Marella Explorer 2 Review

Marella Explorer 2 (Photo: Marella Cruises)
Marella Explorer 2 (Photo: Marella Cruises)
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Kerry Spencer
Cruise Critic Editor

Marella Explorer 2 Overview

The 1,814-passenger Marella Explorer 2 debuted in April 2019 and is the line's first adults-only ship.

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About Marella Explorer 2

The ship previously sailed in China as SkySea Golden Era, though the ship began life in 1995 as Celebrity Century. It is a sister ship to Marella Explorer, formerly Celebrity Galaxy, which launched in May 2018. 

The key difference is the exclusive Veranda (the adults-only area on Marella Explorer) is double in size on Explorer 2; and a brand-new Royal Suite, measuring 102 square metres, which is the largest cabin of the line's six-strong fleet.

Marella Explorer 2 features four brand-new venues for the line: A pizzeria-style dining option called Nonna's; a golf clubhouse bar called The 19th Hole; an elegant Prosecco and Champagne bar called Flutes, and The Beach Cove with a beach-barbecue theme.

The ship also has many of the same new-to-the fleet features which debuted on Marella Explorer, including a Champneys Spa and a number of brand-new shows, plus two exclusive West End-style shows.

Marella Explorer 2 is based in Naples with seven-night itineraries to include stops in Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik.


Fellow Passengers

All Brits, all over 18 years of age -- which is the minimum age to sail on Marella Explorer 2. As a result, the ship is extremely well suited to couples of any age or groups of friends looking to cruise together.

Marella Explorer 2 Dress Code

The ship's dress code policy is broken down into three categories: Beachwear, Casual and Smart. Swimwear, flip flops and cover ups are welcomed under Beachwear; Casual includes shorts, t-shirts and casual dresses and Smart means you'll need to dress up with trousers and shirt, suit, dresses such as cocktail dress or smart two pieces. Jacket and tie are optional.

The line also operator gala evenings, formal nights and Dress to Impress nights -- typically once a week -- which gives passengers the chance to go all-out glam.

Marella Explorer 2 Gratuity

Tips and drinks -- two very important factors for Brits -- are included. Though you can still tip for exceptional service. The currency onboard is GB pounds.

Marella Explorer 2 Member Reviews

Marella Explorer 2
Sail Date: Aug 2019
We had a great cruise on Marella Explorer 2. Our cabin was on deck 4 and was in a good position mid ships to get to the MDR, Market place for breakfast and the gangway on Deck 3. The only issue I had was...Read More
Marella Explorer 2
Sail Date: Jul 2019
We flew into Naples airport expecting the worse but were pleasantly surprised as we encountered no problems other than waiting 40mins for our luggage to come through.TUI staff were on hand to guide us onto the...Read More
Marella Explorer 2
Sail Date: Jul 2019
We did Greek Getaway followed by Mediterranean Gems. The destinations were all excellent and both weeks were completely different. We did 3 trips: Mykonos beach trip, Pompeii and Herculaneum and Inside Pisa. We...Read More
Marella Explorer 2
Sail Date: Jul 2019
Loyal Marella customers. This was our second cruise on this ship. It has definitely improved since our last voyage on her - you can tell that the team have settled in and the snagging issues from earlier this year...Read More

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