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Marella Explorer

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Sailing as part of the Marella fleet since 2018, Marella Explorer offers a fantastic all-inclusive cruising experience visiting sun-drenched Mediterranean destinations that you've always dreamed of exploring. A family-friendly ship, a cruise on Marella Explorer is fun for guests of all ages, with everything from a relaxing spa to modern bars and kids' clubs waiting to keep everyone busy. What's more, with Marella Explorer's excellent and experienced customer service, exciting range of port calls and endless entertainment included in the price, you can enjoy your cruise knowing that everything has already been taken care of.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/05/1996
Tonnage 77000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 8
Number Of Decks 13
Number Of Elevators 10
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 10
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 1924
Crew 909
Refurbished 2018

Ship Facilities


Marella Explorer offers many options for delicious onboard dining with 10 restaurants and 10 bars to choose from. All tastes are catered for with a tempting selection of international cuisine from Pan-Asian delicacies to steakhouse classics. With a range of casual options and more formal restaurants, there’s a dining venue for every occasion.

Top dining highlights include:

  • Kora La: Pan-Asian specialties such as curries and noodles
  • Surf & Turf Steakhouse: delight in decadent steak and seafood dishes
  • Umi Sushi: Freshly made, delicious sushi dishes
  • Vista: indulge in a wide variety of Italian fare
  • Snack Shack: light bites in a stylish, colourful venue


Entertainment onboard Marella Explorer is as varied as it is exciting. With so much to choose from- ranging from a relaxed drink in one of the lounges to a high-energy Broadway-style show, guests can choose a different venue every evening and never get bored!

  • The Indigo Bar, Club and Casino are available for all stages of the perfect night onboard. Whether it’s casual cocktails, a night of dance or chance, there is something to suit everyone.
  • Marella Explorer’s cool colour changing bar, The Lounge, offers great sea views and soothing live music.
  • The Broadway Show Lounge seats up to 1,000 people and showcases excellent live entertainment with waiter service.
  • Located next to the restaurant, 53 is ideal for pre-dinner drinks.
  • If you’d like a refreshing al fresco drink, check out the frozen cocktails on offer at The Shack.
  • Bar @ The Mediterranean is the place to go for drinks with a view.
  • Up the levels of sophistication by enjoying a glass (or more) of bubbly at Aperitif.
  • For a more low-key evening in a relaxed environment, look no further than the Squid & Anchor where, alongside traditional British drinks, guests can enjoy live music and quiz nights.


Cruises with Marella Explorer have families in mind and with enough facilities and activities to please guests of all ages, there’s no chance of anyone moaning that they are bored!

If you’re looking for some active fun that brings the family together, look no further than minigolf, table tennis and more at the Sports & Family Deck, where you can challenge your loved ones to a bit of friendly competition.

As important as it is to spend time together as a family, there are also plenty of opportunities to hangout separately. Kids and teens are well catered for with dedicated areas including the fully stocked Gamer Zone, while adults can enjoy some peace and quiet lounging about on the Balinese beds on The Veranda.

Everyone can cool off outdoors while onboard Marella Explorer as there is a swimming pool, multiple whirlpools and a kids Splash Pad with baby mini-slide.

You can also read our recent blog - Best Family Cruises Summer 2024 to learn more about its family-friendly attractions!

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Spa and fitness

Marella Explorer is the perfect choice for a week of pampering, thanks to the renowned Oceans Spa and Beauty Salon. Offering a range of treatments including polishes, couples massages and other sumptuous delights, it’s the perfect opportunity to recharge and refresh on your cruise.

As well as these wonderful facilities, the ship is equipped with a state-of-the-art gym which is kitted out with all the essentials for an intensive workout.


Days at sea can be enjoyed just as much as shore excursions on Marella Explorer. One of the most popular places to spend the afternoon is the pool deck, where as well as the pool there are various whirlpools in which to relax and enjoy the ocean views. However, if you’d like some respite from the sun then head inside and browse what’s on offer. From a well-stocked library and coffee shops to boutiques and a photo studio, there’s no end of ways to keep you occupied during your free time on the ship.

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