We thought , why not cruise around the Canary Isles with Madeira thrown in for good measure . We chose a Junior suite no 10015 on 10th floor , impressed with the cabin and facilities ( except a shower cubicle that floods ) Sadly however we quickly realised we were directly under the Gym due to the continuous crashing of the dumbells from the weights onto the floor ( typically from 7AM onwards )
Potential customers take note … You cannot turn the Air Conditioning off and it makes a hell of a noise , especially when it is windy which it was for most of the time on our cruise ( this also applies to the Marella Explorer 2 )
The ship is difficult to navigate around especially amidships on deck 5 and 6 , there is no Atrium as such so there is no central point to get your bearings .
Foodwise we were well satisfied , we chose the buffet style restaurant , food was very good in our opinion with lots of choice , it did get busy now and again but it was easy to share a table and talk to other passengers .
The ship is all inclusive , with a good selection of drinks and spirits , you could upgrade to a premium package but with Southern Comfort and Peroni among others listed as free why bother . Strangely though Lemonade is not free ….
There are 10 bars to choose from so something for everybody we chose the quiet ones so cannot comment on the rowdy ones ….
Cabin staff were efficient and friendly , reception staff not so ( this has been commented on in another review )
Entertainment varied from decent musicians to very average singers , think of tour reps doubling up as singers and you will get the idea ...
To sum up , you could have a good cruise onboard Marella Explorer , you will have to put up with a few things , for us it was the continuous air conditioning and the ships appetite for rocking and rolling ( stabilisers or no stabilisers )
Finally it would have been nice to get maps of where you are stopping off so you could explore , but the line was " just so you know ( !!!!) we are doing our bit for the carbon footprint so you can ( try to ) get them on your phone …"
Best of luck
Cabin was excellent with abundant storage and drawers ,bed was nicely situated facing the patio , enormous balcony ( biggest ever for us ) complete with hammock ( was not brave enough to try it !!!!) Good shower cubicle with hand rails but sadly it tended to flood the floor giving our feet a double soaking , TV good size but useless due to signal drop off , this is mentioned in the introduction leaflet in the cabin so not destined to be fixed.....
Finally ..THE AIR CONDTIONING CANNOT BE TURNED OFF EVEN AT NIGHT ...we suffered badly due to high winds making the noises even worse ....Ahhh .nearly forgot ..you are under the Gym ..so expect the noise of dumbells crashing on the floor from 7 AM onwards