If you're wondering whereabouts on the ship you should choose your cabin, or you're wanting to familarise yourself with the ship's layout before you get onboard, then take a look at our handy deck guides.
Deck 2 onboard Marella Discovery 2 is home to various types of accommodation. It’s the lowest deck on the ship – which if you didn’t know, is a great place to be if you’re at all worried about sea sickness. The lower and more central you are on the ship – the less likely you are to feel any movement.
It’s always good to try and pick a cabin that will suit your preferences. If you opt for a cabin at the back of the ship, you’ll be within easy reach of the ship’s main dining venue - 47°.
If you’re cruising as a family you might want to select a cabin at the front of the ship on this deck, meaning you only need to hop in an elevator to reach fabulous family facilities like the Kids’ Club and The Hideout.
The majority of cabins on this deck are the Outside Cabins. They span from the back of the ship to the very front, so it’s completely up to you which end you’d like to be situated.
They come in a variety of berths – most accommodating two people, with there being some that can fit up to four, thanks to upper berths that fold down for extra sleeping space. They feature a picture window or porthole – so you’ll get to see your new destination from the get-go – and measure in at 14 m².
Then there’s the Inside Cabins. Most of these are two-berth cabins, however there are a handful that can accommodate up to four people, with fold-down beds. They’re a great base for your cruising holiday and are perfect if you’re looking for a bargain – they’re usually the cheapest cabins.
There’s also a handful of adapted cabins on this deck too – three Adapted Inside Cabins and three Adapted Outside Cabins. These both come with additional space so that you can manoeuvre a wheelchair around with ease.
Deck 3 onboard Marella Discovery 2 is home to unique experiences, a fantastic photography studio as well as various types of accommodation.
Mid-ship on this deck you’ll come across the Pure Portrait Studio. This is where you can book you and your family, friends or a partner in for a classic indoor photo shoot. If you’d prefer to have photos taken out on deck, that can be arranged too!
There’s no better way to remember your cruise than with fabulous photos of your time together. Whether it’s a new family portrait or romantic snaps of you and your other half looking out to sunset, you’ll be putting these images in pride of place back home.
Although Marella Discovery 2 is the sister ship to Marella Discovery, she does have some unique features of her own. Two of these can be found on this deck – the Virtual Reality Experience and the Green Screen Experience.
A first for Marella Cruises, the Virtual Reality Experience promises a break from the norm – slip on a headset and you’ll be magically transported to new worlds. Explore the solar system in all its glory on Universe Sandbox 2, or paint your own galaxy with Tilt Brush by Google. It’s free to have a go – plus it’s easy to use and suitable for all ages.
For photographs that are fun, head to the Green Screen Experience. This is where you can pose in front of a range of backdrops - such as the destinations you’re visiting or the ship. Brilliant images – without ever having to leave the ship!
The kids will love posing with funny animated backdrops – this experience is perfect for the family, couples or even on your own. Best of all, it’s free and you’ll get your photos emailed to you straight away. Time to stick it on Facebook and make your friends jealous!
The rest of this deck is occupied by various cabin types. Most are Outside Cabins, spanning the length of the ship. The Outside Cabins on this deck are for two people, and come with a picture window or porthole. So you can wake up, look outside and see your new destination!
If you’d rather save a few pennies to spend on things like shore excursions or meals in the speciality restaurants, Inside Cabins are a great choice to look after the purse strings. There’s plenty on this deck, and they can accommodate two people. You’ll get twin beds, or if you like they can be converted into a queen size.
Deck 3 is also where you’ll find accommodation geared specifically towards solo cruisers. Towards the front of the ship there are a number of Single Inside Cabins – these come with twin beds that convert into a queen-size, and come with an en suite with a WC and shower.
There’s also a number of Single Outside Cabins. They offer the same amentities as the Insides, but with the addition of a picture window or porthole, treating you to sea views. They measure in at 14m² - a little larger than the Single Inside Cabins, which come in at 12m².
In the central area of this deck, there are also three Adapted Outside Cabins. They’re like the normal Outside Cabins in that they come with a picture window or porthole, but they’re larger and have more floor space – so that a wheelchair can be manoeuvred easily. They’re also located close to the lifts, so you never have far to travel.
Deck 4 onboard Marella Discovery 2 is all about fantastic food and drinks, along with an array of entertainment that’ll have you singing and dancing in no time.
