Marella Discovery

Marella Cruises

Marella Discovery is a small-medium sized cruise ship by today’s standards, and started her life as Splendour of the Seas with Royal Caribbean. Marella Discovery offers a much livelier way of cruising compared to Explorer, Explorer 2 and Voyager. Deck parties are a regular occurrence, as are game shows and karaoke in the many bars and lounges onboard. Marella Discovery is also a very glitzy and smart looking ship on the inside – featuring an atrium with glass lifts, a beautiful solarium pool with retractable roof and fantastic speciality restaurants such as Kora La and Surf & Turf. Marella Discovery is definitely a ship we’d be keen to try again in the future!

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The Score Card.

Ship Interior

How wowed were we by the ship interior?

Ship Exterior

How striking is the exterior design of the ship?


How well maintained is the ship? Any rust? Any sign of damage?

Glitz & Glamour

How striking is the ship interior? Does it feel palatial?

WOW Factors

Wow facilities - such as bumper cars, ice rinks, luxury spas, sanctuaries etc


How friendly and efficient was service?

Cabin Amenities

How well appointed is the cabin? Interactive TV, sufficient plug sockets?

Cabin Service

How efficient was the cabin service?

Cabin Comfort

How comfortable was the bed?

Shop Variety

How large was the variety of shops onboard?

Shop Prices

How fair is the onboard pricing in the shops?

Drink Prices

How fair is onboard pricing when it comes to beverages?

Main Dining

How impressed were we with Main Dining?

Alfresco Dining

How many alfresco dining options were there onboard?

Speciality Variety

Variety of speciality restaurants onboard

Speciality Quality

Quality and standards of cuisine in the speciality dining venues

Speciality Prices

How fair were the prices of speciality restaurants?

Buffet Choice

How big was variety in the buffet restaurant onboard?

Buffet Quality

How impressed were we with the quality of food in the buffet?


Choices for vegetarians, vegans and other dietary issues?

Overall Dining

Overall variety of dining options onboard


How good was the variety and standard of entertainment onboard?

Pools & Hot Tubs

Variety and amount of pools and hot tubs onboard

Poolside Area

How well maintained were the poolside areas onboard?

Fitness Centre

How impressed were we with the gym and fitness area onboard?

Deck Furniture

Condition and variety of different deck furniture

Extra Activities

Mini Golf, Sports Court, Golf Simulator and other venues of that type


Sufficient amount of lifts? Average wait times?


Variety on sale, cost and standard of excursions sold

Spa Treatments

How fairly priced were spa treatments and products?

WiFi Cost

How fairly priced was WiFi onboard?


Were we kept informed by the bridge of developments and progress?


How impressive was the spa? Hydrotherapy pool, thermal suite?

WiFi Quality

How fast or slow was the ship's internet?


Children's facilities onboard

The App

Was there an app to improve a customers experience? Did it function well?


How smooth and fast was the embarkation process?


How smooth and fast was the disembarkation process?

Interactive TV

Was there an interactive TV in the cabins? How good was it?

Deck Freedom

Did the ship have a promenade? Could you walk to the front of the ship?


How easy is it to get a towel by the pool? Was there a towel station?

Value For Money

Overall value for money, considering all factors.

*A score of 0 means that this facility was not offered. Scores are generated by comparing to experiences with other cruise ships and cruise lines. These scores are based on our own opinion. The Cruise Ship Score is generated from The Score Card.

Cruise Ship Score


Cruise Ship Score


Ship Name: Marella Discovery
Operator: Marella
Port of Registry: Valletta, Malta
Cost: $280,000,000
Launched: June 1995
Tonnage: 69,130 GT
Length: 264m
Beam: 32m
Height: 50m
Passenger Decks: 10
Speed: 24 knots
Max Passengers: 2,074
Crew: 760
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1:3.7

Marella Cruises is a British cruise line operated by TUI UK, offering cruise holidays around Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. Marella Cruises is a budget cruise line, targeted at the British holidaymakers who tend to book package holidays. Marella cruise ships offer inclusive cruise fares which includes flights, transfers, tips, drinks and food at a variety of onboard dining venues.

Best Suited For

  • Families
  • Those on a budget
  • Those that don't mind queues and crowds
  • Those seeking adult only cruise ships (Marella Explorer 2 only)
  • Cruisers who don’t like having to pay for much onboard
  • Those who prefer cruising with fellow Brits

Not Suited For

  • Cruisers seeking premium service and dining
  • Those who hate queues and crowds
  • For those seeking a relaxing cruise
  • Those that don't appreciate lots of children when on holiday
  • Cruisers that don't like having to pay for speciality restaurants to enjoy decent quality cuisine