Electric Sunsets - 90s vs 00s Cruise
Who doesn’t love a throwback? Whether you’re a Nineties or Noughties kid, you’ll want to jump onboard our latest themed cruise. Just like its name suggests, Electric Sunsets: 90s vs 00s Cruise brings you the ultimate musical showdown. Big-name acts and DJs from both decades will go head to head onboard our newest ship, Marella Explorer 2. On top of this, you can look forward to retro film screenings, parties and fancy dress nights – so don’t forget your best crop tops, pedal pushers and platforms.
If Amsterdam’s the main course, Ijmuiden’s like a scaled-down starter. Its beaches are a major draw for kitesurfers and saltwater fishermen, and away from the port, the…Time in port: 11:00 - 20:00
This tour gives you a great taste of Amsterdam, a city famous for its shimmering canals and gabled houses. First up, you’ll be taken on a panoramic tour of the place, ticking off a bunch of top sights. You’ll drive past the eagle-adorned gates of the Royal Zoo – home to orangutans, crocodiles and giraffes. You’ll also tick off Museum Square, where the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are located. Loads of the city’s sights are only accessible from the water and a tour of Amsterdam just wouldn’t be complete without a cruise along the city's canals. Glide through the historic channels, passing elegant mansions, churches and warehouses dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. You’ll also pass one of the most famous sites in Amsterdam - the house where Anne Frank famously penned her poignant diary.
Get ready to discover the heart-stealing city of Amsterdam, otherwise known as the Venice of the North. You’ll leave the port by coach and start a dot-to-dot of its best bits. You’ll arrive at the Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s richest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh, including 200 paintings and 600 drawings. The Potato-Eater, Self Portrait as a Painter, Still Life with Sun Flowers and Cornfield with Crows are just a few of the paintings in the museum's famous collection. Your guide will be on hand to give you a great insight into the artist’s life. Afterwards, it’s time to carry on with your city tour. Admire the well-kept warehouses and homes that date from the 15th through to the 18th centuries. See the centuries-old Maritime Museum, and check out the bundled-together buildings on Java Island. The Tropen Museum, the Central Station and the Weeping Tower – where sailors’ wives once bid bon voyage to their husbands – are on the to-do list, as well. It’s a great, stress-free way to discover the city.
It doesn’t get any more Dutch than this. Leaving Amsterdam behind, your first stop is the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. The name Schans means ‘defending wall’ and refers to one that was built at the end of the 16th century in the war against the Spaniards. Although you can’t actually see the wall today, it’s now home to houses and businesses close to the working windmills that you’ll be visiting. Within the village, you’ll find loads of typical Dutch crafts. Stop for a while at the wooden shoe factory and see traditional clogs being made. After that, travel through the countryside for your last visit of the day - a typical cheese farm. Here, you’ll get to learn all about the age-old process of cheese-making before sampling some yourself.
Zeebrugge is the gateway to the charming Belgian city of Bruges – a perfectly-preserved open-air museum, filled with cobbled streets, canals and Medieval monuments. And…Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00
Get ready to be mesmerised by Bruges, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and world famous for its naughty-but-nice chocolate. It’s a treasure trove of narrow streets and cobblestone squares, pretty canals and ornate Guild Houses. Your tour kicks off with a walking tour, taking in the Market Place, the City Hall and the chapel of the Holy Blood. You’ll see, too, the Beguine, a 13th-century convent still occupied by nuns, and the Church of Our Lady with the statue of Our Lady and Child by Michelangelo. Then it’s time for what you’ve all been waiting for - the Chocolate Museum, 'Choco-Story'. If you’re curious about Bruges of the past and present and you’re crazy about chocolate, this place was made for you. Learn all about the transformation process of cocoa into chocolate, as well as the health and quality aspects of Belgian chocolate. It’s a great chance to discover Bruges and some seriously tasty chocolate.
Discover the best of Bruges on this half-day tour, as you take in the traditional way of life, the historic sights, and the city’s charming network of waterways. You’ll begin with a scenic drive through the Flemish countryside, before reaching the main event. Starting with a walking tour, you’ll be guided through the pretty cobbled streets and around the historic marketplace, which is home to the Guild Halls and many other centuries-old buildings. You’ll also stroll past one of the town's major landmarks, the Belfry – a huge tower that houses 48 bells – plus the impressive Town Hall and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Afterwards, it’s time to hop aboard a small boat for an open-air cruise around the canals, passing the chocolate-box houses which sit directly on the water’s edge. You’ll then disembark and head to Walplein, the town square. During some free time here, browse the shops for fine Belgian chocolate and Flemish lace, or stop at a nearby café for a coffee or a locally brewed beer.
Pay a visit to beautiful Bruges and try the city’s only locally-produced beer. Your trip kicks off with a walking tour taking in the Market Place, the City Hall and the chapel of the Holy Blood. You’ll also see the Beguine, a 13th-century convent still occupied by nuns, and the Church of Our Lady with the statue of Our Lady and Child by Michelangelo. Then it’s time to visit the home brewery 'De Halve Maan' or the Half Moon. It’s the last remaining family brewery that’s still active in the centre of Bruges. Take a wander round the museum to discover the old traditional brewing methods, then taste Brugse Zot. It’s been awarded the Gold Medal in the World Beer Cup of Seattle. Bottoms up!