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Marella Discovery

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Passengers: 1,830   |   Crew: 753
Passengers to crew: 2.43:1
Launched: 1996   

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Cabin size: 139 - 172 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 50
Accessible rooms: 0
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 270
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kerry A wrote a review 11 Oct
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom142 contributions122 helpful votes
Cruised with tui a number of times. Ship holds 2200 and we had 880 on bard due to covid restrictions. It was fabulous. Staff are soo happy to see you after lockdown and we paid 602 each for a week in the Greek island all inclusive which is a bargin compared to other cruise lines. We like a smaller ship so this was bigger than the dream or celebration but as reduced runners it was fab. Not sure how it would be fully booked but for now it’s great!
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Julie R wrote a review 9 Oct
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Fabulous from start to finish. Covid procedures were excellent, test before we flew, necessary for a Tui cruise, not necessary to fly. Tested again at port, tested midweek by Tui. Temperature checks daily via a quick machine reading. Entertainment fabulous, West end style shows plus games in Sqid and Anchor. Some really good musicians aboard including two great guitarists/singers and two groups. We didn't bother to upgrade the drinks package and we found the included all inclusive package was sufficient for us. My hubby had a couple of Strongbow Dark Fruit ciders which we paid for. Food on the whole really good, disappointed Tui have discontinued the steak on a stone in the glass house, the steak kebabs were nowhere near as good. We booked an outside cabin , previously had a balcony cabin but found we never used it as alway out on deck or in a show. Only really used the cabin for sleeping and showering. Spotlessly clean! Itinerary was wonderful, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Zante ...but couldn't dock in Zante due to thunderstorms, so Captain Chris took us to a little fishing port Githios instead, which was very pretty. My personal favourite was Santorini, rise up the cable car to a wonderful view. Great cruise, good value, well done Tui!
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123Eliz123 wrote a review 9 Oct
Warrington, United Kingdom4 contributions8 helpful votes
Aegean Shores Cruise 1 – 8th October 2021 Before l review the cruise l thought l’d go through the process of the forms filling and testing. We booked out tests through Chronomics and the service was excellent. As soon as we booked the tests they provided the reference number you need for both the Greece plf and the UK entry PLF. For the Greece form l filled this in two weeks before departure, all people in your party are added to the one form. As soon as l pressed submit, it was emailed to me instantly. The next process was the Antigen test required by the ship, submitted not before 9pm prior to departure. Talking to passengers they found this the most stressful and l’m not sure why it has to be after 9pm. However once you log on to register the kit the instructions are easy to follow and again as soon as I pressed submit, I instantly received a link to access the negative confirmation form. But this could have been carried out earlier in the day and therefore less stressful. On arrival at the ship, we were tested and again midway though. Each day you have your temperature tested at machines located on deck 4. If you fail to do this by 4pm your card is blocked and you are contacted by reception. The next form to complete is the UK plf, completed no less than 48 hours before returning to the uk. There was guidance on one of the ships tv channels and plenty of cruise staff to help. For anyone nervous about the process, another alternative is to leave all your details with a relative / friend who can complete it for you and then email you the completed form. At Corfu airport you needed to show your double vaccinated certificate along with the UK plf. Some people were having difficulties bringing the form up on their phone. l’m sure if the ship offered to print the forms at a cost a lot of people would have taken this offer up The final step is the 2 day PCR test taken once you get home. This can be returned either to a TUI shop or posted. Onto the cruise. The ship was at 50% capacity so very covid safe. Masks had to worn when walking around inside the ship and when queuing up outside at the bar. The staff wore masks at all times. On the decks more waiters were required so this would have saved passengers having to queue. Food. The buffet was in operation with staff putting the food on the plate, l hope this continues. There are so many places to eat and the standard was very high. The lunch time fish and chips were amazing! And the afternoon tea lovely. The Glass House turns into a lovely restaurant in the evening, with antipasti sharing boards and tapas choices, all superb. We visited the Surf & Turf one night (£28.95 pp) and the food was outstanding. Entertainment. The 4 tunes were excellent and the Collection okay but instead of doing short 45 minute sessions l would have liked there to have been one venue where lively entertainment was on all evening, instead of a good group followed by slow piano or guitar music. I’m sure the passengers who like slow back ground music would also prefer this. The saxophone player on the deck was amazing and we would have loved to hear more of this. Air conditioning. The air-conditioning was set too low with people wearing sweatshirts coats and even scarves. So bring something warm to wear in the evening. Everything has gone digital and this even includes accessing the menus. My phone wouldn’t connect to the ships ‘navigation’ website so I had to ask for a paper menus which were readily available. The destinations were excellent and everything was so close so the only trip we went on was to Athens (8km from the ship) The trip was for 4 hours and gave us 2 hours free time to explore. The tour guide Chrisest, was very informative and it was certainly worth the £48pp. We were due to call at Zante but due to bad weather this was changed to Gythion. This is a lovely place and should definitely be included on future cruises. Thank you Captain Chris! Apart from all the excellent things listed above, the staff are Marella’s biggest asset and they bring repeat passengers back time and time again. Thank you all for an amazing cruise and we can’t wait to be back again.
