Coastal Charms in an 11 night cruise sailing from Newcastle onboard the Marella Explorer 2. Taking you to Dover, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Belfast, Torquay and more – an ideal way to see some of the best destinations the UK has to offer. All the while you sail on board the all inclusive Marella Explorer 2 meaning you’ll have plenty to enjoy both on and off the ship. Read on for more information.
Based on 2 adults: From £1,273pp, - includes discount £133 - Total Price £2,546.
Monday, August 30, 2021, for 11 night cruise - onboard the Marella Explorer 2, Coastal Charms itinerary, Decks 8/9 Outside Cabin - All Inclusive with Marella Cruises by TUI - departure port Newcastle.
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 1: Newcastle
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 2 Ship at Sea
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 3: Dover
Dover, known for its famous White Cliffs, is the go-to spot in the UK for ferry trips to France. The bustling port town’s got more than just travel credentials to its name, though. Perched on top of the milk-coloured cliff faces is Dover Castle – this medieval fortification has been used to fend off enemy ships through the ages, from the Iron Age to Napoleonic times, and even during the Second World War. It’s the main thing to see here, and panoramic views of ships coming and going down below are a must-see.
- Navigate the eerie corridors and wards of an underground hospital, hidden below the battlements of Dover Castle. Recreations show what it would have been like in its heyday, during the Second World War.
- Visit the Gateway to the White Cliffs Visitor Centre to learn about the area’s flora and fauna. Clifftop trails start from here, and it’s one of the best locations to get views of the coastline.
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 4: Portsmouth
Portsmouth is up there with the elite when it comes to UK ports. The city’s on England’s south coast, and comes with heaps of maritime and military history. There’s a historic dockyard where you’ll see the rigging of centuries-old ships, plus the Mary Rose museum – dedicated to the story of the ill-fated vessel. Even the modern landmarks come with a nautical nuance – the Spinnaker Tower, which rises above the harbour, looks like a giant ship’s mainsail. Elsewhere, you can swot up on more history at Southsea Castle, or by prowling the pebbled streets of the Point district. And boat trips to the Isle of Wight, just across The Solent, are super easy.
- Learn about Operation Overlord at The D-Day Story, a museum dedicated to the infamous beach landings in 1944 during the Second World War.
- Get panoramic views of Portsmouth from the three viewing decks of the Spinnaker Tower. A super-fast lift whisks you more than 100 feet above the harbour below.
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 5 Ship at Sea
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 6: Liverpool
For a city with music, art and culture pulsing through its veins, look no further than Liverpool. It’s set on the banks of the River Mersey, and ranks among the most visited cities in the country. You can check out the latest exhibits in the famous Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool, or stroll past the restaurants and bars of UNESCO-ranked Albert Dock. All of that doesn’t even scratch the surface of the city's most famous export – The Beatles. Liverpool’s loaded with statues and sites from their history, which makes it a mecca for fans of the Fab Four.
- Check out The Beatles Story at Albert Dock. This immersive experience lets you walk in the footsteps of the iconic quartet, with everything from memorabilia to recreations of their heyday.
- Get panoramic views of the city from the tip of the Radio City Tower. This needle-like landmark is one of highest points around, and the viewing platform delivers vistas across the skyline.
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 7: Belfast
Northern Ireland’s capital is a balancing act of old and new. It’s got the Victorian architecture and the markets, which are thrown into the ring with state-of-the-art museums and a shiny waterfront. The city’s divvied into areas – from the lively Cathedral Quarter to the leafy Queen’s Quarter. Plus, the smart Titanic Quarter – the birthplace of the tragic liner – has been transformed into a hub of culture. And skirting the edge, you’ve got a castle, a zoo and the grand Parliament Buildings.
- See the slipways that launched the world’s most famous ocean liner at the Titanic Belfast. This ship-shaped museum even won the globe’s best tourist attraction at 2016’s World Travel Awards.
