Iberian Delights

Marella Dream

Iberian Delights Overview

Departs: 26 April 2019

11  Nights Full Board

Flights available from Birmingham, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Manchester or Newcastle

What's included

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • A varied and professional entertainment programme
  • Gratuities
  • Flights, cruise & airport to port transfers
  • Baggage Allowance
  • Exclusive Offer

Ports of call

Santa Cruz, Tenerife • Las Palmas, Gran Canaria • Santa Cruz de la Palma, La Palma • Funchal, Madeira • Lisbon, Portugal • Portimao, Portugal • Cadiz (for Seville), Spain • Gibraltar • Cartagena, Spain • Ibiza Town, Ibiza • Palma, Mallorca 

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Day 1

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Santa Cruz is one of the Canary Islands’ biggest hitters. It shares its capital city title with Las Palmas, on the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria, and more than lives up to the role. In the space of just a few streets, the bustling port area melts into an inviting old town. A century-spanning mix of church towers and hotels peeks above the rooftops, and the whole town’s backed by the silhouette of a mountain range. You’ll find one of the Canary Islands’ most futuristic buildings by the harbour – the Auditorio de Tenerife, which looks like an edgier version of the Sydney Opera House. At the more historic end of the scale is the Basilica of Candelaria, which is dedicated to the patron saint of the Canary Islands. Further afield, you’ll find beaches hugging the south coast and the mighty Mount Teide rising up in the island’s centre.

Day 2

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Golden dunes drenched in year-round sunshine. Rugged mountains hiding pretty whitewashed villages. Bays and coves linked together like a magnificent sandy necklace. Nature’s been kind to Gran Canaria so little surprise it lures sun-worshippers back year after year.

Day 3

Santa Cruz de La Palma, La Palma

Mother Nature had a field day with La Palma. All rolling mountains, plunging valleys and sweet-smelling pine forests, the little island certainly isn’t short on breathtaking scenery. Things are just as good looking along the coast, where dramatic black-sand beaches give way to hidden coves. Another great thing about the island is its relaxed, laid-back vibe. It offers up a more authentic picture of the Canaries than its bigger neighbours – one of quaint whitewashed houses, grand colonial buildings and sleepy squares. It’s no wonder the locals call it La Isla Bonita – the beautiful island.

Day 4

Funchal, Madeira

Sweeter than wine, Madeira’s a fine excuse to binge on beautiful scenery to your heart’s content. Funchal is the island’s capital, a bewitching collection of cobbled streets, quaint museums and buzzing café and restaurant life.

Day 5

At Sea



Day 6

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal’s electric capital stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Madrid and Barcelona. You’ll find clusters of cocktail lounges in the Bairro Alto neighbourhood. In Chiado, meanwhile, lies the world’s oldest book store. The old town showcases a cosmopolitan café culture, with locals gathering in sun-dappled plazas to gossip over an espresso or ‘bica’. 

Day 7

Portimao, Portugal

Portimao is full of fantastic seafood restaurants and has one of Portugal’s best shopping scenes. As for beaches, they don’t come prettier than neighbouring Praia da Rocha. It’s one of the most photographed sweeps of sand in Europe, thanks to a frame of striking silver cliffs. 

Day 8

Cadiz (for Seville), Spain

From its impressive harbour to its streets packed with Moorish relics, Cadiz is a great introduction to Spain. One minute you can be admiring medieval walls, the next browsing the racks of designer boutiques. It’s one of those cities where a new surprise awaits at every turn.

Day 9

Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Affectionately known as Gib or The Rock, Gibraltar is a little slice of Britain in the Mediterranean. And, just like the motherland, it’s a small stretch of land with a lot to offer. The history here is largely military-related – you’ll find Nelson’s anchorage where the body of Nelson was brought back to land after the Battle of Trafalgar, and the Parson’s Lodge Battery that dates back to 1875. Elsewhere, wildlife steals the show. Check out the cheeky Barbary apes or go whale-watching in the Strait.

