Visit the UNSECO World Heritage sites in Oman. Credit: Shutterstock

Three tempting reasons why you should cruise Asia with Marella Cruises

Author: Lucy Abbott

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Marella Cruises explores the endless delights of Asia – and – we have a special code for you which gives you £200 off a selection of sailings*

Whether you’re a keen cruiser or never been on one in your life, Marella Cruises have the itineraries that’ll get you tempted to book your next adventure.

Hello, Asia. Goodbye, everyday life.

And what a place to cruise, with the likes of Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka just waiting to be explored.

What’s more, we have a special discount code that you can use on a selection of Marella’s itineraries to the Far East. Use the code SAIL200 to save up to £200 per booking* on cruises to Thailand, India and more, onboard Marella Discovery 2.

Read on to discover our top three reasons to sail to Asia with Marella Cruises and let the urge to whip your suitcase out and start packing overcome you…

1. Unbelievable destinations

Forget the Mediterranean, Asia is a hotspot bubbling with a plethora of desert landscapes, temples and caves – and Marella Cruises have the itineraries that’ll take you to see the best of the very best.

For example, in Muscat, the capital city of Oman, you’ll find mosques, forts and ancient ruins at every corner. Not to mention the glorious mountain and sea landscape, thanks to the city’s coastal setting.

Alternatively, for hustle and bustle, you can explore Mumbai, India. Wander the fascinating markets and admire amazing deals on the likes of vintage and big-name brands. Ensure you try some famous tea from a chaiwallah and watch in awe as they skilfully pour the flavourful liquid from a metre above the pot.

Let’s not forget Malaysia and what many say is its most popular destination, Penang. With Marella Cruises, you’ll disembark in the UNESCO-rated Georgetown where you can admire the mix of colonial and Chinese architecture. Make it a priority to take the funicular railway up to Penang Hill, where you can lap up gorgeous panoramic views over the city.

You can explore all of these must-see destinations in a selection of Marella Cruises’ itineraries – such as ‘Eastern Spices 1’ and ‘Arabian Sunset 1’ for example.

Singapore packs a punch as one of the world’s wealthiest destinations. Credit: Shutterstock

So, let's see which itinerary which suits you...

The ‘Arabian Sunset’ itineraries offer the chance to explore the likes of Jordan, Oman and India whereas ‘Eastern Spices’ sails to destinations in Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

‘Eastern Adventure’ sailings will introduce you to Thailand and Vietnam, and the ‘Eastern Experience’ and ‘Fascinating Far East’ cruises both focus on Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Every itinerary is 14 nights of pure exploration, and you have the choice of flying from a choice of UK airports – London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham.

Enjoy the benefits of an all-inclusive cruise with Marella. Credit: Marella Cruises

2. Discover the perks of all-inclusive cruising

Not only are Marella Cruises giving you the chance to discover far-reaching places, but the experience is all-inclusive, too.

So you can enjoy everything from meals, and snacks, to selected drinks onboard as part of your package. Tips and service charges are covered, too.

And with your meals, you won't be restricted to only a few main restaurants – there's everything from the extensive buffet to grab-and-go snacks to waiter-service meals.

What's more, you'll feel the benefit of Marella Cruises' all-inclusive offering before you even step foot onboard, with flights, luggage and transfers also included in the price.

Marella Discovery 2 is the sister ship to Marella Discovery. Credit: Marella Cruises

3. Sail onboard the iconic Marella Discovery 2

Marella Discovery 2 replicates many of the much-loved features of her sister ship Marella Discovery such as – take a breath – the mini-golf course, outdoor cinema, two pools, Broadway-style performances, seven restaurants and a spa.

Marella Discovery 2 has a capacity for 1836 cruise passengers across 918 cabins and, if you’ve sailed with Marella Cruises before, you’ll know that the atmosphere onboard is electric – after all, what brings people together better than a love of cruising?

Accommodation onboard ranges from an ‘Inside Cabin’, which has all the comforts of a Marella cabin with a desk, bathroom and option to convert the bed between twin and queen size to the ‘Royal Suite’ which measures a staggering 92 metres squared, comes with a separate living room, bedroom with a king-sized bed, baby grand piano and whirlpool bath – can we stay here too?

Whichever cabin and itinerary you choose onboard Marella Discovery 2, you are in for the cruise of a lifetime in Asia. Send us a postcard?

*Save £200 per booking on Oct-Dec 2023 sailings - Use code SAIL200 to save an extra £200 per booking on Marella Cruises itineraries departing from 1st October 2023 until 31st December 2023. Minimum stay, 7 nights. Offer is valid from 22nd June 2023 and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. No minimum spend applies. Offer must be selected at time of booking and applies to new bookings made online at or in one of our TUI Holiday Stores. Enter the code SAIL200 in upper case when on the holiday payment page of our website.

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About Lucy Abbott

Lucy is a cruise journalist who has sailed on a variety of ships, from expedition to river – with her favourite being expedition cruising.

Lucy is interested in new sustainable ways to cruise as well as how cruising is becoming accessible for all.

She works together with Kaye Holland to keep the World of Cruising website up to date with all the latest cruise news.