At the very back of the ship is Marella Discovery 2’s main restaurant - 47°. It’s a big, stylish dining area that reflects the colours of the sand and the sea. With floor-to-ceiling windows, daytime meals here come with mesmerising sea views.
Breakfast here takes place from 7.30 – 9.30am, 12 – 2pm for lunch and dinner is served from 6 – 9pm. The menu varies each night and on an evening you can look forward to three courses filled with flavour, with options including parcels of smoked salmon, fillets of Angus beef and tempting desserts like chocolate, walnut and bourbon pie.
Leave the restaurant and you’ll come to the heart of the ship – the superb five-storey Atrium. You’ll find low-key entertainment on here, from cool cabaret performances to the resident pianist tinkling away.
You’ll find the Atrium Bar in this sophisticated area too – so grab a seat and order your favourite drink from the list of classy cocktails. The Atrium is sometimes host to famous cocktail parties with the captain, so make sure you’re there early snap up a seat and mingle with other cruisers!
If you’re partial to a flutter on the roulette table, the Live Casino is on Deck 3. This stylish space is open until late, and if you’re a beginner, you can even ask the croupiers about getting some lessons in to learn how to play. The casino is part of the Live Room – so you’re right near a bar and will have entertainment going on in the background too.
The Live Room is Marella Discovery 2’s flagship lounge, and she’s the most spacious and modern one yet. You’ll find an enormous selection of on-tap beers, along with an electric atmosphere that builds as the evening goes on. You might hear the sounds of the signature yellow piano in the afternoon, followed by a night of dance floor classics.
At the very front of the ship on Deck 4 is the Broadway Show Lounge. Plush seating surrounding a large stage gives you a perfect view of the entertainment team’s showcase, with performances that range from hi-tech dance pieces to shows that’ll have you singing along in no time.
Deck 5 onboard Marella Discovery 2 is home to handy services as well as sophisticated places to eat, drink and laugh.
At the very back of the ship lies the trendy Italian restaurant known as Gallery 47° - the upper section to the ship’s main restaurant, 47°. It’s not necessary to book here, so you can simply turn up and be seated, ready to sample some classic Italian dishes.
Take your pick from fully filled calzones to a linguine alfredo or classic cannelloni – all the dishes here are big on flavour. The surrounding cololur scheme is inspired by the sunset – giving it a real designer look.
In the middle area of this deck you’ll find three helpful areas; Destination Services, Reception and the Photo Gallery.
If you’re wanting to know more about your upcoming locations, then visit Destination Services. Friendly staff will be able to give you advice on places to visit, things to see, and the best way for you to make your way around. They can also book you onto a variety of exciting shore excursions, and you can even book your next cruise here too!
Reception is right nearby for any queries you might have – it’s open 24 hours a day, so there’s always someone at hand to help out. You can pay off any charges to your ship account here – such as if you’ve upgraded to the Premium All Inclusive package.
Call in the onboard Photo Gallery to view and buy any photos you’ve had taken during your time on the ship. The kiosks here use state-of-the-art facial recognition to gather your images – very clever indeed! If seeing your pictures gives you a fancy for a proper photo shoot, visit the Pure Portrait Studio on Deck 3 to arrange one.
Partial to the odd shopping spree? You’re covered for retail therapy onboard with the Broad Street Shops on this deck. You’ll find a range of outlets offering all kinds of goodies, from jewellery to perfume, make up and clothing. And best of all – they’re duty free.
At the very front of the ship you’ll find Venue. One of Marella Discovery 2’s standout bars, you’ll be dazzled by hi-tech evening entertainment and LED screens.
With everything from family-focussed game shows to performances from virtual bands, you’ll certainly enjoy a tipple or two in this upbeat bar.
Deck 6 onboard Marella Discovery 2 is mostly home to cabins – with the exception of a much loved facility, The Coffee Port.
The Coffee Port is the ship’s contemporary coffee house, and is always ready to whip you up a frothy latte or a good cup of tea.
Using premium Lavazza coffee beans, a drink from The Coffee Port is the perfect pick-me-up to start your day off right. Chuck in a slice of cake for good measure, and you’ve got a quaint spot to sit back and recharge your batteries, ready for another day of adventure.
