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Marella Cruises

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About Marella Cruises

Marella attracts a broad cross-section of the British working class along with people of all ages. Marella's fleet of five ships offers an onboard experience that sits somewhere between traditional and ultra-casual.

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Marella Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Marella Cruises cruise ships?

Marella's passengers are almost exclusively from the U.K., with everything onboard geared to British tastes, from food and drink to stand-up and pub quizzes. Most are over 50, but the age range comes down considerably in the school holidays when competitive pricing and convenient flights from local airports, as well as free kids' clubs, make Marella attractive to families. However, a handful of the line's ships are adults-only and draw an older crowd.

Do I have to dress up on a Marella Cruises cruise?

Not too much. The dress code is casual apart from one dress-to-impress night per seven-day cruise, which can be interpreted as you wish. Tuxedos and ball gowns are a rarity and, in fact, would seem out of place, but people do make an effort on these nights to dress it up.

Is everything free on Marella Cruises cruises?

Not quite. Marella's cruises are fairly inclusive with gratuities and basic drinks included. Meals in select venues are also included. Extra costs include an upgrade to premium wine and spirits, bottled water and specialty coffee, spa treatments, shore excursions and specialty dining.

What are Marella Cruises’s most popular activities?

Marella's ships are packed with activities, which is just how Marella cruisers want it. Among the more popular activities are poolside contests, lively evening entertainment and, on ships that have them, virtual reality games, escape rooms, climbing walls and mini-golf.

Why go with Marella Cruises?

  • Food and entertainment geared to British tastes, from Yorkshire Tea to Marmite
  • Big program of departures from the U.K. with opportunities to create cruise-and-stay packages
  • Excellent value and all-inclusive pricing

Best for: Younger Brits looking for a friendly, activity-packed cruise; families

Not for: Luxury cruisers and culture vultures

Marella Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Terrible, many flaws and improvements needed

Not only is it expensive but it drops out constantly so making calls is a no go and browsing frustrating.Will never use the ship again and TUI have made errors also with the excursions, there was so many people annoyed with the tours because you don't actually go into the places listed and they even refused you to go into gift shops.Read More

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 40s

1st cruise with young children

I also found it difficult in finding nice juices for the kids, they were very sour for them, we didn't get bottled water either as we wasn't premium, again another expense but possible have to go premium next time.These was very beneficial because the 3 till 5pm allowed us to get showered and ready for the evening without boring the children, and the 7pm till 9pm was when a Broadway show was on so we left it up to her to decide if she wanted to join us or go to the club.Read More

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 31s

Best experience ever.loved every minute

Fantastic choice of bars and restaurants,we ate breakfast and lunch in the market place, and tea in the Mediterranean, Italian and latitude,all exceptional.The drinks and cocktails all plentiful the entertainment staff put on a great show the comedian was really good ,the indigo bar great tunes to have a dance , the lounge is so lovely for a drink and listen to live music the Mediterranean bar outside is so relaxing we enjoyed the crazy golf too,a special mention for all the staff especially the waiters and cleaners who did a fabulous job.Read More
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oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 59s

V impressed..loved it

30pm have you luggage tags on before leave home Ship good condition, perfect amenities for people onboard minimal ques decent gym with small exercise room next door to use plenty of sundeck space although we preferred shady deck 6/7 Staff cant speak highly enough - always friendly and helpful, really felt like the staff enjoyed there job and happy to serve Food v good across board and good choice of free and paid dining BUFFET best ive experienced on a ship and always good choice, could be busy on a morning LATITUDE lovely setting, always space , excellent service, good food , smallish portions but big enough with 3 courses VISTA similar to latitude with Italian menu , 1 step up from MDR, always room MEDITERRANEAN lovely setting at back of ship with nice outdoor space , tapas good with sharing boards and about 10 small tapas choices , pizza proper thin crust freshly made and fab , didnt try any pasta SNACK SHACK simple but tasty take away with wings/chips/salad/hot dogs/wraps SURF + TURF only paid restaurant we tried and v nice, scallops/steaks/lobster, excellent food and service and worth the money, tends to book few days in advance Bars/drinks paid extra for premium all inclusive and glad we did as more cocktails, significantly better wines, proper coffees and more choice of beer - depends what you plan to drink good table or bar service at all of the bars, staff always generous with the drinks and if something is on around the pool at night extra bars would pop up to speed things up Entertainment where this ship shines , staff superb , really good shows , excellent bands/singers , fun deck parties the holidaymakers seemed a bit more up for joining in than our previous cruises(maybe due to the excellent staff) Cabin only slight negative - clean and comfortable with plenty of room but bit dated Ports of call SANTORINI - booked Marella excursion and glad we did as we got on shore about 90mins before others v pretty but v busy place, not sure i'd return against everyones advice we went down the donkey path instead of the 1+hr lift wait - perfectly doable, slippy and you have to swerve the donkeys but with care and if youre fit go for it RHODES - loved, v scenic and historic , less crowded and more authentic MYKONOS - get off asap, lovely place when quiet/bedlam later(5 ships in on our day) , we tendered with minimal waits for tickets CHANIA - 3.20EURO return bus from dock every 15 min , nice harbour and maze like old town v nice KATAKOLON- we'd done olympia b4 so just wandered around the small town(which is actually q pretty) and along the beach Disembarkation quick and efficient Overall our favourite cruise so far, hard to fault and great value was initially sceptical it would live up to the standards of our 2 prev NCL cruises but actually surpassed i'd read previous reviews saying standards had slipped but no evidence fromRead More

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 49s

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