If you're wondering whereabouts on the ship you should choose your cabin, or you're wanting to familarise yourself with the ship's layout before you get onboard, then take a look at our handy deck guides.
The lowest deck accessible to passengers onboard Marella Explorer, Deck 4 is primarily home to various types of cabins. It’s also where you can find the Medical Centre, which sits at the front of the ship.
If you’re at all prone to sea-sickness, Deck 4 is a great choice in terms of accommodation. Those who suffer from motion-sickness are best off being mid-ship and as low down (in terms of decks) as possible.
The majority of cabins on this deck are Outside Cabins. They come with a porthole or picture window – meaning you can wake up to new views of your latest destination.
They come in two, three and even four-berth options, so they’re ideal whether you’re heading off on a cruise adventure as a couple, with the family or with friends.
The most budget-friendly cabin option on Marella Explorer is usually always an Inside Cabin. There’s plenty of them on this deck, spanning right from the back of the ship towards the front.
Inside Cabins measure in at around 16m² and come in the form of two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size. It’s the perfect base for your cruise, with an en-suite bathroom featuring a shower and WC.
If you’re travelling alone, you might want to occupy one of the 10 Single Inside Cabins on Deck 4. They’re spot on for solo travellers, or for friends who prefer to have their own cabin.
If you’re picky about which facilities you want to be near during your time onboard, it’s important you pick a cabin at the right end of the ship.
If you go for a cabin at the back of the ship, you’re only a few decks away many of Marella Explorer’s delicious dining venues. Just hop in an elevator and you’ll find the likes of Latitude 53 on Decks 5 and 6, as well as The Market Place on Deck 11.
Stay in a cabin at the front of the ship and you’re moments away from magical entertainment in the Broadway Show Lounge on Decks 6 and 7, not to mention Indigo Club and Bar on Deck 12.
Aside from cabins, you’ve also got the Medical Centre on this deck, located at the front of the ship. If you’re feeling unwell, this is the place to go. There’ll be an English-speaking doctor on duty who’ll be able to offer you a consultation and provide prescriptions.
You likely spend a lot of your time on Deck 5 whilst on Marella Explorer – as it’s where you’ll find the main waiter service restaurant onboard, Latitude 53.
With its gold and grey colour scheme, this sophisticated dining venue is spread over both Decks 5 and 6. Menu options are often traditional but with a contemporary twist!
Top tip: try to bag a table at the very back of the restaurant, where you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows offering views directly out the back of the ship. You’ll be truly dining in style as you wave goodbye to the day’s destination!
Tucked away in the corner of Latitude 53 is Vista, which come evening time is a modern Italian restaurant serving Italian favourites made with authentic, fresh ingredients. From creamy carbonaras to the most perfect pizzas, you can’t go wrong with this menu. Bellissimo!
If you’re into fine dining, then you’ll be equally impressed by The Dining Club, which can also be found mid-ship on this deck.
It was made for foodies, and you’ll be able to tuck in to French-inspired cuisine, from succulent scallops with Champagne butter and chateaubriand steak. It’s the perfect spot for date night with that special someone. There’s a charge to dine here – but trust us, it’s worth it.
If you fancy a couple of pre-dinner drinks, Bar 53 sits just outside Latitude 53 towards the back of the ship. Set opposite a glittering wall made of shiny emerald sequins, it’s ideal for a quick tipple either before or after your meal.
Mid-ship on this deck you’ll find the central hub of the ship, the atrium. In this light, open space you’ll find helpful areas such as Reception and Destination Services. A pianist can normally be found tinkling the keys of piano here too.
Reception is the place to go for any queries you may have whilst onboard. There’ll always be someone on hand to give you advice or information, or even to arrange a wake up call for you. You can also exchange currency here.
Just to the right of Reception is Destination Services. This is where you can plan, prep, and find out everything there is to know about your itineraries’ destinations.
