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2 out of 5

Not impressed at all beds... by rich1974

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Not impressed at all beds where hard not enough seats in the buffet area or bars on sea days entertainment was not very good the casino was very poor No room service unless you payed for it But the staff where exllent could not do enough for you I would give them 5 stars plus

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5 out of 5

We're just back from Wonders... by Debzy1985

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We're just back from Wonders of the Fjords on Discovery 1 today and thought i'd review what I thought. We were first time cruisers travelling with a 7 year old so are able to view from all angles. Cabin: We booked an inside cabin on decks 2/3 and were allocated 2091 towards the rear of the ship. We're not ones for lounging around during the day and tend to use these places as a base or as some would put it 'a sleep, a shower, a S**t and a shave'.We found it to be the perfect size for the 3 of us, 2 singles on the bottom and one bunk folded down. The cases fitted nicely in the wardrobe space so we nicely out the way. Drawer space was more than adequate as was hanging space. Beds were comfortable and 'view from the bridge' on the TV gave us the slightest light at night. The bathroom was simlar to those found in a static caravan which we're used to from previous holidays. Shower was more than powerful enough. can't fault it at all!! 7yo view: 'it had 3 beds and it was awesome, the shower was tickly' Food/Restaurants: First place we visited on board was the snack shack. The food here was cooked to perfection and ideal for a grab and go snack. We also frequented around islands for breakfast, lunch and dinner/tea and found there was always a good selection and somethings we would all eat. We didn't go to the MDR however did pay for a meal at 'Surf n Turf' as it was my birthday whist on board. The £28.95 pp was well worth it. Excellent service and the food was delicious. I recommend the Angus Sirloin steak and the New York Cheesecake. 7 yo view 'the food was brilliant, my favourite was the fruit and crackers and also the pastries in the morning in Islands' Bars/drinks: Service could be slow at times but if theres a queue you can do no more. We're not big alcohol drinkers so mainly stuck to soft drinks. The mocktails were a particular favourite. Good choice for the basic AI package. 7yo view: I liked the fruit smoothie mocktail. Kids Club: Loved that the kids got an invitation to go to kids club on the first sea day. My son loved meeting new people and the activities they did. The girls even managed to teach him to tie his laces, we've been trying for over a year to do that!! He loved every minute, from breakfast club to the evening club activities. It gave us a much needed break and gave him the chance to still be a kid whilst stuck on board with his parents. The Mat Hatters tea at sea was great and he's not stopped talking about Splash! Live!! if you're travelling with kids i'd defo recommend it. Theres no max or min times you can use it as long as your child is registered. 7yo view: It was EPIC!! My favourite was Scout at Splash Live!!! Entertainment: Not everyones cup of tea but we enjoyed the live music (B12's and Taylor Made) and the daily quizzes gave us something to do particularly on the sea days. Not so sure about Nice and Easy, Nice and NOT SO easy would suit it better. Not enough seating in the atrium/ live lounge but not much ease to do with the space. 7 yo view: I liked the quizzes Staff: Not a member of staff from Cabin Stewards to bar staff walked by us without a smile and a morning/evening. The only time I saw misserable faces was when they had to do drill lol!! My son was hi-5'd regularly and everyone said hello to him in passing. 7yo view 'I liked the hi-5s' I think this is pretty much as much as I can review about the ship. I hope it can help someone to make decisions about cruising with Marella Discovery!!

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4.5 out of 5

Great Trip by StuLiddle

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We had a very enjoyable time on Discovery. I'm probably being picky but there were a few grumbles. 1. The food portions in the main dining rooms were small. One evening we had bruschetta as a started and there were 2 pieces the size of a 50p! Calzone pizza was the size of a small pasty etc. Service was great though. The portions in the speciality restaurants were good. You can, of course, eat from the minute you get up until you go to bed! We tried to save ourselves for dinner so w were a little disapointed. 2. The main lounges were always full and we found it tricky to get seats. Like wise in the Island buffet. Luckily we had decent weather so we could sit outside. 3. Live lounge is souless. Very strange space. The band we heard in there was very good though. Good girl singer. 4. The shows were good. Very hard working, talented show company but on a 7 night cruise to the fjords with an average age of 65+ I'd question how wise it was to include the "Festival" show, which included modern pop/rock music, when there were other shows that weren't scheduled in. 5. The Venue, was a lovely space but seemed under used. Some of game show type entertainment that was not well followed and a few dance classes when the Atrium was used for other things. Could be a good cabaret room. Our cabin steward, Willy, was great. All bar and restuarant staff were great. Favourite bar was Bar 11. Nice views and great cocktails. The speciality restaurants were good. Surf & Turf and Kora La. The small sushi bar in Kora La was under used and maybe not situated in the best place. We had a fabulous meal in Surf & Turf, the steak was beautiful. Ship layout was good. Our room was clean, and well appointed. Nothing missing. We had a lovely time. Good ports and thankfully very good weather. Would we try Marella again? Yes definitely.

