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Cruises with Marella Cruises

Sailing to over 200 destinations, there's no better way to see the world in comfort and style than with Marella Cruises. When you're not ashore exploring the range of impressive ports of call, Marella ships are designed to be the perfect voyage for couples, families and first-time cruisers, with everything you could possibly need onboard.

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Marella Cruises: Life on-board

  • Total cruises 1,073
  • Fleet: 4 Ships
  • Destinations: 13

With a great selection of onboard activities for all ages, including bars, sports courts and a theatre, each and every guest will be able to find the perfect way to spend their time on the ship.

Family

Marella cruises pride themselves on making sure that even the youngest members of the family can enjoy their time onboard. Offering a range of activities for children of all ages, this is the ideal cruise line for families. Starting with family-sized and interconnecting cabins, everyone is sure to get a good night’s sleep and wake up ready to have fun. Fuel up at the main restaurant where kids will find some of their favourites, such as pizza and pasta (and maybe even a bowl of ice cream for a holiday treat). Onboard, dedicated kids clubs and areas just for teenagers mean that the younger guests have the chance to socialise with others their age, while family-friendly shore excursions to places like water parks and aquariums mean that the fun continues on dry land.

While every ship has the M Club, a specially designed space for 3-11 year olds, Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery 2 and Marella Explorer also boast The Hideout, a space dedicated to teenagers, perfect for those young adults looking to escape their parents for a while.

Dining

From hearty British pub grub to exotic specialities for those looking for a taste of local culture, experienced chefs from around the world are delighted to whip up a culinary storm for every guest during a Marella Cruises' holiday. Each Marella ship features at least three restaurants and with both casual and more formal restaurants where guests are served by attentive waiting staff, there is somewhere to eat for every occasion. What's more, if you find yourself getting peckish throughout the day, there is no chance of you going hungry as guests enjoy snacks on deck, afternoon tea and midnight feasts. In addition, those with special diets won’t have to worry about missing out either. If you advise the ship of your needs beforehand, they’re certain to make sure you can indulge as much as the next guest.

Entertainment

Once evening arrives and dinner is finished, Marella ships come to life with their programmes of exciting evening entertainment. Always popular amongst guests, why not head to the onboard theatre where you can enjoy West End-style shows, stand up comedians and more. However, live entertainment isn't just limited to the show lounges; during your cruise you'll find bands and cabaret acts popping up across the ship, as well as acoustic musicians playing in the background at some of the bars. Alternatively, if you're looking for a quieter evening, you're guaranteed to find a cosy corner away from the crowds to enjoy your favourite drink with your loved ones.

Recreation

A cruise isn't just about shore excursions and discovering new locations, it's also about making memories onboard your ship. For those who like staying fit, each Marella ship has plenty of sports opportunities. From sports courts to a fully-equipped gym and fitness classes, there's no excuse to miss out on your workout, even when you're at sea. However, getting active isn't everyone's idea of the perfect holiday, which is why the luxurious spa is a popular spot for anyone looking for a few hours of pampering and relaxation.

In addition, during your cruise, why not spend your free time learning a new skill? Including craft classes, dance lessons and cocktail-making workshops, you'll be able to head back home and show off your new hobby to all your friends.

Marella Cruises Ships

Whether you're looking for family-friendly or adult-only, Marella Cruises has a ship that will perfectly fit your needs, and with the fleet being all-inclusive, everything is taken care of before you even step onboard.

Marella Cruises ship classes explained

Marella Cruises Destinations

Set sail with Marella and explore some of the greatest places on the planet, all the way from the Mediterranean to a winter sun escape in the Caribbean.

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Top FAQs

  • On all Marella cruises there is a Social Host/Hostess who arranges activities for Solo Travellers, such as dinners and get togethers.

  • Guests will need to bring adaptors to use electrical equipment from the UK. The Marella Cruises fleet plug sockets are for European or US 2-pin plugs. However, onboard Marella Dream, balcony suites provide UK standard plugs.

  • During a Marella cruise, there are three areas of the dress code. Casual wear is your favourite, comfortable holiday wear (flip flops, shorts and light tops). Beachwear is for swimwear, such as bikinis and trunks. Smart wear is for dresses, shirts and suits for special occasions.

  • Most cabins onboard Marella ships can accomodate a third person with a bunk bed or a rollaway bed, but this should be mentioned at the time of booking.

  • On each ship, there are a small number of accessible cabins. To ensure one is available for your desired cruise, you must mention any accessibility requirements at the time of booking.

Dining

  • With the exception of formal nights which have two fixed seating times, Marella ships offer open, flexible dining.

  • Select drinks - including beers, wine, soft drinks and cocktails - are included in your Marella Cruises fare. For premium spirits, cocktails and canned drinks, guests can upgrade to the premium drinks package at £50 per person per week.

  • For special dietary requirements, you must mention this at the time of booking as well as inform the restaurant manager once you are onboard. Marella Cruises can cater to vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free and diabetic-friendly requirements.

