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Marella Explorer 2

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About This Ship

Marella Explorer 2 is the latest addition to the Marella Cruises fleet – and boy oh boy is she set to impress! Sailing from Summer 2019, she’s the sister ship to Marella Explorer – but with one big difference. She’s adult only!

Marella Explorer 2 oozes sophistication, from facilities like the Champneys Spa which boasts a sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows to the perfect sunbathing spot The Veranda, with stylish cocoon chairs and Balinese beds that make relaxing easier than ever. You can even order drinks straight to your lounger!

Dining

Her dining offering is no less impressive, with eight superb restaurants to choose from. From the tantalising flavours of The Mediterranean, where you’ll find pizza, tapas and Portuguese meat skewers, to the uber-cool Dining Club, where you’ll be treated to to high-end cuisine. Foodies will love it!

That’s without mentioning the Surf & Turf Steakhouse, the Snack Shack – the perfect place to grab a quick bite – and Kora La, where you’ll discover oriental flavours inspired by authentic Asia.

Drinks

And if you think the food sounds good, wait until you hear about the bars! With 10 places to enjoy your favourite tipple, you’ll have tried and tested every single item on the cocktail menu in no time. Did we mention All Inclusive comes as standard on this ship?

Enjoy British pub vibes in the Squid & Anchor, where you’ll find live bands, game machines, quiz nights and even a spot of karaoke. Venture to Apertif for pre-dinner sip of champagne or prosecco, or turn things up a notch by heading to Indigo Bar, where flare demonstrations and cocktail-making lessons take place. It’s also the perfect spot for soaking up 360 degree views, day or night.

And for the real party-goers, there’s the adjoining Indigo Club. Make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes on, as this is where you’ll find a dangerously-cool DJ booth, dancefloor and bar. And if your head’s feeling a little worse for wear the next morning, stop by the Coffee Port for your caffeine fix!

Entertainment

Catch a superb show in the Broadway Show Lounge, which even offers waiter service, meaning you won’t miss a minute of the action! The cinema serves up your favourite flicks, and there’s even a spot for mini-golf if you feel like starting a tournament with the family.

If shopping’s more your thing, you’ve got a whole selection of onboard boutiques at your fingertips selling all your favourite duty-free products. And if you think Lady Luck is on your side, try out the slot machines and card tables at the Indigo Casino. There’ll never be a dull moment!

All tips and service charges are included in the price of your Cruise. You're not expected to tip any of our crew - unless you want to, of course.

Marella Cruises' newest addition, Marella Explorer 2, is joining their fleet in summer 2019. Marella Explorer is the ship’s big sister, so you can expect some similar qualities, like a range of restaurants, a Champneys Spa and Indigo – a chic bar-club-casino space. But there’s one big difference between them – Marella Explorer 2’s reserved for adults. 

Ship Specification

  • Launched: 2019
  • Refitted: N/A
  • Tonnage: 71,500
  • Language: en-GB
  • Length: 264m (866ft)
  • Width: 32m (105ft)
  • Speed: 22 knots
  • Decks: 14
  • Cabins: 907
  • Wheelchair Cabins:
  • Passengers: 1,814
  • Crew: 800
  • Currency: GBP

What's Onboard

  • Indigo Club, Bar & Casino
  • Broadway Show Lounge
  • Flutes Champagne Bar
  • Champneys Spa
  • The 19th Hole themed golf bar
  • Scoops ice cream parlour
  • The Coffee Port
  • Spacious main pool
  • Hot tubs
  • 9 restaurants
  • 10 bars

Marella Explorer 2 Cabins

All our cabins come with… Air-conditioning • Hairdryer • Flatscreen TV • Wardrobe space • Tea and coffee-making facilities • Safe

The cabins shown are representative of the general standard of cabins onboard. Your cabin may differ slightly in décor, design and size.

Royal Suite Cabin with Balcony and Premier Service

Marella Explorer 2 - Royal Suite Cabin with Balcony and Premier Service
  • Approx. 102m²
  • Sleeps 2

Our Royal Suite is the crème de la crème of cabins. Not only does it line up a bedroom with a king-size bed, but it also packs in a separate living area with a sofa bed, a dining area and a dressing area. You've also got an en suite bathroom with a shower, a WC and a tub, plus a big balcony with a whirlpool. And all this measures up at a sizeable 94m2.

