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Marella Cruises Cruises

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Marella Discovery

About Marella Cruises Cruises

Marella attracts a broad cross-section of the British working class along with people of all ages. Marella's fleet of five ships offers an onboard experience that sits somewhere between traditional and ultra-casual.

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Marella Cruises Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Marella Cruises cruise ships?

Marella's passengers are almost exclusively from the U.K., with everything onboard geared to British tastes, from food and drink to stand-up and pub quizzes. Most are over 50, but the age range comes down considerably in the school holidays when competitive pricing and convenient flights from local airports, as well as free kids' clubs, make Marella attractive to families. However, a handful of the line's ships are adults-only and draw an older crowd.

Do I have to dress up on a Marella Cruises cruise?

Not too much. The dress code is casual apart from one dress-to-impress night per seven-day cruise, which can be interpreted as you wish. Tuxedos and ball gowns are a rarity and, in fact, would seem out of place, but people do make an effort on these nights to dress it up.

Is everything free on Marella Cruises cruises?

Not quite. Marella's cruises are fairly inclusive with gratuities and basic drinks included. Meals in select venues are also included. Extra costs include an upgrade to premium wine and spirits, bottled water and specialty coffee, spa treatments, shore excursions and specialty dining.

What are Marella Cruises’s most popular activities?

Marella's ships are packed with activities, which is just how Marella cruisers want it. Among the more popular activities are poolside contests, lively evening entertainment and, on ships that have them, virtual reality games, escape rooms, climbing walls and mini-golf.

Why go with Marella Cruises?

  • Food and entertainment geared to British tastes, from Yorkshire Tea to Marmite
  • Big program of departures from the U.K. with opportunities to create cruise-and-stay packages
  • Excellent value and all-inclusive pricing

Best for: Younger Brits looking for a friendly, activity-packed cruise; families

Not for: Luxury cruisers and culture vultures

Marella Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Such a enjoyable cruise

We spent a week on Marella discovery 2 to the med, Our cabin had loads of storage space,restaurants were stunning,food was amazing and staff were outstanding,fabulous chefs,entertainment was great,shows excellent,the entertainment team was outstanding except for the blonde girl who was a bit rude and cheeky,captain Andy was funny and had a lovely manner,so friendly,all the staff were amazing from restaurants,bars,cabin crew,everyone, just a couple of complaints,they had a all inclusive and premium but on every bar is just premium menus,you have to ask for a AI 1 which the bar staff told you to take a picture of theirs as 1 wasn't provided,this is not right,made people feel like we were below premium passengers,anything I ordered was told there is a charge, if Marella put prices up and just made it all inclusive for everyone it would make it so much easier for passengers,I was annoyed each time I had to ask for a AI menu, The other thing is the Internet ,now a days people need their phones so WiFi should be free as the ship needs to also have this but to charge a ridiculous amount for it not to work or be so slow is ridiculous, apart from that we had a great time so thank you Marella,we will cruise again, but please sort out the ONE price fits all policy.Read More
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Anne Bowie

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

Caribbean Cruise - Taste of Paradise

Overall, despite the above, the experience was a positive one, and something I am glad I have done, but in the future I believe we will base ourselves in a hotel with a hire car so we can plan our own timetable and itinerary and change both as and when we wish.Talking about banking why is there not an ATM on ship or the ability to purchase currency using a debit card to save the need to hunt out an ATM at every port.Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Brilliant first time cruise with Marella

Overall, I would recommend this cabin type especially if you’re disabled as the space is very handy and so is the fact it’s adapted.I loved it when they retracted the room, so nice.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 30s

Overall good cruise but disgusting food in some of the restaurants lets it down.

The staff are so nice, so it's sad when they have to serve people inedible food or disappoint people by telling them, no tables left for the night, even though you've been queuing up for 30 minutes or more.No such problems with the Glass House (where there is a payable menu in the evening too, which is very nice) and even the buffet seemed to be of better quality and usually something suitable could be found, than the 2 waiter service.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

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