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Monday
09 September
9:00am - 7:30pm
Tuesday
10 September
9:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday
11 September
9:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday
12 September
9:00am - 7:30pm
Friday
13 September
9:00am - 7:30pm
Saturday
14 September
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
15 September
10:00am - 4:00pm
Pool Deck

Whether you are a 90s kid or just a lover of all things baggy and bleached, this themed adults-only cruise has your name on it. You’ll be transported back to this rave-filled decade, thanks to big-name acts and DJs, classic film screenings, lookalikes and a host of fancy dress nights!

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Itinerary

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At approximately 4.00pm, the party begins! We come aboard Marella Explorer and depart from Newcastle. It’s not all partying though; this mini-cruise will be calling in at some of Europe’s culture hotspots along the way!

  • Accommodation Marella Explorer
  • MEALS Dinner included

Amsterdam’s the main course, Ijmuiden’s like a scaled-down starter. Its beaches are a major draw for kitesurfers and saltwater fishermen, and away from the port, the town itself feels quaint and traditional. Follow the North Sea Canal inland, and you’ll reach the criss-crossed bridges and canals of Amsterdam. It’s known as the Venice of the north, but its waterways are not all it’s famous for. In fact, mention the name of The Netherlands' capital city and you’ll get a whole list of associations. Clogs, cheese and windmills top the list, followed closely by cutting-edge art and coffee shops.

Sit back and relax onboard Amsterdam’s most traditional mode of transport – a canal boat. Sightseeing cruises have been running up and down the city’s waterways since 1621. Discover the secret hideout where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during the Second World War. The tiny annexe is now part of a museum, where you can follow the Franks’ story from the beginning to the tragic end. Cast an eye over the paintings of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists; the Vincent Van Gogh museum showcases a selection.

  • Accommodation Marella Explorer
  • MEALS All meals included

Zeebrugge is the gateway to the charming Belgian city of Bruges – a perfectly-preserved open-air museum filled with cobbled streets, canals and medieval monuments. And it’s all laced with the scent of the city’s famous chocolate. Take in the sights at the central Markt Square, where horse-drawn carriages and bikes whizz around a piazza lined by outdoor cafes and a Gothic bell-tower. See Bruges from the water with a boat ride on the glistening canals. As you glide along, you’ll pass sights like the Chapel of the Holy Blood and the Church of Notre Dame. Pick up some edible souvenirs in one of the city’s 50 chocolate shops. For a treat with a twist, try chocolate infused with curry, tea or Cuban cigars.

  • Accommodation Marella Explorer
  • MEALS All meals included

We will arrive back in the UK this morning, disembarking after breakfast (exact time for disembarkation will be given on board).

  • Accommodation Marella Explorer
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Marella Explorer

In summer 2018, Marella Explorer was welcomed to the fleet, bringing with it a bumper batch of 10 restaurants and 10 bars. Joining fleet favourites like Snack Shack and Kora La are brand new spaces including The Dining Club for foodies and a swanky bar, club and casino. There's also an indoor cinema, a Sports & Family Deck and a Champneys spa, where you can sign up for everything from acupuncture and slimming treatments to body wraps and facials.

Cruising Marella Explorer

In summer 2018, Marella Explorer was welcomed to the fleet. The ship stepped up to the plate, with a bumper batch of 10 restaurants and 10 bars. There are fleet favourites like Snack Shack and Kora La, plus brand new spaces like The Dining Club for foodies. 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.

There's also an indoor cinema, a Sports Deck and a state-of-the-art Champneys spa where you can book in for treatments, like facials, body wraps and massages, plus there’s a beauty salon. The spa doesn’t scrimp on size. In fact, it’s the biggest in the fleet – packing in a relaxation room, suites and treatment cabins with hot tubs. There’s also an adults-only sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows and a steam room. Alternatively, you can work up a sweat at the gym.

Bars & Lounges

The entertainment on board Marella Explorer doesn’t disappoint. It has the biggest ever Broadway Show Lounge; with a capacity of 1,000 people, this show lounge is big enough to rival a Broadway theatre. A colour-changing feature bar, hot-pink piano and funky, ring-shaped seats take their place in the eye-catching Lounge Bar, and Bar 53's location next to Latitude 53 makes it perfectly placed for some pre-dinner drinks. Bar@The Mediterranean wraps around The Mediterranean – running from the inside to the outside, and Indigo Bar lays claim to the longest bar in the fleet. There's also plenty of seating around the bar’s edge, where you can take in the 360-degree views – day or night. After dark, the menus light up, showing off around-the-world themed cocktails, like Thai Punch and Jamaican Me Crazy. You’ll find Indigo Club in the middle of Indigo, flaunting a dance floor and a DJ booth. Champagne and Prosecco are on the menu at Aperitif bar, and Squid & Anchor is Marella's first pub at sea and a modern take on a traditional British boozer.

More On Board Facilities

Practice your putt on the Mini-golf green - it’s right at the top of the ship on the Sports & Family Deck. There's also an outdoor pool, split in two by a stage in the middle, which is where the entertainment team run their daily activities from. The Veranda, home to Balinese beds and call-for-drinks buttons, is located at the front of the ship, so the views are first-class! Movie nights come courtesy of the indoor cinema, and you can also hit the Broad Street Shops which are stocked with everyday essentials and loads of duty-free products. If you’re feeling lucky, try out the slot machines and card tables at the Indigo Casino. You can also book excursions and spa treatments, and check your reservations and your most up-to-date bill using the Navigate App.  

