Marella Cruises plans international sailing return

Marella Cruises plans to return to international sailing from September 3 with new ‘one-country’ itineraries.

Ships will depart from Malaga sailing to Spanish ports and Corfu sailing to ports in Greece.

Adults only ship Marella Explorer 2 will run two itineraries from Malaga.

Continental Coasts will visit Palamos, Barcelona, Palma, Alicante and Almeria. Spirit of Iberia will call at Valencia, Ibiza, Cartagena, Gibraltar and Cadiz before returning to Malaga.

Marella Discovery will sail between September and October from Corfu on three new itineraries, including stops in Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Crete.

Chris Hackney, managing director of cruise for Marella parent comopany Tui UK and Ireland, said: “Following the successful start of our first ever domestic sailings we are delighted to announce our plans to restart our international cruising programme, with five new itineraries for our customers to enjoy.

“These itineraries sail to some of the most beautiful Mediterranean spots. Greece and Spain have long been popular destinations for our customers, so we’re excited to be able to offer them new one-country itineraries. We know our customers are just as excited as we are to return to international cruising, and we can’t wait to see them onboard.

“The safety and well-being of both our crew and guests remains our priority which is why our  vaccination and testing protocols  will remain in place.”

 Anyone  aged 18 and older  will be required to have had both Covid-19 jabs at least 14 days before travelling.

All under  18-year-olds , excluding infants under the age of two who will not be able to sail as they are exempt from testing,  will be asked to have a lateral flow test, according to the company.

Passengers will need to check-in for their cruise and complete their cruise health declaration online pre-departure to release their cruise boarding pass.

Those sailing on an international cruise before October 31 must be UK residents with a permanent UK address, have comprehensive cruise insurance and a passport with at least six months’ validity.

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