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Specifications of Marella Dream
|Year built||1986 / Age: 34|
|Builder||Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)|
|Building cost||USD 150 million|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||Marella Cruises (Thomson UK)|
|Speed||20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph|
|Length (LOA)||243 m / 797 ft|
|Beam (width)||29 m / 95 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||54763 gt|
|Passengers||1533 - 1773|
|Decks with cabins||9|
|Former names||Thomson Dream, Costa Europa, MS Westerdam, MS Homeric|
Marella Dream Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 May 04||7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 May 11||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 May 18||7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 May 25||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Jun 01||7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Jun 08||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Jun 15||7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Jun 22||7 days, round-trip Coastal Gems||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Jun 29||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Jul 06||7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Jul 13||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Jul 20||7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Jul 27||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Aug 03||7 days, round-trip Coastal Gems||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Aug 10||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Aug 17||7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Aug 24||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Aug 31||7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Sep 07||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Sep 14||7 days, round-trip Coastal Gems||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Sep 21||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Sep 28||7 days, round-trip Spanish Delights||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Oct 05||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Oct 12||7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Medley||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Oct 19||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Mediterranean||Palma de Mallorca|
Marella Dream Review
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 UK) is a British passenger shipping company and trademarked travel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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).
The ship's last drydock (February 2020) was done by the shipyard group Palumbo Shipyards at its Viktor Lenac Shipyard (in Rijeka Croatia). Marella Dream was drydocked (at a floating dock) for general maintenance works, hull cleaning and repainting, steel repairs, ballast water and engines management, installing a scrubber system (air pollution control device).
Marella Dream refurbishment 2014 review
The ship's drydock refurbishment in 2014 (November) resulted in the following deckplan changes:
- New sunbathing area (The Sun Lounge) was added on Centaurus Deck 12.
- New restaurants were added – Kora La (Asian cuisine, on Orion Deck 4) and Terrace Grill (on Sirens Deck 11).
- Oceans Bar and Argo Lounge were redesigned and renamed, respectively, Tides Bar, and Explorers’ Lounge (with the Coffee Port’).
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