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.
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It’s the sea views that make these cabins stand out. They're a sizeable 17m2, and you can make the most of them out on your furnished private balcony. Inside, there are two twin beds that convert into a queen-size one. And the en suite bathroom lines up a shower and WC.
Decks 8/9 Inside Cabin►
These cabins come in at around 16m2. Within that, you’ve got two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size, as well as extra fold-down beds, an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC.
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You’ll feel like you’ve switched continents when you dine at this restaurant. Oriental-style lanterns and paintings are paired with a pan-Asian menu of curries and noodle dishes. You’ll pay a cover charge to eat here.
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.
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Indigo lays claim to the longest bar in the fleet. Flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions are often on the cards here. There's also plenty of seating around the bar’s edge, where you can take in the 360-degree views – day or night. After dark, the menus light up, showing off around-the-world themed cocktails, like Thai Punch and Jamaican Me Crazy.
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.
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Marella Cruises has partnered with Champneys to bring you this state-of-the-art spa. Like at any other Champneys spa, you can book in for treatments, like facials, body wraps and massages, plus there’s a beauty salon. The spa doesn’t scrimp on size. In fact, it’s the biggest in the fleet – packing in a relaxation room, made-for-two suites and treatment cabins with hot tubs. There’s also an adults-only sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows and a steam room. Alternatively, you can work up a sweat with the sea in sight at the gym.
Practise your putt on this minigolf green. It’s right at the top of the ship on the Sports & Family Deck.