You’ll find handy maps and guides at the ready, as well as find and book any shore excursions on offer. And there’s no need to be sad when your cruise comes to an end – you can even book your next cruise here too!
If you’d like to be situated right nearby all these fabulous facilities, then Deck 5 is a great choice. There’s a whole host of cabin types available, starting with Inside Cabins.
Around half of the Insides on this deck come in the form of twin beds in an L-shape, and with the remaining cabins offering twin beds side-by-side. The latter can be converted into a double bed.
Then there’s Outside Cabins, most of which accommodate up to two people, with there being a few that can fit groups of three or four.
The Outside Cabins are a great choice if you don’t quite want to splash out on the cost of a Balcony, as you can still see outside of your cabin thanks to a picture window or porthole.
For those who may need more space due to mobility issues, there are seven Adapted Outside Cabins on this deck as well as one Adapted Inside Cabin.
There are also cabins on this deck that are perfect for those cruising solo, with 10 Single Outside Cabins positioned right towards the front of the ship, as well as 10 Single Outside Cabins.
These cabins are perfect for anyone heading off on an adventure alone, or for those who like to travel together but prefer their own space.
There’s a lot going on on Deck 6 onboard Marella Explorer – and not a cabin in sight! This deck is all about chilling, relaxing and being entertained.
At the back of the ship, you’ve got the upper area of Latitude 53, the main waiter service restaurant onboard. This is where you can expect to tuck into tasty dishes from all over the world, all in sophisticated surroundings.
Right next to it, is the perfect place to go before or after your meal for a few fabulous drinks. The Lounge is much more than a bar – it oozes cool vibes, with bright neon lighting and a bright pink piano to match.
Take your pick from the cocktail menu and sit back on a bar stool as you listen to live music from talented musicians. Their cover versions of some of the most popular songs on the planet will immediately lift your mood!
Mid-ship on this deck is the Coffee Port. This is where you’ll want to head for your daily coffee fix, with everything from frothy lattes to creamy hot chocolates being served, along with plenty of sweet treats.
Upgrade to the Premium All Inclusive package and all drinks here are included for free – otherwise, there’ll be a small charge. With Lavazza coffee used in every cup, it’s well worth it if you’re into your hot drinks.
Just along from the Coffee Port is the Cruise Holiday Store. If being on your cruise is only making you want to book another one, then make your way here to get planning!
Opposite, is the Photo Studio. What could be better than creating photographs to last a lifetime of you and your loved ones? Whether it’s a new family portrait or a loved-up pic of you and a partner, a professional photo shoot here really is the perfect way to remember your cruise. There are photo kiosks nearby too so you can view any images took onboard at any time.
Fancy watching your favourite flick? Head to the Cinema nearby, with screenings showing everything from top action movies to family friendly films.
And for something even more exciting, right at the front of the ship is the Broadway Show Lounge. With 12 brand new shows on offer, you can watch a different production every night of your week-long sailing!
This huge theatre can hold up to 1,000, and with musical productions that involve all the singing and dancing you could possibly imagine, this space really does rival something on Broadway. You’ll be handed a drink on arrival and with waiter service at hand, you won’t even need to leave your seat for the next one!
Deck 7 onboard Marella Explorer is definitely one of our favourites! From delicious speciality dining venues to superb shops and even the local pub, there’s something to suit every mood.
At the back of the ship you’ve got the Squid & Anchor – otherwise known as Marella Explorer’s onboard pub. The first of its kind in the fleet, it’s the cruise line’s take on a traditional British boozer.
Change things up from a night in the Broadway Show Lounge to an evening in here – there’s always something going on, from live bands to quiz nights and even karaoke. The atmosphere in here is exactly that of your local pub – it’s the perfect place to have a laugh with new-found cruise friends!
Deck 7 is also home to some delicious dining venues. The following speciality restaurants come with a cover charge, but with stand-out menus sporting bold flavours and more upmarket settings, they’re definitely worth it.
