You can expect the same great service, food and entertainment on every single one of our ships. They’re All Inclusive as standard, too. That said, each vessel has a personality of its own. Marella Explorer’s the biggest ship in our fleet, so it goes without saying that the facilities are first-class. The restaurant and bar counts are in the double digits, with fleet favourites like Snack Shack and Kora La as well as Explorer-exclusives like The Dining Club. The relaxation factor’s upped, too, with an Oceans spa and Beauty Salon where you can opt from things like acupuncture, body wraps and facials. There’s even a deck dedicated to sports and family activities. Onboard Marella Explorer you'll find on offer as standard:

  • Open seating in waiter-service restaurants
  • 24-hour room service
  • Whirlpool baths on pool deck
  • Beauty salon & spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Library • Kids’ club
  • Show lounge
  • Disco
  • Casino
  • Shops
  • Celebration of Vows
  • Surprise someone at sea
  • Tea/coffee making facilities in your cabin.
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Main Info
  • Children Allowed
  • Nursery -
  • Smoking Balcony Cabins
  • Style Resort
  • Decks13
  • Cabins962
  • Size Large
  • Ship Type Ocean
  • Wheelchair Cabins7
  • Crew Members900
  • Refurbished2018
  • CurrencyGBP
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Disabled Facilities

If you're planning a cruise and have a disability, use a wheelchair, have special dietary needs, a sensory impairment or are undergoing medical treatment, you must let Marella know when making your booking. Failure in doing this may result in you being refused boarding on arrival at the ship. For more information please contact Marella's Customer Welfare Team. If you plan to use a wheelchair onboard and require adapted facilities you must book a specially adapted cabin. All of Marella shops have at least four of these cabins. These cabins may only be booked by those who require adapted facilities. If you plan to use your wheelchair onboard but do not require adapted facilities, please contact the Customer Welfare Team to make sure an appropriate cabin type can be selected. If you need your wheelchair - either standard or battery operated - when you're ashore, Marella will look after it for you at the gangway so it's there when you need it. But you will have to be able to manage the gangway without it. In ports where a tender to shore is necessary, you'll have to stay onboard if you can't manage without your wheelchair. At other times, depending on the port and the tides , it may not be possible for you to leave the ship at all due to gangway access. Some excursions may not be suitable for the less mobile. Marella Cruises have teamed up with AccessAble, who have created detailed access guides for each of our ships. Visit their website to find out more:

Dietary Requirements

If you've got any dietary requirements, please make sure you mention it when you book by contacting our Customer Welfare Team on 020 3451 2585. Then let the restaurant manager know once you're onboard. We also provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and diabetic-friendly options on request. If you need to bring your own food for medical reasons, please let us know in advance so we can ensure we have the correct facilities in place to store and prepare this. There may be some requests we aren't able to accommodate, so it's important you let us know when you book your cruise.

Age Restrictions

• Minimum age to sail - 6m+ 6 months on most cruises
• Minimum age to sail alone - 18+ Passengers must be 18 or over to travel alone
• Minimum age for separate cabin - 13+ or 18+ If you have more than one cabin that is adjacent or opposite each other, then children up to 13 must be accompanied, if the cabin is separate then under 18's must be accompanied
• Minimum age to leave the ship on your own - 18+ Passengers must be 18 or older to go on a ship-sponsored excursion on their own
• Minimum age to be left onboard alone - 16+ Parents/guardians must accompany children under 16 whilst the ship is in port
• Casino, slot machines, bingo - 18+ Passengers must be 18 years or older to use these facilities
• Spa & Gym - 16+ Passengers must be 16 years or older to use these facilities
• Adult Only Spaces - 18+ Passengers must be 18 years or older to use these spaces
• Hot Tubs, Sauna and Steam Rooms - 13+ Passengers between the ages of 13-16 years must have adult supervision to use these facilities, but those over the age of 16 may use them unaccompanied.

All Inclusive Drinks Policy

All Marella cruises give you All Inclusive as standard, here’s the full list of what’s included:

  • Selected draught beer and cider
  • A range of spirits and aperitifs, including lots of big brands
  • Selected wine and Prosecco by the glass
  • A selection of cocktails, from Long Island Iced Tea to Pimm’s and lemonade
  • Selected soft drinks by the glass including mocktails and fruit juice.

