Marella Dream

Marella Dream Review and Specifications

Specifications of Marella Dream

Year built1986  /  Age : 32
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 namesMS Homeric, MS Westerdam, Costa Europa, Thomson Dream

Current itinerary of Marella Dream

Marella Dream current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours. The itinerary starts on 07 Dec, 2018 and ends on 14 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
07 Dec 23:00      Departing from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
08 Dec 08:00 - 23:00     Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands   
09 Dec 08:00 - 14:00     La Gomera, Canary Islands   
10 Dec 09:00 - 20:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
12 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands   
13 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands   
14 Dec 06:00      Arriving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   

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 long-therm charter (expiring in 2021) by the UK company Marella Cruises (formerly "Thomson Cruises").

History - construction & ownership

Marella Cruises is a British cruise line, that offers low-price voyages around Europe with ships from Holland America Line and Louis Cruise Lines. Initially, the company entered cruise market in 1973. Due to the rising fuel costs, in 1976 it was terminated. Marella Cruises restarted the cruise line in 1995 and nowadays holds 1% market share of worldwide cruise industry. Marella Cruises has its own unique place in the British cruise market as cruise division of the largest tour operator and travel agency in Britain. After its foundation in 1965, the company soon established dominant position in the British tour market with own airlines and travel agencies.

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-metre 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 are the Grand Suites (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 - cosy 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, extra charge 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 cosy 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-storey 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, 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 jaccuzis
  • 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 (tenis 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
2018 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2018 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2018 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2018 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2018 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2018 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2018 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2018 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2018 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2018 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2018 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2018 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2018 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip A Canarian Christmas Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2018 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip A Canarian Christmas Las Palmas
2018 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip A New Year's Dream Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2018 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip A New Year's Dream Las Palmas
2019 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2019 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2019 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2019 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2019 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2019 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2019 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2019 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2019 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2019 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2019 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2019 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2019 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2019 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2019 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Colourful Coasts Las Palmas
2019 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Canarian Flavours Las Palmas
2019 Apr 26 11 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Palma de Mallorca Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Apr 27 10 days, one-way from Las Palmas to Palma de Mallorca Las Palmas
2019 May 07 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 May 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2019 May 21 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 May 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2019 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Hidden Gems Palma de Mallorca
2019 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
2019 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights Palma de Mallorca
2019 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean Palma de Mallorca
2019 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Hidden Gems Palma de Mallorca
2019 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley Palma de Mallorca
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