Marella Cruises announces new developments for the UK’s third largest cruise line, including a new ship exclusively for adults, a new homeport, new itineraries as well as all ships offering All Inclusive as standard from May 2019.
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 will be tailored to meet the needs of couples, friends and groups by doubling the size of The Veranda featured on Marella Explorer. The Veranda is the premium sunbathing spot onboard and will feature brand new facilities. The 1,814 capacity ship will offer 907 cabins, of which nearly 40 per cent have balconies.
From May 2019 Marella Explorer 2 will sail from a new homeport Naples, Italy. The exclusive adults-only ship will sail to some of the finest European cities including Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik. Marella Explorer 2 will offer dining options including Kora La, Snack Shack and Surf and Turf. The new ship will also feature recognised bars including Aperitif and Squid and Anchor. As with Marella Explorer, the new ship will offer a stand out entertainment programme onboard.
Marella Explorer 2 will also feature a luxurious Champneys Spa which will launch first on Marella Explorer this year, offering a variety of indulging treatments.
Marella Cruises will be offering All Inclusive cruises for all passengers from May next year, including transfers and tips. Marella Dream and Marella Celebration will join the rest of the fleet in becoming All Inclusive as standard. The decision comes following a steady increase of All Inclusive upgrades across the classic fleet over the past three years. Marella Cruises also expect the All Inclusive offers to appeal to those new to cruise and younger audiences.
The cruise line will also be offering an array of diverse and new destinations for cruisers to explore with 11 new itineraries and seven new ports of call next summer.
Naples will be the homeport for Marella Explorer 2 and, with four new itineraries, guests will have the chance to explore an array of cultural cities from Italy’s Livorno, Florence and Pisa to Piraeus for Athens and Split in Croatia.
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 best new ports of call highlights 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.
The summer 2019 programme will be on sale from 5th April 2018.