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Marella Explorer FAQs

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What is included in the All Inclusive drinks package onboard Marella Explorer?

The simple answer, lots! You’ll find the drinks list seemingly endless and better than most hotel offerings. Marella Cruises don’t skimp on brands, this All Inclusive package for Marella Explorer has everything from beers, ciders and wines to that perfect bourbon and a delicious set of cocktails.

All your favourite spirits including Smirnoff, Gordons, Captain Morgans and even good old Baileys are fully stocked and ready to order. That goes the same for those preferring a simple pint, you’ve got everything from Fosters to Strongbow as well as Corona, Guinness and Peroni!

Cocktails more than provide too, you have it all from your classic Cosmopolitans to Mai Tais, Singapore Slings and everyone’s favourite Daiquiris. – You’ll never be short of things to try over the duration of your cruise.

Not forgetting about soft drinks, there’s plenty available for your choosing. Standard All Inclusive soft drinks will be poured from the bottle into a glass.

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What is included in the Premium All Inclusive drinks package?

In addition to your standard package, premium All Inclusive gives you access to upgraded cocktails! Indulge in a refreshing Mojito and those with a champagne base.

Your more premium gins, vodkas, rums and tequila including Bombay Sapphire, Jack Daniels and Absolut vodka also become available and you’ll have further choice on whiskies, brandies and cognacs.

If you like a decent cup of coffee, all drinks from The Coffee Port after 10am will then be included and for those who prefer a soft drink, you will be offered cans rather than bottle poured into glass.

To top it off you’ll receive a 1.5 litre bottle of water to your cabin each day which is highly convenient for many!

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Which restaurants are included in the All Inclusive onboard Marella Explorer?

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to dining onboard Marella Explorer, most of the onboard restaurants come included as part of your standard plan! These include: Latitude 53, Vista, The Market Place, Snack Shack, Tapas @The Mediterranean and Italian @The  Mediterranean!

You also have the choice to eat at the speciality restaurants onboard for an additional charge. These are great if you’re celebrating or after an extra special evening. These include: The Dining Club, Umi Sushi, Kora La, Surf & Turf Steakhouse and for a little extra treat there is also Scoops ice cream parlour!

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What is the dress code onboard Marella Explorer?

Marella Cruises dress code is just as we like it, kept nice and simple. Split into three main types; Beachwear, Casual and Smart.

For beachwear, we’re talking your basic normal pool-side attire. So bikinis, swimsuits, trunks and flipflops!

Casual is as it sounds, this is what you’ll likely wear to pop to the buffet for lunch or if you’re planning an excursion –t-shirts, shorts or perhaps a sundress with sandals or trainers etc on your feet.

Smart wear gives you the chance to dress up a bit! This is for on an evening, whether you’re heading for a speciality evening meal at one of the onboard restaurants or to be entertained at the Broadway Show Lounge! You may wish to opt for a nice dress or trousers with a smart top. Skirts, a nice blouse, polo tops and shirts for the guys – it’s all up to you and how you feel most comfortable. Just remember some smart shoes for your feet!

If you want to go really glamorous, that’s completely up to you too! Marella Cruses’ often host gala evenings, formal nights and dress-to-impress nights – prime opportunity to get those ties and jackets and beautiful gowns out if you so wish.

You may also need to take note of the dress code for each of the onboard restaurants – this will be provided in your cabin on arrival.

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Is there Wi-Fi onboard Marella Explorer?

Yes, Marella Explorer has various designated Wi-Fi zones where you will be able to access the internet. This will however come at a charge, those of which can be found out at reception.

Any cost of using the onboard Wi-Fi will be charged to your cabin.

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Can I use the Champneys Spa facilities, such as the sauna, without booking a treatment?

If you would like to spend some time in the Spa’s thermal and relaxation area, you can do so for a one time use cost of £15* per person, reduced to £10* per person if this is following a treatment from the Spa. A cruise long weekly pass is also available for £77* per person! *prices may be subject to change

The Thermal Suite includes a central shower area, two steam rooms – one dark, one salt and an herbal sauna. Two hamman rooms, a rasul room, a dunk bucket room with ice and a relaxation room! There’s also plenty of warmed tiled seating and basins for foot bathing. It’s a worthy treat for many.

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Can I smoke onboard Marella Exploer?

Each ship in the Marella Cruises fleet is non-smoking. This means you’ll need to be in a designated smoking area if you would like to have a cigarette. These are usually out on the open deck.

