If you're wondering whereabouts you should choose your cabin, where your favourite restaurant may be, or you're wanting to find your way around before you get onboard, then take a look at our handy deck guides.
Deck 4 is home to the majority of Marella Explorer 2’s Outside Cabins – so if you’re after a cabin with a window promising stunning sea views, you’ve got plenty of choice on this deck.
The Outside Cabins are the same size as an Inside, but with natural sunlight beaming in and views out to your new destination, they certainly feel a bit more spacious.
Plus as they come in a variety of capacities – two, three and fourth berth – they’re a great choice for both couples and families.
With the Outside cabins on this deck spanning the full length of the ship, you’ve got the full choice of whereabouts you’d like to be positioned.
Choose a cabin at the back of the ship and you’re just a lift ride away from all the best restaurants – Latitude 53 on Deck 5 and 6, Surf & Turf Steakhouse on Deck 6 and the buffet-style eatery The Market Place on Deck 11.
Head for a cabin mid-ship and you’ll be within easy reach of The Broadstreet shops on Deck 7 – perfect for a quick shopping spree – as well as the main pool area on Deck 11.
And if your cabin is at the front of the ship, you’ll be at the Broadway Show Lounge on Decks 6 and 7 in a flash – you’ll never miss a show!
There’s also plenty of Inside Cabins available - most being the standard two-berth option, with only six being four-berth on this particular deck.
Aside from cabins, Deck 4 is also the home of the ship’s Photo Studio, which is located towards the back of the ship. Head there with your loved ones for a professional photo shoot – perfect for commemorating a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, or for no reason at all!
Whether you’re cruising as a couple and fancy some loved-up shots or you’re sailing with the kids and want a new family portrait, you’ll be impressed by how these pictures turn out.
You’ll also find kiosks located outside the Photo Studio – as well as other areas of the ship – where you can view and buy all the photos captured by the onboard team.
Towards the front of the ship on Deck 4 is the Medical Centre. If you’re at all concerned or worried in the slightest about a health-related issue, or you’re just not feeling well, you can go here and be met by an English-speaking doctor. They’ll be able to carry out a consultation and prescribe any medication if needed.
If you’re travelling with any health conditions you’re concerned about, it could be an idea to select a cabin close by, purely for peace of mind.
On Deck 5 of Marella Explorer 2 you’ll find a variety of different facilities, as well as a wide selection of cabins.
At the very back of the ship is the lower floor of the two-deck high Latitude 53, the main water service restaurant. With a clean, sophisticated colour scheme and plenty of open space across both decks, dining here is a pure pleasure.
Try to bag a table at the very back of the restaurant next to the floor-to-ceiling windows. You’ll be treated to stunning sea views as your ship sails to its next destination!
If your cabin is located on Deck 5, you won’t be able to access Latitude 53 directly – you’ll need to pop up the stairs or hop in a lift so that you’re on Deck 6, where the main entrance to the restaurant lies.
But that’s not the only place you can head for fantastic flavours on this deck – mid-ship you’ll find The Dining Club, a place made for food fanatics and fine dining.
You’ll be blown away by the gourmet-style cuisine on offer, all combined with artistic food presentation, exceptional service and wonderful wine pairing.
You really will feel as though you’re in a swanky up-market restaurant thanks to the gold and black colour scheme. There’s a charge to dine here – but it’s so worth it.
Outside of the Dining Club you’ll find the Atrium area, which opens up into decks 5, 6 and 7. This is where you’ll also conveniently find the Reception area and Destination Services.
Friendly staff await at Reception, which is open around-the-clock for any queries you may have as well as wake-up calls and currency exchange.
Destination Services is the place to head for everything you need to know about your ports of call. A member of staff will be able to offer you helpful advice and information regarding your destinations, and they can even book you onto excursions too.
They’re armed with handy maps and guides to help you find your way around, and if you just can’t bear the thought of your cruise ending, they can even book you onto your next sailing!
Back to cabins, all of which are located from the middle of the ship to the front on Deck 5, and come in a variety of categories.
There’s the standard Inside Cabins, four of which are four-berth. You’ve then got a variety of Outside Cabins which come in two, three and four berth.
There’s a total of eight adapted cabins on this deck too, seven of which are Adapted Outside cabins and the other an Adapted Inside Cabin. These cabins have plenty of space for wheelchair users to comfortably enjoy their stay throughout the duration of their cruise.
