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Marella Discovery FAQs

Ship FAQs

What is included in the All Inclusive drinks package onboard Marella Discovery?

Almost everything! There’s a great choice of soft drinks to quench your thirst, and the kids can have their fill of them too.

Alcohol-wise, you’re spoilt for choice. There’s a fabulous range of cocktails on offer, from fantastic frozen fruity numbers to the classic Cosmopolitan.

If you’re someone who prefers to stick to spirits, you’ve got plenty to choose from. You can expect all your favourite brands too, from Gordon’s Gin to Smirnoff Vodka and creamy Baileys.

On top of that you’ve for beers and ciders, like Fosters’ and Strongbow, as well as a great selection of house wines and Prosecco. Cheers to that!

If you’re really into your drinks, you can opt to upgrade to the Premium All Inclusive package for £60 per person. With this, you’ll get a range of upgraded bottles of wine &c champagne (although not by the glass). You’ll also be able to have premium gins and vodkas, such as Absolut Vodka and Bombay Sapphire. All drinks from the Coffee Port are also included with this option too – perfect if you like your lattes!

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What upgrades does the Premium Drinks package include?

The Premium Drinks package gives you access to even more cocktails including Mojitos and those layered with champagne!

If you’re a coffee lover, all drinks from The Coffee Port which are made with premium Lavazza coffee will be included after 10am. Cans of soft drinks are offered rather than poured from the bottle – great for taking out on excursions too!

The alcohol options may already be pretty good with familiar brands in every category. However going premium means more premium brands too! Enjoy the likes of Bombay Sapphire, Jack Daniels and Absolut Vodka.

You’ll even have a 1.5 litre bottle of water delivered to your cabin each day!

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Which restaurants are included in the All Inclusive onboard Marella Discovery?

Marella Discovery has a bundle of restaurants where you can eat for no extra charge. From full service 3 course offerings to quick snacks – there’s certainly enough to choose from.

The restaurants included are:

  • 47°
  • Gallery 47
  • Islands
  • Snack Shack
  • The Glass House

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I’ve noticed there are speciality restaurants onboard, how can I make a reservation?

Marella Discovery has three speciality restaurants onboard. - Surf & Turf Steakhouse, Sushi Bar and Kora La. To make a reservation simply visit reception and they crew working there will be able to get you sorted! Alternatively you can use the self-serve kiosks close to Destination Services and make the reservations yourself.

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What is the dress code onboard Marella Discovery?

The dress code onboard Marella Discovery is pretty easy to follow – it’s split into three categories - Beachwear, Casual and

The first is a ‘come as you are’ affair, so bikinis and trunks get the thumbs up, plus we ask that you wear something on your feet for safety reasons.

Meanwhile, Casual speaks for itself – we’re talking tops and shorts or a sundress.

Then you’ve got Smart, which is when you’ll need to dress up a bit. Put your sports or swimwear away, and opt for trousers, smart tailored
shorts or a skirt or dress, a shirt or polo shirt and smart shoes, so no trainers or flip flops. If you want to add a jacket or tie, that’s up to you.
The Captain's Gala nights give you the chance to get really suited and booted.

Each of the restaurants has a dress code, and this can differ depending on the time of day, but you can find this information
in each restaurant description or onboard in your cabin upon arrival.

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Can I access Wi-Fi onboard Marella Discovery?

Yes you can, Marella Discovery has various Wi-Fi zones onboard. You will be charged to access the Wi-Fi and this will be credited to your onboard account.  You can choose to buy a package for the entire time you are on the ship or for a couple of days, prices can be established at reception.

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Can I choose my cabin?

Yes, you can request a specific cabin within your booked type if you wish to do so. Once you have booked your cruise, take a look at the ships’ deck plan and decide where about you would like to be.

When you have decided on a specific cabin number just give our friendly team a call and this can be all arranged for you at a one off cost of £48. You can book your cabin from cruise confirmation up until 15 days before your cruise departs.

Securing a specific cabin is a great way to make sure you’re exactly where you wish to be. Whether that’s close to the sundeck, next to the kids clubs or perhaps just near reception or the main atrium. You may have even cruised before and wish to stay in the same exact cabin!

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Certain cabins have premium service – what does that include?

Certain cabin types do come with premier service. This will be highlighted at the time of booking but is usually all attached to all of the suites.

