Marella Explorer 2 (Photo: Marella Cruises)

By Adam Coulter
Cruise Critic UK Managing Editor

Marella Explorer 2 Overview

Marella Explorer 2 will join Marella Cruises in May 2019 and will be the first adults-only ship in the fleet.

The 1,814-passenger ship is currently sailing in China as SkySea Golden Era, but the ship began life in 1995 as Celebrity Century. It is a sister ship to Marella Explorer, formerly Celebrity Galaxy, which launched in May 2018.

Marella Explorer 2 will feature three brand-new venues for the line: A new clubhouse bar called The 19th Hole; an elegant Prosecco and Champagne bar called Flutes, and The Beach Cove that will take on a beach-barbecue theme.

The ship will also feature a pizzeria-style dining option that first launched on Marella Explorer, however Explorer 2's will feature a dedicated pizza oven, which is new for the line.

The 19th Hole will serve drinks including golf-themed cocktails and craft beer and feature quirky golf-buggy-style seating and two golf simulators. Flutes is being designed as a pre- and post-dinner drinks venue, with unique "Press for Bubbles" buttons at tables.

The ship will have many of the same new-to-the fleet features which debuted on Marella Explorer including a Champneys Spa and a number of brand new shows.

It will also have a number of dining and drinking venues including Asian fusion restaurant Kora-La, Shake Shack and Surf and Turf.

The key difference will be the exclusive Veranda (the adults only area on Marella Explorer) which will be doubled in size on the new ship; and a new Royal Suite which measures 102 square metres featuring a separate bedroom, dressing room, dining area and whirlpool bath. The ship will have a total of 907 cabins, of which nearly 40 per cent have balconies.

Marella Explorer 2 will be based at a new homeport of Naples with itineraries to include stops in Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik.


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