4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My sister from Canada invited me to go on this Cruise with her friends. The ship was extremely clean. The Shows were awesome. There were many other activities including golf and rock climbing. Every night we enjoyed the entertainment. The ... Read More
My sister from Canada invited me to go on this Cruise with her friends. The ship was extremely clean. The Shows were awesome. There were many other activities including golf and rock climbing. Every night we enjoyed the entertainment. The stage performances were great. The actors did a wonderful job. I felt as if I was in New York without paying the price for the Broadway show tickets. The crews were outstanding. Food and drinks were delicious and non-stop. I still keep hearing the bell and Mr Spread the love. I met many interesting people. We had great times at Jamaica, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. I highly recommend this cruise for the perfect sized ship and outstanding crew. It was a peaceful and very enjoyable experience. I definitely will take another trip on the Marella Discovery 2 Ship. I thank the captain for a safe trip and the crew for their hard work and outstanding services. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 10th cruise with Marella (Thomson) and we have also cruised with NCL and Royal Caribbean. We really enjoyed our cruise on Discovery over Christmas 2017 and I suppose we were expecting this cruise to be as enjoyable. The ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise with Marella (Thomson) and we have also cruised with NCL and Royal Caribbean. We really enjoyed our cruise on Discovery over Christmas 2017 and I suppose we were expecting this cruise to be as enjoyable. The itinerary was Panama Canal and Cuban Fusion. The change to the port time in Cuba added effectively another day at sea so 5 days in total. The activities on offer were very poor, "medical"/ beauty seminars to sell things mainly. I did enjoy the two Ceilidh dance classes, they were fun. There is nowhere on ship to quietly read, Spirit had a rather nice reading room. Part of the problem was fellow passengers being rather loud with no regard for others so we often retreated to our cabin. The cabin 8076 was fine, spacious, quiet but the toilet stopped flushing every 3 or 4 days. Days in Jamaica were a trial. Food in the buffet was more awful than usual and the snack shack and 47 were not open for lunch. 2 of the main lifts were out of action for 13 days and it was a trial on changeover day to get anywhere with the remaining lifts being crowded with departing and incoming passengers and their luggage. There was also limited evening entertainment, no show or quiz, in fact evening quizes were every other night rather than every night and were interspersed with "Human Jukebox" which was lame. The Broadway Lounge shows were generally good apart from the guest comedian in the first week who would have been booed off stage at any Working Men's Club and the show with "virtual" Anton de Bec which is just a film. I enjoyed the actor hosts games and play, We normally enjoy the buffet but not on this ship, food was cold, tough, unappetising and it was a trial to get a table. We had debated upgrading to Premium drinks but decided against it. If you like a buffet be aware that you can't get Premium drinks there, you would have to get them from a bar and bring them in with you.Same if you want a G&T, Prosecco etc on the All- inclusive. There is no waiter service for drinks in this buffet, there is just a drinks station with John Smiths, Strongbow, Fosters and red and white wine on tap. My Dad drinks John Smith's all the time but he couldn't drink this, he said it was awful. I feel this is a downmarket move by Marella, saving them money on both drinks and waiters. We ate mainly at 47, had great fish and chips at the Snack Shack and enjoyed the Glasshouse, the trio of Tiramisu's at Gallery 47 and one dinner at Surf and Turf. Food outside of the buffet was acceptable, nothing was delectable but we could always find something to eat. Excursions: The flavours of Colombia excursion in Santa Marta was good but there was far too much food. I believe it was authentic for the area but it wasn't really very nice. Cartagena we saw with Dora the Explorer private group trip. Panama tour by ferry was awful. Colon is decrepit, dirty and unsafe. We went by bus across the isthmus to Panama City where we boarded a ferry. the seats were just plastic or metal folding chairs and it was really crowded. Horrible sugary soft drinks included with the poor lunch of 4 tiny bits of chicken, cold pasta and veg and a piece of cake. We went through 3 locks and eventually disembarked at Gatun Lake for the bus back. It was a long, boring and uncomfortable day that was never worth £108. The only saving grace of Colon as a port is that there is a big supermarket very close to the dock where we were able to get drinks and snacks (they took dollars and gave change in dollars too) Costa Rica we did the Jaguar rescue Centre and Boat ride. Be aware that this is a 7 hour trip with no lunch included and nowhere to buy lunch. I can't understand the mentality of Marella contracting with an agency for a tour that doesn't make any provision for lunch. We had snacks and drinks we bought in Panama and we went to the snack Shack the day before the trip and took some sandwiches. There are notices all the time in the buffet & cruise news warning that it is illegal in some places to carry food off the ship and that you can be fined. We didn't take any fruit and the sandwiches were in sealed packets so we took the chance. The only place there could have been a problem was Cozumel in Mexico where all bags were searched on disembarkation. Grand Cayman we had to anchor away from the main town as it was too windy for the tenders. We got shared taxis into town but there were 6 cruise ships that day, there must have been 10,000 people on the streets and the queues to get the tender back to some of the ships were enormous and taking up all the pavement. Cuba was the best stop. I have been before but it was better than I remembered. We did a private tour with Fertours. 3 hours tour by convertible classic car to see Revolution and other squares, the neighbourhoods, the forts, Malecon and the army museum and a park. We went back to the ship for dinner then met our guide with driver and a hard-top classic car. We went to the National hotel and had a tour round and a cocktail on the terrace, this was the highlight of my holiday the hotel has so much history and atmosphere. We then went to the 9pm cannon shot ceremony which was much better than it sounds, the fort is amazing and the soldiers are dressed in old-time uniforms. The next day we had a 2 hr waking tour of Havana with our guide which was really nice. We saw 3 or 4 squares, Hemingway places, the Camera Obscura, churches, sculptures and learned a lot about life in Cuba and the difficulties they had when the Soviet Union collapsed. Havana is a lovely city, Highly recommended Cozumel: couldn't berth where supposed to because of the wind. Our tour to Tulum and Xel-Ha was cancelled as no ferries were running. It was Sunday so most of the shops were closed even at the cruise port because of course we weren't supposed to be docked in that place. Too windy to go to the beach so had a taxi tour round town and to nearby Mayan ruins. Cozumel is perhaps not an ideal port of call especially on a Sunday. Somewhere on the mainland would give more opportunities on shore. Overall the cruise was ok, no major disasters fortunately but I wouldn't wholeheartedly recommend this itinerary. Regarding the ship there were enough niggles to make us question the direction Marella is going (downmarket it seems) and to make us disinclined to travel with them again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Do people just go on cruises to moan about things??? Our holiday was perfect from start to finish. The food, the entertainment, the destinations, the excursions, the staff, the cleaners, the ship....everything was perfect! The 2 dancers ... Read More
Do people just go on cruises to moan about things??? Our holiday was perfect from start to finish. The food, the entertainment, the destinations, the excursions, the staff, the cleaners, the ship....everything was perfect! The 2 dancers on board george and alex were lovely, Katie, Harlequin and the young blonde lady who played Tinkerbell in the Peter Pan show were really polite friendly and helpful. The BEEP BEEP man serving drinks at the pool side and in the show lounge is a legend and I think he might have been the most popular attraction on the ship! We tried all the free restaurants...mostly good not perfect but that's the benefit of the buffet....if you don't like it go and pick something else! Over the course of the week I only encountered one person that I didn't find to be friendly and he worked in the Snack shack place, maybe I read him wrong but he didn't seem too willing to pour me a drink and slammed the drink down in front of me after ? Maybe I'm right maybe I'm wrong. Anyway....we loved it so much we have returned home and booked to go again in 2 months time! See you soon Marella Discovery 2! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was a value for money proposition and we were not disappointed in the slightest. Booked our cruise through Sunwing from Toronto, and paid the extra $60 for the premium package. Well worth it, especially if you travel often: ... Read More
