X Factor winners Rak-Su and BBC Radio 1’s drive time DJ Nick Grimshaw celebrated the launch of Marella Cruises’ first adults-only ship, Marella Explorer 2, in Malaga.

The christening came ahead of the Tui UK cruise brand’s ship departing on its maiden voyage tomorrow calling at destinations such as Sicily, Sorrento and Corsica.

The vessel will sail from a new homeport of Naples from May sailing to Venice, the port for Rome and Dubrovnik.

Marella Explorer 2 will then spending its first full winter season in Bridgetown, Barbados offering three itineraries to islands such as St Lucia, Aruba and the Grenadines.

New venues have been introduced on the ship including a clubhouse bar, the 19th hole, with golf buggy-seating and two golf simulators; Flutes, serving prosecco and champagne; The Beach Cove serving up barbecue inspired food with an on the beach al fresco dining feel; and Nonna’s serving made-to-order Italian pizzas.

Marella Cruises managing director Chris Hackney said: “Following the success of our adults only itineraries it seemed like the natural progression to offer our customers a ship exclusively for adults. It’s really great to see that our customers are just as excited as we are. Eigfhty per cent of Marella Explorer 2’s summer itineraries have already been booked.

“Marella Explorer 2 marks the next step in the continued modernisation and growth of the Marella Cruises fleet.

“We’re always looking ahead and listening to what our customers want when it comes to choosing their perfect cruise and we can’t wait for them to step on board this fantastic ship.”

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