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Marella Explorer 2

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Passengers: 1,814   |   Crew: 780
Passengers to crew: 2.33:1
Passengers to space: 0.03:1
Launched: 1995   |   Refurbished: 2019


Cabin size: 172 - 172 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 0
Accessible rooms: 0
Maximum passengers: 2
Number of cabins: 0

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Anita A wrote a review May 7
1 contribution2 helpful votes
The beauty of a Marella cruise is the people, the staff are amazing, they work so hard and are so kind and friendly and for the most part the other passengers are lovely down to earth people, no pomp and ceremony no one looking down their nose at you if you don't want to wear a ball gown, but equally it's fine if you do. The entertainment staff work so hard also, trying to make sure everyone has a fabulous time. In very trying times still with so many restrictions in place, we had an amazing time, the cabin and the rest of the ship, spotlessly clean all the time, the food was lovely in all the restaurants (especially Surt and Turf, I have never eaten such an amazing steak) the range of drinks is more than adequate. I loved every minute and every port. There is a special place in my heart for this ship and I cannot wait to sail again. Would recommend to anyone who wants a chilled laid back fun holiday
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Dawny67 wrote a review Apr 2022
22 contributions1 helpful vote
My sister and I went in this 7 day cruise with a 7 night stay in Jamaica at the end of it. Cruise: Disappointed to have Grand Cayman cancelled and an extra night in Jamaica added instead. I agree with another review that the day should have been added to Mexico - which was incredible. Jamaica: we used the extra day to go on the Dunn's River Waterfall excursion, which was a climb up 200 rock steps through the waterfall - absolutely incredible - 100% recommend this trip. See pictures. Havana: it is an old city with a lot of crumbling buildings, but it is full of history. We did the old town tour in the morning and we did get pestered by locals, but our tour guide was very good with them and told us that they are just so pleased to have tourists back. We did the classic car tour at night, which was incredible and took us to Revolution Square. The cars just about kept going and our driver was a sweetheart. We also walked along to the craft market the next day, not a lot here but some good tourist bits. Cozumel: lovely port with some incredibly cheap tourists shops. We went on a Mayan Ruins excursion which was lovely, again guide kept emphasizing how important tourism was to them. I would agree that the most popular currency in all ports, including Jamaica, was USA dollar. Bring lots of $1 for tipping. Ship: Beautiful ship all round. Masks to be worn inside and when walking around inside, but can be taken off for eating and drinking (staff wore them all the time). Clean and tidy throughout. My sister and I had no trouble getting a sunbed around the 2 pools, the issue was more they were all in the sun. But there was no problem finding an alternative sunbed somewhere and shade somewhere. We also had no issue in getting a soft drink or an alcoholic one either 😉. The staff were attentive and often came around the pool asking - they asked you not to queue at the bar. We were in the premium package, so we're able to get cans of pop, this would be extra on the basic package. There were pop and juice machines in the buffet restaurant that you could use - although I did notice during the cruise that they shut off the pop machine. Entertainment: excellent all the time - day quizzes, night quizzes, my first silent disco (amazing), shows, disco etc - something for everyone - I even win the Bingo 😉 Cabin: really nice, lots of cupboard space, hanging space, and storage space. A safe to store valuables. We had a little balcony which was lovely to watch the ship arriving at ports. Staff: really lovely, friendly, helpful and the entertainment staff were excellent. Food: outstanding restaurants all round Summary: Take US Dollar, don't worry about sunbeds, pay for premium drinks (well worth it), would definitely travel with TUI again and this boat is ADULTS only 🥳
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TrevorOxford wrote a review Apr 2022
Oxford, United Kingdom28 contributions14 helpful votes
A nine hour flight from Birmingham took us to Montego Bay. Because our visit to the Cayman Islands had been cancelled, we were told about a week before the cruise but it had in fact never been part of the itinerary as the Caymans had not been accepting cruise ships for nearly 2 years, obviously TUI were just hoping that one day they would change their mind, it would have been better to arrange another island as I am sure they could all do with the tourist dollar, after all they had 2 years to arrange it. Any way we ended up just staying in Montego Bay harbour for an extra day. A day at sea followed but could not get a sun bed or chair anywhere near the two very small pools, managed to get a bed each on the next deck up only to find that unless you wanted alcohol at 10am it was impossible to get a soft drink and this was at every mobile drinks station, we had to que for 20 - 30 mins at one of the bars. Arrived in Havana ( a dirty dog fouled, provity ridden, disgusting place) did not stay more than 2 hours. Returned that nigh to go to the Club Tropicana, this is a must if you visit, it was excellent but caused its own challenges such as money they did not take card so needed some cash, exchange services on the boat were useless, they also