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Thomson Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Reviews
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Just to compare with P&O
"Chose the cruise as a late booking, to compare with our experiences with P&O so far, as well as choosing an interior cabin for the first time. We usually travel as a party of 4 adults, so this was our first cruise..."Read More
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Gary1962

2-5 Cruises

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This cruise had my name written on it

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Bajpole

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise because it departed from Barbados on February 16th and my birthday was the next day. My husband and I normally cruise in November and March but this year because it was my 65th birthday we decided to sail earlier. With all the rumours of coronavirus we thought we would get a vacation before the pandemic set in, never really expecting anything so serious. Needless to say, ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Departure Port: Skagway

18 Helpful Votes


Most amazing holiday - exceeded expectations

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Pol12

First Time Cruiser

Age 20s

Being first time cruisers my partner and myself decided to go with TUI due to the all inclusive option to give us peace of mind and the excellent value for money!. We travelled to Barbados where we embarked the ship for a fortnight. From start to finish the holiday was the most amazing, unforgettable experience. Flights - we upgraded to premium and will continue to do in the future as it ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Departure Port: Skagway

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Ship very poor

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Sue widger

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

I chose this cruise as I was assured by the local Tui agent that as it had recently undergone a re-fit it was disability friendly as my husband has a walking difficulty. The flight out to Barbados was lovely no issues and plenty of assistance. Once on Board the ship i went to destination services to enquire about our next day excursion, I was told that due to so many steps over 50 that it was not ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Departure Port: Skagway

Traveled with disabled person

9 Helpful Votes


Fabulous time in the Caribbean.

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ginntonix

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Chose this 2 week cruise for the itinerary - 12 islands with only 1 sea day. Flew Gatwick - Barbados quick transfer & luggage delivered straight to cabin. Have sales on other Marella ships but first time on Explorer 2 & quite impressed. Clean & spacious and adults only with a range of bars, eateries & entertainment. Younger vibe than some other cruises we've been on. CABIN Inside cabin deck ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Departure Port: Skagway

33 Helpful Votes


Fabulous Hogmanay

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Misc Zoho

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

We spent the 2 weeks around New Year on this ship and were very impressed. They did a great job of the Hogmanay Party one of the best I have been to. Great Night. We will be back! Staff on the ship are 5*. I was told that they range from over 45 different countries but whoever did the hiring and training deserves a promotion. So proactive and helpful. Loved the way they take you straight ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Skagway

6 Helpful Votes


Very relaxing with fantastic views

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davidmorey

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Our First cruise since 2012 and we chose to have it at Christmas was perhaps the best one, as this ship was not too big to get around and we docked at most ports very close to the Caribbean island's terminals. The crew were friendly and always busy but able to help when needed with the ship being cleaned on a daily basis. The food was very good and able to use the main restaurant (Latitude ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Skagway

4 Helpful Votes


Excellent holiday go celebrate new year

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Rebecca_p85

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

After encouragement from myParents that Marella cruises were not just for the over 50’s- I booked for me and my husband (both in early thirties) to celebrate new year in the Caribbean. Embarkation was seamless- very informative staff and our cars were at our cabin right after we left the muster station briefing. The food and drinks available are plentiful and something for everyone (inc ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Skagway

8 Helpful Votes


Caribbean Christmas

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Batchelors

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We chose Marella as we have now been on all the Marella ships and this particular cruise was around the Eastern Caribbean. Our TUI Dreamliner flight to/from Barbados was good and as before on a long flight we upgraded to the Premium cabin for the extra room and comfort. It was great checking our bags in at Gatwick only to see them again outside our cabin after a speedy ships check in obtaining ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Skagway

8 Helpful Votes


First adult only cruise

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seatman

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

we like to try different ships as deja vu sets in very quickly as we have found out. Ships staff excellent with a helpful attitude in all areas and kept the ship very clean. Food good in all locations especially in kora la , surf and turf, beach cove and nonnas. Main dining and italian particulary very good. Self service usual bun fight but better than discoveries. Bars are all good with ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Skagway

23 Helpful Votes


Christmas Cruise

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Teelav

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Just come back from a christmas cruise. The ship was only refurbed in May 2019 and the communal areas show this. They are very tastefully decorated. There are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from on the ship. If you want to eat st surf and turf (payment) book early. We ate at the asian restaurant also for a payment and although we tried new items of food i would say the curry was average. ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Skagway

7 Helpful Votes


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