4 am and 6am you should be ashamed of yourselves and if anyone thinks of booking a Junior Suite on deck 8 think again because you will be woken up in the early hours unless General Manager does something about blocking the stairs on deck 9 that lead to Veranda deck during night time thus stopping the selfish people from accessing Veranda deck until a reasonable time. Good cruise overall, but will not book a Junior Suite deck 8 again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first cruise and we absolutely loved it !!! We can't stop telling everyone how good it was. All I would say is do what you want and not what everyone else wants you to do. The cruise had a dress to impress evening ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we absolutely loved it !!! We can't stop telling everyone how good it was. All I would say is do what you want and not what everyone else wants you to do. The cruise had a dress to impress evening where everyone dresses up in their refinery. Not for us thank you. I wear a suit all week and this was not my idea of fun. However, lots of smiles from those that did and that is excellent. Islands self service was brilliant. I didn't want to line up and have waiter service, that was our choice and again, I welcome those that want this. Myself and my wife are very used to good food but certainly didn't want this on our holiday. I did feel certain people were judgemental on various things, one being dining self service. One couple said to us that they were "slumming it" in Islands. I can assure you, myself and my wife know good food and this was not "slumming it". The entertainment was first class apart from one comedian. However, one person's taste is not the same as another. We played crazy golf at 11 o'clock at night with no one around and loved it. We found a part of the ship at the back to sit on our own with a long drink and take it all in. This ship catered for everyone but every activity is not for everyone. I heard one person say they didn't like the ship because you coudn't do everything like you could on other cruise liners !!! The planned excursions were not to our taste and we only did one. Saying that, the others we wanted to do were cancelled due to lack of interest. I cannot recommend high enough, loved it from start to finish but I do urge you to take from it what you want. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our fifth cruise but our first with Marella (4 with RCI). Unfortunately funds were low this year so, faced with the prospect of no cruise we bit the bucket and booked with Marella. Firstly, booking was simple - a few mouse ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise but our first with Marella (4 with RCI). Unfortunately funds were low this year so, faced with the prospect of no cruise we bit the bucket and booked with Marella. Firstly, booking was simple - a few mouse clicks, credit card out and we were done. Just over £1,000 each all inclusive for a week doing the Agean Meze (flights from Edinburgh). Flight was fine, on time and pleasant enough. Arrived at Corfu airport and. Eat by TUI reps who gave us our sea cards and directed us to the bus. Transfer to the port quick and easy as was checkin. Unfortunately the check in guy didn’t register our credit card so I had to go to guest relations when we boarded to do that (no big deal). Cabin 7585 (allocated, we didn’t prebook) was fine. Nice enough with ample hanging and storage space and was always kept clean. The ship is generally of a good quality (though showing signs of age in places) and, we felt, public areas weren’t kept to the same standard of cleanliness on RCI. Food Italian restaurant was lovely but alternated two menus so we only went twice. MDR food was good but quite boring - turkey dinner, haggis, needs and tatties etc. Despite trying on embarkation day we couldn’t get booked into either of the speciality restaurants. Glasshouse was nice for tapas and pizza. Islands we felt was bog standard fare and not a great variety. Snack shack ok but quite small portions of fish and chips and my Caesar salad didn’t have much to it. Drink Long waits at all bars, just not enough staff! Also lack of bar waiters. I think the majority of passengers hadn’t seen drink before and wanted to make sure they got their money worth! The number of people we saw who were three sheets to the wind.... not the cruise operators fault. Smoking We are both smokers (hangs head in shame) and found it bizarre that they have tables where you can smoke next to the snack shack and in close proximity to the pool where kids were. Usually we enjoy a seat, drink and ciggie on deck four but there were no seats available which was disappointing. Deck 10 had three tables and a handful of chairs between the windshields but it got extremely windy so we spent a lot of our time standing on deck four. Entertainment Meh. Not great. Some of the shows were ok and one of the bands (I forget the name) were really good. UK comedian Phil Doyle was good but unfortunately a fight broke out during one of his shows which seemed to put him off a bit. Ports were lovely but we did our own thing so can’t comment on any of the excursions. All in all we had a nice enough holiday but felt it was a bit like floating Butlins. Unfortunately some of this was probably down to the passengers on board and not attributable to Marella. Captain Chris was mildly irritating with the constant “bobby dazzler” comments and “Martin Payne with two Ys...” RCI definitely a better choice for us but I guess it depends what you’re looking for. Disembarkation was easy and flight home good. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Just got back from 2 weeks on the Marella Discovery 2 and can honestly say we had a fantastic holiday. The ship/cabin were spotless, cabin was cleaned twice a day. Dining was the best food I've had when abroad as I rarely like foreign ... Read More
Just got back from 2 weeks on the Marella Discovery 2 and can honestly say we had a fantastic holiday. The ship/cabin were spotless, cabin was cleaned twice a day. Dining was the best food I've had when abroad as I rarely like foreign food when on holiday, different story on this cruise though, never ate so well. The 47 restaurant was my favorite, everything I ate was delicious. Must mention Jayson from station 12 who waited on us nearly every night, so polite and nothing was too much for him, he even sings the odd song which made dining really pleasant. Sometimes had to wait half an hour to 40 minutes for a table, but that was no problem as we went in the bar and had a pre dinner drink. Entertainment was second to none, Emir, Jessica, Helen and the rest of the entertainment crew were as good as any Broadway show I've been to and there was a different show on for the whole 2 weeks we were there. Martin and Danielle who sings opera style were fantastic too. I would also like to mention the bar staff who worked their socks off serving our drinks, especially Moka who served us most nights. We didn't do any excursions, there was 6 of us (all adults) so we either stayed by the port or jumped a taxi to where we wanted to go. Venice was my favorite but most places were beautiful and we visited some gorgeous beaches. Only gripe I have is that the pool isn't big enough to accommodate how many people are on the ship, you can't move sometimes without bumping into someone. This was my first cruise but for the people I was with it was their 6th, I was not disappointed and will definitely be going on another one....Well Done TUI Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
