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What you Can Expect

Your Ship

Marella Explorer 2 is the newest ship in the fleet. It’s adults only and flaunts a range of exciting facilities, from a large spa to a chic bar-club-casino space. You’ve got nine bars and nine restaurants on this ship, too.

Entertainment & Dining

Top spots include The 19th Hole – a golf-themed bar with a golf simulator – Flutes, where you can sip Champagne* or Prosecco to the sounds of a pianist and Beach Cove – a relaxed restaurant with barbecue-inspired menus and quirky swinging seats and other speciality restaurants.


Discover the treasures of the Adriatic such a Split, Montenegro, Dubrovnik and Trieste on this cruise and only unpack once!

About this trip:

Marella Explorer 2 is an adults only ship and flaunts a range of exciting facilities, from a large spa to a chic bar-club-casino space. You’ve got nine bars and nine restaurants on this ship, too. Top spots include The 19th Hole – a golf-themed bar with a golf simulator – Flutes, where you can sip Champagne* or Prosecco to the sounds of a pianist and Beach Cove – a relaxed restaurant with barbecue-inspired menus and quirky swinging seats. Not to mention the outdoor spaces, such as The Veranda, where you can enjoy far-reaching sea views.

Explorer will become your home from home as you visit Split, Montenegro, Ancona and Trieste.


What's Included

  • Return flights London Gatwick/Dubrovnik and Transfers
  • Inside Single Cabin
  • All Inclusive Plus including Gratuities
  • Fully Financially Protected
  • Tour Leader with groups of 8 and over


  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • At Sea
  • Zadar, Croatia
  • Trieste, Italy
  • Ancona, Italy
  • Split, Croatia
  • Bar, Montenegro
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia

What’s Extra:

  • Flight Upgrades – prices available on request
  • Cabin upgrades – prices available on request
  • Shore Excursions
  • Insurance click here


What you'll be doing


Arrival Day

Depart UK for Croatia where you will join Explorer 2 for this fabulous cruise.

  • All Inclusive

At Sea

As we sail towards our first port of call, you can explore this beautiful ship.

There is so much Explorer has to offer from the on board shops to the spa and gym.

Or just kick back and relax on the sun deck!

  • All Inclusive

Zadar, Croatia 08:00 - 17:00

Zadar doesn’t put age before beauty, it offers them both at the same time.

This Dalmatian city on the Adriatic Coast is one of the oldest in Europe, and its timeline can be traced back more than 3,000 years. Having said that, it’s more than a little easy on the eye. The traffic-free streets are paved in pearly marble, its town houses are topped with red roofs, and the city is dotted with ancient Roman ruins and historical churches.

Explore St Donata’s Church. This 9th-century building is the largest pre-Romanesque building in Croatia. Café culture is alive and kicking in Zadar. Just pick between the places in the old town and the harbour. When you’re peckish, try a plate of Dalmatian ham. The Krka National Park is a must. Clasped around the River Krka, it’s a canvas of gorges, lakes and waterfalls spread over forested landscapes. One highlight is the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, where rushing water cascades over 17 tiers of rocks. You can also take a boat ride through the Krka canyon.

  • All Inclusive

Trieste, Italy 07:00 - 19:00

This Italian city showcases cobbled, café-lined piazzas, Baroque churches and an old town that’s packed with pastel-coloured buildings. It’s a great jumping-off point for trips to scenery-laden Slovenia, too, as the city nuzzles up against the border.

At the top of San Giusto hill, you’ll find a Medieval cathedral and castle, plus terraces with standout city views. Spend some time in the town’s lively heart, the beautiful Piazza Unita d’Italia. If you’re heading to Slovenia, don’t miss the Postojna Caves. Besides stalactites and stalagmites, the caves have got a natural concert hall with impressive acoustics.

  • All Inclusive

Ancona, Italy 08:00 - 18:00

As you drift into Ancona’s bustling harbour, you’ll have front-row views of the town’s historic landmarks.

The waterfront’s backed by crumbling defensive fortifications, and if you scan the horizon, you’ll see an ancient domed cathedral perched on the hill. In the terracotta-topped town, Gothic architecture jostles for space with Roman and Greek buildings, while pavement cafés and museums are shoulder-to-shoulder with more modern additions.

The harbour’s biggest attention-grabber is the pentagonal Lazzaretto of Ancona – an 18th-century fortress on an artificial island. Once used as a leper colony, it went on to serve a military purpose during the First World War. These days it’s home to a tactile museum, where you can touch and feel the exhibits.

You’ll find one of Ancona’s oldest landmarks close to the waterfront – the Arch of Trajan. This ancient marble monument was built between 114 and 117 AD to honour the Roman Emperor Trajan, and it’s still standing tall today.