do not take card you had to change cash for cash, so we had to find a bank or ATM, could only get Cuban Dollars, this is a dead currency, in other words spend it or throw it away, no shops will accept Cuban Dollars only US Dollars and did not need cash at Club Tropicana as every thing was included free, more incorrect information from destination services. Day 2 in Cuba we took the classic car tour, see some very nice areas when the car was working, well they are all over 70 years old, did not have time to visit the Cuban cigar factory or rum distillery as the car had its bonnet up most of the time. On to Cozomo Island, Mexico, now we were in port for 11 hours our excursion was 10 hours it was all going to be a bit of a rush, would this not have been the perfect time to use up the extra day we had rather than sitting in Montego Bay harbour, there was so must you could do here both on the island and on main land Mexico, 2 days here would have been great. The food was generally good, a good selection and the staff (non european) were excellent, always spoke very polite, could not do enough for you. In conclusion, take US Dollar cash with you, all islands take it, put your towel out before breakfast, they will not be removed, order a itemised bill as I still am trying to identify around £325. Would we go with TUI on a cruise again, yes, it can only get better. Week 2 was a 5* on the beach in Montego Bay but thats a separate review.
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mark S wrote a review Apr 2022
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This is our 9th TUI Cruise, the most expansive (£7.5k) & by far the worst. Poorly trained staff, lack of facilities, shows and decent entertainment & entertainment staff who thought they were organising a Butlins kids party. The houseband (Unison) were shocking, out of time, out of tune and a repertoire that stopped at 1988.We spent most of our 2 weeks avoiding them! The food was just about OK, the service was not. We were in 1075 - avoid of you can. the bed is solid, the cabin guy out 6 quilts on for us to lay on. The ship was constantly rocking side to side and very noisy, sleep quality was poor. We've been on this boat before and it wasn't like it then. The Covid rules don't make any sense, you can't share the vinegar but you can the salt on the table. You can get you own tea but not a sandwich?? we had 4 days in Monetgo Bay due to itinerary changes, that could have been handled better. Reception staff are rude, waiters and cabin staff were brill. Overall we would sail with TUI again but on the Discovery and when the Covid excuse is over.
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Chris W wrote a review Apr 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Just returned from a two week cruise around Central America and the Caribbean, The destinations were quite good, though the Caymen Islands was taken off at the last minute and replaced with a further day in Montego Bay. I thought another stop could have been found. Also even if you don’t get off the Ship in Cuba you still get charged £15 each for the visa. Why wasn't this charge put on the cost of the holiday, it’s not like you can get off the ship and avoid it? I upgraded to a suite which was a good size with a nice balcony, but I’m disabled and it was very difficult to get in the bath/shower, I fell at one point when the ship tilted. I couldn’t get waiter service on the 14th deck which was only accessible via steps, all the other sun beds were reserved before 07:30 hours with towels.When I asked at reception I was told they waiters don’t serve there due to health and safety but on the aft 14th deck you can rent a cabana for £99 a day and get service. clearly health and safety has a price. When I spoke to the tui rep she said service was available,,well not in the 14 days we were there. The only help I had was from other guests who could see I was struggling to climb steep stairs holding a drink and a walking stick.!!! The journey out was disorganised with Tui not notifying some passengers of Covid rule changes until 04:35 on the morning of the flight which caused a 2 hour flight delay. In a tightly packed queue further queues at Montego Bay airport and then ships terminal with no social distancing or any refreshment other than a small cone of water. All in all an awful travel experience.once on board after 19hours travelling you have to do a muster and safety course. I have MS and this was the final indignity. The course was on deck 7 and we had to find the muster station on a different deck. Still without any refreshment. After over 20 hours of travel!!! Tui representatives to help ? no because of Covid rules …… please refer to the tightly packed queues….. The food was average not bad just very average, the entertainment was amateur hour. There was limited face to face interaction with Tui staff, at no point in 2weeks was I asked if I was having a nice time. To sum up food average but could be poor in the Market Place restaurant, service hit or miss, general consideration to paying customers indifferent, up selling by Tui on board blatant. Normally I wouldn’t be too bothered about the above but it’s our first holiday in 3 years it cost over £5.5k, I chose this cruise our first as we have holidayed on other Tui adult only holidays and they are generally very good, sadly this one wasn’t, we have decided not to do another cruise. Positives generally the weather was good and we met some nice people, also because I upgraded our drinks package we could get decent coffee. Tui the real pirates of the Caribbean , they should stick to beach holidays.
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