Marella Explorer 2 sails into the Marella Cruises' fleet in summer 2019 as the sister ship to Marella Explorer. Reserved exclusively for adults and featuring the all inclusive concept; the ship also boasts the fleet's largest spa and wellness centre and a new and wide choice of dining venues. The fourteen decks showcase a smart and contemporary decor, luxurious cabins and suites, eight restaurants and ten bars, a spacious pool area with stage and whirlpools, casino-come-nightclub, and a vibrant daytime and evening entertainment scene. Marella Explorer 2’s exciting calendar of cruise itineraries will take in the Canary Islands and Atlantic, Eastern and Western Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. At each port of call, you’ll have the chance to explore independently or choose from a selection of escorted tours and thrilling activities.
Latitude 53 features a gold and grey colour decor and floor-to-ceiling windows to complement the menu of waiter-served traditional culinary delights. The upper floor transforms into the Vista eatery in the evening, where you can savour contemporary Italian-inspired dishes. The Market Place presents a choice of round-the-world buffet-style dishes from individual food stalls. The Mediterranean is the go-to place for pizzas and tapas. The laidback Snack Shack combines beach huts, deckchairs, and food stalls with grab 'n' go lunches, fast food options, and a drinks station. Treat yourself to a meal in one of the speciality eateries for a small fee: Tuck into hearty steaks and seafood served fresh from the grill at Surf & Turf Steakhouse. Enjoy fine dining with a twist at The Dining Club. Feast on pan-Asian flavours such as curries, noodles, and sushi at Kora La.
Unwind with a freshly-brewed cup of Lavazza coffee and sweet treats in Coffee Port. Draught beers and cocktails combine with live music, quiz nights, and gaming machines at the British-style Squid and Anchor pub. Hook up with new-found friends for pre-dinner drinks at Bar@The Mediterranean or enjoy low-key entertainment and signature cocktails at Atrium Bar. Flare demonstrations, cocktail-making sessions, and 360-degree views set the scene for drinks both day and night at Indigo Bar. The speak-easy style Aperitif is the nearest place to sip champagne or prosecco before or after a meal in one of the speciality restaurants.
Work on your tan by the outdoor pool before cooling down in the adjacent whirlpools. Head-to-toe pampering is on the menu at Champneys Spa or escape to the comfy Balinese beds and cocoon chairs at The Veranda. Work up a sweat in Oceans Gym, test your swing on the mini golf course, or indulge in retail therapy at Broad Street shops. Marella Explorer 2 really comes to life after dinner. Broadway Show Lounge is the go-to place for live entertainment shows and waiter-served drinks. Try your luck at the slot machines and card tables at Indigo Casino. End your day in style with drinks and late night dancing to the resident DJ at Indigo Club.
Day 1: UK to Naples, Italy
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Naples and take a coach transfer to the port to board Marella Explorer 2 and set sail towards Croatia.
Day 3: Split, Croatia
Split, on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, is the country's second-largest city. It's popular for its golden beaches and bustling centre — which was built around the fourth-century Diocletian's Palace. Today, the palace remains a central part of Split's heritage after its transformation into a variety of houses, flats, churches, and chapels. Stroll through the centre to admire the towering Cathedral of Saint Domnius with its 13th-century oak doors that tell the story of Christ. The Riva waterfront promenade runs the length of the old town and is the perfect place to stop for lunch. See cascading waterfalls at Krka National Park or relax and snorkel on the beach of Brac Island before departing.
Day 4: Venice, Italy
Explore beautiful Venice on Italy's north-east coast. This city built on water is a popular tourist destination due to its gondola rides, delicious cuisine and stunning Gothic architecture. A maze of winding canals, you can sail up the Grand Canal to visit the stunning Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco. See works of arts from Bellini and Titian at Gallerie dell Accademia, then head to Scuola Grande di San Rocco to see the intricate and captivating way Tintoretto depicts Old and New Testament scenes. Many canal-side bars host live music that you can enjoy as you dine on fresh seafood dishes and prosecco. Make sure to try Venetian cicheti — similar to tapas — which include dishes such as soft salami and smoked swordfish.
Day 5: Ancona, Italy
The port city of Ancona sits on Italy's Adriatic coastline. As capital of the Marche region; Ancona is famous for its stunning beaches and also the hilltop Cattedrale di San Ciriaco. Pay a visit to the ancient Arch of Trajan and the 18th-century Lazzaretto pentagonal quarantine station at opposite sides of the port. Meander through the city centre and admire the bronze masks of mythical figures at Fontana del Calamo or enjoy the pre-historic and Roman artefacts at National Archaeological Museum. Climb up the slopes of Monte Guasco to the ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre or climb the steps to the white marble Passetto Monument overlooking Passetto Beach. People-watch with a coffee at Piazza del Plebiscito or admire the 13th-century Santa Maria della Piazza church on Piazza Santa Maria.
