Our signature pan-Asian à la carte makes an appearance onboard Marella Discovery 2. The menu covers off south and east Asia, featuring dishes like Indian spiced king prawns, and Indonesian beef rendang curry. A cover charge applies for dining here, and you’ll need to make a reservation.
Marella Discovery 2’s main eatery is a big, stylish venue, finished in the colours of the sand and the sea. Daytime meals here come with a side-order of sea views, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and a grand double staircase leads up to a separate eatery.
You’ll find this trendy Italian restaurant on the second floor of the ship’s main dining room, 47°. It’s a laid-back place, where bookings aren’t necessary, and its designer look features a colour scheme inspired by the sunset.
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…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
This driving tour takes in some of Malta’s most famous sights – everything from bomb-proof buildings to natural wonders are on the agenda. First up, you’ll set off on the coach and head for the historic city of Vittoriosa, where you’ll get to see the Church of St Lawrence, which is home to the observation tower used by Grand Master La Vallette during the siege of 1565. From here, it’s on to Marsaxlokk, Malta’s largest fishing village, where you’ll have some time to explore before getting back on the coach. Next up, you’ll drive through some tiny villages before reaching the Blue Grotto – a cluster of picturesque sea caverns on the south coast. Then, you’ll pass through the town of Girgenti, home of the Prime Minister’s summer residence, before making tracks for the Dingli Cliffs – Malta’s highest point. From here, you’ll drive through Rabat, and around the edges of Mdina, Malta’s old capital city. Lastly, there’s a stop in the town of Mosta, which is famous for its church, which was hit by a shell bomb in World War II. The bomb went through the property but, miraculously, didn’t explode.
Your tour kicks off just a short coach ride from the capital with a visit to the ‘Malta Experience’ - a spectacular show bringing to life more than 7,000 years of history, followed by a visit to the Barrakka Gardens, Valletta’s most beautiful garden with a breath-taking view of the Grand Harbour and the old towns of Senglea and Vittoriosa. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to walk the main attractions of Valletta like the exterior of the Grandmaster’s Palace, the House of Parliament and the outside of Castille Palace. You then make your way to Mdina, the ancient capital city, for a wander around the bastions and ramparts. You’ll also get the chance to go inside the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral. Next comes Rabat, a town just outside Mdina, famous for its crafts and local trades. Here, you’ll make one last stop at the ‘Tales of the Silent City’, where you’ll get some free time to shop for take-home trinkets, before re-boarding the ship.
Set off on a cruise round Valletta’s two natural harbours. This is the ultimate chill-out experience, so just sit back with a drink and watch as you float past Malta’s capital. You’ll drift by historical forts, battlements and creeks that can only be seen from the sea. Back on dry land, you’ll have some free time for retail therapy in Sliema. You can dip in and out of boutiques selling shoes, jewellery and bastketware. Simply sit beneath a parasol and sip a cup of coffee at one of the charming cafeterias dotting the seafront or just enjoy a local ice-cream on the Sliema promenade.
The Greeks, the Romans, the Saracens, the Normans – they all squabbled over the pretty hook-shaped harbour of Trapani. And no wonder. Packed with reminders of its long…Time in port: 07:00 - 16:00 | Tender to shore
To see the best of Sicily, you have to climb to great heights. And on this trip you'll do exactly that. After a coach drive to the cable station, you’ll take the cable car up to the top of a mountain. Take in the view out over the Trapani salt pans, the turquoise sea and all the way to the Egadi Islands - it's breathtaking. While you're up here, you'll explore the Medieval town that is Erice. Wander the winding cobbled streets. Visit the Mother Church that's stood here for over 700 years. And admire the Castle of Venus where the son of Athena, goddess of love, built a temple in his mother's honour. But save some sighs for the gorgeous Balio Gardens in all their rainbow bright glory. Last but not least you'll have time to enjoy the atmosphere in Erice’s dinky plaza, before you take the cable car back down to the ship.
