Marella Explorer

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Dining

Marella Explorer’s dining scene is worth shouting about. On top of a load of new waiter service restaurants and an around-the-world buffet, you’ve got speciality places like Surf & Turf, Umi Sushi and an experimental eatery.

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Latitude 53

The main waiter service restaurant is a good-looking place, with a gold-and-grey colour scheme and floor-to-ceiling windows. Menu-wise, you can expect traditional dishes with a modern twist.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Classic
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The Dining Club

This fine dining restaurant was made for foodies. You’ll be treated to French-inspired cuisine, like scallops with Champagne butter and chateaubriand, making it the ideal spot for an extra special evening. There’s a charge to dine here.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Fine
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Umi Sushi

Sushi, sashimi and nigiri rolls are prepared right in front of your eyes at this brand-new eatery. If you're not a sushi fan, there's also dim sum, cooked dishes and dessert to look forward to. It’s open for dinner only, and costs a little extra.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Sushi
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Vista

You’ll find Vista on the first floor of Latitude 53. Come evening, it transforms into a contemporary Italian restaurant. Here, you can get regional Italian favourites made with authentic ingredients.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Italian
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The Market Place

You can watch the chefs whip up dishes from around the world at this buffet restaurant. It’s made up of lots of different food stalls, hence its name, the Market Place. And there's a design-your-own station every night, where you can choose all your ingredients for dishes like a stir-fry.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Buffet
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Kora La

You’ll feel like you’ve switched continents when you dine at this restaurant. Oriental-style lanterns and paintings are paired with a pan-Asian menu of curries and noodle dishes. You’ll pay a cover charge to eat here.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Asian
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Surf & Turf Steakhouse

This place does what it says on the tin, specialising in all things meat. The menu takes in mains like pork chops, lobster and grilled chicken – but the highlight has to be the 28-day-aged steaks. The interiors are inspired by the meaty menu, as well, with chopping board artwork and leather booth seating. A cover charge applies for dining here.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Surf_Turf
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Snack Shack

Food stalls, beach huts and oversized deckchairs set the scene at this laidback eatery. As such, you can look forward to grab ‘n’ go breakfasts, lunches and snacks. There’s a drinks station on hand, too.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Casual
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Tapas @ The Mediterranean

You’ll be whisked to sunny Spain when you dine in this section of The Mediterranean, which specialises in tapas dishes for dinner. Or you can take your taste buds over to Portugal and try espetadas – meat or veg skewers – for a little extra. It's open at lunchtime, too, for light bites, like sandwiches and jacket potatoes.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Tapas
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Italian @ The Mediterranean

You can create your own pizzas and pastas at this laidback restaurant. Plus, you can start things off with a salad.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Pizzeria
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Scoops

For those with a sweet tooth, try Scoops. This vintage-looking cart serves up dollops of ice-cream in a range of flavours, and you can add toppings, too. The seating’s just as quirky – a collection of bike seats sit facing out to sea. A charge applies here.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Ice_Cream
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The Coffee Port

If you’re in need of a caffeine boost, this place will do the trick. It’s got a shop serving Lavazza coffee and sweet treats, as well as a bar specialising in coffee liqueurs. Plus, you can take a seat on the al fresco terrace and get your drinks brought to you. A small charge applies here.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Cafe

Entertaining

The entertainment onboard Marella Explorer doesn't disappoint. Not only does it have the biggest ever Broadway Show Lounge, it also boasts the flash, new Indigo bar, club and casino. Alternatively, you can listen to live music in The Lounge - a stylish space with a bright-pink piano and colour-changing bar.

The Lounge

A colour-changing feature bar, hot-pink piano and funky, ring-shaped seats take their place in this eye-catching lounge bar. You can admire the views, while listening to the soothing soundtrack of the live pianist.

Features

  • Lounge

53

The clue’s in the name here. This bar is right next to Latitude 53, so it’s perfectly placed for some pre-dinner drinks.

Features

  • Bar
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The Shack

This deck bar provides cool-down drinks in between sunbathing. You’ll find it just above Snack Shack, overlooking the pool.

Features

  • Bar
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Bar @ The Mediterranean

This feature bar wraps around The Mediterranean – running from the inside to the outside. It’s the place to come for Mediterranean specialities, as well as your usual drinks and frozen cocktails.

Features

  • Bar

Indigo Bar

Indigo lays claim to the longest bar in the fleet. Flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions take place here. There’s also plenty of seating around the bar’s edge, where you can take in the 360-degree views – day or night.

Features

  • Bar
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Broadway Show Lounge

With a capacity of 1,000 people, this show lounge is big enough to rival a Broadway theatre. And that’s not all it’s got going for it. There are 12 brand-new shows on offer, plus you'll be handed a drink on arrival.

Features

  • Theatre
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Indigo Casino

If you’re feeling lucky, you can try out the slot machines and card tables at the Indigo Casino.

