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    Gardening, trout fishing
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    Thomson/Costa
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  1. Sorry but no experience of a single, ours was a double and we loved the smaller ship atmosphere. If you go to Tui's Cruise planner, no obligation to buy and it will give you all prices and options :- https://www.tui.co.uk/cruise/?im_id=PPC&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9MK4tcj_3gIVSOh3Ch3AvQGKEAAYASAAEgJNFvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Not sure when/where you're thinking of going but I selected : Jan 5th '20, single cabin, any airport and it did confirm that the singles were on Deck 2 and the difference between Inside and outside cabins was £50 (about £7 per night). However, better value is to reserve a cabin for a one-off payment of £48. Make a note of the good cabins mentioned above (714 and 718) and also the bad ones and phone 0203 4512682 in office hours. The TUI operator will know exactly which cabins are the quiet ones. Well worth the £48 in my humble opinion.
  2. We were on Discovery in March/April and the following page (halfway down) is an accurate list of the freebie drinks available :- https://www.cruisedeals.co.uk/cruise-hub/during-your-cruise/marella-cruises-bar-guide-and-all-inclusive-drinks-packages There are also self-service beer and wine pumps in the main Buffet, lunchtime and supper. The beer was pretty good (Speckled Hen or Fosters) and the wines were also very drinkable. Worth noting - our cabin stewards on Dicovery and Discovery 2, was more than happy to supply a daily ice bucket foc. Ask for the one that fits inside the fridge. My cure for insomnia - ice cubes, slug of breakfast orange/pineapple plus a large white rum. I splashed out on a litre of Bicardi (£10) from the Duty Free Shop. I could have gone to one of the bars for a freebie but for the sake of a tenner ....
  3. We'll be on the following cruise and arriving at Lankawi on the 28th March. Boat also leaves at 4pm so have decided to book thru' Marella at £38 per person. They advertise a 4 hour trip but will replace by visit to Underwater World in the event of bad weather. Not sure on the cost of a taxi but if you leave after breakfast, there should be bags of time - in theory 🙂
  4. My memory has always been bad but has got worse since retirement. Fortunately my wife remembered that irons and hair curlers etc on Disco 1 and 2 were once banned. However, since the refurbishments in 2015, a lot of new safety features were added. You remember the boarding passes you get when you embark? I believe they have a bar code and you can use them for purchasing drinks and eats (if you wish to stray from the freebie stuff). It also allows you to enter your cabin. As you enter there's a slot in the wall. You shove your boarding pass into it and the room lights etc, switches on. When you EXIT the room, the last person removes the boarding card from the slot and EVERYTHING switches off. It's obviously best practice to curl and iron just before leaving for a meal, rather than just before bedtime 🙂
  5. We were on Discovery 2 about 13 months ago and there was no iron or board on her. I believe she is an identical sister ship. My wife bought a Hinari travel iron at £9 from Argos and it worked really well. The Disco 2 cabin staff made no objection to it's use. It's light at 0.7 kg. Must remember to pack it for the 20th March trip. Talking of March, I see Tui's online cruise bookings site has no more March sailings for Asia. Guess the publicity about her earlier technical difficulties, didn't impact too much on sales.
  6. At the top of this page click Community Help Centre / FAQ Members Reviews/Any Ship/ Marella Discovery from drop=down menu / Find Ship / View all 446 Marella Discovery Reviews. No need to look at them all, just those from say, December. Problem is, a lot of these Cruises 'Overlap' so you need to look at Enchanting Far East, Colours of the Far East, Secrets of Asia in addition to Enchanting Far East, in order to get info on excursions. For example Lynne 1969 mentions Langkawi, Penang and Singapore. Debos likes the mangroves and bat caves of Langawi. You'll see negative and 5 star reviews. It's worth dipping in and out of members Reviews between now and departure as new members reviews come in. Also Trip Adviser mentioned by Cuisign, is a mine of information.
  7. At the top of this page click Community Help Centre / FAQ Members Reviews/Any Ship/ Marella Discovery from drop=down menu / Find Ship / View all 446 Marella Discovery Reviews. No need to look at them all, just those from say, December. Problem is, a lot of these Cruises 'Overlap' so you need to look at Enchanting Far East, Colours of the Far East, Secrets of Asia in addition to Enchanting Far East, in order to get info on excursions. For example Lynne 1969 mentions Langkawi, Penang and Singapore. Debos likes the mangroves and bat caves of Langawi. You'll see negative and 5 star reviews. It's worth dipping in and out of members Reviews between now and departure as new members reviews come in. Also Trip Adviser mentioned by Cuisign, is a mine of information.
