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I chose the cruise because it was All inclusive, Adults only, All gratuities were included, the Caribbean destination, suitable dates, not too formal and a reasonable price., The holiday started from Birmingham Airport a much better experience than Gatwick or Heathrow. The Dreamliner airplane was the best I have flown in, in terms of comfort ie legroom, seat size, high ceiling, inflight entertainment and food. Yes it was standard class but I have flown standard class all around the world. Transfer from the Birmingham airport to the ship in Barbados was seamless. Embarkation to our Balcony cabin was quick and went without a hitch. Without exception all the crew/staff were very friendly and our cabin staff treated us like old friends. The food options were as described and expected and were plentiful and of good quality and variety. We never felt we needed to attend the Premium eating restaurants. We used both waiter and self service meal options as they suited us and found both excellent. The Theatre entertainment was excellent and very professional. The "during the day" options ie, talks,hobby type clubs, could have been better but with so much scenery and good weather to enjoy it was sufficient. To be able to choose food and take it out on deck and eat in the sun deck area and look out to sea was a pleasurable experience. To meet and chat with generally like minded people who were happy to be friendly and enjoy meeting new people made the holiday experience very good. If you wanted to simply lay on a sunbed and soak up the sun it would have proved difficult with the limited sunbeds and room to do so. If you wanted to drink as much as possible that option was there. By being a little brave and being prepared to go ashore and "arrange" your own trips, you could save a lot of money and tailor your trips to do exactly what you wanted. This included going with other passengers and enjoying group excursions or simply on your own. The journey home was as good as the journey out (except the holiday was nearly over) Would I go on a TUI or Marella holiday again? Yes without a doubt.

1st Cruise for 25 years

Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Review by RonnieOHoliday

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
I chose the cruise because it was All inclusive, Adults only, All gratuities were included, the Caribbean destination, suitable dates, not too formal and a reasonable price.,

The holiday started from Birmingham Airport a much better experience than Gatwick or Heathrow. The Dreamliner airplane was the best I have flown in, in terms of comfort ie legroom, seat size, high ceiling, inflight entertainment and food. Yes it was standard class but I have flown standard class all around the world.

Transfer from the Birmingham airport to the ship in Barbados was seamless.

Embarkation to our Balcony cabin was quick and went without a hitch.

Without exception all the crew/staff were very friendly and our cabin staff treated us like old friends.

The food options were as described and expected and were plentiful and of good quality and variety. We never felt we needed to attend the Premium eating restaurants.

We used both waiter and self service meal options as they suited us and found both excellent.

The Theatre entertainment was excellent and very professional.

The "during the day" options ie, talks,hobby type clubs, could have been better but with so much scenery and good weather to enjoy it was sufficient.

To be able to choose food and take it out on deck and eat in the sun deck area and look out to sea was a pleasurable experience.

To meet and chat with generally like minded people who were happy to be friendly and enjoy meeting new people made the holiday experience very good.

If you wanted to simply lay on a sunbed and soak up the sun it would have proved difficult with the limited sunbeds and room to do so.

If you wanted to drink as much as possible that option was there.

By being a little brave and being prepared to go ashore and "arrange" your own trips, you could save a lot of money and tailor your trips to do exactly what you wanted. This included going with other passengers and enjoying group excursions or simply on your own.

The journey home was as good as the journey out (except the holiday was nearly over)

Would I go on a TUI or Marella holiday again? Yes without a doubt.
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Clean, comfortable and serviced by cabin staff to a very high standard.