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Marella Voyager Review

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Marella Voyager exterior. (Rendering: Marella Cruises)

The next new ship from Tui-owned Marella Cruises, Marella Voyager, will make its debut in June 2023. Built in 1997 for Celebrity Cruises and having most recently sailed as Tui’s Mein Schiff Herz, the family-friendly ship is undergoing a Marella makeover. 

Marella Voyager's Deck Plan Will Feature Family-Friendly Spaces & New to-the-Line Venues 

Sister ship to Marella Explorer and Marella Explorer 2, Marella Voyager will offer 10 restaurants The next new ship from Tui-owned Marella Cruises, Marella Voyager, will make its debut on June 3, 2023. Launched as Celebrity Mercury in 1997, the 1,912-passenger ship is currently sailing for Tui Cruises as Mein Schiff Herz.

The family-friendly ship will go into dry dock in April 2023 for a full refurbishment before re-launching as Marella Voyager. 

Marella Voyager's Deck Plan Will Feature Family-Friendly Spaces & New to-the-Line Venues 

A sister ship to Marella Explorer and Marella Explorer 2, Marella Voyager will have 10 restaurants, including popular venues such as Kora La, Sushi Bar, Nonna's Italian, Surf and Turf, Vista, Snack Shack and Latitude 53 (the main dining room) will all return.

The ship will also debut three new restaurants:

Abuela's -- a Mexican-themed restaurant featuring classic Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, which will be adjacent to Nonna's and be inclusive.

Silver Fork -- a new speciality restaurant, featuring upscale British cuisine "with a twist".

The Platter -- this will serve cheeseboards, meat platters and vegetarian options with wine pairings for a fee.

The Kitchens -- this replaces the traditional buffet and has more of a food court vibe about it, with stations serving specific cuisine such as Asian, roasts, a pastry corner and a desserts area.

Bars on Marella Voyager include Squid & Anchor, Bar 53, Atrium Bar, Aperitif, The Shack and the casino and bar.  

The ship will also debut three new bars:

The Arts House -- this will have an area for arts and crafts during the day, while in the evening there will be live entertainment. The Arts House replaces the Lounge Bar on the sister ships.

The Summer House -- Situated between Nonna's and Abuela's, this has an indoor space with retractable roof, and an open-air area.

The Exchange -- A speakeasy-type bar serving cocktails and offering immersive entertainment with a capacity of around 40.

Other entertainment includes a new nightclub concept called The Electric Rooms on Deck 12, which will feature a LED dancefloor.

The Broadway Show Lounge will have a programme of 11 shows and live music will take place throughout the ship.

The pool deck will include a pool and adjacent hot tubs. There'll be a crazy golf course at the top of the ship, along with The Veranda, an adults-only space with Balinese daybeds facing the ocean. 

Marella Voyager's Rooms Feature Two Voyager Suites

Marella Voyager will offer more family Cabins, including Inside and Balcony Family cabins, measuring 19sqm and 20sqm, respectively.  

There will be two Voyager Suites which will reflect the destinations the ship sails to, in this case Santorini and St Lucia.

Marella Voyager Will Have an Extensive Family Programme

Kids clubs include the Mini M Club for little ones, M Club for children and the Hideout for teens. There’ll also be a separate kids pool. 

Little is known yet about the spa (on sister ships there's a lovely Champneys Spa), other than there will be one. 

Is Marella Voyager All Inclusive? 

Yes. Drinks, and flights are included within the fare. However, there are a number of for-fee speciality restaurants.

Where will Marella Voyager Sail? 

From June 3, 2023, through September 2023, Marella Voyager will be based in Palma, sailing a 'Mediterranean Secrets' itinerary with calls in Spain, France and Italy. During winter 2023/24 it will be based in Bridgetown, Barbados, offering Caribbean cruises calling in at Tortola, St Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua, and Dominica.

Marella Voyager Specs

Marella Voyager is 77,302 GRT and will carry 1,912 passengers at double occupancy.and 10 all-inclusive bars. Popular dining venues include Kora La, Sushi Bar, Nonna’s Italian, Surf and Turf, Vista, Snack Shack, Latitude 53 (the main dining room) and a self-service buffet. 

Bars include Squid & Anchor, Bar 53, Atrium Bar, Aperitif, The Shack and the casino and bar.  

Marella Voyager will feature a pool deck complete with a swimming pool and whirlpools and a large Broadway Show Lounge with a programme of 11 shows. There'll be a crazy golf course at the top of the ship, along with The Veranda, an adults-only space with Balinese daybeds facing the ocean. 

With the typical mix of Inside, Outside, Balcony and Suite accommodation, Marella Voyager will offer more family Cabins, including Inside and Balcony Family cabins, measuring 19sqm and 20sqm, respectively.  

Kids clubs include the Mini M Club for little ones, M Club for children and the Hideout for teens. There’ll also be a separate kids pool. 

Little is known yet about the spa (on sister ships there's a lovely Champneys Spa), other than there will be one. 

New venues onboard include: 

  • An indoor cinema 
  • An as-yet-unnamed Mexican restaurant 
  • An as-yet-unnamed additional speciality restaurant 
  • The Secret Speakeasy Bar 

Is Marella Voyager All Inclusive? 

Yes. Drinks, tips and flights are included within the fare. 

Where will Marella Voyager Sail? 

From June 3, 2023, through September 2023, Marella Voyager will be based in Palma, sailing a 'Mediterranean Secrets' itinerary with calls in Spain, France and Italy.

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