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Flight left gatwick a little late but still managed to arrive on time crew were friendly food wasn't bad. Really impressed with arrival after landing we were put on a bus and taken to the ship with in an hour and a bit we were in our cabin luggage arrived about an hour later. We have cruised before twice with marella on the dream and discovery 2 twice with royal caribbean legend and splendor of the seas .p&o azura celebrity constellation. and azamara journey. We really enjoyed our time on this ship the staff are excellent you never have to wait to be served and nearly always with a smile. What really made this ship stand out for us were the restaurant choices we are normally feed up with the food after a week but not on this ship. we ate in all of them except the sushi and enjoyed most of our meals. We only had one sea day and decided to hire a cabana for that day glad we did as you could not get a sun bed after 7.30am the rest of the time we had no trouble with sun beds. We did four excursions with the ship and they were very well organised the rest of the time we did our own thing. We will cruise with marella again as we like the older smaller ships and you get good value for money so we can go more often.

Liked almost everthing.

Marella Explorer Cruise Review by jam444

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
Flight left gatwick a little late but still managed to arrive on time crew were friendly food wasn't bad. Really impressed with arrival after landing we were put on a bus and taken to the ship with in an hour and a bit we were in our cabin luggage arrived about an hour later.

We have cruised before twice with marella on the dream and discovery 2

twice with royal caribbean legend and splendor of the seas .p&o azura celebrity constellation. and azamara journey.

We really enjoyed our time on this ship the staff are excellent you never have to wait to be served and nearly always with a smile.

What really made this ship stand out for us were the restaurant choices we are normally feed up with the food after a week but not on this ship. we ate in all of them except the sushi and enjoyed most of our meals.

We only had one sea day and decided to hire a cabana for that day glad we did as you could not get a sun bed after 7.30am the rest of the time we had no trouble with sun beds.

We did four excursions with the ship and they were very well organised the rest of the time we did our own thing.

We will cruise with marella again as we like the older smaller ships and you get good value for money so we can go more often.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 9174
This was our first time in an inside cabin and we were a bit apprehensive. We found it to be fine infact we didn't miss a window and when we have had a balcony in the past have hardly used it. The cabin was a good size and the bed was amazing. The bathroom was compact but had a glass door not a plastic curtain which we have had in the past. It was kept spotless by Andrew. The only negative was the aircon it is quite noisy and you can not alter it we did get used to it after a couple of nights.

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