As its name suggests, this à la carte eatery specialises in the likes of marbled steaks and meaty lobster tails. You’ve also got other meat and fish options, as well as plenty to satisfy a vegetarian palate. This is one of the ship's speciality restaurants, so there's a charge to dine here – plus, we recommend you make a reservation in advance.
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.
This daytrip does the double, giving you the chance to explore two of Italy’s most famous seaside resorts under your own steam. Firstly, you’ll have around an hour and a half to get to know Santa Margherita – although the paintbox houses may have you thinking you’ve touched down in Cuba. Call in at the Castello di Santa Maria Ligure – a 16th-century fortress built to defend the town from pirate raids – and wander up the hill to the Chiesa di San Giacomo. This pretty whitewashed church is really camera-friendly. You’ll then catch the ferry over to iconic Portofino for a couple of hours’ exploring time. Window-shop as you roam the winding streets, and pause for a bite to eat at the harbour – it’s a must-do.
You take the reins on this half-day trip to landmark-packed Genoa, the capital of Italy’s Liguria region. It’s around an hour from the port, and you’ll have three hours of free time to get to know the city known as ‘La Superba’. Check out the Piazza de Ferrari with its impressive bronze fountain, and call in at the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo – AKA St Lawrence Cathedral – to snap some photos with its zebra-striped walls. You can grab a double helping of palaces, too – there’s the Palazzo Ducale and the Palazzo Reale. A bevy of coffee shops and gelaterias hide in the alleyways, so there are plenty of brunching opportunities. In fact, the city’s believed to be the birthplace of pesto – a sampler should be on your agenda.
The largest aquarium in Italy and the second-largest one in Europe is your destination today – it’s home to over 15,000 animals, including sharks, seals and tropical fish. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Biosphere, which is housed in a huge glass globe. Tropical plants like banana and cinnamon trees are grown inside, along with some of the tallest cultivated tree ferns in the world. In the Blue Planet, you can catch glimpses of Moray eels, while the Mermaid’s Lagoon’s where the manatees live. And, in the Deep Sea Room, you can go on a virtual reality adventure to the depths of the ocean. You’ll have three hours inside the aquarium to explore, and there’s a coffee shop serving drinks and snacks.
Swapping one island for another you’ll make a beeline for little La Maddalena on this trip. You’ll pass some of Sardinia’s most dramatic scenery. Drive through charming villages like San Pantaleo. And catch the ferry from Palau to La Maddalena. The biggest of the La Maddalena archipelago, this dinky island has many claims to fame. Horatio Nelson took refuge here in 1804. Mussolini was imprisoned here for 20 days. And, more recently, Sylvester Stallone once spent his summer holiday here. As you’re driven around, you’ll soon see why this place gets the celebrity vote. On a good day, you’ll get a clear view of Corsica from up here. Not to mention the rocky coastline and neon blue sea that surround the island. The town itself is every inch the good-looking Italian. Huddled around a boat-filled harbour it’s all candy-coloured houses and narrow, winding roads. In Garibaldi Square, still known locally as Piazza Rossa – Red Square – because of its distinctive red paving, you have some free time to explore before heading back to the ship.
Glitz, glamour and old-world charm come in equal measures on this trip as you drive along Sardinia’s Emerald coast. Cue a tumble of pink granite. Sandy coves. And turquoise seas. Few stretches of the Mediterranean look as good as the Costa Smeralda, it’s a regular Italian Eden. You’ll pass pretty villages like San Pantaleo - a slice of old-school Sardinia that’s all crooked lanes and stone cottages, before coming to a stop in Porto Cervo. A millionaire’s playground, this is the coast’s chic capital where the in-crowd love to be seen. A guided tour of the town’s best bits is followed by some free time to tick a few must-dos off your list. Burn out your credit card in the designer shops. Sip a cappuccino in the piazza and watch the Gucci-clad glitterati glide by. Last but not least, you’ll pause to soak up the sensational views over Cala di Volpe Bay and Romazzino, before heading back to the ship.
