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Barbados Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews

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Turned into booze cruise!!!!!!

Review for Marella Explorer to Transatlantic

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Chris1954
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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( the brown sofas in the Squid and Anchor need throwing over board!) The resident entertainment was very good.Some of the guest shows on the other hand went from excellent to awful. The ...
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Sail Date: April 2019


Booze cruise !

Review for Marella Explorer to Trans-Ocean

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kennybobs
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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 was hit and miss. Great theatre with good sight lines. A decent sized cinema.But as a cruise experience did not live up to the standard we have become accustomed to with P@O. On sea ...
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Sail Date: April 2019


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

Review for Marella Explorer to Caribbean - Southern

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KingFielder
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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 and ship staff were brilliant. Positives: - Drop bags at check in and don't see them again until you're at your cruise ship cabin - Great airplane staff who can't do enough ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Traveled with children


Cruise great but ship disappointing

Review for Marella Explorer to Caribbean - Southern

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pamg1
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We’re experinced cruise holiday makers and feel qualified to make comparisons to previous cruises . Marella explorer is not a beautiful ship on either the outside or the inside . To my way of thinking she looks like a ferry. The advertising suggested looking for a lean contemporary look but my feeling is they run out of money and didn’t have sufficient to buy artwork sculptures or ...
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Sail Date: April 2019


Great; good value cruise experience

Review for Marella Explorer to Caribbean - All

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brian eaton
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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 all inclusive 4 star cruise with modern decor , good food , a lively friendly atmosphere and great staff to look after you then this is the one you should book. Flight on TUI ...
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Sail Date: April 2019


Better than we could have imagined

Review for Marella Explorer to Caribbean - Eastern

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LHSM
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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 queues move very fast, no standing still. Then we were taken from the ship to the airport and our cases were sent to the plane ahead of us so we didn’t have to carry them around with us, ...
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Sail Date: March 2019

Traveled with disabled person


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

Review for Marella Explorer to Caribbean - All

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Purple tattyteddy
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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 to say a very big THANK YOU to Amanda Hudson the social host and our captain Peter Harris for sorting everything out so that we could do it on our wedding anniversary. We had a lovely ...
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Sail Date: March 2019


Perfect islands shame about ship

Review for Marella Explorer to Canary Islands

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michael east sussex
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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. My wife was real looking forward to trip. Perfect start great to leave luggage at Gatwick and see it next in our cabin. I do have limited mobility so arranged an adapted cabin which ...
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Sail Date: March 2019

Traveled with disabled person


What's Not To Like!

Review for Marella Explorer to Caribbean - Eastern

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sonrisa@C4
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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 Barbados, straight on a coach and to the ship. The Explorer is a nice ship but lacks any wow factor. There is no central atrium which other ships have and we found this ship awkward to ...
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Sail Date: March 2019


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

Review for Marella Explorer to Caribbean - Eastern

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Royaloak01
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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 interesting to try their cruise option. Flights - very good, the system of leaving luggage at Manchester airport and not having to handle it again until it arrived at the cabin worked ...
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Sail Date: March 2019


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