Travel back in time to the days of Aristotle and Alexander the Great with a visit to Segesta. Tucked among Sicily's mountains in a cushiony-green valley, this abandoned city is a throwback to a time when Zeus and his mythical friends ruled the roost. And while it was founded by the Elimi - some of the island's native people - it was the Greeks that finished it off and made it the most important town in Western Sicily. Today, with its magnificent Doric temple taking pride of place in the centre of the valley, it's one of the best-preserved Greek archaeological sites in the world. Speaking of temples, this one's made of marble, supported by 36 Doric columns and it's stood in this spot since the 5th century BC - hard to believe it was constructed before the days of power drills and stone cutters. While you're here, you'll also pay a visit to the amphitheatre that curves around the slopes of Mount Barbarian. Built during the Hellenistic age and restored by the Romans, it's still used today. Every summer people crowd into its 20 tiers of seats to watch Greek tragedies played out in Italian. And even if you don't come here for the history, it's worth a visit for the views alone. Cue a widescreen panorama of mountains, rolling valleys and an ancient city left ruined by the tides of time.
On this 2-in-1 trip, you’ll get to enjoy a boat tour of one of the most scenic pockets of Sicily, before sampling the country’s famous wine. The first half of your itinerary involves a boat trip around the Stagnone Lagoon. The biggest and most important in Sicily, it’s a large expanse of crystal-clear water, that’s freckled with the islands of Isola Lunga, Mothia, Isola di Schola and Isola di Santa Maria. As you glide through the water, your guide will fill you in on the history of the isles, including Mothia, one of the most prosperous Phoenician colonies in days gone by. You’ll also get to see the vast salt pans and ancient windmills that dot the lagoon’s edges. Eventually, you’ll anchor at the port, before boarding a coach and driving through the countryside to the town of Marsala. Here, you’ll stop by a rustic winery to learn about the making of the town’s famous wine, and to taste some of the different varieties for yourself. Before you leave, you’ll have a chance to pick up a couple of bottles in the winery shop, too.
Porto Torres is anchored on the northern shores of Sardinia, and the town’s got a history book to rival Italy’s longest-standing settlements. You’ll see the caramel-coloured…Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
This trip to Alghero’s a great choice if walking’s not your game, with your 40-minute tour around the historical centre taking place on board a trolley train. On the way, you’ll pass through the cobbled streets and catch sight of the traditional Catalan architecture, as your guide highlights the must-sees. Afterwards, you’ll have an hour of free time to grab a spot of brunch, explore the city or watch the world go by from a seafront coffee shop. On the journey back to port, you can take in the views from the headland of Capo Caccia on a scenic coastal drive.
Sardinia’s history and culture’s far too varied to be seen in one day, but this trip gives you a real taste of the Mediterranean’s second-largest island. For starters, you’ll take the panoramic coastal road to the charming town of Bosa, where there’ll be two hours of free time to explore. Spot the pretty coloured houses clustered into the hillside, and snap the Medieval Malaspina Castle. The town square’s a prime spot for lunching, and sampling the local tipple – Malvasia wine. Afterwards, you’ll head inland to discover the history of the Nuraghe Sant’Antine. There are over 7,000 mysterious nuraghes – AKA stone houses – on the island, with some dating back to the 12th century BC.
There's talcum powder-like sands and shallow turquoise waters on the agenda. Sardinia’s northwestern tip – and the area of Stintino in particular – is known for its first-rate beaches. You’ll head to La Pelosa Beach for around three hours of sun, sea and sand. Dip your toes in the water and watch as the colourful fish swim between your feet. And if you feel like venturing out further, you can grab a snorkel. This area’s part of the Asinara National Park, a protected marine preserve since 2002. The views are second to none – you’ve got the islands of Piana and Asinara in sight from the sands. Plus, the beach has sunbeds for hire and a handful of seafront restaurants and bars.
