Marella Cruises in Santorini
Marella Cruises in Santorini

Marella Cruises has announced Marella Discovery 2 will be exclusively for adults as it launched its summer 2019 programme.

Managing Director of Marella Cruises Chris Hackney said: “We are really pleased to announce Marella Explorer 2 as an adults-only ship from next summer, sailing from our brand new home port of Naples, offering customers yet more choice and flexibility.

“We continue to look at ways to offer something different to our current customers who have come to enjoy our ships and friendly service onboard and those who may be thinking about booking a cruise for the first time.”

The cruise line, formerly Thomson Cruises, also revealed it will offer All Inclusive as standard across its fleet from May 2019 as well as a new homeport and new itineraries.

Hackey added: “We have a fantastic diverse range of destinations on offer, with a real focus on the best hidden secrets of the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.

“We expect our Cruise & Stay offering to continue to prove popular especially for the new to cruise market.

“We’re delighted that our customers have enjoyed sailing on our Discovery ships and look forward to hearing about their experiences on the latest addition to our fleet Marella Explorer and Marella Explorer 2.”

Joining the fleet in 2019, Marella Explorer 2 will be the first ship in the Marella Cruises fleet to be exclusively for adults, offering customers more choice and flexibility.

The popularity of adult-only sailings from Dubrovnik and the Asia itineraries for winter 2018 prompted the decision to offer an adults-only ship.

Marella Explorer 2, which has a capacity for 1,814 guests, will sail from new homeport Naples, Italy, from May 2019.

The exclusive adults-only ship will sail to some of the finest European cities including Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik and will feature a Champneys Spa, which will launch first on Marella Explorer this year.

Marella Cruises will also offer an array of new destinations for cruisers to explore, with 11 new itineraries and seven new ports of call next summer.

In addition to four new sailings in the Naples programme, Marella Cruises will also introduce new itineraries such as Cities and Ice, Idyllic Italia and Secrets of the Mediterranean.

Some of the new ports of call include Skagen in Denmark, Castellon in Spain, Norway’s Alta and Santa Margherita in Italy, where cruisers can hop off to the beautiful town of Portofino.

For more information, visit tui.co.uk/cruise.