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Marella Explorer 2

Marella Cruises' Marella Explorer 2 is a fantastic all-inclusive ship which can accommodate more than 1,800 passengers. She offers the same standard of service and comfort as her sister ship Marella Explorer, however there is one significant difference: Marella Explorer 2 is reserved for adults-only.

This important factor has had a significant bearing on the design of the ship. Its focus on adults means that facilities such as the popular social space - The Veranda - is twice the size as on other Marella Cruises ships, allowing guests more opportunity to meet fellow passengers and spend more time sunbathing, sipping on cocktails, and enjoying the fun holiday ambience.

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Ship Stats and Features

Number Of Decks 14
Number Of Elevators 9
Number Of Pools 1
Number Of Restaurants 8
Formal Nights Yes
Adult Only Yes
Refurbished 2019

Ship Facilities

Mealtimes are the star of the show onboard Explorer 2 and with so much to choose from, including a range of speciality restaurants, there’s no chance of going hungry during you cruise.

Included dining
  • The Market Place – this buffet restaurant spans a range of different cuisines, with food being prepared right before your eyes.
  • Latitude 53 - this gold-and-grey luxurious restaurant is a fantastic venue featuring panoramic windows, along with excellent waiter service for a special dining experience.
  • Vista - located on the first floor of Latitude 53, this gorgeous venue becomes a contemporary Italian restaurant in the evenings.
  • Snack Shack - enjoy grab 'n' go breakfasts, lunches, and snacks from the numerous food stalls, along with a beverage from the drinks station.
  • Nonna's- open for lunch and dinner, you can make your own pizza and pasta dishes at this pizzeria.
  • The Beach Cove- with quirky swing seats and bbq-inspired, this beach themed restaurant is the perfect casual dining venue.

Speciality dining

If you’re willing to splash out a little on something different, check out these restaurants:

  • Surf & Turf Steakhouse - choose from a range of meats including pork chops, lobster, and grilled chicken, or try one of the 28-day-aged steaks.
  • Kora La - sample a fantastic menu of pan-Asian choices, including curries and noodle dishes. This is also the place for succulent sushi.
  • Dining Club - indulge in high-end cuisine at this fine dining restaurant.

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.

Spa and fitness

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.

Customer reviews for Marella Explorer 2

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

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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.

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