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Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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"Plus points the ship and layout is very good it just flows and is easy to get around and has a great feel, the overworked staff are very good and most of them (not all) really try to make your holiday special, not so good points food standards have dropped well below pub grub in the buffet, the breakfast buffet is even lower unless you like under cooked bacon and sausage and beans that wouldn’t be served in a prison, the restaurant is slightly better but hugely disappointing, definitely the worst food I’ve ever had on a cruise (18) premium drinks package is a total rip off you pay and think you will get champagne and premium drinks you don’t the only serve them in selected bars not the main bars that you would drink in, my last observation no casino because of Covid, the casino on the Azura was open 4 months before this cruise I think they were cutting staff not looking after health, TUI need a good rethink if they want to stay in the cruise business as there standards have drastically dropped, the sad thing is the people at the sharp end are fantastic the bean counters have made aWe’ve been on lots of TUI/Marella cruise in the past and decided to give the Explorer 2 a try as it went to Havana Cuba, we did try to go there a few years ago on the discovery 2 but they cancelled to port because of bad weather, we cruised the Caribbean in December on P&O Azura and had a great time after the pandemic and nearly booked the same cruse again, but decided to try Explorer 2...."Read More
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Disappointing

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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Caterina54
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

We are criusers and mid sixties, and since covid we cruised twice with explorer 2 and once with discovery but this last one was quite poor. Bread was stale on the great musical afternoon tea, at breakfast and basically all round. The tapas gave us a dippy tummy, the Drinks were seriously watered down and cocktails tasted nothing like the real thing Not worthed paying for the ...
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Sail Date: September 2022


Honest Appraisal from Experienced Cruisers

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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Daveyl778
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We have been on all of the Marella ships at least once, however this was our first post Covid cruise. We did expect to see changes, and I have taken that into account when considering what to write. We are non drinkers, but do enjoy the food and entertainment that the ships usually offer. Going out was straightforward as usual, however it takes longer at Dubrovnik due to having to go through ...
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Sail Date: August 2022


There is much they do very well

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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malted muse
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise based on locations and cost alongside of timing - we were in need of a getaway. We had been on this ship a while ago, for similar reasons, and had a good idea what to expect. I like sea days and there were few of them but, on reflection that was probably for the best. To start off there is one thing that they do very well and that is getting there and back. The link up ...
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Sail Date: July 2022


Sail 3 seas, hot, hot ,hot

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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saracen1990
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

We chose this cruise as we had visited and enjoyed several of these ports before and needed a sunny holiday. Overall we were happpy with the cruise even though the weather was very hot for the time of year. i would recommend paying the supplement for the drinks package as the daily bottle of water came in very handy and the premium wines and spirits were woth the extra charge. The excursions ...
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Sail Date: June 2022


Penny Pinching Marella

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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CruiseChick31
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Pre-boarding was ok, standard affair but we had a different cabin number from our luggage labels. Our original cabin was right at the back of the ship (great, we'd never had one before). Our new cabin was a deck above on the side. When queried with Reception Staff it was deck 8 rear were isolation cabins for covid. Ok, but when you find out at the end of the week a couple had to stay in their ...
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Sail Date: June 2022


Great ship but

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Caribbean - All

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billuk
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We’ve been on lots of TUI/Marella cruise in the past and decided to give the Explorer 2 a try as it went to Havana Cuba, we did try to go there a few years ago on the discovery 2 but they cancelled to port because of bad weather, we cruised the Caribbean in December on P&O Azura and had a great time after the pandemic and nearly booked the same cruse again, but decided to try Explorer 2. Plus ...
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Sail Date: March 2022


Cheap last minute

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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tillytiah01
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Cheap cruise with flights all inclusive- free suite upgrade as booked room not available Room - Large balcony two loungers table and two chairs. Birmingham to Malaga flight/ visited palma/Barcelona/Valencia/cartegena/ Gibraltar car parking at terminal/ insurance all inclusive with junior balcony suite all in under £800 each Cruise ship charged £15 each to go into palma and Valencia 4 ...
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Sail Date: November 2021


First time with Marella

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Baltic Sea

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tap6699
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We haven’t been on cruise for a few years now and thought it would be good to get away without having to fly. We chose this cruise as it was adults only, all inclusive and reasonably priced. We also wanted to try Marella as we have heard good things, usual comment was ships are a bit older but service and food really good. The reduced capacity meant that it never felt crowded and relatively ...
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Sail Date: August 2021


Horrible music almost everywhere

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Baltic Sea

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Joan 2333
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

Second cruise with Tui Marella but first as a solo. Met some lovely people as 2 solo reps. Hard to find a quiet spot except in my cabin as background music everywhere and usually of some screeching woman. Asked them to turn off but staff couldn't. Not at all relaxing. Terrible smell from drains or kitchen near dining rooms. Perhaps due to age of ship. Everywhere spotless clean and sanitisers ...
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Sail Date: August 2021


Excellent value for money , good ship and staff.

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Baltic Sea

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paulatsea
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

First holiday after lockdown ! Online check in etc was very good and easy to use. Good website and on board app. Embarkation including testing was excellent - fast and efficient. All inclusive holiday with a great selection of drinks . Adults only !!! Very important for us. Excellent friendly service all round. About 1/2 full ship so lots of room , easy to get served and ...
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Sail Date: July 2021


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