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Marella Explorer Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Marella has upped its game

Marella Explorer Cruise Review by Les1945P

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

Arriving in Tenerife after our flight from Manchester we embarked on Explorer. Our first impressions were good. Although the ship is around 25 years old, it is in good condition and has recently been refurbished. Happily, we were given a our first upgrade by TUI. As cruise veterans we have sailed with half a dozen cruise companies, large and small. So TUI , thanks for treat of a cabin upgrade.

A key feature of the refurbished ship is the electronic excursion booking system which does away with hoards of passengers waiting in line. A great feature, and time saver..

The cabin was kept tidy by our busy stewards. It was a decent size, that would suit most couples. It did have overhead beds for two, which we had to be careful not to bang our heads on getting out of bed.

The dining room experience was good. Plenty of good food was on offer, in my view on a par with P&O. We did not see any point in dining in the Premium Restaurants it was so good. Also, the drinks package was very good. Again it was not worth buying the Premium package on offer. TUI is to be commended for providing good standard 'all in' experience without trying to do it 'on the cheap'.

The ship does have a Lido style Buffet. We did not use it more than couple of times for lunch. To be honest it does need some work doing on it, as it is in places dark and uninviting.

The standard of service throughout the ship was very good. Staff would go out of their way to keep the customer satisfied. No problems at all.

I do not intend writing about the various ports of call, as information about the Canary Islands, Maderia, and Agadir is abundant on the internet..

Our verdict,a good value for money experience. Have no doubts before booking on this ship.

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Frankly Agadir is not the most exciting place we have been too. A trip to the town is worth it if you have never been before. Agadir's saving grace is the long wide sandy beach.

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