You can upgrade to the Premium All Inclusive package and get these extras…

  • Upgraded cocktails, such as Mojitos and Aperol Spritz’s
  • Premium gins, vodkas, rums and tequilas, including Bombay Sapphire and Absolut Vodka
  • Cans of soft drink
  • More choice of whiskies, brandies and Cognacs
  • All drinks from The Coffee Port menu, which are made with premium Lavazza coffee

Dress Code

The dress code policy’s easily broken down into Beachwear, Casual and Smart. The first is a ‘come as you are’ affair, so bikinis and trunks get the thumbs up, plus we ask that you wear something on your feet for safety reasons. Meanwhile, Casual speaks for itself – we’re talking tops and shorts or a sundress. Then you’ve got Smart, which is when you’ll need to dress up a bit. Put your sports or swimwear away, and opt for trousers, smart tailored shorts or a skirt or dress, a shirt or polo shirt and smart shoes, so no trainers or flip flops. If you want to add a jacket or tie, that’s up to you. But the Dress to Impress nights give you the chance to get really suited and booted. Each of the restaurants onboard has a dress code, and this can differ depending on the time of day, but they’ll always let you know.

Medical Centre

Each of our ships has a medical centre and we have an English-speaking doctor and nurses on board who keep surgery hours. The opening hours are in Cruise News, plus there’s a 24-hour emergency service you can call by dialling 999 from your cabin phone. Just so you know, there’s a fee for using the medical centre, getting prescriptions and follow-up visits, which will be charged to your onboard account.

Smoking Policy

On the Marella Cruise Ships you can smoke in designated areas on deck, this is the case for e-cigarettes also.

Destination Services

The Destination Services team can talk to you about our ports of call, help you decide which excursions are right for you, and book you onto your next Marella Cruises holiday

Wi-Fi Packages

We have designated Wi-Fi zones onboard. Internet access is charged to your cabin account at the rate advertised onboard. Mobiles can be used – make sure to check with your provider for charges in each country and in international waters, which applies when the ship's at sea. There are telephones in each cabin, too, so it’s easy to stay in touch with people back home. If you’re pairing your cruise with a stay in one of our hotels, we’ll let you know which places have free Wi-Fi – just look out for the special logo


Ever wanted to book a slot at the spa, the casino, or your favourite onboard restaurant without leaving your cabin or sunbed? Well, there’s an app for that – it’s called Navigate. Our onboard app is like having your own personal cruise planner in the palm of your hand, and you can use it to manage lots of different aspects of your cruise. When you embark on a Marella Cruise you'll have access to Navigate which can help you with everything from watching the safety video, to accessing your onboard account, booking shore excursions, restaurants, spa treatments and much much more. If you need any more information or assistance with this then head to Reception onboard and they'll be happy to help.


On a Marella cruise, you’ll always find a warm and welcoming atmosphere, from the moment you step onboard, wherever we sail. Our friendly staff will remember your name, as well as your favourite cocktail. And in the restaurants, we’re just as well-versed in local specialities as we are in decent cups of tea. In fact, we've been endorsed with the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended stamp of approval. A massive 90% of our customers said the service was very good or excellent – and were impressed by how staff recognised them on a return visit. We picked up the prize for Best Cruise Line for Value at the 2019 Cruise Critic Editor’s Choice Awards. We’ve also picked up numerous awards at the Cruise Critic 2019 Cruisers Choice Awards, including Best Entertainment on Marella Discovery. Most recently in 2021 Marella won the Marine Interior Design of the Year Award for the refit of The Glass House on Marella Discovery in the Seatrade Cruise Awards.

Onboard Experience

If you have any questions regarding Marella Cruises' onboard experience, try visiting the designated page on our website 

Deck Plans
Deck 14

  • The Veranda
  • The Veranda Cabanas
  • The Hideout

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Deck 12

  • Sports Court
  • Family Deck
  • Minigolf
  • Jogging Track
  • The Shack
  • Indigo Club
  • Indigo Bar
  • Indigo Casino
  • Junior Suites
  • Large Balcony Cabins
  • Inside Cabins

