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Marella Explorer Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Nice but......

Marella Explorer Cruise Review by Cruise newbeeeeee

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean

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 result we had no idea where to go or what to do while we waited for our cabin.

Our cabin (a junior suite with balcony) was nice until night came. We were directly above the Squid and Anchor “pub” and our bed pulsated until the early hours to the beat of the music downstairs. After much complaining we were moved for our second week. This time to the tenth floor. This room whilst quieter was slightly smaller and had a much bigger problem. Every day, without fail, the toilet would block..... often while we were out..... the shared vacuum system is horrid and I saw over flowing toilets on more than one occasion.

The housekeeping staff were fantastic and extremely hard working, some of the bar staff however (coffee port) were pretty miserable. The evening shows were fantastic and a real highlight!!!!

The food was good but the selection could have been better, I’ve been on all inclusive holidays with Tui in the past year with much better food selection.

Probably my biggest problem with this cruise though was that it is advertised as All Inclusive..... this is not! WiFi is extra and expensive, drinks before 10 are extra, ice cream..... extra. It just feels like they are trying to squeeze money out of you at every opportunity.

Please note this ship is not new, it has been revamped, and well, but it is a bit rough around the edges.

The gym is run by Champneys and is the best equipped gym I have ever seen in any holiday resort. Some of the classes cost extra.

The 45 minute ‘no leave’ sunbed rule is not enforced and finding sun beds on a sea day is very challenging.

This is branded as a family cruise ship but as our kids are at private school their summer holidays start 2 weeks before state schools. The first week we were cruising was mostly adults.....OAPs to be exact and there was a distinct feeling the kids were not welcome. The second week was better but I still heard older people joking how there seemed to be a lot of kids skipping school!

In conclusion I definitely think I will cruise again but it’s unlikely we will cruise with Tui..... I will be looking for a higher end cruise with less child intolerant fat old people..... if such a thing exists.

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