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4.6 out of 5

Superb fjords by Bairns01

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Really stunning views, everywhere you look seems to show yet another huge waterfall, beautiful blue water and huge cliff faces.

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2.6 out of 5

Lovely ship but management a shambles not enough staff service very slow looks as though they are using them all on explorer very disappointing cruise by Sandra

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We disembarked in Southampton instead of sailing to Newcastle we had had enough of the cruise no seats for entertainment nowhere quiet to sit and read piped music everywhere the staff were working so hard and always pleasant but just not enough to give a proper service waited on average two hours for dinner in restaurant Very disappointed

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4.2 out of 5

Spring Repositioning Cruise by Happycruiser57

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Marella Discovery is in need of TLC in some areas. The cabin was "tired" in places e.g. dressing table drawers, round the bottom of the shower and definitely needs new shower curtains, ones that are long enough. Experienced some issues - double booking of cabin, changed aircraft after check in, delays with luggage collection at Malaga airport. Coach late at airport for pick up leading to a delayed sail away one hour. Cruise itself was very enjoyable. Didn't use MDR but Gallery 47 most nights. Delicious.

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3.6 out of 5

Pretty places ship not as good. by florac

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Never been to Barbados before would go again but not with TUI

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3 out of 5

Just come back off the... by plantycat

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Just come back off the Discovery, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. The ship is a nice ship and an improvement in facilities, however there has been a noticeable drop in service and standards and those little touches they used to do that made things feel special. During the voyage there was an outbreak of stomach upsets so increased hygiene measures were implemented which included not being able to serve yourself with tea or coffee in the buffet restaurant yet you could serve yourself food from the stations handling serving spoons and spatulas , they had a crew member at the entrances asking passengers to sanitize their hands yet fellow crew members entering and leaving were not sanitizing . There was a power outage at one point whilst we were in our cabin which left us in the pitch dark we could see nothing, I would have thought that there would have been at least a small emergency light so you could see your way to the door without the danger of falling over something in the event of a real emergency. All in all we had a good time the food was good and the entertainment was mostly good .we will be back on the ship in August, just hope they learn to utilise the big screen by the pool and not continually play that infernal film of the two discovery ships docked over and over again every day on a loop for hours on end.

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4 out of 5

Returned on the 1st April... by SnDafloat

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Returned on the 1st April from two weeks on Marella Discovery . Had reservations before starting this trip because of some reviews , but you have to make your own mind up , we did a cruise on the Dream a few years ago , same thing , few negative reviews,but we had a great time. Firstly you have to do your research , she s 24 years old , so some things may look worn there may be an odd bit of rust . We had a balcony cabin on deck 7 , port side ,aft of amidships, slight vibration when underway , but nothing bad ,not enough to stop us sleeping or enjoying the cabin . Eating was fine , never had a cold meal, but we always eat relatively early , ate in all the restaurants, buffet ok ,but I m not a fan of walking around with my food , had breakfast there a couple of times and one evening meal , otherwise had breakfast in 47 , and some evening meals , most evening meals taken in Gallery 47(Italian based), as we were adopted by Yarra , one of the waitresses, never had a bad meal in either , most lunches taken in the Glasshouse if we were onboard , staff there good ,Ilya was always pleasant to talk to.Ate at Kora La and Surf and Turf(fee applies) excellent food and service. On sea days , sun beds could be a problem , got on the sun deck after breakfast, and most bed s were taken or had towels on them , one man was saving eleven beds , with nobody on any of them , later in the morning crew were putting notices on vacant beds with towels . All in all we enjoyed the ship , and ports of call , and the crew were excellent ,

