Marella Explorer’s dining scene is worth shouting about. On top of a load of new waiter service restaurants and an around-the-world buffet, you’ve got speciality places like Surf & Turf, Umi Sushi and an experimental eatery.
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. There’s a charge to dine here.
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. It’s open for dinner only, and costs a little extra.
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. 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.
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. A cover charge applies for dining here.
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.