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Marella Discovery and Discovery 2: Family-friendly Cruises, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean

Family on-board Marella Discovery cruise ship.Family on-board Marella Discovery cruise ship.
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Cruising is a fantastic form of family holiday and a great way to see a variety of locations within a short period while enjoying on-board facilities and activities. Time at sea with the well-loved family holiday operator TUI's Marella Cruises aboard the Marella Discovery, a relatively new cruise ship, comes in the form of 19 different itineraries, or which there are a handful that are particularly suitable for families.

Launched in 2016, Marella Discovery offers a range of air-conditioned cabins sleeping up to seven, plenty of child-friendly spaces on board, including a bar with family shows and entertainment, places to eat to satisfy all tastes, games rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and a climbing wall where you can enjoy some of the best views around. In addition, there is a kids' club for ages 3-11 years, a teen hangout and a baby centre where the littlest of guests can play and eat.

There are options on each itinerary to book on-shore excursions and explore the ports and cities that your cruise stops at. You can choose a cruise where you can experience the Fjords and Northern Lights, or explore some of the great cities and places of interest around eastern and western Europe and the Med. On-shore excursions can be reserved at the time of booking or on-board at any point in your holiday. And if you want to stay longer and explore your boarding location, Marella Cruises can arrange Cruise & Stay options.

Currently, all cruise itineraries with Marella Discovery are all-inclusive, meaning many of the activities, services and facilities on-board are included in your holiday price. And now, even more family-friendly itineraries are available with the recent launch of Marella Discovery 2; a larger ship with even more to choose from, including some fabulous itineraries to explore the Caribbean on fly-cruise options.

What to Expect:
  • Wi-Fi
  • 7 days
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Cruise
  • Family rooms
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for toddlers
  • Indoor play
  • Indoor pool
  • Kids' club
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool

Childcare

Kids' Club (3-11 years; arts and crafts, games, movie nights; free of charge).

Accommodation

Executive Suites sleep 4 in a queen-size bed and queen-size sofa bed in separate living area, with private balcony. Premier Service included. Available on Deck 8.

Family Suites sleep 7 in two bedrooms (1 with double or twin beds and 1 with a fold-down bed), with 2 bathrooms, living area and balcony. Premier Service included. Available on Deck 8.

Grand Suites sleep 4 in a queen-size bed and sitting area with double sofabed, with balcony. Premier Service included. Available on Deck 8.

Junior Suites sleep 4 in double/twin beds and a sofabed in living area, with balcony. Premier Service included. Available on Deck 8.

Deluxe Cabins sleep 4 in double/twin beds and sofabed in living area. Available on Decks 7 and 8.

Deck 2 and 3 Outside Cabins sleep up to 4 in double/twin beds and sitting area with sofabed.

Deluxe Balcony Cabins sleep up to 4 in double/twin beds and living area with sofabed. Available on Deck 7.

Family Junior Suites sleep up to 6 in a twin bedroom, living area with sofabed and double/twin beds, with balcony. Premier Service included. Available on Deck 8.

Deluxe Balcony Cabins sleep 4 in double/twin beds and sofabed in living area. Available in Decks 6 and 7.

Deck 2 and 3 Inside Cabins sleep 4 in double/twin beds and fold-down beds.

Deck 2 and 3 Outside Cabins sleep up to 4 in double/twin beds and fold-down beds.  

Junior Suites sleep up to 4 in double/twin beds plus sofabed in sitting area, with balcony. Premier Service included. Available on Deck 8.

Facilities

Childcare (see above).

Hideout (games area and hangout spot for teens).

Baby centre (area for entertaining and feeding babies and toddlers).

Indoor pool.

Open-air pool (music and entertainment).

Whirlpools.

Mini-golf.

The Wall (rock-climbing wall).

Gamer-zone (games for adults and kids).

Breakout and Escape (activity room; extra charge).

Five-storey Atrium (location hub for low-key entertainment including cabaret shows and cocktails with the captain in the bar).

Spa and beauty salon.

Entertainment venues (including a show lounge, family bar with interactive shows and open-air cinema, music bar).

Restaurants (7 places to eat, including à la carte steak and Asian options with extra charge, for which reservations may be required; buffet restaurant; tapas bar; Italian restaurant, deli and snack bar).

Bars (including cocktail bar with disco). 

Coffee shop (not part of the all-inclusive package).

Photo gallery and studio (professional pictures taken on-board).

Casino.

On-board shops (duty-free goods).

Veranda (sunbathing area for adults).

Jogging track.

Gym.

Medical centre (open 8-10am and 6-8pm).

On-board team to help and book excursions (24-hour reception).

Budget guidance

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Location

Marella Discovery is used for 19 of Marella's European and Mediterranean cruises. Most suited to families with children are:

Hidden Treasures of Europe (fly to Malaga and sail back to Newscastle, visiting Lisbon, Bilbao, Zeebrugge and Le Havre; 8- and 14-night all-inclusive packages available; operates from May 2018).

Magnificent Fjords (starting and ending in Newcastle, visiting key destinations in Norway; 7-night packages available; operates from July 2018).

Some itineraries with Marella Discovery 2 include:

Cuban Fusion (fly to Jamaica and explore the Cayman Islands, Cuba and Mexico; 8- and 14-night packages available; operates from December 2017 through to summer 2018).

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