  8. There people with positive first hand experience, this one is from sunshinegirl, she was on Discovery at Xmas at the same time as the person in Cuisign's Tripadviser post above. It's a long post, so you will need to look at it in full, as it deals with negatives about airports, visas, tuk-tuk drivers etc, hence only 3 circles out of 5 but it does mention yor excursions to Singapore and Bankok, this is an extract ;- "We changed for dinner, we’d chosen the middle sitting so ate at 6, the food was excellent and it felt christmassey to me, we had crackers and although I chose scallops rather than turkey I had Christmas pud and enjoyed every bit of what I ate. We visited Singapore, fabulous, waking up there was just out of this world. We did the sea air and road trip and the Singapore flyer was the highlight of my day, you could see everything for miles around. Also I saw the orchid collection, not my other half’s choice but just stunningly beautiful and even he said it was pretty. Interesting loos tho, don’t wear trousers, too tricky. After that we visited 3 places in Thailand and more of Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur and a trip up the KL Tower and to visit the Petronas Towers. Well worth seeing both. Thailand was beaches and Bangkok, both good, chaweng beach is a trip worth making but we did a trip and I think I’d have preferred to make our own way there and back and have longer, my other half liked the beer and we have several pics of him in various places in Thailand drinking different beers. Mine are good, baby octopus and just gorgeous gorgeous food. Our final trip to Bangkok was my only disappointment, we set of mega early and it was 2 hours away, that was fine, when we got there we were dropped at a huge shopping center and told that it was an hour and a half each way to see anything anyone wanted to see, not cos it was overly far but cos it was gridlocked traffic wise. We went on the sky train to the river and took a river boat trip for an hour and a half, not organised just under our own steam, we saw plenty but nothing at the same time if you know what I mean, I’m glad I went and I enjoyed the river, it was manically busy and we saw the back of huge impressive temples and how people lived, but there wasn’t time for more. The nature of the beast I think, one day in that sort of traffic. We set off back as we were told getting back may take longer than expected and found the skytrain easy enough, not clear signs but I just asked with a map and people were helpful, pointing which platform and which stop. We got back with two hours to kill as the journey was not long and just wandered around quite mundane shops killing time. Not a good trip but maybe that was down to us. That was out last day on board and the cruise director had organised the ladyboys of Bangkok to visit the ship and put on a show. That more than made up for a bit of a let down in the city itself. If I were going again I’d do more research before I went, particularly in Bangkok, a missed opportunity I think. But not a complete flop, the boat was bonkers, a cross between a formula one car and a tractor, driven by a maniac, loud, fast, like a rollercoaster ride on water, good fun. And we did the sky equivalent of the London Underground with no language skills and didn’t get lost. I had a fabulous holiday, saw places I’ve never seen before and was entertained, well fed and felt looked after, the cabin was comfortable and bigger than I expected. But the thing I’ll remember most about the ship is the friendliness of the staff, in 15 days I didn’t pass a single member of the ships staff who didn’t make eye contact and smile, most spoke but no one, not one of them, looked anything other than chuffed to death to smile at me. It was lovely, not always quite me, but lovely non the less. "
  9. The closest information in my TUI catalogue regarding immunisation, simply states "speak to your doctor at least 2 months before you're due to go away ..." Somewhere else it mentions making sure your insurance covers medical care and repatriation. Here's an NHS handy link, you'll need to disable cookies to get it to function properly :- https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations#asia-east
  10. We've cruised with Costa, P & O and 3 Marella ships and have found the customer care, food and entertainment excellent. I would say food-wise that P & O and Mareella may hve the edge over Costa. In fact the food on Marella ship's buffet and complimentary waiter service has been so good that we haven't bothered with the posh selective restaurants in the past. Last year on Disco2 for three weeks, we promised ourselves a visit to Surf & Turf and never got round to it. We'll be on the Discovery Secrets of Asia trip on 21st March, so will def give S & T a try. I'm finding the trip adviser poster's comment about "chainsaw needed to cut the meat" a bit OTT. The poster also stated that due to c.card probs he/she was denied food and drink by Marella? A bit odd as food is included in the package and drink-wise, the All-Inclusive Drinks Package caters for this. The poster also mentioned that Premium Drinks Package was "frequently promoted". Last year when cruisers on Discovery 2 ordered champagne or vintage spirits or specialist lagars, they were politely told by the barman that these were not included in the 'all exclusive package' and the price was xX£s. I surprised that nobody else on the December Enchanting Far East trip has talked about the "2.5 hours, 2 hours and 1.5 hours wait for tenders over 2 days. I'm aware that Trip Adviser, who also sell excursions, may feel that cruise lines have an unfair advantage competition-wise but let's hope the haven't published on the evidence of just one complaint from 2000 passengers.
  11. That's good news, 20 knots suggest a full recovery. These boats are really worked hard. My Tui catalogue (not the most up-to-date) runs from Nov '17 to the end of April 2019. The only gap I can see in her busy schedule, is 20 days in Oct/Nov '18, where dry-docking was possible. That's just 3 weeks in 18 months of cruising. Anyway, we'll be on her for 2 weeks from 21st March. Looking forward to it 🙂
  12. Nope looks like she'll be on time or perhaps slightly ahead of schedule as marinetraffic is giving GOA ETA as tomorrow at 7am local. That's a big relief.
  13. Just looked at marinetraffic.com which confirms Vitalsign's and howmuch's post, that Discovery is on her way to India. She's picked up speed to 17.1 knots which (according to marinetraffic) is close to her maximum. Maybe the electrics have been fixed?, so fingers crossed. They have her destination as Mormugao (Goa) with an ETA of 8am (local) on Tuesday 11th Jan. Vitalsign's comment ref her late departure from Dubai, would explain why the first stop at Mumbai has been skipped. Things are looking up.
  14. I'm an Occasional Smoker. Not very heavy but sufficient to off-set hunger pangs immediately after 1st course. I put on 2 KG after a 3 week cruise 10 years ago !!! As a smoker, I'm fully aware that my smoke and that of fellow smokers, often drifts beyond the boundaries of the smokers' zone. Once I rebuffed a complaint with "Why don't you choose a non-smoking ship?" Oops, this was a big mistake, his reply was :- "Approx 81% of the adult population in the UK, USA and Australia are non-smokers" source Wikipedia he said "Out of the 44 cruise ship companies with 263 ships, not one ship supports a strict No Smoking policy" - ouch that hurt. He maybe wrong there, a quick google suggests there may be a couple of river cruise ships which offer non smoking facilities. Anyway here's an opportunity to express your opinions For or Against. It would be nice if one day there was just one ship (SS Pipedream) with a no smoking policy. As a smoker, I'd feel slightly less guilty.
  15. Given a choice between 2 similar cruises :- Ship A has a strict no smoking anywhere policy Ship B has designated outdoor smoking areas Would you choose A or B or none of the above ?
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