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Why cruise on this ship?

You can expect the same great service, food and entertainment on every single one of our ships. They’re All Inclusive as standard, too. That said, each vessel has a personality of its own. Marella Explorer’s the biggest ship in our fleet, so it goes without saying that the facilities are first-class.

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Reviews for Marella Explorer

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Ship Overall
4.4 / 5
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4.4 / 5
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4.6 / 5

Marella Explorer Customer Reviews

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By Jane on 09/06/2022

What can you say except fantastic. Fantastic service. Fantastic boat. Fantastic food. The whole package was fantastic. Can't wait to go again

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By Kim on 09/06/2022

Food not as good as previous cruises with this cruise line, excursions very expensive and staff very non interested in helping people be in the right place at the right time and because of the pandem...

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By Philippa on 17/05/2022

We were travelling towards end of Covid restrictions but our cruise still upheld all guidelines - so felt reassured and safe as can be. The ship is lovely and well laid out. The dining experience was ...

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By Kevin on 16/05/2022

The only down side of the cruise was the evening entertainment in the pub/club I have seen better at Butlins

Dining

Marella Explorer has seven high-class eateries for you to pick from, including the main restaurant – Latitude 53 – that’s tiered across two storeys. There are plenty of speciality eateries to dine in, too, including pan-Asian, Mediterranean and Italian choices. When it comes to lighter bites to eat and after-dinner cocktails, you’ve got everything from afternoon tea to seven bars and lounges to take advantage of.

Latitude 53

The main waiter service restaurant is a good-looking dining venue, with a gold-and-grey colour scheme and striking, floor-to-ceiling windows. Menu-wise, you can expect modern dishes with a twist, as well as some British favourites.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Classic

Vista

You’ll find Vista on deck 5 in 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

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

Snack Shack

This laidback eatery’s perfect for grab ‘n’ go lunches or snacks. You can help yourself to sandwiches and salads, or order a burger or hot dog. It comes complete with food stalls, oversized deckchairs, and colourful beach huts to eat in, as well as a drinks station, too.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Casual

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: Cover
  • Food type: Tapas

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

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. There’s a charge to dine here and we recommend you make a reservation.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Asian

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. There’s a charge to dine here and we recommend you make a reservation.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Steakhouse

Umi Sushi

Sushi, sashimi and nigiri rolls are prepared right in front of your eyes at this 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. There’s a charge to dine here and we recommend you make a reservation.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Sushi

The Dining Club

This fine dining restaurant was made for foodies. You’ll be treated to high-end cuisine, making it the ideal spot for an extra special evening. It also hosts The Great Musical Afternoon Tea. This weekly event brings the West End to Marella Cruises, with dishes inspired by famous musicals – like the ‘Vietnamese Melody’ beef tenderloin yakitori and the ‘On My Own’ petit choux. There are six teas to choose from, as well as a cocktail of your choice. Plus, the whole place is decorated with show posters and memorabilia. There’s a charge to dine here and we recommend you make a reservation.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Fine

The Coffee Port

f you’re in need of a caffeine boost, this place will do the trick. Lavazza coffee and sweet treats are served here courtesy of our in-house chocolatier. Plus, it’s a great people-watching spot, since it overlooks the atrium and comes with a chilled-out musical soundtrack.

Please note, the drinks from the menu here are only included as part of the Premium All Inclusive package.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Cafe

Scoops

For those with a sweet tooth, try Scoops. This vintage-looking parlour 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.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Ice_Cream
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Room Service

Feeling peckish but don’t want to leave the comfort of your cabin? Take a look at our room service menu. You can order all sorts of snacks and drinks, from triple-stacked club sandwiches to steaming cups of hot chocolate.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Room

Entertaining

The entertainment onboard Marella Explorer doesn’t pull its punches. Not only does the ship sport one of the biggest show lounges on the high seas, it also boasts Indigo Bar, Club and Casino – this venue’s fitted with everything from a DJ booth to blackjack and roulette tables. Elsewhere around the ship, you can listen to live music in The Lounge – this stylish space features a bright-pink piano and a colour-changing bar.

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 plenty of brand-new shows on offer, plus you'll be handed a drink on arrival.

