Transatlantic Homecoming from Barbados to Newcastle, 28 April 2019 (21 nights)

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Ship:
Marella Explorer
Line:
Thomson Cruises
Depart Date:
28th April 2019
Duration:
21 nights | View itinerary
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Cruise Type:
Fly Cruise
  • Inclusive Drinks
  • Tips Included

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Holiday Features

TUI Explorer has enough facilities to keep everyone happy
  • Kids Club
  • Oceans Spa & Beauty Salon
  • Broadway Show Lounge
  • Tapas @ The Mediterranean
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Pizzeria @ The Mediterranean
  • Entertainment:The Shack, The Lounge, Latitude 53, Indigo Bar & More

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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Fly from the UK
1 Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados
Barbados will delight you with its fine beaches, body-heat waters, calypso rhythms and perfect climate. You will love the friendliness of the welcoming, easygoing and laid back local people.
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2 Castries, St. Lucia
Castries, St. Lucia
This picturesque island is an enchanting blend of lush rainforests, banana plantations, green mountains, sandy beaches and amazing wildlife.
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3 Basseterre, St. Kitts
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Immerse yourself in the wonderful scenery of lush rainforests, eighteen century balconied white houses, unspoilt coastline and secluded cliffs and caves. You can relax on one of the many flawless beaches or explore the countryside. Highlights of the island include the octagonal Circus of the capital Basseterre, Brimstone Hill Fortress with its stunning views, Romney Manor with its fantastic shops, a Roman Catholic cathedral and a colourful fountain. After sightseeing, why not enjoy an exciting horse ride along Frigate Bay Beach?
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4 St. John's, Antigua
St. John's, Antigua
You will fall in love with this secluded island…a true paradise with 365 white sandy beaches (one for every day of the year), gingerbread architecture and hummingbirds. Visit Nelson’s Dockyard National Park to explore restores naval buildings, nautical museums and lush tropical vegetation. Then head to Montserrat, from here you can enjoy a fantastic view of the active Soufriere Hills volcano. You will be charmed by the local pottery, the great shops, the delicious Antiguan food and the friendliness of the local people. For those of you that like snorkelling, the sheltered bay on Bird Island is a must. Surrounded by a wall of coral reef, Antigua will inspire and excite you.
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5 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The island of St Maarten is peacefully divided into the Dutch and French state. Philipsburg, the Dutch capital, offers fantastic stores and boutiques as well as fine beers.
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6 Road Town, Tortola
Road Town, Tortola
Escape to Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands also known as the ‘Dove of Peace’. You will notice that the capital Road Town is very peaceful, but it’s perfect for strolling white sanded beaches, swimming in the crystal clear waters and soaking up the sun. If you are looking for something more exciting, visit Virgin Gorda, famous for its Baths and a collection of grottoes and rock pools to swim through. Take a trip up to Sage Mountain for breathtaking views of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. For special souvenirs, head to the island’s boutiques for original hand-made shell jewellery. Enjoy the natural skyline as nothing is taller than a coconut palm tree!
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7-11 At Sea - 5 days
12 Horta, Azores AM PM
13 Ponta Delgada, Azores
Ponta Delgada, Azores
With amazing two-tone lakes and a stunning lush landscape, the Azores are somewhere you will need plenty of camera film.
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14-15 At Sea - 2 days
16 Brest AM PM
17 Cherbourg
Cherbourg
Cherbourg, naval station, fortified town, and seaport in Manche département, Basse-Normandie région, northwestern France. It lies along the English Channel, west-northwest of Paris, and is situated at the mouth of the small Divette River on the north shore of the Cotentin peninsula. The steep Roule Mountain nearby offers a panoramic view of the town. The port benefits from a remarkable harbour, well-sheltered except to the north, and is situated close to the great maritime routes that ply the English Channel.
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18 Le Havre (Paris) AM PM
19 Bruges (Zeebrugge)
Bruges (Zeebrugge)
Brugge (in Flemish -- it's Bruges in French) is one of the most visited cities in Europe and is the number one destination for passengers on cruise ships calling at Zeebrugge. Visitors flock here, not for a specific museum or historical location, but to wander amidst the city's stunning examples of Flemish and Renaissance architecture and immerse themselves in the vitality of the two main squares -- Markt and Berg. There is always so much going on in Brugges -- from flower and produce markets to rides for children, bustling cafes and restaurants and old-fashioned people watching.
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20 Southampton AM PM
21 At Sea
22 Newcastle AM

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Customer reviews for Marella Explorer

  • Marella Explorer
  • Thomson Cruises
  • 22 Apr 2019

This was my very first holiday on my own,and so it was with some trepidation that I set out. The flight and arrival were o.k. - the transfer to the ship without going through the airport was a surprise and very quick -, and the queue to collect the Sea Pass and lodge credit card details was not too long and I was soon on board. On finding my cabin there was a letter on the bed, inviting me as a solo traveller to a breakfast meeting the next day to meet the other solo's. After that, those who wanted to on any given evening met in the lounge before going into eat together. Having this connection allowed us to make our own arrangements to (e.g.) go to Nelsons Dockyard independently but together when we were in Antigua. Thanks must go to Amanda for arranging this. This really made a huge difference to my holiday. Another unexpected joy was finding there were ballroom dancing classes each day at 4 pm and then more social dancing each evening at 9 - led by visiting professional dancers. On the one hand I will say that it was a pity that there were not more people taking up this opportunity, but on the other hand I did get many hours of sometimes 1 to 1 tuition. Special thanks to Lisa and Phillip (week 1) and then Paul (week 2). I do hope that Marella keep this up. What excursions I took via Marella were well organised and I felt quite good value. It is not their fault that some of the islands (St Maarten in particular) are still in a poor state after the hurricane of 18 months ago. I mostly ate in the Latitude restaurant, where the food was good (although portion sizes were very variable), and service could sometimes be very slow. My cabin was a 'single' inside (with a massive double bed), more than ample storage space, but nowhere to read a book except to lie on the bed. Personally I would have preferred a smaller bed, leaving space for an easy chair. The steward kept it really clean and was really sweet. The main entertainment shows were not to my taste. The shows by the on-board company were very 'samey' in the style of the musical and dance content for each particular evening (although very competent and full of energy), and the visiting comedians (sons of one of either Cannon or Ball) were dire. I was not the only person who walked out. As I say, not to my taste, but it didn't matter too much because I could always go dancing! There were also lots of other things to do - films to watch, casino, various individual musicians in various bars (they were good), quizes, etc. etc. - so really everyone should have been able to find something they liked. The ship as a whole was fine - but then I only regard the ship as a means to an end. It is the destinations that matter to me when I book a holiday. Would I travel on this ship again? Yes - if it was going where I wanted to go!!

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  • Marella Explorer
  • Thomson Cruises
  • 22 Apr 2019

This ship and cruise was excellent value for money. I loved the all inclusive options. Had no reason to upgrade our drinks as the ai offered a wide variety of choice. Large balcony room was superb. Plenty of storage and the hammock was an excellent added feature.

  • Marella Explorer
  • Thomson Cruises
  • 11 Mar 2019

Enjoyed cruise, good service. Good food. Lack of sun loungers. Health and safety issue in buffet. Guests allowed to handle and cut loaves of bread, with large carving knife. In the middle of a thoroughfare. I pointed this out three times and nothing was changed. Lack waiters in bars. Lounge bar a ridiculous shape, making it difficult to get served, too many stools at bar blocking access. I made all these points known to reception, Thomson encourage comments, but nothing is done to improve matters, it just keeps complaints on board ship

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