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After encouragement from myParents that Marella cruises were not just for the over 50’s- I booked for me and my husband (both in early thirties) to celebrate new year in the Caribbean. Embarkation was seamless- very informative staff and our cars were at our cabin right after we left the muster station briefing. The food and drinks available are plentiful and something for everyone (inc fussy eaters like me) the premium drinks package wasn’t pushed on us and I didn’t feel the need to buy it due to the vast range available in the AI package We ate in the surf and turf restaurant one evening and it was well worth the additional charge- if your interested book early as there is limited space available. Our favourite restaurant was Vista and a special mention to Allen, Jonathan and Salvin who went above and beyond for us each time we visited!!! We booked one excursion with TUI to A private island in Aruba which was a great day out and good value for money. However, we saved $50 in BVI by booking our own trip to Virgin Gorda and it was the same trip! We arranged all our own island tours and beach transfers and this saved us a lot of money. Top tip- if you like animals stingray city in Antigua is amazing! You can’t book with TUI but the tourist information at the port can arrange it $50pp plus transport but an amazing place to swimWith the rays on a shallow sandbank The entertainment team were engaging and the broadway shows were brilliant! Great comedian in josh Adams My only niggle was that there was no ironing facilities available unless you sent out to the laundrette service. You can’t take an iron on board but on other cruise liners there have been ironing rooms- small issue but it didn’t affect the trip Wide range of passengers and the best new year celebrations I’ve ever had!!! Definitely looking at a marella USA cruise for Mardi Gras in 2021

Excellent holiday go celebrate new year

Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Review by Rebecca_p85

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
After encouragement from myParents that Marella cruises were not just for the over 50’s- I booked for me and my husband (both in early thirties) to celebrate new year in the Caribbean.

Embarkation was seamless- very informative staff and our cars were at our cabin right after we left the muster station briefing.

The food and drinks available are plentiful and something for everyone (inc fussy eaters like me) the premium drinks package wasn’t pushed on us and I didn’t feel the need to buy it due to the vast range available in the AI package

We ate in the surf and turf restaurant one evening and it was well worth the additional charge- if your interested book early as there is limited space available.

Our favourite restaurant was Vista and a special mention to Allen, Jonathan and Salvin who went above and beyond for us each time we visited!!!

We booked one excursion with TUI to A private island in Aruba which was a great day out and good value for money. However, we saved $50 in BVI by booking our own trip to Virgin Gorda and it was the same trip! We arranged all our own island tours and beach transfers and this saved us a lot of money.

Top tip- if you like animals stingray city in Antigua is amazing! You can’t book with TUI but the tourist information at the port can arrange it $50pp plus transport but an amazing place to swimWith the rays on a shallow sandbank

The entertainment team were engaging and the broadway shows were brilliant! Great comedian in josh Adams

My only niggle was that there was no ironing facilities available unless you sent out to the laundrette service. You can’t take an iron on board but on other cruise liners there have been ironing rooms- small issue but it didn’t affect the trip

Wide range of passengers and the best new year celebrations I’ve ever had!!!

Definitely looking at a marella USA cruise for Mardi Gras in 2021
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Good amounts of storage and space for a couple

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