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  • Theatre

Squid & Anchor

Our first pub at sea is a modern take on a traditional British boozer. There are two bars to pick from. One pours a great selection of drinks for you to choose from while you settle in for the evening entertainment, while the other deals in premium gins and whiskies, which are chargeable. Plus, this place is the home of a live band, quiz nights and a couple of arcade machines.

Features

  • Bar
  • Lounge

Aperitif

Aperitif specialises in all things premium. You can get cocktails like an Aperol Spritz or a Chocolate Espresso Martini, as well as Prosecco and a range of spirits – all included as part of our Premium All Inclusive package. This speakeasy-style bar's a great spot to head before or after a meal at one of the speciality restaurants.

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  • 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.

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  • Lounge

The Mediterranean Bar

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. If you choose a seat outside, you'll get impressive sea views, since the terrace is positioned right at the back of the ship.

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  • Bar

Indigo Bar

Indigo lays claim to the longest bar in the fleet. Flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions are often on the cards here. There's also plenty of seating around the bar’s edge, where you can take in the 360-degree views – day or night. After dark, the menus light up, showing off around-the-world themed cocktails, like Thai Punch and Jamaican Me Crazy.

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  • Bar

Indigo Casino

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

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  • Casino
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Indigo Club

You’ll find the club in the middle of Indigo, flaunting a dance-floor and a DJ booth, as well as an extra bar. It's where silent discos and Eighties or Nineties-themed nights take place.

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  • Nightclub
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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 products, including perfume, jewellery and souvenirs.

Features

  • Shop
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Movies by Moonlight

The open-air cinema is the go-to place for a chilled-out evening under the stars. Classic movies and the latest box office hits are shown on a big screen. And you can get blankets, popcorn, and hot chocolate from the nearby bar.

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  • Cinema

The Shack

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

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  • Bar
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Photo Gallery & Photo Studio

Take a visit to the Photo Gallery where you can view and buy all the photos captured by our photography team on the kiosks. If you'd prefer something more personalised, pop into the Photo Studio and ask about our professional photo shoots.

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  • Shop

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.

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  • Bar

Sports & Family Deck

The Sport & Family Deck is where the majority of the activities take place. Expect everything from table tennis, boules and basketball to make appearances – competitions and tournaments are organised throughout your sailing. There’s a jogging track up here, too, for a scenic morning run.

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  • Activity
  • Sun Deck

Pool Bar

This bar sits next to the pool on Deck 11, so it’s great for grabbing drinks and frozen cocktails.

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  • Bar
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The Cinema

Movie days and nights come courtesy of the indoor cinema. Family-friendly films are on the agenda, with extra screenings during high season. If you’d prefer to watch something al fresco, keep an eye out for our Movies by Moonlight showings.

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  • Cinema
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Gamer Zone

Everyone can play games at the aptly named Gamer Zone. It’s fully stocked with consoles.

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  • Games Room

Enrichment

Enrichment activities to be confirmed.

Bike Tours

If you really want to get under the skin of a place, book a bike tour. All our ships have a collection of mountain bikes onboard and, at almost every port, you can join an experienced guide and cycle your way around the best sights. The distance and difficulty of each tour varies, from relaxed rides over flat ground, to more challenging trips on hilly terrain. If you don’t fancy as much pedalling, there are electric bikes onboard, too. For more information, just speak to a member of the Destination Services team.

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  • Bikes

Health and fitness

Far from hustle and bustle, stress and everyday, guests are encouraged to delve into some R&R whilst on board Marella Explorer by paying a visit to the Champneys Spa, unwind by the pool, or re-energising in one of the Veranda Cabanas. For those who wish to keep active there's plenty to choose with our well-equipped Champneys Gym which offers both classes and personal training options, as well as a wide variety of sporting activities on the Sports and Family Deck to get the blood pumping. If it's just a morning run you're after then why not take in the views from the jogging track on Deck 12.

Champneys Spa

Marella Cruises are partnered with Champneys to bring you a state-of-the-art on board 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 either. In fact, it’s the biggest in the fleet – packing in a sauna with widescreen windows, a relaxation room and VIP suites with private steam rooms and saunas.

Features

  • Spa

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.

