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: 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. Cruise through the Naeroyfjord, a narrow but spectacular fjord surrounded by steep valleys and snow-covered peaks; Naeroyfjord has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2005. Along the way you'll see Gudvangen, an old Viking village, which will take your breath away with its dramatic and stunning scenery.
Day 4: Olden, Norway
Olden sits at the eastern end of the serene Nordfjord, where the water divides into three arms beneath the Jostedalsbreen glacier. The village is surrounded by green meadows with babbling brooks meandering between pretty houses.
Visit the village centre to discover the 17th-century church and Singerheimen, which is the former home of the founder of the sewing machine company. Take to the Nordfjord for a rafting or kayaking adventure. Admire the green waters of Olden Lake and enjoy the cliffs and glaciers of the Oldedalen valley, which runs for 12 miles behind Olden. Walk among waterfalls and view the glistening blue ice at the impressive Briksdal Glacier — one of Norway's most visited sights.
Day 6: Bodo, Norway
Bodo is the capital of Nordland county and the gateway to the true north of Norway and the Lofoten Islands. The town of Bodo was founded in 1816 and boasts a proud heritage of herring fishing and a stunning rugged mountain backdrop. Discover Norway's flight and aviation history at Norsk Luftfartsmuseum or pay a visit to the fascinating exhibits at the open-air Bodosjoen Friluftsmuseum. Bodin Kirke with its onion-shaped dome and Bodo Cathedral with its unique spire are well worth a look too. Step back in time at Kjerringoy Trading Post or spend a few hours enjoying water-based delights at Nordlandbadet bathhouse.
Day 8: Honningsvag, Norway
Honningsvag is your gateway to Norway's North Cape on Magerøya Island. This is the northernmost point in Europe, and the true land of the midnight sun. From mid-May to July, the full disc of the sun never dips below the horizon. In winter, the days barely lighten to a spectral gloom. To the north lies only the remote Svalbard Archipelago, Jan Mayan Island, and the polar ice cap. From the cliffs of North Cape, perched 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean, one stares into the arctic silence. During the summer months, vast reindeer herds roam Magerøya Island's treeless, central plateau.
Day 9: Alta, Norway
Alta stretches along 15km of coastline in the Finnmark County in Norway. Inhabited by the indigenous Sami people since prehistoric times, Alta is also considered to be one of the best places to experience the midnight sun in the summer and see the Northern Lights in the winter. Gaze in awe at the modern-style Northern Lights Cathedral, explore the UNESCO-listed ancient rock carvings at Alta Museum and Hjemmeluft then enjoy the thrill of husky sledding and snowmobiling through Arctic landscapes. The Altafjord and the Altaelva River offer some of the best salmon fishing in the world. A visit to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Day 10: Tromso,Norway
Arrive in Tromsø - the 'Gateway to the Arctic'. Enjoy a thrilling husky sled ride through snow-covered landscapes from the Tromso Wilderness Centre or visit the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral. Ride the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen for amazing views, admire the artworks at the Art Museum of Norway, or step back in time at Perspektivet Museum. Taste authentic local brews on a tour of Mack Brewery or get up close to local fish and bearded seals at Polaria Arctic Aquarium.
Day 12: Alesund, Norway
Step ashore at the Norwegian port of Alesund. This fishing town is found spread across several islands and is generally considered Norway's most beautiful city. Renowned for its cultural festivals, Alesund was rebuilt in 1904 following a huge fire and now features stunning Art Nouveau architecture to explore. Walk up Mount Askla for spectacular views; see the time capsule and Viking ship replicas at Jugendstilsenteret and Sunnmore Museums; feed the fish at Atlanterhavsparken; and enjoy coffee and cake at a waterfront cafe. There are a variety of hiking, biking and kayaking excursions to enjoy here, as well as lively bars and top restaurants serving local and international dishes.
Day 13: Hellesylt, Norway
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 14: Geiranger, 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.
Day 16: Newcastle, UK
Disembark in Newcastle and make your way home.