Features

  • Casino
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Indigo Club

You’ll find the club in the middle of Indigo. It flaunts a dancefloor and a DJ booth, as well as an extra bar.

Features

  • Nightclub
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Apertif

Smoky and fruit-infused cocktails are on the menu at this speakeasy-style bar. It’s a great spot to head before or after a meal at one of the speciality restaurants.

Features

  • Bar

Venue

There’s always something going on at Venue. By day, you can get stuck in with the likes of dance classes. Evenings, meanwhile, are taken care of by live music, virtual bands, quizzes and game shows. Plus, the lounge hosts the interactive Splash Live show for children in high season. Bar-wise, you’ve got two to pick from, including one with a huge range of beers.

Features

  • Bar
  • Lounge
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The Cinema

Movie nights come courtesy of the indoor cinema. Family-friendly films are on the agenda, with extra screenings during high season.

Features

  • Cinema
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Gamer Zone

Everyone can play games at the aptly named Gamer Zone. It’s fully stocked with a variety of machines and is right next to The Hide Out.

Features

  • Games Room
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Broad Street Shops

When the ship’s at sea, it’s time to hit the shops. The onboard boutiques are stocked with everyday essentials and loads of duty-free products, including perfume, jewellery and souvenirs.

Features

  • Shop
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Photo Studio & Kiosks

Pop in to the studio on Deck 6 for a professional photoshoot. You’ll also find kiosks, where you can view and buy all the photos captured by our onboard photography team.

Features

  • Shop

Destination Services

If you want to find out more about our ports of call and excursions, come and chat to our Destination Services team. They’ve got guides and maps to help you find your way around. And you can book your next cruise with them, too. You’ll find them onboard by Reception.

Features

Enrichment

What's the braking distance of a cruise ship? What's the story behind the route you're sailing along? Learn answer to many questions, and discover exciting topics with the onboard edutainment program: Compass - Knowledge at Sea.

Compass - Knowledge At Sea

Because you can learn, even on vacation, they have come up with "Compass - Knowledge at Sea," a novel, leisurely and knowledgable program for passengers to learn and have fun while doing it!

Programs include:

  • Photography courses
  • Art courses and workshops
  • Lectures by knowledgeable speakers on subjects such as biology, astronomy
  • Sushi Workshops
  • Cocktail Workshops
  • Dance Classes

Features

  • Education

Health and fitness

Far from hustle and bustle, stress and everyday, guests are encouraged to disable the body and mind to relax and re-energise in the spa areas.

For those who wish to keep active, there are a wide variety of sporting activities and classes taking place either in a group or with a personal trainer that are sure to get the blood pumping.

Champneys Spa & Beauty Salon

Marella Cruises has partnered with Champneys to bring you this state-of-the-art spa. Like at any other Champneys spa, you can book in for treatments, like facials, body wraps and massages, plus there’s a beauty salon. The spa doesn’t scrimp on size. In fact, it’s the biggest in the fleet – packing in a relaxation room, made-for-two suites and treatment cabins with hot tubs. There’s also an adults-only sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows and a steam room. Alternatively, you can work up a sweat with the sea in sight at the gym.

Features

  • Spa
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Champneys Gym

You can work up a sweat with the sea in sight at the gym. And, because it's run by Champneys, you can join in with top fitness classes, like yoga and indoor cycling.

Features

  • Gym
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Mini Golf

Practise your putt on this minigolf green. It's right at the top of the ship on the Sports & Family Deck.

Features

  • Golf

Sun Deck & Pool Area

The pool area on Deck 11 has two outdoor pools and three whirlpools with plenty of lounge chairs.

If you are looking for a private place to relax on board, then the quiet relaxation islands on Deck 14 are just right for you. Ten Relaxation islands are available for rent. These mini-balconies offer unrestricted views of the sea.

The promenade decks on deck 6 and 7 invite you to enjoy the fresh breeze!

Features

  • Pool
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The Veranda

Cocoon chairs and Balinese beds give The Veranda a luxe, adults-only feel. Plus, it’s at the back of the ship, so the views are first-class.

Features

Kids and teens

Marella Cruises have worked on every last detail when it comes to getting the kids onboard. That means family-sized and inter-connecting cabins, buffet lunches featuring favourites like pizza and spaghetti bolognese, and a great mix of activities.

They lay on table tennis and football tournaments, fun quizzes, and early evening shows during their sea days. And when the ship is in port, children up to the age of 12 get discounted rates on some of their exciting shore excursions.

Every ship has a free Kids’ Club, too. So mum and dad can have time together while the little ones fill their days with treasure hunts, face-painting, and stories.

Accommodation

All cabins come with… Air-conditioning • Hairdryer • Flatscreen TV • Wardrobe space • Tea and coffee-making facilities • Safe

The cabins shown are representative of the general standard of cabins onboard. Your cabin may differ slightly in décor, design and size.

