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Marella Explorer Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Cruising the Canaries

Marella Explorer Cruise Review by gilmahcroft

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: Canary Islands

23rd CRUISE IN TEN YEARS - Cabin comfortable with towel sculptures and effective service!!

We eat exclusively in the Main Restaurant as we are not fans of buffets at any cost!! We also refuse to take part in the cruise industries 'up selling' measures. The restaurant experiences was excellent. Good food although there is clear evidence of 'dumping down' and cost saving going on, compared to when we started cruising ten years ago with THOMSON!! The waiters and waitresses are superb. Constantly smiling and can not do enough to please. We were well received by the the Restaurant Managers too. Especially Micheal.

On the down side we have not witnessed so much DIY drinks service as that seen on Explorer. There were too few drinks waiters and waitresses to serve the number of passengers seeking to obtain drinks - a major disappointment coupled with my wife [a diabetic] having to pay extra for diet tonic as this NOT included in the all-inclusive drinks package!!

We enjoyed the entertainment and congratulate the show team on their performances. The amount of lectures/presentations based around SPA treatments is EXCESSIVE and shuttle bus fees a little high!! However, it is difficult to argue that this was not a good value cruise. Will we be back? That is under review given the balance of good and indifferent.

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Marella claim there are TEN eating experiences on board Explorer. We can only speak of Level 53, and Vista, as we are not DIY people when on a cruise ship. The whole idea of cruising is that you get lovely people serving you, which do get in the two INCLUSIVE restaurants. Neither are we taken in by the up selling craze that is now a main feature of ALL CRUISE LINES and therefore can not comment on the speciality dinning areas. Save to say that when we started cruising, Lobster, Steak and King prawns featured regularly in the main restaurants. Now you pay extra for the once staples on cruise ships.

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