As we’re part of TUI, Team Cruisedeals were lucky enough to be invited onboard Marella Explorer 2 for her big launch earlier last week!

Setting sail from sunny Malaga, we spent four nights onboard before disembarking the ship in Palma, Majorca, where she went on to say hello to her first customers.

Spoilt for choice

Being Marella Cruises’ first Adult-Only ship, she’s packed to the brim full of sophisticated bars and restaurants. You’ll also find plenty on offer to keep you entertained, meaning sea days will be a blast.

We thought we’d give you a quick round up of our favourite places onboard – spanning across 11 decks, there’s certainly no shortage of fabulous facilities!

The top spots


Flutes is Marella Explorer 2’s elegant new champagne bar. Walk through from the Broad Street Shops and immerse yourself among plush velvet seating, stylish gold and marble accents and the beautiful sounds of a grand piano.

The decor itself made Flutes one of our favourite places to sit and have a drink before attending that evening’s performance in the Broadway Show Lounge. Stunning foliage draped across the bar, paired with over-sized rose gold champagne bottles and attentive wait staff – Flutes quickly becomes an idyllic setting to relax in.

Menus placed along the bar include those drinks available at a surcharge – for those not upgraded to the Premium All Inclusive drinks package. However you can ask for anything from the standard drinks menu here also. Although at only an extra £2.50, we’d highly recommend the Bellini’s! Offered in numerous flavours, they’re well worth that extra little splurge to make your evening a little more special.

Latitude 53

We were lucky enough to experience Latitude 53 for each course of the day, breakfast, lunch and dinner – and it didn’t disappoint once!

If you prefer a more formal setting with waiter service and a menu to select from, Latitude 53 is your main dining room and the place to head to. You’ll always be greeted by friendly crew at the doors who will then seat you at a table. We asked to be placed in certain areas whilst there, be that on the upper level or with a window view towards the back, and this was always granted when possible.

Lunch and dinner are a three course affair with the likes of prawn cocktails, escargot, lasagne, roast beef and chicken dishes and an array of delicious desserts. From cheese boards to cheese cake, there will be something that tickles your fancy!

Your wine glass will never sit empty and we found portion sizes to be just right! Latitude 53 is well worth a few visits.


Nonna’s is brand new for Marella Cruises, and this pizzeria was far more than we were expecting. Located to the front of the main pool deck, you’ll also find Beach Cove, Scoops ice cream parlour and Snack Shack nearby – Marella Explorer 2 really does give you bundles of choice when it comes to dining.

Enter Nonna’s and find a selection of colourful tables and comfy booths. Take your pick from delicious freshly made pizzas – from everyone’s go-to of traditional margherita to pepperoni, vegetarian medleys and even BBQ chicken.

For more information on Marella Explorer 2’s dining options see here.

The Coffee Port

The Coffee Port felt like the central hub of the ship, with plentiful seating, a reading nook, board games and all the Lavazza coffee you could wish for. We spent a few of our mornings waking up here!

You may be highly tempted to have your chosen hot beverage with a side of something sweet and we can safely say the macaroons are delicious.

The Coffee Port onboard Marella Explorer 2 is the biggest in their fleet and takes over a decent section of Deck 7. It’s calming, relaxed and a great environment to refresh and reflect. Order your drinks to go or take a seat and wait for them to be brought to your table – there’s even electric ports to get a quick charge of your phone.

The Broadway Show Lounge

We grabbed a drink before making our way here but there really was no need, on entrance to the Broadway Show Lounge crew welcomed us with pre-made cocktails and bottles of beer. The venue felt spacious and fit for purpose with its grand central stage, balcony seating and perfectly positioned tables to perch your drinks.

We were lucky enough to see two shows at The Broadway Show Lounge during our time onboard. These being Love Struck – one of the new additions to the programme, and also Movies.

Both were amazing and very well put together. Love Struck was quirky, funny and captured your full attention throughout due to its seamless story line. Not like any other show we’d seen before, the performers perfectly took you through the themes of love, lust and loss. It received a standing ovation from all of us at the end!

Movies was a brilliant crowd-pleaser, working its way through many famous scenes from a selection of popular films. If you weren’t already in awe of the casts’s dancing skills, you’re guaranteed to be belly laughing at their comedic talent too. From James Bond to Dirty Dancing, Singing in the Rain and even E.T, there’s a film in there that everyone will love.

With two evening performances and a fantastic range of shows, The Broadway Show Lounge deserves each and every applause it receives.

Ready to get onboard?

If you’re itching to experience everything Marella Explorer 2 has to offer for yourself, take a look at all her upcoming sailings right here!

To make things a little bit nicer, we even have an EXCLUSIVE discount code giving you an EXTRA £50 off sailings between May and October 2019. Just use code: EGGSTRA50. Happy sailing!

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