Drinks at The Coffee Port are not included as part of the standard All Inclusive package – they’re chargeable. If you’re partial to your coffees and think you might frequent here often, it might be worth upgrading to the Premium All Inclusive package, which includes all Coffee Port drinks.
If you want a cabin nearby so you can time your morning coffees to perfection, then there’s plenty for you to choose from on Deck 6. The majority of accommodation on this deck belongs to the Balcony Cabins, which span the entire length of the ship.
The Balcony Cabins feature twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size, and come with a sitting area, as well as an en suite with a WC and a shower. These cabins sleep two and feature a furnished balcony, the perfect place to sit back and watch the world (or waves) go by.
At the very back of the ship on Deck 6 you’ve got a number of Deluxe Balcony Cabins. These come with all the features of the Balcony Cabins, but are 2-3 m² bigger. There’s a few which can accommodate up to four people – perfect if you’re bringing the kids along. Being located at the back of the ship also means you’re only a few decks below kid-friendly facilities such as The Wall and Mini Golf, up on Deck 10.
If you’re hoping to keep an eye on the budget, the Inside Cabins on this deck are a great option if you’d like to cruise without breaking the bank. They come with two beds than can be converted into a queen-size, and measure between 12 and 13 m², making them perfect for a comfortable and cosy stay.
Deck 7 onboard Marella Discovery 2 is home to different types of accommodation, with most being the Deluxe Balcony Cabins. From this height on the ship, this is where having a balcony really does reward you with amazing views.
The Deluxe Balcony Cabins span from the very back of the ship right to the front, so if you’ve got the full pick of whereabouts you’d like to be located.
Cabins at the back of the ship will mean you’re only two decks below the adult-only space known as The Veranda on Deck 9, as well as the Oceans Spa and Beauty Salon, on the same deck.
Cabins mid-ship will mean you only have to hop into an elevator to be taken to the Main Pool area, and a cabin at the front of the ship will mean you’re close to facilities for children – the Kids’ Club, The Hideout and the Gamer Zone on Deck 10.
There’s Deluxe Balcony Cabins on this deck which can accommodate up to four people, as well as a few that are interconnecting - so they’re great if you’re cruising with the whole family. You’ll get two twin beds which can convert into a queen-size, as well as a sofa bed.
There are also a few Deluxe Cabins on this deck – if you’re not fussed about having a balcony but would still like to see outside, then these cabins are a great choice.
They can sleep up to four people and come with a floor-to-ceiling window, so you’ll be able to wake up and gaze straight outside at the open ocean. They come with the same bed set-up as the Deluxe Balcony Cabins and measure in at a little over 20 m².
If your views can wait ‘til you’re up and out on deck, then there’s some Inside Cabins on Deck 7 too. They measure in between 12 and 13m² and come with twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size one, as well as an en suite with a WC and shower. They’re usually the cheapest cabins onboard since they don’t have a window or balcony – making them a great way to cruise on a budget.
If you want a little extra space, there are a number of Inside Plus Cabins too. These come with the same set up as the standard Inside Cabins, but measure in at 15m² - with a few sleeping up to four people thanks to a sofa bed.
If you’ll be coming onboard with a wheelchair, there are three Adapted Inside Cabins on this deck. They’re located in close proximity to the central lifts, so you never have far to travel. They’re also larger than the standard Inside Cabins, and come with an accessible en suite, so that a wheelchair can be manoeuvred around with ease.
Deck 8 onboard Marella Discovery 2 is the highest deck dedicated solely to cabins. The cabins considered to be the very best are located on this deck, and for good reason. At this height, balcony views are simply out of this world!
Most of the cabins on this deck are Junior Suites. They’re a spacious 21m² and sleep two people, with twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size. They come with a sitting area, a bathroom with a shower over a bath, and of course a balcony.
Then there are Grand Suites. This is where the cabins step up a notch and measure in at 32m² each. They can sleep up to four people, and also come with a bathroom with a shower over a bath. There’s a sitting area with a sofa-bed, and twin beds that convert to a queen-size.
Towards the front of the ship on Deck 8, you’ll find five Executive Suites. Each sleep up to four people and come with a separate living area and a queen-size sofa bed, as well as a queen-size bed. There’s big glass doors on display, letting in lots of natural light from the private balconies. They also have an en suite with a shower and bath. They’re an impressive 47m² each.
