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

Ship:
Marella Explorer
Line:
Thomson Cruises
Depart Date:
28th April 2019
Duration:
21 nights | View itinerary
Customer Rating:
View 61 reviews
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

Cabins on the Marella Explorer

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Customer reviews for Marella Explorer

  • Marella Explorer
  • Thomson Cruises
  • 01 Jul 2019

This was our first cruise and we were not disappointed. From the time we handed our luggage over at the check in until we collected it on disembarkation, everything was very well organised. All the crew and staff treated us with respect and were very friendly. The food was first rate with plenty of choice. The cabin stewards were very efficient and couldn't do enough for us, ours was named Hobin, he even made towel sculptures and left a pair of swans in our cabin on the day of our 50th wedding anniversary which he arranged on the bed along with our cards. Entertainment was first class we don't know how they kept up their energy to do two excellent productions each night. Excursions we booked were first class and allowed us to visit places we would not have known about. We were kept informed of activities going on aboard the ship so we could plan our days, especially when at sea. It was our first cruise, but it will not be our last. We just have to save hard for the next one.

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  • Marella Explorer
  • Thomson Cruises
  • 30 Jun 2019

First time on one of the new to Tui larger ships. Certainly a nicer ship in terms of decor and comfortable cabin. Informal dining much improved. Used to compare buffets on older ships to factory canteens. This was less of a bustle, better food and an overall better experience. Formal restaurant had less courses on the menu and we thought standard had dropped slightly. Environment of the restaurant was very nice. Vegetable cooking is appalling - cooked to a mush! Big disappointment was the entertainment. Tui used to lead the field in its class of ships. Performances were spoilt by too loud heavy beat background music which drowned out singers. The content of the programmes was badly chosen for the audience and might have suited a younger crowd. Tui have changed its entertainment supply company and the new company might need to adjust to the clientele on these ships. The cruise ran smoothly although there was more tendering than the itinerary suggested. Whether this was poor management or unavoidable I don't know. We would certainly continue to use Tui/Marella cruises if the prices and itineraries suit us.

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  • Marella Explorer
  • Thomson Cruises
  • 30 Jun 2019

We chos to have an inside cabin on deck 4 .It was much more spacious than expected and had everything we required -and more plenty of wardrobe and drawer space -even for us who take everything but the kitchen sink!Wewereon theMidnight Sucruise departing 9thJue 2019.Great ports of call and we were blessed with exceptionally great weather. Our cabin steward was superb and he made us a 'friend'' nearly every night. The food was excellent and we celebrated a friend's birthday in the Surf andTurf which was exceptional. A couple of the excursions were a bit disappointing and the entertainment -although excellent was not always for our era -The comedian was not to our taste either very rude about little people and large people - not PC at all ! Overall we had a wonderful time and would certainly go with Marella again. Livedteship but prefer te Discovery.

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