Marella Explorer 2 conversion under way in Cadiz

Marella Explorer 2 will start cruising in the Med from April 2019 Marella Explorer 2 will start cruising in the Med from April 2019

Marella Explorer 2, the first adults-only addition to the Marella Cruises fleet, is now on the blocks in Cadiz, Spain, undergoing an eight-week refurbishment.

The former SkySea Golden Era is due to depart from Cadiz on March 27 before embarking on her first customer sailing around the Mediterranean, leaving from Palma, Majorca on April 2.

Around 1,520 people, from partners, contractors and the Marella Cruises team, will provide over 190,000 man hours to deliver an extensive multi-million pound makeover.

A total of 43sq km of carpet will be laid, along with over 70km of network cabling and 640 Wi-Fi access points. 9.5 tonnes of Marella-branded items, including uniform and almost 1,000 show team costumes are already enroute to Spain. Tens of thousands of litres of paint, 2.9km of bathroom trims and mile-upon-mile of fabric will go into giving a 71,545gt ship a facelift.

Second Explorer ship for Marella

At 265.5mtr long and 32.2mtr wide Marella Explorer 2 is the second of the Explorer ships to be welcomed into the Marella Cruises fleet. The 1,814 guest capacity ship (double occupancy) boasts 907 cabins, nearly 40% with balconies, and spans 14 decks.  

Marella Explorer 2 is getting new venues including: a new clubhouse bar, the 19th hole, with quirky golf buggy-seating and two golf simulators and serving up golf themed cocktails and craft beers; Flutes, a sophisticated bubbles bar catering for prosecco and champagne lovers; Nonna’s, a traditional Italian trattoria offering traditional pizza and pasta and The Beach Cove serving up barbecue inspired food with an on the beach al fresco dining feel.

Trimline is the main contractor onboard Marella Explorer 2, as with previous Marella Cruises refits, responsible for the majority of the public spaces.

Champneys Spa

Marella Explorer 2 will also be home to a Champneys Spa, offering a full-service thermal suite, treatment suites with their own showers and a beauty salon. Champneys Spa at sea debut on Marella Explorer last year.


Posted 28 January 2019

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