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 Paphos/Larnaca, Cyprus
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Cyprus and be transferred to Limassol port where you will embark on board Marella Dream.
Day 2: Alanya, Turkey
Nestled on the coast of Turkey's central Mediterranean coast, Alanya is a pretty resort town boasting plenty to do and see. Uncover the beauty of Kleopatra Beach, where the Egyptian queen apparently swam or the Seljuk-era Alanya Castle perched on a rocky bluff cannot go a miss. Damlatas Caves are a remarkable discovery; popular with asthma sufferers the caves are said to be healing in their own way. The 13th-century ethnographic museum of Kizil Kule houses many fascinating artefacts and exhibits or a trip to Alanya Aquapark provides plenty of fun-filled splashing for the whole family. Kargicak Beach and Damlatas Beach are perfect for those who enjoy a spot of sunbathing or thrill-seekers who like to get involved with a range of water sports, including parasailing, snorkelling, and jet skiing.
Day 3: Marmaris, Turkey
The Turkish Riviera boasts the beautiful Mediterranean resort of Marmaris, nestled between pine-forested mountains and clear waters, where its long seafront promenade and pebbly beach are just a few of the town's captivating sights. The expansive views and museum of the 16th-century Marmaris Castle await your visit or perhaps take the whole family for a day out to Atlantic Water Park and whizz down water slides or enjoy a game of mini golf. Shop 'til you drop for clothing and souvenirs in Grand Bazaar or explore Lycian Rock Tombs to its full potential. Camp out in the wilderness of Marmaris National Park to take in wildlife, including wild goats and hedgehogs. Iconic for its vibrant nightlife scene, Marmaris' top spot is Bar Street; check out an abundance of open-air clubs and music venues.
Day 4: 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 6 -7: Ashdod ( Jerusalem & Bethlehem), Israel
Israel's sixth-largest city and largest port, Ashdod is set in the Southern District of the country and is popular with tourists for many reasons. Enjoy a range of family-friendly recreational activities and ocean views when you spend time at Ashdod-Yam Park. Perhaps visit the Museum of Philistine Culture; the only museum in the world dedicated to the ancient people who inhabited the maritime part of the country from the XII century BC. Take a stroll to check out the Port of Ashdod or try out a dune buggy ride along Ashdod Sand Dune for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Marvel at the Eye of the Sun during the day to see how its appearance is influenced by the sun's orientation or by night the colour-changing LED lights provide the perfect photo opportunity. Metzuda Beach and its historic fortress are also a must-visit; less crowded than other beaches means time spent here is nothing short of relaxing.
Day 8: Paphos, Cyprus to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.