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Thomson Marella Explorer Senior Cruises Cruise Reviews

Marella Cruises
Marella Explorer
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

8

Very Good

10

Average

4

Poor

3

Terrible

4

Cruise type

Family Cruises

37

Entertainment Cruises

34

Senior Cruises

29

Romantic Cruises

20

Cruises for the Disabled

6

29 Thomson Marella Explorer Senior Cruises Cruise Reviews


dukedog10uk avatar

dukedog10uk

3 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

Disappointment

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Oh how standards fall in just 12 months. We were cruising on Marella Discovery this time last year and absolutely loved it. This ship either has a staffing problem or they have reduced standards. I must point out ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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gilmahcroft

4 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

Cruising the Canaries

23rd CRUISE IN TEN YEARS - Cabin comfortable with towel sculptures and effective service!! We eat exclusively in the Main Restaurant as we are not fans of buffets at any cost!! We also refuse to take part in ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Expats

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Nice cruise; prefer Discovery

Chose this cruise as it sailed from Tenerife were we live, therefore no flying. We have sailed the Canaries before but still enjoyed it. The Explorer is a nice ship. Very clean, plenty of room around the various ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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flycgb

3 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Convenient but limited

The ship and the holiday The ship has limitations compared to others in the fleet or on other lines. We missed a promenade deck and also found limitation in the number of seats available. Good places of call ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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John McNulty

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Poor Quality Overall

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 ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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Mike S P

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Goodbye Thomson and Spirit

After many cruises with Thomson on Emerald,Celebration and number one Spirit, we decided to see what a “new “ ship was like. One out of 5 is good. Newcastle was waiting for 2 hours after 4 hours of driving. (We ...
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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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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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High Seas On

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Very good - but...

My partner and I chose this cruise/ship to celebrate my 65th birthday. Lovely, clean ship and could not fault the crew. Our outside cabin on Deck 5 was of ample size for the two of us and was kept clean twice ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Trewey

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Confused /random restaurant service

I must say the standered of food in the resturant was good, and the Vista resturant very good, but the variety could have been more varied, the buffet resturant did not have choice of other cruise ships we have been ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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cruisingwithfriendstoo

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Excellent!

This was our second cruise with Marella, having been on a seven nights cruise to Jamaica on Discovery 2 last January. Our experience on board Explorer was very good. The staff were all amazing, very ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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doncastergolfer

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Best Cabin on any Cruise

The Explorer having recently come into service with TUI is a larger ship than the Discovery. We paid extra for a Junior Suite which was worth every penny due to the size of the balcony which included 2 sun beds ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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welwyngirl

2 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Extremely disappointing

We travelled on Thomson cruises many years ago and thought we would give the Explorer a try. The itinerary and timings suited us. We booked an inside cabin as we rarely use balconies preferring to spend time ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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Mickyia

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Butlins at sea

This was my 33rd cruise and by far the worst , food was very poor the main restaurant very slow and presentation was like a cafe, quality of food like a back street pub, reception a total joke 5 times we requested ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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Pauline whitaker

1 Review Written

22 Helpful Votes

Better than we thought

We chose this cruise because it visited so many different places in the Caribbean - we only had one sea day in 2 weeks as we did a back to back cruise. When we landed at barbados we walked off the plane on to a ...
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Sail Date November 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


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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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Christine Wainwright

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great cruise, needs a little improvement.

Marella Explorer I’d like to say this cruise was fantastic, we’d been on a Caribbean cruise last year, and hoped this would be as good. I’m pleased to say it was not just as good but actually better. ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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Beth2626

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Near to perfect

This was our 15th cruise with Tui/Marcella and it was the best. It was wonderful to have a door on the shower instead of a wrap around curtain. All members of the crew were great, but as usual the attention of ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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Hnoble

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

1st time cruise

Marella Explorer and the crew were absolutely first class. Waiters in the eateries were all very polite, and Geronimo and his merry band were very entertaining. All of the staff were very attentive, always smiling ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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paul-ni

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

First Sailing on a 20+yr Ship

This was our 6th cruise and our second with TUI and our first visit to the Eastern Med, The whole of the journey from Belfast to Palma went smoothly, The return flight home was delayed by 2.5 hrs due to a bird ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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latesailor

2 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

First ever Tui cruise

This cruise was suggested to us by our local Tui store so we went ahead keeping an open mind. We didn't realise this was the inaugural sailing of the Explorer, and were pleasantly surprised at the generous ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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antiquelover

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

The cruise ship from hell ....

This was only the second cruise my husband and I have been on and were so looking forward to it. Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse including our dealings with the provider TUI. We had booked a balcony ...
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Sail Date May 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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