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Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Caribbean Christmas

Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Review by Batchelors

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

We chose Marella as we have now been on all the Marella ships and this particular cruise was around the Eastern Caribbean.

Our TUI Dreamliner flight to/from Barbados was good and as before on a long flight we upgraded to the Premium cabin for the extra room and comfort. It was great checking our bags in at Gatwick only to see them again outside our cabin after a speedy ships check in obtaining our ships security pass/cabin door key.

The cabin was a balcony cabin mid ships with a reasonable size balcony with chairs.

The cabin itself was good with plenty of storage space, a small settee and good bathroom with a glass shower screen. The only down side was the distance between the bed end and the wall but we soon got used to the fact that you could not pass one another. It was well maintained by the two cabin persons who were very pleasant and worked very hard.

Food generally was of a reasonable standard both in the buffet where we went for lunch and in the main restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Like many hotels and cruise ships the food was not always very hot.

The bars were all pleasant and again the staff were all very hard working and soon got to know your drinks which were all the very acceptable standard inclusive, the premium package we do not think is necessary.

The 'Coffee Pot' coffee shop which is an extra charge is located in an area the size of a bar and which we found to be very big and not very comfortable, it does however have excellent friendly staff.

Like most cruise ships the main pool deck was always very busy and the sun beds were all very close to one another. If you were happy to sit on other decks there was plenty of space and sunbeds.

We cannot comment on the theatre entertainment as we rarely go to a show and would prefer the small amount of entertainment in the bars.

The ships public rooms have fairly modern furnishings but the main atrium is quite disappointing compared with the Discovery ships. Also the bottom floor of the atrium, where dancing takes place in the evening, lacks furniture by day and has folding chairs put out by evening!!!

Overall the cruise was very enjoyable, the ship is clean and the staff friendly and hard working and we met some very nice people.

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