Your Cabin

Single Inside Cabin
The Single Cabins are spot on for solo travellers. They come with twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size and an en suite with a shower and WC. They’re a big hit with cruisers travelling alone or friends who prefer their own cabin.

Single Outside Cabin
These cabins come with twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size and an en suite with a shower and WC. Plus, they’ve got the added bonus of a picture window, so you can take in the sea views. They’re usually booked by cruisers travelling alone or friends who prefer their own cabin.

Both cabins are available on decks 4 and 5.

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

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What’s Included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Gratuities for onboard staff
  • Porterage & Port Taxes
  • All-inclusive: All drinks and meals (excluding premium brand drinks)

What’s extra:

  • Cover charges on selected services
  • Shore excursions
  • Cabin upgrades

Temperature:

  • Amsterdam - 19°C, Sept (average daily maximum)
  • Bruges - 18°C, Sept (average daily maximum)

NB: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

Useful Information

DO I NEED TO BRING MY PASSPORT?
Yes. You’ll need your passport for every single one of our cruises. Without it, you won’t be able to board the ship.

WHAT ADAPTORS SHOULD I BRING FOR THE CABIN SOCKETS?
You can use either a European or a US 2-pin adaptor in the cabins.

HOW DO I PAY FOR THINGS ONBOARD?
All ships have a cash-free system. Everything is priced in sterling and is charged to your cabin account. At the end of your cruise you can settle it in cash, travellers’ cheques, or by credit or debit card. If you decide to settle your bill in cash Marella will ask for up to £200 deposit per cabin per week. There’s also a 2% surcharge for using travellers’ cheques. Whatever you choose, they give you an interim bill halfway through your holiday so you can keep track of your spending.

WHAT TIME DO I HAVE TO CHECK OUT OF MY CABIN?
You’ll normally need to leave your cabin by 8am on your last day, but you can still use all the onboard facilities until your transfer arrives. Speak to reception about a courtesy cabin so you can freshen up before you leave. Alternatively, you can organise a late check out. Again, reception will advise on this.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
Packing for a cruise is just like packing for any other holiday, but there are a few things to bear in mind. Hairdryers and all towels – including pool towels – are provided. 

The dress code policy’s easily broken down into Beachwear, Casual and Smart. The first is a ‘come as you are’ affair, so swimwear get the thumbs up. Meanwhile, Casual speaks for itself – tops and shorts or a sundress. Then you’ve got Smart, which is when you’ll need to dress up a bit. Opt for trousers, smart tailored shorts or a skirt or dress, a shirt or polo shirt and smart shoes, no trainers or flip flops. If you want to add a jacket or tie, that’s up to you. The gala evenings, formal nights and Dress to Impress nights give you the chance to get really suited and booted. Each of the restaurants has a dress code, and this can differ depending on the time of day.

Finally, think about what’s suitable to wear on excursions. Some churches, for example, ask for legs and shoulders to be covered. Islamic countries have strict laws on dress, and in certain areas it will be required that you cover your shoulders and knees. When visiting Mosques or other holy sites, women may be required to cover their hair, arms and legs. Men will be required to wear long trousers and a top with sleeves.

HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO PAY FOR A DRINK ONBOARD?
Drinks prices are comparable to UK pub prices. You’ll pay around £3.70 for a pint of beer and £4 for a glass of wine. Keep an eye out for the daily drinks specials in the Cruise News, too.

DO I NEED TO TIP?
No. All tips and service charges are included in the price of your cruise. You’re not expected to tip any of our crew – unless you want to, of course.

WHAT IS A TENDER PORT?
It’s not always possible to tie a ship up at a dock. If this is the case, we’ll anchor a little way out from the shore, and use tender boats to get you to and from the ship. Tender ports are indicated in the itinerary where possible. You’ll still get plenty of time in the port, plus you can use the tender services to go back and forth from the ship as much as you like. Guests with disabilities or mobility issues will need to have some independent mobility to step in and out of the tender boat as our crew aren’t allowed to lift you

IS WI-FI AVAILABLE?
We have internet lounges on all of our ships, as well as designated Wi-Fi zones. Internet access is charged to your cabin account at the rate advertised on board. Mobiles can be used, too, and there are telephones in each cabin, so it’s easy to stay in touch with people back home.

WHAT SORT OF MEDICAL FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT?
Each of our ships has a medical centre and we have an English-speaking doctor and nurses on board who keep surgery hours. For emergencies, there’s always someone on call.

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Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and in the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  

What’s Included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Gratuities for onboard staff
  • Porterage & Port Taxes
  • All-inclusive: All drinks and meals (excluding premium brand drinks)

What’s extra:

  • Cover charges on selected services
  • Shore excursions
  • Cabin upgrades

Temperature:

  • Amsterdam - 19°C, Sept (average daily maximum)
  • Bruges - 18°C, Sept (average daily maximum)

NB: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

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