There are cabins on this deck that cater specifically to families too, with two Family Suites as well as a Family Junior Suite. The Family Suites sleep up two seven people, have two separate rooms, two bathrooms – one with a shower, one with a bath – and a living area with a double sofa bed. They have a balcony, and measure in at around 40m²
The Family Junior Suite is located at the very front of the ship and sleeps up to six. It’s got one bedroom, a living area with a double sofa-bed and twin beds that can convert into a queen-size if needed. You’ll have a private balcony with double doors, and measures in at around 39m².
Now for the cabin everyone dreams of having – the Royal Suite. Being the only cabin of its type onboard, it’s certainly not afraid of going all-out. It measures in at a whopping 92m² and can sleep up to four people.
It comes with its own separate living room with a sofa-bed, a lavish bedroom with a king-size bed in place and an en suite with a shower. Shimmering glass doors will lead you out onto a sizeable balcony area, and noticeable extras come in the form of a luxury whirlpool bath - not to mention a baby grand piano. Now that’s impressive!
All of the above cabins come with Premier Service. This means you’ll get a few handy extras included at no extra cost – express check-in, free pressing service (up to three items per person, in the first 24 hours onboard) and free continental breakfast in bed (one per person, per week).
There’s also a number of Inside Cabins on this deck too. These are great if you’re hoping to keep costs down, or you don’t plan on spending much time in your room. They’re a cosy 13m² and come with twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size.
For a little more space you can also opt for one of the Inside Plus Cabins on this deck too, which come with all the same amenities as the standard Inside, but measure in at 15m². There are a few of these cabins which can accommodate up to four, if you’re cruising as a family or group.
With so many cabins to choose from, you’re bound to find one to suit you on this deck!
Deck 9 onboard Marella Discovery 2 has to be one of our favourite areas of the whole ship. That’s because you’ll find a sophisticated adults-only area, a dreamy spa and a choice of pools. What more could you want?
At the very back of the ship on this deck you’ll find a luxurious area known as The Veranda. This adults-only sunbathing area is in a prime position for you to sit back and relax with stunning views of the horizon. Expect cool pod chairs and stylish sun loungers.
If you want to feel even more relaxed, why not head to the Oceans Spa and Beauty Salon for an indulgent treatment – perhaps a massage or facial. Treatments in here come at a cost, but we think they’re pretty good value. If you fancy getting really dolled up one night, you can even pop in the salon for a manicure or a new hairdo!
Just along from the spa you’ll find Marella Discovery 2’s Indoor Pool area. If you fancy a change from the main pool, this is the perfect place to be. With an enormous glass canopy roof above, you’ll still feel like you’re outside.
Linking onto this area is The Glass House, an eatery that changes its offerings depending whether it’s day or night. During the day you’ll be served deli-style light bites alongside freshly-squeezed juices. But as night falls you’ll discover a tasty tapas restaurant, serving freshly baked pizzas, alongside a delicious selection of sharing platters.
In the centre of the ship on this deck is the Main Pool area. You’ll find a large open-air pool that the whole family are welcome to use, with loungers lined up along the water’s edge. Watch the kids make a splash from your sun lounger or get a few relaxing lengths in yourself!
Throughout the day there’s a lively atmosphere on the go, with music playing from the big screen TV and quizzes taking place. If you’d prefer to chill, take a dip in one of the nearby whirlpools. There’s nothing better than the water bubbling away as you soak up the sun, read a book, or simply people-watch!
When you’re feeling a bit peckish, make your way over to the Snack Shack. With a look that mimics festival food stalls and a seating area that resembles British beach huts, food here isn’t just tasty – it’s fun.
Choose from a range of grab n’ go snacks like sweet chilli wings, mezze salads, hot dogs, burgers and freshly cooked fries. You can even pick up bacon butties on a morning!
When it comes to keeping hydrated, the Deck Bar is nearby. Whether you’re in the mood for a thirst-quenching soft drink or an ice-cold frozen cocktail, you’ll get it all here. With Marella Cruises’ extensive All Inclusive cocktail list, we’re sure you’ll find one that takes your fancy!
By night, the Main Pool area transforms into an enormous open-air cinema. Watch your favourite flicks, including the latest box office releases, all under the stars. Teamed that with blankets to keep you toasty and popcorn to munch away on, and you’ve got yourself a marvellous movie experience!
At the front of the ship lies one of our favourite dining venues onboard Marella Discovery 2 – Islands. If you’re not quite sure what you fancy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, then make your way here to take your pick from an enormous selection of food laid out buffet style.