When it comes to beautiful beaches, Sardinia gives the Caribbean a run for its money. With its curves of pearlescent sand and translucent waters, it’s the original paradise isle. So if you’re dedicating your day to uninterrupted rest and relaxation, this beach transfer is the perfect trip for you. A coach will whisk you to the shores of La Cinta, one of the island’s most popular beaches. It’s also the longest and widest stretch of sand you’ll find in Sardinia and, in the height of summer, it comes complete with a bar and windsurf hire shop. So whether you want to top up your tan, sip cocktails on the sand or skim across the waves, La Cinta’s got the lot. All you need is your swimsuit, towel and some spending money and you’re good to go.
This tour takes in the picturesque mountain villages of Corsica’s Balagne region, which is famous for its olive groves and fruit orchards. First up, you’ll pass through the ancient village of Calenzana, with its views of Calvi Bay, the Genoese towers of Caldanu and Spano, and the Monte Grosso mountains. From here, it’s on to the villages of Zilia, Cassano and Lughignono, before making tracks for Col de Salvi and Cateri. Cateri is particularly good-looking, with its balcony-clad houses and 12th-century chapel. Then it’s on to Sant Antonino, one of the oldest villages in Corsica. There’s some free time here, so you’ll get to explore the winding lanes, stepped alleyways and stone houses that spill down the hillside. You’ll then drive on passing through the village of Ile Rousse and, finally, Lumio. In ancient times, this place was at the centre of sun-worshipping cult activity.
This guided driving tour takes you through Corsica’s picturesque Balagne region, which is overflowing with olive groves, fruit orchards and velvet green hills. You’ll set off towards Notre Dame de la Serra, an 18th-century chapel that offers up sweeping views of the mountains and Calvi below. You can get off the bus for a photo stop, before continuing past wind-whipped bays and beaches. Next, you’ll venture through the countryside. As you pass the ruins of an ancient silver mine, keep an eye out for the Genoese tower where Prince Bonaparte built his hunting pavilion in 1852, and try to spot the Capo Tondo or ‘Round Mountain’ on the way. Driving on, you’ll pass close by to the coastal wildlife reserve of Scandola, where you’ll come across the Balagne Deserte – a deserted region of red rock that’s smothered in greenery. Nearby, you can see the Cirque de Bonifato – a dense forest filled with evergreens and pines. A relaxing tour and complete scenic treat!
This guided walking tour gives you the lowdown on Calvi’s past, from its origins as a quaint fishing village and its century spent as a Genoese stronghold, to how it emerged as the trendy hotspot it is today. After setting off from the pier, you’ll head for the citadel, which is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the port. You’ll pass through the drawbridge and stop to admire the sweeping views, before heading for the Place d’Armes and the 13th-century Cathedral St John Baptiste, which dominates the main square. Next on the agenda is the former home of Calvi’s most famous resident, Christopher Columbus. Then it’s over to the enormous Caserne Sampiero, which used to be the governor’s palace. It dates back to the 13th century and, in those days, the castle’s tower was used as a dungeon. Next up, you’ll visit the Oratoire St Antoine Church, with its graceful granite carvings, before moving on to the city’s ancient ramparts and the Ville Basse – the lower part of Calvi. Last but not least, you’ll take in a very different face of the town – the Quay Landry. Its sleek marina, boutiques and café-lined promenade attract a well-heeled crowd.
Once a sleepy fishing village, St Tropez was catapulted onto the world map in the 1950’s by legends like Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel. They turned it into the French Riviera’s chic capital and these days it’s home to the crème de la crème in film and fashion. There are far more luxury yachts than fishing boats moored at the beautiful harbour. After an hour-and-a-half drive from the port, enjoy a guided walk from the waterfront through the old streets. Take a look at the pink and yellow houses, which have been converted into fashionable cafes and pastry shops. You’ll see Place des Lices, too, where lots of celebs play petanque in the summer. Then you’ll get around two hours’ free time for a little retail therapy or a laid-back lunch. Later on, make a brief visit to charming Port Grimaud, also known as the Little Venice of France. This unique resort looks like a traditional Mediterranean fishing village but in actual fact it’s a modern complex of luxury villas and houses linked by a network of canals, neat little bridges and narrow alleys.