This cabin comes with Premier Service extras included:

  • Express check-in, subject to availability
  • Free pressing service - up to 3 items per person in the first 24 hours onboard
  • Free continental breakfast in bed - 1 per person, per week

Executive Suite Cabin with Balcony and Premier Service

Marella Explorer 2 - Executive Suite Cabin with Balcony and Premier Service
  • Approx 46m²
  • Sleeps 2-4

The Executive Suites live up to their name, with separate living and sleeping areas. The 46m2 suites come with twin beds in the bedroom, which you can convert into a queen-size. There's a double sofa bed in the separate lounge, too. In the en suite bathroom, meanwhile, there's a shower and a WC. And a furnished balcony rounds things off nicely.

This cabin comes with Premier Service extras included:

  • Express check-in, subject to availability
  • Free pressing service - up to 3 items per person in the first 24 hours onboard
  • Free continental breakfast in bed - 1 per person, per week

Junior Suite Cabin with Balcony and Premier Service

Marella Explorer 2 - Junior Suite Cabin with Balcony and Premier Service
  • Approx 23m²
  • Sleeps 2

Book one of our Junior Suites and you'll get to enjoy the views from your furnished balcony. These 23m2 suites are found on Deck 10 and 12, near the top of the ship, which gives you a great vantage point. Inside, you've got twin beds that convert into a queen-size, a sitting area with a double sofa bed and an en suite bathroom with a WC and shower.

This cabin comes with Premier Service extras included:

  • Express check-in, subject to availability
  • Free pressing service - up to 3 items per person in the first 24 hours onboard
  • Free continental breakfast in bed - 1 per person, per week

Deluxe Cabin with Balcony

Marella Explorer 2 - Deluxe Cabin with Balcony
  • Approx 18m²
  • Sleeps 2-4

Our 19m² Deluxe Balcony Cabins do exactly what they say on the tin. You'll get a furnished balcony, plus twin beds that convert to a double, a double sofa-bed and an en suite bathroom with a WC and shower. You're nice and high up on Decks 8, 9 & 10, too, so the views are some of the best around.

Balcony Cabin

Marella Explorer 2 - Balcony Cabin

  • Approx 16m²
  • Sleeps 2-4

You can admire the horizon from your own furnished balcony with these cabins. They make the most of the 16m² of space, with twin beds that convert to a double. Four berth cabins come with a double sofa bed or extra fold-down beds. And the en suite bathroom packs in a shower and WC.

Outside Cabin

Marella Explorer 2 - Outside Cabin

  • Approx 16m²
  • Sleeps 2-4

Our Outside Cabins feature either a porthole or a picture window. They're 16m² in size, with twin beds that can be made into a queen-size. The three or four-berth cabins, meanwhile, have twin beds, as well as a sofa bed or extra fold-down beds. Plus, you'll find a WC and shower in the en suite bathroom.

Inside Cabin

Marella Explorer 2 - Inside Cabin

  • Approx 16m²
  • Sleeps 2-4

These cabins measure in at 16m2, which means you get twin beds that can be made into a queen-size, plus an en suite bathroom with a WC and shower. If you go for a four-berth cabin, you'll get twin beds, on top of a sofa bed or extra fold-down beds.

Single Outside Cabin

Marella Explorer 2 - Single Outside Cabin

  • Sleeps 1

A good option for solo travellers, these cabins feature a single bed and an en suite bathroom with a WC and shower. Plus, there's the added bonus of a porthole or picture window.

Single Inside Cabin

Marella Explorer 2 - Single Inside Cabin

  • Sleeps 1

Our Single Cabins were made for solo travellers. These ones come with a single bed and an en suite bathroom with a WC and shower.

Deck Plan

If you're wondering whereabouts on the ship you should choose your cabin, where you're favourite restaurant may be located or you're wanting to find your way around before you get onboard, then take a look at our handy deck guides.

