Ancient Kingdom & Ancient Affair

Marella Celebration

Ancient Kingdom & Ancient Affair Overview

Departs: 25 March 2020

14 Nights All Inclusive

Flights available from your local airport

What's included

Price Includes:

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

Ports of call

Limassol, Cyprus • Alanya, Turkey • Alexandria, Egypt • Port Said (for Cairo), Egypt • Ashdod (for Jerusalem and Bethlehem), Israel • Limassol, Cyprus • Alanya, Turkey • Heraklion, Crete • Ashdod (for Jerusalem and Bethlehem), Israel • Limassol, Cyprus

 

 

 

Day 1 

Limassol, Cyprus

Set on Akrotiri Bay, Limassol is the island’s biggest seaside town with plenty to offer its visitors. Whether you’ve come here in search of age-old sights or bubbling bars, the town’s a mixed bag of delights that never fails to impress.

Day 2

Alanya, Turkey

Legendary hangout of Queen Cleopatra, Alanya’s two-faced for all the right reasons. On the one hand an ancient Seljuk city, on the other a slick beach resort, it’s a place where old meets new and the pair get along famously. Walk around and you’ll notice a lot of places with Cleopatra in their names, even one of the beaches. It’s no coincidence. In 44BC, Mark Antony presented the town to his girlfriend as a present. And as gifts go, it takes some beating…

Make your way to the Manavgat Waterfalls, where the river water crashes over low rocks. With their mountain backdrop, these falls are certainly worth some space in your holiday album.
You can’t miss it – and you wouldn’t want to for that matter. In the centre of the port is a huge headland topped with a 13th-century Seljuk fortress. About 150 towers punctuate the walls of this splendid citadel. Delve inside and you’ll come across old gateways, Byzantine chapels and mosques.

Day 3

At Sea

Day 4

Alexandria, Egypt

A medley of mosques, churches and monuments jostle for your attention in Alexandria. The settlement was founded by Alexander the Great in 332BC, and forged a reputation as the second most powerful city in the world, behind mighty Rome. It was home to the Lighthouse of Alexandria – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – and the Great Library. These days, it’s still Egypt’s main gateway to the Mediterranean, with leftover relics like the Citadel of Qaitbay, the Roman Theatre and the catacombs of Karmouz. Modern attractions muscle in, too – you can sunbathe on a pair of sandy beaches, stroll along the restaurant-and-bar-lined Corniche, and marvel at the super-modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina – built on the site of the legendary Great Library.

Recall a bygone age as you stand inside the ruins of Kom El Dikka amphitheatre, the only Roman remains of their kind in Egypt.
Click a few snaps of the dove-coloured Citadel of Qaitbay, which was built on the original site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Day 5

Port Said (for Cairo), Egypt

Cairo’s streets are buzzing with street sellers, honking horns and markets. In fact, they’ve been making a noise since the 4th-century. Once you’ve anchored in Port Said, Egypt’s chaotic capital is less than three hours’ drive. Cairo basically translates as the ‘victorious city’ in Arabic, and it’s got a lot to be proud of. For starters, it’s home to the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing, the Pyramids of Giza. Other highlights include the historic Khan el-Khalili bazaar, mosques and 19th-century palaces.

Days 6 - 7

Ashdod (for Jerusalem and Bethlehem), Israel


Holy sights come thick and fast in these parts. From Ashdod, visit the awe-inspiring cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and see some of the world's most impressive shrines and monuments.

Step into a bible scene in the Garden of Gethsemane. This is the place where Judas betrayed Jesus, after the last supper.
Stand in the shadow of the Wailing Wall. It’s the holiest site in the Jewish religion and thousands of people make pilgrimages here every year.
You don’t need a lilo to float in the Dead Sea. It’s more than eight times saltier than other oceans, which makes it easier to bob about in.

Day 8

Limassol, Cyprus

Set on Akrotiri Bay, Limassol is the island’s biggest seaside town with plenty to offer its visitors. Whether you’ve come here in search of age-old sights or bubbling bars, the town’s a mixed bag of delights that never fails to impress.

Day 9

Alanya, Turkey

Legendary hangout of Queen Cleopatra, Alanya’s two-faced for all the right reasons. On the one hand an ancient Seljuk city, on the other a slick beach resort, it’s a place where old meets new and the pair get along famously. Walk around and you’ll notice a lot of places with Cleopatra in their names, even one of the beaches. It’s no coincidence. In 44BC, Mark Antony presented the town to his girlfriend as a present. And as gifts go, it takes some beating…

Make your way to the Manavgat Waterfalls, where the river water crashes over low rocks. With their mountain backdrop, these falls are certainly worth some space in your holiday album.
You can’t miss it – and you wouldn’t want to for that matter. In the centre of the port is a huge headland topped with a 13th-century Seljuk fortress. About 150 towers punctuate the walls of this splendid citadel. Delve inside and you’ll come across old gateways, Byzantine chapels and mosques.

