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Marella Cruises


About Marella Cruises

Because Marella’s part of TUI, they’re able to sort out everything from flights to excursions and hotels to take all the guesswork out of booking your holiday. They also offer flights from 22 different UK airports, so you won’t have to travel far.


Popular Routes

It’s tough to find a part of the world that Marella doesn’t cover! This go-getter cruise line can take you to countries like Malaysia, Singapore, or Thailand within Asia, or Mexico and Belize in Central America. Their Caribbean cruises are particularly popular, allowing you to soak up the abundant sunshine and visit idyllic beaches on islands like Bermuda, Turks and Caicos and Barbados. Enjoy the rich culture of European cities like Barcelona and Lisbon; or admire the spectacular landscapes of the Norwegian fjords. There are plenty of flight-free cruising options taking you around Europe, so you don’t have to deal with airports if you don’t want to.


Sister in Laws Cruising

Marella Explorer

By: Wallace, BIRMINGHAM on 18th May 2020

Bar staff are always polite professional and funny and they soon get used to your tipple if you become a regular in their particular bar.

Fabulous time on the Marella Explorer!

Marella Explorer

By: Balman, Clevedon on 8th Apr 2020

Having been on the Explorer 2 last year we felt we knew what to expect, but the cruise exceeded our expectations in many ways.

Marella Cruises Ships

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Marella Discovery 2

Marella Discovery 2

With tasteful décor, Marella Discovery 2 offers a comfortably British cruising experience.

Marella Discovery 2 Cruises
Marella Explorer

Marella Explorer

Marella Explorer brings a whole new world of fine dining, entertainment, and recreational features.

Marella Explorer Cruises
Marella Discovery

Marella Discovery

One of Marella Cruises’ biggest ships, Discovery is fully loaded with fantastically fun features including a mini-golf course.

Marella Discovery Cruises
Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship

Marella Explorer 2

Adult-only ship Marella Explorer 2 boasts hot new features like the Indigo Nightclub and Champneys Spa.

Marella Explorer 2 Cruises


Do Marella Cruises cater for special diets?

Yes, they do. Please mention your dietary requirements when booking, and also let the restaurant manager know once you're onboard. Marella Cruises offers vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and diabetic-friendly meals on request.


Is there a service charge?

No. Marella's all-inclusive concept means all tips and service charges are already included in the price of your cruise. You do not have to tip unless you want to.


Do Marella Cruises only offer fly-cruises from London airports?

No. Marella Cruises offer fly-cruises from 22 UK airports so no matter where you are in the country, I'm sure you'll find a cruise package close to home.


What adaptors do I need onboard?

You can use either a European or a US 2-pin adaptor in the cabins.


How do they look after solo travellers?

Their Guest Experience Coordinator arranges get-togethers for solo travellers, like dinners and coffee mornings. If you’re worried about dining alone, have a chat with the ship’s restaurant manager, who’ll make sure you’re seated with other guests.


Marella Cruises Videos

This video reveals the features Marella Cruises onboard app, Navigate, which can only be used onboard.

Why should you set sail with Marella Cruises?


Dining Options

All Marella ships include a minimum of seven restaurants to ensure you’re spoilt for choice during your time with them. Dining options range from super chilled and laid-back to gourmet and formal. Typical dishes in the main dining room include continental favourites like French onion soup, beef carpaccio and mushroom risotto. There are plenty of snacks to keep hunger at bay as well, with a full afternoon tea service and midnight buffets for those feeling peckish in the evening. You can cap off your time spent with Marella with a fun, formal Captain’s Dinner including multiple courses of freshly prepared dishes and a chic, elegant setting.


  • Speciality Options

With Marella Cruises speciality restaurants, you can experience food from all around the world. Treat yourself to pan-Asian cuisine at Kora La, the best cuts of meat in th Surf & Turf Steakhouse or high-end French food at the Dining Club. Be prepared and check out the restaurants that'll be on your ship and even take a sneak peek at some of the menus. 


Drinks Packages

Marella cruise ships are All Inclusive as standard. This means you’ll be able to enjoy selected wines by the glass, draught beers and ciders, spirits, aperitifs, cocktails, and soft drinks as you wish. If you want a wider selection, upgrade to a Premium Drinks Package for speciality coffee drinks, freshly squeezed juices, and top-shelf cocktails.



When the sun starts to set, Marella cruise ships start to heat up with a varied selection of entertainment to keep you on the edge of your seat. Visit the show lounges to see feather-clad showgirls, stand-up comedians, and West End-style musical numbers in plush surroundings. Away from the official theatre, you’ll find live bands and cabaret shows popping up in public areas. Naturally, there are plenty of quiet bars and lounges to sit and enjoy a drink with fellow travellers, as well as big bands and solo DJs alike piping tunes onto the bustling dance floors. Practise your moves ahead of time with the ship’s ballroom dancing classes!

Some other unique forms of entertainment include weekly sports memorabilia auctions. These give you the chance to bid for winning boxing gloves and cricket bats, all autographed by luminaries from the sports world. Alternately, take part in a quiz to test your general knowledge, or visit the casino for a round of blackjack.


Amenities and Activities

There’s plenty of action taking place during the daytime hours as well, making days at sea fly by. The sports decks feature everything from shuffleboard to table tennis and basketball, and morning fitness classes get the day off to a great start with calming yoga and Pilates. Some ships even feature a rock-climbing wall and mini-golf course to keep you busy.

Guest lecturers give intriguing talks about each destination, or you could attend a cooking class led by one of the ship’s talented celebrity chefs. Indulge in a spot of wine tasting, learn how to fold the perfect towel swan, or indulge in a beauty treatment in the ship’s spa and salon. Body scrubs, shiatsu, and massages are all on the menu to leave you feeling pampered.  

You can also hit the shops with onboard boutiques, all fully stocked with loads of essential items and duty-free products like perfume and jewellery. And of course, the ship’s pool is hard to resist, ringed by sun loungers. Retreat to your cabin for a nap and you’ll enjoy all your in-room amenities, including a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning.


  • Family Amenities

Planning to bring the kids along? Marella Cruises offers plenty of perks for families, with interconnecting and family-sized cabins to keep you all comfortable. Buffet lunches feature plenty of kid-approved favourites like pizza and spaghetti, and there’s a full schedule of entertainment geared for children as well. Marella’s Kids’ Club keeps them busy with dressing-up, movies, pyjama parties and arts and crafts. They’ll make new friends while you enjoy some quality spa time!


Service Charges

Tips are included in the price of your Marella cruise, so there’s no need to budget for service charges on top of this fare! However, if you receive outstanding service you’re welcome to tip the crew if you wish.


Dress Code

Are you wondering what to pack? Marella’s broken down their dress code into three main types: beachwear, casual and smart.

  • Beachwear – When you’re relaxing by the pool or visiting the beach, dress for comfort in the swimwear of your choice. They do ask that you wear footwear of some sort for safety purposes.
  • Casual – For day-to-day activities on the ship, feel free to wear breezy sundresses or plain cotton tops and shorts.
  • Smart – Men can wear trousers with a shirt or polo shirt, while women can opt for smarter separates or dresses. Jackets and ties are optional! When you’re ready to get fully suited and booted, save it for the Gala Evening when you can go fully dressy with cocktail dresses, suits, and ballgowns.

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