27 Marella Cruises Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews

we chose this cruise as it was visiting naples and we wished to see herculaneum. our first impressions were that the room was slightly bigger than an equivalent one on discovery one (which we sailed on last year). the ship appears fine ... Read More
we chose this cruise as it was visiting naples and we wished to see herculaneum. our first impressions were that the room was slightly bigger than an equivalent one on discovery one (which we sailed on last year). the ship appears fine with the usual layout, dining was excellent as you'd expect on any cruise ship, in this case generally catering for british tastes (although there are more adventurous restaurants on board at a surcharge). service was excellent, at dinner, at the 'squid & anchor' bar, and during the daytime whilst sunbathing too. now onto the entertainment, some of the daytime pool entertainment was good, with decent music playing, and fun games and competitions. the evening entertainment in the squid & anchor was good to very good. onto the broadway show lounge, the shows in general were good (obviously some better than others) but sadly as yet not up to discovery one standards. there is NO BAR in the show lounge, and thus no waiter service, the staff hand out glasses of prosecco and bottles of san miguel fresca (which for me is watery and nowhere near the standard san miguel, don't take my word for it look on the 'ratebeer' site) anyway i'm not a youth or in my 20's i want to drink, what i want to drink, and on an evening it's quality not volume, they somehow need to get a bar in there and send someone from management onto discovery one to see how it done. now onto the ship's REAL ACHILLES HEEL, THE TOILETS, for 4 days out of 7 the toilet in our room didn't work, didn't flush, that of course means you have to go out and find one that does. if you're in the shower you have to get dressed, if you're in bed, yes you have to get dressed. the 'quickest' for me was two decks below on the first occasion, yet the following day those were locked (as they were out of commission too) and i had to go down yet a further deck. as the week wore on you could from time to time hear the usual conversation amongst other passengers about 'their' room toilet being blocked, the public ones being locked, and even one lady who said it looked as though a public one outside the squid & anchor 'was about to overflow'. from my experience on the merella explorer i'll not be going on a 'new' ship until all the gremlins are ironed out, broadway show room wise it's certainly NOT to discovery one standard, toilet wise it's short of a 1970's corfu hotel. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was the first sailing and it did show on the first day , everything was overwhelmed , 55 mins for a coffee at the coffee port and the Market place was little better than a really poor transport cafe .The quality of breakfast was worse ... Read More
This was the first sailing and it did show on the first day , everything was overwhelmed , 55 mins for a coffee at the coffee port and the Market place was little better than a really poor transport cafe .The quality of breakfast was worse tha n a premier inn so we resorted to cabin service breakfast ...BUT the coffee of the whole ship is undrinkable! Except in coffee port , Marella need to understand that most people expect decent coffee as can be bought on any high street in the UK. For this reason alone it's worth paying the premium all Inc at £50 pp per week.This also gets you decent wine Merlot and Sauvignon , premium cocktails and all drinks at the Gin and whisky bar (10 premium gins and 10 whisky Inc fever tree mixers) The premium restaurants are also a bit mixed , The dining club was superb , we are there twice , surf and turf was ok , not sure it's worth £28.95 pp extra and Kora La does decent curries but the fondant was the worst ive ever tasted. The drinks are plentiful and branded as standard with a great deal, as mentioned , on premium upgrades . The pool is a bit hemmed in and quite loud , lots of people just drank all day - The Mediterranean and deck at the back were much quieter and more for us. The cabin a Junior Suite was very good but we had a few problems with the electrics as well , but overall loved the cabin . He cabi stewards along with service across the ship was very good and we chose to tip a couple of people for excellent service Inc out cabin stewards. Watch the excursions , a walking tour of Naples is over £30 each , and you coukd walk round or organise your own much cheaper .similarly a taxi to Pisa woukd have worked out cheaper than the £150 the 4 of us paid for a guided visit . In villefranche take the train to nice (10mins €4 return) and monaco (20 mins €8 return) , then explore Villefranche in the last couple of hours before the last tender at 5pm, otherwise it is overrun with people way on Overall we enjoyed the cruise , it's woukd be 4 star if the basic food offering was up to scratch , but it wasnt Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Marella Explorer Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.7
Family 3.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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