Deck 5 also caters to solo cruisers, boasting 15 spacious Single Outside cabins – all featuring a single bed, en-suite bathroom and a porthole or picture window, enabling you to catch a glimpse of your new destination.
With handy facilities and the mouth-watering Dining Club just down the corridor, Deck 5 is a great choice to have as a base during your cruise.
Deck 6 will become your go-to deck for fantastic food, post-dinner drinks and live entertainment whilst on Marella Explorer 2.
At the very back of the ship you’ve got Latitude 53, the main waiter service restaurant on the ship. Here you can sip on house wines and tuck into a delicious three-course meal, all with stunning sea views out of the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Once you’ve had your fill of food you can head straight out of the restaurant and into Apertif, just one of many bars onboard which lies directly opposite.
Champagne and Prosecco are the drink of choice at this speakeasy-style bar, although there’s plenty more on the drinks list too. It’s a classy spot, perfect for a sophisticated drink before catching a show.
On either side of Apertif you’ll spot the ship’s speciality restaurants - the Surf & Turf Steakhouse and Kora La. A visit to both of these amazing eateries is a must over the course of your sailing.
Kora La will transport you to a whole new continent with its delicious Asian dishes, all in super-stylish surroundings. Flavoursome curries, noodles and sushi are all top-picks on the menu here.
The Surf and Turf Steakhouse does what it says on the tin, and is equally as mouth-watering. Specialising in all things meat and seafood, you can even watch the chef cook yours on the open grill. A cover charge applies to both of these restaurants – but it’s more than worth it. You’ll likely be back for more!
If you’re bursting at the seams from all those delicious dishes, not to worry – The Broadway Show Lounge can also be found at the front of Deck 6, and it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax as the entertainment team dazzle you with their latest shows. You won’t even need to get up for a drink; it’s waiter service in here too meaning you won’t miss a minute of the action!
It’s big enough to rival a Broadway theatre, and you’ll be treated to a variety of different performances – we’re talking big song numbers where you can’t help but sing along, and a 50s-style show set in a diner that’ll have you feeling like you’re in Grease.
Deck 6 is also home to the majority of the ship’s onboard boutiques, the Broad Street shops. Perfect for a bit of retail therapy, you can treat yourself to a variety of duty-free products - from perfume to jewellery as well as bags and souvenirs.
If you’re tired out from your shopping spree, you’re in luck. Deck 6 also boasts one of Marella Cruises’ latest features – Flutes. This bright and airy bar will have you sipping on a glass of chilled prosecco in no time!
Deck 7 onboard Marella Explorer 2 is all about capturing some of Britain’s favourite pastimes – chilling with a cuppa or heading down the pub!
The Squid & Anchor is situated at the very back of the ship on Deck 7 and is Marella Cruises’ answer to a modern British pub. It boasts a superb selection of beverage options, including a variety of draught beers.
You can look forward to live bands, quiz nights, and even the odd bit of karaoke! There’s even a few gaming machines dotted around, so have fun by popping a quid or two in. You really will feel like you’ve just stepped foot in the local!
Heading towards the middle of the ship, you’ve got The Coffee Port. It’s the perfect spot to grab a cuppa, sit back in a comfy chair and just relax.
Expect the best of the best – they only use premium Lavazza coffee and offer a dreamy selection of sweat treats too. We’re talking macaroons, buttery biscuits and handmade luxury chocolates. There’s even sculptures made entirely out of choccie!
Whether you like to start your day off with a caffeine kick or you fancy a cup of tea after a long day exploring, The Coffee Port is where you want to head for hot drinks and lovely little snacks.
The drinks here incur a small charge - however if you choose to upgrade to the Premium All Inclusive package, all drinks here are free! Something to consider if you’re partial to a hot drink.
After relaxing in the Coffee Port’s plush surroundings, head further up the ship where you’ll come across the atrium, allowing you to see down to decks 5 and 6. There’s a big screen projected on the wall here, where you can often get a glimpse of your new destination. The pianist from Deck 5 can often be heard in the background too.
Nearby, you’ve got a few shops at hand – not quite as many as on Deck 6 - but still enough for a quick browse before heading to the front of the ship for a cocktail and a show.
