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: UK to Palma, Majorca
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Palma and take a coach transfer to the port to board Marella Dream and set sail towards Corsica.
Day 3: Propriano, Corsica
The port at Propriano is just a stone’s throw away from shops and cafes on the French island of Corsica. Set around an ancient fishing harbour, Propriano is situated in the Valinco Gulf. The pleasant climate, coupled with incredible views of mountains and breath-taking coastlines, make it a popular tourist destination. Either side of the marina are sensational beaches, perfect for topping up your tan. Visit Sartene, a medieval village set on a mountain ridge with pretty cobbled streets.
Day 4: Piombino (for Siena and Pisa), Italy
Piombino is a port town in the Italian province of Livorno, situated on the border between the Liguarian and Tyrrhenian Sea. Explore the town's historical centre on foot and admire the ancient 12th-century Torrione gateway and the adjoining Rivellino reinforcement. Stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele and stop for a bite to eat at one of the eateries. Climb up to Piazza Bovio terrace and admire the stunning views over Elba Island and, on a clear day, the islands of Montecristo, Capraia, Giglio, and Corsica. Visit Museo Archeologico del Territorio di Populonia, Museo del Mare, and Museo del Castello e delle Ceramiche Medievali. You can also view the unique snake's heads fountain Fonte dei Canali alongside the old harbour.
Day 5: Santa Margherita (for Portofino), Italy
The port of Santa Margherita sits on Italy's Ligurian coast, 35km southeast of Genoa. This charming town boasts a beautiful seafront promenade lined with elegant hotels and yachts. Stroll up the hillside and visit the small 15th-century Castello, Chiesa dei Frati Cappuccini, and nearby Chiesa di San Giacomo with its Madonna statue. Relax in the idyllic gardens of the 17th-century Villa Durazzo. Take the 30-minute boat trip along the Tigullio Gulf to picturesque Portofino; admire the pastel-coloured houses, window-shop at the luxury boutiques, and feast on delicious seafood on the Piazzetta.
Day 6: Sete (for Carcassonne), France
The cosmopolitan town of Sete nestles at the foot of Mount St Clair, between the Etang de Thau and the Mediterranean on the southern French coast. The town is gateway to the Languedoc region and comprises two areas - the low town with its port, canals, bridges, and Pointe Courte fishing village; and Quartier Haut, home to artists' ateliers and picturesque hillside villas. Take a stroll around the heritage buildings of Place Leon Blum, Place Aristide Briand, and Place de la Republique in the town centre. Pay a visit to La Chapelle Notre Dame de la Salette and admire the artworks on display at Musee Paul Valery and Le Musee International des Artes Modestes (MIAM).
Day 7: Tarragona, Spain
Tarragona is a popular stop-off on any Mediterranean cruise itinerary. Situated on the 14km of coastline that Costa Daurada has to offer, Tarragona is a great place to sample some of the heavenly, unspoiled beaches and the fabulous Mediterranean climate. There are also stunning medieval and Art Noveau sites to visit, such as The Tarragona Amphitheatre and Roman Circus. Leading European theme park, Portaventura, is close by, which is perfect for family-friendly fun.
Day 8: Palma, Majorca to UK
Your cruise comes to an end in Palma where you disembark and take a coach transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.