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Newcastle (England) Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews

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Excellent value for money, all inclusive,

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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Tankr
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

Just returned from two week Baltic cruise on Marella Explorer (10 th Aug19). Never having cruised before, we were unsure what to expect, but the itinerary was exactly what we wanted. Apologies in advance for the length of this review, I know it's going to be a long one We sailed from Newcastle, so no flights involved for us which was a huge bonus, mainly as no luggage restrictions ( so long ...
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Sail Date: August 2019


Excellent all round cruise

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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Mark-Wemyss
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

We picked this cruise for a number of reasons. The dates fitted in with dates I had booked well in advance (without knowing what we were going to do in the summer) to please my work, the itinerary, and by reading several reviews that the line was good for families and kids. 14 days is a long time for a 10 year old to be onboard so it had to be fun for him too, which I am happy to report it ...
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Sail Date: August 2019

Traveled with children


Great Holiday

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - British Isles & Western

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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


What a great and interesting cruise

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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Lainey D
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise for the itinerary and we weren't disappointed. The countries visited were all so interesting but all different too. Due to my lack of mobility we chose to go on an excursion on nearly all the ports of call and I have to say they were the best we've ever done. All the tour guides were informative, interesting and fun, yes even in Russia!! We chose to have a balcony and had ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


Good cruise and itinerary, some things need a tweak!

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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zaffyfebe
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We chose this cruise mainly for its itinerary and the dates it went on as we had a very limited time window to go away in. We have been with Marella before, a few years ago, and really enjoyed our last cruise around the Adriatic on a smaller ship . We are a fit and healthy couple in our late 40s and early 50s and travelled as a solo couple, no children or friends with us..although we made plenty ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


Excellent Cruise on a superb ship.

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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PaulC-Hols
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We always choose cruises based on the itinerary and this completely fitted the bill! Our second cruise on this ship and once again it excelled itself. We had a large balcony cabin (9135) which is well placed midships and well looked after and cleaned by the cabin stewards. Food as always was excellent in both Latitude 53 and Vista, as well as the lunches in The Market Place. The ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


Great Itinerary, Terrible Ship

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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robcat
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

we sailed on this cruise as we wanted to visit the amazing cities around the baltic 1st The good points. The Onboard staff were all amazing from the Cabin stewards to entertainment crew, all very friendly and helpful. But I have to make a special mention to 2 members of staff who did go that extra mile to make our cruise special Putra our cabin steward was exceptional in trying to sort out our ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


Did not Quite Live up to the Hype !

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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Docmalc
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This is an extensive review...Bear with me, but this is our honest opinion and our personal view. Firstly, to put this cruise into context it will have been our 17th. We have enjoyed 3 previous cruises with 'Thompson', all of which have been fine and we thought good value for money. This was why we booked with their new branding 'Marella' and we were looking forward to going on the ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


The crew made the difference

Review for Marella Explorer to Norwegian Fjords

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Hammo19
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We wanted to experience the beauty of Norway and the Midnight Sun Cruise fitted the bill perfectly. Port of Tyne is only a 60 min car drive away from home so it was very convenient for us. First time with Marella (TUI) having been P&O cruisers before. Overall a good experience and we would recommend this cruise, especially for beginners. But don’t expect to meet young people on this cruise. ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


Just a few tweaks Marella ,you could do soo much better!

Review for Marella Explorer to Arctic

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west country yokel
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We always choose our cruises by itinerary, not cruise line and this one did not disappoint. Combination of fjords and the Arctic with the 24 hour daylight was perfect for us, Marella only do this route once a year and not many other cruise lines do trips into the Arctic Circle. First the good points - some people are a bit sniffy about Marella (Butlins at sea etc) but loads of positives for us. ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


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