The ship was terrible for the money that was paid .the food was terrible .we went all inclusive and every given opportunity tui could charge you for something they would .same entertainment every night butlins style and on the the top deck ... Read More
The ship was terrible for the money that was paid .the food was terrible .we went all inclusive and every given opportunity tui could charge you for something they would .same entertainment every night butlins style and on the the top deck bar rave music at midnight with young hoody types breaking glasses and being destructive .the holiday was awful and id avoid at all costs .its back to norwegian cruises from now on they know how to give value for money . The cabin was tited and we went to the italian restaraunt if you want to call it that .my partner got spagetti bolognase which was terrible and no parmazan was offered as there was a charge .there seemed to be a charge for everything .tui tend to be very money orientated .i think if they could have charged you for using the pool they would have .the worst cruise ive ever been on .what a waste of money .the ports were good .that was iit or maybe they were more appealing because we couldnt wait to get off the boat for sanity reasons . Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Cabin 6572 Small double cabin with balcony. Smallest cabin we’ve ever experienced on Thomson/tui/marella ships, and one of the most expensive for its size (full price was approx £5700 for 2 weeks) and WITHOUT A FRIDGE for the first ... Read More
Cabin 6572 Small double cabin with balcony. Smallest cabin we’ve ever experienced on Thomson/tui/marella ships, and one of the most expensive for its size (full price was approx £5700 for 2 weeks) and WITHOUT A FRIDGE for the first time ever which was a huge disappointment especially as it meant the bottled water provided (payable) was luke warm. Limited storage with shoebox size drawers & shallow cupboards. I frequently cruise with a female friend & know both of us would have struggled with lack of storage for 2 weeks. Fortunately my husband travels lightly even with his evening suit & on this occasion we had to make do with what there was. (Skipped the formal suit on our 2nd week as many didn't bother & so many wearing shorts for the formal evening.) Tiny shower/bathroom but spotless - apart from the smell/stench from drains throughout the 2 weeks. Frequent deposits of soot on the balcony which was washed down once a week only. Bed linen, towels etc. frequently changed and room kept tidy by hard working cabin stewards. Noise at night from atrium events/singing/saxophone/jazz music etc. Close to lifts and staircase. Handy usb ports in both bedside lamps for charging iPhone etc. No news channels on cabin TV - advised there was a satellite problem they were “working very hard to address” but 14 days later still no news channels. Reasonable selection of food in the Islands buffet restaurant on Deck 9 though we have noticed cut backs in many areas (cheaper cuts of meat, less choice of fish dishes / cold meats / salad selection / limited selection of cheeses). There’s an omelette station at breakfast where these were made to order. Ran out of chicken at chicken stir fry station…. Continued serving chicken stir fry as just vegetables! 47 Degrees Restaurant breakfast is good & there’s waiter service here although we found the evening meals in 47 rather hit & miss, generally poor/average with very small main meal portions. Paper thin roast beef, couldn’t have been thinner, served as main course. Served custard in a chipped/broken glass. Mostly staff were attentive even though extremely busy and appeared short staffed. Numerous gents admitted wearing shorts & flip flops for evening meals in the main 47 Degrees Restaurants, Surf & Turf Steakhouse restaurant, Kora La, & other speciality restaurants where most diners did make an effort to dress smartly/smart casual. Dress codes blatantly ignored by passengers and unchallenged by staff. Casual dress code is fine in the buffet restaurant. Speciality restaurants - Surf & Turf, Kora La, Hot Stone, etc - all charge various supplements (ranging from approx. £12 to around £29 per person)and were heavily booked throughout our 2 weeks so I would advise anyone considering a special evening meal in any of these to make their reservations as early as possible. Food was very good in these but it does come at a cost on top of what you’ve already paid for your all inclusive holiday. No rushed panic in the morning for sun beds during our time onboard despite some very early rise & reservers, but unfortunately there was the usual hogging of beds. Many reserved beds with towels etc and abandoned them for several hours. There’s a 45 minute rule for unoccupied sun beds whereby towels & personal belongings will be removed but despite timed tickets being issued no action was taken to remove items to free up sun beds that had remained unused for over 3 hours! A covered, warm, adults only indoor pool and sun beds can also be found in the Glasshouse on deck 9, however there were a number of unsupervised children in the “adult only” indoor pool and jacuzzis. The main outdoor seawater pool for cooling off and a leisurely dip also has a shallow area sectioned off for children. Be aware that the main Pool depth is 5’ 6” approx throughout so depending on your height you may not be able to stand or touch the floor of it. Outdoor POOL CLOSED ALL DAY both arrival/departure days during our 2 weeks- so don’t expect to be able to use it at all during theses days. Pool water was keep clean throughout our stay. There are varied daily activities around the ship but most we found uninspiring. Entertainment & events on weekly Arrival/Departure days are extremely limited so if you’re onboard for 2 weeks there’s very little and at times absolutely nothing happening on these days should you remain onboard. All Inclusive drinks - DOES NOT include everything. Premium drinks, premium cocktails etc incur a supplement or you can pay extra to upgrade to a Premium package - this is stipulated in the booking but the majority of people don’t discover this until they’re onboard and wondering why they have to pay extra for drinks. The All Inclusive wine is cheap house wine - again further cut backs. Check drinks & charges at the bars before you order & decide whether or not its worth your while upgrading. Deck/Pool bars ran out of Sauvignon Blanc white wine & didn’t bother replenishing from other bars around the ship. At the Island buffet