• Hannah Stratton

    It’s that time of year again. The sun’s starting to (finally) peep through the clouds, spring’s on its way, and we’re about to announce our summer 2019 cruises. Now, next summer might seem like a long way away, but we reckon it’s worth getting your cruise booked early. Read on to find out why…

    1. More choice on your cabin

    Book early and you can customise your cruise. Get first pick of your favourite cabin type, from single cabins for solo cruisers, to interconnecting cabins that are perfect for families. Or, if you fancy splashing out, our suites offer something a little more luxe. Take the Royal Suite on Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 – this exclusive cabin’s super-spacious, and features its own living room and baby grand piano. Plus, it sits high up on Deck 8 and its glass doors open up onto a balcony, setting you up for jaw-dropping sea views.

    2. First pick of flights

    For lots of our cruises, your journey begins with a flight. We know that being able to choose the flight that’s right for you is key to having a stress-free start to your holiday. Get booked early and you’ll have more options, so you’re more likely to secure a flight time that suits you. If that’s not enough of an incentive to get in there early, seats on TUI’s flights from local airports tend to fill up fast – be one of the first to book and you can keep your journey to the airport as short as possible. And, you can you can snap up flight extras like Select Your Seat and seats with extra legroom to make your journey even more comfortable.

    3. Take advantage of our low deposits

    Want to spread the cost of your cruise? Give yourself more time to pay with our low deposits. Pay just £75 per person, or £125 per person if you’re travelling to faraway shores, and you can pay the rest of your balance later on. With Marella Cruises, all service and tips are included, making it easy for you to work out exactly how much you need to put aside before you set sail. Or, book a cruise on one of our All Inclusive ships, and you can budget for your cruise, safe in the knowledge that all of your onboard costs are covered. If that sounds good to you, an itinerary on Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery 2 or Marella Explorer is right up your street.

    4. More time to choose your excursions

    Our shore excursions are all about taking the hassle out of exploring, so you can jump feet first into a new destination. Your time in port is precious and a day doesn’t give you long to find your bearings. Book online in advance, and you can ditch the guidebooks and let our experts steer you around the sights. What’s more, you can be sure that you’re getting the best deal – our online prices will never be beaten onboard. Some of our tours have limited spaces, which sell out before the cruise sets sail, so make sure that you get in there fast so you don’t miss out. And, if you change your mind, you can amend your bookings up to 24 hours before the tour departs.

    5. More time to research

    And, last but definitely not least, booking early leaves you plenty of time to get excited for your cruise. Each of our itineraries stop at lots of different destinations, and they’ve all got tonnes to offer. With so much to investigate, having more time to find out what’s on offer at all of your ports will make sure you can make the most of your cruise. And, all that research has the added benefit of building your pre-cruise anticipation. You can use your extra time to get to grips with the exciting facilities we’ve got on our ships, too. If you’re sailing on Marella Discovery 2, check out the onboard climbing wall – you’ll even have time to book in some climbing lessons at home before you sail. Or, take a look at Marella Explorer’s selection of 10 restaurants, and see which ones tickle your fancy.

    Ready to book your summer 2019 adventure with Marella Cruises? Make sure you visit our website on 5th April to get first pick of our cruises for next summer.

    And, find out why Marella Cruises is number one for onboard service.