Marella Explorer 2

Marella Explorer 2 Review and Specifications

Specifications of Marella Explorer 2

Year built1997  /  Age : 21
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Building costUSD 320 million
OwnerTUI AG and RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)
OperatorMarella Cruises (Thomson UK)
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)264 m / 866 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage77302 gt
Passengers1912 - 2669
Passengers-to-space ratio40
Decks with cabins10
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesMV Mercury, Celebrity Mercury, Mein Schiff 2 (TUI)
Christened byAnja Fichtel (TUI)

Review of Marella Explorer 2

Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship (formerly "Mein Schiff 2" with TUI Cruises) was launched in 1997 as "MV Mercury", It is one of the Century-class vessels, with sisterships Mein Schiff 1 (former Celebrity Galaxy, since 2018 Marella Explorer) and Celebrity Century (currently SkySea Golden Era). The ship was built for Celebrity Cruises, renamed to "Celebrity Mercury" in 2008 and joined TUI fleet in 2009 as "Mein Schiff 2". In 2019, the newbuild TUI Mein Schiff 2 took the name "Schiff 2".

IMPORTAN: In 2018, the old Schiff 2 was sold to "Marella Cruises" (TUI's UK brand line). Initially was announced that in March 2019, the old vessel will be transferred to Marella and operated as "Marella Explorer 2". However, in March 2018, TUI announced that the old Schiff 2 stays in TUI fleet - under what new name is not revealed yet. The news also included that SkySea Golden Era joins Marella's fleet as "Marella Explorer 2".

History - construction and ownership

The 77,000-ton, 1,900-passenger cruise ship was built for the Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises company, renamed to "Celebrity Mercury" in 2008 and joined TUI fleet in 2009 after an extensive drydock refit. The vessel entered Marella Cruises fleet in 2019. 

Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship (old Mein Schiff 2)

The Explorer 2 joins Marella Cruises fleet as the 4th vessel transferred from other RCCL-owned fleets. It was preceed by Marella Discovery (2015, former Splendour of the Seas), Marella Discovery 2 (2017, former Legend of the Seas) and TUI Explorer, now Marella Explorer (2018, the old Mein Schiff 1).

Marella Explorer 2 features a new-for-the-fleet kids pool, an innovative entertainment program, 10 dining venues. Another fleet-first for Marella Cruises is the tasting menu-type restaurant in one of the brand new yet-unnamed venues, described as "an intimate space, suited for couples or friends".

The Indigo flagship bar is ship's focal point. A new high-end London style drinking venue named Aperitif links Kora La and Surf & Turf restaurants. Other features include: The Scoops ice-cream parlour with bicycle-themed quirky seating; The Lounge - another new venue with colour-changing bar and brightly-coloured piano; Umi Sushi counter; The Mediterranean dining venue with a glass roof inspired by local tavernas, housing two inclusive restaurants (pizzeria and tapas) and for-fee Hot Stone Grill.

Cruise itinerary program

Marella Explorer 2 itinerary program is based on Mediterranean 7-night cruises leaving round-trip from Naples, Italy


Marella Explorer 2 has a total of 962 cabins, around 40% of which have private balconies. All cabins are with individual air-conditioning, wardrobes, flat TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, en-suite bathrooms. The accommodations consist of:

  • Indoor (16 m2, fleet's largest), Outdoor (17 m2), Single Indoor / Outdoor cabins (Decks 4, 5, 8, 9)
  • Balcony cabins (17 m2), 14x Family Balcony (20 m2; decks 9, 10, 12, each with 2 twin beds)
  • Suites - Balcony Junior Suite (22 m2) and Executive Suite (49 m2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Marella Explorer 2 has a total of 10 dining venues, including Surf & Turf, Kora La, Snack Shack, Umi Sushi and open air Mediterranean Restaurant with Pizza and Tapas areas. The Kora La features Oriental-style lanterns and paintings paired with pan-Asian menu of noodle dishes and curries. This is a fine dining addition and there is a small premium to eat here. 

Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship (old Mein Schiff 2)

Dining venues onboard are located on decks 5, 6, 7 and 11. Follows the complete list of Marella Explorer 2 restaurants and food bars.

  • Latitude 53, situated on two decks, 5 and 6, is the main waiter service restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows and gold-and-grey colour scheme.
  • Vista on Deck 5, situated in Latitude 53. In the evening, it transforms into an Italian restaurant for regional favourites prepared with authentic ingredients.
  • The Dining Club on Deck 5 is a fine dining restaurant which serves experimental cuisine. There is a charge to dine here.
  • Umi Sushi on Deck 7 serves sushi, sashimi, nigiri rolls that are prepared in front of the guests of the eatery. Umi Sushi is open for dinner only, and costs extra.
  • Kora La on Deck 7 has oriental-style lanterns and paintings paired with pan-Asian menu. Passengers pay a cover charge to eat here.
  • Surf & Turf Steakhouse on Deck 7 specialises in all things meat. Its menu includes mains like lobster, grilled chicken and pork chops, but the highlight is the 28-day-aged steaks. There is a chopping board artwork as well as leather booth seating. Cover charge is applied for dining here.
  • Snack Shack on Deck 11 is a laidback eatery featuring food stalls, oversized deckchairs and beach huts. It offers grab‘n’go snacks and lunches along with a drinks station.
  • The Market Place on Deck 11 is a buffet restaurant where guests can watch the chefs prepare dishes from around the world. It is made up of different food stalls.
  • Tapas @ The Mediterranean on Deck 11 is specialised in tapas dishes for both lunch and dinner.
  • Italian @ The Mediterranean pizzeria on Deck 11, with wood-fired oven and salad bar.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

A couple of the largest new features aboard the 13-deck Marella Explorer 2 include the flagship bar, club and casino Indigo (situated at the top deck), and the first at sea Champneys Spa. Indigo is home to the longest bar onboard the ship and features the Broadway show lounge able to accommodate 1,000 guests. The Broadway street lounge is on Decks 6 and 7, which also house other entertainment facilities. The venue hosts cocktail-making sessions and demos. Entertainment facilities include Indigo Club with a DJ booth and dance floor, and Indigo Casino with card tables and slot machines.

Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship (old Mein Schiff 2)

A pool is situated on deck 11, which also homes the Oceans gym and spa. The spa offers a Finnish sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, full-service thermal suite and treatment suites with showers and mini saunas, spa cabanas on ship's adults-only Veranda Deck. 