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  • Gym

Pool

The pool area on Deck 11 has two outdoor pools and three whirlpools with plenty of lounge chairs. The pool is split in two by a stage in the middle, which is where the entertainment team run their daily activities from.

Features

  • Pool

Whirlpool Baths

A trio of whirlpool baths sit next to the main pool.

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  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi

The Veranda

Cocoon chairs and Balinese beds add to The Veranda’s luxe, relaxing atmosphere. Plus, it’s at the front of the ship, so the views are first-class.

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  • Wellness

The Veranda Cabanas

If you’re feeling extra plush, you can hire a private cabana for the day or the week, for a charge. Plus, you can order drinks without moving from your lounger, courtesy of call buttons.

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  • Wellness
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The Attic

This is a quiet, noise-free zone, where you can slip away and get stuck into your latest holiday read.

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  • Wellness

Sports Court

Found on the Sports & Family Deck, this is where the majority of the activities take place. Expect everything from table tennis, boules and basketball to make appearances – competitions and tournaments are organised throughout your sailing. There’s a jogging track up here, too, for a scenic morning run.

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  • Sports Court
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Jogging Track

If it's a morning run you're after then why not take in the scenic views from the jogging track - you can find this on the Sports & Family Deck.

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  • Jogging or Walking Track

Mini Golf

If you’d prefer to putt your way around nine holes, the mini golf course on deck 12 has you covered. You can opt for a laidback round on your own, or sign up to one of the competitions that’s often organised during your sailing.

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  • Golf

Kids and teens

Marella Explorer puts families first having 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. 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. Want some time off the ship to explore, too? One of the perks of cruising is visiting lots of new places one after the other. We’ve got a range of shore excursions for the whole family. For little ones, we organise trips to places like waterparks, aquariums and beaches. And that's not all – if you’re travelling with children aged 10 and over, there’s also the option of two wheels, as most of our ships have mountain bikes on board. At almost every port, you can join an experienced guide and pedal your way around the best sights.

Accommodation

On Marella Explorer a deck 4/5 Inside Cabin comes as standard, but you can pay extra and upgrade. So why not treat yourself to a Balcony Cabin with stand-out sea views, or go all out with our Executive Suite which can sleep up to four and comes complete with a queen-size bed, a furnished balcony, and Premier Service. All of our cabins come with:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Wardrobe space
  • Safe

Executive Suite

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 a queen-size bed. In the bathroom, there’s a shower and WC. A furnished balcony tops things off. This cabin comes with Premier Service. Extras include:

  • Breakfast in bed once a week
  • A free pressing service that means you’ll look your best for the Dress to Impress night.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Junior Suite

You’ll have 22m2 to play with when you book one of our Junior Suites. They are 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 include breakfast in bed once a week and a free pressing service that means you’ll look your best for the Dress to Impress night.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Family Balcony Cabin

There’s plenty of room for the whole brood in our Family Cabins. Size-wise, they’re 20m2 and sleep up to five people. Each one is fitted with a double bed, which is fixed against the wall, along with 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.

  • This cabin comes with Premier Service.
  • Extras include breakfast in bed once a week and a free pressing service that means you’ll look your best for the Dress to Impress night.

Features

  • Double
  • Sofa Bed
  • Pullman Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Balcony Cabin - Large Balcony

These cabins give you everything you get from a Balcony Cabin, and throw a bigger balcony into the mix. They measure up at 16m2, and you’ll find them 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
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Balcony Cabin

It’s the sea views that make these cabins stand out. They’re a sizeable 17m2, and 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
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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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. We also have Large Outside Cabins – which sleep up to three. They measure 20m2, with twin beds that can be converted into a double bed, as well as a sofa bed. The bathroom’s equipped with a WC and a shower.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Pullman Bed
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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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. We also have Inside Family Cabins – which sleep up to five. At 19m2, they feature an area with a fixed double bed, and then a sliding door partition leading to a double sofa bed and a single fold-down bed. In the bathroom, you’ll find a WC and a shower.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Pullman Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Single Outside Cabin

For solo cruisers, these cabins are just the ticket. They come with a single bed 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
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Single Inside Cabin

Our Single Cabins are spot on for solo travellers. They come with a single bed 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
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Telephone
  • Desk

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