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What to expect

Adults-only Ship

Enjoy the spa, casino, mini golf green & gelato parlour

Nine bars & nine restaurants

Speciality restaurants, fine dining & themed bars

Destination Highlights

Tortola's rainforests, Philipsburg’s promenade & St John’s

About this trip:

Cruise the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Antigua & Dominica with your fellow solo travellers aboard the adults-only Marella Explorer 2. This adults-only ship flaunts a range of exciting facilities, from a large spa to a chic bar-club-casino space, nine bars and nine restaurants. 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. A superb Caribbean cruise for singles looking to enjoy a group cruise.

PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID PRICE INCREASES!

 

What's Included

  • Return flights London Gatwick/La Romana and Transfers
  • Inside Single Cabin
  • All Inclusive Plus including Gratuities
  • Fully Financially Protected
  • Tour Leader with groups of 10 and over

Itinerary

  • La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • Samana,
  • Road Town, British Virgin Islands
  • Philipsburg, St Maarten
  • St John's, Antigua
  • Roseau, Dominica
  • At Sea
  • La Romana, Dominican Republic

What’s Extra:

  • Flight Upgrades – prices available on request
  • Cabin upgrades – prices available on request
  • Reserved Cabins £65.00
  • Shore Excursions
  • Insurance click here

 

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrival Day - Depart La Romana 20:00

Depart the UK for Dominican Republic where you will board the Marella Explorer 2 for this fabulous cruise.

  • All Inclusive
DAY 2

Samana, Dominican Republic 09:00-17:00

Samana is a rustic town perched on the edge of a peninsula that pokes out of the Dominican Republic’s north-east coast.

The first thing you’ll notice is that it hasn’t lost its traditional charm. Brightly coloured colonial-style houses are scattered throughout pretty public gardens. But it’s the island’s natural side that shines through from every angle. Thick rainforests full of coconut groves and waterfalls are ripe for exploring not far from the coast, which is tailor-made for lazy beach days.

Why not head out on a boat and see if you can spot some whales. The Dominican Republic is home to two humpback whale breeding grounds, so you’ve got a good chance of seeing something.

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DAY 3

Road Town, British Virgin Islands 12:00-21:00

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.

Head for Road Town’s pretty Main Street. Here, you’ll find a medley of shops, museums and historical buildings. And you won’t be able to resist snapping away at the brightly-painted bungalows either.

Soak up the beauty of Sage Mountain National Park. The British Virgin Island’s highest point is an oasis of tropical vines, trees and plants. You can even saddle up and explore by horseback!

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DAY 4

Philipsburg, St. Maarten 08:00-18:00

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.

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DAY 5

St John’s, Antigua 08:00-18:00

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 calm turquoise waters are the star of this island’s 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.

Head out to Great Bird Island – it’s great snorkelling territory. In particular, keep an eye out for the starfish and stingrays.

Sink your toes into soft sand and wade through waters too blue to be true.

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DAY 6

Roseau, Dominica 08:00-18:00

Known as the island of waterfalls, Dominica is as green as it is unspoilt. Off the tourist trail, this exotic isle is a paradise for nature lovers. In fact, it’s one of the Caribbean hotspots for rainforest trekking. And of course, it’s got some superb beaches. Not the snow-white variety you’d expect, but dramatic volcanic sweeps and secluded coves hidden by greenery. Have your camera at the ready…

Make your way through the rainforest of canopied ferns and soaring trees in Canefield and you’ll arrive at the Emerald Pool. A sparkling grotto at the foot of a 12-metre waterfall, it’s the perfect place for a cooling dip.

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DAY 7

At Sea

Leaving Roseau behind, we have a day to relax at sea whilst sailing back towards La Romana.

There is so much this ship 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
DAY 8

La Romana, Dominican Republic - Arrive 09:00

Arriving back into Montego Bay this morning, you can enjoy a leisurely morning on board until it’s time to transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.  Alternatively, you may wish to take an excursion which will end at the airport.

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Accommodation

Marella Explorer 2

The adults-only Marella Explorer 2 is the newest ship in the fleet.

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, such as 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 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 Marella 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’, a fine dining restaurant 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
February 27 °C 18 °C

Our Reviews

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