restaurant, guests can help themselves to Fosters larger, John Smiths, and Strongbow Cider - all available at self serve taps, as well as house white/rose/red wines - again on tap which we felt was a great idea. Docked at an industrial port in Chaina, Crete, not as previously, but did put on shuttle buses which passengers had to pay for. We felt the ship was being docked more frequently at industrial ports and again we believe this is further cost cutting by Marella as no doubt the docking fees are less at these. Never seen the Captain once around the ship but did hear he joined some passengers for their evening dinner. Did spot an occasional senior officer. Repeaters (now TUI smile) meeting - no count nor recognition of how many cruises passengers had completed & now a simple draw for a bottle of fizz. No canapés provided / yet more cut backs??? Clash of suits -v- shorts & flip flops on dress to impress (formal) evening. We felt Discovery 2 was struggling to achieve the fun, friendly, atmosphere that has been synonymous with so many of the Thomson ships over the years, but failing miserably to achieve that of its predecessors. Unspectacular & mostly boring entertainment. A number of other guests we met felt likewise (and had worse comments to make regarding the entertainment onboard but which I don’t feel could be repeated here !!!). The atrium was used far too much as a main venue for jazz, operatic singing, saxophonist, formal dance displays, guitarist/singer. Vocals ranged from rear shattering screeching to hoarse… and if your cabin is located mid ship you’ll hear it all & it can be quite noisy & disruptive. A pre-recorded “virtual” band is used as a filler + main event on a large screen in areas such as The Venue & at the poolside but with the songs & music completely different to & miss-matching the bands mime. Ships bands “Banda Certa” and 4Tunes are good but venue doesn’t do them justice. Rather watch paint dry than listen to an Audience with Martin Daniels - utterly boring and another time filler. Same old, same old, usual stuff for sale in the shops. Theatre Shows were well below Thompson’s usual standard which we’ve previously always found to be excellent - not on this ship though. We witnessed a number of people leave during the shows… Beware the Ships spa free demonstrations which turn out to be a hard pressure sale event to buy their expensive products and services. One young lady was particularly persistent to sell expensive products with an expectation that because you had attended a free talk or consultation, you were bound to make a purchase. Some examples : skin analysis, hair analysis, wrinkle solutions, puffy/dark circle eye treatments, acupuncture, back problems, foot problems etc. to name but a few - all honey traps to buy expensive products or services, however the choice is yours if thats what you want and have lots of cash to splash. Some decks (not all) do have water dispensers located on them - noticeably one is located immediately outside the door to the ladies public toilets on level 3/4. I cant help but contemplate: hygiene / drinking water / public toilets . . . Having cruised many times with Thomson (now Marella) over the past 20 years, our overall feeling is of a downgraded cruise experience with every means possible to extract more money from passengers. There is even a small charity donation automatically added to everyones bill at the end of your cruise. While minimal, it is nevertheless a bit of a liberty especially when this totals several thousands of pounds each week taken automatically from guests although there is of course an option to have it credited back to you account but of course you’d have to queue at reception to have this arranged. Great staff from previous Thomson ships have now been dispersed throughout the most recent additions to the Marella fleet - I wont call them their “new” ships as they are clearly not new - they’ve already been around for quite a while before being acquired by Marella. These experienced staff are key to the success of these ships but they are thin on the ground, with staff shortages and inexperienced staff evident. Bar & restaurant staff in particular appeared to be under pressure with only 1 bar person to serve customers 3 deep at some of the bars and frayed patience being evident as a result of out of turn ordering/serving. Our whole experience on Discovery 2 was quite different from that of previous Thomson cruises and their ships full of character and their more friendly, more personal, experience with their wonderfully friendly staff and great entertainment package. Discovery 2 fell very far short of this. We feel it has lost a lot of what Thomson built up over the years. While appreciating everyone has their own individual expectations, these are our personal findings from our recent 2 weeks cruise on Discovery 2 and unless things improve significantly with Marella, which we sincerely hope they do, we shall probably consider booking elsewhere in future as there are plenty of other cruise lines in this price range to chose from. We’ve had many happy years on the waves and hope that whoever you chose to sail with, that you will enjoy your experience. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I've cruised with Yachts of Seabourne, Crystal, Fred Olsen and MSC. TUI have the absolute best and most hard working entertainment teams and cruise directors. Beautiful comfy theatre and talented actors/singers. Different show ... Read More
I've cruised with Yachts of Seabourne, Crystal, Fred Olsen and MSC. TUI have the absolute best and most hard working entertainment teams and cruise directors. Beautiful comfy theatre and talented actors/singers. Different show every night. The staff were very friendly. The cabin is spotless and maybe a bit basic (ocean view stateroom). Food quality is good. Nice choice in Islands buffet. I especially liked the Italian which felt more formal. The main dining room is fine with a nice choice. Portion sizes are small but you are eating all day you are never hungry! Sauna/steam is free to use in the gym. No ironing boards or customer launderette on-board which is poor. You have to pay if you are fussed about crease free clothing. Huge range of drinks included in the complimentary all-inclusive drinks package. Very British clientele which could be viewed as an advantage or disadvantage! Highly recommended ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise because it went to the Ports we wished to visit and we wanted a further week at the Corfu Palce Hotel. ten minutes from Corfu Town. The Hotel was wonderful. The Marella could have been just as wonderful. We chose a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it went to the Ports we wished to visit and we wanted a further week at the Corfu Palce Hotel. ten minutes from Corfu Town. The Hotel was wonderful. The Marella could have been just as wonderful. We chose a 8th floor Junior suite with a magnificent and ample bathing balcony overlooking the back of the ship with two sunbeds. There were minor