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Deck 4

What's inside:

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 this deck

  • Outside Cabin
  • Inside Cabin

All Inclusive

With plenty of familiar faces onboard, Marella Explorer 2 provides many dining options that have been tried and tested and loved by many! Whether you're all for the quick grab and go or prefer more sophisticated dining - you'll find something that more than tickles your fancy.

Latitude 53

Deck 5 & 6
Your main formal dining room onboard Marella Explorer 2, Latitude 53 is located over two decks. Inside you’ll notice its stunning deep navy, gold and grey colour pallet that gives subtle nautical nods through modern elegance. However you’ll be mostly impressed by the restaurants delicious food, with tantalising set menus offering everything from succulent steaks to the freshest fish. Located just along from the Atrium, that’s a great place to meet for a drink before dinner. If entering from deck 6, you’ll also have bar Aperitif and Flutes Champagne bar on hand for an evening of optimum sophistication.

Vista

Deck 5
This little Italian gem can be found on the ground level of Latitude 53. Grab a drink at the Atrium before heading along to enjoy the most authentic Italian food onboard this beautiful ship. Experience food like you would right in the centre of Sorrento and delve into popular favourites of creamy carbonara, delicious risottos and of course the most perfect pizzas.

Snack Shack

Deck 11
Having proven popular on Marella Discovery, Snack Shack also has a prime spot on Marella Explorer 2! Deck 11 is your place to relax and Snack Shack captures that laid back vibe entirely. With bright coloured beach hut designs plucked right from the sea front of Brighton, Snack Shack is the perfect waterside eatery offering pre-packaged sandwiches, wraps and salads.

Pizzeria

Deck 11
New to Marella Cruises, Marella Explorer 2 will feature a dedicated pizza oven on pool deck! Offering delicious slices of that yummy Italian cheese and tomato bread we all love so much. This pizzeria sits right next door to scoops, Marella Cruises quirky ice cream bar, resulting in the most ideal snack stop for everything savoury and sweet!

The Beach Cove

Deck 11
The Beach Cove is also new for Marella Explorer 2, taking on a beach-barbeque theme. Make the most of those sea views at this laid-back al fresco dining area.

The Market Place

Deck 11
Stand back and watch the chefs whip up delicious dishes from around the world at this buffet styled restaurant. Full of traditional British favourites including a good roast and even yummy scones, cakes and pastries at afternoon tea. Live cooking stations serve up delicious stir-fry’s, curries and other world foods and there’s even a self-serve wine and beer tap! The Market Place is ideal to head to if you’re just not quite sure what you fancy.

The Terrace

Deck 11
Leading out to a large outdoor dining space just along from The Market Place, if you like dining al fresco – you’ll love it here. Located right at the back of the ship, those sea views are tip top and prime for watching the sun go down!

Speciality Restaurants

Speciality dining onboard Marella Explorer 2 is well worth indulging in at least once! For a more intimate dining experience and to make an evening that little bit more special – reward your taste buds and make sure to book a reservation at one of the following during your cruise.

The Dining Club

Deck 5
Treat yourself to high end cuisine at this restaurant made for foodies! Elegant in its appeal with a beautifully rich brown, black and gold theme, The Dining Club is the ideal spot for an extra special evening. Upmarket with gourmet-style, you can delight in a three course affair including caviar, lobster and succulent lamb dishes! Dress to impress and on occasion you can even enjoy the option of wine pairings with each tantalising course.

Surf and Turf

Deck 7
A standout speciality offering onboard Marella Explorer 2, this restaurant is certainly worth the cover charge with its scrumptious selection of premium meats. The steak here is outstanding - juicy, thick and cooked specifically to your liking! Pair with surf, such as lobster tail or salmon, after starting with a yummy prawn cocktail or some delicious scallops. If you still have some room, make sure to try the New York cheesecake for dessert which has been described as the best available onboard any cruise ship.

Kora La

Deck 7
Found to one side of Bar Apertif, Kora La is home to some of the most deliciously authentic Asian food onboard select Marella Cruises ships. The setting is complimentary to its food with a stylish gold, black and red theme complete with trellis windows. Its menu maybe one of the smaller ones certainly doesn’t lack flavour! From rich curries, to delicious noodle and sushi dishes, Kora La will tempt you to more than one helping. End your night with some fizz at flutes, Marella Explorer 2 new champagne bar or lap up the free west end quality entertainment in The Broadway Show Lounge!

