Marella Cruises Ship Classes Explained
By Rebecca Bradbury | 23 Aug 2021
Whether you’re after family-friendly facilities or an intimate and cosy feel, Marella Cruises has the perfect ship for you. Find out about the six-strong fleet in our complete guide to Marella Cruises ship classes.
Marella Cruises has over two decades of cruising experiences under its belt. Previously known as Thompson Cruises and part of the TUI travel group, the company stands out for its fantastic value, glitzy entertainment and all-inclusive promise.
Marella Cruises Ship Classes Explained
If you’re thinking of holidaying with the cruise line, don’t book your getaway until you’ve read our Marella Cruises ship classes guide. You can discover what makes each ship unique and pick the right one to suit you and your cruising needs.
Marella Celebration is the smallest ship in Marella Cruises’ fleet, accommodating 1,264 guests. Its compact size gives it an intimate feel, but it is still jam-packed with facilities.
The public areas and cabins got a modern update during a 2012 refurbishment. A year later, the line’s Coffee Port launched on board alongside the addition of even more balcony cabins.
Among the five onboard restaurants are three speciality eateries (The Meridian, Kora La and Mistral’s), and there’s a pick of six bars. Entertainment includes dance classes, bingo and quizzes in lively lounge Liberties. There’s also a casino and West End-style productions in the Broadway Show Lounge.
Best for: A traditional and intimate cruise experience.
Marella Dream is a lot like Marella Celebration with its intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Other similarities include two pools (but Marella Dream has extra whirlpool baths) and an Oceans Beauty Salon and Spa.
A little larger, Marella Dream hosts 1,533 guests and has some other unique features, including top deck Sirens Restaurant, where you can indulge in a spot of afternoon tea. This takes the ship’s restaurant tally up to six.
It also has three more bars than Marella Celebration, including the Medusa Lounge. Here, huge windows offer panoramic ocean views and live bands take to the stage after sundown.
Best for: An intimate cruise experience with award-winning entertainment.
Revamped in 2016, Marella Discovery is packed with all the best bits of Marella Celebration and Marella Dream, plus a few family-friendly additions.
These include a climbing wall, mini golf, an open-air cinema and two swimming pools (one of which is inside). There are also family suites and kids’ clubs for three different age ranges.
Meanwhile, adults are kept entertained with a sleek five-storey atrium, seven bars, including Bar Eleven which transforms into a nightclub after dark, and seven restaurants. Top picks include Surf & Turf Steakhouse, Sushi Bar and main eatery 47°.
Best for: Families seeking out fun, adventure and entertainment.
Marella Discovery 2
Joining the Marella Cruises fleet in summer 2017 was adults-only, 1,830-passenger Marella Discovery 2. A sister ship to Marella Discovery, it shares many of the top-notch facilities listed above.
Other features the two vessels have in common include a jogging track around deck 10, a sports deck with football and basketball courts, and an Oceans Gym and Spa.
Best for: Couples seeking out fun, adventure and entertainment.
Marella Explorer is the largest and newest ship in Marella Cruises’ fleet, entering service with the line in 2018 following a multi-million-pound makeover. There’s 10 restaurants and 10 bars, with brand new spaces including high-end eatery The Dining Club and The Lounge with a colour-changing bar.
Other never-before-seen features include an indoor cinema, a Sports & Family Deck and a Champneys Spa, offering everything from body-balancing acupuncture to body wraps and facials.
Best for: First time cruisers, including families, as the huge choice of facilities provides a great introduction to cruising.
Marella Explorer 2
A sister ship to Marella Explorer, Marella Explorer 2 has many of the same features. Yet there’s one key difference – it’s for adults only.
Both have facilities such as Champneys Spa, ice-cream parlour Scoops, whirlpool baths by the pool and The Veranda, with cocoon chairs and Balinese beds,
But exclusive to child-free ship Marella Explorer 2 are Champagne and Prosecco bar Flutes where you can press a button for bubbles and clubhouse-inspired bar The 19th Hole, which has golf simulators and serves themed cocktails.
Best for: Couples or groups after an adults-only escape.
Find out more at tui.co.uk/cruise/.