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5 out of 5

Brilliant cruise, great anytime food... by Foxette

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Brilliant cruise, great anytime food options, all inclusive drinks package amazing, tapas was lovely meal. All staff work hard & are friendly, deluxe balcony cabin was perfect for the 2 of us. The ship is not too big to feel overcrowded & busy but has a good atmosphere all round. Booked again for next year!

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3.6 out of 5

Marbella cruise - Aug 10 (14 days) by shamwari

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The disembarkation was not good. The new system of coloured luggage tags means when were asked to leave the ship for our coach. There 100 people all trying to get their cases at once. This caused a lot of frustration.

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5 out of 5

Fantastic cruise would recommend by SueArblaster

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First time on a Marella Cruise but I would definelty use them again.

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3 out of 5

Room and facilities I had... by jonatey

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Room and facilities I had an outside cabin on deck 2 - 2026 There is much more storage everywhere - the wardrobe is a much better use of space on Marella as you have the big waste of space on most P&O ships. It is a Slightly smaller cabin but is suitable. The Shower was good with good pressure. There was a Sofa in the room. I do Wish I’d got a balcony now as I’m used to them but it was sufficient. The Safe was strange - credit card to open and close it but sufficient. Towels were poor quality compared to P&O and they threatened you with a £10 charge if they didn’t come back to the room. Bed is comfortable but the bedding is not as good quality. No toiletries except a hand soap and body wash - most hotels provide this as a basic. P&O offer designer White Company in all state rooms. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash and body lotion however I accept that some people want to use their own anyway but it helps with luggage. I understand there are toiletries in the better cabins on Marella. I Liked the towel animals. Nice surprise. The Bathroom is a good size with plenty of storage space. Tea coffee good but no biscuits although to be fair P&O are getting worse for quality biscuits anyway. There was No fridge! but I suppose as AI you don’t really need one. Prefer P&O rooms by far - more luxurious and better facilities. Net curtain had blood on it so asked for it to be changed. It hasn’t come back since. Stains on bed sheets. Asked for them to be changed too. Seemed to be washed in. Food This is mixed. The MDR is better quality on P&O such as Cheese boards are silver service and there is six course menu. Steak is available every night. That sort of thing. However the Buffet food is better and more varied on Marella. Buffet set out better too. On Marella I waited ages every single time I ventured into 47. No service for about half an hour. I expect it’s because we’re in at the busy time and to be fair I’ve had poor service on P&O too when on freedom dining so I expect this is a freedom dining thing. I suppose I prefer club dining. I later found out that there are only 3 serving staff per 11 tables (wow) This would explain the slow service. There clearly is not as many serving staff in the restaurants compared to P&O and this is most obvious at the bars and restaurants. The food is ok but not well presented compared to P&O but there are available everyday options of chicken and fish. I would have liked to see steak as per P&O. Marella certainly had More places to eat like gallery 47 but we had poor service there. However the food was nice. Lunch in MDR. Slow service again for ordering. Food comes out quick but drinks do not. Then I discovered the Harvester style salad bar and all was forgiven Kora la sushi - amazing and worth the cover charge. Snack shack great, love the fish and chips! Surf and turf was so nice and worth the extra money. I ate here twice. Overall the buffet and specialist restaurants win on Marella. The MDR was far superior on P&O. Staff All smiling and friendly. Most on P&O are miserable looking. However there is a hell of a lot less on Marella than P&O. Approaching the bar on P&O is a no no and you can’t sit longer than two mins on a sun lounger before someone comes round saying drinks drinks. Saying that on Marella standing at a bar I always was served very quick. Loved the pop up bars too! Winner was certainly Marella for friendliness. Entertainment Saw the Charlie Chaplin show. It was ok but like a school performance. There was no glitz or production compared to P&O. The opera singer was fantastic leaving Venice. Really made the day. The entertainment team around the pool are much better than P&O. Not just quizzes but interactive game shows too. I enjoyed splash bingo and catchphrase. Sail away parties are much better on P&O as it’s a big thing every sail away but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The comedian Phil Milbourne was very good. I loved the murder game with interactive remote. The singing dancing group in the theatre was not very good at all compared to the headliners but it was the only thing. Winner Marella Captain Chris He seems very normal. Is it normal for the captain to be so informal? I’ve never experienced this before but I liked it. Every time we docked it was a ‘Bobby Dazzler’ lol I liked that you still got invited to dine with the captain something that is missing from P&O. Winner Marella Bars All really good. I think I miss the variety of bars that P&O have such as a pub, a posh bar, a piano bar etc depending on my mood but overall all lovely places to drink. I enjoyed listening to the lay playing piano every early evening. The AI option is great for most. I personally like to choose my own wine so difficult for me but plenty to choose from if wine isn’t your thing. Winner P&O The Ship You can tell it’s an old RCI. Worn in places but in better condition than Oceana imo. For a small ship there always seemed to be a seat everywhere. Nowhere was ever too busy. Sun beds were plenty. So easy to get a sun bed. I find people moan about sunbeds when they can’t get them next to the pool. I liked the deck patrol idea but I didn’t feel like she enforced the no reservation rule very often. It’s a small ship so it’s easy to find your way around. I have been on some whoppers so this was lovely and easy. Loved the interactive boards and penguins! Never had to wait for a lift. In fact I hardly used them as everywhere was so close! Liked water dispensers. That was so easy. Hated there was no laundry room. Running everyday produces smelly washing. Ship tours are a great idea and relatively cheap. The public toilets seem to be cleaned more than P&O but general cleanliness in public areas was better on P&O. Winner Draw. The P&O ships are newer but Marella was designed better. (Laundry room is missed lol) Kids club Poor compared to P&O. Probably my most scathing review. Three 2 hr sessions per day. What a Pain. I’m not one to get rid of my kids but my boy prefers kids club when we’re at sea or on the ship because he makes friends. It’s very restrictive and the rooms are not set out well or friendly looking. The activities were the same every night and there seemed to be no Program for the week. There is no night nursery either. When I was first cruising with a small baby this was so useful to get date nights. There’s other things to do as a family like the golf and climbing wall. It’s great but wears off pretty quick and the wall was only open a couple of hours a day. There are family sessions but no one uses them and seems pointless. Seems good for young ones as the entertainment staff dress up but any older than 7 they’re alienated. There is no provision for children over 11 so then people wonder why teenagers are hanging about. Grouping together 3 year olds and 10 year olds doesn’t work and then it closes at 10 so the kids end up in the bar or parents leave early so where’s the holiday in that! P&O in comparison have kids clubs open all day and your place is booked at the beginning of the cruise. None of this pre booking rubbish! The clubs are set in age groups up to 17 year olds and it closes at 1 am. There is a night nursery with pagers with cots and beds and more staff than on Marella. There are set times when it’s closed for lunch and dinner and there’s a kids tea. I much prefer this one. No set times which suits us. He isn’t in there all day by far but at least he gets to choose as and when he goes rather than the restrictions Marella have. I think they’ve based the clubs on the resorts which doesn’t work on ships. Overall I think Marella is great value for money, the ships are very well designed and there is always a good itinerary. However it lacks the finesse and service of a quality cruise liner. What saves it is that you’re in port everyday which limits your time on board. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I would come back if the itinerary was right but I think I would look at other cruise lines before this to see if the deal overall was worth it.

