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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

Mostly good.

The last time I had an outside cabin, but we upgraded to a balcony one this time, which would have been better if they actually cleaned the balcony.I did this cruise in 2020 on Explorer 2, which I would say was slightly better than Voyager, mainly because of the food set up.Read More
Jimbofaefarfar

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 73s

Great ship, lovely staff, food average. age 75 +

The ship itself was very nice, just big enough to find your way around after a day or so.Maybe I should have been quicker and booked them 10 mins after getting on the ship.Read More
Garry3372

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 51s

Just returned from a transatlantic cruise.

The upside Nice ship and rooms are a good size Overall the food is decent Entertainment ok, not wonderful, but ok The staff are brilliant.If you need to go to more than one station, by the time you queue again, food is cold.Read More
Kathryn013

many10+ Cruises

Age 68s

Spoilt only by a minority and an unheated pool.

We found the food in the buffet restaurant to be not quite up to the excellent standard that we had experienced on our previous Marella cruise but still acceptable on the two occasions that we used the buffet.I have no doubt that this was dealt with by the security staff who were in hot pursuit of the offenders when we last saw them.Read More
AchileLauro

many10+ Cruises

Age 64s

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