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11th February 2020

When it comes to setting off on your holiday, the thought of choosing which line to cruise with may feel a little daunting as there are so many, all offering different onboard experiences and itineraries. [More]

Thomson Cruises' Latest Ships

1st September 2017

Updated July 2019

Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson) remains a very popular cruise line with British holidaymakers, and as such it should be no surprise to learn that their fleet is ever expanding in order to meet the needs of their customers. The last few years have seen multiple additions to the fleet; so we thought we should dive in a little deeper and take a closer look at Marella Cruises' latest ships. 


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Of their fleet of six, the most recent four are the largest, providing more accomodation choices, dining options, and onboard activities. Another valuable aspect of cruising on these ships is that they are all All-Inclusive as standard. This means that all passengers can make the most of the included food, drinks, and facilities – including a range of cocktails, prosecco, and speciality restaurants.

Read on to find out more about each of these impressive ships.

Marella Discovery

Once part of the Royal Caribbean fleet, Marella Discovery was bought and refurbished by Marella Cruises in 2016. It can host 1,830 passengers, and consists of 11 decks and 915 cabins. Its considerable size also allows the cruise line to provide some fantastic facilities to their guests, our favourites being the brilliant outdoor movie screen, exhilarating climbing wall, and extensive array of dining choices.


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Take a look at our range of upcoming cruises on Marella Discovery

Marella Discovery II

Also an ex-Royal Caribbean ship, Marella Discovery II is of a similar size to its namesake. The popularity of the first ship led to the demand of an additional one – which comprises most of the same features and amenities. These also have a range of 15 different cabin options, including the stunning Royal and Executive suites which offer new heights of luxury.


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Browse through our cruises on Marella Discovery II.

Marella Explorer

There was much excitement among loyal Marella customers, surrounding this ship. It was previously owned by German cruise line TUI Cruises, under the name of Mein Schiff 1, and is now one of Marella Cruises’ largest vessels. With room for over 1,900 passengers, 13 decks, and 962 cabins, Marella Explorer also boasts 11 different dining options, a great selection of bars, and a fantastic range of different activities. In particular there are ample opportunities when it comes to sports – with table tennis and mini golf facilities, and even an entire deck devoted to outdoor sports such as basketball and football. There is also a jogging track on this deck.


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See our available cruises onboard Marella Explorer.

Marella Explorer II

After Marella Explorer proved so popular, the cruise line decided to replicate the ship in the form of Marella Explorer II. However, there is one big difference; this one is reserved for adults only! This means that couples and singles looking for a relaxing holiday sans kids can enjoy the many attractive features and amenities in peace. This ship is ideal for those who want to socialise thanks to the many inviting venues and entertainment options, but likewise, the stunning Champney's Spa facilities mean it's possible to unwind and relish in some valuable 'me-time' too.


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Have a look through the range of cruises onboard Marella Explorer II.


Each of these ships truly have some wonderful features that will be loved by all their guests. Not only the number of activity choices, but also the pools and spa which offer a chance to relax at the end of a day of excursions. Childcare options include kids clubs suitable for 3-11 year olds, and can be helpful should parents wish to have some time to themselves to enjoy the ship.

If you're still undecided about which ship is for you, see our entire range of itineraries with Marella Cruises instead.

What's the cruising experience like for teenagers onboard Holland America Line?

20th March 2017

Sasha Narraway was only five years old the first time she went on a cruise, remembering only snippets. Speaking of her first cruise as a teenager, Sasha vividly describes her fun-packed experience where she relished everything Holland America Line had to offer for teenagers cruising onboard MS Nieuw Amsterdam.


I was really looking forward to cruising, especially the restaurants, shows and fun of the Club HAL teen club! We sailed from Venice on a 12 Nt Mediterranean Empires cruise on Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. The cruise started with an overnight onboard, so we had a full day to walk around the stunning city of Venice. The weather was amazing and I loved the orchestras in St Mark’s Square. The buildings were picturesque and we took lots of photos. We also bought some beautiful Venetian masks for the masquerade ball on the ship a couple of days later. I stood right at the bow of the ship as we sailed down the Grand Canal with Tom, our “On Location” guide, telling us all about the history of Venice. 



Some days were spent just swimming and sunbathing, others exploring ancient sites like Ephesus and the Acropolis or cities like Istanbul. My favourite place on the ship was the Cabana Club, where we had our own private cabana. Accommpanied with a butler service, we would be transported to a world of relaxation with refreshing lemonade, chocolate covered strawberries and a whole fruit platter delivered to us by smiling waiters.  I also loved Club HAL, which was the perfect place for younger guests onboard to hang out as well as The Loft. 


Left: The Loft, Right: Club HAL

Most days, once I’d had too much sun or if the Cabanas were closing, I’d run to the amazing, almost private, cinema downstairs. There was free popcorn, huge comfortable chairs, plenty of leg room and all the latest films that hadn’t yet come out in England! I also loved the big shows in the main theatre. What more could a budding 13-year-old actress want?



