Marella Cruises to add fifth ship in 2023

Tui-owned Marella Cruises will introduce a fifth ship to its fleet and offer three new ex-US itineraries during the summer 2023 season.

The all-inclusive line’s managing director Chris Hackney said Tui Cruises’ vessel Mein Schiff Herz would go into dry dock in April 2023 for up to six weeks before moving to Marella’s fleet and operating as Marella Voyager.

Itineraries departing from Majorca offering ports of call in France and Spain will go on sale on November 4.

The ship’s maiden voyage will depart on June 3, 2023.

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Marella Voyager (pictured) will have 10 restaurants and 10 bars – including a Mexican restaurant and a speak easy bar.

Hackney said there would be eight new “venues and concepts” on the 264 metre-long ship, with 952 cabins.

More details will be shared about Marella Voyager and the onboard experience next summer, the line said.

“[Marella Voyager] builds on our already popular fleet and offers loyal and new customers more choice,” he added.

“We know what our customers like and so we want to ensure we keep some Marella Cruises favourites but also adding a different flavour to Marella Voyager too.”

Hackney outlined plans to expand the fleet with a fifth ship last April. The fleet currently includes Marella Explorer, Marella Explorer 2, Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2.

The line will offer three eight-day round-trip US itineraries on Marella Discovery out of Port Canaveral, Florida, as part of its summer 2023 programme.

The itineraries called American Dream; Floridian Favourites; and Sunshine State and Sands will feature in the US programme.

An overnight stop in New York is included in the American Dream itinerary from Port Canaveral.

The Floridian Adventures itinerary includes an overnight call in Tampa, Florida and calls into Nassau and Fort Lauderdale.

Customers can choose from 18 hotels if they want to extend their trip with a pre- or post-cruise stay. Tui Airways will offer direct flights into Melbourne Florida.

The ship’s programme will also include a 18-day sailing from Barbados to Florida with three days in New Orleans.

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