Marella Cruises

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About Marella 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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Marella Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

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

Marella Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Going downhill

Cabin hygiene was OK but I had to ask for outside balcony table to be wiped down.They don't wipe down tables after use in the Island restaurant (indoor or out) when we spoke to someone they tried to justify the lack of care due to a Customs Inspection on the day.Read More
ENNYLynne

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 66s

Best experience

Then the dining areas, we were spoiled for choice, the food was perfection with so many choices of what to eat as well as where to eat.There was so many activities throughout the day if you didn't mind stopping on board and the choices of excursions was unbelievable at certain islands.Read More
Lorraine Paton

few6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

My first cruise

I got this for my Wife's 60th birthday as she has been on several cruises but it was my first time.I loved my first cruise so much that we are planning another one for my 75th birthday next year probably around the Greek islands or who knows we might go back to the Carribbean.Read More
Jack and Lorraine

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 74s

Exceptional value for money.

The food in the Italian restaurant was pretty awful, however the main restaurant was better.The main downfall was the food, it was difficult to book into the restaurants which had a supplement, with no availability, however when checked, we were told that they had been very quiet.Read More
Sian76

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 48s

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