Executive Suite with Premier Service

If you want to go all out, book one of our Executive Suites on Deck 10. Each one measures up at a big 49m2, with enough room for four people. They come with a sofa bed and two twin beds, which can be converted into a queen-size. In the bathroom, there’s a shower and WC. A furnished balcony tops things off.

This cabin comes with Premier Service extras included:

  • Express check-in, subject to availability
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • Free pressing service - up to 3 items per person in the first 24 hours onboard
  • Free continental breakfast in bed - 1 per person, per week

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
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Balcony Junior Suite with Premier Service

You’ll have 22m2 to play with when you book one of our Junior Suites. They’re found on Deck 10 and 12, which means you’re guaranteed great horizon views from your furnished balcony. Each suite sleeps three, thanks to a sofa bed and two twin beds that can be made into a queen-size. The en suite bathroom has a shower and WC.

This cabin comes with Premier Service extras included:

  • Express check-in, subject to availability
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • Free pressing service - up to 3 items per person in the first 24 hours onboard
  • Free continental breakfast in bed - 1 per person, per week

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
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Family Balcony with Premier Service

There’s plenty of room for the whole family in our Family Cabins. Size-wise, they’re 20m2, and sleep up to five people. Each one is fitted with a double bed, a sofa bed and a fold-down bed. You’ve also got an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC, as well as a furnished balcony.

Features

  • Double
  • Sofa Bed
  • Pullman Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
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Balcony Cabin (Large Balcony)

These cabins give you everything you get from a Balcony Cabin, and throw a bigger balcony into the mix. Found on Decks 9, 10 and 12, the cabins offer two beds that can be turned into a queen-size, along with an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC. Three-berth cabins, meanwhile, get a sofa bed, too.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
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Balcony Cabin

It’s the sea views that make these cabins stand out. You can make the most of them out on your furnished private balcony. Inside, there are two twin beds that convert into a queen-size one. If there are three of you, you’ll have a sofa bed, too. And the en suite bathroom lines up a shower and WC.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
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Outside Cabin

All of our Outside Cabins come with a porthole or picture window. They’re 17m2 in size, which includes two single beds. These can be pushed together to make a queen-size. Our three and four-berth cabins have twin beds, as well as a sofa bed or extra fold-down beds. Plus, the en suite bathrooms have a shower and WC.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Pullman Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer

Inside Cabin

These cabins come in at around 16m2. Within that, you’ve got two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size, as well as an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC. There are also four-berth cabins, with twin beds and extra fold-down beds.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Pullman Bed x2
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
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Single Outside Cabin

For solo cruisers, these cabins are just the ticket. They come with twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size and an en suite with a shower and WC. Plus, they’ve got the added bonus of a picture window, so you can take in the sea views. They’re usually booked by cruisers travelling alone or friends who prefer their own cabin.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer

Single Inside Cabin

Our Single Cabins are spot on for solo travellers. They come with twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size and an en suite with a shower and WC. They’re a big hit with cruisers travelling alone or friends who prefer their own cabin.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer

Deck plans

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Deck 14

  • The Veranda
  • The Veranda Cabanas
  • The Hideout
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Deck 12

  • Sports Court
  • Family Deck
  • Minigolf
  • Jogging Track
  • The Shack
  • Indigo Club
  • Indigo Bar
  • Indigo Casino
  • Junior Suites
  • Large Balcony Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
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Deck 11

  • The Mediterranean Bar
  • The Mediterranean Italian
  • The Mediterranean Tapas
  • The Market Place Buffet Restaurant
  • Snack Shack
  • Movies by Moonlight
  • Pool
  • Whirlpools
  • Pool Bar
  • Scoops
  • Salon
  • Champneys Spa & Gym
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Deck 10

  • Executive Suites
  • Junior Suites
  • Family Balcony Cabins
  • Large Balcony Cabins
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
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Deck 9

  • Kids Pool
  • Mini M Club
  • Kids' Club
  • Large Balcony Cabins
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
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Deck 8

  • Atrium
  • Gamer Zone
  • The Hideout
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Family Balcony Cabins
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
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Deck 7

  • Squid & Anchor
  • Umi Sushi
  • Surf & Turf Steakhouse
  • Apertif
  • Kora La
  • Atrium
  • Broad Street Shops
  • Broadway Show Lounge
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Deck 6

  • Latitude 53
  • The Lounge
  • The Coffee Port
  • Cruise Holiday Store
  • Photo Studio
  • Photo Kiosk & Gallery
  • Cinema
  • Broadway Show Lounge
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Deck 5

  • Latitude 53
  • 53 Bar
  • Vista
  • The Dining Club
  • Atrium
  • Destination Services
  • Reception
  • Adapted Outside Cabins
  • Adapted Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Outside Cabins
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Deck 4

  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins
  • Medical Centre
Ship facts
Passengers
1924
Crew
900
Launched
1996
Last refit
2018
Tonnage
76998t
Length
264m
Width
32
Speed
21kts
Decks
13
Wheelchair cabins
No
Currency
GBP