Marella Dream

Former names: Thomson Dream, Costa Europa, MS Westerdam, MS Homeric

Marella Dream Review and Specifications

Specifications of Marella Dream

Year built1986  /  Age : 33
Flag state Malta
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Building costUSD 150 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorMarella Cruises (Thomson UK)
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)243 m / 797 ft
Beam (width)29 m / 95 ft
Gross Tonnage54763 gt
Passengers1533 - 1773
Crew600
Passengers-to-space ratio36
Decks12
Cabins753
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2014
Former namesThomson Dream, Costa Europa, MS Westerdam, MS Homeric

Current itinerary / position of Marella Dream

Marella Dream current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights. The itinerary starts on 20 Aug, 2019 and ends on 27 Aug, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
20 Aug 22:00    Departing from Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain hotels
22 Aug 09:00 - 18:00    Cadiz, Spain
23 Aug 08:00 - 18:00    Gibraltar, UK
24 Aug 08:00 - 16:00    Malaga, Spain
25 Aug 09:00 - 18:00    Cartagena, Spain
26 Aug 10:00 - 19:00    Castellon de la Plana, Spain
27 Aug 06:00    Arriving in Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain hotels

Review of Marella Dream

Launched in 1986, Marella Dream cruise ship (formerly "Thomson Dream") is a leased vessel, which current owner is Costa Crociere (Carnival Corporation's subsidiary company). The ship was built as "ms Homeric" (for the now-defunct Home Lines) and since 2010 is operated under a long-term charter (expiring in 2021) by the UK company Marella Cruises (formerly "Thomson Cruises").

History - construction and ownership

Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) is a British cruise company and trademarked brand owned by TUI Group. The company entered the cruise market in 1973 via Thomson Holidays (now TUI UK), but due to rising fuel costs, this service was terminated in 1976. Thomson Cruises restarted passenger shipping operations in 1995. The Thomson brand was renamed to "Marella Cruises" in 2018. Marella's parent company (TUI Group) owns hotels, the sister-companies TUI Cruises, Marella Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the travel brands International Expeditions and Zegrahm Expeditions, also aircraft and the airlines Corsair International (France), TUI Airways (UK), TUI fly Nordic (Sweden), TUI fly Belgium, TUI fly Deutschland, TUI fly the Netherlands.

Marella Dream cruise ship (Thomson Dream)

The 54,763-ton, 1,506-passenger Marella Dream first sailed in 1986 as Homeric cruise ship. Holland America bought the cruise company Home Line in 1988, put the cruise liner in dry dock for a thirty-nine-meter stretch in 1989 and operated it as Westerdam until 2002, when it was sold to Costa, refurbished and renamed Costa Europa. Because the cruise vessel was originally built for Home Line’s New York-Bermuda service, it has hints of an old-fashioned cruise ship, not least a classic hull layout; pointy rather than boxy, with some attractive sunbathing places on the tiered aft decks overlooking the adults-only swimming pool.

Cruise itinerary program

Marella Dream itinerary program is based on Mediterranean cruises from Palma de Mallorca, Spain. During winter months, the Marella Dream ship offers round-trip Caribbean itineraries leaving from Montego Bay, Jamaica with Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Cabins

Marella Dream has a total of 753 cabins (of which 11 Suites, 501 Oceanview, 252 Inside, 19 Single) in 12 grades. Most Marella Dream staterooms are 130-140-sq.foot Oceanview. Only 4 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Marella Dream is the Grand Suite (430 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The restaurant on Deck 4 is very low down (for stability in big swells) and there is a pleasingly wide, wrap-around promenade deck with teak wood in fine condition. Another hint at the Marella Dream cruise ship's heritage is the art; Marella Dream has inherited the original collection from Holland America Line, so the lounges are dotted with memorabilia from the shiny days of the Dutch empire; hefty oil paintings, huge scale models of wooden galleons and a real cannon, full with cannon balls.

Marella Dream cruise ship (Thomson Dream)

There are a wealth of restaurants onboard Marella Dream - Orion restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch, six-course dinners, with open-seating policy; The Grill - with onboard reservation required; seafood, fresh fish, steaks, are cooked to order; cover charge applied; Lido restaurant - a 24-hour dining room with themed nights held twice a week; Sirens restaurant - cozy alternative to main dining room, with British and international buffet open for breakfast, lunch, dinner; Terrace Grill - offering salads, pizzas, lunchtime BBQs, served in sunshine. Gala night is Captain’s Cocktail Party with Gala Dinner - the onboard event worth dressing up for.

Follows the complete list of Marella Dream restaurants and food bars.

  • Orion Restaurant (open-seating main dining room for buffet-style/waiter served Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and multi-course waiter-served Dinner 6:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; once per week hosts the Captain’s Gala Reception and Gala Dinner with fixed dining times assigned upon arrival)
  • Kora La Restaurant (Asian cuisine restaurant with a la carte menu; offers complimentary Lunch and Dinner, reservations recommended)
  • Mistrals Restaurant (specialty dinner restaurant; features a la carte menu, waiter service; cover charge applied, reservations required)
  • Sirens Restaurant (intimate restaurant, complimentary; offers buffet-style Breakfast, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea; in the evenings transforms into The Grill specialty restaurant)
  • Lido restaurant (with al-fresco dining area and self-service buffet, open 24 hours a day; twice a week international theme nights are held)
  • Terrace Grill (the place for lunchtime BBQs, salads and pizzas served on the open deck; another possibility is the 24 hours a day room service, an extra charge is applied).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Marella Dream gives passengers not only more room but also style - interior-designed, with classic good looks of shared spaces, large bars and cozy corners perfect for full relax. Onboard Marella Dream you can enjoy three lounges - Medusa Lounge with live bands, cabarets, game shows; Argo Lounge with relaxing live classical music; Atlante Theatre - a two-story show lounge where west end-style musicals are staged.

