3 July 2023 – Marella Cruises has announced it will homeport Marella Explorer 2 out of La Romana in the Dominican Republic from 24th December 2024 for a series of winter sailings. Returning to the Caribbean island for the first time since winter 2017, with winter itineraries on sale from 20th July 2023, offering more choice for customers in different destinations around the world.  

The new homeport will offer adult-only sailings on three itineraries; The Caribbean Classics itinerary will visit Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia and St Kitts, whilst the Colours of the Caribbean itinerary will sail to; Dominica, Antigua, St Maarten and Tortola and Samana – a new port for Marella Cruises in the Dominican Republic, before it heads back to La Romana.  

What’s more, from 2nd December 2024, Marella Cruises will be offering guests more flexibility with two new shorter sailings out of the Mediterranean. Customers will have the opportunity to book four-night sailings on the The Canarian Escape 1 itinerary, which will depart from Malaga in Spain on Marella Explorer and visit Gibraltar and Casablanca in Morocco, with one sea day. The Spanish Getaway itinerary, meanwhile, will take place on Marella’s latest ship, Marella Voyager and depart from Palma in Majorca, visiting three renowned Spanish destinations:  Alicante, Almeria and Malaga.  

Other new shorter winter itineraries include six-night sailings from Marmaris in Turkey, Corfu Town and Malaga in Spain. 

Chris Hackney, Managing Director of Cruise for TUI UK & I said: “We’re always looking for new ways to improve our customer offering, whether that’s new destinations, new itineraries or ships. We’re therefore pleased to offer a new experience for guests with our new sailings departing from La Romana for winter 2024. Customers will be able to explore some of the most popular Caribbean islands throughout their time on board as well as the opportunity to take advantage of Marella’s cruise & stay offering, with the chance to enjoy a stay at one of the TUI hotels’ in the Dominican Republic, pre or post cruise.”  

La Romana, Dominican Republic winter 2024 itineraries will be available to book from Thursday 20th July 2023. Prices from £1799.  

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