Umi Sushi says it all in the name – this is where you can tuck into fresh sushi, sashimi and nigiri rolls. Everything is prepared right in front of your eyes, and for those who aren’t a massive sushi fan, there’s still other cooked dishes and dreamy desserts on offer too. It’s only open on an evening, so make sure to make a reservation for dinner here.
The Surf and Turf Steakhouse is another speciality restaurant that takes centre stage on this ship. Perfect for ‘date night’ with a partner, the menu here doesn’t disappoint.
Expect everything from 28-day-aged steaks to pork chops, lobster and gorgeously grilled chicken. The interior here really compliments the menu, with chopping board artwork and leather booth seating.
Kora La will have you feeling like you’ve sailed to a whole new continent. With oriental surroundings and a pan-Asian menu to match, the flavoursome curries and noodle dishes on offer here will certainly have those tastebuds tingling.
And after all that glorious food, Apertif is right nearby to wash it all down with a glass or two of bubbles. This speakeasy-style bar serves up Champagne and Prosecco, so it’s ideal for a few pre or post-dinner drinks.
Head towards the front of the ship and you’ll walk past the Atrium, where a pianist can often be heard playing on the deck below. Then you’ll be at the Broad Street Shops, the place to go when you’re in need of a little retail therapy.
These onboard boutiques are stocked with everything from your everyday essentials to top treats, including duty-free products like perfume, jewellery, clothing and bags. It’s a shoppaholic’s dream come true!
At the very front of the ship you’ve got the upper section of the Broadway Show Lounge, which runs across both Decks 6 and 7.
You’ll be blown away by the musical productions on offer here, with numbers that’ll have you singing and clapping along in no time. Jazz hands at the ready!
Deck 8 onboard Marella Explorer is primarily home to various cabins – you’ll find Inside, Outside, Balcony and Family Balcony Cabins across this deck.
You’ll also find two very different relaxation areas in the centre – The Attic and The Gamer Zone.
Stocked with a variety of games consoles and all the most popular games, kids (or adults!) can sit back and have a go at first-person shoot-out missions or adventures boasting high-speed car chases.
For something a little more laidback, The Attic offers up a quiet reading space and library.
The Family Balcony Cabins - which sleep up to five people - are positioned at the very back of the ship, so you’ll be spoilt with amazing views as you set sail from one destination to another. These cabins also include Premier Service, which provides you with a range of complimentary features including Express Check-In, free Pressing Service and free Continental Breakfast in Bed.
Being located at the back of the ship is ideal for families – directly above you you’ll find the Kids’ Club on deck 9, which includes the Mini M Club for little ones too.
You’re also within easy reach of the Family Deck on Deck 12, where you can challenge the kids to a game of mini golf or watch them play basketball in the Sports Court.
And don’t worry about having to go far for your food either, as Latitude 53 is also located at the back of the ship on Decks 5 and 6, as well as The Market Place Buffet Restaurant on Deck 11.
Families will be equally pleased to discover that The Hideout is located at this end of the ship too – so any teens in your party can go hang out with their new friends in a heartbeat.
Deck 8 also contains the most Balcony Cabins of any deck, spanning the majority of the ship – so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to where you want to be positioned.
The Outside Cabins on this deck are located at the front of the ship – meaning you only have to pop down a deck or two and you’ll be right outside the Broadway Show Lounge and the Cinema, both of which are on Deck 6. That’s entertainment right at your fingertips!
There’s plenty of Inside Cabins on this deck too, a portion of which are four-birth cabins – great for families or a few friends who are happy to share.
Deck 9 on Marella Explorer is mostly cabins, with the addition of the Kids’ Club at the very back of the ship. Any little ones in your party will be in good hands with activities galore to keep them entertained.
Did you know Marella Cruises are award-winning when it comes to catering for families? They scooped Silver at the British Travel Awards for Best Family Cruise Line in 2015.
