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: UK to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Las Palmas and be transferred to the port ot board Marella Explorer for your seven night cruise.
Day 2: Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the island's best kept secrets. Santa Cruz De Tenerife, known locally as Santa Cruz, is a bustling centre of culture and activity. Visit the Museum of Man and Nature and discover the evolution of the Canary Islands. Alternatively, head to the award-winning Loro Parque wildlife park and come face-to-face with amazing animals and exotic birds. Head down to the Downtown Santa Cruz shopping district and enjoy a superb range of shops and tapas bars. Soak up the sun on the golden sands of La Teresitas beach or hike around the surrounding mountains and savour the picturesque views.
Day 3: San Sebastian, La Gomera
San Sebastian on the island of La Gomera is your next port of call. The resort's highlights include Torre del Conde - built to ward off pirates in bygone years - and Casa de Colon, where Columbus stayed before setting sail across the Atlantic. Pick up local delicacies such as La Gomera’s honey, palm honey, spicy almogrote cheese pate, and mojo sauce at Mercado Municipal. Spend a few hours sunbathing on Playa de Avalo beach or depart on a whale watching boat trip. Admire the vivid floral exhibits and ancient laurel forest at Garajonay National Park.
Day 4: Funchal, Madeira
It is very easy to see why Madeira has gained the name of 'The Garden Island'. Lush greenery with an array of tropical fruits, this island is a favourite on many cruise itineraries. Take gondola ride to the mountain village of Monte to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the island, then take the thrilling way down on a local toboggan, winding and bending over the cobbles; this is something you won’t want to miss. For wine lovers, venture out into the vineyards and experience some of the famous wine of the region.
Day 6: Arrecife, Lanzarote
Today the ship drops anchor at Arrecife on the Canarian island of Lanzarote. Two splendid castles form the backdrop to the harbour - the 15th-century Castillo San Gabriel and 17th-century Castillo San Jose. The beautiful golden sands of Playa de Reducto are the perfect place to spend a few hours sunbathing. Venture inland to explore the lunar landscapes of Timanfaya National Park's fire mountains, Cesar Manrique's unique Jardin de Cactus on the outskirts of Guatiza, and Jameos Del Agua cave.
Day 7: Puerto Del Rosario, Fuerteventura
The busy port of Puerto del Rosario is Fuerteventura’s capital and is known for its whitewashed houses and open-air artworks. Explore and admire the outdoor sculpture park packed full of mural paintings and more than 50 pieces of art scattered across the city. Adventurers challenge your loved ones to a lap around the tracks at Fuerteventura Karting Club. Shopping lovers retreat to Centro Comercial Las Rotondas and indulge in some retail therapy in the local and popular high street shops. Dine in true Spanish style overlooking the ocean with a paella at El Cangrejo Colorao. Head to Playa Chica beach to try your hand at snorkelling, or simply soak up the sun on the sand. End the day with some salsa and Latin dancing or listen to a resident band all at Mamba Rumba.
Day 8: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.