19 APRIL 2021


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Article from BTNews 19 APRIL 2021

Marella Cruises for the UK

TUI-owned Marella Cruises is for the first time to base a ship in the UK for the summer season.

Marella Explorer will set sail from Southampton on UK itineraries from 25 June, with port calls including Belfast, Dublin and Liverpool. Marella Explorer 2, the cruise line’s adult only ship, will also offer UK sailings from Newcastle from Saturday 10 July.  BTN calculates that up to 14 cruise itineraries will be offered by cruise lines out of UK ports from August onwards.  

Marella Explorer will sail seven new UK itineraries during the summer season, perfect for those looking to explore via sea the history and culture of British cities and towns. All itineraries will have recommended excursions from an onboard destination services team to offer guests options to make the most of their time ashore.  

For both ships anyone aged 18-years and older will be required to have had two Covid-19 jabs at least seven days before travelling.  All under 18-year-olds, excluding infants under the age of two who will not be able to sail as they are exempt from testing, will be asked to have a lateral flow test.

All guests must also provide proof of a negative lateral flow test before boarding the ships at the start of the cruise.  

Cruisers can still enjoy the same great facilities onboard including the luxury Champneys Spa, a wide range of dining experiences, fitness classes, award winning entertainment and of course, family friendly activities onboard Marella Explorer such as the indoor cinema or mini-golf.

Marella Cruises will also continue the pause in operations for Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 until 31 July. These ships are due to homeport in Palma and Corfu this summer. See also BTN 4 June 2018.


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Joyce Jones, Camden Town - London

I’ve been thinking of using Marella for a family holiday over the last two years. What they and all the cruise lines should do for 2022, when the pandemic is over, is to a offer a month of sample ex UK short cruises.