Nearer the front of the ship on Deck 7 you’ve got one of Marella Cruises’ newest and most exciting features – The 19th Hole. It’s a clubhouse bar with quirky golf-buggy seating and two golf simulators – so you can take a swing without even having to step outside!
Right at the front of the ship is the upper section of the Broadway Show Lounge, which is spread over both decks 6 and 7.
If you’re looking for fabulous entertainment, you’re at the right place. Get ready for toe-tapping shows that’ll have you singing your heart out, with performances featuring everything from classic songs to chart-topping hits. Your eyes will be glued to the stage!
And since waiter service is in full swing in here too, you won’t even have to get out of your seat for your favourite cocktail. You’ll never miss any of the action!
Marella Explorer 2's Deck 8 is home to a variety of cabin types. At the very back of the ship, you’ll find the Deluxe Cabins, each of which can sleep up to four people.
In these cabins you’ll get a furnished balcony as well as an extra 2m² worth of space – great if you’re looking for something a bit more roomy.
Being located at the back of the ship means you’re within easy reach of a whole host of great facilities. You’ll find tasty eateries like Latitude 53 and Kora La as well as the pub-like Squid and Anchor.
Plus, hop in an elevator or make your way up a few decks and you’ll find the back of the ship also boasts the relaxing space known as The Veranda on Deck 14. Boasting Balinese beds and cocoon chairs, this area of the ship has a real luxurious feel. You can even order drinks straight to your lounger!
Moving down to the centre of the ship on Deck 8 of Marella Explorer 2, you’ll find two types of cabin – Balcony Cabins and Inside Cabins.
Both types of cabin run down the majority of the ship’s length, meaning if you’ve got a preference on where abouts you’d like to be situated, there’s plenty of choice.
The Inside Cabins measure in at 16m², and there’s eight which come as four-berth options. They’re cosier than some of the other cabin options, but they’re more than adequate for a comfortable stay.
Inside Cabins on Marella Explorer 2 are usually the cheapest type of accommodation since they don’t have a window or balcony. If you’re not bothered about a sea view and don’t think you’ll spend much time in your room anyway, they’re a great choice to get cruising without breaking the bank!
The Balcony Cabins make up the majority of rooms on this deck – there’s plenty of the standard two-berth options, as well as 12 four-berth ones.
These cabins are perfect for serving up sea views or catching a glimpse of your next destination as you pull into port.
Having a cabin in the middle of the ship means you’re within close range of facilities such as Reception and Destination Services, not to mention the Broadstreet Shops for when you fancy a cheeky shopping spree!
Choose a cabin at the front of the ship on Deck 8 and you’ll have the choice of Outside Cabins, a few more Inside Cabins and 15 Single Inside Cabins – ideal for solo travellers.
The Single Inside Cabins come with a single bed, as well as an en suite bathroom with a WC and shower. There’s plenty of space for just one person, and as you’re located right next to all the other Single Cabins, you can easily meet new friends and other like-minded travellers!
Deck 8 Outside Cabins are a great cheaper alternative to Balcony cabins, as you’ll still be able to look forward to lovely views from your porthole or picture window.
Any of these cabins at the front of the ship can be tempting, as you’re right near some of the top spots on the ship.
We’re talking about the Broadway Show Lounge and the funky new bar The 19th Hole – which boasts virtual reality golf – on Deck 7, that’s as well as the sumptuous Champneys Spa which can be found on Deck 11.
Deck 9 onboard Marella Explorer 2 is where you’ll find a great choice of cabins! You’re quite high up in terms of decks now, so if you’re thinking of going for a Balcony Cabin, Deck 9 is a great choice. The views from this height will be exceptional!
At the back of the ship you’ve got nine Deluxe Balcony Cabins, all with furnished balconies that provide some of the best views you can possibly get. You’ll be treated to the last glimpse of every destination as you sail away, reminiscing about the adventures you’ve had during your day.
Other cabins at this end of the ship include Balcony Cabins and Inside Cabins. Both are a great choice, and just depend on your budget and what you’re willing to spend.
If some outside space is important to you and you’d like nothing more than waking up, opening the curtains and stepping outside to view where in the world you are, then you’ve got to go for a Balcony Cabin.
If you’re cruising on a budget and just use your cabin as a base to get ready and head out for the day – then an Inside Cabin will more than suffice. Decorated beautifully and still providing all the amenities you need, there’s still plenty of space in an Inside to keep you comfortable during your cruise.