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…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
Go off the beaten track and discover all Corsica’s best bits. The island’s scenery is nothing short of sensational. Think herby-green maquis, vineyards and sheer granite cliff faces - it’s about as far as you can get from the cosmopolitan buzz of the beach resorts. Your tour takes you on a drive through the mountains to Cricheto Pass. Here you’ll board a little wheel train to get to grips with Corsica’s back country and learn all about herbs like sage, juniper and myrtle that make up the maquis. After your little train ride, make a beeline for the Prunelli Gorge, a sinuous ravine carved through the mountain by a small river. And nearby you'll find the gorgeous Lake Tolla, well worth a picture before you head back to the ship. After your photostop you’ll be treated to a small local snack.
This trip is about as laid-back as it gets, with the focus falling very much on tradition. You’ll head through the outskirts of town, delving deep into the fragrant Corsican countryside. The first place you’ll come to is a winery where you’ll get chance to try the fruity local tipples. You can purchase a bottle or two of your favourites, then head off to a factory specialising in essential oils. If you thought the countryside smelled sweet, wait until you get to this place. The air is thick with the scent of natural oils and remedies, which you’ll see being made from local herbs and flowers. Moving on, you’ll stop off at a family-run nougat factory. Indulge your sweet tooth with a few chunks of this French fancy. You’ll get to see a step-by-step demonstration of how it’s made, too. Plus, if you’ve developed a taste for it, there’s time to buy the ones you like best before heading back to the ship.
When beauty was handed out, it appears Corsica was at the front of the queue. For centuries, the island has drawn people based on its looks alone – and on this trip you’ll get to witness it for yourself. Leaving the port behind, you’ll venture into the spectacular Corsican countryside. The first thing you’ll probably notice is that a lot of the island’s covered in maquis. It’s a thick carpet of sweet-smelling flowers that’s earned Corsica the title ‘the scented isle’. Your first stop is Prunelli’s River Gorge, where red granite cliffs plunge dramatically into the river. Then you’ll carry on to the view point above the artificial lake of Tolla - the views will have you reaching for your camera. There’s time to take photos before you head back to the ship, passing through traditional hill villages on the way.
Piombino is the gateway to the Tuscan cities of Siena and Pisa. Hilly Siena is packed with Gothic architecture, Medieval monuments and hundreds of restaurants. Pisa,meanwhile,…Time in port: 07:00 - 17:00
If you want to see the fantastic sights of Pisa, but would prefer to sit back and relax while you take in the views, this tour is for you. You’ll get a ride on a trolley train, which will drop you right in the centre of the action at Campo dei Miracoli – Miracle Square. Here you’ll find the famous Leaning Tower, as well as the cathedral and the Baptistery. There’ll be plenty of time for you to capture pictures of these iconic sights, shop for souvenirs, and even grab a gelato before the train ride back to the coach.
Take a journey through the beautiful green landscape of southern Tuscany, and you’ll reach the Medieval city of Siena – it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you arrive, you’ll get a walking tour through the historical centre. Your guide will lead the way and talk you through the history of the sights you pass, including the Piazza del Duomo, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which is one of the most important and most beautiful Gothic buildings in Italy. You’ll also see the museum of Santa Maria della Scala – it was once an ancient hospital that cared for orphans and pilgrims. Next on the agenda is the world-famous Piazza del Campo, which plays host to a number of impressive buildings and has been the centre of the city since the 12th century. Stroll past the Palazzo Pubblico, the Torre del Mangia tower and the square’s beautiful monumental fountain, the Fonte Gaia. You’ll then have some free time to explore Siena, do some shopping and tuck into some Tuscan food – the Italians never skip lunch!
Leave the port of Piombino behind and take in the views of the iconic Tuscan countryside on your drive to Pisa. When you get there, you’ll be escorted to the Miracle Square, where you’ll meet your walking tour guide. This square is also known as the Campo dei Miracoli, and it’s arguably one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It’s home to an impressive 13th-century cathedral, with a Tuscan-Romanesque façade and Muslim-inspired interior. You can also visit the Baptistery – it’s the largest of its kind in Italy. And last but not least, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This iconic tower is often referenced as one of the wonders of the world, and it’s where Galileo is said to have conducted his gravity experiments. After you’ve had your fun staging pictures that look like you’re holding the tower in place, you’ll have some free time to explore Pisa, before heading back to Piombino.