This summer, treat yourself to a well-deserved getaway onboard Marella Explorer 2, sailing from Newcastle. Browse all available UK coastal cruises now.
Marella Cruises' Marella Explorer 2 is a fantastic all-inclusive ship with space for more than 1,800 passengers. Offering the same standard of service and comfort as other ships in the fleet, Marella Explorer 2 stands out from the crowd as she is reserved exclusively for adults. Designed for singles, couples and groups of friends, the focus is on relaxing and social spaces that provide an escape from the stresses of day to day life. From sunbathing with a cocktail in hand on The Veranda to high-end cuisine and evenings of letting your hair down, there's excitement around every corner onboard Marella Explorer 2.
When it comes to evenings onboard Marella Explorer 2, there will never be a dull moment. With a number of entertainment venues and types to choose from, guests of all tastes will find something to suit them. Some of the most popular options include:
Indigo Bar, Club & Casino - a three-in-one venue giving guests the choice to relax with a drink from the feature bar, join in on the dance floor, or test their luck on the slot machines or card tables.
Squid & Anchor - a traditional British pub which features a normal and premium bar. Here you can listen to a live band, take part in quiz nights and play on arcade machines.
Broadway Show Lounge - enjoy exciting new shows in this two-story lounge, complete with waiter service.
In addition to the main pool and four whirlpools, guests can push themselves with a workout in the state of the art gym which boasts a beautiful and calming view of the sea to make that exercise a little easier.
If taking care of your mind, body, and soul means relaxation and a little pampering, Marella Explorer 2 offers the perfect facilities in the stunning Champneys Spa. Here you'll find a panoramic sauna, a relaxation room and VIP suites with private steam rooms and saunas. Treatments include a range of facials, body wraps, and massages, all designed to help you feel your absolute best.
When you’re not on a shore excursion discovering the incredible destinations, your time onboard the ship can be spent however you choose:
Pool - a stage runs through the middle of the pool where the entertainment team performs.
Whirlpool Baths - the ship boasts four whirlpools, meaning more opportunities to relax in the warm bubbles under the sun.
The Coffee Port - enjoy lavazza coffee and sweet treats while looking out over the atrium, taking in soothing piano music at various times.
The Veranda - a relaxing venue fitted with cocoon chairs and Balinese beds, accompanied by great views at the rear of the ship.
Mini Golf - a mini-golf course is onboard for guests to try out their putting skills.
Broad Street Shops - a range of onboard boutiques which stock everyday essentials and duty-free products including perfume, jewellery, and souvenirs.
Photo Studio - take a professional photo shoot at the studio and buy onboard photos from the photography team.
I’d like to Say a Big Thank you to Captain Kostas and his Crew and All the Amazing Staff and to all the Entertainers onboard Explorer 2 where we Spent Christmas & New Year. The Food was always well presented and Lovely. Can’t fault anything apart from Bringing us Back Lol. All Joking aside nothing was too much trouble for anyone on this Ship. Visiting the Beautiful Caribbean so what more could anyone what accept to go again Thank you so much
We really had a good holiday we loved the ship entertainment shows was good. apart from one singer from one of the bars on an evening he played a guitar and sung Irish songs and they were a bit depressing we weren’t the only ones it got on your nerves after a bit but we would rather listen to a band be able to get up and have a dance also they only brought one out side entertainer per week on P&O you have a couple of acts over two weeks staff we’re really friendly cabin was fine bath room could do with an up date
We have been on 8 cruises with various operators (princess, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Holland America, P&O ), and not been with Marella before, but were recommended to do so by a friend who used to work in the industry. We were not disappointed: ship very clean and tidy, with a fresh contemporary feel and unfussy (no expensive artwork), nice furniture throughout; cabins immaculate, with a larger bathroom than most, notably with a glass shower screen, rather than a curtain. Crew welcoming, professional and always cheerful. Entertainment first rate, food standard excellent, (but with buffet selection smaller than some) and more than enough bars with a wide range of cocktails available; we had the premium drinks package for £7 a day, which was great value. Transport to and from the ship was extremely efficient; we were given cabin tags at the UK airport for the suitcase, Naples was not as chaotic as we feared (we travelled mid-week), with a 5 minute walk to the coaches. Luggage was loaded on to the coaches for us, and appeared at our cabins within an hour of boarding. Boarding efficient and quick, a couple of minor issues ( a twin room set up as a double) rapidly and efficiently sorted out. return journey equally good; luggage was left outside the cabins the night before leaving, the next time we saw it was on the baggage claim in the UK. Didn't use any of the ship's excursions, so can't comment on these. Excellent value for money with all tips and drinks included, we would definitely use Marella again.
Overated short measured on premium drinks package glasses not filled up properly always waited till you had a third left and topped up by a third not always convinced you got the drink from the premium package cabin steward great helpful and friendly Restaurant windows dirty so any pictures taken were blighted.
Did the Mediterranean Gems cruise from Naples in August. Had a great time, the ship was lovely and the staff were exceptional, very friendly and attentive. Our balcony cabin was great and very good value. All the ports of call were interesting and were very well organised. Our first Marella cruise and would certainly recommend to family and friends.
Tours very well organised & tour guides very knowledgeable. Food very disappointing (was looking forward to plenty of seafood choice but nothing much on offer) Most restaurants on ship fully booked by existing passengers upon boarding. Service/bar staff always very friendly and helpful but ran out of inclusive beer on day 4! Cabin service very limited - couldn't deliver a pizza for dinner! Evening theatre entertainment top notch.
Can’t praise Iglu and Marella highly enough. From booking with Iglu to walking into our balcony cabin everything was perfect. There were plenty of Marella staff to welcome us at the airport and the organisation at port was excellent. The ship was recently refurbished and generally was good. The layout of The Market Place food was a bit random and had a quite limited selection but we always found something to eat. Lattitude 53 was excellent. All in all an excellent cruise which was marvellous value for money. Would definitely cruise with Marella again.
Marella Explorer 2 is a great entry level cruise option, fully inclusive so takes all the worries away. Good itinerary with public transport easily accessible so you can avoid the tours. Entertainment is varied enough though suited to the mass market ... particular mention of the Cruise Director who sang an amazing Sinatra esq set. If you want super posh this isn’t for you but if fun in the sun is your thing you cannot go wrong. Ideal for traveling with young adults (plenty of families) right up to those of retirement age but noticeably a slightly younger average than some cruise lines. Waist line hasn’t recovered yet from the good food - we stuck to the inclusive restaurants, so no need to upgrade.