I don't have any other cruises to compare it with but we found the marella explorer to be brilliant value for money . We stayed in a suite number 10041. Fantastic cabin with a separate living room and bedroom . Plenty of storage space and the cabin got cleaned twice a day . The balcony was huge with and it had plenty of seating plus a hammock .
We upgraded to the premium all inclusive . This was £200 overall for the two weeks for 2 people . The main reasons for the upgrade where the extra selection of gins and whiskys on offer . Plus the coffee is free in the coffee port . You also get bottled water delivered to your cabin as well as access to soft drinks on the bars . On top of all this there is a better selection of cocktails and beers/ciders and wines. We found this upgrade very useful .
The food is the free restaurants was a little disappointing compared to all inclusive hotels I've been to . The market place is good for a quick meal and the MDR is nice but the portions are small and you can wait a long time for your food . Our favourite was vista.
We also tried the sushi and the surf and turf which are paid restaurants . Both excellent and worth the money especially the sushi .
We only went to a couple of shows and we enjoyed them . The comedians they had on weren't to our taste, very old hat .
We did all our excursion through TUI which in hind site we should have done more local tours . They are a lot cheaper . This is the a list of the excursions we did so if you want to know more just contact me :
ARUBA SIGHTS AND BEACH
GRENADA RUM RUHNER
ST LUCIA ULTIMATE LAND & SEA
BARBADOS TURTLE ENCOUNTER
ANTIGUA CRUSOE ISLAND
ROAD TOWN CANE GARDEN BEACH
The only negatives about the cruise was the lack of space on the main deck during the sea days . You had to be up really early to get a bed . The food wasn't the best and it would be nice if they had better quality wines available .
Overall we had a very enjoyable experience and we will defiantly cruise again with Marella