Marella will sail from Southampton and Newcastle this summer as part of its programme of UK coastal cruises.
Marella Explorer will depart Southampton from 25 June, sailing to new ports of call including Belfast, Dublin and Liverpool. These itineraries go on sale tomorrow (16 April).
The line’s adult-only ship, Marella Explorer 2, will also offer UK cruises from Newcastle from 10 July. Newcastle sailings will go on sale by the end of April.
Guests aged 18 and above will need both Covid-19 jabs – at least seven days before travel – to cruise with the line.
All those under 18 – 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.
Guests will also need to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test.
All UK cruises will feature recommended excursions from the line’s on-board destination services team.
Marella said guests will be able to use a range of facilities on board, including the Champneys spa, dining experiences, fitness classes, entertainment and family friendly activities on Marella Explorer such as the indoor cinema or minigolf.
TUI UK & Ireland managing director of cruise Chris Hackney said: “After pausing our operations for more than year, we are delighted to announce our UK summer programme and welcome our wonderful customers back on board our ships.
“The safety and wellbeing of both our crew and passengers remains our priority, which is why we have vaccination and testing protocols for all sailings from UK ports this summer.
“Domestic sailings are a great step for the cruise industry and have given us the opportunity to take our customers to new destinations full of culture and history while still being close to home.
“We’re looking forward to this new adventure on the British seas and are dedicated to making sure our customers have the most memorable and exciting cruise with us.”
Marella Cruises will 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.