There’s plenty happening here for those up to the age of 12, with a special soft play area for any under-3s. Think trips to the bridge to meet the captain, messy time with arts and crafts as well as movie nights and pizza-making in the evenings.
To take part, just register your child at the start of your cruise where you’ll get a free wristband and M Club lanyard. You can then book in your sessions. M Club’s opening hours can change on sea and port days, but are usually 10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm.
There’s also a Kids Pool at the rear of the ship, outside of the Kids’ Club, but it is not ran by the M Club team. Cruisers are welcome to take their children here, as long as they are under supervision. It even has its own little slide!
The rest of Deck 9 is made up entirely of cabins. If you’re travelling with children and think you’ll likely frequent the Kids’ Club, it might be handy to have a cabin nearby on this deck.
Surrounding the Kids’ Club are Inside Cabins and Balcony Cabins. The former are usually the cheapest type of accommodation onboard, which is great if you’re keeping an eye on the purse strings.
Most of the Inside Cabins located here come as four-berth options, which are ideal for families. They come with two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size, with extra fold-down beds.
At the very front of the ship there’s a number of Outside Cabins, which are a great alternative to an Inside Cabin. The difference being they come with a picture window or porthole, allowing you to see outside!
Then there’s the Balcony Cabins, most of which can accommodate up to three people. For most, these cabins offer the best way to cruise. What could be better than waking up and walking outside, breathing in the fresh air, listening to waves gently crash and looking out at your new destination?
They come with 17m2, so there’s plenty of space to keep you comfortable. They can come as two twin beds, or as a queen-size one. There’ll also be a sofa bed in the three-berth Balcony Cabins.
If you’d like a little bit of extra space on your Balcony, then there Large Balcony Cabins available on this deck too. Many of these can also accommodate up to three people, and on these balconies you’ll find a hammock! Chill with a book or doze away, all whilst looking out to sea from your own balcony - perfect.
Marella Explorer's Deck 10 is dedicated solely to cabins. And on this deck, you’ll find the most luxurious accommodation that Marella Explorer has to offer.
Located mid-ship, are 10 Executive Suites. If you want to go all-out, these are the way to go. They measure in at a whopping 49m2, and can sleep up to four people.
They come with their own large living area and an extra large balcony, featuring sun loungers and a hammock – so you can really unwind at your own leisure.
There are also 16 Junior Suites on this deck. They’re around half the size of the Executive Suites at 22m2 , so they’re still pretty sizable. Being situated on Deck 10 means you’re guaranteed amazing horizon views from your balcony – what else could you wish for when cruising?!
Each of the Junior Suites sleep up to three people, with two twin beds that can be converted into a queen as well as a sofa bed. You’ll also get a hammock on your balcony, as well as sun loungers so you can soak up the sun in peace.
At the very back of the ship on Deck 10 are five Family Balcony Cabins. These measure in at 20m2 , so there’s plenty of space for the whole family.
They sleep up to five people, each one coming with a double bed, sofa bed and a fold-down bed. Outside you’ve got your balcony, which comes with its own hammock and unparalleled views out of the back of the ship. You’ll literally be able to wave goodbye from one destination to the next.
These Family Balcony Cabins are ideally located, as they’re directly above all the fabulous children’s facilities located in the Kids’ Club on Deck 9. You can drop the kids off to have some fun of their own whilst you hop straight back upstairs for a little extra lie in!
Family Balcony Cabins, Junior Suites and Executive Suites all come with Premier Service – meaning you get Express Check-In, Free Pressing Service (up to 3 items per person in the first 24 hours onboard) and Free Continental Breakfast in Bed (1 per person, per week). What’s not to love?!
The majority of cabins on this deck are Large Balcony Cabins, many of which can accommodate up to three people. These cabins come with a larger balcony than the regular ones on lower decks, with a hammock to chill in too.
