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Cities and Ice

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You’ll come face to face with famous landmarks, wild scenery and fascinating cultures in this Cities and Ice itinerary.

Ports visited*

* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 - Southampton, England

Departs: 16:00

Your journey starts at 4pm from Southampton port. If your flying into Southampton from another region airport, it’s just 20 minutes drive to port from there.

If you can get here earlier – do, as there’s plenty to explore. From a large shopping complex to attractions such as Britain’s biggest working steam boat.

Day 2 - Zeebrugge (for Bruges), Belgium

Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00

First stop on your Cities and Ice adventure is charming Bruges, featuring horse-drawn carriages, piazza cafés, and more than 50 chocolate shops.

Just 15 minutes from the port, you’ll find medieval gems such as the 12th-century Chapel of the Holy Blood, a 13th-century convent, and Michelangelo’s statue in the Church of Our Lady.

Day 3 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00

Next is Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam, where picturesque narrow houses line the city’s elaborate bridges and canals.

Famous landmarks include the tiny annex of Anne Frank’s secret hideout and a museum dedicated to celebrated 19th-century artist Vincent van Gogh.

Day 4 - At Sea

Relax and explore your surroundings onboard Marella Explorer today.

Children can head to the Kids’ Club, Hideout or minigolf, while couples can enjoy the many restaurants and bars. Try Kora La for delicious curries or go Spanish at the Tapas @ The Mediterranean restaurant.

Day 5 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Time in port: 08:00 - 16:00

Explore the rich history on the Orkney's largest island, the capital Kirkwall.

There’s history right in its centre, with the ruins of the Earl’s Palace next door to a crimson red St Magnus Cathedral. And just beyond is Scotland’s Stonehenge, the Ring of Brodgar, and the Stone Age village of Skara Brae.

Day 6 - At Sea

Another chance today to relax and refresh onboard Marella Explorer. Lounge around its large pool, or get active on the Sports & Family Deck or multi-sports court.

Day 7 - Akureyri, Iceland

Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00

Your ice adventure starts as your Fjord Cruise arrives in Akureyri. Located on one of Iceland’s most beautiful fjords, and home to flourishing Botanical Gardens.

There are also some great tours. Thirty minutes away is the magnificent ’Waterfalls of the Gods’: Godafoss, and the whale-watching capital of northern Europe is an hour’s drive away. Spot many whale species in the mountain-backed Husavik harbour.

Day 8 - Isafjord, Iceland

Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00

We head next to the Westfjords region of Iceland, to a town dating to the 9th century. Visit its Maritime Museum and the Arctic Fox museum, dedicated to the country’s only native land mammal.

For spectacular scenery, take the 30-minute boat ride to Vigur Island to see abundant birdlife and Iceland’s only windmill.

Day 9 - Reykjavik, Iceland

Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00

Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, has more than 50 museums and art galleries with many famous attractions nearby.

Historic Thingvellir National Park, home to Iceland's parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

And visit the Blue Lagoon for a dip in naturally heated geothermal waters. Rich with minerals, it’s a rejuvenating experience.

Day 10 and 11 – At Sea

Over the next two days, kick back and enjoy the entertainment onboard.

Take in a show at the Broadway Show Lounge, or families catch up with the latest film releases at the cinema. There’s also a nightclub and casino. Or completely relax with luxurious treatment at the Champneys spa.

Day 12 - Dublin, Ireland

Time in port: 08:00 - 23:00

Time for another great city. This time, Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, oozing with history and culture.

There’s much to see, from the 13th-century Dublin Castle, its imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, to centrepiece, the Record Tower of a 13th-century fortress.

Check out the origins of world-famous stout, Guinness, which was first produced more than 250 years ago at St James’s Gate Brewery.

Day 13 - Cork, Ireland

Time in port: 09:00 - 19:00

Your final stop before returning to Southampton is Cork, famous for award-winning restaurants, colourful houses and the second-largest natural harbour in the world.

Marvel at French Gothic architecture of St Colman’s Cathedral and see its 1824 jail that kept prisoners bound for Australia.

The 600-year-old Blarney Castle is just 15 minutes away, location of the famous Blarney Stone, which according to legend if kissed means you’ll never be lost for words.

Day 14 - At Sea

End your trip in style as you head towards home. Enjoy waiter service at the stylish Latitude 53 restaurant, and admire the 360 views from the Indigo Bar. There's also The Lounge featuring a unique colour-changing bar and hot-pink piano.

Day 15 - Southampton, England

Arrives: 08:00

Feel refreshed and rejuvenated from the amazing sights on this Cities and Ice adventure. A holiday impossible to forget.

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