This was a value for money proposition and we were not disappointed in the slightest. Booked our cruise through Sunwing from Toronto, and paid the extra $60 for the premium package. Well worth it, especially if you travel often: priority check-in and boarding at both Pearson and Sangster, advance choice of seats, and a $5o future travel certificate. As only one of us really drinks alcohol, the drinks packages on other lines have never been worth it to us. But on the D2, beyond the booze, we were able to enjoy great espresso, cappuccino, and fancy mocktails galore. The all-inclusive drinks package was perfect for us, great beer selection (Peroni, Corona, Guinness etc), Cosmos, Raspberry Collins, Harvey Wallbangers, Stolichnaya vodka, Tanqueray gin...nice enough wines with supper. The food for us was fine, but nothing special. My Beef Wellington on Dress to Impress night was waaay under, and my dessert was forgotten. But the company at our shared table more than made up for it. We had a better experience at the Italian 47'. Another shared table, great conversation, and good food. Our waiter Jayson whipped out his guitar and serenaded our table and a few others nearby. He was spectacular. We also saw him in the crew show, and at breakfast in 47. You won't regret asking to be seated in his section. Islands buffet was busy but fine. Never went hungry. Indoors we chose a table for 2 near the bow windows. Outdoors we got a shady table with a breeze. Snack shack worked for a quick bite, especially when we had an early excursion. We booked Surf&Turf for our anniversary. Attentive service, wonderful ambience and good food/presentation. They did a special centerpiece and provided a surprise anniversary cake for us. Very nice. Glass house was ok but the vibrations got to me. We tried the late-night foods and also had lunch here once while we were sitting on the Verandah (do check out this space if not traveling with kids. Aft deck 9). We enjoyed the onboard entertainment. Paul Greenwood and his guitar were great. The showteam was pretty good, with the gentlemen being superior to the ladies. We saw all the shows and enjoyed. The actor hosts were fun. Katie and Adam were our favourites. We enjoyed playing archery, darts, indoor curling and carpet boules with them, even karaoke and name that tune. The bartenders did not neglect, especially Tijana and Moka in the live room! By day 3 they knew it was coffee time when we popped in mid-afternoon and made us excellent espressos and cappuccinos. And of course Phillip "beep beep no card no charge spread the love" up on deck! Also tried a few topshelf cocktails in Bar11, well worth their £2.50 upcharge. And we never went thirsty in the atrium nor on the Verandah. The deck party with the Caribbean band can't be beat, such a fun night. Dancing in the atrium, playing moonlit minigolf, bandjam, sunsets on the decks outside bar11... all great memories. At Santa Marta we took a cab to Taganga beach and ate at TaCo beach bar. Good food, ok beach, expensive cab (he waited for us so we paid by the hour, but did not negotiate well). Sailing away from Cartegena, keep an eye out for the island castle! Also take time to explore the wildlife area right at the port, lots of toucans and other birds. We did a private tour with Dora the Explorer, highly recommended. In Colon Panama we did a ship tour including a boat on Gatun Lake where we saw wildlife from afar, and the new locks. Also option to do a nature walk at locks, but we watched a huge cargo ship go through. In Costa Rica we just walked around near the Port and saw more wildlife at the park nearby than we did on our organized tours. A momma and baby sloth, three owls, monkeys etc. Nice market, less industrial than the other ports on itinerary. Sunwing guests note you need to transport your luggage between airport and cruiseport, unlike our UK friends. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves immensely and would sail on D2 again in a heartbeat! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Five Stars * * * * * for our 5th cruise with Thomson/Marella and the 2nd time for Pride of Panama. Booked through Sunwing, we flew from Toronto to Montego Bay, just under 4 hours, no time change. Aircraft (737) was a bit cramped but ok ... Read More
