Marella Explorer is the century-class luxury cruise ship acquired by Marella Cruises from TUI Cruises.

The UK’s third-biggest Marella cruise line was formerly known as Thomson Cruises.

The luxury cruise ship, which will be one of the largest in the fleet of Marella Cruises, is scheduled to enter service in summer 2018.

Meyer Werft originally built the vessel under the name Galaxy in 1996 for Celebrity Cruises, a part Royal Caribbean International. It was transferred to TUI Cruises, a joint venture of TUI and Royal Caribbean, in 2009. The ship is currently being operated under the name Mein Schiff 1.

Marella Explorer technical specifications

The vessel has an overall length of 262.5m, a width of 32.2m and a gross weight of 76,998t. It can sail at a maximum speed of 21.5k.

Marella Explorer deck layout

Marella Explorer features a total of 13 decks, with the decks four, five, eight, nine, ten and 12 featuring guest accommodation. There are different combinations of cabins with capacity for two guests.

Deck 14 exclusively features The Veranda, which provides 360° view of the ocean. Decks ten and 12 include cabins along with a running track, Indigo Casino, Indigo Bar and a sports court.

A pool along with several restaurants are situated on deck 11, which also features the Oceans gym and spa.

The Broadway street lounge is located on decks six and seven, which also house entertainment facilities and restaurants.

Accommodation aboard Marella Explorer

The ship features 962 guest cabins, which can accommodate up to 1,924 passengers. The cabins feature wardrobe space, flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, hairdryer, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

“The ship will embark on its maiden voyage from Palma, Majorca, in May 2018 covering four separate itineraries, Cosmopolitan Classics, Highlights of the Mediterranean, Magic of Spain and Mediterranean Secrets.”

The accommodation includes indoor, outdoor, single indoor / outdoor, balcony and suite cabins. Indoor and outdoor cabins are located on decks four, five, eight and nine.

Measuring 17m², balcony cabins are located on decks nine, ten and 12 and offer a large balcony space for guests. They are furnished with two twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and a toilet.

Indoor cabins measure 16m² while the outdoor cabins measure 17m². The ship also features 20m² family balcony cabins, 22m² balcony junior suite cabins and 49m² executive suite cabins.

Dining and entertainment onboard Marella Explorer

The cruise ship features multiple speciality dining restaurants such as Vista, Umi Sushi, The Dining Club, Latitude 53, The Market Place, Kora La, Hot Stone@The Mediterranean, Surf & Turf Steakhouse, Snacks Shack, Tapas@The Mediterranean, and Pizzeria@The Mediterranean.

The dining venues are located on decks five, six, seven and 11.

Indigo Bar features the Broadway show lounge with space to accommodate 1,000 people. The venue hosts demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions.

Entertainment facilities include Indigo Casino with slot machines and card tables, and Indigo Club with a dance floor and DJ booth.

The ship also features a mini-golf course, an outdoor pool, a pool bar, a game zone, a gymnasium, a sports court, a photo studio, and kiosks and shops.

The state-of-the-art Champneys spa offers facials, body-wrap massages and beauty salon treatments.

Itinerary details

The ship will embark on its maiden voyage from Palma, Majorca, in May 2018 covering four separate itineraries, including Cosmopolitan Classics, Highlights of the Mediterranean, Magic of Spain and Mediterranean Secrets.

It will also set sail on a series of 15 and seven-night journeys in winter, including Atlantic Adventure, Seven Shores, Tropical Delights, and Paradise Islands.