Marella Explorer joins the Marella Cruises' fleet in summer 2018 and raises the bar when it comes to size and on board facilities. She features the new all inclusive concept and a plethora of innovative features to suit all ages. The ship's thirteen decks boast a smart and contemporary decor, the unique Sport and Family Deck, eleven restaurants and ten bars, and a vibrant entertainment scene. Work on your tan by the outdoor pool before cooling down in the adjacent whirlpools. Indulge in head to toe pampering in Oceans Spa and Beauty Salon or escape to the comfy Balinese beds at the adult-only The Veranda. Work up a sweat in Oceans Gym, test your swing on the mini golf course, or enjoy interactive action at Gamerzone. There's fun for younger guests at the Splash Pad; while The Hide Out is the perfect hang-out for teens. On top of this, the ship drops anchor in some amazing ports of call, opening up a variety of sightseeing and adventures ashore.
The Market Place presents a choice of international buffet-style delights served from a myriad of food stalls. Latitude 53 spans two decks with floor-to-ceiling windows and offers a menu of traditional culinary treats served to your table. The upper floor is also the place to savour Italian-inspired dishes at Vista. Stop by the food stalls in Snack Shack and tuck into grab 'n' go breakfasts, lunches, and snacks plus refreshments from the drinks station. Transport yourself to sunny Spain with tapas dishes at Tapas@The Mediterranean or indulge in salads and pizzas from the wood-fired oven at Pizzeria@The Mediterranean. The ice creams and toppings served at vintage-style Scoops are perfect if you have a sweet tooth. Treat yourself to high-end culinary experiences at the five a la carte eateries - Surf & Turf Steakhouse specialises in 28-day-aged steaks; cook your own steak and fish dishes on sizzling slates at Hot Stone@The Mediterranean; savour spicy curry and noodle dishes at the pan-Asian Kora La; delight in sushi, sashimi, and nigiri rolls for dinner at Umi Sushi; and enjoy Heston Blumenthal-esque cuisine at the gourmet The Dining Club.
Lavazza coffees, sweet treats, and coffee liqueurs are served at the bar and open-air terrace of The Coffee Port. Sip ice cold drinks just steps from your sun bed at The Shack. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in 53 Bar and Bar@The Mediterranean. Head to the speakeasy-style Aperitif after dining at one of the speciality eateries. The eye-catching The Lounge combines a colour-changing bar with a hot-pink piano and trendy ring-shaped seats; the perfect spot to unwind with your favourite tipple and live music. Flare demonstrations, cocktail-making sessions, and 360-degree views add to the fun at Indigo Bar.
Marella Explorer really comes to life after dinner. Experience unique professional shows in the 1000-seat Broadway Show Lounge. The Venue is the place to enjoy dances classes by day followed by live music, virtual bands, family-friendly games shows and interactive Splash Live shows on the LED screens after dark. Snuggle up with popcorn as you watch family-friendly film shows at the indoor cinema. Try your luck at the slot machines and card tables at Indigo Casino. Head to Indigo Club for drinks and late night dancing to the resident DJ.
Day 1: Newcastle, UK
Make your way to Port of Tyne ready to embark Marella Explorer and set sail for Norway.
Day 3: Flam, Norway
Flam is a tiny village on the banks of Aurlandsfjord, and is set in beautiful surroundings. Visit the local church, one of the oldest in Norway, and enjoy the traditionally decorated walls.
Day 4: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 5: Geiranger & Hellesylt, Norway
The ship then drops anchor at Geiranger on the shores of UNESCO World Heritage site, Geirangerfjord. Stroll into the village to view the church and sample reindeer and brown goat’s cheese in a local eatery. Enjoy a boat trip along the fjord for close up views of the famous Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls. Venture further afield to explore local farm life at the interactive Norwegian Fjord Centre or take a trip up to the scenic viewpoints at Dalsnibba or Eagle's Bend.
This morning the ship makes a stop at Hellesylt at the head of the Sunnylvsfjorden. This UNESCO World Heritage listed town boasts beautifully restored farmhouses scattered on the surrounding hills and mountains. Visit Sunnylven Church and the unique wood carvings illustrating the legend of Henrik Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt' at the Peer Gynt Gallery.
Day 7: Newcastle, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end, disembark the ship and make our way home.