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: Southampton, UK
Arrive at Southampton where you will board Marella Explorer and sail onwards to Zeebrugge, Belgium.
Day 2: Zeebrugge (For Bruges), Belgium
Step ashore today at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge - gateway to the 'Venice of the North', Bruges. Float along Bruges’ network of canals, admiring the heritage buildings that line the shore. Take a stroll around the Markt Square with its towering Belfry or admire Michelangelo's marble Madonna and Child at the Church of Our Lady. Get up-close views of glittering jewels at the Diamond Museum, discover the world of chocolate making at the Choco-Story and learn the art of lace making at the Lace Centre. Visit the tranquil Beguinage commune before stepping round the corner to tour the De Halve Maan Brewery.
Day 3: Amsterdam, Netherlands
There's so much to experience when you step ashore in the Netherland's capital city of Amsterdam. Explore the Museum District — home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum — and step back in time at Anne Frankhuis. Discover the opulent Canal Ring district — an UNESCO World Heritage site, or simply escape to the tranquil surroundings of Vondelpark. You can get close to marine and animal life at Natura Artis Magistra; buy colourful tulips at Bloemenmarkt; or enjoy an interactive beer tour with the Heineken Experience.
Day 5: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Kirkwall is both the largest town and the capital of the Orkney Islands. This vibrant and busy port town was granted Royal Burgh status by James III of Scotland in 1486 and is the main transport and port hub in the Orkneys. The medieval St Magnus Cathedral dominates the skyline, with the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces close by. Step back in time at Orkney Museum in Tankerness House before strolling around its delightful walled gardens. Explore the art of whisky making at Scapa Distillery or shop for souvenirs at the niche shops and boutiques in the town centre.
Day 7: Akureyri, Iceland
Akuresyri has diverse wildlife and spectacular views, making this beautiful town the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts. Discover Akuresyris culture in the multiple museums and galleries or explore 'Art Alley', where you'll find a variety of exhibitions and restaurants. Sail through the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjörður, then see the picturesque islands of Hrisey and Grimsey. Cross over the Arctic Circle and cruise by Skjálfandi Bay. This is one of the best destinations to spot whales and birds so be sure to have your camera at the ready!
Day 8: Isafjordur, Iceland
The fishing town of Ísafjörður is perched on a sand-spit jutting out into one of north-west Iceland's deepest fjords. It's worth visiting some of the cafes, bakeries and family-run restaurants that serve locally caught seafood throughout the year. Musical festivals and events often take place in the town and offer visitors insights into modern Icelandic culture.
Day 9: Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik — the world's most northern capital — is Iceland's cultural hub. Sundahöfn is a modern harbour just minutes from the city centre that welcomes large ships from around the world, while smaller ships dock in the Old Harbour at the heart of town. Famous for its vibrant nightlife and vast array of cafes, bars and restaurants this diverse setting also boasts natural beauty in the unspoilt countryside.
Away from the bustling centre, discover a small piece of paradise at the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Golden sand meets a fusion of cold sea and hot geothermal water, which produces warmer temperatures perfect for swimming. Visit in winter and catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights.
Day 12: Dublin, Ireland
Experience the vibrant culture and famous Irish 'craic' in the Republic of Ireland’s capital city — Dublin. Pay a visit to the country's largest church - St Patrick's Cathedral - as well as Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland, and Irish Museum of Modern Art. Explore the gardens and elegant squares of Trinity College and sample a glass of the country's favourite drink on a tour of Guinness Storehouse at St James's Gate Brewery. Wander the famous streets of the Temple Bar district and enjoy delicious food, live music and traditional ales.
Day 13: Cobh (For Cork), Ireland
The cosmopolitan city of Cork sits between two channels of the River Lee, upstream from Cork Harbour on Ireland's southwest coast. Visit the former prison of Cork City Gaol, Victorian-themed English Market, and neo-Gothic St. Colman's Cathedral. Gaze in awe at the French Gothic spires of St Finbarre's Cathedral, or ring the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St Anne's Church. Pay a visit to the "Queenstown Story" at Cork Heritage Centre, where you can learn all about Irish emigration and the area's connection to the Titanic. Venture out of the city to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone.
Day 15: Southampton, UK
The Cruise comes to an in Southampton, where you will disembark and make your way home.