Premium service includes express check-in, a free pressing service to use on up to three items per person during your first 24 hours onboard. Plus a breakfast in bed option for each person, once per week.

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What plug adaptor will I need for my cabin?

Most cabins on Marella Discovery will have 2 power outlet points. These will require either a European or US 2-pin adaptor. These are available to buy onboard if you do forget to bring one with you.

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Can I smoke onboard Marella Discovery?

Not only Marella Discovery, but each and every ship of the Marella Cruises fleet are none smoking. You can however smoke within designated areas onboard. These are usually out on the open deck and will be signed accordingly.

These restrictions also apply to those with e-cigarettes. Those using these electronic variations may also need to be aware of further restrictions places upon these within certain countries. E-cigarettes taken into the UAE, Thailand and Singapore will be confiscated at the airport.

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What currency do I use onboard Marella Discovery?

There is actually no need to carry any currency whilst onboard Marella Discovery. Anything purchased will be credited to your onboard account which can be settled at reception before you depart the ship at the end of your cruise. – This includes charges for speciality restaurants or upgrading to the Premium Drinks Package.

You can easily keep track of your onboard spend at reception or through the ships Navigate app which does not require Wi-Fi.

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Are my transfers included?

Yes, transfers with Marella Cruises come as part of the package. If you’re on a fly-cruise you’ll be picked up directly from the airport, so it’s certainly one less thing to worry about.

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Do I have to tip whilst onboard?

With Marella Cruises, all tips and service charges are already including within your cruise package. So you will feel no obligation to tip any extra whilst onboard.

However if you would like to, you can give individual crew members a little extra whilst onboard and that’s completely fine too!

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How and when do I book shore excursions?

Once you have confirmation of your cruise booking, you will be able to book your shore excursions with Marella Cruises -which can be booked online.

You can browse Marella Cruises' range of excursions here, then simply give us a call on 0800 107 2323 and our Cruisedeals experts will be able to get those all sorted for you.

If you’d rather wait until you’re onboard, you can go and see Destination Services located on Deck 5 who will be happy to help. There you’ll find expert guides full of tips and maps if you wish to go it alone, or they can book you onto one of the pre-planned excursions.

You can choose to book onto independent excursions however one great thing about sticking with Marella Cruises for your excursions is you can have peace in the knowledge of knowing you’ll always make it back to the ship. Plus if your shore excursion has to be cancelled for any reason such as a late port arrival time, if you’ve booked with Marella Cruises, they’ll always give you a full refund.

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Is there a Medical Centre onboard Marella Discovery?

Yes, each and every ship of the Marella Cruises fleet has a Medical Centre onboard. Marella Discovery’s can be found on Deck 2, here you’ll be greeted by an English speaking doctor and team of nurses!

The doctor onboard will be able to conduct a full consultation and prescribe any needed medication. So please do not worry if you have any qualms about becoming under the weather whilst out at sea, you’ll be in some of the best hands!

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Will I need my passport?

Yes! You will always need to bring your passport when cruising. Regardless of your departure point or destination – even if you are sailing straight out of the UK. Without your passport you will be denied access and will be unable to board the ship.

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Will I need to bring my own pool towel?

No, save your luggage allowance on this one! Marella Cruises will provide you with ALL towels needed during your cruise. That’s bathing towels as well as those for lounging around the pool.

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I’m traveling solo, does Marella Discovery cater for solo travellers?

Yes, absolutely! Cruising solo with Marella Cruises can be one of the best ways to travel.

Marella Discovery has her very own Social Hostess who’s responsible for organising all events and meet ups specifically for those cruising solo. You’ll be making friends in no time!

Cabin wise, Marella Discovery also has a flurry of Single Cabins on Deck 3.  If you opt for one of these, they are all clustered together so you’ll soon become familiar with other solos onboard as your neighbours!

Dining times can feel a little scary for some cruising solo, but there is nothing to worry about onboard Marella Discovery. You can make plans to meet up with fellow solos to enjoy a meal together or simply turn up at your chosen restaurant when you wish and ask to be seated.

Marella Discovery restaurants mostly have tables seating from two up to eight persons. So you can request to be seating with a flurry of different people each evening or take some time out for yourself with at a smaller table for two!

You’ll never truly be alone on a cruise, Marella Cruises friendly crew will more than look after you throughout your time onboard.

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