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phizbec wrote a review 2 Oct
Uk31 contributions13 helpful votes
Just back from a wonderful week cruising around the Greek islands. Itinerary so enjoyable with great stops. Food great ( except for personal disappointment with such small selection of gluten free food at breakfast/ afternoon tea especially, but also sadly, in general. Yes, gf rolls available at all times- but became so fed up with the little bread rolls, and sooo longed for some sweet croissants/pastries. At tea time- tiny, hard scones with one or two gf sandwiches and the odd gf piece of cake. Come on- you could do so much better.) The crew are akin to a large, close and supportive family, they cannot do enough for you and are all so delighted to be back together after so long without passengers. The evening shows in the theatre are totally incredible, so professional with a cast that would not be out of place on the west end and some of the costumes held a total “wow factor”. Ship not yet running to full capacity, great when looking for seats etc and during theatre performances when directed to spaced out seats by the hosts - but sadly, also means that Marella are only making a reduced capacity profit, let’s hope for full cruising soon. Top marks for all Covid safety measures, tests the night before, tests on arrival at port, half way through week and 2 days before return. Daily temperature checks via little stand up machines, masks at all times when inside and even mid week cabin fumigation. Another liner we were following had minimal measures and were very impressed by ours. The day before return, passengers did find the uploading of tests and the completion of the Passenger locator forms tricky and some spent a very stressed couple of hours sorting it all out - which somewhat took the shine off their last day on board. Others, however, were lucky enough to sail through the test, uploading of pic and the pl forms, just as well as the reception queue grew by the minute! (Luckily, the return tests will no longer be a requirement due to easing of restrictions.) A special locator form help session was put on to ensure guests were able to complete their forms - indeed, over a dozen crew members gave up their free time to volunteer at this session to help out - this further illustrates the passion of the wonderful crew, under the wing of the fantastic and humorous Captain Chris. Thank you Discovery for a memorable and relaxing cruise and look forward to seeing you soon.
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sthippolytus wrote a review Sep 2021
Halesowen, United Kingdom10 contributions7 helpful votes
Just getting ready to disembark the ship later today. We booked this cruise just over a week before departure after weighing up various options. We have cruised with various other cruise lines but this was the first with TUI. The ship itself is a little older than previous ships we have sailed on but it is kept clean and tidy although there are a few areas showing a bit of age but nothing to bad. The ship is smaller than the newer ships which we liked. What made the cruise so good was the staff. They were excellent from the top with El Capitano Chris giving his humerus updates to our cabin steward Patrick and his team. The entertainment was also very good. The poolside afternoon entertainment was particularly enjoyable. The only issue which wasn’t the crews fault was the completion of all the forms to return home. There were plenty of staff volunteering to help. Again it is different with all the pre COVID testing you have to do which continues whilst you are on board along with mask wearing when indoors. Yes this was a bit of a pain but if it means that cruising is back to stay it seems a small price to pay. All in all though we had a great time met some lovely people and looking to book another cruise with TUI later in the year. Some seasoned cruisers are stuck in their ways cruising with only one cruise line and dismissing others. I would recommend this cruise to anyone. The value for money was excellent. All the food was plentiful and tasty and the drinks available are excellent. It is worth paying for the premium upgrade.
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