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Marella Discovery Cruise Review to Asia & Indian Ocean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

3.3 out of 5
Marella Discovery

Colours of the Far East 1

Sail date: December 12, 2019

Ship: Marella Discovery

Cabin number: 6069

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall a good cruise but an engine fire in the 9th put a downer on the first week and poor communication did not help, second week was fantastic.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food is always so so and sometimes same old

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Dated activities and updates needed urgently


2 out of 5
Well the show ladies can sing and act, the show men are terrible and the so called comedians, well, I’ll leave it there. The Lady Boys of Bangkok are just dancers that mime, if you can’t sing don’t bother.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Las always excellent

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Very much in need of a refurb, the ship is now starting to look it’s age.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Basic but it’s for sleeping, washing and changing.

Ship tip

Wait until after November 2020 to book as it is in dry dock for refurb.

Ports of call

Bangkok, Thailand

1 out of 5
It’s a container port that is 4km to the main road and not safe to walk so it’s a taxi or stay on board.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia Did not visit port

Itinerary change

Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

1 out of 5
Same as Bangkok, It’s a container port that is 4km to the main road and not safe to walk so it’s a taxi or stay on board.

Langkawi (Pulau Langkawi), Malaysia

4 out of 5
Finally a useful port that is safe for walking off ship but again miles from Langkawi.

Penang (Pulau Pinang), Malaysia

5 out of 5
On the doorstep and easily accessible but watch out for hassle by taxi on the way out.

Port Kelang

3 out of 5
Another commercial port

Ko Samui, Thailand Did not visit port

Itinerary change


5 out of 5
Smooth exit
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