Marella to sail British cruises on two ships from Southampton and Newcastle for under £450 a person for three nights, all inclusive

Britain bound: Marella Explorer

Marella has become the latest line to offer round-Britain cruises this summer, with two ships sailing from Southampton and Newcastle at under £450pp for three nights, all inclusive.

Marella Explorer will offer voyages from Southampton to ports including Belfast, Dublin and Liverpool from June 25.

Adults-only Explorer 2 will be based in Newcastle from July 10. Details of itineraries from both ports are at the end of this blog. Newcastle cruises go on sale on May 5.

The Southampton itineraries include a three-night taster cruise visiting Dover and Portland, and a 12-day voyage to Ireland including visits to Dublin and Cobh (Cork).

Scottish sailings include stops at Invergordon, Kirkwall, Leith (Edinburgh) and Greenock (Glasgow). Belfast and Holyhead also feature among ports being visited this summer.

Marella has also announced sailings to Spain and Portugal in September.

Round-Britain cruises are only available for UK residents. Anyone over 18 will be required to have had both Covid jabs at least seven days before sailing. Under-18s will be asked to have a lateral flow test and infants under the age of two will not be able to sail because they are exempt from testing. All guests will also be tested before boarding – more details will be provided nearer the sailing dates.

The ships will still offer facilities such as the Champneys spa, a range of dining experiences, fitness classes, entertainment and family-friendly activities on Marella Explorer, such as the indoor cinema or minigolf. 

Passengers will only be allowed on shore as part of Marella excursions.

Chris Hackney, the MD of Cruise TUI UK and Ireland, said: ‘Domestic sailings are a great step for the cruise industry and have 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 will continue the suspension of sailings for Marella Discovery and Discovery 2 until July 31. The ships are due to be based in Palma and Corfu this summer.

See also:

Round-Britain 2021: How the major lines compare

Southampton itineraries

Sail the South Coast June 25Southampton, England 
 June 28Dover (London), England 
  Portland, England 
  Southampton, England 
    
Sail the South Coast August 27Southampton, England 
  Portland, England 
  Dover, England 
  Southampton, England 
    
A Taste of the West Coast  July 2Southampton, England 
  At Sea 
  Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland 
  Belfast, Northern Ireland 
  Holyhead, Wales  
  At Sea 
  Portland, England 
  Southampton, England 
    
West Coast Wonders July 9Southampton, England 
  At Sea 
  Holyhead, Wales 
  Belfast, Northern Ireland 
  Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland  
  Liverpool, England  
  At Sea 
  Southampton, England 
    
West Coast Wonders August 7Southampton, England 
  At Sea 
  Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland 
  Belfast, Northern Ireland 
  Liverpool, England 
  Holyhead, Wales 
  At Sea 
  Southampton, England 
    
West Coast Wonders August 20Southampton, England 
  At Sea 
  Holyhead, Wales 
  Belfast, Northern Ireland 
  Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland 
  Liverpool, England 
  At Sea 
  Southampton, England 
    
East Coast Explorer  July 16 Southampton, England  
  At Sea 
  Greenock, Scotland 
  Belfast, Northern Ireland 
  At Sea 
  Stornoway*, Scotland 
  Kirkwall*, Scotland 
  Invergordon, Scotland 
  Leith*, Scotland 
  10 Newcastle, England 
  11 At Sea 
  12 Dover, England 
  13 Southampton, England  
    
British Sights and Seas July 28Southampton, England  
  Dover, England 
  At Sea 
  Leith*, Scotland 
  Kirkwall*, Scotland 
  Lerwick*, Scotland 
  Invergordon, Scotland 
  At Sea 
  Newcastle, England 
  10 At Sea 
  11 Southampton, England  
    
East Coast Getway August 14Southampton, England  
  At Sea 
  Kirkwall*, Scotland 
  Leith*, Scotland 
  Newcastle, England 
  At Sea 
  Southampton, England  
    
Sail the Irish Sea  August 30Southampton, England  
  At Sea 
  Greenock, Scotland 
  Belfast, Northern Ireland 
  Liverpool, England 
  Holyhead, Wales 
  Dublin, Ireland 
  At Sea 
  Cobh, Ireland 
  10 At Sea 
  11 Portland, England 
  12 Southampton, England  
    
Iberian Explorer  September 10Southampton, England  
  At Sea 
  At Sea 
  Vigo, Spain 
  At Sea 
  Malaga, Spain 
  Gibraltar, Gibraltar 
  Cádiz (for Seville), Spain 
  Lisbon, Portugal 
  10 At Sea 
  11 La Coruna, Spain 
  12 At Sea 
  13 Southampton, England  
    
Mediterranean Explorer  September 22Southampton, England  
  At Sea 
  At Sea 
  Vigo, Spain 
  Lisbon, Portugal 
  At Sea 
  Malaga, Spain 
  Cartagena, Spain 
  Valencia, Spain 
  10 Barcelona, Spain 
  11 Palma, Majorca 

Newcastle itineraries
ITINERARYDEPARTURE DATEDAYPORT
Weekend EscapeJuly 101Newcastle
 2At Sea
  3Newcastle
A Taste of ScotlandJuly 131Newcastle
2Leith*, Scotland (for Edinburgh)
3Invergordon, Scotland
 4Newcastle
Celtic ExplorerJuly 161Newcastle
2At Sea
3Belfast, Northern Ireland
4Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland
5At Sea
6Invergordon, Scotland
7At Sea
8Leith*, Scotland (for Edinburgh)
 9Newcastle
British TreasuresJuly 241Newcastle
2Invergordon, Scotland
3Lerwick*, Scotland
4At Sea
5Dundee, Scotland
6At Sea
 7Newcastle
Gaelic GetawayJuly 301Newcastle
2At Sea
3Belfast, Northern Ireland
4Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland
5At Sea
6Kirwall, Scotland
7Dundee, Scotland
 8Newcastle
British DelightsAugust 61Newcastle
2At Sea
3Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland
4Holyhead, Wales
5At Sea
6Dundee, Scotland
7Leith*, Scotland (for Edinburgh)
 8Newcastle
Coastal DelightsAugust 131Newcastle
2Leith*, Scotland (for Edinburgh)
3Invergordon, Scotland
4At Sea
5Holyhead, Wales
6Liverpool
7Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland
8At Sea
 9Newcastle
British TreasuresAugust 211Newcastle
2Invergordon, Scotland
3At Sea
4Lerwick*, Scotland
5Kirwall, Scotland
6At Sea
 7Newcastle
A Taste of ScotlandAugust 271Newcastle
2Invergordon, Scotland
3Leith*, Scotland (for Edinburgh)
 4Newcastle
Coastal CharmsAugust 301Newcastle
2At Sea
3Dover, England
4Portsmouth, England
5At Sea
6Liverpool, England
7Belfast, Northern Ireland
8At Sea
9Torquay, England
10Le Havre, France
11At Sea
 12Newcastle
Icelandic AdventureSeptember 101Newcastle
2At Sea
3Lerwick*, Scotland
4At Sea
5At Sea
6Reykjavik, Iceland
7Isafjördur*, Iceland
8Akureyri, Iceland
9At Sea
10At Sea
11Kirwall, Scotland*
12At Sea
 13Newcastle

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11 thoughts on “Marella to sail British cruises on two ships from Southampton and Newcastle for under £450 a person for three nights, all inclusive

  1. We have missed our cruise’s could you let me know when the itinerary are starting from Newcastle please.
    Many thanks
    Avril

    • Hi Avril, as mentioned in the story, the sailings begin in Newcastle on July 10 but the details have not yet been released.

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