Marella Explorer Review

Tired, cheap booze cruise on a cross channel ferry disguised as a cruise ship with the worst food possible

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Marella Explorer
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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jan 2023
Custard a la prison ship
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I have been with marella a few times. Never glamorous but used to be functional and efficient. Not now. The food in the main restaurants would appear to have come from a 1970’s prison ship and we had mild food poisoning after 2 nights. I know they are cost cutting but the cooking was amazingly bad. Maybe the worst I have ever seen in a commercial setting. The deep fried long hair in the calamari was a decent example of a stressed, un-trained and un monitored kitchen I have seen for years. Raw apple pie, ravioli swimming in flour and cheesy water and inedible cold beef stew that looked (and probably tasted) like Pal - the dog food - all in our first hours

Overall, the staff are very friendly but the cost cutting has taken a toll everywhere. Service is now like a real life call centre as is the catering. The ship is exhausted. So are most of the guests who are essentially 60+, waddling, limping, very overweight and not very well. It’s floating respite care for those on NHS waiting lists. The ship now resembles an old cross channel ferry. The upside? Very few screaming kids, no late night disturbances and amazing quantities of decent quality alcohol included. It’s a cheap cruise and the official literature mentions “our friends at Wetherspoon”. That is what you are getting here. Wetherspoons at sea with far worse food and a less mobile clientele. The entertainment is so anaemic that guests are found elsewhere singing along to records played in the bars. In between the coughing. If you like coughing, get on your mobility scooter and get on board the Marella explorer now. But even then, the food. Agh.

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Tired but did the job

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