Most evenings we ate in the main restaurant as we loved the atmosphere and the smiley waiters but on Mummy’s birthday we ate in the Pinnacle Grill and had amazing steaks and a birthday cake. The Asian restaurant (Tamarind) was my favourite; we used chopsticks and I loved the smell of the Thai spices. We also went to Canaletto, the Italian restaurant, one night. I managed to wear all 12 dresses I had taken with me! One day Mica (my brother) and I did a cooking class in the Culinary Arts theatre. We had great fun making pancakes and adding different toppings to them. On our last night we went to the Show Lounge to watch ‘Dancing with the Stars’ which was like Strictly Come Dancing. They even had Len and Bruno on a video screen.


Left: Tamarind, Right: Pinnacle Grill


If I had to pick a few of my favourite places on the cruise they would be Venice, Santorini and Cephalonia. I didn’t really know what to expect in Istanbul, but the beautiful skyline of mosques and bridges were so pretty that I didn’t know where I was. This holiday had something for all of us and is one I will never forget - I doubt my friends will forget it either because I’ve bored them with it many times. I found all of the crew onboard to be fantastic. They all had lovely smiles on their faces and they always worked so hard, nothing was too much trouble. It was so good not having to make my bed or set the table everyday - I think Mummy thought so too! I can’t wait for my next Holland America Line Cruise!


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The Best Bits of a Cruise on Carnival Vista

27th October 2016

As soon as a Carnival Cruise Line ship sets sail its fun for all and all for fun. The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line® certainly knows how to keep spirits high at sea with amazing itineraries and outstanding onboard entertainment.

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Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista, launched in May this year and brings with her an enhanced 2.0 version of Carnival style fun. The new Carnival Cruise Line flagship hosts up to 4,000 passengers, and as the fleets largest ship, boasts an impressive fifteen decks of fun.

Life onboard is entertaining, dining onboard is amazing and the Carnival crew go above and beyond to make sure everyone has the most memorable cruising experience. With that in mind, we’re taking a further look at the extraordinary highlights of a Carnival Vista Cruise. Read on to find out more.


Life onboard is Entertaining


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Book your cruise on Carnival Vista and let Carnival Vista take care of the rest. There are an abundance of fun facilities onboard and ample opportunities for things to do at sea. Families and social cruisers will enjoy the Carnival community and those looking for an active cruise will like the high energy pace onboard.

For sunny sea days top deck is the place to be. Carnival WaterWorks on deck 12 has an expanded SplashZone, giant bucket and classic spiralled waterslides, including the new high tech Kaleid-O-Slide with lights and colours. SportSquare is a large indoor and outdoor fun area with mini golf, mini-bowling, volleyball, ping-pong, basketball and more. Those wanting to admire stunning sea views can do so from the SkyCourse ropes course or suspended cycle SkyRide.

For indoor fun, the Carnival Multiplex presents the first ever IMAX Theatre at sea showing a selection of Hollywood blockbusters and film fan favourites. Next door the 3D Thrill Theatre brings screenings to life for a real animated atmosphere.

Dr.Seuss Bookville and Camp Ocean keep kids happy and entertained with plentiful books and age appropriate activities, whilst parents can chill out in the adult-only Serenity Retreat on deck 15.

Infectious LOL’s can be heard when Carnival Live is onboard. Vista guests can enjoy top of the range live performances from featured musicians or comedians. Other after dark entertainment can be experienced in the Liquid Lounge, RedFrog Pub or Havana Club.

Dining Onboard is Amazing


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From green eggs and ham ala Dr, Seuss to beer that has been brewed in the ship’s very own onboard brewery, Carnival Vista offers a fantastic range of food and drink options for all to enjoy.  Top food recommendations from the Iglu Cruise team include:

  • Get a breakfast burrito from BlueIguana Cantina, you won’t regret it!
  • You have to try the Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake, nothing else even compares.
  • Grab a burger from Guy’s Burger Joint for a real American style snack.
  • Choose your own Asian stir fry melody with customisable options from Mongolian Wok.

  • Other great dining options include Horizons Restaurant for a sit down meal with new surprising dishes to try each night or seafood with 360 degree ocean views in Seafood Shack. Succulent steak and lobster in the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse and Italian inspired family favourites at Cucina del Capitano. For an extra special dining occasion, The Chef’s Table, with delicious dishes and even a behind the scenes galley tour is a great option.

    The Carnival Crew go above and beyond

    During our time onboard Carnival Vista the crew were extremely welcoming and friendly, eager to make sure that we had a fun and memorable cruise. Our Cruise Director – Matt Mitcham was fantastic and made an extra special effort to speak to everyone onboard. Matt was at times a comedian and an entertainer creating a fun environment for all to enjoy. Dancing and games at the pool area are a much loved Carnival custom.

    Get ready for your fun cruise and see our latest Carnival Vista cruise deals

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