problems with the drains but that was sorted and didn't bother us. But above us was the Terrace sunbathing deck with heavy rattan sunbeds and chairs and these seemed to be dropped from great heights in the early hours of the morning when no one should have been up there. Well it seemed that the Terrace was Scheduled for cleaning in the early hours of the morning thus we could hear dragging of beds and buckets. My partner is a very light sleeper and I sleep so deeply that thunder and lightening doesn't wake me but the cleaners did. Our neighhours heard something but said after so many cocktails it didn't bother them. This is an All Inclusive Ship but we don't drink so weren't in the desirable drunken stupour needed to sleep in the 8th floor cabins. We complained about the noise at reception and were told categorically, no one should be up there between the hours of 10pm and 7am and next time it happened to call reception and the security would go and investigate which we did that night and a phone call back said no one was up there!!! So my partner went up and there was a mop bucket on wheels outside the gym and someone had been up there mopping up water. The next night at 12.30am to 2.30am my partner had to go up again where he found a crew member scrubbing the decks which was 'Scheduled' the desk said this was in the 'SCHEDULE' and couldn't be changed. After this there was no point in complaining as things weren't going to change and the desk wasn't sympathetic to our pleas. It was all in the Schedule. The desk in actual fact lied in the beginning when we complained and couldn't care less after that. So after that we got our sleep in during the day. Shame really because it's a nice ship and very stable, not a rocking or bumping when coming into port like most ships.Typically THOMSON of course. Loud music, entertainment of a labour club standard, no quiet rooms (although our cabin was quieter in the day than at night) and dished up food in bowls but again one must be aware this is how THOMSON operate and their passemgers seem not to notice so long as there is plenty of it and booze. We didn't bother with the restaurant after the first night as the menu is limited there by what's in the canteen. The ship broke down in Venice and we had to anchor there overnight when we should have been travelling to Split so we didn't get to Split and ended up late for the next venue which was Dubrovnik for which we rewarded £25 each to spend on ship. It paid for the Wifi. The only trip we wanted to go to, Budva, was cancelled because of lack of interest. Thank goodness we booked the marvellous Corfu Palace Hotel for a further week so having said all that in itself was a good deal. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We chose Tui as we wanted a relaxed cruise with no formals, and it was all inclusive. We had a whole day to explore Palma, Majorca which is a beautiful city. The ship was in tip top condition, with beautiful restaurants 47 and above ... Read More
We chose Tui as we wanted a relaxed cruise with no formals, and it was all inclusive. We had a whole day to explore Palma, Majorca which is a beautiful city. The ship was in tip top condition, with beautiful restaurants 47 and above this was Gallery 47 which is an Italian restaurant. Wherever we went the service given was excellent, from waiters to chambermaids. Islands restaurant is buffet style, with heaps of choices. The buffet food tends to be a little on the cool side sometimes, but this could be remedied with a microwave to reheat food if needed. Beer and wine on offer. Great sea views too. The only down side for me was that the swimming pools were too cold to use. Hardly anyone was in them. Dont understand this! Our cruise was called Iconic Italy and due to early and late flight times we had a whole day in port in Palma and Corfu, which was great. This was our first cruise, and next time l would book the longest length of excursion as otherwise its not long enough to really explore if you have a half day. We had an indoor cabin, deck 3 midships. It was perfectly fine for our needs, with more than one visit from the chambermaids each day to pop chocolates onto your pillow or a fancy towel animal! Fabulous entertainment in the theatre too. Cant wait to go again! Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Thought we would try Discovery 2 as it is an ex Royal Caribbean ship. They had great crew, seemed really happy, which is always a bonus. Plenty of time in the ports of call. The only thing we didn't like was the casino as this ... Read More
Thought we would try Discovery 2 as it is an ex Royal Caribbean ship. They had great crew, seemed really happy, which is always a bonus. Plenty of time in the ports of call. The only thing we didn't like was the casino as this is always a fun part of a cruise. In this case it was far too small with only one crowded roulette table and dull electronic slot machines. Other than that we had a great time. This cruise was on an all inclusive drinks package. We chose to upgrade to premium but not really necessary as lots of branded drinks included. Passengers dressed smartly for dinner. Great saxophonist and a good comedian. Excellent club on Floor 11. Decent evening meals. A much more chilled experience to have breakfast in the main dining rooms rather than search for a table in the buffet restaurant. Get a cab to town if you travel to Madeira its only 10 euros and saves a huge walk. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Having been on this ship before when she was Legend of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), I was interested to see what the changes were. It was like night and day! In the main restaurant the meals were not of a good standard and service was ... Read More
Having been on this ship before when she was Legend of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), I was interested to see what the changes were. It was like night and day! In the main restaurant the meals were not of a good standard and service was not good. We often had to ask for things like black pepper and tea and coffee. I got the impression that they were just rushing everyone to get out as soon as possible so that they could get the next lot in. The buffet for breakfast was OK but at lunchtime everything was quite simple and plain. The entertainment was average at best but there was a Freddie Mercury tribute guy who was very good. The cabin was clean but for the first few days the air conditioning was not working properly. We never met our cabin steward but he/she was efficient. The organisation at the airport and the port was excellent. We were in our cabin within an hour of arriving at the airport and our luggage arrived shortly afterwards. This was the first time we had been on a Thomson cruise and can quite safely say it will be the last. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
To start we cruised on Discovery in June and enjoyed it so much we decided to book another cruise on Discovery 2. There were some differences between the 2 ships but we loved both cruising experiences. Firstly, the organizational skills ... Read More
