Cultural Collection

Marella Explorer

Cultural Collection Overview

Departs: 17 April 2020

14  Nights All Inclusive

Flights available from Edinburgh to Tenerife returning from Corfu

What's Included

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

Ports of call

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife • Las Palmas, Gran Canaria • Gibraltar • Alicante, Spain • Barcelona, Spain • Toulon (for Cote d'Azur), France  • Propriano, Corsica • Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), Italy • Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy • Naples (for Pompeii & Capri), Italy • Corfu Town, Corfu 

Day 1

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 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.

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.

 

 

 

Days 3 - 4

At Sea

 

Day 5

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 6

At Sea

 

 

 

Day 7

 
Alicante, Spain

 

A palm-lined promenade packed with waterfront cafés. Whitewashed houses freckled with fuchsia geraniums. World class museums stacked with futuristic attractions. That’s Alicante in a nutshell, a buzzing city crowned by a fairytale fortress. Of course, this corner of Spain has another string to its bow. Swathe after swathe of powder-soft sand. That’s right, Alicante’s your gateway to the Costa Blanca, where the sun seems to shine permanently on opal-white beaches.

Day 8

Barcelona, Spain 

 

Barcelona is up there with the most famous cities in the world, and for good reason. Sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, this Spanish titan promises cutting-edge architecture, trend-setting fashion and art that breaks the mould. It’s a place where boutique-lined boulevards and intimate espresso bars give way to authentic tapas joints and narrow cobbled streets.

Day 9

Toulon (for Côte d’Azur), France

 

 

 

Fusing French Riviera glam with the feel of a traditional old town, Toulon is your gorgeous gateway to the Côte d’Azur.

 

Follow the sound of popping corks and clinking champagne flutes to über-stylish St-Tropez, a long-time glitterati favourite.
Venture into Aix en Provence and find out about its dual identity. This place is known as the Town of Water thanks to its fountains and the Town of Art because of its many museums.

Day 10

Propriano, Corsica

 

Sandwiched between Sardinia and the top of Italy’s boot, Propriano delivers a taste of the go-slow Mediterranean lifestyle. It’s a far cry from Corsica’s busiest coastal stop-offs, but the pretty marina and rolling green hills will have you reaching for your camera. There’s a tropical feel to the beaches, with white stretches of sand all around the turquoise bay. Stroll beyond the seafront promenade of cafes, and you’ll see baskets swinging from cast-iron balconies on the narrow streets.

Day 11

Livorno (for Florence & Pisa), Italy

 

Get ready to be impressed – this is your gateway to the dazzling riches of Florence and Pisa.

 

A living monument to the Renaissance, Florence might be famous for its art galleries, but the entire city is like one gigantic piece of artwork. Beautiful buildings, picturesque piazzas and stunning sculptures are everywhere you look. Marvel at Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia. Clap eyes on Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery.

Day 12

Civitaveccia (for Rome), Italy

 

 

Few cities on earth have the power to bowl you over quite like Rome. Discover a city packed with historical wonder, artistic splendour and culinary temptation at every turn. Not to mention enough designer shops to keep you browsing for a year.

 

Day 13

Naples (for Pompeii & Capri), Italy

 

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.

 

Day 14

At Sea

 

Day 15

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.

Soak up the views at Bella Vista, Corfu’s most famous lookout point. From here, you can peer over sleepy seaside villages like Paleokastritsa, and the island’s entire west coast.

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