The same restrictions are applied to e-cigarettes. It is important to note however that at times there can sometimes be further restrictions concerning these devices within certain countries. In the UAE, Thailand and Singapore, e-cigarettes will be confiscated at the airport.

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Can I choose my cabin?

Yes you can! Simply book your cruise as you would, be it online or over the phone, then once you’ve decided on a cabin number, just give us a call! You can secure a specific cabin for just £48. This can be done up to 15 days before your cruise takes place.

Choosing a cabin can be a great way to ensure you’re near certain facilities you like – such as the pool deck, Kid’s Club or even the Reception. Or perhaps you’ve sailed onboard Marella Explorer previously and would like to be in the same cabin!

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How do I pay for things onboard?

The need to carry lots of cash onboard Marella Explorer is slim to none. Any extras you partake in will be charged to your onboard account, which you can then settle at reception before you depart the ship.

Be it an upgrade to the premium drinks package, Wi-Fi time or a meal in one of the speciality restaurants, it’ll all be sorted through your onboard ship account – simple and easy!

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Are my transfers included?

Yes! That’s another great thing about Marella Cruises, all your transfers are always included. That’s one less thing to worry about, you’ll have as smooth a sailing as possible!

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Do I need a plug adapter in my cabin?

Yes – if you need to use the plug sockets in your room, you’ll need to bring a European or US 2-pin adaptor. These are also available to purchase onboard the ship, just in case you do forget any!

Our top tip - You may like to bring an extension lead if you have a couple gadgets you would like to have plugged in at one time. Cabins onboard Marella Explorer are fitted with 2 power sockets.

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Do I have to tip?

No, you do not have to tip any extra whilst onboard Marella Explorer.

Another great thing about Marella Cruises is all your tips are already included in the cost of your cruise. You have absolutely no obligation to tip anyone throughout your holiday, however if you want to, then that’s fine too!

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Do I need to take my own sun lounger towel?

No – Marella Cruises will provide you with ALL the towels you need for the duration of your cruise. That’s for jumping out the shower as well as lounging around the pool.

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Help, I’m cruising solo!

Please do not worry! There is no need to panic about cruising solo. Marella Cruises go out of their way to ensure you’ll have an amazing time whilst onboard, whether you’ve cruised alone before or if this is your first time!

Go and speak to your Social Hostess when onboard Marella Explorer, they’ll be responsible for organising events and meet ups for all the solo cruisers. – You’ll be making friends in no time! Or if you prefer to keep yourself to yourself then that’s perfectly welcomed to, you can even ask for a table for just you in the restaurants!

However if you would like to dine amongst others, there’s also large tables that’ll seat up to eight people and you can ever arrange to meet other solos at meal times. – You’ll never truly be alone on a cruise!

And of course Marella Explorer has a flurry of Single Cabins, so you can enjoy your time onboard in your own personal, cosy and comfortable space.

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Do I need my passport?

Yes! Regardless of your destination or departure point – even if you are sailing straight out of the UK, you will need to carry your passport. Without this, you will be denied access and be unable to board the ship.

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How and when do I book shore excursions?

Once you’ve got your cruise booked, you can call us to book onto any excursions you’re interested in! Or if you’re not too sure, you can wait until you’re onboard Marella Explorer and go visit Destination Services on Deck 5.

They’ve got guides and maps to help you find your way around, or they can book you onto a planned excursion. The best part about sticking with Marella Cruises is you’ll have no worries about making it back to the ship on time! – Also whilst you’re there, you can even book your next cruise if you really want to!

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Is there a Medical Centre onboard Marella Explorer?

Yes – Do not worry if you find yourself needing medical assistance whilst onboard Marella Explorer. You’ll find the Medical Centre on Deck 4, here you’ll be greeted by an English speaking doctor who will be able to conduct a full consultation and prescribe any needing medication.

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Some cabins come with Premier Service – what does that include?

Certain cabins onboard Marella Explorer do come with Premier Service included. You’ll find this offered with Family Balcony Cabins, Balcony Junior Suite Cabins and Executive Suite Cabins.

This means you’ll be welcomed through express check-in, be entitled to a complimentary pressing service (up to 3 items per person in the first 24 hours onboard) and enjoy a free continental breakfast in bed for each person, once per week. – A little extra something to get you more than settled in!

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