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Deck 11

  • The Mediterranean Bar
  • The Mediterranean Italian
  • The Mediterranean Tapas 
  • The Market Place Buffet Restaurant
  • Snack Shack
  • Movies by Moonlight
  • Pool
  • Whirlpools
  • Pool Bar
  • Scoops
  • Salon
  • Oceans Spa and Beauty Salon
  • Gym

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Deck 10

  • Executive Suites
  • Junior Suites
  • Family Balcony Cabins
  • Large Balcony Cabins
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Inside Cabins

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Deck 9

  • Kids Pool
  • Mini M Club
  • Kids' Club
  • Large Balcony Cabins
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins

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Deck 8

  • Atrium
  • Gamer Zone
  • The Hideout
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Family Balcony Cabins
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins

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Deck 7

  • Squid & Anchor
  • Umi Sushi
  • Surf & Turf Steakhouse
  • Apertif
  • Kora La
  • Atrium
  • Broad Street Shops
  • Broadway Show Lounge

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Deck 6

  • Latitude 53
  • The Lounge
  • The Coffee Port
  • Cruise Holiday Store
  • Photo Studio
  • Photo Kiosk & Gallery
  • Cinema
  • Broadway Show Lounge

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Deck 5

  • Latitude 53
  • 53 Bar
  • Vista
  • The Dining Club
  • Atrium
  • Destination Services
  • Reception
  • Adapted Outside Cabins
  • Adapted Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Outside Cabins

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Deck 4

  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins
  • Medical Centre

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Executive Suite

If you want to go all out, book one of our Executive Suites on Deck 10. Each one measures up at a big 49m2, with enough room for four people. They come with a sofa bed and a queen-size bed. In the bathroom, there’s a shower and WC. A furnished balcony tops things off. This cabin comes with Premier Service. Extras include:

  • Breakfast in bed once a week
  • A free pressing service that means you’ll look your best for the Dress to Impress night.

Junior Suite
You’ll have 22m2 to play with when you book one of our Junior Suites. They are found on Deck 10 and 12, which means you’re guaranteed great horizon views from your furnished balcony. Each suite sleeps three, thanks to a sofa bed and two twin beds that can be made into a queen-size. The en suite bathroom has a shower and WC.

  • This cabin comes with Premier Service.
  • Extras include breakfast in bed once a week and a free pressing service that means you’ll look your best for the Dress to Impress night.

Family Balcony Cabin
There’s plenty of room for the whole brood in our Family Cabins. Size-wise, they’re 20m2 and sleep up to five people. Each one is fitted with a double bed, which is fixed against the wall, along with a sofa bed and a fold-down bed. You’ve also got an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC, as well as a furnished balcony.

  • This cabin comes with Premier Service.
  • Extras include breakfast in bed once a week and a free pressing service that means you’ll look your best for the Dress to Impress night.
Balcony Cabin - Large Balcony

These cabins give you everything you get from a Balcony Cabin, and throw a bigger balcony into the mix. They measure up at 16m2, and you’ll find them on Decks 9, 10 and 12. The cabins offer two beds that can be turned into a queen-size, along with an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC. Three-berth cabins, meanwhile, get a sofa bed, too.

Balcony Cabin

It’s the sea views that make these cabins stand out. They’re a sizeable 17m2, and you can make the most of them out on your furnished private balcony. Inside, there are two twin beds that convert into a queen-size one. If there are three of you, you’ll have a sofa bed, too. And the en suite bathroom lines up a shower and WC.

Outside Cabin

All of our Outside Cabins come with a porthole or picture window. They’re 17m2 in size, which includes two single beds. These can be pushed together to make a queen-size. Our three and four-berth cabins have twin beds, as well as a sofa bed or extra fold-down beds. Plus, the en suite bathrooms have a shower and WC. We also have Large Outside Cabins – which sleep up to three. They measure 20m2, with twin beds that can be converted into a double bed, as well as a sofa bed. The bathroom’s equipped with a WC and a shower.

Inside Cabin

These cabins come in at around 16m2. Within that, you’ve got two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size, as well as an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC. There are also four-berth cabins, with twin beds and extra fold-down beds. We also have Inside Family Cabins – which sleep up to five. At 19m2, they feature an area with a fixed double bed, and then a sliding door partition leading to a double sofa bed and a single fold-down bed. In the bathroom, you’ll find a WC and a shower.

