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Marella Discovery Cruise Review to Asia & Indian Ocean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 36

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5
Marella Discovery

Colours of the Far East 1

Sail date: December 25, 2019

Ship: Marella Discovery

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Disembarked. Easy. Transfer to airport easy. SHAME TUI Tui haven't got the guts to tell you that you are going to be delayed at least an hour because the airport can't service the plane in the required time because the tankers are not big enough to fill the plane. So have to keep refilling to service the size of the plane (Manchester flight). Or they take off and land elsewhere to top up(Birmingham flights)


5 out of 5
Perfect . Best ever

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Buffet was a buffet but matre d's excellent to satisfy my grapefruit juice fetish each morning

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Enjoyed my mile walk each day, my own stimulation . Found this a great way to converse with fellow guests especially as a solo guest. Otherwise no stimulation to engage in????.. Don't do qizzes. Not much else on offer???


5 out of 5
Having been on board 4 weeks previously I had seen all the shows. They were excellent. Hence did not revisit as repeats

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Having sailed on the ship 4 weeks previously staff remembered me, great feeling of part of the family. Had fantastic service everywhere, always recognised by main staff , definitely advantage at bars

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Everything ok except I had to complain regarding the outdoor pool as not cleaned as should have been

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin minuscule. Very basic. As a single passenger just about enough storage. NO fridge????

Ship tip

Be prepared for a change in itinerary, missed ports, change to flights. Chaotic check in for flights out of uk. And don't ask for assistance at Manchester airport on return from your flight. CHAOTIC.

Ports of call

Bangkok, Thailand

2 out of 5
Container port. HOURS from anywhere

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

1 out of 5
Take expert advice on where to go. Ship team haven't a clue. Don't go on a Tuk Tuk if you have back problems

Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

3 out of 5
Again container port. But you have to get of and see. Fantastic. Been here before want to go back. What ever you do it is amazing!!!

Langkawi (Pulau Langkawi), Malaysia

2 out of 5
Embarked and disembarked!!! Promised a day here on return but only got late evening. No good for single women

Penang (Pulau Pinang), Malaysia

5 out of 5
Did my own thing. Met up with long lost friends. Main reason for the cruise!!!!!!!!!


4 out of 5
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