Scoops

Deck 11
A chargeable extra but one so worthwhile! This vintage looking ice cream parlour sits on pool deck, ready and waiting to tantalise your taste buds with some of the most uniquely flavoured gelato. It’s menu changes every day so make sure to make regular visits. We all know Marella Explorer 2 is adult only, so expect adult flavours here too with out of ordinary options like G&T! Of course they’ll still be firm favourites with the likes of cookies and cream in Oreo form!

Given that Marella Explorer 2 is the first adults only ship of the fleet, you can expect to find lots of amazing bars onboard, each with their own unique offering. Like her sister ship Marella Explorer, Indigo club is the ships forerunner! Catering for both daytime drinks complete with stunning views, through to all-night dancing, casino fun and cocktail making!

You also have the addition of Flutes, a sophisticated champagne bar, plus many other venues where you can grab a laid back drink or two. Take a look below at all she has to offer.

Squid and Anchor

Deck 7
Home to a live band, quiz nights and a scattering of arcade machines, Squid and Anchor is your modern take on a traditional British pub! Your local in the ocean, you’ll have two bars to pick from. One specialising in premium gins and whiskeys which will be chargeable extras and one providing all your favourite fancies.

Indigo Bar and Club

Deck 12
Indigo club, bar and casino is found on deck 12 and takes up the majority of the front of the ship. With 360 degree views, it’s the perfect spot to take it all in! Comprised of two bars, the main one serving up some rather inventive cocktails and hosting its own cocktail-making classes. Delight in G & Tea Time - Gin and tonic in a tea cup and saucer! If you’ve ever visited the Alchemist and enjoyed their theatrical offerings, you’ll love Marella Cruises Great Balls of Fire which comes served in a smoke filled box! For those who’d pick whiskey as your chosen tipple, this is the best choice for flavour and fun! Indigo Bar and Club is full of life with an electric atmosphere. You’ll find a dance floor in its centre with raised platform for The Emulator – an interactive touch screen DJ deck, plus silent discos also happen here once a week!

Aperitif

Deck 6
Situated just outside Surf & Turf and Kora La, Aperitif has a speak-easy style feel to its space and is the uttermost in class and high end sophistication! With Champagne and Prosecco on the menu, it’s a great spot to attend before or after your evening meal at one of Marella Explorer 2s speciality restaurants.

The Shack

Deck 12
The Shack bar sits a deck above your main pool onboard Marella Explorer 2. The perfect pit stop to delight in some magnificent sea views whilst cooling down with a frozen daiquiri or two! With classic wooden furniture, plus cocktails served in coconuts, The Shack has a beach hut feel and is a firm favourite among many.

Flutes

Deck 6
Found just beside the Broad Street Shops, if you tire yourself out from snatching a few bargains stop by Flutes for a bubbly refreshment! Also great for date nights or those just wanting to feel a bit glam, say hello to Marella Explorer 2s new luxurious Champagne bar! With awe worthy interior of muted creams and pastel tones, finished with a fantastic display of foliage - you’ll be wanting to replicate it all when you arrive back at home. Witness some of the serene sea views and enjoy the sounds of the grand piano in this beautiful location. Plus you may notice some handy ‘press for bubbles’ buttons dotted around, meaning you may not need to move far to keep yourself topped up!

The 19th Hole

Deck 7
Another new addition to the fleet, Marella Explorer 2 welcomes The 19th Hole, a new clubhouse bar which boasts a flamboyant golf theme with quirky golf buggy seating, argyle pattern flooring, craft beers and themed cocktails! Take a seat on a traditional leather chesterfield or have a go on one of two golf simulators. Practice your putting whilst enjoying your favourite tipple, we’re sure it’ll be a night well spent!