Five Stars * * * * * for our 5th cruise with Thomson/Marella and the 2nd time for Pride of Panama. Booked through Sunwing, we flew from Toronto to Montego Bay, just under 4 hours, no time change. Aircraft (737) was a bit cramped but ok for the short flight. Immigration in Jamaica is always a bit unorganized, just take your time, make sure you have a pen. Marella reps were in the terminal to direct us to the buses for transport to the ship. This is about a 30min ride depending on traffic. Driver was entertaining, even explained the meaning of KFC! Boarding the ship was quick, just need to register your credit card, get your cruise cards and tag your baggage. Your baggage once tagged will be taken to the ship and left outside of your cabin. Bunch of locals hanging around wanting to move your luggage looking for tips etc, just ignore them. We were in cabin 6005 near the bow. This is an inside cabin above the entertainment (Venue), we found it to be quiet and all that we needed. I suspect there may be a little more roll/sway near the bow, was not a problem. I always take a(one) Gravol before retiring. Food - Really enjoyed it. Usually ate breakfast and lunch in Islands, dinner in 47. The Dining room(s) is "Any Time Dining", we never had to wait more than a few minutes, when it's busy they have pagers. You have to ask to share a table, we asked and shared every night. Nice to talk to and meet your fellow cruisers and share experiences. If you do not fancy sharing there are more than enough small tables for two. Entertainment - Spectacular! Amazing how 12 people can put on such a wide variety of nightly shows. Also did the backstage tour with Dennis & Emily, interesting and two very nice young entertainers. We are not into sunbathing, inevitable that some folks will be out early reserving there spot. We never had a problem finding a lounge away from the pool area and at times found one near the pool. Lots of places to sit out in the sun or shade. The cruise is all inclusive, we did not observe any alcohol related problems, lines ups etc. We are 1 non and 1 95% non drinker. Ports. We did ship booked tours in Santa Marta, Colon and Puerto Limon. All good except we found the Santa Marta tour interesting but too long, as we prefer ~3hours. Colon was a bus tour on the locks, on on Pacific side, the other on Atlantic side. Puerto Limon was a tour of the Tortuguero Canal, most excellent. Also did out own "walking tours" in Cartagena(cab to town) and Puerto Limon. Leaving. Always sad but inevitable. You have to have your bags packed and outside your room by 2am. You have to vacate your room by 8am. You can leave your hand baggage in Venue and use the rest of the ship. Have breakfast or lunch if time permits. We had to be off by 12 but were called at 11:30 to go to the airport for a 4pm flight. We had booked club MoBay which provide a relaxing soft seat with included drinks and a light lunch. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Where do u start? While searching for a first cruise for my husband and I , I stumbled on marella discovery 2 through Sunwing. We choose Marella mostly because of price point .. all inclusive and the ports for pride of panama. ... Read More
Where do u start? While searching for a first cruise for my husband and I , I stumbled on marella discovery 2 through Sunwing. We choose Marella mostly because of price point .. all inclusive and the ports for pride of panama. Everything lived up to our expectations, had a balcony room mid ship and was great, I loved the tea kettle in room instead of the usual coffee pot! Lots of tea bags, coffee, milk and sugar. We had tea and coffee every morning on the balcony. The food was good never had anything we didn’t like. ( well except for black pudding) I will leave that for the brits. Buffet had something for everyone. The snack shack was my favourite I like the fast food . I had the fish and chips everyday, so good! My husband loved the chicken wings and the burgers. STAFF.. ALL AMAZING!! Never waited for drinks long , served fast everywhere and all so friendly. I work in bar/ restaurant industry so I recognize good service when I see it! I know when they are busy and what drinks are a little more time consuming. I’ve been to many resorts and the staff are great.. but guess what they are they way because they want you to tip them. The staff on Marella are not being nice for that reason, as tips are included. They just like their jobs! I would Seriously say the staff on marella discovery 2 are the best I’ve seen. ENTERTAINMENT.. AWESOME .. this team works so hard to entertain the audience. They are all so talented and we enjoyed the shows so much. I really hope sunwing remains offering this package to us Canadians , we will definitely do another cruise with Marella. Oh and we did really enjoy meeting so many great people. So nice haveing a drink talking and learning about each other’s countries.made for some very interesting conversations. I could go on and on about our trip! Any questions you have , I can try to help Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We had been on the celebration last year and thought it was very good value for money. The itinerary was great for the discovery 2 so thought we would give it a go. The ship is big and newer than the celebration. Impressive when you ... Read More
