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Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
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224 reviews
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Questionable quality food
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"Our Cabin was available straight away (being the first cruise) so we headed up to drop off our carry on bags, the cabin, a Junior Suite on Deck 10 starboard Forward, was a good size and spotlessly clean and this was maintained throughout this little cruise, a big thanks to the cabin staff who were always pleasant and worked extremely hard.We visited the Coffee Port (Pay extra if not on Premium, which we were not) on the first morning, after sitting waiting for service for 40 minutes the single serving girl who was run off her feet finally took our order, about 20 later a waiter plonked two mugs of Luke warm coffee in front of us, I asked for some sugar and was informed gruffly that it already had sugar in it to which I informed him that I hadn't ordered coffee with sugar in as my other half does not take sugar, at which time he just walked off...."Read More
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Tired, cheap booze cruise on a cross channel ferry disguised as a cruise ship with the worst food possible

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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CruiserfromLonfon
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

I have been with marella a few times. Never glamorous but used to be functional and efficient. Not now. 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. I know they are cost cutting but the cooking was amazingly bad. Maybe the worst I have ever seen in a commercial setting. The deep fried long hair in the calamari ...
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Sail Date: January 2023


It didn’t sink.

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Vanguarddd
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Oh dear. A disappointing experience. The ship is kept very clean. The balcony was large and the hammock was a nice touch. Muster drills are now on video and are faster than before. But: Tui/Marella has now sunk so far downmarket that I am surprised they don’t market this as a submarine. The ship is now so mediocre and lacking in character, charm or features that it now resembles a floating ...
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Sail Date: January 2023


Clean & safe cruise, not really inspiring?

Review for Marella Explorer to Canary Islands

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MobyandDick
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We realize that: "You-pay-for-what-you-get" and the total package price of an inclusive cruise (incl drinks & tips) may not be compared to other cruise lines where you pay double or triple cruise fares, excluding drinks or tips. So the overall experience we felt was: very friendly staff (and do anything to make you comfortable) and the ship looks clean and well kept. Than what did we miss ...
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Sail Date: January 2023


Perfect Canary island Christmas and new year cruise

Review for Marella Explorer to Canary Islands

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juneandden
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

My husband and I decided to go away for Christmas,our travel agent recommended this ship,as she had just had a good holiday on it,we decided to make it for two weeks over the new year as well.From stepping on the ship I was emmediately impressed,not only by the fabulous Xmas decorations,but the friendliness of staff,it was plain sailing to our cabin on the 9th floor,with a lovely welcome from ...
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Sail Date: December 2022


Poor week

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Paul 120753
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We have been with TUI many times before but this last trip has been the worst. From the start the Covid pass checking process was a shambles, you couldnt here the safety video and the whole thing took to long. The standard of food on offer in the buffet has gone down in my opinion, from the meat selection to the standard of cooking, even the vegetables were not cooked properly, the selection ...
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Sail Date: December 2022


Marella Explorer, Canary Islands

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Stephen2929
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Very pleasant cruise around the Canary Islands. Ship and facilities and organisation was fine. Food good, but we aren't particularly fussy eaters, and so was fine for us (plus made frequent use of late night buffet!) Staff (as always on Marella) were excellent. 4.5 stars (so shows as 4 above, but was almost a 5) and perfectly fine for those of us cruising on a budget (all ...
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Sail Date: November 2022


Not what they used to be.

Review for Marella Explorer to Canary Islands

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Briggus Lad
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Did a stay and cruise. Tenerife and the Canary islands. Once again same as 2020 food in hotel far better than cruise, this never used to happen. Waiter and bar service, can't criticise the staff they work very hard. The staff numbers are well down on the day when they were owned and run by Thomson or Island Cruises. The shows, again the singers and dancers were very very good, it's the content its ...
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Sail Date: November 2022


Very Disappointed, never again.

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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Larrydavid777
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

Chose this Adriatic cruise as tge highlight was Venice which was subsequently cancelled as could not dock there - we were told this after forking out thousands of pounds) You could choose to travel for 6 hours plus to get there in a day but we chose not to. Eve entertainment was okay but all other was appalling. Dirty plastic glasses everywhere, food just okay. Service was abmissal and covid ...
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Sail Date: September 2022


Poor beyond words - Waste of £2550 !!

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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daviesb1256
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise lines because prior to Covid in 2019 we went to the Western Caribbean and had an excellent time and expected the same standard this time round - not so - very poor in every aspect - definitely dumbing down.. Shows were poor; Food was adequate - nothing special'/ drinks were poor beyond words - watered down - trips were too expensive and everything had been paired back ...
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Sail Date: August 2022


Butlins at sea

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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ralphmjr
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We have never explored the Eastern Med/Adriatic and were looking forward to seeing new countires and enjoying cruising as we have experienced cruising before.The airports going and returning were manic,queues /delays and yet more queues.The Marella Explorer, crew and staff were excellent,but the ship was tired looking.On arrival to our cabin there were stains on the settee the bed was lumpy and ...
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Sail Date: August 2022


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