Gaelic Getaway – 30th July 2021 – Marella Explorer 2 – 7 nights from Newcastle Port
Gaelic Getaway is a 7 night UK Coastal Cruise sailing from Newcastle on board the all inclusive Marella Explorer 2. This cruise itinerary will include destinations Belfast, Greenock and Dundee – meaning in one cruise you’ll be able to experience historic castles, culture filled capitals and stunning coastal scenery. What’s more you’ll do all this while sailing on board the Marella Explorer 2 – an all inclusive ship with 8 restaurants, 9 bars and more – meaning you’ll have plenty to do both on and off ship. Read on to find out even more about this great Marella Cruises itinerary:
Based on 2 adults: From £807pp, - includes discount £184 - Total Price £1,615.
Friday, July 30, 2021, for 7 night cruise - onboard the Marella Explorer 2, Gaelic Getaway itinerary, Decks 8/9 Outside Cabin - All Inclusive with Marella Cruises by TUI - departure port Newcastle.
Gaelic Getaway - Itinerary day 1: Newcastle
Gaelic Getaway - Itinerary day 2 Ship at Sea
Gaelic Getaway - Itinerary day 3: 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.
Gaelic Getaway - Itinerary day 4: 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.
Gaelic Getaway - Itinerary day 5 Ship at Sea
Gaelic Getaway - Itinerary day 6: Kirkwall
Kirkwall is huge by Orkney standards, but that doesn’t mean it’s an Edinburgh or a Glasgow. Instead, you’ll be greeted with a historic, sloth-paced capital that quietly hums with restaurants, museums and shops. Sitting in the centre of it all is the crimson red St Magnus Cathedral – the most northerly of its kind in the UK.
- Feel the nostalgia in the air at the Orkney Wireless Museum. Techies will be fascinated by its collection of old radios, juke boxes and wartime memorabilia.
- Wander the kitchens, great hall and private chambers of the Earl’s Palace. These ruins of a French Renaissance-style residence come with entry into the next-door Bishop’s Palace, too.
Gaelic Getaway - Itinerary day 7: Dundee
Perched on the east coast of Scotland, Dundee’s natural harbour is over 800 years old. The city itself is all about old-meets-new, with Victorian architecture rubbing shoulders with contemporary museums. In fact, its style’s so impressive, it’s been dubbed a City of Design by UNESCO. The best place to see all of this is around Dundee’s waterfront – it’s got everything from futuristic-looking art galleries to a 200-year-old warship. And, if Scotland’s iconic castles have caught your eye, Dundee’s on the doorstep of County Angus, which is stocked with historic forts, including the 500-year-old Invermark Castle.
Gaelic Getaway - Itinerary day 8: 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.