Marella Explorer Review

Spoiled by a tiny food budget

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Marella Explorer
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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020

We wanted a cruise at short notice. Somewhere warm. Or even warmish. Our only option was this Mariella cruise around the Canary Islands.

I must say it was cheap. Therefore we made a number of assumptions, only some of them were accurate.

We travelled on the Tui flight from Gatwick. Extra legroom seat for only £25 each. Flight was comfortable. Bus collection and transfer was flawless.

Cabin Review

The cabin was a family room for the three of us at the back of the ship. We we’re a couple and a friend staying together. The room was an ok size. Very clean and kept beautifully by our steward Leslie. The bathroom was a good size and the shower large with a glass door. Always a bonus. However the sleeping arrangements were awful.

One small double tucked into the wall so if two people shared it you would have to climb over one another to get out. The other bed was a sofa bed. It was like a torture chamber. Old, worn and desperately uncomfortable. Back ache every morning. When it was open there was about four inches to get by at the bottom of the bed.

Port Reviews

Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

It hasn’t changed in the twenty years or so I have been there. Not the classiest island but like a pair of old carpet slippers!!

La Palma

Very pretty for the cararies.

Madeira (Funchal)

Do the cable car ride up the mountain. Then take the sleigh ride back down. It’s expensive but well worth it!!

Just don’t walk down the mountain after. Take a taxi and be thankful. It’s about a mile and a half down a one in three hilll.


Most passengers were a bit wary of getting off. Being scammed, robbed etc. All utter rubbish. Take a photo of the taxi tariff. The taxi number and agree a price in advance. It was painless and a great experience.


Lovely wee place.


Lovely island and great to walk about.

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