Pool Bar

Deck 11
As simple as the name suggests, The Pool Bar sits right next to the pool! Your go to for a quick refreshment in-between sunbathing, swimming or relaxing in the hot tubs. You’ll find cocktails, beers and wines on offer here, plus cold ones readily available in buckets nearby to take as you please. Remember there are soft drinks too – got to keep yourself hydrated!

Marella Explorer 2 is the first adult’s only ship of the fleet and feels suitably more grown up!

You may already be familiar with some of her facilities from sister ship Marella Explorer, such as Champneys Spa and your one stop shop for nightlife - Indigos Casino, Bar and Club, however she has some exciting new ones too! Take a look below for a roundup of everything you can expect onboard.

Champneys Spa

Deck 11
Feel well, look well and relax well with Champneys Spa. First established over 90 years ago, they’re the UKs original health resort with the simple belief that lasting beauty is more than just skin deep. You’ll find Champneys Spa on deck 11, this is your deck of entire relaxation with the main pools and hot tub along with many yummy food locations just along from one another. Treat yourself whilst onboard Marella Explorer 2 and book in for a treatment or two – especially great for your sea days, if you have any of those on your chosen itinerary! From facials to massages and body wraps, plus suites for two and treatment cabins with hot tubs, Champneys Spa and beauty salon grants a day of pure bliss and luxury.

Hot Tubs

Deck 11
Who doesn’t love a hot tub? Marella Explorer 2 has four, situated just next to the main pool area! Big enough to fit the family, or if you’re lucky enough you may get a few blissful moments of bubbles to yourself!

The Veranda

Deck 14
A secret escape on top deck of Marella Explorer 2. Cocoon chairs and Balinese beds are there to great you and drinks are available to order straight to your lounger! One of the more quieter places to relax in the sun. The Veranda is split across two decks, you’ll find luxe cabanas to one side, whilst the sundeck on the latter is best for enjoying hours of sunshine and those sea views are some of the best onboard!

Champneys Gym

Deck 11
Cruises tend to be a time where we all overindulge, but if you’re someone who would like to keep up your fitness, Champneys Gym will have you working up a sweat in no time at all! Well equipped with treadmills, cross trainers and weights plus you could even join in with some group classes. Whether it’s an hour, half hour or quick 10 minutes of your day, get those endorphins circulating and feel you’re most amazing! – Plus you can then enjoy all those delicious restaurants without any guilt!

Pool

Deck 11
Who doesn’t love a good pool day? The pool onboard Marella Explorer 2 is split into two by a small stage in the centre. Expect daily entertainment and no rush for sun loungers on a morning! The Beach Cove, Snack Shack and Pizzeria are all in close proximity for yummy snacks throughout the day whilst scoops ice cream parlour is there to cool you down if a dip in the pool just doesn’t quite cover it.

Broad Street Shops

Deck 7
There’s no better time to treat yourself than when on holiday and when Marella Explorer 2 is at sea, her shops are open! Located just by the Atrium on deck 7, you’ll find the Broad Street Shops with everything from your daily essentials to luxurious boutiques! Duty-free products can also be snatched up here. That’s all your perfumes, jewellery, beauty products and anything you may wish to give as a gift or keep for a souvenir.

Destination Services

Deck 5
Destination Services are your one stop shop for all information regarding all your ports of call for your cruise. Want to know a little more about your destinations or even book some Tui excursions?  Destination Services have expert guides and maps, along with all their personal recommendations to help you get around! Found on deck 5 right by reception, Destination Services takes all of the hassle away from you, to make your cruising experience as simple as possible! Then afterward why not grab a celebratory drink in the Atrium before getting on with your day.

Reception

Deck 5
Your helpful hand for any queries, currency exchange, assistance or a simple wake up call. Reception is located on deck five and is open 24 hours a day.

Broadway Show Lounge

Decks 6 & 7
A top drawer for evening entertainment, the Broadway Show Lounge rivals that of a Broadway theatre. There’s brand new shows especially for Marella Explorer 2, with two performances each evening! Seating runs across both decks 6 and 7 and is complete with waiter service. You’ll have no worries here about missing any parts of the show in order to top up your beverage!

