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Thomson Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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87 reviews
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Does what it says on the tin!
"Explorer 2 – What can I say? Loved, loved, loved her to bits and neither of us wanted to come home. I can only tell you our experiences and about the parts of the ship we frequented. Our favourite watering hole..."Read More
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This cruise had my name written on it

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Bajpole

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise because it departed from Barbados on February 16th and my birthday was the next day. My husband and I normally cruise in November and March but this year because it was my 65th birthday we decided to sail earlier. With all the rumours of coronavirus we thought we would get a vacation before the pandemic set in, never really expecting anything so serious. Needless to say, ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Altogether, great, but needs a little improvement in some areas

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tourist1375

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We went for Marella as have been with them lots of times before and always the best for entertainment. However, we were disappointed with the shows in the first week, although they improved by the second week. We understood the team had not been together long and also that another production company are involved with explorer, and it showed. Not impressed with the Cruise Director, except for ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Fabulous time in the Caribbean.

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ginntonix

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Chose this 2 week cruise for the itinerary - 12 islands with only 1 sea day. Flew Gatwick - Barbados quick transfer & luggage delivered straight to cabin. Have sales on other Marella ships but first time on Explorer 2 & quite impressed. Clean & spacious and adults only with a range of bars, eateries & entertainment. Younger vibe than some other cruises we've been on. CABIN Inside cabin deck ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Amazing Holiday

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Krenhudson

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

I spent a week on this ship and had a great time , all the staff were very friendly and could not do enough for you . We were in cabin 1055 and our housekeeping team were great especially Lubaib pinto and Barnard they went above and beyond, it was me and MY HUSBANDS BIRTHDAY when we were on board the ship and they made it extra special for us by decorating our cabin with lights, banners and they ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Ship very poor

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Sue widger

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

I chose this cruise as I was assured by the local Tui agent that as it had recently undergone a re-fit it was disability friendly as my husband has a walking difficulty. The flight out to Barbados was lovely no issues and plenty of assistance. Once on Board the ship i went to destination services to enquire about our next day excursion, I was told that due to so many steps over 50 that it was not ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Traveled with disabled person


Most amazing holiday - exceeded expectations

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Pol12

First Time Cruiser

Age 20s

Being first time cruisers my partner and myself decided to go with TUI due to the all inclusive option to give us peace of mind and the excellent value for money!. We travelled to Barbados where we embarked the ship for a fortnight. From start to finish the holiday was the most amazing, unforgettable experience. Flights - we upgraded to premium and will continue to do in the future as it ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Exceeded our expectations

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Margery daw

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary as wanted somewhere warm .Having cruised many times before on different cruise lines ,we were a bit wary of Marella having read some of the reviews and my 3 girlfriends were very pro P and O . However that all changed as everything a bout this cruise was wonderful . We especially liked the all inclusive aspect, especially the drinks included part . ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Awful cruise do not go with TUI ever

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janeworsley

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

We chose this cruise to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and to have New Year in the Caribean. We were told this was a new ship and would meet all our needs !!! The cabin was old, tired and next to the engine on the fourth floor. The noise from the engine when at sea and when docking was so loud it was unbearable. We had no sleep and the cabin shook so much all the fittings fell of the ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


Fabulous Hogmanay

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Misc Zoho

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

We spent the 2 weeks around New Year on this ship and were very impressed. They did a great job of the Hogmanay Party one of the best I have been to. Great Night. We will be back! Staff on the ship are 5*. I was told that they range from over 45 different countries but whoever did the hiring and training deserves a promotion. So proactive and helpful. Loved the way they take you straight ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


Excellent holiday go celebrate new year

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Rebecca_p85

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

After encouragement from myParents that Marella cruises were not just for the over 50’s- I booked for me and my husband (both in early thirties) to celebrate new year in the Caribbean. Embarkation was seamless- very informative staff and our cars were at our cabin right after we left the muster station briefing. The food and drinks available are plentiful and something for everyone (inc ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


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