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Marella Explorer

Joining in 2018, Marella Explorer is the fifth ship to form part of the Marella Cruises fleet. Like Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2, Marella Explorer offers a fantastic all-inclusive cruising experience. A cruise on Marella Explorer is fun for the whole family, with Marella Cruises excellent and experienced customer service, exciting range of port calls and endless entertainment included in the price.

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Ship Stats and Features

Tonnage 76988
Number Of Decks 13
Number Of Elevators 10
Number Of Pools 1
Number Of Restaurants 10
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 1924
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.

VenueCuisine
Kora LaPan-Asian specialities such as curries and noodles
Surf & Turf SteakhouseAll things steak and seafood
Latitude 53Classic dishes with a contemporary twist
The Dining ClubHigh-end cuisine from around the world
Umi SushiFresh sushi made right before your eyes
VistaModern Italian fare
The Market PlaceBuffet-style restaurant with international cuisine
Tapas @ The MediterraneanA taste of Spain
Italian @ The MediterraneanPizza with all your favourite toppings
Snack ShackLaid-back food stalls with food to go

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.

Spa and fitness

Marella Explorer is the perfect choice for a week of pampering thanks to the renowned Champneys Spa and Beauty Salon. Their first at-sea spa, Champneys will offer passengers not only a full range of treatments, but also a wellness centre and a relaxation room, providing 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. Recreation

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.

Customer reviews for Marella Explorer

The Pros: The embarkation and transfer from the airport was seamless. The cabin was clean and a good size we had the large balcony cabin. The staff was friendly I would not say they provide personal service but they are polite. The drinks selection and coffee shop was good. Disembarking was seamless. The boat is very clean. The entertainment show was great and some of the musicians. The Cons: We paid a discount price and it felt like a discounted cruise it was like Benidorm in the sea, people pushing over each other at the buffet shouting bar the bar to get the next drink you would think the boat was going to run out of food and drinks. If your looking for the glamorous cruise you won’t find it here half of my good clothes I did not wear as I would have been out of place. The food was hospital food bland with no taste I suppose when your feeding the masses this is how it goes. Be prepared for drunk and loud it’s not a place to relax I was happy to get the off the boat during the day. There were pub quizzes and Karaoke on a lot of days again not to my taste. In summary if your looking for the glamorous cruise you will not find it here. I suppose I made the wrong choice.

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I joined the ship on Friday 29th of November the colourful coasts cruise. The logistics to get from the airport to the boat to the cabin was perfect. The staff are amazing through the ship wonderful service. The shows are amazing I paid 840 pounds for a large balcony cabin it was perfect. The price was a bargain so initially I was delighted. The crowd of n board was a very mixed bag and this is what I disliked people shouting at you in the bar drunks everywhere, grabbing food in the buffet as if it was their last meal this was a floating Benidorm smart dress was football jersey and shorts. The food and on the ship was awful school dinners is the only way to describe it warm stodgy food no flavour. This cruise does not suit people under the age of 50 and if your looking for class and serenity you will not find it here the pool deck was like a pub brawl people fighting over sun loungers and being rude in general. 

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