Tropical Delights and Paradise Islands

Marella Explorer

Tropical Delights and Paradise Islands Overview

Departs: 13 January 2019

14 Nights All Inclusive

Flights available from Gatwick or Birmingham

What's included

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • A varied and professional entertainment programme
  • Gratuities
  • Flights, cruise & airport to port transfers
  • Baggage Allowance

Ports of call

Bridgetown, Barbados • Oranjestad, Aruba • Willemstad, Curacao Island • Kralendijk, Bonaire • St. George's, Grenada • Castries, St. Lucia • Bridgetown, Barbados • St. John's, Antigua • Philipsburg, St. Maarten • Road Town, British Virgin Islands • Basseterre, St. Kitts • Bequia, The Grenadines ⚓ • Bridgetown, Barbados

 

 

Day 1

Bridgetown, Barbados 

A hypnotic calypso isle, Barbados is the ultimate Caribbean dream. And at just 21 miles by 14 miles, the island really is your oyster. Of course, it’s most famous for its palm-fringed beaches, but there’s more than talcum powder sands here. We’re talking a duty-free shopping scene and sights that are second to none. In a coconut shell, it’s the small island with a big fan base.

Day 2

At Sea

 

Day 3

Oranjestad, Aruba

Nowhere showcases Aruba’s Dutch roots quite like Oranjestad. With its gable-topped houses and colonial clock towers, the island’s capital is like a little slice of Amsterdam. It’s got some typically Caribbean credentials, too – expect cushiony sands that stretch on for miles, and underwater spots that are great for snorkelling. Plus, all along the coast, you’ll find ramshackle beach bars serving up fresh seafood and rum cocktails.

Day 4

Willemstad, Curacao Island

This little Dutch island is slowly beginning to creep onto the tourist radar, and for good reason. It offers up an unbeatable mix of footprint-free beaches and pretty colonial towns. The storybook port of Willemstad leads the pack, with its candy-coloured, red-roofed houses that gild the downtown area. It’s such an impressive sight, UNESCO have even granted the town a place on its World Heritage list.

Day 5

Kralendijk, Bonaire

If you’re in any doubt concerning what Bonaire’s all about, just look at an island number plate – above every registration number you’ll find the words ‘Divers’ Paradise’. This island in the Leeward Antilles is consistently rated as one of the best dive and snorkelling destinations in the world. Shipwrecks, tropical fish and seahorses are ripe in the waters that surround the island. Above the waterline, meanwhile, there are wild flamingo herds to see and craggy national parks to explore.

Day 6

St. George's, Grenada

Grenada can’t fail to spice things up. It’s known as the ‘Spice Island’ after all. Wherever you head, the fragrant scent of ginger, almond, nutmeg and vanilla follows you. Plus you can see cinnamon, cocoa beans and every tropical fruit imaginable growing here. Alongside its basket of goodies, this lush landscape hides Bounty-like beaches, mountain ranges and thick rainforests. And don’t miss a wander around St George's, one of the Caribbean’s prettiest harbours, with its pastel-coloured buildings, cobbled streets and even the odd lipstick-red London phone box.

Day 7

Castries, St. Lucia

St Lucia’s skyline is high rise. But it’s not the hotels that make this island look serrated against the sky, it’s the mountains. The Pitons are 2 of the biggest. Both their summits tower at least 2,000 feet above sea level and their slopes are coiffured with a mane of dense green rainforest. At their feet, meanwhile, banana plantations give way to syrup-coloured beaches and some of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean.

Day 8

Bridgetown, Barbados 

A hypnotic calypso isle, Barbados is the ultimate Caribbean dream. And at just 21 miles by 14 miles, the island really is your oyster. Of course, it’s most famous for its palm-fringed beaches, but there’s more than talcum powder sands here. We’re talking a duty-free shopping scene and sights that are second to none. In a coconut shell, it’s the small island with a big fan base.

Day 9

At Sea

 

Day 10

St. John's, Antigua

If you’re a big fan of the beach, prepare to lose your heart to this place. Antiguans like to boast they have a different one for every day of the year. Without doubt, porcelain, palm-fringed sands and still turquoise waters are the star of this island show. But that’s not all Antigua’s got to boast about. Get ready for towns in a rainbow riot of colours. Quiet countryside that slumbers in the sunshine. And cuisine as sublime as those moon-white shores.

Day 11

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Two flags rule over this tiny isle – the French and the Dutch. Philipsburg is the Dutch capital and the place to head for a serious shopping splurge. Marigot, meanwhile, is the French capital, where you can divide your time between bistros and boutiques. Add to the mix dreamy Caribbean coves, kaleidoscopic reefs and lashings of sunshine and you’ve got all the ingredients for tropical bliss.

Day 12

Road Town, British Virgin islands

Nature’s the star attraction of Tortola. Ancient rainforests hog the limelight. Beautiful botanical gardens vie for your attention. And opal-white beaches like Apple Bay and Smuggler’s Cove really steal the show. It’s wild. It’s wondrous. It’s waiting.

