November 2017

The UK’s third largest cruise line Marella Cruises has today announced a new onboard partnership with the UK’s biggest and original health spa, Champneys. The collaboration will be a first for both customer-favourite brands.

From May 2018, customers on board the latest ship in the Marella Cruises fleet, Marella Explorer, will experience ultimate relaxation in the new, state-of-the-art onboard spa. Typical of UK Champneys resorts, the luxurious spa will feature a full treatment menu, including facials, body wraps, massages, manicures, acupuncture and more, as well as a salon, wellness centre and stylish relaxation room that boasts comfortable beds complete with stunning panoramic views.

Distribution and Cruise Director at TUI UK & Ireland, parent company of Marella Cruises, Helen Caron, said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Champneys onboard our fantastic new addition Marella Explorer. We’re proud to be known for the friendliest service at sea and Champneys’ world-class service really mirrors this. Our ships offer holidaymakers a relaxing home from home that they can return to following a full day of exploring a destination and this new introduction onboard Marella Explorer will ensure they can fully unwind in luxury onboard.”

Stephen Purdew, Champneys co-owner said: “We are thrilled to be working with Marella Cruises from next year, offering the very best Champneys spa experience onboard Marella Explorer. We’re confident that our state-of-the-art spa will bring even more enjoyment to guests’ holidays and can’t wait to hear about their experiences.”

In addition to four resorts and a spa hotel, Champneys also operate six city spas, two colleges and a range of globally recognised products.

Based in Palma, Majorca from May 2018, Marella Explorer offers even more choice, space and flexibility for customers, including two new cabin types and a wider choice of dining and premium entertainment.

Entering the fleet as Marella Cruises’ biggest ship yet, Marella Explorer introduces new bars, Indigo and Aperitif; Scoops, an ice-cream parlour with quirky bicycle-themed seating; and The Lounge, a new venue complete with colour-changing bar and signature brightly coloured piano, where customers can relax and listen to live music. Marella Explorer will also showcase ten dining venues including the ever-popular Surf & Turf, Kora La and Snack Shack, as well as new additions Umi Sushi and The Mediterranean.


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Marella Cruises, part of TUI UK and Ireland and TUI Group/World of TUI, is the third largest cruise line in the UK.

There are currently five ships in the Marella Cruises fleet, Marella Dream, Marella Celebration, Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery 2 and Spirit which won’t take the Marella name as she leaves the fleet after her final sailing next summer. New ship Marella Explorer will begin sailing in summer 2018.

Majesty will continue to sail as Thomson Majesty until 26th November.

Marella Cruises offers a unique experience with unrivalled entertainment and food on board, tips are also included giving customers the peace of mind they need when budgeting for their cruise holiday.




The Champneys name has been synonymous with health and wellbeing since the opening of our doors in 1925; we are the UK’s first true health spa. As a result, few spas can claim the heritage and traditions inherent in the Champneys brand.

Champneys was founded on the philosophy that health, beauty and wellbeing are inextricably intertwined; our pioneering concepts have inspired generations. While we build on our heritage, we also move with the times.

Champneys has four health spa resorts (Forest Mere, Henlow, Springs and Tring), one hotel (Eastwell Manor Spa Hotel in Kent), six city spas (Chichester, Enfield, Guildford, Milton Keynes, Tunbridge Wells, and St Albans), two beauty colleges (one in Tring and one in Holborn London) and a range of globally recognised products.

Trends have come and gone, but our unwavering commitment to encouraging wellness endures. Offering exceptional standards in beauty, fitness, nutrition and holistic wellbeing, we are an oasis of calm in today’s hectic world.



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