Magic of the Mediterranean

Marella Explorer

Magic of the Mediterranean Overview

Departs: 30 October 2020

6  Nights All Inclusive

Flights available from your local airport

What's included

Price Includes:

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

Ports of call:

Corfu Town, Corfu • Taranto, Italy • Valletta, Malta • Ibiza Town, Ibiza • Almeria, Spain • Malaga, Costa Del Sol

 

Day 1

Corfu Town, Corfu

Awash with colourful flowers, Corfu is big on beauty. It’s known as the Emerald Isle, and its golden beaches, lush green landscape and colourful villages will have you constantly reaching for your camera.

Day 2

Taranto, Italy

 

Taranto is surrounded by a natural harbour so this city and seafood go hand in hand – it’s particularly well-known for oysters and mussels. The historical old town spreads over an island, while the new town is all about sleek and stylish palm-lined avenues. Taranto has an interesting history – it dates back to the year 706 BC when it was founded as a Greek-Spartan colony. The Museo Nazionale Archeologico holds hundreds of artefacts from their reign, including terracotta figures, glassware and jewellery. For a dose of some more recent history, visit the 15th-century Aragonese Castle. Dominated by four big circular towers, it guards the bridge that joins the new and old towns. In Taranto’s modern district, age-old monuments make way for swanky shops. Stretch the purse strings on the Via d’Aquino, before tucking into a plate of seafood linguine at one of the waterfront restaurants.

 

Day 3

Valletta, Malta

As your ship cruises into Valletta, a magical skyline of soaring steeples and bulbous church domes rises to greet you. This is Malta's quintessential capital, a captivating city steeped in history. Stroll the colourful streets of Valletta, taking in sights like the Grandmaster's Palace, the House of Parliament and Castille Palace. Visit Mdina, the island's old capital. It's an impressive walled city dripping in Medieval and Baroque architecture. They call it the Silent City because cars are forbidden. Carriage-laden horses trotting through the streets and the gentle chatter of Mdina's inhabitants are the only sounds likely to pierce the sleepy calm. Take a boat ride to the spellbinding Blue Grotto, an impressive 50 metre-deep cave. Sit back and relax on a boat trip around Valletta’s two natural harbours. The waters here have seen their fair share of naval action, standing by as both Napoleon and Nelson staked their claims to them.

Day 4

At Sea

 

Day 5

Ibiza Town

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 6

Malaga, Spain

Set on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol, Malaga is a Moorish delight. During the Arab occupation of Spain, the city was the principal port of the Moorish kingdom of Granada. So what does that mean for you? It means the city of Granada and its striking Alhambra Palace are just a short drive away. Prepare to be blown away.

 

 

 

Welcome aboard Marella Explorer

At a glance....

  • 10 Restaurants
  • 10 Bars
  • Indoor cinema
  • Sport & family deck
  • Casino
  • 1 Swimming pool
  • 3 Whirl Pools

IMarella Explorer is stepping up to the plate, with more facilities than any of the other ships. This includes a bumper 10 restaurants and 10 bars, as well as an indoor cinema and a Sport & Family Deck. You can expect fleet favourites like Snack Shack and Kora La, plus brand new spaces like Indigo – a swanky bar, club and casino.

Dining - Marella Explorer’s dining scene is worth shouting about. On top of a load of new waiter service restaurants and an around-the-world buffet, you’ve got speciality places like Surf & Turf, Umi Sushi and an experimental eatery

  • Latitude 53: The main waiter service restaurant is a good-looking place, with a gold-and-grey colour scheme and floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • The Dining Club: This fine dining restaurant was made for foodies. You’ll be treated to experimental cuisine, making it the ideal spot for an extra special evening. There’s a charge to dine here.
  • Umi Sushi: Sushi, sashimi and nigiri rolls are prepared right in front of your eyes at this brand-new eatery. It’s open for dinner only, and costs a little extra.
  • The Market Place: You can watch the chefs whip up dishes from around the world at this buffet restaurant. It’s made up of lots of different food stalls, hence its name, the Market Place.
  • Snack Shack: Food stalls, beach huts and oversized deckchairs set the scene at this laidback eatery. As such, you can look forward to grab ‘n’ go breakfasts, lunches and snacks.
  • Vista: You’ll find Vista on the first floor of Latitude 53. Come evening, it transforms into a contemporary Italian restaurant. It's similar to Gallery 47° on Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2.
  • Kora La: You’ll feel like you’ve switched continents when you dine at this restaurant. Oriental-style lanterns and paintings are paired with a pan-Asian menu of curries and noodle dishes. You’ll pay a cover charge to eat here.

Entertainment, Bars & Lounges

  • The Lounge: A colour-changing feature bar, hot-pink piano and funky, ring-shaped seats take their place in this eye-catching lounge bar. You can admire the views, while listening to the soothing soundtrack of the live pianist.
  • 53: The clue’s in the name here. This bar is right next to Latitude 53, so it’s perfectly placed for some pre-dinner drinks.
  • The Shack: This deck bar provides cool-down drinks in between sunbathing. You’ll find it just above Snack Shack, overlooking the pool.
  • Broadway Show Lounge: With a capacity of 1,000 people, this show lounge is big enough to rival a Broadway theatre. And that’s not all it’s got going for it. There are brand-new shows on offer, plus it’s waiter service, so you can get a drink without missing a thing.
  • Indigo Bar, Club & Casino: Indigo lays claim to the longest bar in the fleet. Flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions take place here.If you’re feeling lucky, you can try out the slot machines and card tables at the Indigo Casino.
  • Venue: There’s always something going on at Venue. By day, you can get stuck in with the likes of dance classes. Evenings, meanwhile, are taken care of by live music, virtual bands, quizzes and game shows. Bar-wise, you’ve got two to pick from, including one with a huge range of beers.
  • Aperitif: Smoky and fruit-infused cocktails are on the menu at this speakeasy-style bar. It’s a great spot to head before or after a meal at one of the speciality restaurants.
  • Bar @ The Mediterranean: This feature bar wraps around The Mediterranean – running from the inside to the outside. It’s the place to come for Mediterranean specialities, as well as your usual drinks and frozen cocktails.

Other activities

  • Champneys: Marella Cruises has partnered with Champneys to bring you this state-of-the-art spa.
  • Mini Golf: Practise your putt on this minigolf green. It’s right at the top of the ship on the Sports & Family Deck
  • The Cinema: Movie nights come courtesy of the indoor cinema. Family-friendly films are on the agenda, with extra screenings during high season.
  • Hideout: This hangout spot has been designed with older kids and teens in mind – think games consoles and comfy seating. Plus, there's an al fresco terrace filled with colourful hammocks.
  • Oceans Gym: You can work up a sweat with the sea in sight at the gym.

Amenities

10 restaurants, 10 bars, lounges, nightclub, casino, 3 whirlpools, 1 swimming pool, Champneys beauty salon, boutiques, health club, sports deck, medical centre, internet access, air-conditioned throughout, stabilised, worldwide satellite telephone, telex and fax.

Vital Statistics

Tonnage 76,998 GRT
Length 262.5 m
Beam (width) 32.2 m
Speed 21.5 knots
Decks 13
Lifts 10
Cabins 962
Cruise passengers 1924
Registry  Malta