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Thomson Marella Explorer Family Cruises Cruise Reviews

Marella Cruises
Marella Explorer
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

15

Very Good

11

Average

4

Poor

5

Terrible

2

Cruise type

Family Cruises

37

Entertainment Cruises

34

Senior Cruises

29

Romantic Cruises

20

Cruises for the Disabled

6

37 Thomson Marella Explorer Family Cruises Cruise Reviews


jody2569 avatar

jody2569

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Pretty average

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We had been looking forward to this cruise since the day we booked it, and we have mad the most of it, a week in the sun is valuable time. However we probably won’t be booking another cruise with Tui, for us they ...
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Sail Date February 2020


TheFatFryer avatar

TheFatFryer

3 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

Spoiled by a tiny food budget

We wanted a cruise at short notice. Somewhere warm. Or even warmish. Our only option was this Mariella cruise around the Canary Islands. I must say it was cheap. Therefore we made a number of assumptions, only ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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mcfccruiser

4 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Surprisingly good

Well having sailed with Thompson on the Thompson Spirit (which was falling to peices) this was a pleasant surprise. The ship isn't new but they have obviously invested a lot of money refitting the ship. Everywhere ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Orangatanga73

2 Reviews Written

31 Helpful Votes

Absolutely Amazing

This was my second time on this ship and was very much looking forward to exploring the places round the Baltic’s. The trip exceeded all expectations from start to finish. The embarkation was a breeze having ...
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Sail Date August 2019


Si-Net C avatar

Si-Net C

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great Holiday

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 ...
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Sail Date July 2019


Tankr avatar

Tankr

1 Review Written

17 Helpful Votes

Excellent value for money, all inclusive,

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 ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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john muircroft

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Booze cruise

We booked this cruise on the back of many great cruises on the TUI Celebration as our celebration of 40 year of marriage. We took our only son with us as it was a family celebration. The whole trip including ...
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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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Lolasail

3 Reviews Written

22 Helpful Votes

Excellent cruise with first class crew

This was the old Celebrity Galaxy and not as well designed as the Marella Discovery ships. But the onboard facilities and service was excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation was faultless, although leaving the ...
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Sail Date January 2019


David2108 avatar

David2108

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Butlin's At Sea

My family and I have cruised with Thompsons many times in the past and we have always had a fantastic experience. I thought the change of name to Marella was quite simply that, a name change, but that is obviously ...
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Sail Date January 2018


Rosh85 avatar

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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Fatboyandjac

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great time had by all

The flights and logistics We had a delayed departure from Gatwick 20mins nevertheless after a comfortable flight we were safely in Palma. The process of getting from baggage claim to the coach was not great as ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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zhahadhum

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

A very charming ship

This was a great itinerary on a really charming ship. The ship is big enough to offer almost anything, yet small enough to feel familiar and intimate. The Explorer war recently refurbished and previously enjoyed a ...
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Sail Date October 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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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


Jd1982! avatar

Jd1982!

1 Review Written

25 Helpful Votes

Another good addition to the Marella fleet

Sorry if the review is a bit TLDR.... The flights and logistics We had a slightly delayed departure from Leeds although this was not of Tui's making. Nevertheless after a comfortable flight we were safely ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Holidaygirls

2 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Never again with Marella cruise ships

After reading the previous reviews I was wishing I hadn't booked this cruise and when we finally went on the Explorer I agred with all the complaints. The check in at the port was very quick, you just went to the ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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jrdavies80

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Just Good - but real good!

Lots of bad reviews noted before travelling but need not have worried. This was our third TUI cruise having previously been on the Dream and Discovery 2. The Explorer was larger than both the previous ships and ...
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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


Selest66 avatar

Selest66

3 Reviews Written

58 Helpful Votes

Decent cruise, especially for the money

Spent a week on the Marella Explorer at the end of July/beginning of August with my partner and our youngest (aged 9) and, all in all, had a good holiday. I have had two cruises with Marella previously which I had ...
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Sail Date July 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


Schnauzer owner avatar

Schnauzer owner

2 Reviews Written

38 Helpful Votes

Poor food

We chose this cruise as we had done three other cruises with Thomsons and thought the new ships would be an improvement. I have to say we were a little disappointed. Good points were that staff were excellent ...
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Sail Date August 2018


Orangatanga73 avatar

Orangatanga73

2 Reviews Written

31 Helpful Votes

Absolutely beyond fabulous

I was a bit worried after reading a few bad reviews about coming on this cruise and being a first time cruiser. The cruise exceeded expectations in every way. Room- I booked a junior suite allocation on ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Cruise newbeeeeee

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Nice but......

As first time cruisers we were excited about the prospect of seeing a bit of the med via a family orientated, sparkly new cruise ship. We were disappointed from the start. The welcome was lack lustre and as a ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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trixi22

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Mmmmmmm just ok

We choose to do this cruise as we has been advised that it was family friendly with loads of activities for a three year. Not the case. The ship itself although spotless is a bit tired - I know it has been ...
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Sail Date June 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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