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Marella Explorer Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2nd Marella experience - never again

Marella Explorer Cruise Review by Blondie008

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2019
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords

Chose a junior suite for our trip around the Fjords.

The weather and ports were faultless -

For that reason we are glad we went.

This ship and staff - appalling.

Self service at best

No service at worse OR indeed - glasses stomped down on bar

Barmen swearing and indeed backchat in their own language

And just so boring..

Missed the buzzers and bells of a big ship

The officers never acknowledge you - walked by head down - In twenty years of cruising I have seldom met such a rude crew

Cabin steward was first class - as always - the workforce are the best - but unfortunately are lead by a dreary Captain who is well past his Best Before Date.

Music and entertainment ... think 1980s Hi-De-Hi level.

Nice Gin Bar spoiled by being adjacent to an open doorway on to the smoking area,

As a non smoker (and yes, reformed ex smoker) I found it such a shame as it was the one nice bar I enjoyed, and could get a decent drink

Premium all inclusive was good for quality drinks (when you could find one) and canned drinks + water.

Dining - forget it - worst ever - options very limited

I would not repeat Marella and after twenty years of cruising it takes a lot to deter me from not giving something another try

Final straw in debarkation - complete and absolute shambles -

Alongside P&O .. (even worse dare I say it?)

Booked Norwegian for 2020 - they value their guests and their ships are real ships - not dated old boats which were retired by decent lines long ago..

Like their ships.. Marella is history for me!

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Cabin Review

Beautiful cabin - but no perks for being the second highest level of room on board

Not a single perk - zero


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Beautiful - lovely walk aroound town and museum - dont miss a beer in the pub - its worth the £70 for two half beers and a platter of cheese - so lovely.


More city like - but still a nice town to get out and about

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