There’s show-cooking stations whipping up the likes of fresh omelettes and chefs carving perfect cuts of roast beef on a delicious carvery section. You can get snacks here in between meals, too.
Deck 10 onboard Marella Discovery 2 is one that all the family is sure to love. From cool hangout places for teens to family-friendly activities like mini-golf, Deck 10 has plenty going on to keep everyone happy.
At the very back of the ship is a giant climbing wall, simply known as ‘The Wall’. Suitable for both children and adults, challenge yourself to climb your way to the top – and you’ll find you’re rewarded with amazing birds-eye views of both the ship and the ocean.
If you’d prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, then why not practice your putting with a game of mini golf? Take it in turns to make your way around the nine holes, challenging a partner, the kids, or new-found friends to see if they can get that elusive hole-in-one.
If you like to stay fit during your cruise, then you’ll be pleased to know there’s a jogging track that circles the entire ship on this deck. Running or jogging four laps of the track is the equivalent to one mile, and we’re sure you’ll find taking those steps easier than ever, thanks to the second-to-none sea views surrounding you.
When you’ve worked up a sweat, taking a breather at the Deck Bar. Reward yourself with a glass of something chilled – whether that be water, a soft drink, or a cheeky cocktail or beer.
At the front of the ship you’ll find facilities that are geared specifically towards children. For tiny tots, there’s the Baby Centre – a colourful place to occupy them with intriguing toys, including a soft-play ball pit.
There’s even free sessions known as ‘Babytainment’, which are classes specifically designed for under-threes. Expect everything from nursery rhyme sing-alongs to baby ballet! They’re educational too – the popular ‘Sing and Sign’ class follows in the footsteps of funny guy Mr Tumble from CBeebies, where little ones can learn sign language.
If your little ones are a little older, then they’re sure to have lots of fun in the Kids’ Club. Three to 11 year-olds will be able to make new cruise friends and partake in everything from arts and crafts sessions to movie nights and trips to greet the captain.
Marella Cruises haven’t forgotten about any big kids, either. The Hideout is a cool hangout zone specifically for teens – think funky chairs, a foosball table and PC’s to check in with their friends back home. They’ll likely want to spend more time in here than anywhere else!
Ideally situated right next door is the Gamer Zone. Kids, teens and adults alike will all enjoy tapping on controllers linked to various games consoles, with a range of games stocked from first-person shooters to race car classics.
At the very front of the ship you’ll find the Observatory Deck. The place to head when you want 270-degree panoramic views, this indoor observation lounge is the ideal spot for soaking up stunning scenery and pondering your journey’s discoveries so far.
Deck 11 onboard Marella Discovery 2 has to be one of our favourite areas on the ship! If you’re a real foodie, then we’re sure you’ll be a frequent visitor to this deck – as it’s home to two superb restaurants.
If you’re a fan of perfectly cooked steaks or you’re partial to a bit of seafood, then you’re in luck – Marella Cruises can satisfy your cravings with the Surf and Turf Steakhouse.
This a la carte eatery will tantalise you with marbled steaks, hand-cut fries and meaty lobster tails. There’s plenty more on the menu too, including dishes for vegetarians – so everyone in your party will enjoy a delicious meal. There’s a cover charge to dine here – but trust us, it’s worth it!
If pan-Asian cuisine is more your thing, Deck 11 is also the home of Kora La – a restaurant taking in all the flavours of south and east Asia. Expect dishes like Indonesian beef rendang curry and Indan-spiced king prawns. With a dreamy décor and stunning sea views, you’ll feel on top of the world. A cover charge also applies here and it’s best to book to make sure you’re seated.
Tucked away inside Kora La is the Sushi Bar! Wash down all your favourite sushi – spicy tuna rolls, salmon sashimi and seabass nigiri – with authentic beers from Asia. Tiger, Cobra and Singha are all on the drinks list! There’s a charge to dine here, and you’ll need to book too.
For post-dinner drinks, Bar Eleven is right on hand to serve you anything you like. Try one of the many cocktails available or opt for a glass of wine – this bar’s position at the highest point on the ship makes for a great place to unwind.
By evening it’s a contemporary cocktail bar, and as the hours go on it turns into a late-night disco. So make sure to wear your best dancing shoes!