To start we cruised on Discovery in June and enjoyed it so much we decided to book another cruise on Discovery 2. There were some differences between the 2 ships but we loved both cruising experiences. Firstly, the organizational skills of the TUI crew at the Malaga Airport was exceptional – this was a vast improvement on our experience with the crew at Palma Airport. It could not have gone smoother! On arrival at the port again this experience was much better than Discovery – Our bags were correctly labeled and we were on the ship in 10 minutes with our bags delivered within the next 30 minutes – no searching ship for lost baggage as per Discovery. Now our cabin was how can I put it – compact but functional. It had half the space compared to our cabin in Discovery, an inside deck 7 as well but we were unlucky with allocation. The beds were very comfortable and slept soundly every night. Bathroom was very small, no storage, in need of upgrade but the shower was great. Very quiet location and convenient to stairs/lifts, entertainment areas and buffet restaurant. Evn though we had over 200 kids on this cruise we hardly ever noticed except that they took ownership of the outdoor pool. Thankfully we had the adult only pool indoors if and when we wanted a swim. The ship is beautiful and cannot really be faulted but comparing the 2 ships – Discovery is styled / finished to a higher standard to Discovery 2. I personally believe it would have been better if it had a bit longer in dry dock to fix and complete the “snag list” but then others would not have noticed due to not having its “twin” to compare it to. The food in all the restaurant was delicious, entertainment outstanding every day & night and the various ports were excellent with lots to do and explore independently. ALL the Crew on board are OUTSTANDING!! Debarkation again was faultless and well organized. Over all we both enjoyed our time on Discovery 2 immensely, will recommend it others and look forward to cruising again on either Ship or even the new ship TUI Explorer in 2018.. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Brilliant holiday made all the better by good food excellant and friendly staff in all departments including entertainment (which on other cruises we have been on has been hit and miss). A special mention has to go to Captain Chris and ... Read More
Brilliant holiday made all the better by good food excellant and friendly staff in all departments including entertainment (which on other cruises we have been on has been hit and miss). A special mention has to go to Captain Chris and the cruise director who were so friendly and worked so well together which made it so funny and enjoyable for all the guests. The all inclusive drinks package was so good it was not necessary to upgrade. Our cabin 6602 was very comfortable and quiet always kept very tidy and clean by our steward FAHRUDIN plus his assistant who i cannot remember his name. Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly with our cases being in our cabin within the hour. The excursions we went on were very enjoyable Lisbon, Porto, Cadiz from where we went to Seville which was our favourite. Vigo and Gibralter we made our own way into the towns and no tenders were required at any of our destinations Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Everything from the captain to his crew were fantastic, this was our first cruise but won't be our last.all the staff were outstanding but 3 stuck out for me. We went to the venue bar most evenings, there were 2 bartenders that ... Read More
Everything from the captain to his crew were fantastic, this was our first cruise but won't be our last.all the staff were outstanding but 3 stuck out for me. We went to the venue bar most evenings, there were 2 bartenders that really stuck out for my husband and myself these two did an amazing job of entertaining the customers with their smiles and personalities. (in fact i named them ant and deck)nothing was too much trouble for steve and marvin, these two brightened our nights and we have never laughed so much. There was also a wonderful lady called tin-tin who was the head bartender, she made sure every thing was ok no matter where she was on the ship. These 3 stood out for us and i would like you to say a big thank you to steve, marvin and tin-tin. Also thank you to dewa who kept out cabin very clean. Read Less
45 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We must say what a fantastic holiday cruise we have just witnessed a well maintained ship with excellent staff and great food mainly Restaurant 47 with Alexander and Jake who where exceptional waiters. Also all the bar staff in the atrium ... Read More
We must say what a fantastic holiday cruise we have just witnessed a well maintained ship with excellent staff and great food mainly Restaurant 47 with Alexander and Jake who where exceptional waiters. Also all the bar staff in the atrium bar were excellent, helpful and very polite and friendly. I have a gluten tolerance so need gluten free foods and was more than happy with the whole selection of meals on board the ship. Great entertainment and activities during the day and evening. Also if you have children so much to keep them entertained all day and night. Great room service by Jaya who was a very friendly and helpful guy. Visited some excellent ports captain was a lovely guy. Would highly recommend to any 1 looking for a great holiday cruise either as a couple or as a family. Will hopefully be looking to rebook again for next year. Read Less
38 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We first sailed on Discovery 2 on the 11th June 2017 and loved it so much booked again for the 16th July. We enjoyed the second cruise every bit as much as the first. I really can't think of anything about which to complain. The ... Read More
We first sailed on Discovery 2 on the 11th June 2017 and loved it so much booked again for the 16th July. We enjoyed the second cruise every bit as much as the first. I really can't think of anything about which to complain. The food was varied and enjoyable, and there was a good choice of restaurants. Service was excellent and the wines offered were very good. Entertainment throughout the ship was enjoyable and I very much liked the small, intimate casino. Both cabins were excellent on the 8th floor, first time a deluxe junior suite and the second time a grand suite. We looked forward to Captain Chris giving his daily announcements and he always sounded so jolly and funny, it was a great way to start our day. I read an earlier comment someone complaining of a steamy bathroom !! I love a steamy bathroom, so you see, you can't please everyone. One highlight of our cruise was the meeting of Discovery 1 and Discovery 2 somewhere south of Nice when we sailed alongside them for about 45 minutes whilst a helicopter above us danced and twirled, swooped and rose all whilst taking photographs and a promotional video. Can't wait to see the finished product. We are back on the Discovery 2 on the 20th August (ten of us this time) for my daughter's 50th and can't wait. Well done Thomson for pitching this cruise just about perfect. Read Less
