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Marella Cruises Cruises

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Marella Discovery

About Marella Cruises Cruises

Marella attracts a broad cross-section of the British working class along with people of all ages. Marella's fleet of five ships offers an onboard experience that sits somewhere between traditional and ultra-casual.

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Who goes on Marella Cruises cruise ships?

Marella's passengers are almost exclusively from the U.K., with everything onboard geared to British tastes, from food and drink to stand-up and pub quizzes. Most are over 50, but the age range comes down considerably in the school holidays when competitive pricing and convenient flights from local airports, as well as free kids' clubs, make Marella attractive to families. However, a handful of the line's ships are adults-only and draw an older crowd.

Do I have to dress up on a Marella Cruises cruise?

Not too much. The dress code is casual apart from one dress-to-impress night per seven-day cruise, which can be interpreted as you wish. Tuxedos and ball gowns are a rarity and, in fact, would seem out of place, but people do make an effort on these nights to dress it up.

Is everything free on Marella Cruises cruises?

Not quite. Marella's cruises are fairly inclusive with gratuities and basic drinks included. Meals in select venues are also included. Extra costs include an upgrade to premium wine and spirits, bottled water and specialty coffee, spa treatments, shore excursions and specialty dining.

What are Marella Cruises’s most popular activities?

Marella's ships are packed with activities, which is just how Marella cruisers want it. Among the more popular activities are poolside contests, lively evening entertainment and, on ships that have them, virtual reality games, escape rooms, climbing walls and mini-golf.

Why go with Marella Cruises?

  • Food and entertainment geared to British tastes, from Yorkshire Tea to Marmite
  • Big program of departures from the U.K. with opportunities to create cruise-and-stay packages
  • Excellent value and all-inclusive pricing

Best for: Younger Brits looking for a friendly, activity-packed cruise; families

Not for: Luxury cruisers and culture vultures

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Tired, cheap booze cruise on a cross channel ferry disguised as a cruise ship with the worst food possible

Raw apple pie, ravioli swimming in flour and cheesy water and inedible cold beef stew that looked (and probably tasted) like Pal - the dog food - all in our first hours Overall, the staff are very friendly but the cost cutting has taken a toll everywhere.The food in the main restaurants would appear to have come from a 1970’s prison ship and we had mild food poisoning after 2 nights.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Well Organised on the Marella Discovery

Our first cruise and it wont be our last, well organised at Birmingham Airport greeted by the Tui rep given our flight boarding pass suitcases taken from us and not to be seen again until outside our cabin door onboard ship in Barbados, we upgraded from an inside cabin to a Junior Suite with balcony No 8520 we were well pleased, very impressed with the ship it had undergone a major revamp 2022 with new carpets throughout the ship, the cabins also had a face lift but for some reason all the fridges had been removed from the cabins, all the staff onboard were very friendly and couldn't do enough for you and always happy and smiling, it is all inclusive including drinks the food was good but a little repetitive, if you wanted a steak or indian food you had to pay extra which I didn't think was fair and should have been included within the all inclusive deal, but all in all we did enjoy ourselves the daily excursions are good and worth going on, the evening entertainment was a bit like Butlins it was the same faces each evening just singing different songs,Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

NOT WHAT WE BOOKED 60% of itinerary was changed , but we were fed excuses not reasons

and while writing this I have learned that the same itinerary we booked has now been cancelled for week commencing January 30th due to a 'problem with the ship'.After a 2hr 50min outward flight delay (reasons offered were dubiously received by passengers) we arrived on board ship and were told immediately that the Cosumei visit on day 6 was abandoned - nothing was said prior to flight.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Clean & safe cruise, not really inspiring?

- The way how costs are under control by headoffice, by offering a very limited choice on food for buffets or restaurants: one choice of lettuce with carrot, tomato and onion every day; no flaky croissants or pastries (made from frozen); very limited choice of breads or rolls; use of only powdered scramble eggs or one version of tinned sliced mushroom (you find it in every dish breakfast/lunch/dinner); many cakes or desserts (even during tea time and no scones????Most specials are focused on red meat related dishes and indeed the steaks are cooked to perfection, but no meat lovers receive a very limited choice and for a week's cruise how often can you eat the same meal?Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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