We had been on the celebration last year and thought it was very good value for money. The itinerary was great for the discovery 2 so thought we would give it a go. The ship is big and newer than the celebration. Impressive when you arrive. Luggage delivered to door of cabin with no issue and in a reasonable time. Everything was clean and tidy (I think the only thing I saw which had a bit of mould on was the showers next to the glasshouse pool). Our cabin was towards the back of the ship on starboard side. Reasonable size. Nice seating area with a sofa and table. Plenty of storage - drawers/shelves etc. The balcony is lovely. 2 chairs and a table. Great for sitting out on. The bathroom is quite small but easy to get around in and plenty of room to shower/use the sink. Quiet as it’s at the back of the ship with no bars above it. No cabins opposite which I’m sure reduces the noise too. In all we loved our cabin and it was very well maintained. Fridge in the room. Tea and coffee making facilities. Water dispenser just up the corridor. Hair dryer (not the greatest). On some nights it got really hot as though the air con wasn’t workings well which sometimes made sleeping a bit difficult. Bed was comfortable though. They have an outdoor pool on deck 9 - it did get full fast with people on the sunloungers. We didn’t go in the pool here. We didn’t spend a lot of time on here other than to listen to the music from the live bands. The glasshouse is a nice relaxing place. The pool is nice and the whirl pools are super warm and relaxing. We had a massage from the spa which was lush (a little bit pricey but reasonable). The gym seemed well equipped - I didn’t use it but did some of the free classes there (you can pay extra for Pilates/yoga class). There are various places to eat. We ate most in 47. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner here when we could! It is waiter service so was a real treat. Breakfast has a spread of breads, fruits, salmon and cereals and then you can chose from omelette, English breakfast, fish, daily specials and pancakes. Lunch was 3 courses - excellent! Wine as well. Dinner had excellent choices. Some meals were better than others. I felt most meals were cold or at least warm - I like my food pipping hot which it wasn’t most of the time. Gallery 47 is above 47 and is an Italian restaurant - they only have 2 menus which they rotate. We went twice and had a great menu on both occasions. We didn’t go to the speciality restaurants as it was booked up but they did look good! Islands the buffet restaurant - they do breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea ans dinner. Good views from here. In general they had a good selection of food. The snack shack had good fish and chips and chicken wings. The sandwiches weren’t that good. The glasshouse has food until 1am - good for a midnight curry or burger! Good selection of drinks on the all inclusive but on celebration had a bigger choice of cocktails. You can upgrade or pay about £2.50 for the premium drinks. We loved drinking in the atrium - comfortable, a great space and good to people watch. Bar 11 is also a good way to begin and/or end a night! There is a lot going on during the day but some of it wasn’t that interesting. They had lectures on metabolism, secrets to a flat stomach and swollen ankles - not my cup of tea. They had regular quizzes and also bingo. The deck parties were good - great songs and bands. They also have a film showing outdoors which is cool. The shows were good - great production team. Some lesser known songs on some shows but done well. There’s also a guess act - we had one of the grumbleweeds on our first week which was fun. We enjoyed the behind the scenes tour of the ship and of the broadway showroom - interesting to see how things work. We enjoyed the actors the most. Their play and entertainment in the evening was excellent. I also totally loved the dance couple - Alex and George. They were so good and did dance classes. We were looked after so well. The staff are fabulous. Always attentive, happy and willing to do anything for you. The cabin steward ensured we were comfortable and would always talk to us - they would try help with anything they could. The same in the restaurant - great service. Everyone said hello to you when passing on the corridor etc. The ports were great - places you wouldn’t think to go. In week one we had quite a lot of time at sea (our overnight Havana stop was cut short) which wasn’t ideal. There was a variety of things to do in each port. We did 2 excursions with TUI - the Panama Canal and jaguar rescue centre in Costa Rica. These trips you couldn’t really do on your own so I’m glad we did get to go on them. A lot of their trips though could be done for less than half the price if you did them yourself. The TUI trips have the added bonus that if you are delayed and miss the time to be back on board then they will wait. We wanted a late check out from our