Marella Explorer 2 sails into the Marella Cruises' fleet in summer 2019 as the sister ship to Marella Explorer. Reserved exclusively for adults and featuring the all inclusive concept; the ship also boasts the fleet's largest spa and wellness centre and a new and wide choice of dining venues. The fourteen decks showcase a smart and contemporary decor, luxurious cabins and suites, eight restaurants and ten bars, a spacious pool area with stage and whirlpools, casino-come-nightclub, and a vibrant daytime and evening entertainment scene. Marella Explorer 2’s exciting calendar of cruise itineraries will take in the Canary Islands and Atlantic, Eastern and Western Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. At each port of call, you’ll have the chance to explore independently or choose from a selection of escorted tours and thrilling activities.
Latitude 53 features a gold and grey colour decor and floor-to-ceiling windows to complement the menu of waiter-served traditional culinary delights. The upper floor transforms into the Vista eatery in the evening, where you can savour contemporary Italian-inspired dishes. The Market Place presents a choice of round-the-world buffet-style dishes from individual food stalls. The Mediterranean is the go-to place for pizzas and tapas. The laidback Snack Shack combines beach huts, deckchairs, and food stalls with grab 'n' go lunches, fast food options, and a drinks station. Treat yourself to a meal in one of the speciality eateries for a small fee: Tuck into hearty steaks and seafood served fresh from the grill at Surf & Turf Steakhouse. Enjoy fine dining with a twist at The Dining Club. Feast on pan-Asian flavours such as curries, noodles, and sushi at Kora La.
Unwind with a freshly-brewed cup of Lavazza coffee and sweet treats in Coffee Port. Draught beers and cocktails combine with live music, quiz nights, and gaming machines at the British-style Squid and Anchor pub. Hook up with new-found friends for pre-dinner drinks at Bar@The Mediterranean or enjoy low-key entertainment and signature cocktails at Atrium Bar. Flare demonstrations, cocktail-making sessions, and 360-degree views set the scene for drinks both day and night at Indigo Bar. The speak-easy style Aperitif is the nearest place to sip champagne or prosecco before or after a meal in one of the speciality restaurants.
Work on your tan by the outdoor pool before cooling down in the adjacent whirlpools. Head-to-toe pampering is on the menu at Champneys Spa or escape to the comfy Balinese beds and cocoon chairs at The Veranda. Work up a sweat in Oceans Gym, test your swing on the mini golf course, or indulge in retail therapy at Broad Street shops. Marella Explorer 2 really comes to life after dinner. Broadway Show Lounge is the go-to place for live entertainment shows and waiter-served drinks. Try your luck at the slot machines and card tables at Indigo Casino. End your day in style with drinks and late night dancing to the resident DJ at Indigo Club.
Day 1: Newcastle, UK
Arrive in Newcastle and embark on board Marella Explorer 2.
Day 3: Oslo, Norway
Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast and is known for its spectacular snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills. Take a stroll around the modern city and be mesmerised by the eclectic mix of ancient castles and dazzling lakes. Journey back in time at the Viking House Museum or revel in the enchanted atmosphere at the magic Ice Bar Oslo. Stop by the Vigeland Sculpture Park and become fascinated with the ‘wonder-world’ of stone, iron and bronze human figures.
Day 4: Gothenburg, Sweden
Today, explore Sweden's Gothenburg — often referred to as 'Little London'. A city with a popular cafe and bar culture, Gothenburg offers cosmopolitan venues with a small-town atmosphere. Enjoy its canals and wide boulevards lines with shops, bars and restaurants during your time here. Visit art gallery, Konstmuseet, and the century-old Masthugget Church before heading to the city's botanical garden — featuring the colourful Rhododendron Valley — and sampling oysters and fish platters at the seafood market.
Day 6: Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden's vibrant capital city, Stockholm, spans an archipelago of 14 islands on the Baltic Sea coastline. Filled with more than 40 bridges and many galleries, museums, gardens, and parks, this city is perfect for exploring.
Looking for culture? Visit Vasa Museum, The Royal Palace, Drottningholm Palace, and Skansen — the world's first open-air museum. If you're a music fan, head to the popular ABBA Museum or go to Brunnsviken for a beautiful lake surrounded by cafes and botanical gardens. There are more than 1,000 restaurants dotted across the city, as well as streets of boutiques and designer stores on Drottninggatan — including the Nordiska Kompaniet and Åhléns department stores.
Day 7: Tallinn, Estonia
Today the ship docks in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. The well-preserved medieval old town enjoys UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is the perfect place to explore on foot. Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle on top of Toompea Hill or spend some time in the Town Hall Square. Admire Peter the Great's Baroque Kadriorg Palace and the eclectic interior of Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin. Step back in time at Estonian Open Air Museum and Estonian Maritime Museum. View cutting edge art at Kumu art museum before enjoying lunch and city-wide views from the top of Tallinn TV Tower.
Day 8-9: St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg is one of Russia's most iconic cities. From its ornate palaces and beautiful bridges to its glistening canals and picture-postcard sights - there is plenty to see around every corner. Visit the Palace Square to admire the amazing Winter Palace, gaze in awe at the gilded cupola of St Isaac's Cathedral and enjoy the fountains at Peterhof Palace. Marvel at artworks by the grand masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, El Greco and Rembrandt at the Hermitage Museum. Indulge in retail therapy at the eclectic mix of shops at the Nevsky Prospect. A visit to the Conservatoire Theatre to see a Russian ballet show or a boat trip along the city's rivers and canals are the perfect way to spend the evening.
Day 10: Helsinki, Finland
Today, disembark at Helsinki and head to the old town where you find Senate Square, Presidential Palace and Opera House. Walk through Gardenia — the city's tropical gardens — and visit Ateneum, which is home to Finnish and European art. Enjoy the mix of Slavic and Scandinavian architecture as you walk along the pretty waterfront of this cosmopolitan city.
Day 12: Warnemunde, Germany
The German port town of Warnemunde sits on the Baltic Sea coast. Step ashore and take a stroll around the picturesque marina and beachfront. Admire the shops and fishing boats that line the nearby Alter Strom canal. Pay a visit to Edvard Munch Haus, the home of the renowned expressionist painter, and the impressive Warnemunde Church. Travel to the nearby Hanseatic red-brick town of Rostock with its Cultural History Museum, Petrikirche, Marienkirche, and the vibrant Kropeliner Strasse. Warnemunde is also your gateway to the sights and famous attractions of Berlin.
Day 13: Kalundborg, Denmark
The ship arrives today in the Danish market town of Kalundborg. Step ashore and you're just footsteps from the fortified medieval old town with its centuries-old houses and city walls, Kalundborg Museum and the five-spired Church of Our Lady. Venture further afield to Denmark's capital city of Stockholm and explore famous landmarks such as Tivoli Gardens, The Little Mermaid and Amalienborg Palace. Indulge in retail therapy in the shops and boutiques of Stockholm's central Norrmalm and Östermalm districts or transport yourself back to the 1970s with a visit to ABBA The Museum.
Day 15: Newcastle, UK
Disembark in Newcastle and make your way home.