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Fif wrote a review Sep 2021
Croydon, United Kingdom1 contribution
Just returned from a fantastic cruise to Iceland. Marella made us feel Covid safe the whole time. We had to wear masks while walking around inside, but as we are very lazy spent most of the time without one. Food excellent, the Market place is what you expect ordinary everyday meals, but the specialty restaurants make the experience very special. We had a meal in the Dining Club on the last night which is French cuisine. Sumptuous. Iceland is a fabulous destination, with wild expanses of mountainous terrain. Trips are also safe, few people moaned about no social distancing on the coaches, but everyone had masks on even if some people still don't understand that the nose needs to be covered as well!! Staff on the Explorer 2 cant do enough for you, polite helpful and welcoming the whole time. We cant wait to go on our next Marella cruise. The Rockology show was one of the highlights of the trip.
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Sail Date: September 2021
Cabin Type: Balcony
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Destination: Europe
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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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Mr Giang wrote a review 02 Jan
Manchester, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
We went on TUI Merrela Explorer 2 for 7 days Canary islands The 2 Italian restaurants which are easy to miss for your free dinning on cruise. The staffs in these restaurants are very kind, helpfull, working hard, specialy the lady named Susan who worked in the Vista.
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Benjamin Davies wrote a review Dec 2021
Darwen, United Kingdom127 contributions112 helpful votes
We booked a deluxe balcony on deck 12 - a very pleasant cabin and representative of the price we paid. To be honest, the bed could have been more comfortable. The cabin was adequate. Cleanliness and service from cabin steward was excellent. My 5 star review is a reflection of everything else. The food was brilliant and we really enjoyed the alternative dining restaurants. Hospitality in general cannot be faulted. The bars around the ship were comfortable with attentive service. We particularly enjoyed Flutes and the wonderful crew in there - Olga, Ljubica, Daira and Daria were a joy to be around and the service was impeccable. We really enjoyed evenings with the piano host, Ryan Green- he was just brilliant and so talented. I must give a special shout out to the talented, friendly and hardworking entertainment team, led by the very lovely Ted. Wow! What great shows and everything was with enthusiasm and smiles. All of the singers and dancers were brilliant - loved the two Ollies and the gorgeous Matt especially. It was so nice to see the entertainers around the ship and they were so giving of conversation and time. The entertainment hosts were second to none. Jack Fletch especially is surely a Cruise Director of the future. A wonderful Christmas voyage! Excellent.
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papapig wrote a review Dec 2021
Weymouth, United Kingdom7 contributions7 helpful votes
Brilliant cruise the staff, food, drinks,shows , entertainment all excellent, the ship was spotless & covid rules all observed & abided by, well done Marella 👏👏👏
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Vicky C wrote a review Dec 2021
Dundee, United Kingdom4 contributions12 helpful votes
I really enjoyed this cruise. The ship was spotless and felt safe for Covid without it being too intrusive. The entertainment was great fun and the standard all inclusive package was really generous with a surprising range of branded drinks available . In general the food was very nice with lots of selections available. Overall, I feel very grateful to Tui staff on and off the ship who are obviously working hard to adapt to changing circumstances. The information was good on what documentation and tests were required and the call centre staff were helpful. I would definitely reccommend.
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darron w wrote a review Nov 2021
4 contributions
It was great to cruise again and everything was lovely under the circumstances . all the staff worked hard to make sure covid rules didn't impact too much . Food was great in all venues . Can't wait to go again
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