There are five bars onboard Marella Dream: Medusa Bar - a window-lined bar where you can relax and watch the world go by; Delo Bar- a classy cocktail bar where drinks are served stirred and shaken; Ocean Bar - positioned in the centre of Marella Dream, ideal for pre-dinner tipples; Lido Bar - where al fresco drinks are served.

Marella Dream cruise ship (Thomson Dream)

Have fun in the two swimming pools, one of which with a retractable roof, or the two whirlpools, the nightclub Ladonte Disco, casino (with blackjack, roulette, slot machines), card room, or beauty salon - try a new hairstyle, or revitalizing massage. And why not doing some exercise at Nereidi Fitness Centre - well-equipped with free weights, machines, and aerobics space. Try also the sports deck with courts for basketball, volleyball, tennis, football.

Follows the complete list of Marella Dream lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Broadway Show Lounge (features grand production shows with dance, acrobatics, comedy, and games)
  • Medusa Lounge (live band music, game shows, cabaret-style entertainment)
  • Medusa Bar (with large panoramic windows)
  • Browsers’ Corner (24-hour combined Library and Internet Cafe)
  • Broad Street Shops (duty-free shopping arcade with boutiques selling watches, fine jewelry, Marella Cruises logo merchandise, luxury perfumes, fashion clothes, liquor, tobaccos, convenience goods); Boutique (luxury Spa cosmetics, beauty products)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Card Room
  • Explorers’ Lounge (features live piano music and daily Afternoon Tea; home to The Coffee Port bar for specialty coffees and teas served with complimentary desserts; wi-fi hotspot)
  • Casino (served by its own Bar); Tides Bar
  • Delo Bar (specialty cocktail bar; serves the casino lounge)
  • Lido Bar (open 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; serves the pool deck area)
  • The Water’s Edge (disco nightclub, with its own bar, a stage for live performances, dance floor; offers live music, film screenings, game shows, and dancing classes during the day)
  • Main Pool area (paddle pool for kids, swimming pool, sunbathing area; served by an alfresco Lido Bar); Pool Bar; 2 jacuzzis
  • Marella Kids’ Club (play area, complimentary; offers supervised age-appropriate activities for kids 3-11 yo); Video Games Arcade; Graffiti’s Teen Area
  • Oceans Spa & Gym (Wellness Centre: Spa treatments, hairdresser/barber services, Massage Rooms, Saunas, Beauty Salon, Relaxation Area; The Gym has a separate Aerobic Studio)
  • The Sun Lounge (sunbathing space with comfortable daybeds; served by its own Bar)
  • Sports deck (tennis tables, combined sport courts for basketball, football, tennis).

Marella Dream wiki

The vessel was originally built for Home Lines as ms Homeric and renamed ms Westerdam (link to the Holland America ship) in 1988. In 1990, the vessel was lengthened by 40m at the Papenburg yards of Meyer Werft. After the 2002 transfer to Costa Cruises fleet, she was renamed "Costa Europa".

The vessel was originally built as "ms Homeric" and launched under that name in 1986. Its first owner was Home Lines (Italian shipping company, in operations between 1946-1988). Since then, the ship has sailed as "ms Westerdam" (1988—2002 for Holland America Line) and "Costa Europa" (2002-2010 for Costa Crociere/Costa Cruises).

The Apollo Group company was contracted for providing all Marella ships with the entire onboard hotel product and services. This includes administration, food staff (preparation and serving), housekeeping staff, also the vessel's provisioning and crewing. Other luxury cruise lines served by Apollo are Oceania (6 ships fleet) and RSSC Regent Seven Seas (4 ships fleet).

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Marella Dream Itineraries

The below listed Marella Dream cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Marella Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2019 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights Palma de Mallorca
2019 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2019 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Hidden Gems Palma de Mallorca
2019 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights Palma de Mallorca
2019 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2019 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Oct 29 8 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Limassol Palma de Mallorca
2019 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip Aegean Titans Limassol
2019 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2019 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2019 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2019 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Ancient Kingdoms Limassol
2019 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2019 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip Ancient Kingdoms Limassol
2019 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip Ancient Affair Limassol
2020 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Continental Coasts Malaga
2020 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Spirit Of Iberia Malaga
2020 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Continental Coasts Malaga
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Spirit Of Iberia Malaga
2020 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Continental Coasts Malaga
2020 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Spirit Of Iberia Malaga
2020 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Continental Coasts Malaga
2020 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Spirit Of Iberia Malaga
2020 Apr 26 9 days, one-way from Malaga to Palma de Mallorca Malaga
2020 May 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2020 May 12 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 May 19 7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights Palma de Mallorca
2020 May 26 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Hidden Gems Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights Palma de Mallorca
2020 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2020 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2020 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Hidden Gems Palma de Mallorca
2020 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights Palma de Mallorca
2020 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2020 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2020 Oct 27 16 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Bridgetown Palma de Mallorca
2020 Nov 12 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2020 Nov 19 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2020 Nov 26 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2020 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2020 Dec 10 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2020 Dec 17 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2020 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2020 Dec 31 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2021 Jan 07 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2021 Jan 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2021 Jan 21 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2021 Jan 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2021 Feb 04 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2021 Feb 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2021 Feb 18 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2021 Feb 25 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2021 Mar 04 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Paradise Bridgetown
2021 Mar 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Dreams Bridgetown
2021 Mar 18 12 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Palma de Mallorca Bridgetown
2021 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2021 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2021 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2021 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca

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