Day 13

Basseterre, St. Kitts

One of the British Leeward Islands, St Kitts is one of the Caribbean’s pearls. Once an illustrious sugar colony, it now focuses its efforts on being a tropical paradise. And it excels in every sense, with its seductive blend of blonde sands and duck-egg blue seas. Away from the shores though, you’ll find plenty of historic sights to tick off your checklist. Or why not pop across to the neighbouring island of Nevis, which is just three kilometres over The Narrows channel?

Day 14

Bequia, The Grenadines ⚓

Pronounced ‘beck-wye’, this tiny island is still fairly untouched by tourists, and unspoilt by nature. Its coastline is fringed with sleepy, golden beaches that are backed by cedar and palm forests. Traditional boat-builders, fishermen and beachfront tenders make a living near the shores. Wander slightly further inland, meanwhile, and you’ll come across pretty, crayon-coloured houses, and shack-like restaurants serving everything from harbour-fresh fish to oven-fresh pizzas.

Day 15

Bridgetown, Barbados 

A hypnotic calypso isle, Barbados is the ultimate Caribbean dream. And at just 21 miles by 14 miles, the island really is your oyster. Of course, it’s most famous for its palm-fringed beaches, but there’s more than talcum powder sands here. We’re talking a duty-free shopping scene and sights that are second to none. In a coconut shell, it’s the small island with a big fan base.

 

Welcome aboard Marella Explorer

At a glance....

  • 10 Restaurants
  • 10 Bars
  • Indoor cinema
  • Sport & family deck
  • Casino
  • 1 Swimming pool
  • 3 Whirl Pools

IMarella Explorer is stepping up to the plate, with more facilities than any of the other ships. This includes a bumper 10 restaurants and 10 bars, as well as an indoor cinema and a Sport & Family Deck. You can expect fleet favourites like Snack Shack and Kora La, plus brand new spaces like Indigo – a swanky bar, club and casino.

Dining - 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

  • Latitude 53: The main waiter service restaurant is a good-looking place, with a gold-and-grey colour scheme and floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • The Dining Club: This fine dining restaurant was made for foodies. You’ll be treated to experimental cuisine, making it the ideal spot for an extra special evening. There’s a charge to dine here.
  • Umi Sushi: Sushi, sashimi and nigiri rolls are prepared right in front of your eyes at this brand-new eatery. It’s open for dinner only, and costs a little extra.
  • 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.
  • Snack Shack: Food stalls, beach huts and oversized deckchairs set the scene at this laidback eatery. As such, you can look forward to grab ‘n’ go breakfasts, lunches and snacks.
  • Vista: You’ll find Vista on the first floor of Latitude 53. Come evening, it transforms into a contemporary Italian restaurant. It's similar to Gallery 47° on Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2.
  • Kora La: 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.

Entertainment, Bars & Lounges

  • The Lounge: 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.
  • 53: The clue’s in the name here. This bar is right next to Latitude 53, so it’s perfectly placed for some pre-dinner drinks.
  • The Shack: This deck bar provides cool-down drinks in between sunbathing. You’ll find it just above Snack Shack, overlooking the pool.
  • Broadway Show Lounge: With a capacity of 1,000 people, this show lounge is big enough to rival a Broadway theatre. And that’s not all it’s got going for it. There are brand-new shows on offer, plus it’s waiter service, so you can get a drink without missing a thing.
  • Indigo Bar, Club & Casino: Indigo lays claim to the longest bar in the fleet. Flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions take place here.If you’re feeling lucky, you can try out the slot machines and card tables at the Indigo Casino.
  • Venue: There’s always something going on at Venue. By day, you can get stuck in with the likes of dance classes. Evenings, meanwhile, are taken care of by live music, virtual bands, quizzes and game shows. Bar-wise, you’ve got two to pick from, including one with a huge range of beers.
  • Aperitif: Smoky and fruit-infused cocktails are on the menu at this speakeasy-style bar. It’s a great spot to head before or after a meal at one of the speciality restaurants.
  • Bar @ The Mediterranean: This feature bar wraps around The Mediterranean – running from the inside to the outside. It’s the place to come for Mediterranean specialities, as well as your usual drinks and frozen cocktails.

Other activities

  • Champneys: Marella Cruises has partnered with Champneys to bring you this state-of-the-art spa.
  • Mini Golf: Practise your putt on this minigolf green. It’s right at the top of the ship on the Sports & Family Deck
  • The Cinema: Movie nights come courtesy of the indoor cinema. Family-friendly films are on the agenda, with extra screenings during high season.
  • Hideout: This hangout spot has been designed with older kids and teens in mind – think games consoles and comfy seating. Plus, there's an al fresco terrace filled with colourful hammocks.
  • Oceans Gym: You can work up a sweat with the sea in sight at the gym.

Amenities

10 restaurants, 10 bars, lounges, nightclub, casino, 3 whirlpools, 1 swimming pool, Champneys beauty salon, boutiques, health club, sports deck, medical centre, internet access, air-conditioned throughout, stabilised, worldwide satellite telephone, telex and fax.

Vital Statistics

Tonnage 76,998 GRT
Length 262.5 m
Beam (width) 32.2 m
Speed 21.5 knots
Decks 13
Lifts 10
Cabins 962
Cruise passengers 1924
Registry  Malta