Sailaway to Spain is an 11 night adults only cruise that sets sail 22 September 2021 from Newcastle onboard the Marella Explorer 2. This itinerary includes such destinations as Bilbao with its iconic Guggenheim Museum, La Coruna and its 16th Century castle, Almeria the tree lined Medieval town – and more. Plus – you’ll be sailing onboard the Marella Explorer 2 with its 8 restaurants and 9 bars, meaning you’ll have plenty to do and ways to relax both on and off board. If this sounds like your sort of getaway click here, or read on for even more information about this incredible itinerary.
Based on 2 adults: From £1,292pp, - includes discount £135 - Total Price £2,584.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, for 11 night cruise - onboard the Marella Explorer 2, Sailaway to Spain itinerary, Decks 8/9/12 Outside Cabin - All Inclusive with Marella Cruises by TUI - departure port Newcastle.
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 1: Newcastle
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 2 & 3 Ship at Sea
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 4: Bilbao
When Frank Gehry drew up plans for the Guggenheim Museum, he couldn’t possibly have predicted the effect it would have on Bilbao. Since the ribbon-cutting ceremony in 1997, millions have visited his wacky titanium masterpiece that’s been likened to a ship, a mermaid and a whale. And once you’ve finished admiring the curvaceous work of art, you can turn your attention to the city’s buzzing bar and café scene.
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 5 Ship at Sea
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 6: La Coruna
La Coruna’s peninsula is home to one of the world’s oldest Roman lighthouses – the Tower of Hercules – and a 16th-century castle overlooking the port. You’ll drop anchor just across the bay from where the Spanish Armada set sail in 1588, and the town itself is known for its galeria windows – designed to look like the back of a war ship. Head inland, and you’ll reach the capital of the Galicia region – Santiago de Compostela. The Old Town’s medieval cobbled streets have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status, and the towering cathedral weaves together Baroque, Gothic and Roman themes.
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 7: Vigo
Vigo is the largest, busiest city in Spain’s Galicia region. More than half of the world’s mussels are harvested in the area, so sitting down to a steaming bowl at the harbour-front is a must. Elsewhere, there’s a hilly old town to explore, as well as the iconic Museum of Modern Art.
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 8 At Sea Ship at Sea
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 9: Cadiz (for Seville)
From its impressive harbour to its streets packed with Moorish relics, Cadiz is a great introduction to Spain. One minute you can be admiring medieval walls, the next browsing the racks of designer boutiques. It’s one of those cities where a new surprise awaits at every turn.
- Take a look at Cathedral de Cadiz, a take-your-breath-away creation by architect Vicente Acero. Head inside and you’ll see its interior is dominated by a beautiful apse.
- Don’t miss a chance to visit Seville. Famed for its flamboyant flamenco and fiestas, this fragrant orange tree-lined city has a real zest for life. Admire the famous Gothic cathedral, where Christopher Columbus’ tomb lies. Tour the ornate Arabic Alcazar. Then grab a siesta in Parque de Maria Luisa, tasting tapas along the way.
- Take a trip to Jerez, the capital of sherry production and home to the ‘cartujano’ horses.
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 10: Almeria
A wide, tree-lined avenue splits Almeria in half. To the west, you’ll find the Medieval buildings of the old town, while on the east side, the new town is home to boutiques and art galleries. There’s plenty in daytripping distance, too, from Cabo de Gata Natural Park and the Tabernas Desert, to Granada’s impressive Alhambra Palace.
Sailaway to Spain - Itinerary day 11 Cartagena
Tucked in a deep bay guarded by two cliff-top fortresses, this Spanish gem is steeped in history. In the 18th century it became a major Spanish naval base and reminders of its seafaring past can be seen down in the port, where you’ll find a prototype submarine.
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.