Lovely locations, average ship

Marella Discovery Cruise Review to Europe

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 34

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
Marella Discovery

Adriatic Explorer followed by Aegean Shores

Sail date: August 30, 2019

Ship: Marella Discovery

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8584

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Decent ship but disappointed with our suite having had a much better one on the previous ship. Some nice destinations but Santorini should be given a huge miss, massively over-run with tourists and very difficult to get to and from the town to the ship. Big disappointment. Turkey was a pleasant surprise (our first visit there), Zakythos was lovely. Athens busy but interesting, Crete lovely. Corfu airport is a nightmare.


4 out of 5
Not as slick as the Caribbean, more hassle than the Med.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Buffet not great, too small for the number of passengers, insufficient tables, chairs and serving counters. Other restaurants great.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Didn't do any activities on the ship.


4 out of 5
Went to one show, it was fine. The bar service in the theatre isn't good.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great staff, especially in Bar 11. Special mention to Manuel, Erika, Maria, Aliyah and Karyna. Jaison in 47.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
We were in an aft suite and there are no lifts at the stern, so we had a constant walk to midships. The corridor had a damp fusty smell in places. Lovely 5 storey atrium.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Dated poor condition furniture which resembled caravan furniture. Very noisy from the weights machines in the gym above us, including staff using the gym against ship rules late at night. Some huge bangs from the fire door next to our room, late at night again. Teeny balcony considering that this was a suite.

Ship tip

Check the deck plans and pre-book a cabin that isn't beneath a bar/restaurant/running track/gym etc.

Ports of call

Corfu, Greece Did not visit port

Embarkation and disembarkation port.


5 out of 5
Elounda and Spinalonga excursion, very good.


1 out of 5
Dreadful place to go ashore. Thousands of cruise ship passengers queuing, mobbed, over-run. No place for a cruise ship to visit.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5
Excursion to Miletus and Didyma fantastic. Lovely place.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

3 out of 5
Industrial area. Went into Athens but theb Acropolis was very busy.

Zakynthos, Greece

5 out of 5
Beautiful. Did the Panoramic Zante tour. Lovely.


1 out of 5
Hot, HUGE queues at Corfu airport, which is probably the worst and most mismanaged airport I have ever experienced.

Traveler Photos

Bar 11 Elounda and Spinalonga Island Elounda Santorini rooftop restaurant Sailing in to Kusadasi Temple of Apollo Acropolis Town Square Ship anchored off View from Bohali viewpoint
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