With twelve decks lined with comfortable staterooms and a wide selection of dining and entertainment venues, Marella Dream is ideal for family cruises. Spend your days at sea around one of the ship's swimming pools — which include kids, adults, and family options — or relax at the beach club-styled Sun Lounge where you’ll find whirlpools and daybeds. Children have their own club activities including film nights, mocktail-making parties, and arts and crafts; while adults can indulge in a massage or beauty treatment at Oceans Spa and Beauty Salon. Dining on Marella Dream offers casual and formal venues with both a la carte and buffet options. After dinner, head to Broadway Show Lounge for live performances and comedy acts, sip drinks in one of the many bars, or dance the night away at the disco. The ship docks at an exciting choice of ports of call where you can go sightseeing independently or join an organised excursion.
Lido Restaurant offers full-cooked breakfasts, as well as salads, pizzas, soups, barbecue food, meat dishes, and themed nights including Italian and Mexican. Experience waiter service and open-seating at breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Orion Restaurant. The poolside Sirens Restaurant is your breakfast and lunchtime buffet venue that also offers tasty afternoon teas. For sophisticated dining and a delicious a la carte menu, visit Mistral's Restaurant and enjoy its friendly waiter service or opt for Kora La Restaurant for diverse Asian cuisines. Head to the open-air Terrace Grill for omelettes, hot dogs, and pizzas by day; returning in the evening for steaks served on sizzling-hot slabs of stone when it changes into the Hotstone Grill.
The Coffee Port serves a tasty range of coffees, cakes and ice creams before transforming into a cocktail corner at night, while Explorers' Lounge — one of the ship's Wi-Fi zones — is the place to go for cappuccinos, alcoholic drinks, and smooth music. Enjoy music until late at Medusa Lounge & Bar and or head to Tides for casual drinks and piano music. The Water's Edge is great if you fancy a gin and tonic on the outdoor terrace or late night dancing. You also have two lively pool bars to enjoy throughout the day — ideal for colourful cocktails and sea views in the sunshine.
There's plenty to keep everyone entertained during days and nights at sea. Chill out in the sun at the kids and family pools or head to the adult pool and Sun Lounge to find whirlpools and daybeds. Oceans Spa and Beauty Salon is perfect for indulgent treatments, while children aged 3-11 years can enjoy fun activities with new-found friends in the Kids' Club. In the evening, visit Broadway Show Lounge for live music, West End-style performances and comedy acts, or have a gamble at the roulette and blackjack tables in the casino. There are also several lounges featuring piano music and solo acts to entertain you until late.
Day 1: Fly UK to Palma, Majorca
Fly from your selected UK airport to Palma, Majorca and be transferred to the port to embark on board Marella Dream.
Day 3: Palermo, Sicily
A bustling, noisy port, Palermo yet holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets. With Sicily’s greatest concentration of sights, and the biggest historic centre in Italy bar Rome, Palermo is a complex, multilayered port that can easily feel overwhelming if you try to do or see too much in one Mediterranean cruise visit. The best thing to do here is just to wander as the fancy takes you, sifting through Palermo’s jumbled layers of crumbling architecture, along deserted back alleys, then suddenly emerging in the midst of an ebullient street market.
Day 4: Valletta, Malta
Malta's small capital city — Valletta — sits within the city's original walls on a hillside and is known for its old churches, palaces and museums. Formerly ruled by the French, Italians, Spanish, and British; this UNESCO World Heritage site is filled with more than 300 historical monuments — making it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world! Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of its old town district and see the famous Maltese-decorated balconies. Among a variety of churches, you can discover St. John's Co-Cathedral — one of Malta's biggest tourist attractions — with its striking interior decor and painting of John the Baptist by Caravaggio.
Day 6: Heraklion, crete
Sitting on Crete's northern coast, the capital city of Heraklion is Greece's fourth-largest city. Located between the districts of Lassithi and Rethymno, Heraklion remains one of the most popular tourist destinations. Discover the Bronze Age ruins at the Palace of Knossos and sail to the deserted island of Dia for a snorkelling trip. Stroll through Agora — the Market Street — for an authentic taste of Crete. Here, you can sample traditional dishes like souvlaki kebabs and sweet baklava pastries.
Day 7: Piraeus, Greece
Ferries and ships fill the seemingly endless quays in Piraeus, a major port city situated within the Athens urban area. For luxury, view the impressive yachts and cruisers in Zea marina and dine in the restaurants, taverns and bars nearby. Take a stroll to Kastella; at the top of the hill you’ll find picturesque views, beautiful buildings and cultural events taking place at the outdoor theatre, ‘Veakeio’. Visit the Museum of Piraeus and discover the rise and fall of the ancient city.
Day 8: Rhodes Town, Rhodes
Rhodes Town sits on the northern tip of the Dodecanese island of Rhodes. Admire the three windmills, Fort St Nicholas, and the two stone columns topped with bronze stag and hind figures at the entrance to the old Mandraki Harbour. Take a stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and squares of the fascinating UNESCO-listed old town and admire the minarets and domes atop the medieval walls that encircle the area. Pay a visit to Archaeological Museum in the Hospital of the Knights, then continue along the Street of the Knights to the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes - the highest point of the town. Gaze in wonder at the 20th-century artworks, sculptures and engravings at the Modern Greek Art Museum and the impressive minaret on the pink and white Suleyman Mosque. The New Town are is well worth a walk too; if only to visit the New Market, Aquarium of Rhodes, and the acropolis and amphitheatre at the top of Monte Smith.
Day 9: Fly Limassol, Cyprus to UK
Disembark in Limassol, Cyprus and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.