Both cabin types are based at the back, middle, and front of the ship – so it’s up to you where you’d like to be situated.
The back of the ship means you’re close to the main dining area, Latitude 53, as well as the perfect spot for a cuppa and a cake – The Coffee Port.
Mid-ship, you’re just an elevator ride away from the main pool, not to mention the all-new eating concept The Beach Cove. Enjoy fresh pizzas and al-fresco barbeque bites at this new pizzeria-style restaurant.
At the front of the ship on Deck 9, you’ll find Outside Cabins. Outside Cabins are a great choice if you’re not too fussed about splashing out on a Balcony Cabin, but you’d still enjoy having a view.
Choosing one of these cabins at the front of the ship means you’re close to fabulous bars and entertainment, including the Broadway Show Lounge and the all-new 19th Hole, a golf-themed bar.
Plus, on Deck 12 you’ll find Indigo Bar, Club and Casino – which is more often than not where you’ll end up drinking and dancing right into the night.
Being situated at the front of the ship saves you stumbling down the corridors in the early hours of the morning – you can just pop in a lift and you’re there!
Deck 10 onboard Marella Explorer 2 is where the cabin options step up a notch. On this deck you’ll find two Royal Suites, eight Executive Suites, Junior Suites, Deluxe Balcony Cabins, Balcony Cabins and Inside Cabins.
The two Royal Suites lie mid-ship, and are the cherry on top of the cake when it comes to cabins. With a huge amount of space - 102m² to be precise – you’ll feel like royalty in this suite.
You’ll have a king-size bed to sprawl out in, a separate living area which also includes a sofa bed, a dining area and even a dressing area.
And the bathroom is just as impressive – you’ve got a shower AND a tub, as well as a whirlpool on the balcony outside!
Premier Service is included with all suites, meaning you get express check in, free pressing service and free continental breakfast in bed.
These suites don’t come in cheap – but you do get a lot of bang for your buck! The executive suites on this deck are super suave too, and are just under half the size at 46m². They also feature their own separate living and sleeping areas.
The Junior Suites are ideal if you’re cruising for a special occasion, and are a nice bump up from the Deluxe Balcony Cabins. They’re 23m² - so you’ve got plenty of extra room – and also include Premier Service for no extra charge.
At the front and back of the ship on Deck 10, you’ll find the remaining Balcony Cabins. A Balcony Cabin of any kind on this deck provides an amazing vantage point for views – you’ll get to see the most amazing sunrises and sunsets.
The Inside Cabins on this deck are located across the entire ship, and being situated on Deck 10 is a great place to be – you’re only one deck below all the action!
Directly above you on Deck 11 is likely where you’ll spend a lot of your time onboard, from the open-air eatery The Terrace at the back of the ship to the buffet restaurant the Market Place.
You’re also right below the main pool area, the Snack Shack, the all-new Beach Cove, Scoops, the Pool Bar, Pizzaria and of course, the Champneys Spa.
With all those facilities just a few steps away, Deck 10 is great choice no matter which cabin type you go for!
Marella Explorer 2's Deck 11 is full to the brim with fabulous facilities for you to enjoy throughout the duration of your cruise. From delicious places to tuck into tasty food to bars that serve your favourite cocktail, it’s all going on on here!
At the back of the ship you’ll find The Terrace, an open-air seating area that’s perfect for enjoying views as you sail out to sea.
Further along this deck you’ll find The Market Place, the main buffet restaurant onboard. This is where you can expect to see chefs whipping up dishes from all around the world, be it a colourful curry or a traditional roast dinner. There’s something for everyone in here!
The middle of the ship on Deck 11 is where the main pool area is located. The perfect spot to lay on a sun lounger or take a quick dip to cool down, sea days are spent blissfully relaxing on this part of the ship.
The Snack Shack is right nearby, meaning you don’t have to go far if you fancy a quick bite to eat for lunch. That isn’t the only option available for poolside cuisine though – you’ve also got the all-new Beach Cove!
A new concept only currently featured on Marella Explorer 2, The Beach Cove serves up laidback vibes and al fresco dining. This new barbecue-style restaurant is the ideal spot for a classy, light lunch looking on to ocean views. It’s definitely one of our favourite parts of the ship – this more grown-up venue really reflects that Marella Explorer 2 is adult only.
