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Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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87 Reviews

First adult only cruise

Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Review by seatman

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: the Caribbean

we like to try different ships as deja vu sets in very quickly as we have found out. Ships staff excellent with a helpful attitude in all areas and kept the ship very clean. Food good in all locations especially in kora la , surf and turf, beach cove and nonnas. Main dining and italian particulary very good. Self service usual bun fight but better than discoveries. Bars are all good with aperitif at the very top due to the very cheery bar staff. We did not use 19th hole but used all the others, gin bar very good. We would recommend the all inclusive premium upgrade as it allows a greater variety of drinks. The standard a/l is ok if you like cheap booze, but you have to pay in the coffee port and dont get free water bottles in your cabin. The premium wine is far better than the standard offerings. The only negative is the entertainment which over fifteen cruises we have found is getting worse. Singers who clear a large proportion of a bar is not a good sign. One special act a week is less than the three or four usually tribute acts from only a few years ago. P & O are also guilty here, the old Ocean Village ships were much better here. The big question is would we go on her again as we like change every cruise we would depending on the itinery

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Cabin Review

Cabin steward excellent. Curved bed ends make moving through the cabin easier as it is a bit narrow. Lots of cabin storage, large suitcases can be hidden away in the main two wardrobes. Balcony has two chairs plus a large glass topped table which didnt try to trip you up when passing it. Bathroom has a glass shower door and the shower is very powerful. USB ports in both bedside reading lights. Bed sqeeked a lot, would have been funny if we had been newly weds

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


visited three beaches for about an hour a time and free drinks on the bus. Good guide

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St. Kitts (Port Zante)

lots of shops and Carib beer only $1 draught from next to the entrance gate from the pier


just a small centre at the end of the pier

sun beds free but umbrellas $10

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St. Maarten

Favourite port lots of choice of shops and bars. Dutch mainly and quite clean and safe. Caribbean shirts ( a must in the heat ) $8 a time, Aruba another dutch port $15 for the same shirt

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