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: Port of Tyne, UK
Make your way to Port of Tyne ready to embark Marella Explorer and set sail for the Orkney Islands.
Day 2: 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 4: Akureyri, Iceland
Just a stone's throw from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri boasts some of the best summer weather in Iceland. This diverse town in north-east Iceland sits at the foot of snow-topped mountains soaring 1,500ft and is the second largest urban area in the country. This resort flourishes in the warmer months with its picturesque parkland and Botanical Garden presenting beautiful plant life. Winter brings vibrant festivals and some of Iceland's most popular ski destinations making it an ideal year-round port of call.
Stroll through 'Arts Alley' in the centre of town for a taste of the local culture or join a whale-watching tour and admire the rare humpback and sei whales.
Day 5: Isafjord, Iceland
Isafjordur is the largest town in the Westfjords peninsula with a natural harbour dating back more than 250 years. Accommodating large cruise ships in its two quay port, cruise passengers can enjoy varied experiences and picturesque views when disembarking. Between five quaint villages, the town sits on a narrow sandspit in one of Iceland's deepest fjords. Now one of the country's main fishing and trading centres, it's home to a great range of cosy cafes and bakeries as well as family-run restaurants serving fresh, locally-caught seafood.
Wander from the cruise port and discover history and culture at Maritime Museum, or sail across to Vigur — 'The Paradise Island' which is home to thousands of bird species including puffins and Arctic terns.
Day 6: 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 9: 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 10: Bergen, Norway
Spend time exploring The Art Nouveau Centre in Ålesund before paying a visit to the Holmbua landmark by the harbour; an 1861 warehouse which houses the fishing displays of Ålesund Museum. Relax with coffee and cake in a pavement cafe or dine on locally-caught fish in one of the many restaurants. Sail onto Bergen, which is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views or visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage come to life. Stroll around the 900-year old Bryggen wharf and admire the colourful sights at Bergen Fish Market.
Day 11: Eidfjord, Norway
Sail through the Hardangerfjord and arrive at the quaint village of Eidfjord. This acts as a gateway to some of the country's most famous sights including Hardangervidda, Norway's biggest National Park with the largest highland plateau in Europe. Follow the challenging hiking trails through the park and admire some of the world's most fascinating mountain views along the way.
Eidfjord Church, dating back to 1309, is also a must-see that is packed with history and charm. Outdoor sports enthusiasts can kayak down the fjords with the majestic mountains as a backdrop or fish for trout in the many lakes and rivers.
Day 12: Haugesund, Norway
Discover the city of Haguesund, at the point where the fjords flow into the North Sea in the southwest of Norway. Haugesund is famed as 'Norway's Birthplace' and also boasts a proud Viking heritage, brought to life at Avaldsnes' Nordvegen History Centre on the nearby island of Karmoy. This vibrant city also hosts a few cultural and musical festivals throughout the year, the most famous being the Norwegian International Film Festival and Sildajazz Festival. Akrafjord and the Langfoss Waterfall are also within easy reach — nominated one of the ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world by CNN.
Day 13: Kristiansand, Norway
Your next stop is Kristiansund on Norway's west coast. Known as the 'Summer City' and the gateway to the dramatic Atlantic Road - which links Kristiansund and Molde - Kristiansund spans three separate islands, connected only by bridges. Explore the Posebyen old town area which dates back to 1631 or experience the lively fish market by the harbour. Enjoy a few hours of fun at Kristiansund Zoo & Amusement Park. Take a trip to the quaint town of Lillesand or visit the glittering displays of gems and crystals at Setesdal Mineral Park.
Day 15: Port of Tyne, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end, disembark the ship and make our way home.