48 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
UK local airports available, we flew from Bristol. Good flight times. Transfer to ship smooth, embarkation process friendly, informative and quick. The cabins, we had an inside on deck 6, were nicely refurbished with enough space for ... Read More
UK local airports available, we flew from Bristol. Good flight times. Transfer to ship smooth, embarkation process friendly, informative and quick. The cabins, we had an inside on deck 6, were nicely refurbished with enough space for what a cabin is intended for. Although all inclusive we decided to upgrade to the premium drinks package purely for the cocktails although the standard package is more than acceptable for most people.The bar staff and waiters in all the bars we used including the theatre were all friendly and efficient. The restaurants were clean and bright,and waiting times for a table in the evening were never longer than 10 minutes, usually being seated straight away. The waiting staff were very friendly and attentative. The food was varied and up to usual cruise standard and we never felt rushed to clear the table for the next person. The entertainment throughout the ship was a credit to the cruise director, Luis, and his team.all the shows were full of energy and fun and performed to a very high standard.I don't think we got to bed much before 2:30 in the morning. Great fun. All the destination ports were well selected but Ceuta was the pick of the bunch for attractiveness.and ease of access. We would definitely book tui discovery again. The step in size has been handled perfectly. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
The Discovery 2 is a nice ship and the food and drink is great. The entertainment was not good by comparison to the entertainment on the Dream in March. There were a couple of themed plays for example, Charlie Chaplin and Simon and ... Read More
The Discovery 2 is a nice ship and the food and drink is great. The entertainment was not good by comparison to the entertainment on the Dream in March. There were a couple of themed plays for example, Charlie Chaplin and Simon and Garfunkel which did not have any sparkle and failed to flow. The singing voices of the team were weak apart from a couple of the team. When the assistant cruise director stepped in to fill in for the comedian/magician (he couldn't perform as his luggage was lost so he had no props) in the main theatre she sang classical. She has a good voice but the amplification of the sound was so high that it was quite painful to listen to the piercing sound of the high notes. As mentioned above, amplification. The noise in the bars was horrendous with the music blasting out. Perhaps Thomsons think all their passengers are deaf, if they weren't when they embarked they will be when they disembark. My wife and I searched for a quiet bar where we could talk after the evening meal. The only bar which facilitated this was Bar 11. This was until the DJ arrived at about 11 pm. I do understand that Bar 11 is the disco bar after 11 pm but the choice of music by the DJ was totally out of touch with the customers. The average age in the bar was in excess of 55 years when the DJ arrived nightly. The DJ played music for an age group of between 18 to 30 years and at a volume so loud that it was impossible to hold a conversation. There were generally no people of that age in the bar at that time. Nobody danced to the music for at least half an hour and many got up and left the bar. This occurred nightly. My wife and I wandered about in search of a quiet bar after leaving Bar 11 and there was no bar suitable for this purpose. The Atrium bar was intended for this purpose but the quiet background music was drowned out by the excessively loud music from the adjoining bar, thereby providing an unacceptable mixture of the two. We celebrated our wedding anniversary on the ship and to this end we booked into the top restaurant Surf and Turf. The restaurant is small and we were shown to our table for two. Ideal we thought as it provided the perfect intimate dining experience. Well that is how we felt until the table right next to ours became occupied. It was a table for six people and so that was the end of our quiet intimate dining experience. The food in that restaurant was good but not good enough to justify the additional £25 per head over and above the main restaurant. There was a "compliments of the Chef smoked dish" brought to us and it was a small smoked baked potato with caviar on top, such a small quantity of caviar that it couldn't be tasted. When the main meal was brought out we were presented with a bridge plate in addition to the main food plate. It was explained to us that this was a specialty of the restaurant. This bridge plate could have been quite special but it had on it, believe it or not, three onion rings and a cherry tomato! We both chose the selection of desserts and the small chocolate muffin was dreadful. It was dry and dense with a strong bitter chocolate taste. The disappointments didn't end when we left the ship and still under the care of Thomsons. We went to Malaga airport where the baggage check in can only be described as chaotic. Firstly we were told to make our way to gates 44 to 48. There was no organised queue but there was a snake like shambles of people stood about. This soon ended as people decided to just ignore what there was of a queue. The were in fact only gates 44 to 47 open initially and there were no defined queues and no sign of any Thomson Reps to organise. Generally this wouldn't be too much of a problem but it was certainly a big problem on this occasion. The reason being was that there was a flight to Gatwick and a flight to Manchester booking in at the same time. Therefore there were two plane loads of passengers being booked in through four check in desks, with no priority to the first flight Gatwick. As the time passed by there was concern among passengers that they wouldn't be in time for their flight especially as there were Gatwick passengers behind Manchester ones. After about an hour and twenty minutes a couple of Thomson reps became visible. I asked one of them if he thought the problem was because there were two planes being checked in through four desks. His attitude was a "couldn't care less" one as he responded that it has nothing to do with Thomsons as "The Spanish" had taken over since April. This rep was wandering about with a clip board and doing absolutely nothing to prioritise the Gatwick passengers. I am not being biased in these comments as I was destined for Manchester. I could see the problem but nothing was being done by these reps to alleviate the situation whereby passengers were becoming anxious about their flight times. When my wife and I neared the check in, I heard a female Thomsons rep say Gatwick passengers