Day 10

Marmaris, Turkey

Turkey's biggest beach resort, Marmaris has a definite 'Riviera' feel to it. An elegant, palm-lined promenade weaves its way around the shoreline, while the marina plays host to a flotilla of gleaming white yachts.

Day 11

Heraklion, Crete

Old shakes hands with new in Crete’s capital. The city’s taken on a vibrant, cosmopolitan air and brims with pavement cafés, bars and sleek boutiques. But peek into the backstreets and traditional life drifts gently by.

Take a trip to Knossos Palace. After the Acropolis in Athens, it’s the second most visited place in the whole of Greece.
Sink into a sofa in one of the ice cream parlours by Lake Voulismeni and ponder the local legend that the lake is bottomless.

Day 12

At Sea

Days 13 - 14

Ashdod (for Jerusalem and Bethlehem), Israel


Holy sights come thick and fast in these parts. From Ashdod, visit the awe-inspiring cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and see some of the world's most impressive shrines and monuments.

Step into a bible scene in the Garden of Gethsemane. This is the place where Judas betrayed Jesus, after the last supper.
Stand in the shadow of the Wailing Wall. It’s the holiest site in the Jewish religion and thousands of people make pilgrimages here every year.
You don’t need a lilo to float in the Dead Sea. It’s more than eight times saltier than other oceans, which makes it easier to bob about in.

Day 15

Limassol, Cyprus

Set on Akrotiri Bay, Limassol is the island’s biggest seaside town with plenty to offer its visitors. Whether you’ve come here in search of age-old sights or bubbling bars, the town’s a mixed bag of delights that never fails to impress.

Welcome aboard Marella Celebration

At a glance....

  • 3 restaurants
  • 5 bars
  • 2 lounges
  • Nightclub
  • Casino
  • Whirlpool
  • 2 Swimming pools

This is one of the smaller ships in the Marella fleet, and, with its sophisticated à la carte restaurants and indulgent spa, it really spoils you.

Plus, because it's now part of the Platinum range, you can expect cabins and public areas with a smart, contemporary edge.

Dining - waiter service

  • The Meridian Restaurant: Serving breakfast, lunch and six-course dinner. All meals are served by waiters as open seating so you can dine when and where you please.
  • Mistral's: Intimate à la carte restaurant offering the ultimate dining experience. A cover charge applies and onboard reservations are required.
  • Gala night: Weekly Captain's Gala Reception and Gala Dinner. Set dining times apply - early or late sittings allocated on arrival.

Dining - flexible options

  • Lido Restaurant: Self-service buffet with an indoor and al fresco dining area. International theme nights are held twice a week.
  • Terrace Grill: Lunchtime pasta dishes, pizzas and speciality salads served in the sunshine.
  • Buffet Magnifique: Weekly event blurring the boundaries between food and entertainment with ice sculptures, fruit carvings and tempting treats.
  • Room service: 24 hours a day - extra charge applies.

Entertainment

  • Broadway Show Lounge: West End-style revues and special guest acts from the UK.
  • Liberties: Live bands, popular game shows, karaoke and disco.
  • Hemingway's Casino: Fully-equipped with popular gaming tables and machines.
  • Horizons: Live classical and jazz music and occasional spotlight cabarets in a sumptuous setting.
  • Cinema: Daily feature presentations of recently released films.

Bars and lounges

  • Horizons: Perfect for a quiet drink and good conversation, with an impressive range of drinks and views that are simply unbeatable.
  • Hemingway's Bar: Close to the main restaurant and the show lounge - ideal for pre-dinner drinks.
  • Explorers' Lounge: A laid-back lounge ideal for after-dinner coffee and liqueurs.
  • Mezzanine Bar: On the top level of the show lounge.
  • Liberties Bar: A bar in the ship's nightclub.
  • Lido Bar: Outdoor, next to pool and restaurant.

Other activities

  • Oceans Health Club: Relax and rejuvenate with the latest range of treatments in the spa and salon. The gym offers resistance, cardio and personal training. Male and female saunas are also available.
  • Sports Deck: The place to head for badminton, basketball and table tennis.
  • Other: Card and reading room, Marella Kids' Club, gift shops, library with internet access.

Amenities

3 restaurants, 5 bars, 2 lounges, nightclub, casino, whirlpools, 2 swimming pools, wading pool, cinema, card/reading room, beauty salon, boutiques, health club, sports deck, sauna and massage, library, medical centre, internet access, 4 self service laundries, air-conditioned throughout, stabilised, worldwide satellite telephone, telex and fax

Vital Statistics

Tonnage 33,930 GRT
Length 214.66 m
Beam (width) 27.26 m
Speed 18 knots
Decks 10
Lifts 7
Cabins 632
Cruise passengers 1264
Crew and staff 520
Electrical current 110/120v AC
Registry Malta