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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.


Visit the impressive Acropolis in Athens, Katakolon which is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and Kotor in Montenegro to mention just three destinations on this fabulous cruise

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 Athens, Katakolon, Kotor, Corfu and Crete.


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
  • Souda (for Chania), Crete
  • Piraeus (for Athens), Greece
  • Katakolon (for Olympia), Greece
  • Corfu Town, Corfu
  • Kotor, 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

Souda (for Chania), Crete 09:00 - 17:00

Souda sits just 15 minutes’ drive from Chania – one of Crete’s most charming cities. Most snap-happy tourists pin the old harbour on their maps. It’s as pretty as a picture, with a lighthouse, pastel-painted buildings and a café-lined promenade. If that’s not enough of a history fix, there are plenty of museums to delve into – with really scenic settings. The Maritime Museum’s housed in a former Venetian prison, while the Archaeological Museum’s tucked inside a Gothic church.

Swap the beach for Lake Kournas. A 40-minute drive from Souda, this mountain-cuddled lake boasts cyan-blue waters and a ring of sunbed-loaded pebbles.

Work your way along Chania’s Skridlof Street, AKA Leather Lane. It’s stuffed with shops selling shoes, bags and belts, as well as occasional non-leather items, like jewellery and clothes.

Spend the day exploring the Akrotiri peninsula – just north of Souda. This barren headland’s home to a couple of peaceful monasteries, plus the spectacular Stavros Beach.

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Piraeus (for Athens), Greece 07:00 - 17:00

Trip over reminders of the past in ancient Athens, where cultural treasures twinkle back at you at every turn. It’s a real gold medal winner of a city.

Scale the heights of the sun-bleached Acropolis for awesome views, then take a look at the Parthenon, perched atop Athens’ most famous hill.

Explore Plaka, the Medieval quarter at the foot of the Acropolis. The 19th-century lanes are crammed with tavernas, and twist and turn to meet the equally atmospheric Monastiraki street markets.

From old to new – take a wander round the up-market Kolonaki district, which is packed with chic boutiques and ritzy restaurants.
Be in Syntagma – or Constitution – Square in time to see the skirted soldiers perform the changing-of-the-guard.

Check out the Corinth Canal, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. This waterway was considered one of the greatest technological achievements of its time.

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Katakolon (for Olympia), Greece 12:00 - 18:00

Sleepy Katakolon is little more than a tiny port with a handful of dinky shops and tavernas. But more importantly, it’s your gateway to one of the most famous landmarks in Greece – Olympia. I

t’s the birthplace of the Olympic Games and it all began in the days when the Greek God, Zeus, ruled the roost. Fast forward a few millennia though and people still flock here to see the ruined stadium and temples – and the sacred flame is lit here every Olympic year.

Browse the archaeological museum’s collection of classical, Roman and Greek treasures. Among the most famous exhibits are the head of Hera and Hermes.
Check out the remains of two Doric temples dedicated to Hera and Zeus. The Temple of Hera dates back to the 7th century BC and three of its columns are still standing. The Temple of Zeus on the other hand was once home to a giant gold statue of Zeus, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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Corfu Town, Corfu 09:00 - 17:00

Awash with colourful flowers, Corfu is big on beauty. It’s known as the Emerald Isle, and its golden beaches, lush green landscape and colourful villages will have you constantly reaching for your camera.

Soak up the views at Bella Vista, Corfu’s most famous lookout point. From here, you can peer over sleepy seaside villages like Paleokastritsa, and the island’s entire west coast.

In Corfu Town itself, stand in the shadow of two gigantic fortresses. See the 16th-century church of Ayios Spyridhon. And then wander round the interesting archaeological museum.

Relax on the shimmering sands of Glyfada beach, one of the most popular sunning spots on the island. Top up your tan. Take a dip in the crystal waters. Or simply laze beneath a hot sun.

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Kotor, Montenegro 08:00 - 16:00

For years, the travel-savvy have kept Montenegro under their sunhats. But now the cat’s creeping out of the bag – and it’s hardly surprising.

A tiny republic in southeast Europe, the scenery here will have your jaw dropping to the floor the moment you arrive.

Cruise passengers get the best vistas – as you sail in to port, you’ll be treated to wide-angle views of patent-shine lakes and green mountains.

Explore Kotor, a gorgeous Medieval walled city with World Heritage status. The scenery here is definitely something to write home about. Surrounded by mountains, it’s set on southern Europe’s deepest fjord and one of the world’s most spectacular natural harbours. Delve inside the age-old walls and discover crooked streets, cobbled piazzas and camera-worthy churches.

Take a trip to Budva. It’s the most popular tourist destination on Montenegro’s map – and quite rightly so. Beautiful architecture meets seductive sandy beaches in this spot. Perhaps that’s why many a millionaire has decided to live here.

Visit one of Montenegro’s sleepy towns on market day and watch the streets burst into life with colourful craft stalls selling lace, leather and ceramics.

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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.

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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
August 30 °C 23 °C

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