Marella Explorer

Marella Cruises

Marella Explorer is a small-medium sized cruise ship by today’s standards, and started out her life as Celebrity Galaxy with Celebrity Cruises. Even though that was a long time ago, you can still find the Celebrity-charm and opulence aboard this ship. Marella Explorer offers a very different type of cruising experience to Marella Discovery ships. You can expect a very relaxed, more subdued atmosphere onboard compared to other ships in the Marella fleet – and this is complemented nicely by her contemporary interior design. Marella Explorer is not a glitzy or glamorous ship by any stretch of the imagination – but instead offers a homely feel onboard, which is one of the reasons she remains our favourite ship in the Marella Cruises fleet.

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Video's of Marella Explorer

The Score Card.

Ship Interior

How wowed were we by the ship interior?

Ship Exterior

How striking is the exterior design of the ship?


How well maintained is the ship? Any rust? Any sign of damage?

Glitz & Glamour

How striking is the ship interior? Does it feel palatial?

WOW Factors

Wow facilities - such as bumper cars, ice rinks, luxury spas, sanctuaries etc


How friendly and efficient was service?

Cabin Amenities

How well appointed is the cabin? Interactive TV, sufficient plug sockets?

Cabin Service

How efficient was the cabin service?

Cabin Comfort

How comfortable was the bed?

Shop Variety

How large was the variety of shops onboard?

Shop Prices

How fair is the onboard pricing in the shops?

Drink Prices

How fair is onboard pricing when it comes to drinks?

Main Dining

How impressed were we with Main Dining?

Alfresco Dining

Variety of alfresco dining options onboard?

Speciality Variety

Variety of speciality restaurants onboard

Speciality Quality

Quality and standards of cuisine in the speciality dining venues

Speciality Prices

How fair were the prices of speciality restaurants?

Buffet Choice

How big was variety in the buffet restaurant onboard?

Buffet Quality

Quality of food in the buffet?


Were there good options for vegetarians, vegans and other dietary issues?

Overall Dining

Overall variety of dining options onboard?


How good was the variety and standard of entertainment onboard?

Pools & Hot Tubs

Variety and amount of pools and hot tubs onboard

Poolside Area

How well maintained were the poolside areas onboard?

Fitness Centre

How impressed were we with the gym and fitness area onboard?

Deck Furniture

Condition and variety of different deck furniture

Extra Activities

Mini Golf, Sports Court, Golf Simulator and other venues of that type


Sufficient amount of lifts? Average wait times?


Variety on sale, cost and standard of excursions sold

Spa Treatments

How fairly priced were spa treatments and products?

WiFi Cost

How fairly priced was WiFi onboard?


Were we kept informed by the bridge of developments and progress?


How impressive was the spa? Hydrotherapy pool, thermal suite?

WiFi Quality

How fast and efficient was the WIFI?


Children's facilities onboard

The App

Was there an app to improve a customers experience? Did it function well?


How smooth and fast was the embarkation process?


How smooth and fast was the disembarkation process?

Interactive TV

Was there an interactive TV in the cabins? How good was it?

Deck Freedom

Did the ship have a promenade? Could you walk to the front of the ship?


How easy is it to get a towel by the pool? Was there a towel station?

Value For Money

Overall value for money, considering all factors.

*A score of 0 means that this facility was not offered. Scores are generated by comparing to experiences with other cruise ships and cruise lines. These scores are based on our own opinion. The Cruise Ship Score below is generated by The Score Card.

Cruise Ship Score


Cruise Ship Score


Ship Name: Marella Explorer
Operator: Marella
Port of Registry: Valletta, Malta
Cost: $320,000,000
Launched: May 1999
Tonnage: 76,998 GT
Length: 259.7m
Beam: 32.2m
Height: 54m
Passenger Decks: 10
Speed: 22.3 knots
Max Passengers: 1,924
Crew: 909
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1:2

Marella Cruises is a British cruise line operated by TUI UK, offering cruise holidays around Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. Marella Cruises is a budget cruise line, targeted at the British holidaymakers who tend to book package holidays. Marella cruise ships offer inclusive cruise fares which includes flights, transfers, tips, drinks and food at a variety of onboard dining venues.

Best Suited For

  • Families
  • Those on a budget
  • Those that don't mind queues and crowds
  • Those seeking adult only cruise ships (Marella Explorer 2 only)
  • Cruisers who don’t like having to pay for much onboard
  • Those who prefer cruising with fellow Brits

Not Suited For

  • Cruisers seeking premium service and dining
  • Those who hate queues and crowds
  • For those seeking a relaxing cruise
  • Those that don't appreciate lots of children when on holiday
  • Cruisers that don't like having to pay for speciality restaurants to enjoy decent quality cuisine