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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was a value for money proposition and we were not disappointed in the slightest. Booked our cruise through Sunwing from Toronto, and paid the extra $60 for the premium package. Well worth it, especially if you travel often: ... Read More
This was a value for money proposition and we were not disappointed in the slightest. Booked our cruise through Sunwing from Toronto, and paid the extra $60 for the premium package. Well worth it, especially if you travel often: priority check-in and boarding at both Pearson and Sangster, advance choice of seats, and a $5o future travel certificate. As only one of us really drinks alcohol, the drinks packages on other lines have never been worth it to us. But on the D2, beyond the booze, we were able to enjoy great espresso, cappuccino, and fancy mocktails galore. The all-inclusive drinks package was perfect for us, great beer selection (Peroni, Corona, Guinness etc), Cosmos, Raspberry Collins, Harvey Wallbangers, Stolichnaya vodka, Tanqueray gin...nice enough wines with supper. The food for us was fine, but nothing special. My Beef Wellington on Dress to Impress night was waaay under, and my dessert was forgotten. But the company at our shared table more than made up for it. We had a better experience at the Italian 47'. Another shared table, great conversation, and good food. Our waiter Jayson whipped out his guitar and serenaded our table and a few others nearby. He was spectacular. We also saw him in the crew show, and at breakfast in 47. You won't regret asking to be seated in his section. Islands buffet was busy but fine. Never went hungry. Indoors we chose a table for 2 near the bow windows. Outdoors we got a shady table with a breeze. Snack shack worked for a quick bite, especially when we had an early excursion. We booked Surf&Turf for our anniversary. Attentive service, wonderful ambience and good food/presentation. They did a special centerpiece and provided a surprise anniversary cake for us. Very nice. Glass house was ok but the vibrations got to me. We tried the late-night foods and also had lunch here once while we were sitting on the Verandah (do check out this space if not traveling with kids. Aft deck 9). We enjoyed the onboard entertainment. Paul Greenwood and his guitar were great. The showteam was pretty good, with the gentlemen being superior to the ladies. We saw all the shows and enjoyed. The actor hosts were fun. Katie and Adam were our favourites. We enjoyed playing archery, darts, indoor curling and carpet boules with them, even karaoke and name that tune. The bartenders did not neglect, especially Tijana and Moka in the live room! By day 3 they knew it was coffee time when we popped in mid-afternoon and made us excellent espressos and cappuccinos. And of course Phillip "beep beep no card no charge spread the love" up on deck! Also tried a few topshelf cocktails in Bar11, well worth their £2.50 upcharge. And we never went thirsty in the atrium nor on the Verandah. The deck party with the Caribbean band can't be beat, such a fun night. Dancing in the atrium, playing moonlit minigolf, bandjam, sunsets on the decks outside bar11... all great memories. At Santa Marta we took a cab to Taganga beach and ate at TaCo beach bar. Good food, ok beach, expensive cab (he waited for us so we paid by the hour, but did not negotiate well). Sailing away from Cartegena, keep an eye out for the island castle! Also take time to explore the wildlife area right at the port, lots of toucans and other birds. We did a private tour with Dora the Explorer, highly recommended. In Colon Panama we did a ship tour including a boat on Gatun Lake where we saw wildlife from afar, and the new locks. Also option to do a nature walk at locks, but we watched a huge cargo ship go through. In Costa Rica we just walked around near the Port and saw more wildlife at the park nearby than we did on our organized tours. A momma and baby sloth, three owls, monkeys etc. Nice market, less industrial than the other ports on itinerary. Sunwing guests note you need to transport your luggage between airport and cruiseport, unlike our UK friends. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves immensely and would sail on D2 again in a heartbeat! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Where do u start? While searching for a first cruise for my husband and I , I stumbled on marella discovery 2 through Sunwing. We choose Marella mostly because of price point .. all inclusive and the ports for pride of panama. ... Read More
Where do u start? While searching for a first cruise for my husband and I , I stumbled on marella discovery 2 through Sunwing. We choose Marella mostly because of price point .. all inclusive and the ports for pride of panama. Everything lived up to our expectations, had a balcony room mid ship and was great, I loved the tea kettle in room instead of the usual coffee pot! Lots of tea bags, coffee, milk and sugar. We had tea and coffee every morning on the balcony. The food was good never had anything we didn’t like. ( well except for black pudding) I will leave that for the brits. Buffet had something for everyone. The snack shack was my favourite I like the fast food . I had the fish and chips everyday, so good! My husband loved the chicken wings and the burgers. STAFF.. ALL AMAZING!! Never waited for drinks long , served fast everywhere and all so friendly. I work in bar/ restaurant industry so I recognize good service when I see it! I know when they are busy and what drinks are a little more time consuming. I’ve been to many resorts and the staff are great.. but guess what they are they way because they want you to tip them. The staff on Marella are not being nice for that reason, as tips are included. They just like their jobs! I would Seriously say the staff on marella discovery 2 are the best I’ve seen. ENTERTAINMENT.. AWESOME .. this team works so hard to entertain the audience. They are all so talented and we enjoyed the shows so much. I really hope sunwing remains offering this package to us Canadians , we will definitely do another cruise with Marella. Oh and we did really enjoy meeting so many great people. So nice haveing a drink talking and learning about each other’s countries.made for some very interesting conversations. I could go on and on about our trip! Any questions you have , I can try to help Read Less
Marella Discovery 2 Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.6
Family 3.5 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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