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Newcastle (England) to Europe Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews

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1-10 of 10 Newcastle (England) to Europe Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews


Excellent value for money, all inclusive,

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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

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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

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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


Excellent Cruise on a superb ship.

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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


Did not Quite Live up to the Hype !

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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


What a great and interesting cruise

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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


Great Itinerary, Terrible Ship

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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


Good cruise and itinerary, some things need a tweak!

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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


One to forget

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KyteRich
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Everything about this cruise was awful. The embarkation in Newcastle took hours, shuttle buses overcrowded and we spent so much time queuing for everything. Once on board we were advised to upgrade to premium drinks package and after sampling the all inclusive drinks it was obvious why! The same applied to the quality of the food! We pre booked two excursions for when we were in St ...
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Sail Date: May 2019


Poor Quality Overall

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John McNulty
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Liked the look of the cruise itinerary, and departing from Newcastle is more convenient and an easier port to get to than other ports. Booked an executive suite which are supposedly the best cabins on board and are on deck 10. Bad decision. Must say the cabin is spacious and well furnished BUT the inescapable element is constant noise from the deck above. We noticed it initially during the first ...
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Sail Date: May 2019


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