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3.1 out of 5

Great time with quite a few issues by Loz65

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Woldnt go on that ship again issues need sorting out. I do hope I get a response from this but I dought it

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4.5 out of 5

Absolutely fantastic by jay272

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Never been on one before but from the minute we got on until we got off not one complaint or problem at all with anything will definitely be going on one again as soon as we have saved up

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2 out of 5

Cruised with Thomson before loved... by glojoy

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Cruised with Thomson before loved the islands we visited but spoilt by being so tired through noise of ship's engines shows very good but disappointed with other entertainment such as piano not for us! News years eve disappointed get one good song then just rubbish did they not see the age group? Would have loved to have danced the night away on deck usually go off with Rod Stewart sailing we have left Tenerife on New Year's Eve before with fireworks and deck party feel the music was suited for Thomson staff very disappointed !

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3.2 out of 5

Put us off cruising for life by MargaretAnn1

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Have done several cruises, never had reason to complain before about any of them. First time with Thompson Marella as they are now called and will be the last. Only happy memory was knowing it was time for Home. £6,800 total for a holiday. Was a waste of money. Never to be repeated

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3.6 out of 5

Never again by DawnLoring

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I will never again cruise with Tui/Marella for a number of reasons, but mostly the way you are treated if anything goes wrong. You are no longer a person but a nuisance. Every way they can squeeze another £ out of you they will, from booking specific seats on plane to specific cabin at time of booking, and no guarantee you will get either.

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1 out of 5

I have just returned from... by traffic

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I have just returned from a cruise around the Mediterranean on this ship,this was after I said last October that I would not do a cruise on this ship again after my disappointment we have been on the Thomson Spirit and the majesty earlier this year and had a fantastic time. Well we’re do I start cruise ships pride themselves on the food they serve(not on this Thomson ship) they should be embarrassed with what they serve up to say they are consistent would be correct in the seven days I was on board I never got a meal that was warm never mind hot No matter how hard I tried I thought I would try poached eggs one morning after a wait of minimum 5 mins I had to ask again as they had not been done I drew this to the attention of a chap in charge who then could not do enough for me but the mood had gone I said to him I would get some thing when I go ashore as my party we’re waiting for me One last thing about the service we went into the restaurant 47 ordered our meals first course came no problem main course there was a delay for this but we accepted what they said about being busy loads of empty tables so could not see why Then after a 20 min wait for our desert even after we had been told it was on its way twice we left without There are several good points about the ship it is a nice layout easy to get round it’s a shame about the food Another point I raised with several members of staff was the lack of use of the hand sanitizers Both returning to the ship and around the restaurants I know this is down to the passengers Bernard Cloherty bernardcloherty@talktalk.net

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3 out of 5

Mediterranean flavours by traffic

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We have been on over thirty cruise to date 97% with Thompson’s we have enjoyed most even when it went wrong all the good things out weighed the bad We have now said that we will never ever waste any more money on a Thomson holiday I will never darkened there door again They don’t care about customer care anymore they seem to think they don’t need to bother

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4.9 out of 5

Amazing Mediterranean Cruise by suecheryl

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Everything was fantastic would highly recommend a cruise to anyone never done it before but would defiantly do it again... all ports were good no problems getting off and on the ship

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5 out of 5

Have been back a week... by phil78

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Have been back a week after doing a 2 week cruise on the discovery. This is my 2nd year aboard and I have found the ship to be impressive. The staff are very friendly and if they can do any for you they will. The ship is very clean and well maintained. Mostly ate in 47 and found the food to be excellent,though could do with some more waiters at times when it gets really busy. Overall enjoyed my holiday and am booked to go back on board next year.

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3.5 out of 5

Good Value for Money Cruise by LenOrford

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The cruise was pleasant and extremely good value for money. Some guests on the shop were very loud and spoiled the cruise for others. Sunbed hogging in operation Big Time

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4 out of 5

had a brillant 2 week... by elisacharlotte2012

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had a brillant 2 week cruise, kids and baby room couldn't be better. my only issue with the ship was they made us spend 2 weeks sleeping in a room to small with ac not working and dust constantly blowing in, making myself and husband, 9yr and 15 month old unwell and there was nothing done or any sorry made x

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