In summer 2018, we welcomed Marella Explorer to the fleet. The ship stepped up to the plate, with a bumper batch of 10 restaurants and 10 bars. There are fleet favourites like Snack Shack and Kora La, plus brand new spaces like The Dining Club for foodies and a swanky bar, club and casino. The highlights don't stop at food and drink, though. There's also an indoor cinema, a Sports & Family Deck and a Champneys spa, where you can sign up for everything from body-balancing acupuncture and slimming treatments to body wraps and facials.
The main waiter service restaurant is a good-looking place, with a gold-and-grey colour scheme and floor-to-ceiling windows. Menu-wise, you can expect traditional dishes with a modern twist.
The Dining Club
This fine dining restaurant was made for foodies. You’ll be treated to high-end cuisine – like seared scallops with Champagne butter and chateaubriand for two – making it the ideal spot for an extra special evening. It also hosts The Great Musical Afternoon Tea. This weekly event brings the West End to Marella Cruises, with dishes inspired by famous musicals – like the ‘Vietnamese Melody’ beef tenderloin yakitori and the ‘On My Own’ petit choux. There are six teas to choose from, as well as a cocktail of your choice. Plus, the whole place is decorated with show posters and memorabilia. This is one of the ship's speciality restaurants, so there's a charge to dine here – plus, we recommend you make a reservation in advance.
Sushi, sashimi and nigiri rolls are prepared right in front of your eyes at this brand-new eatery. If you're not a sushi fan, there's also dim sum, cooked dishes and dessert to look forward to. This is one of the ship's speciality restaurants, so there's a charge to dine here – plus, we recommend you make a reservation in advance
You'll find Vista on deck 5 in Latitude 53. Come evening, it transforms into a contemporary Italian restaurant. Here, you can get regional Italian favourites made with authentic ingredients.
The Market Place
You can watch the chefs whip up dishes from around the world at this buffet restaurant. It's made up of lots of different food stalls, hence its name, the Market Place. And there's a design-your-own station every night, where you can choose all your ingredients for dishes like a stir-fry.
You’ll feel like you’ve switched continents when you dine at this restaurant. It offers a pan-Asian selection of curries and noodle dishes, a separate sushi menu, plus bespoke dishes created by master chef Ian Pengelley exclusively for Marella Cruises. This is one of the ship's speciality restaurants, so there's a charge to dine here – plus, we recommend you make a reservation in advance.
Surf & Turf Steakhouse
This place does what it says on the tin, specialising in all things meat. The menu takes in mains like pork chops, lobster and grilled chicken – but the highlight has to be the 28-day-aged steaks. The interiors are inspired by the meaty menu, as well, with chopping board artwork and leather booth seating. This is one of the ship's speciality restaurants, so there's a charge to dine here – plus, we recommend you make a reservation in advance.
Food stalls, beach huts and oversized deckchairs set the scene at this laidback eatery. As such, you can look forward to grab n' go lunches and snacks. There's a drinks station on hand, too.Tapas @ The Mediterranean
You’ll be whisked to sunny Spain when you dine in this section of The Mediterranean, which specialises in tapas dishes for dinner. Or you can take your taste buds over to Portugal and try espetadas – meat or veg skewers – for a little extra. It's open at lunchtime, too, for light bites, like sandwiches and jacket potatoes.
Italian @ The Mediterranean
You can create your own pizzas and pastas at this laidback restaurant. Plus, you can start things off with a salad.
A colour-changing feature bar, hot-pink piano and funky, ring-shaped seats take their place in this eye-catching lounge bar. You can admire the views, while listening to the soothing soundtrack of the live pianist.
The clue’s in the name here. This bar is right next to Latitude 53, so it’s perfectly placed for some pre-dinner drinks.
Bar @ The Mediterranean
This feature bar wraps around The Mediterranean – running from the inside to the outside. It’s the place to come for Mediterranean specialities, as well as your usual drinks and frozen cocktails. If you choose a seat outside, you'll get impressive sea views, since the terrace is positioned right at the back of the ship.
Please note: Stateroom images and features are samples only. Actual furniture, fixtures, colors, configurations and window/porthole views may vary.
From glistening glaciers to tropical shores, there are so many places to explore with Marella Cruises. We sail to over 120 destinations - there's even the option of stepping straight onboard our cruises from one of our UK homeports. Whether it's modern, All Inclusive cruise holidays you're interested in, or intimate and cosy, we've got the ship to suit. We're always adding to our fleet, so you can expect state-of-the-art facilities like climbing walls and cinemas, along with cruise classics like first-class entertainment and sophisticated dining. And it gets even better. Unlike most cruise lines, we include tipping and service charges in our prices, so you don't have to worry about paying extra. We like to keep things nice and flexible, too. Book a Cruise & Stay holiday, for instance - and your cruise package will include a hotel stay. Take a look around our website to find out more.
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