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Thomson Marella Explorer Entertainment Cruises Cruise Reviews

Marella Cruises
Marella Explorer
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

19

Very Good

7

Average

2

Poor

4

Terrible

2

Cruise type

Family Cruises

37

Entertainment Cruises

34

Senior Cruises

29

Romantic Cruises

20

Cruises for the Disabled

6

34 Thomson Marella Explorer Entertainment Cruises Cruise Reviews


johnmunro avatar

johnmunro

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Poor conditions

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Hi just back from a week on the Explorer the flight from Edinburgh was good Transfer was quick.When we got too our cabin the cabin had a bad spell reported too reception fixed straight away smell came back 2 days ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Gotthebugforsailing

3 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Boring

Went on this 'new' ship for the new year into 2019. The most boring cruise I'd ever been on. There was no laughs and no entertainment. Reality bands on a big screen every night. Same thing every evening. We had ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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Dustybin26

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Great holiday, fab staff

Price was great for all inclusive. Travelled with Tui before and very informal and friendly so prefer this type of cruising. Great cabin spacious and clean and as usual very friendly hardworking staff. Few ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Borosmed

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Baltic Cruise

Our first cruise for 20 years My aim is to help people but I’ve got to be honest We were a bit worried about boarding after some reviews we read but both boarding and departing the ship was done very ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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toshede

5 Reviews Written

18 Helpful Votes

Fantastic but not excellent

Very enjoyable but the weather spoilt it a little, but being in the Baltics it can be expected, the ship itself it perfect except for when the weather is bad there are a minimum of bars due to the outside bars not ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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DianaMontignac

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Excellent cruise. Great staff and captain. Very clean comfortable balcony cabin.

We wanted to visit the Caribbean islands offered on this cruise. We also wanted to go “all inclusive”. We chose back to back cruises Tropical Delights and Paradise Islands.We also wanted to avoid lots of “at ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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LHSM

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Better than we could have imagined

Everything was perfect, You walk off the plane and onto a coach where you’re taken straight to the ship where our bags were waiting for us at our cabin. On return you see the immigration officers onboard, the ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Globetrotter1957

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

First cruise ever

Did not know what to expect on this our first cruise as we had read so many varied reviews, but we could not fault our cruise experience, we booked a large balcony cabin and it was perfect, we had our own sun ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Jaroba26

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Fabulous with just a few tweaks needed

This ship is a real asset to the Marella line. It is really well run, spotlessly clean and comfortable. The crew are happy to help with a smile. There is a great choice of food, my only criticism is that a lot of ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Bigkev668

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Birthday Celebration Cruise

We chose this cruise for a 60th birthday gift for my wife having never been to the Caribbean before. We were not to be disappointed. A painless flight on the Dreamliner from Glasgow to Barbados saw us straight into ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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BBvurns

2 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Disappointing for Thomson (now Marella) Explorer Cruise

Very Disappointing, having previously cruised with Thomson's and been delighted with the ship, staff, service & entertainment the new addition to the cruise fleet "Explorer" the overall experience certainly has been ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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jassgx

1 Review Written

17 Helpful Votes

Christmas cruise

My husband and I chose this cruise as we'd been to the Caribbean before and wanted to do different islands and this cruise fitted the bill. We had an inside cabin on deck 8 mid ship which was very good, only ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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Rosh85

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Excellent cruise

We were on a 7 day cruise on marella explorer in December 2018 . There were a good selection of islands that we visited and we really enjoyed the experience ... We have a 6yo and she had lots of fun. there ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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Newby to cruising

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Amazing

Wow Amazing is the word to describe our cruise. Embarking was quick and easy. The ship is wonderful she as a small runni g track a small gym a great spa a pub a casino several bars lots of choice for meals our ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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ozymandias4491

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

We arrived at the ship after our flight from Leeds/Bradford first impressions were wow what a ship how large it was, suppose it had to be with around 1800 passengers, check in airport security style, got a plastic ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Floydruben2017

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Outstanding Medical Staff

My husband and I set sail on the 1st September on the Highlights of the Mediterranean and Mediterranean Secrets cruise. We were impressed with the ship especially the layout it was spacious with lots of seating ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Liz Yates

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Excellent; loved everything

Can not praise this ship enough excellent staff from entertainment Lisa James and Matt and Lisa Victoria can sing. Cooper on the pool Deck was so helpful and pleasant . Everything about the ship was fabulous and ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Glnpif69

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

First timers, things I wish I’d known and other comments

Our first cruise was chosen as our honeymoon. Embarkation went smoothly and our hold luggage didn’t take long to follow us to our rooms. Had read other reviews just before departing and made sure swimming ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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swamp snake

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Amazing. Five Stars.

This was our fourth cruise with Marella. The previous three were when they were still Thomson Cruises. We have been on the Dream, Celebration and the Majesty. All of these ships were very good, but, the Explorer ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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BevOneil

1 Review Written

20 Helpful Votes

Marella Perfection!

This was our seventh cruise {fifth Marella} and was definitely the best by far. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and hassle free. The ship was immaculate and extremely well organised. The staff could not ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Kennedycruise

3 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Tui have done it again!

We have just returned from a fabulous 14 day Mediterranean Cruise on Marella Explorer – our 10th cruise and second with Tui Marella. The crew were welcoming and hospitable from the Captain to the young man from ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Biddi

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Cosmopolitan classics

Last minute booking was a little dubious as had sailed with TUI before and was disappointed with the state of the ship (celebration)old and shabby looking.. I needn't have worried as Marella Explorer is stunning ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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dbragrimma

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Ship explore

We have been on a few Thomsons cruises and we decided to go on the new ship the explorer, we had read many reviews on the ship before we went and there was a mixture off what people were saying , we went for 7 ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Dec65

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

Fantastic cruise

First time we have ever cruised, and we were not disappointed. The whole experience was fantastic, the food was excellent lots of different choices to choose from, the speciality restaurants were well worth the ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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MargaretH10

1 Review Written

19 Helpful Votes

SO DISAPPOINTING!!!

Cruised with Thompsons many times over the years but decided against sailing again as we felt the standards were beginning to drop. We sailed with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Epic the last couple of years and due ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Marella Explorer Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.03.6
Public Rooms4.04
Fitness Recreation5.03.7
Family3.04
Enrichment3.03.4
Service4.04.1
Value For Money4.03.7
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