Sumary of Marella Discovery returns to international cruises: All you need to know about the ship:
- Marella Cruises was the first British cruise line to restart fly-cruises after last year’s Covid closedown and I was lucky enough to join the ship on one of its last sailings before it heads west to the Caribbean.
- Marella Discovery is a very happy ship, from the good-humoured captain Chris Dodds down to the exuberant staff constantly cleaning the ship – in particular my cabin steward May – or serving in the bars and restaurants.
- At full capacity Discovery can take 1,830 passengers but when I was onboard it was only half full – up from 40 per cent full at the beginning of September.
- The success of Discovery’s Covid protocols has been helped by the willingness of passengers to follow the rules, wearing masks at all times except in their own cabins, on the pool deck or when sitting down to eat or drink.
- Again, Marella crew helped those who needed it and advised taking screenshots of these to avoid getting in a flap at the airport.
- For less than £800 per person on Discovery’s Greek island itineraries, Marella Cruises has been offering return flights, standard cabins, all meals except in speciality restaurants and a selection of free wines and spirits in restaurants and bars.