- Gawp at the bizarrely stacked rocks that form the UNESCO-ticked Giant’s Causeway. You’ll soon realise why some believe the 60-million-year-old natural wonder was the work of giants.
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 8 At Sea
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 9: Torquay
Torquay, on Britain’s south coast, is seen as the quintessential British seaside town – think postcard-worthy sandy shores, award-winning fish and chip shops, and rows of rainbow-painted beach huts. In fact, Torquay’s so tied in with seaside holidays that it’s picked up the nickname ‘the English Riviera’. Peel yourself away from the beaches, however, and you'll find that there are plenty of sights for you to get stuck in to. A few of the headliners include an 800-year-old abbey, the fossil-filled Torquay Museum, and a London Eye-style ferris wheel – aptly named The Big Wheel.
- Head into the 2.5-million-year-old Kent’s Cavern, the UK’s most important Stone Age site. It’s bagged UNESCO’s seal of approval, and it's filled with huge stalagmites and Neanderthal-themed exhibits.
- Learn about one of the town’s most famous former residents during a walk along the Agatha Christie Mile. This waterfront route tells you about the life and work of the iconic crime novelist, who was born in Torquay.
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 10: Le Havre
If modernism were a city, it’d be Le Havre. The buildings that line the streets have a fresh, contemporary look, because in the mid-90s most of the city was redeveloped by Belgian architect, Auguste Perret. Two of its standout features include St Joseph’s Church, and an impressive town hall. Le Havre is also within easy reach of some of the prettiest towns and villages in France. Honfleur, with its half-wooden houses and cobbled streets, is just across the river.
- Don’t miss St Joseph’s Church, at the heart of the city. The lantern tower of this Catholic church stands over 100 metres tall. It’s accessorised with colourful stained glass windows, and is a fitting monument to those who lost their lives in Le Havre during the Second World War.
- If you head into the hills overlooking the Seine Bay, you’ll find the Hanging Gardens. The area was previously used as a fortress, but it’s been converted into four large greenhouses that stock rare plants from around the globe.
- Get top marks for culture on your trip to Le Havre by planning in a visit to the Museum of Modern Art. It’s home to the biggest collection of impressionist art in France, including works by the likes of Renoir, Degas, Monet, Sisley and Matisse.
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 11 At Sea
Coastal Charms - Itinerary day 12: Newcastle
Overlooking the River Tyne, Newcastle is an urban hub with a party-loving vibe. It’s famed for its nightlife, but there’s a lot more to the city than just thumping baselines. For starters, there’s the elegant Quayside – the modern bridges that stretch across the river are seriously impressive. Then there’s the great shopping scene. Factor in a string of art galleries, and you’ve got a city that’s got its finger firmly on the pulse.
- Take a tour of St. James’ Park, home of Newcastle United Football Club. You’ll get to explore the changing rooms, see the dugouts and take a look at the media suite, as well as climbing to the stadium’s highest point for the best view.
- Wander the halls in the Biscuit Factory Art Gallery – one of the largest commercial galleries in Britain. It’s packed with paintings, sculptures, prints and jewellery. The cake shop on the first floor is really popular, too.
Cruise Ship Details - Marella Explorer 2 :
- 8 restaurants
- 9 bars
- Coffee shop
- Outdoor pool
- Beauty salon
Marella Explorer 2 is our newest ship in the fleet. It’s adults only and flaunts a range of exciting facilities, from a Champneys Spa to a chic bar-club-casino space. You’ve got nine bars and nine restaurants on this ship, too. Top spots include The 19th Hole – a golf-themed bar with a golf simulator – Flutes, where you can sip Champagne* or Prosecco to the sounds of a pianist and Beach Cove – a relaxed restaurant with barbecue-inspired menus and quirky swinging seats. Not to mention the outdoor spaces, such as The Veranda, where you can enjoy far-reaching sea views.
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