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 chosen UK airport to Palma and be transferred to the port to board Marella Dream.
Day 3: Livorno (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 4: Savona (Genoa and Turin), Italy
Savona sits on the Mediterranean coastline of northern Italy's Liguria region. Take a leisurely stroll around the harbour and view the modern yachts and old-fashioned fishing boats en-route to the beach on Corso Vittorio Veneto. Pay a visit to the nearby 15th-century Fortezza del Priamar with the fascinating Pinacoteca Civica and Archaeological Museum of Savona inside. Admire the monumental Torre Leon Pancaldo and the stunning Cattedrale di Nostra Signora Assunta. Indulge in retail therapy at Centro Commerciale Il Gabbiano. Step inside the Rococo-style Capella Sistina to gaze in awe at the beautiful ceiling painted by Paola Geralamo Brusco.
Day 5: Monaco
The Principality of Monaco is a small independent city-state which sits proudly on the French Riviera. Ruled by the Grimaldi family since 1297; the family's heritage is revealed on a tour of the state apartments at Prince’s Palace of Monaco - time your visit to coincide with the Changing of the Guard at 11.55am. Spend a few hours exploring the Monte Carlo area - admire the mega yachts at the Marina, see the famous Circuit de Monaco - home to the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, or get close to nature at Zoological Garden of Monaco. The iconic Monte Carlo Casino, Opera de Monte Carlo, and Oceanographic Museum are well worth visiting too.
Day 6: Toulon, 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 7: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the most famous cities in the world. Located between the gleaming Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, this cosmopolitan Spanish city is known for its diverse art and architecture. Walk the iconic Las Ramblas promenade and see quirky street entertainers or stop for a coffee at a pavement cafe. View some of Antoni Gaudi's most famous works including the Sagrada Família Church and the mosaic wall in Park Güell. Explore the winding streets of the Gothic quarter and sample tapas in a traditional bar or relax in the city's biggest green space — Park Ciutadel.
Day 8: Fly Palma, Majorca to UK
Disembark in Palma, Majorca and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.