There’s two regular Balcony Cabins situated at the very back of the ship, and these come with superb views straight out the back of the ship. They measure in at 17m2 , meaning there’s still ample room for a comfortable stay.
The rest of the cabins on this deck are the Inside Cabins. They’re perfect if you’re not fussed about spending much time in your room, and you’d rather save a few extra pennies for things like excursions and souvenirs.
Deck 11 onboard Marella Explorer is all about relaxation. From the main pool area to the luxurious Champneys Spa, this is the deck to head to if you’re wanting to lay back and let your troubles melt away.
At the back of the ship, you’ve also got some tempting dining venues to choose from too. Positioned at the very back of the ship is the Mediterranean.
This is both a bar and two eateries – one serving up delicious Italian favourites, and the other, tasty Tapas. The Tapas section is open for light bites at lunch time, like sandwhiches and jacket potatoes, and in the evening it holds lots of Spanish surprises in store.
From perfect paella to espetadas (succulent meat or veg skewers) you’ll get nothing but full-on flavour from this part of the ship. It costs a little extra to dine here on an evening, but it’s definitely worth it.
On the Italian side of The Mediterranean, you can start things off with a fresh salad before moving on to create your own pizzas and pastas. Dining the Italian way has never been better!
The feature bar within The Mediterranean wraps around from the inside of the ship to the outside, and is the perfect place to enjoy a frozen cocktail thanks to its open terrace revealing stunning views from the back of the ship.
If you can’t quite decide what you want to eat – or how much of it you fancy – you’ve got The Market Place buffet restaurant on this deck too.
You can watch skilful chefs whip up delicious dishes from all around the world here, as it’s made up of various different food stalls. Tuck in to traditional favourites like a Sunday roast or shepherd’s pie, or opt for something a little spicier with an Indian!
In the centre of the ship on Deck 11, you’ve got the main pool area. There’s daily entertainment going on here, with a stage positioned in the middle of the pools.
There’s plenty of sunbeds laid around, so you can soak up some of that much needed Vitamin D before taking a relaxing swim.
If you just want to take a dip, then there’s three whirlpools nearby. Take a seat, and simply chill as the water bubbles away.
There’s a big screen right nearby, playing all your favourite tunes throughout the day. By night, it’s used for the Movies by Moonlight screenings, where you can catch your favourite flicks under the stars. Magical!
If you’re having a lazy pool day on your sea day, you don’t have to stray far for a drink or something to snack on. Marella Cruises have everything you need, all in one place!
Just off the main pool area you’ll find the Snack Shack, the Pool Bar and Scoops. In the first, you’ll be able to grab a variety of tasty bites, from a cheeseburger and fries to sandwiches, salads and hot dogs.
When you’re warmed through from the sun, head to the pool bar for a refreshing drink to cool down. Whether you’re after a thirst-quenching soft drink or lager, wine, and frozen cocktails – you can get it all here.
And of course Scoops is right nearby for those with a sweet tooth. With a menu that changes every day, you can expect dreamy dollops of gelato in flavours like oreo, banoffee – and even G&T! A charge applies here – but we’re certain you’ll be back for another scoop.
At the very front of the ship lies the Champneys Spa. Marella Cruises first partnered with this luxurious brand on this ship, to bring you a state-of-the-art spa like no other.
Book yourself in for a treatment, whether it’s a foaming facial, a buttery body wrap or a marvellous massage. There’s an adults-only sauna in here with floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a steam room, relaxation room, made-for-two suites and treatment cabins with hot tubs. Wow!
Prices for each treatments vary, but we think they’re pretty good value. You can use the spa facilities for just £15 a day if you’re not getting a treatment.
The gym is right nearby if you want to work up a sweat beforehand. With the sea in sight whilst you’re on the cross-trainer, burning those extra calories off has never been easier.
You’ll even find it hosts top fitness classes, like yoga and indoor cycling. Keeping fit whilst on your cruise has never been more fun!