Just in front of four whirlpools, you’ll notice the big screen. This is where Movies By Moonlight will be aired from – we’re talking about your favourite flicks on a super-sized screen under the stars. It’s what date nights are made of!
Just away from the pool area you’ve got the pool bar, serving soft drinks, cocktails and pints galore. On the opposite side is Scoops, an ice-cream parlour where you can tuck into delicious gelato for a small charge. Ice cream, poolside? Yes please!
Beside Scoops lies Nonna's, where you can create your very own pizza and pasta from scratch. This laidback pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner and is one of our favourite eateries onboard the ship!
At the front of the ship on Deck 11 is by far one of our favourite facilities – the Champneys Spa. With her sister ship Marella Explorer being the first in the fleet to offer this dreamy spa, Marella Explorer 2 just had to join in on the fun too.
Being an adults only ship, this heavenly retreat compliments the ship beautifully. It’s the perfect place for a spa day for two, with a seemingly endless list of luxurious treatments available.
Treat yourself to a facial, a body wrap or massage – the choice is yours! Then sit back and take it easy in the relaxation room, go for a dip in the hot tub or lay down in the sauna that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to sea. After a busy day exploring in port, the Champneys Spa is the ultimate reward!
There’s also a gym located next door too – great for getting your sweat on to counteract all the extra calories consumed!
Deck 12 onboard Marella Explorer 2 is where you’ll find the highest situated cabins on the ship. If you’re opting for a Balcony Cabin on this deck, you can expect fantastic views from this superb vantage point.
The cabins on this deck are all located at the back of the ship, and are mostly Junior Suites accompanied by Balcony Cabins, Inside Cabins and one Adapted Outside Cabin.
The Junior Suites are a great choice of accommodation if you’re looking for something a little more special. You can look forward to a fully furnished balcony, plenty of extra space - 7m² more than your standard cabin, to be precise – and premier service too.
Premier Service is a great added extra, included at no extra charge when you select a suite. You’ll receive Express Check In, a free pressing service (up to three items per person in the first 24 hours onboard) and one continental breakfast in bed for each person, each week.
The Balcony Cabins are situated at the very back of the ship, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy the most stunning views as you sail from port to port.
The remaining cabins are all Insides and one Outside, and these are positioned perfectly for easy access to the rest of Deck 12 – you can have fresh air in your face in just seconds!
The Shack is also located on this upper deck. A bar that’s ideal for cool-down drinks, take a moment to just chill by the wooden tables and chairs, enjoying a fruity frozen cocktail.
The front of the ship on Deck 12 is dedicated to having a good time. Indigo Bar, Club and Casino is located here, and boy-oh-boy it doesn’t disappoint.
The bar area is the perfect spot for both pre and post-dinner drinks, with colourful plush seating and 360-degree views inviting you in. It’s also home to flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions!
The casino is just off the main bar area, and it’s always tempting to try your luck. Have a go on the slot machines for fun or find out your fate on the card tables. Luckily the bar is nearby for celebratory (or commissary) drinks!
When it’s time to step things up a notch, Indigo Club is the place to be. Boasting an inviting dancefloor, lavish lighting, an extra bar and even a DJ booth, this club is as good as any on land. Request your favourite tracks, dance your heart out to all the hits and throw back as many drinks as you like. This venue is open until the early hours!
Out of everywhere onboard Marella Explorer 2, the top deck at the back of this ship has to be one of our favourites. It’s reserved for something special – the sumptuous space known as The Veranda!
Make your way up to the very top of this ship and you’ll be rewarded with an area that’s designed for total relaxation.
Luxurious sun loungers, Balinese beds and cocoon chairs that are perfect for snuggling up in – this space screams sophistication. The ideal spot for couples who want a prime sunbathing spot with surreal views, you can make your way here just by popping up the steps from Deck 12.
You can order drinks straight to your sun lounger using the call-for-drinks buttons – now that’s what we like to hear!
If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also hire one of the private cabanas for the day. They’re ultra comfortable and oh-so cosy, and even come with charging points for your electronic devices.
Snuggled up with a partner looking straight out to sea, they really do make for a romantic hideaway. Top up your tan, settle down under the shade or nestle in for an afternoon nap.
At the front of the ship, you’ve also got an area known as The Sundeck. Another great place to soak up some rays, you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to places to kick back and relax.