Nice ship! RC obviously have their ship design sorted and Marella now own a nice/modern ship. It isn’t a monster either and we like ships this size. We’d prefer this ship over P&O’s Oriana and Aurora and it’s that much ‘nicer’. Shame about the buffet being at the front where every other ship puts a bar: Many tables weren’t available due to people being sat at the windows with a glass of orange juice just to watch the world go by.
The ship. Looks and is very nice. Great to walk around, shiny and well maintained. Humorous captain and most of the crew very attentive. The culture on our sea-day intensive cruise was lovely & laid back. The main restaurant was good; 3 courses for all and the house wine or Prosecco please.
We enjoyed our 2 weeks aboard, one week of which was at sea (we love sea days). The enrichment talks and presentations on board were great (Astronomy/Space, Piracy, belly dancing lessons and others) and the trips ashore to Petra, Wadi Rum and Spinalonga were a proper cultural immersion. Shame about the extremely average food at Spinalonga. (we didn’t order the rain either but we didn’t complain to Marella about that…)
Marella forcibly entertain you. Most of the entertainment is in your face. There is some (usually good) music and performance in the Atrium but it is often overpowered by the performance from the live room, itself sometimes overpowered from the music in the Squid & Anchor.
Ordering your cocktails from the all-inclusive menu? Don’t worry about the alcohol content as they all will be short-measured.
Our cabin, 6500, was over the entertainment at the front of the ship. Early nights were a nightmare of music, music and music, courtesy of the Squid & Anchor.
On one occasion we had to wait an hour between starter and main course. We had to be blunt with the restaurant manager whose staff kept telling us ‘it’s on its way’ so many times… The buffet was just a buffet. The bacon was unsmoked, the sausages mundane. (The moussaka was great!) The afternoon tea was OK; you could tell we weren’t sailing Cunard.
Oh, we also liked having ‘technical problems’ a couple of days before Oman. We enjoyed the ship cruising far more slowly and having an extra night on board
Nice, clean and well maintained cabin. Good views, comfortable bed. Bathroom roomier than the Queen Victoria. Shower always overflowed into the main bathroom area. Euro 220v and USA 115v sockets. Safe and large cupboards but slightly short of drawers for 2 weeks.
Tour very well conducted and we all enjoyed. Rain was not mentioned in the brochure. Food just OK.View All 5 Spinalonga Island Reviews
8 miles walked to Little Petra and main Petra. Culturally fantastic and well worth all the walking. Walking sandals not really suitable (I would wear my walking shoes or boots next time).
Animal rights people will be in tears at the horses, donkeys and camels you see here. I'd like to change this too.
Ideally go for a 2 day tour if you can; there's enough here for a week. Our Marella tour included a great lunch at a local hotel and also laid on a snowstorm in the desert on the way back to Aqaba: yes, the desert turned white!View All 92 Petra Walking Tour Reviews
Enjoyed the coach trip booked through Marella. Wadi Rum is a great place to see but is spoilt by all the others seeing it too. The best way to see the valley would be via a vehicle with no roof (our coach stopped a couple of times instead).
Lunch was at a tourist campsite. The food was OK (not good) and best eaten with one hand, the other hand being used to keep the flies at bay. Amusingly there were more flies at lunch than in the toilets...View All 14 Wadi Rum Walking Tour Reviews