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Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews

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Marella Explorer
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Very Good

62

Average

35

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199 Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews


JustPhil240467 avatar

JustPhil240467

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

1st time cruise but won't be our last

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Booked a week for our 10th wedding anniversary as we always wanted to try a cruise, and thought a week was enough, in case we didn't like it. From the time we boarded until the time we left was fantastic, and the ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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mandi d

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

AMAZEBALLS

I choose explorer cruise by mistake originally as I thought it was adult only, but once getting on board I found it was not a mistake as it was absolutely the best , we didn't try the diners that you had to pay ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Holidaygirls

2 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Never again with Marella cruise ships

After reading the previous reviews I was wishing I hadn't booked this cruise and when we finally went on the Explorer I agred with all the complaints. The check in at the port was very quick, you just went to the ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Simon A

2 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Very pleasantly surprised overall

We booked this cruise, as, with the exception of Ajaccio, we hadn't visited any of the ports of call (more of that later). We also liked the idea of the all-inclusive drinks and tips. I think the longest queue we ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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xfozzyx

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

What a let down

Firstly do not be sold this cruise as a new ship this ship is over 20 yrs old, but new to the the TUI fleet, I did know this before traveling but didn't expect to be woken up every day with severe ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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jrdavies80

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Just Good - but real good!

Lots of bad reviews noted before travelling but need not have worried. This was our third TUI cruise having previously been on the Dream and Discovery 2. The Explorer was larger than both the previous ships and ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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swamp snake

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Amazing. Five Stars.

This was our fourth cruise with Marella. The previous three were when they were still Thomson Cruises. We have been on the Dream, Celebration and the Majesty. All of these ships were very good, but, the Explorer ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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BevOneil

1 Review Written

20 Helpful Votes

Marella Perfection!

This was our seventh cruise {fifth Marella} and was definitely the best by far. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and hassle free. The ship was immaculate and extremely well organised. The staff could not ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Selest66

3 Reviews Written

57 Helpful Votes

Decent cruise, especially for the money

Spent a week on the Marella Explorer at the end of July/beginning of August with my partner and our youngest (aged 9) and, all in all, had a good holiday. I have had two cruises with Marella previously which I had ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Kennedycruise

3 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Tui have done it again!

We have just returned from a fabulous 14 day Mediterranean Cruise on Marella Explorer – our 10th cruise and second with Tui Marella. The crew were welcoming and hospitable from the Captain to the young man from ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Schnauzer owner

2 Reviews Written

38 Helpful Votes

Poor food

We chose this cruise as we had done three other cruises with Thomsons and thought the new ships would be an improvement. I have to say we were a little disappointed. Good points were that staff were excellent ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Biddi

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Cosmopolitan classics

Last minute booking was a little dubious as had sailed with TUI before and was disappointed with the state of the ship (celebration)old and shabby looking.. I needn't have worried as Marella Explorer is stunning ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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HazyDan

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

Great Trip was not disappointed

We have been on other cruises with Thompson and encouraged family members to come this time and they were not disappointed. My mum is disabled and she was looked after so well with regard to arrival and every time ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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CountArthurStrong

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Somewhat underwhelmed

We were first time cruisers on TUI (now Marella) Spirit last August and were both absolutely smitten. I think after a couple of days we were hooked, and after the two weeks were up we were ready to book the next, ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Orangatanga73

2 Reviews Written

31 Helpful Votes

Absolutely beyond fabulous

I was a bit worried after reading a few bad reviews about coming on this cruise and being a first time cruiser. The cruise exceeded expectations in every way. Room- I booked a junior suite allocation on ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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dbragrimma

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Ship explore

We have been on a few Thomsons cruises and we decided to go on the new ship the explorer, we had read many reviews on the ship before we went and there was a mixture off what people were saying , we went for 7 ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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JJTD

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Slightly disappointing.

We always go with Tui on cruises as we have enjoyed the experience in the past. We thought the Explorer was worth a look but were disappointed overall. The negatives were minor in comparison with both Discovery ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Dec65

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

Fantastic cruise

First time we have ever cruised, and we were not disappointed. The whole experience was fantastic, the food was excellent lots of different choices to choose from, the speciality restaurants were well worth the ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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MargaretH10

1 Review Written

19 Helpful Votes

SO DISAPPOINTING!!!

Cruised with Thompsons many times over the years but decided against sailing again as we felt the standards were beginning to drop. We sailed with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Epic the last couple of years and due ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Cruise newbeeeeee

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Nice but......

As first time cruisers we were excited about the prospect of seeing a bit of the med via a family orientated, sparkly new cruise ship. We were disappointed from the start. The welcome was lack lustre and as a ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Christine Wainwright

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great cruise, needs a little improvement.

Marella Explorer I’d like to say this cruise was fantastic, we’d been on a Caribbean cruise last year, and hoped this would be as good. I’m pleased to say it was not just as good but actually better. ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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Minnie25

1 Review Written

19 Helpful Votes

Good cruise

Able to fly from local airport i.e Cardiff was the main reason for booking this last minute cruise.... not been with Tui or Marella as it is now called before and was pleasantly surprised. Cabin on deck 9 was ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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shipmate57

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

What a shame

Chose this cruise as we had not previously visited some of the ports of call plus we were celebrating our ruby wedding anniversary. I will start with the positives: Cabin housekeeping was excellent. Food excellent ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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Northern Soul

1 Review Written

21 Helpful Votes

Well Done!!!!!!!

Both myself and partner Jeanette were on Marella Explorer for western Mediterranean cruise for 2 weeks from June 23rd to July 7th. We were in outside balcony cabin 8071. This was our very first ever cruise so ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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samcjp

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Explorer launched to soon

We chose this cruise as we liked the destinations that it offered and we had previously been on the Discovery. The negatives: The ship was shabby, the handrails on deck 12 had bolts missing from them, one of ...
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Sail Date June 2018


Marella Explorer Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.03.6
Public Rooms4.04
Fitness Recreation5.03.7
Family3.04
Enrichment3.03.4
Service4.04.1
Value For Money4.03.7
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