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Thomson Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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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


Marella Explorer 2, back into service, ‘Weekend Escape’ from Newcastle

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Europe - British Isles & Western

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peteukmcr
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We were kindly invited to join a friend (who I had worked with for 4 months on an NHS Test & Trace mobile testing unit) and her partner on this 2-night sailing as they wanted to try it to see if they would like cruising. Obviously, they were conscious that with all the current COVID-19 protocols in place, this sailing would not be like any ‘normal’ cruise, but hopefully it would give them a good ...
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Sail Date: July 2021


This cruise had my name written on it

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Caribbean - All

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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


Altogether, great, but needs a little improvement in some areas

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Caribbean - All

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tourist1375
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We went for Marella as have been with them lots of times before and always the best for entertainment. However, we were disappointed with the shows in the first week, although they improved by the second week. We understood the team had not been together long and also that another production company are involved with explorer, and it showed. Not impressed with the Cruise Director, except for ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Fabulous time in the Caribbean.

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Caribbean - All

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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


Amazing Holiday

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Caribbean - All

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Krenhudson
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

I spent a week on this ship and had a great time , all the staff were very friendly and could not do enough for you . We were in cabin 1055 and our housekeeping team were great especially Lubaib pinto and Barnard they went above and beyond, it was me and MY HUSBANDS BIRTHDAY when we were on board the ship and they made it extra special for us by decorating our cabin with lights, banners and they ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Most amazing holiday - exceeded expectations

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Caribbean - All

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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


Ship very poor

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Caribbean - All

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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

Traveled with disabled person


Exceeded our expectations

Review for Marella Explorer 2 to Caribbean - All

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Margery daw
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary as wanted somewhere warm .Having cruised many times before on different cruise lines ,we were a bit wary of Marella having read some of the reviews and my 3 girlfriends were very pro P and O . However that all changed as everything a bout this cruise was wonderful . We especially liked the all inclusive aspect, especially the drinks included part . ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


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