NEWS + 5 PHOTOS: Marella Cruises reveals details of their new itineraries sailing UK shores this summer. Marella Explorer will set sail from Southampton on UK itineraries from June 25, sailing to new ports of call including Belfast, Dublin and Liverpool.
Marella Explorer 2, the cruise lines adults-only ship, will also offer UK sailings from Newcastle from Saturday 10 July, with even more UK ports of call. Newcastle sailings will go on sale by the end of this month.
Marella Explorer will sail seven new UK itineraries during the summer season perfect for those looking to explore via sea the history and culture of some amazing British cities and towns. All itineraries will have recommended excursions from our onboard destination services team to offer guests options to make the most of their time ashore.
Sail the South Coast itinerary is a great taster and for those new to cruising with a three-night itinerary from Southampton, visiting Dover for Canterbury Cathedral and Portland for the beautiful Abbotsbury Swannery & Gardens.
Cruisers looking for a longer break can experience the new Sail the Irish Sea. Departing in August from Southampton, it will visit popular cities including Liverpool, Dublin and Cobh in the Republic of Ireland.
Customers who would like to explore the ‘Land of the brave’ will be able to with a number of Scottish itineraries, including ‘British Sights and Seas’ which will visit five Scottish hotspots.
The history rich itinerary has a day at sea before visiting the stunning views of Invergordon, the old historic town of Kirkwall and the rich culture of Leith and a visit to Edinburgh Castle before heading to Newcastle and then back down to Southampton. A Taste of the West Coast will also see Marella Explorer sail to Greenock, the capital of Northern Ireland – Belfast and Holyhead before finishing the itinerary in Portland.
Marella Cruises is a family friendly all-inclusive cruise line and to ensure the safety of both customers and crew will have in place vaccination and testing requirements to sail from the UK this summer.
Anyone aged 18 years and older will be required to have had both COVID-19 jabs at least seven days before travelling. All under 18-year-olds, excluding infants under the age of two who will not be able to sail as they are exempt from testing, will be asked to have a lateral flow test.
All guests must also provide proof of a negative lateral flow test before boarding the ships at the start of the cruise.
Cruisers can still enjoy the same great facilities on board including the luxury Champneys spa, a wide range of dining experiences, fitness classes, award winning entertainment and of course, family friendly activities onboard Marella Explorer such as the indoor cinema or minigolf.
Managing Director of Cruise TUI UK & I Chris Hackney said, “After pausing our operations for more than year, we are delighted to announce our UK summer programme and welcome our wonderful customers back onboard our ships. The safety and well-being of both our crew and passengers remains our priority which is why we have vaccination and testing protocols for all sailings from UK ports this summer.
“Domestic sailings are a great step for the cruise industry and has given us the opportunity to take our customers to new destinations full of culture and history whilst still being close to home. We’re looking forward to this new adventure on the British seas and are dedicated to making sure our customers have the most memorable and exciting cruise with us.”
Marella Cruises will also continue the pause in operations for Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 until 31 July. These ships are due to homeport in Palma and Corfu this summer.
SOURCE: Marella Cruises
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