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Thomson Marella Explorer Cruise Reviews

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Great to be back at sea

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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jtango
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

First real opportunity to cruse since the pandemic started and Marella have always been a good company to cruise with. Firstly it was nice to board a Marella ship at a southern British port (it would be nice if this could become a regular thing!!) The procedure for boarding the ship was very well organised from arriving at the port to boarding the ship. Once on board the ship you could ...
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Sail Date: August 2021


Not a bad outing given the circumstances

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - British Isles & Western

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kaf1sh
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

Oh the great debate: to cruise or not to cruise amid a global pandemic? But like most folks, after 15 months of restrictions, we decided to take a punt on a Western UK cruise - thinking that was least likely to be cancelled. I’ll be honest - we would not have considered a spin around GB under any other circumstances. We had not travelled with Marella before. But we’re impressed by the fare ...
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Sail Date: July 2021


Lovely ship, teething problems on the return

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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Kevin79
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

I'll say from the start, we did lower our expectations for this cruise. Friend's have sailed with Marella many times and explained this is a very different product from MSC. We stayed in a mini suite with a large balcony. This had a good size shower, easy to move around the compact space. Only comment is it can be tight to get into the actual shower. The bed was comfortable and liked that it ...
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Sail Date: June 2021


Back to Cruising

Review for Marella Explorer to Baltic Sea

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Arachnid
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This was the inaugural cruise for fare paying passengers and was for three days visiting Dover and Portland and due to COVID when not sitting eating or drinking all passengers and staff had to wear a mask when moving about the Ship and had to undertake a daily temperature check. Any way we were given a boarding time of 12 o'clock on the day of departure and when we arrived were shocked to ...
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Sail Date: June 2021


canaries cruise

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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garlhamster
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

regular cruiser looking for some warmer climes this winter. explorer ship pretty good, food in italian restaurant very good with friendly attentive staff. only used main restaurant twice for breakfast which was just ok. buffet restaurant patchy, soups were pretty good, salads average and main foods average. we do not think the range is as big or as good as 5 years ago. there was a late night snack ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Drop in standards

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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toshede
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

My wife and I have used Marella cruises for a while now and used the Marella Explorer twice in 2019, having only recently done the Tenerife trip we were very disappointed, firstly a sand storm hit the island's which was not the ship's fault And lost out on visiting one of our ports, we were awarded a £25.00 compensation to spend on-board, we proceeded to Madeira only to find engine trouble and ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


I’m standing on the helicopter deck please winch me off NOW!,,

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Lizzylouscoobydoo
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

THE FOOD =. Let’s start with the food. The main restaurant looks nice to lull you into a false sense of security ... order fish... pretty close to their natural environment what can go wrong?.... wet spongy bread crumbs with wafer thin fish floating on a bed of water .... breakfast a very strange lamb sausage and rubber egg..... cram everyone into one corner and if you have the utter cheek to ask ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Explorer February Half Term 2020

Review for Marella Explorer to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Lammy3000
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose the Explorer as it was only a four hour flight from the uk you are guaranteed some sunshine in the canaries. We had a had a balcony cabin on 9 deck and the balcony was the biggest we have ever had it had a lounger two chairs coffee table and hammock. Shower was good as it has a door rather than the usual clingy curtain. The decor was of the usual standard you get in cabin and no ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Pretty average

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jody2569
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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 have a lot of improvement to make. The Marella is a nice ship but showing it’s age. We did throughly enjoyed sitting out in the Mediterranean bar on deck 11, a nice place to sit and ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Traveled with children


Spoiled by a tiny food budget

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TheFatFryer
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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 some of them were accurate. We travelled on the Tui flight from Gatwick. Extra legroom seat for only £25 each. Flight was comfortable. Bus collection and transfer was ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


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