“He who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing.” Even if this saying by French poet Frederic Mistral seems exaggerated, it still reflects the interest of this little seaside resort at the foot of the Cape Canaille cliff. A former Roman trading post, Cassis is every bit the charmer with its café-lined quays, jagged little coves and sun-blushed beaches. Your coach will drop you off at the top of Cassis, where you'll board a mini-train to take you to the bay area. When you get to this friendly little town, enjoy a short introduction from your guide, then spend some free time getting to know the place, shopping in the boutiques or relaxing in the cafes. Later on, taking the mini train back to the top of Cassis, you’ll re-board the coaches for the drive back to Toulon. If the weather allows it, we'll even to drive to Gineste Hills, a stunning view point, famous in these areas - Make sure you pack your camera for this one.
With its pretty pink and white houses, Sanary Sur Mer gives you a real flavour of Provence. Stroll along the 11th-century harbour, where local boules players share a joke and fishermen sell off their catch at the daily market. The nearby town of Bandol is a real treat, too, with its elegant palm-lined promenade packed with cafés and boutiques. It’s a great place to get your hands on fantastic local produce. Keep an eye out for the wine that comes from the vineyards backing this oh-so-sophisticated resort.
Football fans will get a real kick out of this tour around the world-famous football stadium, Nou Camp. Since 1957, Nou Camp has played host to Barcelona FC, arguably the best team in Spain. As you walk around the stadium, you’ll get an insight into the club’s history and prestige, which becomes oh so evident in the trophy room. Pretend you’re a football player as you take the journey from the changing room, through the tunnel, out onto the pitch, and into the press room. You’ll then get to see the outside of La Masia, the football academy where many famous players – including Cesc Fàbregas and Lionel Messi – started their careers. You can head into the museum and discover more about the history of the club and its best goals by wandering around the exhibition and its sculptures. After you’ve become an expert on Barcelona FC, the coach will take you back to the port. Be sure to look out for sights like the Montjuïc Mountain, the Olympic Ring, the Olympic stadium and the Spanish Village as you drive by. There’ll also be a photo stop during the tour – so don’t forget your camera.
If you prefer to explore solo, then why not take our transfer to Barcelona from Tarragona? You’ll be dropped off in the majestic Catalan city and, from there, you can follow your own itinerary. Barcelona plays host to lots of famous monuments – including Gaudi’s incredible Sagrada Familia – so you’ll be spoilt for choice. You could visit the world famous Nou Camp stadium, the home of Barcelona FC, or get to know the real Barcelona in the Gothic Quarter. If you have time, explore Cituat Vella – the oldest part of the city. There you’ll find Carrer Montcada. This street has the largest collection of Gothic houses in the city, and one of them is the popular Picasso Museum. There’s also a zoo, an aquarium, and a cable car that’ll take you up to Montjuïc Mountain. Whatever you do, make sure you take a stroll down the most famous street in Europe, Las Ramblas. As you walk along you can watch street entertainers and have your portrait sketched by one of the talented artists. There’s also the option for a bit of retail therapy, as you can dip in and out of the chic boutiques dotted along the road.
Adrenaline junkies assemble – here’s your chance for a day at one of Europe’s most iconic theme parks, PortAventura. It combines big rollercoasters with family-friendly shows, and is split into themed zones. Work your way around Polynesia, Imperial China, Aztec Mexico, the Wild West, and the Mediterranean. Dragon Khan is the star attraction – this white-knuckle attraction races around a track of eight loops at speeds of up to 110 kilometres an hour. There are rides especially for the kids, too, including playgrounds and mini-coasters. If you’re not one for rides, take a boat or train journey around the park, or catch one of the professional shows. There’s lots of choice, from Wild West Can Can girls, to back-flipping Chinese acrobats, so you’ll be sure to find something you fancy.