Marella Explorer has a bumper batch of 10 restaurants and 10 bars. There are fleet favourites like Snack Shack and Kora La, plus spaces exclusive to the Explorer class like The Dining Club for foodies and a swanky bar, club and casino. The highlights don't stop at food and drink, though. There's also an indoor cinema, a Sports & Family Deck and a Champneys spa, where you can sign up for everything from body-balancing acupuncture and slimming treatments to body wraps and facials.

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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
Unique Features

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, mention it when you book and let the Maître D’ know once you’re onboard. There are a wide range of restaurants onboard, and each one has at least one vegetarian selection on the menu.

Marella also provide gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and diabetic-friendly options on request. They don’t cater for kosher diets, but if you bring your own kosher food, they can prepare it for you.

Special Diets

Just because you’ve got a special diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Let the staff know what you can and can’t eat when you book, and they'll’ll make sure the chefs whip up something suitable.

Age Restrictions

The travel of minors without a legal guardian or parents onboard is not permitted.

If a minor is accompanied by an adult that is not a legal guardian or parent, a written informed consent of the parents should be brought onboard. Without one, you might encounter issues in some countries. This also applies to travelling with only one parent. Please ask your travel agent at the time of booking for full details.

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.

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 Champagne cocktails
  • 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, which are made with premium Lavazza coffee

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

If you’re not feeling well, pay a visit to the onboard Medical Centre. 

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
  • Champneys Spa & 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 with Premier Service

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 two twin beds, which can be converted into a queen-size. In the bathroom, there’s a shower and WC. A furnished balcony tops things off.

This cabin comes with Premier Service extras included:

  • Express check-in, subject to availability
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • 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

Balcony Junior Suite with Premier Service

You’ll have 22m2 to play with when you book one of our Junior Suites. They’re 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 included:

  • Express check-in, subject to availability
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • 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

Family Balcony with Premier Service

There’s plenty of room for the whole family in our Family Cabins. Size-wise, they’re 20m2, and sleep up to five people. Each one is fitted with a double bed, 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.

Balcony Cabin (Large Balcony)

These cabins give you everything you get from a Balcony Cabin, and throw a bigger balcony into the mix. Found 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. 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. 

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. 

Single Outside Cabin

For solo cruisers, these cabins are just the ticket. They come with twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size 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 twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size 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 disappoint. Not only does it have the biggest ever Broadway Show Lounge, it also boasts the flash, new Indigo bar, club and casino. Alternatively, you can listen to live music in The Lounge - a stylish space with a bright-pink piano and colour-changing bar.

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

The Shack

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

Bar @ The Mediterranean

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.

Indigo Bar

Indigo lays claim to the longest bar in the fleet. Flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions take place here. There’s also plenty of seating around the bar’s edge, where you can take in the 360-degree views – day or night.

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 12 brand-new shows on offer, plus you'll be handed a drink on arrival.

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. It flaunts a dancefloor and a DJ booth, as well as an extra bar.


Prosecco and cocktails are on the menu at this speakeasy-style bar. It’s a great spot to head before or after a meal at one of the speciality restaurants.

Squid and Anchor

Marella Cruise’s pub at sea is a modern take on a traditional British watering hole. 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. The other deals in premium gins and whiskies, which are chargeable. This place is home to a live band and quiz nights, too.

The Cinema

Movie nights come courtesy of the indoor cinema. Family-friendly films are on the agenda, with extra screenings during high season.

Gamer Zone

Everyone can play games at the aptly named Gamer Zone. It’s fully stocked with a variety of machines and is right next to The Hide Out.

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 duty-free products, including perfume, jewellery and souvenirs.

Photo Studio & Kiosks

Pop in to the studio on Deck 6 for a professional photoshoot. You’ll also find kiosks, where you can view and buy all the photos captured by our onboard photography team.

Destination Services

If you want to find out more about our ports of call and excursions, come and chat to our Destination Services team. They’ve got guides and maps to help you find your way around. And you can book your next cruise with them, too. You’ll find them onboard by Reception.