Marella Explorer 2, which will be introduced by TUI AG’s UK focused Marella Cruises unit in 2019, will be the first ship in the company’s 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,” the company said in a statement.
The 72,458 gross ton ship is currntlt operating in China as Golden Era and it was built in 1995 as Century of Celebrity Cruises.
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.
Boasting an array of dining and bar options similar to its sister ship Marella Explorer launching in May this year, Marella Explorer 2 will offer highlights 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 courtesy of entertainment provider ‘ted’.
And that’s not all, 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.
New cabin types on Marella Explorer 2 include the Royal Suite which measures 102m2 featuring a separate bedroom, dressing room, dining area and whirlpool bath. The new ship also features deluxe balcony cabins boasting some of the best sea views.