Follows the complete list of Marella Explorer 2 lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Lounge on Deck 6 is has a colour-changing feature bar, ring-shaped seats and hot-pink piano. 
  • 53 on Deck 5 is a bar situated next to Latitude 53, perfectly placed for pre-dinner drinks.
  • The Shack on Deck 12 offers cool-down drinks between sunbathing. It is above Snack Shack, and overlooks the pool.
  • Bar@The Mediterranean on Deck 11 wraps around The Mediterranean and runs from the inside to the outside. It serves Mediterranean specialities, the usual drinks and frozen cocktails.
  • Indigo Bar on Deck 12 boasts the longest bar in the fleet. Cocktail-making sessions and flare demonstrations take place here. 
  • Broadway Show Lounge is situated on two Decks, 6 and 7, and has a capacity of 1,000 people. It offers waiter service and brand-new shows.
  • Indigo Casino on Deck 12 is the spot to try out the card tables and slot machines. Indigo Club is in the middle of Indigo. 
  • Aperitif on Deck 7 is a stylish bar with Champagne and Prosecco on the menu. It is a great spot to head for a drink before or after meals at one of the speciality restaurants.
  • Squid & Anchor on Deck 7 is the first pub of Marella Cruises at sea. There are 2 bars to pick from, the one of which deals in premium whiskies and gins, that are chargeable. The spot is home to quiz nights and a live band.
  • Scoops is a vintage-looking parlour that serves up gelato. The seating is quirky and includes a collection of bike seats sit that face out to sea. A charge is applied here.
  • The Coffee Port serves Lavazza and sweet treats. It overlooks the atrium and features live piano music. A charge is applied here.
  • The Cinema features family-friendly films. Extra screenings are offered during high season.
  • M Club is the onboard Kids’ Club, with games from M Crew - characters exclusive to the ship.
  • Hideout is a spot designed with older children and teens in mind and offers comfy seating and games consoles. There is also an al fresco terrace with colourful hammocks.
  • Gamer Zone is for everyone onboard, fully stocked with machines.
  • Broad Street Shops are the onboard boutiques stocked with everyday essentials, duty-free products, perfumes, jewellery and souvenirs.
  • Photo Studio & Kiosks on Deck 6 provides professional photoshoot. There are also kiosks, where passengers can view and buy the photos captured by the onboard photography team.
  • Champneys: Marella Cruises partnered with Champneys to bring such a state-of-the-art spa. Guests can book in for treatments (facials, body wraps, massages), plus there is a beauty salon. The spa is the largest in the fleet and also includes a relaxation room, treatment cabins with hot tubs, made-for-two suites. The adults-only sauna has floor-to-ceiling windows and steam room. Alternatively, passengers can work out at the gym.
  • Outdoor pool on Deck 11 is split in two by a stage, where the entertainment team run daily activities. The Pool bar sits next to the pool and is great for frozen cocktails. A trio of whirlpools sit next to the main pool.
  • The Veranda is adults-only and has Balinese beds and cocoon chairs. 
  • Sports Court provides basketball and mini-football.
  • Minigolf and Table tennis are at the top of the ship, on the Sports & Family Deck.

Marella Explorer 2 wiki

  • Marella Explorer 2 (TUI Mein Schiff 2) was built in Papenburg Germany for Celebrity Cruises (another RCCL brand) as MV Mercury (later "Celebrity Mercury”). In February 2011 Celebrity Mercury ship was renovated and joined the TUI fleet as "Mein Schiff 2".
  • The TUI vessel was christened by godmother Anja Fichtel - fence champion at Summer Olympics 1988 (Seoul, South Korea).

(OLD / alte) TUI Mein Schiff 2 cruise ship

Mein Schiff 2 itinerary program was based on Mediterranean cruises with sailings out of Palma de Mallorca and Antalya, as well as on departures from Dubai.

Most Mein Schiff 2 staterooms were 185-sq.foot Balcony rooms (376). There were a total of 956 staterooms in 17 categories. The largest aboard Mein Schiff 2 were the Design Suites (530 ft2). Cabin grades number was 17.

Follows the complete list of Mein Schiff 2 restaurants and food bars.

  • “Atlantic Classic” (950-seat, complimentary main dining room (of all three) for buffet-style Breakfast and waiter-served Lunch and Dinner. Some menu inclusions were at extra charge)
  • “Richards” (“Fine Dining” 65-seat dinner restaurant, reservations required, at surcharge PP)
  • Dinnerzimmer (private dining annex to ship's Steakhouse restaurant)
  • Surf & Turf (specialty seafood and steakhouse restaurant)
  • Blaue Welt Bar (45-seat sushi bar at surcharge, dinner-only 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.)
  • Anckelmannsplatz buffet restaurant (412-seat, with partially covered outdoor area for al-fresco dining; complimentary, self-service, with various food stations)
  • GOSCH Sylt (80-seat complimentary seafood restaurant, a la carte menu; with outdoor seating area)
  • Cliff Grill 24 (24-hour, 40-seat complimentary Grill Bar, serving the pool deck area)
  • La Vela (66-seat complimentary bistro)
  • Aussenalster Bar (97-seat complimentary al fresco dining & sports bar with 153-seat outdoor seating area).

