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