Marella Discovery 2
Flights available from Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester or Gatwick DIRECT to Montego Bay returning from Naples
Montego Bay, Jamaica • Amber Cove, Dominican Republic • St. John's, Antigua • Funchal, Madeira • Malaga, Costa del Sol • Ajaccio, Corsica • Naples, Italy
Jamaica’s bubbly side is on show in Montego Bay. This lively north-coast town has a strip full of reggae bars and Caribbean restaurants, and you can dip in and out for rum cocktails and jerk chicken. Montego Bay’s biggest pull, though, is its coastline. The shores here are bracketed by clear blue waves and coconut palms.
Rose Hall is one of the island’s first plantation houses, and locals swear it’s haunted by its former owner, the infamous White Witch. If you’d rather avoid the ghosts, head to the Greenwood Great House instead. It’s the former home of poet Elizabeth Barrett Brown’s ancestors.
The Dunn’s River Falls are Jamaica’s number one attraction. The waterfalls here are terraced, like a giant flight of steps, and the safest way to get to the top is by holding the hands of fellow tourists and walking as a human chain.
The Crocodile Nursery in Montego Bay makes for a great day out. The reptiles range in age from hatchlings to 5-year-olds, and the highlight of the day is feeding time, when you can watch the babies enjoying their lunch.
Christopher Columbus was Puerto Plata’s first tourist back in 1492. He was allegedly drawn to the coastline by the city’s shimmering silver appearance, thanks to the fog from Mount Isabel de Torres. Years later, the city – nicknamed the Silver Port – hasn’t lost its unique charm. The area is blessed with some of the longest strips of cotton-white sand on the island. And beyond, there are waterfalls and mountains to explore.
It’s a little-known fact that the Dominican Republic is famous for producing amber. And Puerto Plata’s Amber Museum has a claim to fame – it’s home to the fossilised mosquito from Jurassic Park.
For Facebook-worthy views of the coastline, take the Caribbean’s only cable car up Isabel de Torres. At the top, you’ll also find a replica of Rio’s iconic Christ statue and botanical gardens.
Make a trip to Cabarete Beach to take advantage of the reliable breeze and gentle swells. It’s a world-famous spot for windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing.
If you’re a big fan of the beach, prepare to lose your heart to this place. Antiguans like to boast they have a different one for every day of the year. Without doubt, porcelain, palm-fringed sands and still turquoise waters are the star of this island show. But that’s not all Antigua’s got to boast about. Get ready for towns in a rainbow riot of colours. Quiet countryside that slumbers in the sunshine. And cuisine as sublime as those moon-white shores.
Get up close to the stingrays at the Stingray City Antigua. More than 30 rays call this place home, and you'll be able to climb into the water to touch, feed and play with the animals.
Head out to Great Bird Island - it's great snorkelling territory. In particular, keep an eye out for the starfish and stingrays.
Sink your toes into soft sand and wade through waters too blue to be true. A good place to head is Runway Beach, where you'll find a long list of watersports and a lively beach bar.
Hit the shops in St John’s, Antigua’s bright and breezy capital. Plump for island crafts or up the spending in the duty-free complexes. ectionately 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.
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. Get to know Funchal. This spellbinding city is a portion of Portugal sprinkled with a dash of Garden of Eden and Edwardian Britain. The whole place seems to be smothered in vivid bougainvillea, jasmine and other exotic blooms. Don’t miss the covered market, a dizzying montage of exotic fruit stalls and flower-sellers wearing traditional costume. And take a look at the city’s impressive Sé cathedral with its ornate ceiling and artworks.
If you’re really into blooms, meander around Funchal’s tranquil Botanical Gardens, admiring their dazzling displays of orchids, cacti and Madeira’s iconic dragon trees.
Take a cable car up to the mountain village of Monte and hurtle back down the cobbles towards Funchal in a wicker toboggan
Gaze in awe at the colossal Cabo Girao, one of the world’s largest coastal cliffs. Then take in the simple charms of the quaint fishing village, Camara de Lobos, one of Winston Churchill’s favourite retreats.
Sign up for a jeep tour to explore parts of the island that are usually off limits.
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.
See Malaga’s 16th-century cathedral. It’s known as ‘La Manquita’ or ‘one-armed woman’ because lack of funds meant only one of the two planned towers was completed
Take in the views from the Alhambra Palace in Granada. This pink-gold, Arabian-style building sits on a hilltop, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains
The caves in Nerja, an elegant old town on the edge of a cliff, are among the largest and most spectacular in Europe.
Rugged peaks, emerald countryside, twinkling blue waters – Corsica’s been plucked from the prettiest postcard. Rising up from one of the most beautiful gulfs in the world is Ajaccio, a town oozing charm. An impressive place in its own right, it’s also your gateway to the sensational scenery and sleepy little towns that this sun-soaked isle is famous for. One word of advice – take plenty of spare batteries for your camera.
Get back to nature in the countryside that surrounds the city. Taking a coach and train trip, you can explore the maquis, the rich green hillside that’s unique to Corsica, and the Prunelli Gorge, a deep ravine that was carved by a small river.
For something a bit different head for Cupulatta Park, Europe’s only tortoise protection centre. From babies measuring just a few centimetres to wizened old grandfathers decades old, you’ll find them all here.
Naples is Italy’s most red-blooded city. This is the place where the pizza is so good people don’t wait for their slices at restaurant tables, they order it to-go from street side windows. And it’s the city where the soundtrack is the beeping of moped horns. For all its joy de vive, you wouldn’t know Naples is actually one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. The city centre is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s dripping with ancient architecture, cathedrals and churches.
Visit the time-frozen cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, whose citizens were stopped in their tracks by the famous eruptions of 79 AD
Teeter on the brink of Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano you can climb in Europe.
At a glance....
Marella Discovery 2 joined the Marella Cruises fleet in May 2017. Marella Discovery 2 is the sister ship to Marella Discovery so their onboard set up is very similar. Having two ships means you’ll be able to pair a wider choice of itineraries with the exciting features offered by this larger, more contemporary style of vessel. These include an outdoor cinema, a rock climbing wall, a minigolf course, an indoor pool and a glossy atrium. Not to mention the range of bars, excellent dining scene and night-time shows enhanced by up-to-the-minute technology. Just like Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery 2 will be All Inclusive as standard. So, drinks, including prosecco and cider, meals in a selection of restaurants and most onboard activities are included in the cruise price. Flights and tips are both part of the package, too.