Deck 12 onboard Marella Explorer is the last deck which spans the full length of the ship. At the back, you’ve got an area which is perfect for families. Maybe that’s why they’ve given it the name the Family Deck!
If you’re feeling competitive, there’s a Sports Court. Challenge the kids to a basketball match or a game of mini football!
On the starboard side, you’ll find a mini golf course. Get practising on your putting and see if you can nail a whole in one! Families will love competing together to see who finishes top.
In the centre of this deck, you’ve got the Jogging Track which circles around the span of the ship. It overlooks the Pool Deck below, with 10 laps around this track being the equivalent to around 1 mile. It’s perfect for those who would rather run with the fresh air in their face, as opposed to being in the gym.
You’ve also got The Shack up here, a deck bar directly above the Snack Shack on Deck 11. There’s plenty of tables and chairs to choose from, all with amazing ocean views. With a choice of frozen cocktails and other refreshing drinks on the list, this is one of our favourite spots on the ship to take it easy.
At the front of the ship on Deck 12, you’ll find one of the most sophisticated areas of the ship – Indigo Club, Bar and Casino.
Once you’ve finished up your meal elsewhere or when the Broadway Show comes to an end, head to Indigo Bar for a classy cocktail with 350-degree views. Flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions often take place here – with around-the-world themed concoctions like Thai Punch and Jamaican Me Crazy being firm favourites.
If you think Lady Luck’s on your side, go for a flutter in the casino end. There’s slot machines and card tables at the ready, with a roulette wheel just ready and waiting to tempt you.
For plenty of drinking and dancing, this is certainly the place to be. The swanky section known as Indigo Club gives land-based clubs a run for their money, with a DJ booth at the ready and a disco dance floor to match.
You’ll find all the latest tunes being blasted out, as well as Eighties or Nineties-themed nights – and even the odd silent disco! Dancing shoes at the ready, cruisers!
All that’s left on this deck is a handful of cabins towards the back of the ship. Close to the Family Deck, many of these cabins would be ideal for families of three.
They’re mostly made up of Junior Suites, which can accommodate up to three people and come with Premier Service included. That means you get Express Check-In, Free Pressing Service (up to three items in the first 24 hours onboard) and Free Continental Breakfast in Bed (1 per person, per week).
Then there’s four Large Balcony Cabins, which on this deck accommodate two people and come with a larger-than-normal balcony, complete with a heavenly hammock to relax in.
Finally, there’s a handful of Inside Cabins too. They come with twin beds, which can be converted into a double. They’re the ideal base for cruisers who’re looking for a more budget-friendly option.
Deck 14 onboard Marella Explorer is split between the top two sections of both the front and back of the ship. Deck 14 is all about exclusive hideaways. At the back, you’ll find a fantastic hangout zone for older kids and teenagers - The Hideout.
This cool spot has been designed specifically for that age-range, with games consoles, comfy seating and even an air hockey table being just some of the things inside.
Outside, you’ll find a couple of colourful hammocks – the perfect spot for any teen to hangout in. They’ll make new friends in no time, with this area of the ship no doubt becoming one of their favourite spots.
At the other end of the ship at the front, is a space designed specifically just for adults. So while the kids are chilling with their new mates at The Hideout, you can be doing some relaxing of your own in this sumptuous space.
Think Balinese beds, the most glorious breeze and first-class views from the very front of the ship. There’s even call-for-drinks buttons – need we say anymore?!
There are also private Veranda Cabanas down the side of this upper area too, which are perfect if you fancy your own slice of the ship to sunbathe in for the day.
They’re perfect for couples, and can be hired for £99 a day (or £289 for the whole week) which includes a Healthy Detox Shot at the start of the day, robes and slipper hire, plus access to the Champneys Thermal Suite.
If your cruise is part of a special birthday celebration or anniversary, it’s certainly worth treating yourself and a loved one to your own private area!