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Marella Explorer Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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202 Reviews

Surprisingly good

Marella Explorer Cruise Review by mcfccruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean

Well having sailed with Thompson on the Thompson Spirit (which was falling to peices) this was a pleasant surprise. The ship isn't new but they have obviously invested a lot of money refitting the ship. Everywhere was clean, the food was great quality and selection (main dinning hall (Latitude 56), buffet restaurant (the market place), an Italian (serves buffet style pizzas and pasta during the day) and a tapas restaurant and the snack shack (burger, hotdogs and grab as you go items) they also have 3 paid restaurants also (not visited). The entertainment was a bit sparse and I would not like to be stuck on this ship for more than a day of sailing without stopping. It also doesn't offer a lot of things to do, it has a cinema (poor old selections of films), library, little crazy golf, sport court (very small), pool area with 3 jacuzzis (pool was warm, which makes a change, spa (chargeable), small gambling area (wouldn't call it a casino) a coffee shop (extra charge) and shops.

I would rate this a one of the nicest cruises we have taken and we have taken a lot.

The staff were friendly and the cabin was clean, more spacious than other cruise companies and a powerful shower (bonus) and a bit bigger than most.

Good things

1. Embarkation and de embarkation

2. Food

3. Room spacious and clean

4. Not over crowded

5. Staff friendly

6. They are not trying to squeeze every penny out of you unlike other cruise companies

7. All inclusive food, drink and tips

8. Cabin

Not so good.

1. Not much to do on board

I have been on the following cruise lines and this is how they rate:

1 Princess and Marella

2. P&O

3. Royal Caribbean

4. Carnival

5. Thompson cruises

6. Costa

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Cabin Review

Larger than other cabins we have have, modern and comfortable

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