16 Feb 2020
All crew were marvelous couldn't do enough for you.
All Inclusive Marella Cruises Summer 2021 UK departures from Southampton or Newcastle with tips included + Book now & save up to £250 + Additional Exclusive reductions on selected departure dates
Shore Excursions available from under £30pp in each port on the UK Summer 2021 departures
Covid Insurance - we promise you the flexibility to make changes to your Marella Cruises booking, whether you’re affected by Covid-19 or not, including testing requirements, not being able to travel due to self-isolating or local travel restrictions. In the case that your cruise can’t go ahead, we’ll be in touch as soon as we can to offer you the chance to change your booking to a different cruise, or to arrange a credit note or a full cash refund.
Standards Guarantee - if any changes are made to the ship facilities or itineraries that would significantly impact the enjoyment of your cruise, your sailing won’t go ahead.
Quarantine-Free Cruises - Marella won’t sail to destinations that will require you to quarantine. If you are a meant to be travelling to a destination that would require isolation on return to the UK you can change your cruise free of charge.
Free Amends- You can amend your Cruise fee free to any Cruise on sale up to 28 days before your original departure date for any booking travelling before 25th October 2021 or any bookings travelling between 26th and 31st October 2021 made on or after 8th February 2021. This applies to Marella Cruises flying with TUI Airways, you can amend the date, duration, accommodation or destination fee-free. However, name changes will still incur a fee. If you opt for a more expensive holiday, you will need to pay the difference in price.
T&Cs apply - please see the itinerary page for details
If you are 18 or over on the day of sailing, you will need to have had both doses of the vaccine at least seven days before travelling, as well as a lateral flow test pre-departure. Guests aged 2-17 years can still sail and do not require a vaccine, but will need to have a lateral flow test pre-departure. Marella Explorer 2 departures from Newcastle are adult-only.
Further detail around requirements specific to your cruise will be provided to you prior to departure.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 before I sail and I am unable to travel?
If you test positive up to 14 days before your sailing date, you will be unable to travel. You’ll be able to change your cruise to another date for free.
Can I book a back-to-back cruise?
Back-to-back cruises will not be available for these domestic cruises.
Are face masks required onboard?
All customers must wear a face mask onboard. Customers must comply with this policy to be able to sail. Masks can be removed when a guest is inside their cabin or sitting down to eat or drink.
Are children allowed on these cruises?
Guests under the age of 18 are allowed to sail but will need to have a lateral flow test before departure. Infants under the age of 2, who are exempt from testing, will not be able to sail. Departures from Newcastle onboard Marella Explorer 2 are adult-only.
Will there be passenger meet-ups for solo travellers?
Marella will organise COVID-safe gatherings which will be optional for all those travelling alone.
Before boarding, guests must complete a health questionnaire and undergo a temperature check, while luggage will be sanitised prior to being unloaded.
When guests are onboard, contact with others will be limited through a reduced capacity to ensure social distancing. Additional measures include cashless payments, one way systems, reduced pool capacity and ample space between sun loungers. When it comes to dining, buffets will be served by staff, and most bars will be table service. Entertainment will still be available, but venues will be adapted to allow for safe distance between guests.
Public venues and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned more often, with extra hand sanitiser stations on hand.
Shore excursions will adhere to the same strict measures found onboard Marella cruise ships, as well as guidelines in each destination.
Thanks to COVID-19 training, crew onboard a Marella cruise will be able to ensure that all measures are complied with. They will also be required to wear personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, for their own safety.
Clean, fresh air is key to keeping guests and crew safe onboard, which is why Marella ventilation systems will be optimised throughout the fleet.
16 Feb 2020
All crew were marvelous couldn't do enough for you.
10 Feb 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed our cruise!
14 Dec 2019
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.Show more
06 Dec 2019
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.Show more
10 Sep 2019
09 Sep 2019
Really good, enjoyed everything
09 Sep 2019
08 Sep 2019
From start to finish we enjoyed every minute. The crew were wonderful, especially Monoj our cabin steward who made us animals and flowers from towels and a lovely Birthday cake also from towels on my wifes 60th Birthday, and a 'lets celebrate' sign on the door. The ship was lovely, the food was exceptional both in the restaurant and the buffet. The all inclusive was a bonus , we didn't feel the need to upgrade to premium as we don't drink coffee or premium single malt whiskey. The Fjords were really beautiful and we were blessed with lovely weather. Will cruise again with Marella.Show more
08 Sep 2019
We loved the cruise. From getting on at Newcastle, much easier than airports, to the amazing sights of the fjords, the crew who can’t do enough for you, the stewards who clean your cabin, the entertainment cast who put on fabulous shows, the food and drink which is there from morning to night, and everything about Marella cruises are there to give you a unforgettable holiday, wouldn’t go with anybody else.
01 Sep 2019
Just got home from Marella Explorer Baltic cruise. It was my first time and I have had nothing to complain about - weather included!
31 Aug 2019
Excellent experience all round. Positives were quality of food - all inclusive is great - and the quality of shows was excellent. The cabin and balcony were very spacious and stewards very efficient and eager to please. I enjoyed the spa on many occasions. The decor was understated but classy, and staff were helpful and friendly. The excursions booked through Marella were very informative and good value. A couple of negatives were organisation in the buffet restaurant (e.g. running out of crockery and having to search for cutlery) and embarkation at Newcastle was a little chaotic - though staff were very helpful. I had a great time overall and will definitely use Thomson (Marella) again. Iglu Cruise staff were also very efficient dealing with our booking from start to end.Show more
31 Aug 2019
Very well maintained, action regarding faults dealt with immediately. Staff very attentive and friendly. On a down side food could have been a bit hotter at times, this includes the fine dining.
All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. Prices are based on two passengers sharing unless otherwise stated and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Cabin and Flight supplements may apply. Other supplements may apply in addition to the price shown above. Flight details, timings and routing may be subject to alteration. Other tour operator charges may also apply. Any Onboard Spending money or drinks package value shown will be per cabin, again based on two sharing.Note: On 13 January 2018, new European legislation is being adopted in the UK which as result will mean that we may change our required method of payment at our discretion, irrespective of how any deposit or prior payment was made.