cabin but were told that there were no late check out cabins left. Of course you had to pay a fee but for none to be available seemed quite unreasonable. They didn’t even check which room we were in to see if it was available. I wasn’t impressed with that. The dress to impress nights lacked effort from some people who still felt it ok to dine in shorts. People may well like the fact you’re given a choice and it’s up to you what you wear but for me it’s like going to a formal do at home - everyone dresses up as it adds to the atmosphere and you wouldn’t dream in rocking up with your T-shirt on. For me personally I didn’t like that there was no clear dress code and no effort was made even on formal nights by some. I feel that at times the clientele were a little vulgar - swearing in public, pushing into queues etc. One person described the ship as ‘Benidorm at sea’ which I agreed with at times. We had similar experience on celebration. Don’t get me wrong - most people we spoke to were lovely fascinating people. In all, we felt that the cruise was excellent value for money with a delightful cabin and excellent service. Some parts were not to our liking but in the future we decided to look at other cruise liners to get experience on another companys ship. I’d certainly recommend it for a first time cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Initially we chose this because it seemed like a good deal being a first cruise for thee both of us. We were very pleasantly surprised. The ship is not the newest, best, or the largest and quite frankly I’m glad. Our room was a ... Read More
Initially we chose this because it seemed like a good deal being a first cruise for thee both of us. We were very pleasantly surprised. The ship is not the newest, best, or the largest and quite frankly I’m glad. Our room was a balcony suite, good size and clean. Our room crew were so nice and helpful and that goes for every one of the crew we came across. The bartenders at the Atrium were fabulous and our entertainment there(Paul Greenwood) was very talented. There were more entertainers and all were good, but Paul was my favourite. The buffet was very good with choices for every palate. We did dine at the international and Italian and both of those were excellent. The service at both was impeccable. All the staff seemed to be happy at their jobs and paid attention to detail. We did not do the steak and lobster restaurant as we ran out of nights. We did talk to one person that was not chuffed by the food saying that — cruise line had lobster on the buffet every night and we did respond that I’m sure that cruise was a lot more expensive. Some will complain about anything. I however found absolutely nothing to complain about and will definitely recommend this cruise line to anyone! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Ok if you want an honest review of this amazing ship please continue to read my review. We were on a family holiday (2 x adults aged mid 40's and 1 x 8 yr old), we have done over 10+ cruises previously mainly with P&O so would ... Read More
Ok if you want an honest review of this amazing ship please continue to read my review. We were on a family holiday (2 x adults aged mid 40's and 1 x 8 yr old), we have done over 10+ cruises previously mainly with P&O so would consider ourselves good critics. I started reading the reviews people had written upto 6months before we travelled and started to get quite concerned with what some people were saying.....But how wrong I was! Obviously travelling mainly on P&O we were expecting a certain high standard but considering the same cruise was £3K cheaper than P&O. Embarkation - Ok so you may read reviews of people saying it took forever and long queues,in my opinion it was vey smooth extremely well organised, the thing that holds people up are guests not organising themselves and completing all the embarkation forms before they get in the queue to board the ship because you are the people that hold embarkation up. For us it was a very smooth transition from airport to boat. Room - On arriving on the boat we had already pre-booked our room so had a quick peep before making our way upto top deck. We had booked an inside room which was fine ( a little dated, but immaculately clean, and would say the showers were on the small size) but large comfy bed and loads of storage space. 