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Southampton Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews

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"This was the inaugural cruise for fare paying passengers and was for three days visiting Dover and Portland and due to COVID when not sitting eating or drinking all passengers and staff had to wear a mask when..."Read More
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Not a bad outing given the circumstances

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - British Isles & Western

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kaf1sh
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

Oh the great debate: to cruise or not to cruise amid a global pandemic? But like most folks, after 15 months of restrictions, we decided to take a punt on a Western UK cruise - thinking that was least likely to be cancelled. I’ll be honest - we would not have considered a spin around GB under any other circumstances. We had not travelled with Marella before. But we’re impressed by the fare ...
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Sail Date: July 2021


Lovely ship, teething problems on the return

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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Kevin79
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

I'll say from the start, we did lower our expectations for this cruise. Friend's have sailed with Marella many times and explained this is a very different product from MSC. We stayed in a mini suite with a large balcony. This had a good size shower, easy to move around the compact space. Only comment is it can be tight to get into the actual shower. The bed was comfortable and liked that it ...
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Sail Date: June 2021


Back to Cruising

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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Arachnid
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This was the inaugural cruise for fare paying passengers and was for three days visiting Dover and Portland and due to COVID when not sitting eating or drinking all passengers and staff had to wear a mask when moving about the Ship and had to undertake a daily temperature check. Any way we were given a boarding time of 12 o'clock on the day of departure and when we arrived were shocked to ...
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Sail Date: June 2021


Great ship.. Great service..

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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ed659
6-10 Cruises

Having had the view of wishing to see the 'northern lights', it seemed a good option to choose. It was a great experience on the Explorer. We have cruised Princess (that experience takes some beating), RCI, and P & O, the thing we find with P & O is that they are trying every which way to obtain more spend out of the passengers, and, in our view, the service kind of seems to be falling off... ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


SEEKING NORTHERN LIGHTS 2019

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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juliecrossland
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

I chose this cruise as it was smart casual as we dont like getting dolled up every night , we paid £3500 for 14 days in a balcony cabin , the service we got on board was excellent ie cleaning cabins bars and restaurants, even though we paid £1500 more than people with an inside cabin wegot no additional perks ie premium package was £100 each for 14 days extra all trips were extra we worked it ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


Seeking the Northern Lights

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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markyboy236
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise because my wife's bucket included waning to see the Northern lights. It didn't disappoint. However there are only a few days during the cruise when this is possible. This is when the ship is inside the Atric circle. ( only 3 day on this itinery) you also need the right weather conditions & they are only visible for a few hours ( normally between about 10pm & 2am). Our ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


Marella explorer

Review for Marella Explorer to Norwegian Fjords

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Kat20
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

Just back from Fjords on the first day of our cruise my husband had his Jacket stolen from the top deck so we were down at reception every day to see if anyone had handed in a jacket the reception staff were anything but helpful just said come down later so every day we went down to reception they said the staff wouldn't take it someone did also my house key was in the secret pocket .so wasnt ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


2nd Marella experience - never again

Review for Marella Explorer to Norwegian Fjords

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Blondie008
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Chose a junior suite for our trip around the Fjords. The weather and ports were faultless - For that reason we are glad we went. This ship and staff - appalling. Self service at best No service at worse OR indeed - glasses stomped down on bar Barmen swearing and indeed backchat in their own language And just so boring.. Missed the buzzers and bells of a big ship The ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


Culture and Sulphur

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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Lindaevan
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

The itinerary and time of year are main reasons we chose this cruise and it did not disappoint. The crew and staff all so kind, helpful and humorous and most importantly skilful whatever their role. Special thanks to Willy and his team who kept our spacious room so tidy and clean and yes the monkey towel sculpture hanging from a mirror did make us jump. We enjoyed our meals in Latitude 53 and ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


The Bad and the Good.

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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GFJM
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise for the itinerary which was very good.We travelled to Southampton with Inter cruises who were very professional with no problems,but on arriving we had to queue to receive the luggage tags then again to get port side with only one desk open even the ladies on the desk were complaining then again to get checked in where there was a "technical" problem with the computers-it took ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


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