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Barbados Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews

Marella Cruises
Marella Explorer
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Barbados

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49 Barbados Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews


Gotthebugforsailing avatar

Gotthebugforsailing

3 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Boring

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Went on this 'new' ship for the new year into 2019. The most boring cruise I'd ever been on. There was no laughs and no entertainment. Reality bands on a big screen every night. Same thing every evening. We had ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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DianaMontignac

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Excellent cruise. Great staff and captain. Very clean comfortable balcony cabin.

We wanted to visit the Caribbean islands offered on this cruise. We also wanted to go “all inclusive”. We chose back to back cruises Tropical Delights and Paradise Islands.We also wanted to avoid lots of “at ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Chris1954

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Turned into booze cruise!!!!!!

We found the arrival very easy,straight off the plane on a bus and on to the ship. The ship itself was not my favorite, not easy to navigate around. The seating in some of the public areas was very uncomfortable( ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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kennybobs

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Booze cruise !

5 weeks before sailing the cruise was on offer at a good price.Got off to a great start when allocated our outside cabin which was huge! (9006) After that things went downhill a bit. First let me say the ship itself ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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sonrisa@C4

4 Reviews Written

31 Helpful Votes

What's Not To Like!

We chose the cruise to celebrate some special birthdays somewhere hot and sunny! We have previously travelled with Marella on their other ships and with P & O. Embarkation was super quick - off the plane in ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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KingFielder

2 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Nice, Relaxing Cruise but DON'T upgrade to Premium!!!

Was going to give them 3 stars for a cheap and cheerful cruise but you have to give TUI an extra star for the help and support we received from their staff. We took 3 kids, one only 8 months and most of the airplane ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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michael east sussex

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Perfect islands shame about ship

We chose this cruise after a good cruise on the old Thompson Spirit. We have cruised a few times with many cruise lines and saw this trip in a local agent .not a cheapo late deal so planed out 9 months in advance. ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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PaulC-Hols

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Excellent Cruise on a superb ship.

Last year we had done the Northern Carribean on Marella Discovery 2 and decided that this year was to be the Southern part! We had loved both of the Discoveries and were concerned that the lack of an Atrium would ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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brian eaton

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Great; good value cruise experience

If you are looking for a formal 5 star cruise on a traditional decor ship with excellent food , west end shows and quiet relaxed surroundings then this cruise is not for you. If you are looking for an informal ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Purple tattyteddy

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

25th wedding anniversary cruise and 1st time on a cruise

We"d never done a cruise before and wanted to do something special for our silver wedding anniversary so we decided to book a cruise around the Caribbean. We also booked to renew our wedding vows and we'd just like ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Coops and Co

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Very enjoyable 2 week cruise

Previously cruised with TUI in the Med & decided to branch out to the Caribbean for a 14 day back to back cruise. We flew from Manchester on the very impressive TUI Dreamliner where the flight went very smoothly ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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john muircroft

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Booze cruise

We booked this cruise on the back of many great cruises on the TUI Celebration as our celebration of 40 year of marriage. We took our only son with us as it was a family celebration. The whole trip including ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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LHSM

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Better than we could have imagined

Everything was perfect, You walk off the plane and onto a coach where you’re taken straight to the ship where our bags were waiting for us at our cabin. On return you see the immigration officers onboard, the ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Bluebell67

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Vows renewal

This was our first cruise for our silver wedding anniversary & certainly won’t be our last. After arriving in Barbados we were put on a coach straight to the ship, embarkation was fantastic. We were greeted by a ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Royaloak01

3 Reviews Written

26 Helpful Votes

First time Marella cruise- won't be the last!

Previously cruised on the Royal Clipper (twice) and Norwegian Star (not the best experience), so we have been on small and larger vessels. Tui package holidays have always been consistent for quality, so it was ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Davevick

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

First time but won’t be the last

After a long bout of illness we were looking for a special holiday and boy did we get one. Every port/island that we visited was absolutely amazing, beautiful scenery, white sand beaches and crystal clear ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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gazza8

1 Review Written

Expected better

After cruising with Marella before around the Mediterranean two years ago on Discovery 1 and having such a fantastic cruise , I was really looking forward to this cruise on their newest and largest ship. The ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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weyward

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Disapppointing

We chose Marella Explorer as it was a medium-size ship, and our very first cruise 20 years was with Thomson and we were very pleased with that. Sadly our experience of Marella Explorer was very disappointing. The ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Globetrotter1957

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

First cruise ever

Did not know what to expect on this our first cruise as we had read so many varied reviews, but we could not fault our cruise experience, we booked a large balcony cabin and it was perfect, we had our own sun ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Jaroba26

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Fabulous with just a few tweaks needed

This ship is a real asset to the Marella line. It is really well run, spotlessly clean and comfortable. The crew are happy to help with a smile. There is a great choice of food, my only criticism is that a lot of ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Bigkev668

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Birthday Celebration Cruise

We chose this cruise for a 60th birthday gift for my wife having never been to the Caribbean before. We were not to be disappointed. A painless flight on the Dreamliner from Glasgow to Barbados saw us straight into ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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High Seas On

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Very good - but...

My partner and I chose this cruise/ship to celebrate my 65th birthday. Lovely, clean ship and could not fault the crew. Our outside cabin on Deck 5 was of ample size for the two of us and was kept clean twice ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Gordon2019

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Fantastic cruise on Explorer - a new convert from normal All Inclusive holidays!

Background: We usually go with all-inclusive holidays, mostly with TUI First Choice. Lately we have thought that we spend too much time on the resorts and miss out on seeing much of where we are - hence the ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Kevlynnonholiday

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great itinerary

We choose this cruise for the itinerary as we have done lots of cruises & out of the 11 islands we had only visited 3 before. As we had not cruised with Marella before we were keen to see what they had to offer. ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Trewey

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Confused /random restaurant service

I must say the standered of food in the resturant was good, and the Vista resturant very good, but the variety could have been more varied, the buffet resturant did not have choice of other cruise ships we have been ...
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Sail Date February 2019


Marella Explorer Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.03.6
Public Rooms4.04
Fitness Recreation5.03.7
Family3.04
Enrichment3.03.4
Service4.04.1
Value For Money4.03.7
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