Single Outside Cabin

For solo cruisers, these cabins are just the ticket. They come with a single bed and an en suite with a shower and WC. Plus, they’ve got the added bonus of a picture window, so you can take in the sea views. They’re usually booked by cruisers travelling alone or friends who prefer their own cabin.

Single Inside Cabin

Our Single Cabins are spot on for solo travellers. They come with a single bed and an en suite with a shower and WC. They’re a big hit with cruisers travelling alone or friends who prefer their own cabin.


The entertainment onboard Marella Explorer doesn’t pull its punches. Not only does the ship sport one of the biggest show lounges on the high seas, it also boasts Indigo Bar, Club and Casino – this venue’s fitted with everything from a DJ booth to blackjack and roulette tables. Elsewhere around the ship, you can listen to live music in The Lounge – this stylish space features a bright-pink piano and a colour-changing bar.

Broadway Show Lounge

With a capacity of 1,000 people, this show lounge is big enough to rival a Broadway theatre. And that’s not all it’s got going for it. There are plenty of brand-new shows on offer, plus you'll be handed a drink on arrival.

Squid & Anchor

Our first pub at sea is a modern take on a traditional British boozer. There are two bars to pick from. One pours a great selection of drinks for you to choose from while you settle in for the evening entertainment, while the other deals in premium gins and whiskies, which are chargeable. Plus, this place is the home of a live band, quiz nights and a couple of arcade machines.


Aperitif specialises in all things premium. You can get cocktails like an Aperol Spritz or a Chocolate Espresso Martini, as well as Prosecco and a range of spirits – all included as part of our Premium All Inclusive package. This speakeasy-style bar's a great spot to head before or after a meal at one of the speciality restaurants.

The Lounge

A colour-changing feature bar, hot-pink piano and funky, ring-shaped seats take their place in this eye-catching lounge bar. You can admire the views, while listening to the soothing soundtrack of the live pianist.

The Mediterranean Bar

This feature bar wraps around The Mediterranean – running from the inside to the outside. It’s the place to come for Mediterranean specialities, as well as your usual drinks and frozen cocktails. If you choose a seat outside, you'll get impressive sea views, since the terrace is positioned right at the back of the ship.

Indigo Bar

Indigo lays claim to the longest bar in the fleet. Flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions are often on the cards here. There's also plenty of seating around the bar’s edge, where you can take in the 360-degree views – day or night. After dark, the menus light up, showing off around-the-world themed cocktails, like Thai Punch and Jamaican Me Crazy.

Indigo Casino

If you’re feeling lucky, you can try out the slot machines and card tables at the Indigo Casino.

Indigo Club

You’ll find the club in the middle of Indigo, flaunting a dance-floor and a DJ booth, as well as an extra bar. It's where silent discos and Eighties or Nineties-themed nights take place.

Broad Street Shops

When the ship's at sea, it's time to hit the shops. The onboard boutiques are stocked with everyday essentials and loads of products, including perfume, jewellery and souvenirs.

Movies by Moonlight

The open-air cinema is the go-to place for a chilled-out evening under the stars. Classic movies and the latest box office hits are shown on a big screen. And you can get blankets, popcorn, and hot chocolate from the nearby bar.

The Shack

This deck bar provides cool-down drinks in between sunbathing. You’ll find it just above Snack Shack, overlooking the pool.

Photo Gallery & Photo Studio

Take a visit to the Photo Gallery where you can view and buy all the photos captured by our photography team on the kiosks. If you'd prefer something more personalised, pop into the Photo Studio and ask about our professional photo shoots.


The clue’s in the name here. This bar is right next to Latitude 53, so it’s perfectly placed for some pre-dinner drinks.

Sports & Family Deck

The Sport & Family Deck is where the majority of the activities take place. Expect everything from table tennis, boules and basketball to make appearances – competitions and tournaments are organised throughout your sailing. There’s a jogging track up here, too, for a scenic morning run.

Pool Bar

 This bar sits next to the pool on Deck 11, so it’s great for grabbing drinks and frozen cocktails.

The Cinema

Movie days and nights come courtesy of the indoor cinema. Family-friendly films are on the agenda, with extra screenings during high season. If you’d prefer to watch something al fresco, keep an eye out for our Movies by Moonlight showings.

Gamer Zone

Everyone can play games at the aptly named Gamer Zone. It’s fully stocked with consoles.