Indigo Casino

Deck 12
Indigo Casino is found within Indigo on deck 12. With its own night club and bar in the same vicinity, Indigo Casino is prime for evening entertainment. Find both slot machines and card tables, come try your luck and have a little bit of fun. Not too sure how to play? Not to worry, Marella Cruises Casino handlers are always willing to show you the ropes! You can also come here during the day and soak up those panoramic views from its top of the ship setting! Grab a drink at the neighbouring bar in-between games whilst the evening livens up with cocktail making and flare demonstrations!

Medical Centre

Deck 4
It may seem a little daunting, the possibility of becoming unwell whilst out at sea. But not to worry, Marella Explorer 2 has a medical centre located on deck 4. In the unfortunate events that you may need this service, you’ll be met by an English speaking doctor, who’ll be able to carry out a full consultation and prescribe any needed medication.

The Coffee Port

Deck 7
The Coffee Port has become a firm favourite across many of Marella Cruises fleet. On Marella Explorer 2 you’ll find this on deck 7, just along from the Broad Street Shops and the Atrium. The place onboard for your caffeine fix, get your Lavazza coffee with a side of something sweet and if you’ve upgraded to premium All Inclusive, this speciality coffee is already paid for! Another great place for simply relaxing at any point of your day, Marella Explorer 2 houses the biggest Coffee Port with lots of comfy seating, books and board games and you can even charge your phone through many available USB points.

Photo Studio

Deck 4
We all love capturing memories and sometimes a selfie just doesn’t quite cut it! Marella Explorer 2 has her own photo studio with resident photographers ready and waiting to get that perfect shot of you and your family, or just anyone and everyone who you may be cruising with! Photo shoots can be in the studio or for a more natural feel, photographers can follow you around the ship to capture those amazing sea views along with your beautiful faces. You’ll also find kiosks in the studio where you can then view and buy all your photos captured by Marella Cruises onboard photography team!

Ship FAQs

1. What is included in the All Inclusive drinks package onboard Marella Explorer 2?

The short answer: a lot!  The drinks list is seemingly endless onboard Marella Explorer 2, and includes everything from beers and ciders to wines, whiskies and wonderful cocktails.

Marella Cruises don’t skimp when it comes to brands either –all your favourite spirits will be fully stocked and ready to order, from Smirnoff and Gordon’s to Bacardi.

That goes for other alcoholic beverages too, so you can order everything from Fosters to Strongbow, as well as Corona, Guinness and Peroni to name a few.

Cocktails range from the classic Cosmopolitan to the Banana Banshee, the Singapore Sling and the Citrus Cooler – you’ll never be short on colourful concoctions to help you cool down.

And of course there’s plenty of soft drinks on the go too, so there’s always something to quench your thirst.

There is the option to upgrade to Premium All Inclusive for an extra £50 per person. This gives you upgraded cocktails – such as mojitos and Champagne cocktails – as well as premium gins and vodkas, like Bombay Sapphire and Absolut Vodka. It also means all drinks from the Coffee Port are included too.

For a full list of all drinks included as standard onboard Marella Explorer 2, see here.

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2. Which restaurants are included in All Inclusive onboard Marella Explorer 2?

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to dining onboard Marella Explorer 2! Dining in many restaurants comes as standard, and includes the following; Latitude 53, Vista, The Snack Shack, The Beach Cove, The Market Place, The Terrace and a Pizzeria.

There are also some restaurants onboard where a cover charge applies, as they’re usually a speciality eatery. These include The Dining Club, The Surf & Turf Steakhouse, Kora La and Scoops.

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3. What is the dress code onboard Marella Explorer 2?

Marella Cruises’ Dress code is kept nice and simple – just the way we like it. It’s split into three types; Beachwear, Casual and Smart.

For Beachwear, we’re talking about your normal pool-side attire. That’s bikinis, trunks, swimming costumes and flip flops.

Casual speaks for itself, and it’s what you’ll likely wear to pop to the buffet for lunch or for a visit to the beach – tops and shorts or perhaps a sundress.

Smart attire is where you’ll get the chance to dress up a bit. Perhaps for when you’re heading for a meal in one of the onboard speciality restaurants, or a performance at the Broadway Show Lounge. You might opt for trousers or smart shorts, a skirt or dress, a polo shirt and smart shoes – that means ditching the flip flops.