Day 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Croatian city of Dubrovnik sits on the country's southern coast on the Adriatic Sea. Explore the city centre — an UNESCO World Heritage site — with its 17th-century Cathedral of the Assumption and Rector's Palace, before walking around the ancient city walls. Admire the views as you ride the cable car to Mt Srd or visit one of the city's museums. Relax in the sunshine on Banje Beach; enjoy a boat trip to the nearby islands of Lokrum and Elafati; and view the city from the water on a kayaking trip or take a snorkelling tour.
Day 7: Messina (for Mount Etna), Sicily
The gateway to Mount Etna, Messina, is the third-largest port in Sicily. This city — which was used to film part of the film 'The Godfather' — is famous for its museums and architectural beauty. Drive up the side of nearby Mount Etna on a day trip or wander around the many shops along Messina's wide boulevards to look at Sicilian pottery and art pieces. Black volcanic glass from Mount Etna features heavily in Sicilian jewellery and makes a great souvenir. Visit Norman Messina Cathedral to see its beautiful, 15th-century windows and astronomical clock tower, before walking by the stunning marble fountains — Fontana di Orione and Neptune Fountain — which are decorated with mythical creatures and gods. Make sure to dine on locally-inspired swordfish, pasta and pizza dishes complemented by rich Sicilian wine at a trattoria during your time here, too.
Day 8: Naples (for Pompeii & Capri), Italy
Naples on Italy's Amalfi Coast is your next port of call. Visit Piazza del Plebiscito to admire the Royal Palace, Galleria Umberto and San Carlo Theatre. Step inside the Duomo to view the Cappella di San Gennaro, the baptistery, and colourful frescoes and mosaics. Enjoy family-time at Acquario Della Stazione Zoological Di Napoli. Join a tour to the ruins of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and picturesque Sorrento and Positano. Or take a scenic boat trip to the beautiful island of Capri.
Day 10: Palamos, Spain
Situated along Spain’s Costa Brava the stunning town of Palamos is fringed with sun-kissed sands and is known for its water sports, hiking and fishing. Visit the warm shallow water of Cala Estreta or explore the remains of an Iberian castle perched on Fosca beach. Take a stroll along gleaming Mariana and gaze out at the stunning vessels setting sail. Discover the narrow streets of the historic old town or spend an afternoon soaking up the sun in one of the waterfront bars lining the stunning harbour.
Day 11: Toulon (for Cote D’Azur), France
Toulon is a port city on southern France’s Mediterranean coast, lined with sandy beaches and shingle coves. Board a Toulon cable car to Mont Faron and bask in the amazing views across the bay, visit Zoo du Mont Faron, and enjoy a host of activities such as rock climbing and mountain biking. Pay a visit to the Musée National de la Marine and lose yourself in Toulon’s rich naval history. Enjoy the morning market along Cours Lafayette, before indulging in traditional French cuisine at a nearby bistro. Spend a few hours on the Plages du Mourillon beaches to the east of the port.
Day 12: Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), Italy
Livorno — Tuscany's second-largest city — is home to one of Italy's largest cruise ports. The city's main Terrazza Mascagni square with its grand pavement and seafront promenade is a common meeting place for locals looking to relax. The 16th-century Old Fortress faces the harbour and sits at the entrance to the canal-lined Venezia district. Enjoy gourmet dishes and sample local seafood, which is said to be the best on the Tyrrhenian Coast. Head to Central Piazza Cavour or the car-free Via Ricasoli for shopping, try Via Magenta and pick up some quirky souvenirs, or stop by Via dei Pensieri's street market for a great selection of food, clothing, accessories, and homewares. If you're looking to travel further afield, Pisa is just a short drive away.
Day 13: Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy
Spend the day exploring the charming port of Civitavecchia and Rome — an ancient city filled with famous landmarks, distinct architecture and influential art. Visit Civitavecchia's main public square — Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II — and see the Baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Francis, before taking a seat in a pavement cafe for a taste of the local seafood. In Rome, enjoy a gladiator experience at the grand Colosseum, view the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, and throw three coins in the Trevi Fountain. Pay a visit to the Vatican City — the home of the Catholic Church — and see St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's ceiling.
Day 14: Olbia, Sardinia
The picture-perfect coastal city of Olbia is located to the northeast of the island of Sardinia. Stroll along the palm-lined waterfront and uncover the city's maritime past at Museo Archaeologico de Olbia. Meander through the city centre and admire sights such as the Chiesa de San Paolo and the medieval San Simplicio Basilica. Unwind with a coffee at Piazza Matteotti; before indulging in a spot of window-shopping at the designer boutiques on nearby Sottopiazza and La Passeggiata. Head up to the hilltop Nuraghe Riu Mulinu archaeological complex and admire the far-reaching views over the Gulf of Olbia.
Day 15: Naples, Italy to UK
Your cruise comes to an end in Naples where you disembark and take a coach transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.