Coastal Delights is an 8 night cruise setting sail from Newcastle onboard the all inclusive Marella Explorer 2. Taking you to Leith for Edinburgh, Invergordon, Holyhead, Liverpool and Greenock – this cruise is a great chance to see stunning natural scenery, historic castles, and picturesque fishing-villages. This is all while sailing onboard the Marella Explorer 2 with it 8 restaurants, 9 bars and more – meaning you’ll have plenty to enjoy both on and off ship. Read on to find out even more about this great UK Coastal Cruise from Marella Cruises.
Based on 2 adults: From £855pp, - includes discount £329 - Total Price £1,710.
Friday, August 13, 2021, for 8 night cruise - onboard the Marella Explorer 2, Coastal Delights itinerary, Decks 8/9 Outside Cabin - All Inclusive with Marella Cruises by TUI - departure port Newcastle.
Coastal Delights - Itinerary day 1: Newcastle
Coastal Delights - Itinerary day 2: Leith
The port of Leith is the gateway to Edinburgh. Scotland’s capital is only two miles – or 15 minutes’ drive – from the cruise port, making it super easy for you to see some of the city’s signature sights. These include Castle Rock, where you’ll find the 900-year-old Edinburgh Castle perched on a rocky outcrop that looks out over the city. There's also the Medieval-era old town, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’d prefer to stay closer to the coast, Leith is loaded with scenic waterfront walkways, most of which are backed by a selection of delis, bars and restaurants.
- Hop on board Royal Yacht Britannia, the Royal Family’s private ship. During a tour, you can stop by the bridge to see how the ship worked, and explore the preserved royal cabins.
- Take a look at the capital's architectural headliners during a walk along Royal Mile. This area links Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood House, and is also home to a cathedral and the Scottish Parliament Building.
Coastal Delights - Itinerary day 3: Invergordon
Tucked away in the Scottish Highlands, Invergordon is surrounded by picture-perfect scenery. You can look forward to rolling countryside, slate-grey mountains and sand-coloured buildings. Complete with a golf course, a museum, and several ancient castles, this port provides a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Coastal Delights - Itinerary day 4 Ship at Sea
Coastal Delights - Itinerary day 5: Holyhead
The town of Holyhead is the biggest settlement on North Wales’ Holy Island, and is mostly known for its busy commercial port. Look past the flock of ferries, though, and you’ll find that there’s plenty to see and do. The area’s been settled since the Romans set up shop in 550AD, and you can examine some of their original defensive walls at St Cybi’s Church – it’s built on the foundations of the old Roman fort. On the other side of the harbour you’ll find Skinner’s Monument, a hilltop memorial dedicated to a captain who fought in the American War for Independence.
- Take a look at the old lifeboats at the Maritime Museum. This place is also loaded with exhibits about some of the 100 shipwrecks scattered on the seabed around Holy Island.
- Stretch your legs with a coastal walk. You can pick a path that weaves around the port, or opt for a more rural trail where you might spot native puffins and razorbill birds.
Coastal Delights - 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 Delights - Itinerary day 7: Greenock
Greenock, a one-time fishing village, has grown from a row of thatched cottages to one of the Clyde’s most important ports. It’s picturesque even from a distance, thanks to the rolling hills that back the town. The historic part of town’s peppered with Victorian buildings, including the aptly named Victoria Tower, which looks out over the waterfront. Outside the centre, you’ve got hilly trails that are ranked among the best in Scotland. The Greenock Cut is an aqueduct that runs past waterfalls and reservoirs, and it's close to the banks of Loch Thorn.
- Visit a memorial to French sailors which sits high above the town. The large granite cross commemorates sailors from France who were based in Greenock during the Second World War.
- Take a stroll along the Esplanade, which runs right beside the River Clyde. If you walk from east to west you’ll end up in Battery Park, which is perched on the edge of Gourock Bay.
Coastal Delights - Itinerary day 8 Ship at Sea
Coastal Delights - Itinerary day 9: 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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