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Newcastle (England) to Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise Reviews

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Marella Explorer 2, back into service, ‘Weekend Escape’ from Newcastle

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peteukmcr
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We were kindly invited to join a friend (who I had worked with for 4 months on an NHS Test & Trace mobile testing unit) and her partner on this 2-night sailing as they wanted to try it to see if they would like cruising. Obviously, they were conscious that with all the current COVID-19 protocols in place, this sailing would not be like any ‘normal’ cruise, but hopefully it would give them a good ...
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Sail Date: July 2021


Great Holiday

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Si-Net C
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

Iceland and Norway were on our bucket list so this cruise seemed the perfect way to tick them off. As destinations they didn’t disappoint and are both amazing places. We had sailed with Marella at Xmas in the Caribbean and selecting Marella again was an easy choice. This time departure was from Newcastle so no flights and extra luggage allowance. Departure was fine. It took a little while ...
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Sail Date: July 2019

Traveled with children


Boring old ship

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jeanniedance
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Very dated ship. Mainly elderly passengers. Nothing on during the day except bridge bingo and handicrafts. More like a floating care home. Tour operator extremely unhelpful.. Don't book flam railway through olsen it's a lot cheaper to do yourself and there were plenty of seats. Guest service manager very helpful as had to move cabins as extremely noisy. Noticed a lot of cutbacks. Eg no conditioner ...
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Sail Date: May 2019

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


Not value for money

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jolai1
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I consider the price we paid for the itinerary, distance travelled, entertainment, drinks package and cabin comfort (superior interior) was far too much. The A/C in the cabin was rubbish we had the setting off the scale and still found it stuffy and through the night it seemed to go off altogether, maybe to save money- so very poor sleep quality. Obviously we reported this and it was supposedly ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Cabin Type: Superior Inside


Cabin experience

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teddytwo
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

The reason for choosing this cruise were many One the embarkation and disembarkation port was only half hour from home so we did not have any extra travel to join the ship.TwoThe ship Balmoral, we have sailed on this ship in the past and have had a wonderful time . The food,entertainment and ports of call had always been good. The size off the ship was also to our liking, friendly yet spacious ...
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Sail Date: October 2018

Cabin Type: Inside


Butlins afloat

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flip43
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

My wife and I recently took our first cruise. We travelled on Deck 5 in an outer, windowed cabin, on Fred Olsen's Balmoral to the North German ports of Bremen, Hamburg and Kiel dep Newcastle 19 November. To say it was grossly disappointing would be to ignore the few highlights, but even they are too few to persuade us to repeat the experience. The worst aspect was the selfish and uncouth ...
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Sail Date: October 2018

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


Fabulous friendly staff

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J Taylor
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

Embarking in Newcastle wasn’t good we were treated like hearded animals, once on board the staff were so friendly they actually made eye contact which is unusual. The ship was very clean, the seats in the communal areas very comfortable and clean. The cabin very clean the shower was compact but practical, the bed a single was comfy sheets very clean. The cabin attendant was absolutely brilliant ...
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Sail Date: September 2018


First and last cruise

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Barbara Mills
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

I’ve always wanted to try a cruise so picked this one as I’ve always wanted to go to the Shetland Islands and it was short so gave us a chance to experience cruising. Arrived on the boat to our very expensive upgraded cabin. Very disappointed. Only soap in a bottle supplied in the bathroom - just like a 3 star hotel. Very small towels. Thick rust round the taps and some black mould round bath. ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


Very poor!

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fatsquirrel
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise for its itinerary and the Orkneys and Shetland were great and well worth visiting. We took a shore excursion at Inverness which was informative and well organised by our guide. Check in at Newcastle was fast and efficient. We booked an inside superior cabin on Bridge deck and it was OK with a larger than average bathroom. However, there were none of the touches such as ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Superior Inside


Excellent Ports, Lackluster Ship

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WakebdrGRM
6-10 Cruises • Age 30s

Although this ship was recently refurbished (newer furniture and carpeting) it lacks the excitement and character of other cruise lines we've been on (P&O, NCL, RCCL). The entertainment was so-so (think community college theater not Vegas-style), the comedian unfunny, and the average passenger age was over 60. We traveled with a well-behaved toddler. Even so most people were friendly (only had ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Inside

Traveled with children


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