should use the check in desk which we were queuing for. I asked her if she was designating that queue for Gatwick passengers and she replied in the affirmative. I then asked where she would like me to queue and she then said that the queue was for both sets of passengers. She told me to complain if I was unhappy. I certainly was and got her to write her name down, it was Martha. I told her that the problem was directly caused by her incompetence and that with simple organisation the situation wouldn't have arisen. I then took it upon myself to ask the destination of the passengers behind me and to allow Gatwick passengers to the front ahead of us and other Manchester passengers. This female rep and her male colleague did nothing whatsoever to assist the Gatwick passengers, both stood about clutching their clip boards. We did enjoy our cruise but these problems took the edge off it and left us disappointed. I have cruised on thirteen occasions and five of these have been with Thomsons. It is doubtful that I will use Thomsons (TUI) again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Short break, booked via cruise.co.uk, (always use these as they get great prices for me). Went for this cruise because it was a great price, on an old Royal Caribbean ship which was rebranded and it was - ahem - "all ... Read More
Short break, booked via cruise.co.uk, (always use these as they get great prices for me). Went for this cruise because it was a great price, on an old Royal Caribbean ship which was rebranded and it was - ahem - "all inclusive". We flew Monarch airways, they were great and got to Malaga airport after a good flight. Unfortunately, TUI staff at Malaga airport were, quite frankly, offhand, peremptory and dismissive could do with a lesson in customer care! (We thought it was just us, but other passenger passed the same comments to us during the holiday) Thankfully the TUI staff at the CRUISE terminal were far more pleasant and helpful. We boarded Discovery 2 without any hassle and headed straight for a comfy seat nd drink. We soon found out that "all inclusive" was limited and so upgraded to Premium All Inclusive (which still wasn't all inclusive as if we wanted a cake/pastry from the coffee shop we had to pay full price). Our inside cabin was good, only downside being no fridge to keep water cool in, our cabin steward, Baby, was excellent and we left her an extra tip as she was so good. Ship was nice too as were most of the servers at mealtimes in the restaurants. We didn't find out until the penultimate day that we could ask for the same table each night (we would have to ask for it daily) and if it was free we could be allocated it, so that you get to know the waiters and they get to know you and your likes/dislikes. Unfortunately the Customer Service Desk staff were definitely NOT the most helpful people and information on ports/films being shown was poor. Entertainment was ok, but only 1 guest artiste, comedian and not my cup of tea at all. Wouldn't choose Thomson again. Read Less
63 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I've been on all the present fleet apart from Discovery 1 which is of course the sister ship of Discovery 2, the ship is easy to get around with plenty of lifts all quite spacious. Travelling on my own for the first time as a senior ... Read More
I've been on all the present fleet apart from Discovery 1 which is of course the sister ship of Discovery 2, the ship is easy to get around with plenty of lifts all quite spacious. Travelling on my own for the first time as a senior widowed male I found everyone quite friendly and although I never ventured into the main restaurants I found the Island Restaurant quite acceptable for my needs and the food was always of a good standard and variety. My Cabin on deck 3 was the best single cabin I have had as a solo traveller over the last 7 or 8 years ( previous cruises always had companions on-board) quite spacious and loads of drawers and hanging space, only gripe was the extraction in the shower room was very weak and did not clear the steam away from showering, I complained about this and although the maintenance engineer came he could not improve the situation, so found myself stepping out into the cabin to dry off, easy if your on your own!! The show lounge was very comfortable and the singers and dancers were of the usual high standard you expect from Thomson, the rest of the entertainment team were all very acceptable but I thought the solo saxophonist played for himself accompanied by backing tracks and it was unbearable, I never heard him play any melodic numbers at all, it was all Jaz stuff which the majority of patrons don't understand, he never spoke and I never heard anyone applaud him. The pool area was very good and spacious with plenty of sunbeds and chairs in the shaded areas below the top deck, the large screen display meant you could see any demonstrations easily from wherever you were without crowding around the stage to see what was going on. The Surf & Turf and Kora La dining as well as the Main restaurants I never used, being on my own, but I spoke to many cruisers who all recommended them. The all inclusive drinks package was very good and there was free ice cream available, The introduction of the Snack Shack was a novel and well used feature, the free cabin safe also saved me £25 but the single supplement is as always a sore point for me, why I have to pay £65 a night extra when i only eat for one drink for one use hot water and bedding for one I will never understand, the Greed of Thomson / Tui I suppose, I feel as if I am paying for my wife who sadly I have no longer by my side. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Thomsons have embarkation so finely organised, there us just no hassle, my only problem was I require wheelchair assistance and on arrival at Malaga I was left waiting for over an hour for a wheelchair and only got one by a fluke! Our ... Read More
Thomsons have embarkation so finely organised, there us just no hassle, my only problem was I require wheelchair assistance and on arrival at Malaga I was left waiting for over an hour for a wheelchair and only got one by a fluke! Our friends did not know where I was and got quite stressed with worry. I appreciate this is beyond Thomsons control but I think they should be aware of this problem. Once we had checked in, it was no time at all we were exploring Discovery 2 and then unpacking in your quite spacious cabin. Everywhere is scrupulously clean. In the restaurants the waiters are so very friendly and give expert service, those I remember are Hakeem, Nadia, Imobe and Mensur. The food was delicious with plenty of choices. We ate in the 47 every evening, but you could eat in the self service restaurant. There is an Italian restaurant and a late night snack bar. The Surf and Turf restaurant charges £25 each but the food was exceptional, our itinerary was changed and we were given £25 each as consolation to be spent onboard, so that covered our meal. There is an Asian restaurant charging