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Went on the Enchanting Far East Cruise We were sold the cruise as an ‘All inclusive’ package but found that we were limited as to what we could drink and where we could eat. Having talked to other passengers about this we were told that even had we paid £100 per person for the ‘premium’ package we would still have had to pay a nominal amount for ‘premium’ drinks and would still have to pay for the speciality restaurants. This is not what we expect from an ‘All inclusive’ package. Once aboard the ship we tried most of the restaurants, including the so-called Italian restaurant which appears to be Italian in name only. Overall the food was average at most. Apart from Lankawi, Singapore and the ports where a tender was required we berthed in what can only be described as industrial freight ports which were miles from any towns {we can only surmise that this was for cheaper port tax}. This meant that it was pointless trying to see places like Ho Chi Min City which was 80 miles from the port. We were told by thr agent that we needed cash for a Cambodia visa only to be told onboard that the fee would be taken from our account even if you didn't get off the ship! We considered taking the excursions but after talking to passengers who had done so did not bother as they all said they didn’t have time to see everything on the printed itinerary due to the time taken to travel to and from the destinations. On our last day we were informed that we had to leave our main cases outside our cabin by 2:00am and had to vacate our cabin at 8:00am. As our transfer to the airport wasn’t until 3:00pm this meant we had a 7 hour wait. We were also informed that there were 8 cabins available for 3 hours for the whole flight (300+ people) to freshen up in which calculates to just over 4 minutes per person!!

Not very enchanting

Marella Discovery Cruise Review by RayMH

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Asia
Went on the Enchanting Far East Cruise

We were sold the cruise as an ‘All inclusive’ package but found that we were limited as to what we could drink and where we could eat. Having talked to other passengers about this we were told that even had we paid £100 per person for the ‘premium’ package we would still have had to pay a nominal amount for ‘premium’ drinks and would still have to pay for the speciality restaurants. This is not what we expect from an ‘All inclusive’ package.

Once aboard the ship we tried most of the restaurants, including the so-called Italian restaurant which appears to be Italian in name only. Overall the food was average at most.

Apart from Lankawi, Singapore and the ports where a tender was required we berthed in what can only be described as industrial freight ports which were miles from any towns {we can only surmise that this was for cheaper port tax}. This meant that it was pointless trying to see places like Ho Chi Min City which was 80 miles from the port. We were told by thr agent that we needed cash for a Cambodia visa only to be told onboard that the fee would be taken from our account even if you didn't get off the ship!

We considered taking the excursions but after talking to passengers who had done so did not bother as they all said they didn’t have time to see everything on the printed itinerary due to the time taken to travel to and from the destinations.

On our last day we were informed that we had to leave our main cases outside our cabin by 2:00am and had to vacate our cabin at 8:00am. As our transfer to the airport wasn’t until 3:00pm this meant we had a 7 hour wait. We were also informed that there were 8 cabins available for 3 hours for the whole flight (300+ people) to freshen up in which calculates to just over 4 minutes per person!!
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Cabin 2574
Decent size for what it was