Day 10

Cartagena, Spain

Tucked in a deep bay guarded by two cliff-top fortresses, this Spanish gem is steeped in history. In the 18th century it became a major Spanish naval base and reminders of its seafaring past can be seen down in the port, where you’ll find a prototype submarine.

Day 11

Ibiza Town, Ibiza

Ibiza’s capital is the antidote to wild resorts like San Antonio and Playa D’en Bossa. Its old quarter has earned a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and it’s haloed by Medieval stone walls and topped by a fairytale-looking fortress. Down on the waterfront, meanwhile, you’ll find chic seafood restaurants and one-off boutiques.

Day 12

Palma, Mallorca

Palma. Think leafy boulevards that echo with the stilettos of stylish shoppers. Tiny tapas bars tucked down narrow sidestreets. Architectural gold hidden in the historic quarter. With its trademark cathedral dominating the skyline, cosmopolitan Palma never fails to impress.

Welcome aboard Marella Dream

At a glance....

  • 6 restaurants
  • 9 bars
  • 3 lounges
  • Nightclub
  • Casino
  • 2 whirlpools
  • 2 swimming pools

Plenty of space and a brilliant selection of facilities - that's what you can expect on the Marella Dream.

This Platinum ship is well-known for its plush show lounge and fantastic West End-style entertainment, with performances and games geared up for the whole family.

Dining - waiter service

  • Orion Restaurant: Offering breakfast, lunch and six-course dinners, this stylish waiter service eatery has an open-seating policy so you can dine where and when you like.
  • Kora La - This a la carte restaurant offers up pan-Asian cuisine with subtly themed interiors.
  • Mistral's Restaurant: When it comes to extravagant dining, this place is a real gem. Pick the likes of sea bream or venison from the a la carte menu or push the boat out with Land and Sea option. Just so you know a cover charge applies.r.

Dining - flexible options

  • Lido Restaurant: Help-yourself buffets. Plus there are themed nights throughout the week.
  • Sirens Restaurant: Booths, tables for two and space for the whole family - Sirens offers the ideal setting for buffet breakfasts and lunches.
  • Terrace Grill: Lunchtime BBQs, pizzas and salads served in the sunshine.


  • Broadway Show Lounge: West End-style musicals and comedy from UK guest acts are staged in this two-storey show lounge.
  • Medusa Lounge: Live bands, game shows and spotlight cabaret take to the floor here.
  • The Water's Edge: This venue is home to late night themed discos and the dance floor.
  • Argo Lounge: Live classical music sets a relaxing scene in this laid-back venue.
  • Casino: Roulette, blackjack and slot machines are just a taste of what's in store in the casino.

Bars and lounges

  • Lido/Pool Bars: For al fresco drinks, head to one of these poolside bars.
  • Medusa Bar: This window-lined bar is the best spot for watching the world go by.
  • Explorers' Lounge: A low-key spot for realxing with a coffee by day.  By night, the tempo is upped with a soundtrack of smooth tunes from the resident pianist.
  • Tides: Set in the centre of the ship, the grand piano and singer soloistswill draw you to the dancefloor.

Other activities

  • Oceans Spa & Beauty Salon: Treat yourself to a new hairstyle, a revitalising facial or a muscle-melting massage.
  • Oceans Gym: A well-equipped gym complete with free weights, state-of-the-art machines and space for aerobics.
  • Other: Onboard extras come in the shape of M Kids' Club, library with internet access, card room and shops.


6 restaurants, 9 bars, 3 lounges, nightclub, casino, 2 whirlpools, 2 swimming pools, card room, beauty salon, boutiques, health club, sports deck, Thomson Kids' Club, sauna, library, medical centre, internet access, air-conditioned throughout, stabilised, worldwide satellite telephone, telex and fax.

Vital Statistics

Tonnage 54,763 GRT
Length 243 m
Beam (width) 30 m
Speed 19 knots
Decks 12
Lifts 7
Cabins 753
Cruise passengers 1506
Crew and staff 600
Electrical current 110v/220v
Registry Malta