6 days into the cruise we suddenly discovered a noise coming from the cabin above. Reception were fantastic and promptly came to see were it was coming from. Unable to resolve we were offered a new room which was an outside window cabin (2568) which was lovely with a bigger bathroom. The whole process was dealt with quickly and promptly and the bedroom attendants moved all my luggage across, fantastic service. Dining - We tried all of the restaurants on the ship and all very good with a good mix of food available. Breakfast: I did read one recent comment on here that there was not enough options at breakfast, well if cereals, fresh fruit bar, yoghurts, omelette station, a speciality breakfast each day (ie scambled egg and smoked salmon on a bagel), usual fried breakfast options, danishes, meats, cheeses and smoothies isn't enough options then what the hell else do you eat for breakfast...seriously! We tended to eat breakfast in Gallery 47 as like table service but the Islands buffet is fine aswell. Please note they have different opening times dependant on at sea or not. Lunch: Mainly used the Islands buffet always had a massive salad bar available aswell as other hot options and always a large joint on the cavery station so some lovely meat with salad was perfect for us. You do alos have the gallery option and snack shack which if you wanted something quick the chicken wings were lovely and crispy aswell as the fish (but were a bit to battery for me). They also do a lovely selection of salads and sandwiches for you to snack on from 12-3. Dinner: We tended to use Gallery 47 and the 47 degress which were both very good. Food was lovely and hot and good quality. We did also try Kora La, Surf and Turf and the Sushi which were all exception. Please do book promptly to get into these as get very busy plus there is a small surcharge on the food of around £22pp. Overall the food was very good, no sickness and good variety. On some of the other ships they have to much variety were on this ship they got a good balance of choice. Entertainment: For a mid 40's aged couple this cruise suited us perfectly. One thing we were not always keen on were the formal nights, on this cruise they only do one a week and its not compulsory to get dressed up and if your not its fine. To me and my husband wearing a ballgown and dinnersuit in 30 degree heat is not fun! The bands and solo acts that were on board were of an excellent standard, the shows were fantastic and covered such a broad range of shows from "Cats" to "The Full Monty" which were all brilliant. Live lounge is a great central hub were a lot of people go for pre-drinks before dinner and sometimes we would have a lively band on then the piano player would come on and kill the atmosphere slightly with his very mellow music, I think if he uped the tempo it would bring a lot more people to this bar especially with the casino to the side of it aswell. Entertainment team on deck: All I have to say is "No Card no charge!"...our amazing Philip spreading the love and sunshine really brought such energy to the top deck he is worth his weight in gold, all the other bar attenders on deck were equally as attentive and lovely. Afternoon trivia and games were good...only thing is maybe a bit more passenger interaction in physically getting them involved in the games etc would make it even better in my opinion. Some of the jokes said can also get a bit repetitive but all round fine. Caribbean party night on top deck the day before we came home was the best...shame they didn't do more of those types of nights! Kids Club: My 8yr old was asking to go into the club during the day and night thoroughly enjoyed himself which then gave mummy and daddy some quality relaxation time. Rock climbing wall, xbox room, virtual reality room and golf were all great. Service: The standard of service delivered on this boat is fantastic, cannot fault it at all, the boat is kept immaculate, never had to wait for drinks long, all round excellent. Ports and Excursions - My top tips: Grand Cayman - Got to be a visit to seven mile beach, a local taxi will take you there and is around 10 mins away from ship. Try the jerk chicken from one of the small caravans and pitches at the back of the beach were it is all cooked on the BBQ and tastes amazing. Havana (Cuba) - Was not as pretty as I was expecting but still did our own private Cadillac tour of the city old and new. We used "Mela's Havana Drive" on Facebook, lovely girl who charged 50 CUC an hour for the tour. We did two hours and then asked to be dropped in Hemingways bar for a cuban drink and music. Due to over 18yrs only were unable to go to the Cuban show that the boat organised but everyone said it was fantastic. Cozumel (Mexico) - We arrived on a Sunday and a lot of the beach bars were shut apart from Paradise Beach Club which was 15 mins by taxi and had inflatables in the water for kids and a fantastic beach and pool available to use for a small fee. If you also want food try the chicken burritos and chicken caesar salad....