  • While the Marella Cruises fleet does not have a 24-hour restaurant, guests can order room service 24 hours a day.

  • Guests can fill bottles at water dispensers found around the ship, as well as from the tap in your cabin. Water is also served regularly throughout meal times.

Booking and Excursions

  • No, excursions are not included in the cruise fare unless otherwise stated during a promotion.

  • Prices for shore excursions usually vary depending on the port of call and the type of excursion chosen. Prices typically start from £40 for adults and £25 for children.

  • If available, extras and upgrades can be booked onboard. This is also often possible to arrange earlier by contacting your cruise consultant.

  • Tips and service charges are included in the price of your Marella cruise. However, if you feel like tipping the staff once onboard, you can do so.

  • Normally with Marella you are able to enjoy time at the various ports of call in any way you wish. Guests can explore with the help of Marella guides or simply go it alone if preferred. Just be sure to be back onboard in time for the ship's departure. However, due to coronavirus safety measures, you may only be able to go ashore as part of an official shore excursion party. Please see your sailing date's itinerary details to confirm this.

Marella Cruises Covid-19 safety measures

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Vaccination Requirements

Guests aged 18-years and older must be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 at least seven days before travelling. Proof must be provided in the form of an official vaccination status letter or through the NHS app.

Covid-19 Testing

Guests under the age of 18 (apart from under 2s who cannot sail as they are exempt from coronavirus testing) must take a lateral flow test. All guests must complete a health questionnaire and undergo a temperature check prior to boarding the ship.

Further detail around requirements specific to your cruise will be provided to you prior to departure and can be checked on the cruise line pages here.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Health and Safety Procedures

Onboard

As Marella return to the seas, there will be fewer guests onboard to allow for social distancing, cashless payments, one way systems, reduced pool capacity and ample space between sun loungers and reduced venue capacity for onboard entertainment will also be in place. In the restaurants, buffets will be served by staff, while table service will be offered in many of the bars.

Cleaning

Onboard cleaning protocols will be enhanced, with more frequent sanitising of public spaces and high-traffic touch points. There will also be extra hand sanitiser stations available throughout the ships to encourage frequent handwashing.

Crew

Crew will receive Covid-19 training to ensure that all health and safety measures are complied with. Crew will also wear PPE, such as masks and gloves, where necessary.

Ventilation

Marella ventilation systems will be enhanced throughout the fleet to ensure that clean, fresh air is circulated onboard.

Excursions and Going Ashore

For cruises departing from the UK, guests can go ashore on excursions organised by Marella Cruises. They will not be able to go ashore alone. These excursions are bookable either pre-departure, or when you’re onboard via the Destination Services desk or the Navigate app, and are available at an additional cost.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Passport and Insurance Requirements

Insurance

Marella Cruises require comprehensive cruise travel insurance in order to sail with them.

Passports

Even for sailings which do not leave British waters, all guests must have a passport with at least six months validity.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Cancellations and FCC Vouchers

Cancelled Cruises

Cancellations are as follows:

  • All sailings on Marella Celebration as this ship has left the fleet.
  • All future Marella Dream sailings as this ship has left the fleet.
  • Marella Explorer 2 sailings from Dubrovnik up to and including 21st October 2021. The Naples to Montego Bay sailing on 4th November 2021 is also cancelled.
  • Marella Explorer sailings from Palma up to and including 25th September 2021.v Marella Discovery sailings up to and including 25th October 2021.
  • Marella Discovery 2 sailings up to and including 31st October 2021. Marella Discovery 2's winter season is also cancelled from 1st November 2021 through 30th April 2022.

If affected, we will be in touch soon with details on your options.

Future Cruise Credit

If their cruise has been cancelled by the cruise line, guests can receive up to a 20% incentive if they rebook within 10 days of the cancellation. After 10 days, the incentive drops to up to 10%.

These offers apply only to the cruise element of bookings where PlanetCruise.com are the tour operator of the holiday.

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Flexible Booking Terms


Covid Insurance- with Marella Cruises, you'll have the flexibility to make changes to your booking, whether or not you’ve been affected by Covid-19. If your cruise can’t sail, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible so you can either change your booking to a different cruise, arrange a credit note or a full cash refund.

Standards Guarantee- any sailings where changes to facilities or itineraries will make the cruise less enjoyable will be cancelled.

Quarantine-Free Cruises- when you cruise with Marella you won't visit any destinations where you have to quarantine.

Free Amends- You can amend your Cruise fee free to any Cruise on sale up to 28 days before your original departure date for any booking travelling before 25th October 2021 or any bookings travelling between 26th and 31st October 2021 made on or after 8th February 2021. This applies to Marella Cruises flying with TUI Airways, you can amend the date, duration, accommodation or destination fee-free. However, name changes will still incur a fee. If you opt for a more expensive holiday, you will need to pay the difference in price.

T&Cs apply - please see the itinerary page for details


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