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4.4 out of 5

Wonderful memories of our first cruise (the Iconic Islands cruise) by 2floaters

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Our first cruise so cannot compare with any previous experience but we thoroughly enjoyed it. We did a cruise and stay option which made the holiday even more memorable

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4.7 out of 5

Baxter's 2nd overall cruise. by Spats

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Cruise and Tui package was outstanding from start to finish. So much so that we have booked onto this ship again Jul 19. We have been on the sister ship Marella Discovery in 2017. Both ships are identical to each other. Only negative part of the experience was the check in and departure from Corfu Airport. Greece seriously needs to invest in its airports.

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4.9 out of 5

Fabulous Cruise by jalex382

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Excellent and Superb a fabulous trip round the Med

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4.1 out of 5

Terrific Marella Cruise by GrahamPauline

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We’ve just returned from one week cruising the Greek Islands and Turkey on Marella Discovery 2. This was our second cruise with TUI having last year cruised on Discovery 1. Once again the week was virtually faultless from the moment we arrived at Corfu airport until the time we were dropped back there. Throughout our trip there was never a shortage of staff who were always friendly and happy to assist you. The ship was in excellent condition having only been refitted last year and the crew were continually trying to maintain that standard without being intrusive. The choice of food and drink was good both in quality and selection. The Surf ‘n Turf Restaurant was outstanding. On board entertainment was tremendous especially in the theatre where the shows were performed to the highest standard by a competent and professional team. We cannot comment on the organised excursions as we never booked any. We chose instead to just go ashore and wander around the ports of call which were all enjoyable in their own way. It was a good choice of ports but special mention must be given to Skiathos which was a beautiful island – very clean and tidy. Just a couple of small niggles. Having purchased an eight day internet package it was difficult and sometimes impossible to get on line. This became very frustrating on occasions as contact with our business at home was crucial. The problem was further highlighted having had similar trouble the previous year on Discovery 1 which was never resolved. The only other complaint was the long processing time on our return to Corfu airport. This however was the airport’s problem and not TUI whose abundance of staff did all they could to make the process as easy as possible. In conclusion the whole cruise was an excellent experience further enhanced by a great crew and friendly passengers and we are already looking forward to booking our next one with Marella Cruises.

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5 out of 5

We were on the ship... by Jessx55

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We were on the ship 29th June to 6th July. It was our first cruise(won't be our last) we had a fantastic time. The shows, meals and the crew can't fault, especially Rega & Dindin(think that's how spelt) Cabin Stewards they couldn't do enough for you. Second week at hotel was a let down after been on ship

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4.4 out of 5

enjoyable european cruise by susanannh

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plenty of time in each port of call no pressure to get back early and captain chris was very down to earth and approachable

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4.8 out of 5

Amazing Adriatic by mrsloopylou

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We did a 1 week cruise in discovery2 on 22nd June around the Adriatic , the weather wasn't fabulous but the ports were all amazing esp sail away frim Venice and kotor which arnt to be missed, the ship is beautiful and easy to get around, food and staff are all tip top and I wouldn't hesitate to go back !

