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Thomson Cruises (now known as Marella Cruises) started in 1995 with the intention of introducing couples and families to a huge selection of itineraries from a range of ports and airports, whilst making it as easy as possible with cruise and stay options, along with all-inclusive drinks packages. Even better, check out our amazing Thompson/Marella Black Friday cruise deals!

Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) have a great selection of onboard activities for all ages with games, sports and dedicated kids clubs for juniors or hang out zones for teens.  There is also a fantastic selection of bars and relaxing couples spa treatments onboard.

The impressive Marella fleet sails to winter-sun hot spots such as the Caribbean and Canaries, along with relaxing Mediterranean adventures and much more. Sail from Southampton or Newcastle, or fly to meet your ship with one of our fly-cruise deals.

If you are a couple, a family, or first time cruiser, Marella (Thomson) Cruises could be perfect for you.

All inclusive cruising can be enjoyed onboard Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery 2 and Marella Explorer. 


If you require any assistance due to a disability, please let your Planet Cruise travel agent know at the time of booking. Medical centres are available onboard along with ramps and accessible cabins, however, some ships are limited.

What's included

All meals onboard
Onboard evening entertainment
Daily activities
All tips and service charges
Coach transfers in resort
Kids' Clubs and activities

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Cuisine on board is anything from hearty British pub grub, to exotic specialties for those looking for a taste of local culture.

The Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) fleet offers buffets and restaurants, with the larger vessels being host to speciality restaurants that take influence from the destinations you visit.

Dining is a casual affair with Marella Cruises, there are no designated meal times. You can look forward to donning your glad-rags for the occasional themed night or Captain’s Cocktail Party.


Tips are included in the cost of your cruise.

Dress Code

The dress code onboard Thomson Cruises' (now Marella Cruises) ships is casual during the day and smart casual in the evening with the exception of formal nights.

Typical formal-wear: Dinner jacket or tuxedo for men, suit & tie acceptable; cocktail & evening dresses are recommended for women.

Typical ‘smart casual-wear’: full length trousers with open-necked shirt/polo shirt are recommended for men; casual separates or dresses are recommended for women.

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Marella (Thomson) Cruises offer a fantastic range of activities for children of all ages; an ideal family cruise. Family excursions are available, from swimming with dolphins to trips to aquariums. Why not capture your ultimate family holiday with the onboard photographer?

Programmes are split into ages as follows:

Marella Cruises Kids Club (3-11 yr olds)

  • Activities include arts & crafts, face painting, treasure hunting and much more
  • Groups are split into 3 – 8 years and 9 – 11 year olds
  • Teens can enjoy the games arcade, internet room and discos

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