similar but we did not try this. Every night there is some thing on in all the venues. The Atrium offers piano music and a saxophonist with dancing. The Live bar has the Casino, a small stage and small dance floor. We found this room was used for popular acts with not enough seating and people were packed in. The Venue bar is a large theatre type room which would suit all the popular acts with lots of seating, a stage and large dance floor. Some of the entertainment in here was quite boring. In the Broadway theatre a professional show, singing and dancing is on twice nightly, a very large room with plenty of seats. Bar 11 is small bar with fantastic views, the waiters in here were fantastic, couldn't,t do enough for you, Milan and Ogee (I think was her name). At 11.30pm a DJ comes on and plays boom boom music and most nights emptied the bar. I think 70.s or 80.s music would have gone down better. The pools are ok with plenty of sun loungers and entertainment. There is a crazy golf course and a climbing wall. Overall I would give my cruise 5 stars, just the evening entertainment I found to be dull, even though the entertainment crew tried very hard to entertain. Read Less
90 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We have been with most if not all the Thomsons fleet, and each experience we have witnessed the decline in standards. The cabin/ship itself was fine, but the "as standard" all inclusive simply means, cheap sub standard wine, ... Read More
We have been with most if not all the Thomsons fleet, and each experience we have witnessed the decline in standards. The cabin/ship itself was fine, but the "as standard" all inclusive simply means, cheap sub standard wine, which you have to queue to get served yourself. This eliminates the need for waiting staff, one of the reasons I enjoy cruising, I want to be waited on. The few staff available were curt and unfriendly, the destination services deliver no helpful information, and the crème was the "virtual reality" entertainment, in short, videos, which of course they didn't have to employ entertainment staff either. The food was abysmal, and the chef should be made to walk the plank. All in all Thomsons, you have lost it , no style, none of the niceties or service one would expect. You will not see our custom anymore.Oh ! the weather, which you have no control over was mainly good. Read Less
162 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Spanish Sunsets Cruise : Date of Cruising: 28 May to 4 June 2017 Having cruised previously with Princess, Royal Caribbean and P&O on their larger ships holding 3,500 passengers, we were a little nervous about booking a western ... Read More
Spanish Sunsets Cruise : Date of Cruising: 28 May to 4 June 2017 Having cruised previously with Princess, Royal Caribbean and P&O on their larger ships holding 3,500 passengers, we were a little nervous about booking a western Mediterranean cruise with Thompson (now rebranded TUI), on their newly refurbished flagship ‘Discovery 2’. The TUI ship is a lot smaller carrying just 1900 passengers. Obviously, on ‘Discovery 2’ you don’t get the feeling of space as on the bigger ships and there is no ice rink, sports court, flowrider, water slides, large promenades, zip wires, etc … that you get on the larger cruise ships, everything is obviously scaled down, but so is the price. This ‘Discovery 2’ is a ship that was previously owned by Royal Caribbean but sold to TUI who then have rebranded it along with a major refurbishment in May 2017. I was presently surprised by what I saw and experienced and in most areas my expectations were exceeded. The cabin was first class and on a par with the other cruise liners we have sailed with. It was spacious and well equipped and had we had no complaints what so ever. The restaurant where we dined for our evening meals (Gallery 47), was also excellent with a varied menu and delicious food. The service from the restaurant staff was also first class. No complaints from me and I’m a fussy eater. Breakfast and lunch was in the Islands buffet restaurant and again the food was very good. It did get busy at peak times but going slightly earlier or later meant you could always get a table. (Peak time for breakfast was around 9am). Generally the look of the various areas of the ship was good and taking into account that it was a ‘refurbishment’ and not a ‘refit’ a good job had been done. Most importantly there was new carpeting throughout which is important as nothing makes a ship look more ‘tired’ than worn faded carpeting. There was a variety of entertainment around the ship and most was of a reasonable standard and some excellent. The main disappointment were the shows in the main theatre. Although the singers and dancers were very talented, their choice of material was disappointing and song choices could have been a lot stronger. The production and scenery was good and the seating was very, very comfortable, it was just a shame the the material chosen for them to perform was not the best. Also TUI could have done better by having more variety with professional artists being brought onboard to perform that were of a higher calibre than the TUI resident dancers and singers, as good as they were. There was one variation during the week when we had a comedy magician who was OK but not the best. Most of the crew were very courteous and helpful and the room stewards good although they were not as visible and as ‘chatty’ as some on other cruises we’ve been on. There were two pools (both with jacuzzis), one indoor and one outdoor. Both were of good quality and the indoor one was not overcrowded, as was the outdoor one, but that probably wasn’t helped with the week of our cruise being Spring Bank holiday week, and so there was a large number of children onboard. There were plenty of sun beds around the ship and if you looked around you could find a variety of shaded areas. In summary: There is an old saying that ‘you get what you pay for’, and that is certainly true here. You just get the feel that things are just not quite as big, as plush, as roomy and of the same quality as the cruise companies I’ve made mentioned previously, but for what you pay it is good value for money. As you can probably tell, I’d prefer to cruise with Princess, Royal Caribbean, P&O etc, but for a cheap one week cruise in the Mediterranean then it’s worth considering if ‘money is not is a little tight’. Having spoken to others that have previously sailed with TUI/Thompson, I think this is a step up for the company and the effort they are putting into raising their image and brand in the cruise market is to be commended. If you’ve booked a cruise on ‘Discovery 2’ then I suspect you’ll enjoy it as long as you don’t expect the same experience as on the larger cruise liners who specialise in this type of holiday. I hope this review has proved useful and if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at glyn.day@ntlworld.com. Cheers, Glyn 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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