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4.8 out of 5

Brilliant cruise for Adriatic Explorer and Iconic Islands by mobar

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Loved the cruise the itinerary was great and the ship and all the staff were so helpful and friendly

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4.3 out of 5

What a holiday by trevortracey

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Really can not find fault with the ship. They could do with a few more staff in certain departments, but where they were short the staff done the up most to help you and always had a smile. The shows were out of this world and very professional. If you get bored on the ship you only have one person blame, yourself. Food where ever you eat is lovely. The main restaurants food is as good as any top restaurant the staff always make sure you do not go hungry or your glass is empty. Only complaints the two weeks we spent on the ship went to quick and none of my clothes s fit! now already booked my next cruise with Marella can't wait

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5 out of 5

Pugwash 7. Cabin 3066 What a... by Pugwash7

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Pugwash 7. Cabin 3066 What a super ship! Just had 2 weeks cruising in the Mediterranean. Very little to moan about. Ship is great and well maintained. Crew can’t be praised highly enough, they are short staffed in some areas, but they work so hard to cover this and always with a smile on their faces. Food was excellent in all the food outlets, especially 47*. Station 1 with Marko and his team come well recommended. Melissa in destination services, deserves a special mention for all the time and work she spent sorting out our next cruise with Marella, next year!! Can’t wait!!

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4.9 out of 5

Fantastic it’s was lovely cruise could not fault it at all by Mandy0178

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Only one think it should be a non smoking ship , and it’s should be adults only ship and the shops should be open a lot longer and more different singers

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3.6 out of 5

Iconic Islands followed by Adriatic Explorer 4TH May by itsbigmal

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We had 8086 right in the middle of the rear, two weeks ago for a back to back 14-night Iconic Islands followed by Adriatic Explorer. A very large balcony and a good size cabin. The problems started about 3 in the morning on the first night with a cleaning crew dragging day and sunbeds above us on deck 9 they also jet wash and clean all the glass, we thought it was a thunderstorm. We complained at reception, filled in the suggestions slips and rang when the racket started every night, they said it would be investigated but on our two week cruise we only got two nights uninterrupted sleep!!! We did have a phone call on the penultimate evening from reception offering us money for the disruption and they said it was a known problem. The morning discussion with the cabins to the side of us was always about the noise. Also there was a problem with soot from the engines landing on the balcony and soon learnt not to sit on the chairs before the room was cleaned, we were told by the cabin attendant that they would clean our clothes at no charge. Then to top it all we were in the Giudecca Canal leaving Venice, waving to the shore and passing boats, a party was in full swing to celebrate the first year of the Discovery 2 joining the Marella fleet with an opera singer starting to sing “Time to say goodbye” and the ship lost all propulsion so three tugs came to the rescue and dragged us back to the birth. This was at 18:00 we had to overnight it in Venice and finally were released after repair 14:00 the next day. This meant that we had to miss our docking in Split and made for a late arrival in Dubrovnik. For this we were all awarded £25 which we thought was a bit of a joke. I wonder if we have any comeback on this one? These things really spoilt my retirement treat so sorry Marella but never again.

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3.3 out of 5

Butlins on the high seas ! by joporter

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Disappointing. Very basic compared with other cruise lines have been on. All inclisive is not as it seems, and cleanliness of the islands restaurant and the plastic glasses served on deck have a lot to be desired. We upgraded to the premium drinks package so we could have bottled water in our cabin but I wouldn’t bother for the alcohol side of the package as the drinks vary whether you upgrade or not! Usually to the cheaper option ! Noise every night above our cabin caused by cleaning staff dragging sun beds around starting as early as 1.30 am, then jet washing and mopping the deck at the rear of deck 9 directly above our bed!! Only 2 nights sleep in two weeks! Ship broke down in Venice so we missed the port of Split in Croatia which was disappointing. £25 pp refund hardly compensated, and still await refund of excursion previously booked for that day. We spent a lot of money for a disappointing 2 weeks. There were lots of other little niggles, but these are the main criticisms of our trip. Sorry I just can’t give a more positive review.

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4 out of 5

A beautiful ship staff warm... by cricky

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A beautiful ship staff warm and friendly, food was great and a good standard. Ship well kept and clean. Entertainment mostly good. Have sailed with tui (thomson) on a number of occasions and always been pleased. However the one thing that was a bit disappointing was the all inclusive drinks package. We sailed on the discovery last year and paid supplements of £1 to £1.20 this has gone up this year to £2.50. That in my opinion is a massive increase and disappointing.

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4.8 out of 5

Fantastic cruise by ayshia

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1st time on a cruise and definitely not my last, loved every minute of it,😊

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4.6 out of 5

Great Caribbean Cruise by Bloobird

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Really enjoyed this cruise, Discovery 2 is a lovely ship and the crew were excellent.

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