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Marella Cruises

1,332 Reviews
Marella Discovery

About Marella Cruises

Marella attracts a broad cross-section of the British working class along with people of all ages. Marella's fleet of five ships offers an onboard experience that sits somewhere between traditional and ultra-casual.

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  • Do I have to dress up on a Marella Cruises cruise?


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Marella Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Marella Cruises cruise ships?

Marella's passengers are almost exclusively from the U.K., with everything onboard geared to British tastes, from food and drink to stand-up and pub quizzes. Most are over 50, but the age range comes down considerably in the school holidays when competitive pricing and convenient flights from local airports, as well as free kids' clubs, make Marella attractive to families. However, a handful of the line's ships are adults-only and draw an older crowd.

Do I have to dress up on a Marella Cruises cruise?

Not too much. The dress code is casual apart from one dress-to-impress night per seven-day cruise, which can be interpreted as you wish. Tuxedos and ball gowns are a rarity and, in fact, would seem out of place, but people do make an effort on these nights to dress it up.

Is everything free on Marella Cruises cruises?

Not quite. Marella's cruises are fairly inclusive with gratuities and basic drinks included. Meals in select venues are also included. Extra costs include an upgrade to premium wine and spirits, bottled water and specialty coffee, spa treatments, shore excursions and specialty dining.

What are Marella Cruises’s most popular activities?

Marella's ships are packed with activities, which is just how Marella cruisers want it. Among the more popular activities are poolside contests, lively evening entertainment and, on ships that have them, virtual reality games, escape rooms, climbing walls and mini-golf.

Why go with Marella Cruises?

  • Food and entertainment geared to British tastes, from Yorkshire Tea to Marmite
  • Big program of departures from the U.K. with opportunities to create cruise-and-stay packages
  • Excellent value and all-inclusive pricing

Best for: Younger Brits looking for a friendly, activity-packed cruise; families

Not for: Luxury cruisers and culture vultures

Marella Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Be very vary if you have allergies

Another party member had to send back 4 breakfasts before they were given the right one (coeliac and dairy free).- one full day of all internet and comms down -issue with water supply meant we were left without water for 2 hours, then brown water when we went back.Read More

2-5 Cruises

Age 28s

Great time on a friendly ship

Marella explorer Having cruised many times with different cruise lines we were a bit apprehensive when booking the Marella explorer as some of the reviews were poor however I would go as far as to say it was better than a lot of the bigger cruise lines we have sailed with, We had a double cabin with balcony on deck 9 midship which was superb very quiet and centrally located for everything on the ship,The staff were very courteous and friendly and nothing was to much trouble for them I would like to give a special mention to Iskander one of the waiters in the latitude 53 restaurant who made us feel special every time we dined,the food was of a very high standard and we never once experienced a bad meal,the theatre shows were very good and the drinks at the bar were varied and of good quality..To sum this holiday up we had an excellent time on a lovely ship its not ver often I give a 5 star rating but this definitely ticked all the boxes and once again a big thank you to Iskander the waiter in latitude 53...Read More

10+ Cruises

Age 68s

First time, but won't be the last!

Fantastic food options in all restaurants, you just wouldn't get service like this in a hotel.The food was fantastic and with my partner being a coeliac nothing was too much trouble.Read More

First Time Cruiser

Age 45s

great cruise marred by awful noise (avoid rear!)

First the moaning - we upgraded to a deluxe cabin with larger balcony which was fine though the ship in general is looking a little tired compared to Explorer 1 which we went on last year.We feel, at the least, Marella / Tui should make it very clear that booking these superior cabins will come with a considerable amount of noise when you are trying to sleep.Read More
welsh witch

2-5 Cruises

Age 73s

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