The Marella Dream cruise ship offers family friendly cruises to destinations including the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Caribbean and more.
- Ship in Detail
- Deck Plans
The 1,506-passenger Marella Dream was originally built in 1986 and entered service with Thomson Cruises in 2009 following an extensive refurbishment. A further makeover in 2014 saw a new sunbathing area; the addition of Kora La restaurant and Terrace Grill, whilst the former Argo Lounge was converted into the Explorers Lounge. The ship maintains something of the old-fashioned liner feel about it with a profile that’s curvy, rather than boxy; there’s a walk-around promenade deck and tiered aft decks with lots of space for sunbathing. Marella Dream is also great for families because of its wide range of entertainment options.
Marella Dream has a great selection of different facilities with a variety of bars and restaurants. There is a plush show lounge which hosts entertainment from UK comedy acts to
West End-style shows.
There are 14 categories of accommodation ranging from 129 to 139 sq ft Inside cabins; Outside cabins start at 129 sq ft; there are 161 sq ft Outside Plus cabins; as well as 215 sq ft Deluxe cabins. Top of the range are five suites at a generous 376 sq ft; as well as six Grand Suites at the front of the ship measuring a spacious 430 sq ft. A wide variety of Inside and Outside single cabins are available on decks 4,5,7,9 and 10.
The open-seating Orion Restaurant offers full waiter service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The intimate Mistral’s Restaurant serves tantalising à la carte cuisine. Another option for special occasions is Kora La where authentic Asian dishes tickle the palette. Sirens Restaurant on the top deck offers buffet-style breakfast and lunch as well as afternoon tea; at night it converts to the Grill serving à la carte Oriental or French dishes. The buffet-style Lido Restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining areas is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and occasionally there are themed nights featuring Italian or Mexican favourites. The outdoor Terrace Grill is open throughout the day but at night it transforms into the Hot Stones Grill.
The Medusa Lounge has floor to ceiling windows and is the place to go for bingo and game-shows by day as well as dancing and spotlight cabaret by night. Dancing is also an option in Tides where the grand piano is put to go use accompanying the guest singers. The ship’s professional singers and dancers perform twice-nightly in the double-height Broadway Theatre showcasing everything from Abba tributes to Britpop, collections of songs from West End musicals, and a pastiche of Las Vegas' Rat Pack. The Waterfront Night Club comes alive when karaoke and dancing are on offer.
With Marella Cruises, passengers book a particular grade of cabin with the cabin number allocated, however for a reservation fee specific cabins can be chosen and we recommend this outlay to ensure you get the location you require. We also like the note-perfect, five-piece band that performs in the Medusa Lounge and on deck by the Main Pool.
Lido Restaurant – Help yourself style restaurant with food available from late morning to late evening. You can find everything from breakfast, salads, meats and cheeses. Throughout the week you will also find themed nights to cater to all tastes.
Sirens Restaurant – This restaurant has a nice setting on the top deck offering breakfast and lunch buffets and delicious afternoon tea which is not to be missed.
Orion Restaurant – A relaxing place for breakfast, lunch and dinner all with waiter service, with open seating you can dine where and when is best for you.
Mistral’s Restaurant – The place to go for extravagant dining with contemporary surroundings. An a la carte menu to choose from gives you plenty of choice all being served to you by your waiter.*
Terrace Grill – This is an open air restaurant which serves favourites like pizza, omelettes, burgers and hot dogs throughout the day. In the evening this transforms in to the Hotstone Grill* restaurant which lets you cook your own steak on the sizzling hot stones.
Kora La – Pan-Asian style menu with delicious curries and noddle dishes on the menu.*
* Chargeable Restaurant
Broadway Show Lounge - A two storey show lounge which every night hosts the likes of comedy acts from the UK to musical entertainment, with two shows every night there’s plenty to see.
Pool Bar - Great place to grab a drink whilst at the pool.
Lido Bar - Poolside bar.
The Sun Lounge - Beach club-style sunbathing areas with a bar to keep you topped up with drinks.
The Water’s Edge - Spacious bar including a bar, casino and late night disco – a great place for after dinner drinks.
Medusa Lounge and Bar - The biggest lounge on the ship where you can watch live bands and cabarets or get involved in the bingo or game shows, with large windows it’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by.
Tides - Right in the heart of the ship this venue you can sit back and listen to the grand piano and singers.
Explorers Lounge - Daytime you can come here to relax and grab a coffee and in the evening it is home to the resident pianist.
The Coffee Port– During the day it’s the place to go for cappuccinos and cake, at night it turns in to a popular cocktail corner.
Other Facilities include:
Oceans Spa and Beauty - Fantastic spa with treatments on offer includes a salon for hair and beauty.
Broad Street Shops - Whilst the ship is at sea the onboard boutiques are open for you to buy a range of duty-free products.
Kids’ Club - Free kids club for ages 3 to 11 gives kids a chance to meet new friends whilst having lots of fun from crafts and games to movie nights and pyjama parties.
Browsers Corner - Help yourself to books from the library, daily Sudoku quizzes, jigsaws and board games.
Sports & Fitness
Oceans Spa & Beauty
Deck 11 Pool
Gym & Sauna
The Sun Lounge
Bars & Lounges
Broadway Show Lounge
The Sun Lounge
The Water's Edge
Medusa Lounge & Bar
The Coffee Port
Broad Street Shops
Pure Portrait Studio
insideInside cabins have two single beds which can be converted to a queen-size double bed. Four berth cabins have twin beds and two upper berths which fold down. Every air-conditioned cabin also has two full-length wardrobes, an en suite bathroom with shower and WC, colour TV, minibar, hairdryer and safe. Inside cabins are between 129 and 140 square feet.
outsideThese are between 129 and 161 square feet. Deck 4/5 cabins have a porthole, and those on other decks have a picture window. All of them have a shower and some have a bath. Just so you know... the view from some cabins may be obstructed by lifeboats. Reserve your cabin to guarantee an unobstructed view.
suiteThese well-appointed suites have two single beds which can convert to a queen-size double bed and additional upper and lower berths which fold away. There's a spacious separate living area with two sofas, a table and chairs, two full length wardrobes and an en suite bathroom with bath, shower and WC. Each air-conditioned suite has two colour TVs, a DVD player, minibar, hairdryer, bathrobes and safe. Suites are 377 square feet. Grand Suites also come with a furnished private balcony and are much more spacious at 431 square feet.
Year Entered Service 01/05/1986
Date Refurbished 30/11/2014
Tonnage 57,763 GRT
Cruising Speed 19 Knots
Total Crew 600
Number of Decks 12
Number of Lifts 7
Number of Cabins 767
Maximum Number of Passengers 1,533