If you want to really dress things up with a jacket or tie – that’s totally up to you. Marella Cruises’ often host gala evenings, formal nights and dress-to- impress nights, so you’ll more than likely have a chance to get really glammed up.

There’s a dress code in each of the onboard restaurants – you’ll find this information in your cabin when you arrive.

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4. Is there Wi-Fi access onboard Marella Explorer 2?

Yes. There’s various designated Wi-Fi zones onboard Marella Explorer 2, where you can access the internet.

Internet access does comes with a cost, and an amount will be charged to your cabin account. You can find out the cost of this at reception.

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5. Can I smoke onboard Marella Explorer 2?

All of Marella Cruises ships are non-smoking ships, which means you need to be in designated smoking areas if you would like a cigarette. These are usually out on the open deck.

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

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6. Can I choose my cabin?

Yes! Simply book online or over the phone as normal, then once you’ve decided on a cabin number you like, just give us a call in advance and secure your cabin for just £48. This can be done up to 15 days before your sailing takes place.

Choosing a cabin is always a good idea if you’d like to be near certain facilities – such as the Kids’ Club or Reception. Or perhaps you’ve sailed before and want the same cabin!

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7. How do I pay for things onboard?

There’s no need to carry loads of cash around with you onboard – any extras are charged to your onboard account, which you can settle at reception before you depart the ship.

Be it a Premium Drinks Package, Internet Access or a meal in one of the speciality restaurants, it’s all sorted through your onboard ship account.

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8. Are my transfers included?

Yes! The great thing about Marella Cruises is that your transfers are always included. One less thing to worry about!

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9. Do I have to tip?

No – the great thing about Marella Cruises is that tips are already included in the cost of your cruise. There’s absolutely no obligation to tip anyone throughout your sailing. Of course if you want to, that’s fine too.

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10. Can I use the Champneys Spa faciltiies without booking a treatment?

Yes! The Champneys Spa onboard Marella Explorer 2 is available to use at a cost of £15 per day, if you’re not fancying a treatment.

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11. Do I need to take my own sun lounger towel?

No – Marella Cruises provide you with ALL towels. That’s those for jumping out of the shower as well as beach towels. One thing less for you to pack!

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12. Do I need a plug adapter in my cabin?

Yes – if you’d like to use the plug sockets in your room, you’ll need to bring a European or US 2-pin adaptor. They’re also available to purchase in the onboard shop, just in case you forget.

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13. Help, I’m Cruising Solo!

Don’t worry, there’s no need to panic. Whether you’ve cruised on your own before or it’s your first time, Marella Cruises go out of their way to ensure you have an amazing time onboard.

Speak to the Social Hostess onboard Marella Explorer 2, who is responsible for organising events and meet ups for solo cruisers. You’ll make new friends in no time!

There’s also large tables to seat up to eight people in many of the restaurants, so you can always dine with other people. No one is ever on their own on a cruise!

And of course, Marella Explorer 2 has plenty of Single Cabins. So you can enjoy your cruise adventure in a comfortable, cosy space.

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14. Is there a Medical Centre onboard Marella Explorer 2?

Yes – you’ll find the Medical Centre on Deck 4. You’ll be able to have a consultation with an English-speaking doctor, who is also able to prescribe medication.

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15. Do I need my passport?

Yes. Regardless of your destination – even if you’re sailing straight out of the UK – you’ll need your passport. Without it, you won’t be able to board the ship.

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16. How do I book shore excursions?

Once you’ve booked your cruise, you can call us up and book any excursions you’re interested in. Alternatively you can wait until you’re onboard Marella Explorer 2 and visit Destination Services on Deck 5.

They’ve got guides and maps to help you find your away around, or they can book you onto an available excursion. They can also book your next cruise, too!

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

Onboard Marella Explorer 2, Premier Service is included with Junior Suites, Royal Suites and Executive Suites.

This means you’ll get Express Check-In, Free Pressing Service (up to three items per person in the first 24 hours onboard) and a Free Continental Breakfast in Bed for each person, once per week.

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