Almost all beverages, food and gratuities were included in cruise price. The “Diamond Bar” was located at the rear and offers classy evening entertainment. The Show Lounge offered musicals, acrobatics, magic and comedy shows. Passengers could also dance in “AbtanzBar” every evening till the break of dawn.

The ship had Sea Spa (with beauty salon and saunas) and a large fitness area also used for aerobic classes). The wellness area featured a steam room and large sea-view sauna. Sporting excursions were offered during port days – scuba-diving, snorkeling, join mountain bike and paddle boat tours.

Follows the complete list of Mein Schiff 2 lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Theater (main show lounge for grand-style show productions / 2 nightly shows; had a revolving stage and eight dynamic LED screens)
  • Internet computers room
  • Sturmfrei (Teens Lounge featuring video gaming consoles, dance floor, foosball table, activities like karaoke, cooking classes, teen parties, movies, etc.)
  • Atelier (Workshop/art studio for painters); Art Gallery; Fotogalerie (Photo Gallery); Library/Bibliothek
  • Meerleben (Sea Life - the first at sea marine life & maritime dedicated area)
  • Wein & Wahrheit Vinothek (20-seat fine wine shop)
  • Schau Bar (248-seat cocktail bar with outdoor seating area for 18 guests) 
  • The Neuer Wall shopping arcades
  • Blaue Welt Bar & Lounge; TUI Bar; Unschlag Bar (60-seat sports bar); Uberschau Bar (50-seat wellness bar with a “healthy drinks” menu)
  • Himmel & Meer Lounge (Suite Guests only); X-Lounge (Suite-guests only lounge)
  • SPA & Meer (SPA & Sea complex with a Finnish Sauna, Oriental steam bath, relaxation area, Thalassotherapy center, Thalasso Spa Suite, Samova Tea Lounge, Beauty Salon)
  • Sport & Gesunheit (Sport & Health Fitness Centre; Fitness classes/personal trainers provided at surcharge)
  • 2 swimming pools - Aussenpool (outdoor pool area with a 25 m long swimming pool), smaller pool, 4 Whirlpools, extensive sunbathing area, served by Unverzicht Bar)
  • Insel der Seerauber (Pirates’ Island Kids Club complimentary lounge)
  • Sun deck area (11,990 m2; the forward section features Entspannungsinseln/Relaxation Islands with mini-balconies, available for rent)
  • Outdoor sports area (with a full-size sports court for basketball, volleyball, golf simulator)
  • Grune Oase (Green Oasis - outdoor sports area for open-air classes - stretching, relaxation, Yoga, Pilates); Power Walking / Jogging Track.

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Marella Explorer 2 Itineraries

The below listed Marella Explorer 2 cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Marella Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca$837
2019 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca$865
2019 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca$855
2019 Apr 23 8 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Naples Palma de Mallorca$928
2019 May 01 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Splendours Naples$1030
2019 May 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1012
2019 May 15 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Splendours Naples$1150
2019 May 22 7 days, round-trip Greek Getaway Naples$1260
2019 May 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1049
2019 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Splendours Naples$1260
2019 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Island Discovery Naples$1334
2019 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Splendours Naples$1251
2019 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1122
2019 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Splendours Naples$1251
2019 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1242
2019 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Greek Getaway Naples$1260
2019 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1067
2019 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Splendours Naples$1270
2019 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1168
2019 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Splendours Naples$1279
2019 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Greek Getaway Naples$1270
2019 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1132
2019 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Splendours Naples$1334
2019 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1242
2019 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Island Discovery Naples$1251
2019 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1012
2019 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Greek Getaway Naples$1168
2019 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1067
2019 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Splendours Naples$1113
2019 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Gems Naples$1021
2019 Oct 30 18 days, one-way from Naples to Bridgetown Naples$1720