Kerry Spencer
Cruise Critic Editor

Dining includes the widest selection of options onboard any Marella ship -- including more choice for both free and free dining and brand-new concepts for the line.

Free Dining

Latitude 53 (Deck 5 & 6): The ship's two-tier MDR is open for waiter service breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located at the rear of the ship, the light-filled space features floor-to-ceiling windows and a gold and grey colour scheme.

Interesting fact: The restaurant name derives from the latitude of where the ship was built, in Papenburg, Germany.

Vista (Deck 5): Located within a section of Latitude 53 on Deck 5, Vista is a contemporary Italian restaurant open in the evening.

The Market Place (Deck 11): The ship's self-service buffet restaurant offers an informal dining option almost 24-hours a day, with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and the late night buffet offered here. Expect British staples -- full English in the morning, tea and sandwiches in the afternoon and curry and roast dinners in the evening.

Snack Shack (Deck 11): Designed with a British seaside theme in mind -- think colourful beach huts and oversized deckchairs -- Snack Shack is conveniently located on the Pool Deck offering a selection of fast food such as hot dogs and burgers during the day.

Nonna's (Deck 11): A welcome addition for pizza and pasta-lovers, Nonna's features make-your-own options for those looking to carb-load at lunch and dinner. 

The Terrace (Deck 11): This is an alfresco space for passengers dining at The Market Place.

Scoops (Deck 11): An ice cream stand with a vintage parlour feel, located on the pool deck, serving a variety of flavours including some unique creations such as oreo, G&T and banoffee. 

Fee Dining

Beach Cove (Deck 11); £11.95: A new-to-the-line venue, The Beach Cove is a chic poolside restaurant with a barbecue theme. It's also the most affordable of the ship's speciality restaurants. 

Kora La (Deck 6); £24.95: A Marella favourite, the intimate space of Kora La offers daily dinnertime dining with a pan-Asian menu featuring curries, noodles and sushi. Passengers will find Kora La, located opposite Surf & Turf, towards the rear of the ship.

Surf & Turf (Deck 6); £28.95: This is the go-to venue for carnivores and seafood lovers to enjoy various cuts of meat and watch as the chef cooks it on an open grill -- just to your liking.

The Dining Club (Deck 5); £34.95 without wine, 45 with wine pairing: The ship's fine-dining venue, which debuted on Explorer, is one for foodies onboard and the only venue to offer a wine pairing menu. Like sister ship, Explorer, it is located next to the Reception by the ship's Atrium. The Dining Club also serves as the venue for the ship's speciality afternoon tea, The Great Musical Afternoon Tea, which takes on a West End musical theme and is only available on Explorer 2. Priced at £15 per person (£20 with a glass of Champagne), the tea features white-gloved servers offering seven savoury dishes, such as the By Royal Appointment tiger bread and coronation chicken sandwich; the School Lunch cucumber and truffle egg mayonnaise double decker and the Vietnamese Melody beef tenderloin yakitori. This is followed up with homemade scones with jam and clotted cream and the "I Like to be in America" New York Cheesecake. Six different tea are available to choose from, as well as a cocktail -- with the menu inspired by songs from musicals.

The Coffee Port (Deck 7): The line's popular coffee house venue serves Lavazza coffee (arguably the best coffee onboard), soft drinks and a selection of tea and snacks.

Marella Explorer 2 Information

Marella Explorer 2 Ship Stats

  • Launched: April 2019
  • Passengers: 1,814
  • Registry: Malta
  • CDC Score: N/A

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