  • All Inclusive

Split, Croatia 08:00 - 17:00

Over the past few years, Split has been staking its claim on the city-break map of Europe. Right in the heart of the Dalmatia region, this heart-stealer of a city has got pavement cafés, plenty of history, and a confetti of islands sprinkled off its coast.

Navigate your way to the Cathedral of St Domnius, whose 13th-century oak doors depict scenes from Christ’s life, then delve into the shops and bars in the surrounding warren of lanes.

Take a trip to the waterfalls at Krka, where the cascades of white water cover a 2-mile area.

  • All Inclusive

Bar, Montenegro 09:00 - 18:00

The Adriatic Sea and a blue-hued mountain range sandwich southerly Bar.

The town itself is dominated by a working waterfront. Just up the road lies picturesque Stari Bar. Once the original Bari, it’s still filled with the time-worn leftovers of everyone from the Byzantines to the Turks.

Exploring Stari Bar is a must-do. The ruined town is stocked with the toppled ruins of Byzantine churches, mosques, Turkish baths and aqueducts. Follow the signs for a self-guided tour. Head over the mountains and you’ll find the mammoth Lake Skadar.

Lake Skadar National Park is less than a half-hour drive away. Nature-lovers will be in their element thanks to the head-turningly beautiful scenery.

The long beach in Sutomore is less than a 15-minute drive away. It’s shadowed by a promenade lined with cafés, restaurants, boutiques and bars.

  • All Inclusive

Dubrovnik, Croatia Arrive 04:00

Arriving back into Dubrovnik this morning, enjoy your last breakfast on board until it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • All Inclusive


Marella Explorer 2

Marella Explorer 2 is the newest ship in the fleet and it’s adults only.

Indigo is the ship’s flagship venue. It caters for daytime drinks with a view, as well as all-night dancing. A couple of other bars sort you out for laidback drinks, like the Squid and Anchor pub. For full-on glitz and glamour, the Broadway Show Lounge steps into view.Thanks to its location, Aperitif is a great place to go before or after a meal at one of our speciality restaurants. The Shack – This deck bar provides cool-down drinks in between sunbathing. You’ll find it just above Snack Shack, overlooking the pool.

There are plenty of dining options on Explorer 2. And they cater for all kinds of taste buds – whether you fancy some European eats or fiery Asian flavours. Just one of the options is The Dining Club – This fine dining restaurant was made for foodies. This is one of the ship’s speciality restaurants, so there’s a charge to dine here – plus, we recommend you make a reservation in advance.


Facilities Include

Each day onboard Marella Explorer 2 can be different. Unwind at the spa, sunbathe by the pool or perfect your putt on the mini golf green – here are just some of the facilities on board:

Spa and Beauty Salon: At this state-of-the-art spa you can book in for treatments (charges apply), like facials, body wraps and massages, plus there’s a beauty salon.   Alternatively, you can work up a sweat with the sea in sight at the gym.

Broad Street Shops: Spanning two decks, this tip-top selection of boutiques is stocked with a huge range of products and big-name brands, covering everything from everyday essentials and souvenirs to perfume and jewellery.

Indigo Casino: If you’re feeling lucky, you can try out the slot machines and card tables at the Indigo Casino.

Scoops: For those with a sweet tooth, try Scoops. This vintage-looking parlour serves up dollops of gelato in a range of flavours, and you can add toppings, too. The menu changes every day but you can expect out-of-the-ordinary options, like oreo, G&T and banoffee. The seating’s just as quirky – a collection of bike seats sit facing out to sea. A charge applies here.

Pool: The pool is split in two by a small stage in the middle, and you can look forward to daily entertainment. Four whirlpool baths bubble away by the main pool.

Latitude 53: The main waiter service restaurant is a good-looking place, with a gold-and-grey colour scheme and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Room Includes

Inside Cabin: These cabins measure in at 16m², which means you get twin beds that can be made into a queen-size, plus an en suite bathroom with a WC and shower. (Cabins on Deck 4 or 5)

Outside Cabin: Outside Cabins feature either a porthole or a picture window. They’re 16m² in size, with twin beds that can be made into a queen-size. Plus, you’ll find a WC and shower in the en suite bathroom. (Cabins on Deck 4 or 5)

Balcony Cabin: You can admire the horizon from your own furnished balcony with these cabins. They make the most of the 16m² of space with a queen-size bed or twin beds that convert to a queen-size. And the en suite bathroom packs in a shower and a WC. Please note, some cabins on Deck 8 have a different layout with a fixed double bed against the wall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
July 30 °C 23 °C

Our Reviews

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