(to die for!!!) To top of an amazing day the ship organised for a Mexican band to come on board for an 1.5hr set which was amazing followed by a Mexican BBQ on top deck. Montego Bay - Jamacia - To hungover from night before so didn't get off!! Colombia Santa Marta - My husband had hurts his foot before we came away so didn't get to explore that much but in the old town visit the old chapel its stunning a very old town but very pretty. Also if you walk of there is a little small zoo you walk through and see lots of local animals. Colombia - Cartagena - Booked the boogie bus tour through the ship which was a great fun way to see more of Colombia whilst drinking Rum! Panama - Were you dock there is nothing there so best to grad a tour and go exploring, or as we did go and buy a Panama hat! Costa Rica - Beautiful and pretty again just get of the ship and get a local tour to rainforests, quiet beaches etc. Well all in all we loved it, one f the best cruises we have done and loved it so much we have booked to go back and do it all again next year with all our friends. If you want a relaxed family cruise, good entertainment then go ahead book. Marella Discovery 2...we will be back in December see you all then! x Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was over Christmas 2018 & New Year, from Jamaica with stops to Belize, Guatemala, Roatan and Mexico. Upon arrival at the cruise ship terminal in Jamaica, we found out there was a mix up with a lot of the Sunwing bookings. There ... Read More
This was over Christmas 2018 & New Year, from Jamaica with stops to Belize, Guatemala, Roatan and Mexico. Upon arrival at the cruise ship terminal in Jamaica, we found out there was a mix up with a lot of the Sunwing bookings. There was no room reservation for us, there must have been over 50 of us who had to wait to get rooms. We waited over 4 hours, and some waited much longer. At least they let us on the ship and had us waiting in a room instead of the terminal. Except the room they had us waiting is not big enough to hold all of us. The alcohol was flowing, I'm sure the drinkers appreciated it but we needed real food. All they had was some stale cookies and nuts. After we finally got our rooms which was not the ones we paid for we head down to Gallery 47 in the hope to sit down for dinner, only to be told the next sitting was at 9:00 and we needed some kind of invitation which we did not have. Anyway, the head waiter Jomar was kind enough to reserve us a table for 9:00 sitting (Thanks Jomar). In the meantime we thought we'll check out the buffet at The Islands to snack a bit but we couldn't find anything decent to eat there. The buffet was pretty disappointing. Sadly the 1st meal at Gallery 47 was not much better. I was thinking maybe I was just too exhausted and disappointed with our rooms to appreciate the meal. In summary, the food at Marella Discovery2 is mediocre. The Islands buffet did not get any better. Same spread every single morning, it got pretty tiring. For a ship with mostly Brits on board the fish and chips at Snack Shack was very disappointing. My daughter and niece had a bite of the burger and gave up on it. The wings and fries were good but you can only eat so much wings. We ate once at 47 Degree (Italian), it took over 2 hours for the whole meal which was also mediocre. The rest of the dinner were all at Gallery 47, it wasn't bad, but really have lots of room for improvement.. I didn't want to risk paying extra for the other restaurants, as I was afraid it'll be mediocre as well. Overall the food was quite disappointing. Us Canadians, are blessed to be so close to the Caribbean and have plenty of options including All Inclusive Resorts, with Cuba being the least expensive of all. It is a common tag line to see "you don't go to Cuba for food". Food in Cuba would have scored a 5 star in comparison to Marella D2 Exotic Explorer's food. All the cruises and resorts I have done I would say I would re do, except I don't, only because there are so many to try and experience. Marella Discovery 2 is the first one to NOT do again. Cabins #7119 & #7121 were not good cabins, we felt all the vibrations and ship's swaying and a very long walk from the center of the ship. #7121's AC did not work properly even after it was checked and supposedly fix. There is also a sewer smell that comes and go. Probably caused by the toilet flooding from the cabin across from us. Very thankful though that we did not have that problem, as they were never moved to another room. Room attendants were very good, they kept the rooms clean and always with fresh towels. Thanks Gogo. The itinerary was good. Excursions we did were all great, which I booked privately. All Inclusive drinks were plentiful, good and not water down. Entertainment was also good. Well, this is my take. Having said all that we still had an awesome time. Read Less
Marella Discovery 2 Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.6
Family 3.5 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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