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Cabin Review: Marella Discovery 2 Stern Junior Suite 8086

Cabin Review: Marella Discovery 2 Stern Junior Suite 8086

Postby Dave » 03 Jan 2018 18:10

Before I go any further I must point out that this cabin is almost identical to the one I reviewed a year ago here...

Cabin Review: Tui Discovery Junior Suite 8082

Since that review, TUI introduced a sister ship to Discovery which they named Discovery 2 and then they renamed the cruise line from TUI to Marella. So Marella Discovery 2 is almost identical to TUI Discovery!

We loved Discovery so much that we not only booked a cruise on Discovery 2 while still on board, but we chose the identical cabin grade. There are 7 Junior Balcony Suites at the stern on deck 8 and we picked the centre one - 8086 - because the curve of the deck means that it has a slightly deeper balcony than those on either side of it! :D

With the cabin being so similar to last year's, I don't need to add much. I'll still post a review though for completeness - and because I hope it will be found by people searching for reviews of Marella Discovery 2 cabins. And anyway, I did manage to find three differences...

The first difference is the table on the balcony. This time we had a full-height table on which we were able to have breakfast (on one day at least!):

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The second difference is the wall lights. This time, each wall light had a built-in USB socket - a minor touch but one that proved very welcome. We didn't need to use any of the adaptors we'd taken at all; our white USB leads are clearly visible in the photos below:

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My apologies for the slightly messy state of the cabin! :oops:

The final change we noticed was that the plastic shower curtain had become a glass panel:

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Oh, and one more thing... In my other review I mentioned the unlimited supply of pods for the very nice coffee machine. This time we were limited to two pods per day. It seems that TUI have decided to save a few pennies on coffee, but I suspect that the steward would have supplied us with more pods if we'd asked.

One thing I forgot to mention in my previous review is that it's a long walk from the stern cabins to the nearest main stairway and lifts - these are more or less centrally placed along the length of the ship, and there's another main stairway nearer the front. However, there's an easily-missed stairway in the corridor on the port side near to the stern which only leads up to the 'beauty / spa' area, but it's a useful short cut up to deck 9.

If we cruise on either Marella Discovery ship in future we'll certainly go for one of the seven stern balcony suites again. :thumbup:
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Postby grannyM » 04 Jan 2018 17:45

As I said last time, I do like the look of these Marella Discovery JS cabins. Although being ex RCI ships I should say that I am familiar with them and consider them to be the best Balcony and JS suite cabins we've had for space and storage. :thumbup:

Although both the Discovery ships were previously RCI Vision class the junior suite layout is very similar to the one we had on, Voyager class, Adventure of the Seas. My lasting memory of that cabin was the large walk-in wardrobe which was absolutely excellent. :)
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Postby judgegeoff » 05 Jan 2018 13:08

Many thanks for posting your cabin review Dave, it is always good to get information about the accommodation available in different ships. :thumbup:

The photos are excellent and revived memories of our cruises on the 'Vision' class ships.
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Postby Dave » 05 Jan 2018 23:36

Thanks Marie and Geoff.

Mentions of Vision Class are interesting and I remembered Geoff referring to it while we were on board Discovery 2. It hadn't really occurred to me before, but those ships really are designed to give sea views from most parts of the ship. Our particular favourite area is the buffet restaurant which is where many ships have 'observatory' lounges or bars. On Discovery 1 and 2 we've always sat by the windows which provide views almost vertically down to the sea below.

Having now cruised on ocean-going ships varying in size from the pre-stretched Braemar (~20,000grt) to Costa Diadema (~133,000grt) I've come to believe that midway in between those two (~70,000grt) is the perfect size. :D
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Postby judgegeoff » 06 Jan 2018 00:39

Dave wrote:Thanks Marie and Geoff.

Mentions of Vision Class are interesting and I remembered Geoff referring to it while we were on board Discovery 2. It hadn't really occurred to me before, but those ships really are designed to give sea views from most parts of the ship. Our particular favourite area is the buffet restaurant which is where many ships have 'observatory' lounges or bars. On Discovery 1 and 2 we've always sat by the windows which provide views almost vertically down to the sea below.

Having now cruised on ocean-going ships varying in size from the pre-stretched Braemar (~20,000grt) to Costa Diadema (~133,000grt) I've come to believe that midway in between those two (~70,000grt) is the perfect size. :D


I think that the importance of a ship's size depends on the type of cruise that you are doing. My particular favourites are the very small ships going around the little ports of Turkey and Greece, where the bigger ships cannot berth. On the other hand, if going on a transatlantic cruise or similar with a lot of sea days, the bigger ships provide more scope for entertainment and exercise.

We have been berthed close to several Mein Schiff cruise ships, but were not very impressed with the black hulls with large white writing on them. I think that the new ex. Mein Schiff ship will look much better when she is given a Marella paint job.
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Postby adogap » 07 Jan 2018 14:01

Lovely cabin, smart, spacious and seems to be loads of storage. Having just returned from Queen Elizabeth I am no fan of shower curtains :x Thank you for sharing Dave

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