Palermo Cathedral, Sicily
Old Town, Cagliari, Sardinia
Rocky coast, Propriano, Corsica
The name of this itinerary sums up everything you can expect from this cruise as you discover various idyllic islands with a mountain of sightseeing and exploring to do!
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 - Naples (for Pompeii and Capri), Italy
You begin your journey in Naples, a buzzing age-old Italian city famously known for its delicious pizza, beeping scooter horns and street vendors selling everything from pasta to jewellery and religious symbols.
Naples Cruise Port is around a 10-minute walk from the city centre, and the airport is only a 15-minute drive from the port, so you'll be on your ship in no time. Transfers are included with Marella Cruises.
Naples is a must for any pizza lover, with hole-in-the-wall restaurants selling a slice at every turn. Another absolute must is a visit to Pompeii, an ancient Roman city that became covered in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD.
Day 2 - At sea
It's time to take advantage of the amazing facilities on board Adults Only Marella Explorer 2. She boasts 14 decks, nine restaurants and 10 bars. Relax on the veranda, watch a performance in the Broadway Show Lounge, or spend some indulgent time at the Champney's Spa before dining at one of her many restaurants such as Kora La – serving high-end oriental cuisine.
Day 3 - Valletta, Malta
Time in port: 08:00 – 16:00
Valletta has such a rich history, with many unique and notable buildings to discover. Stroll the colourful streets and take in sights such as the Grandmaster's Palace, the House of Parliament and Castille Palace. Take the time to visit Mdina, the island's old capital – an impressive walled city in which cars are forbidden (also known as 'The Silent City'). Instead of cars, you're more likely to find romantic horse-drawn carriages trotting through the streets instead. If time allows, take a boating day trip to the Blue Grotto, a dazzling 50 metre-deep cave.
Day 4 - Palermo, Sicily
Time in port: 08:00 – 18:00
Sicily’s capital is an exotic blend of Middle Eastern architecture and Baroque buildings that are best discovered on foot. Take in historical sights such as the Palermo Cathedral and the Greek Orthodox Martorana Church. It's also worth taking a tour (time permitting) to see the Palatine Chapel. You’ll be able to view gold-emblazoned columns and 12th-century mosaics that have royal connections.
Day 5 - Cagliari, Sardinia
Time in port: 08:00 – 17:00
Capture the essence of Sardinia in Cagliari on your island discovery cruise. Explore the old quarter, dominated by the Pisan fortifications of the Castello. The streets here are full of galleries, antique shops and museums such as the National Museum of Archaeology.
If you have time, take a trip to visit the ancient town of Nora, one of Sardinia’s oldest settlements. You can also see an old Carthaginian warehouse and Roman baths. History buffs will love the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Barumini, too – home to the ruins of Bronze Age dwellings and places of worship.
Day 6 - Propriano, Corsica
Time in port: 09:00 –18:00
Calling all water babies! Propriano offers some of the best scuba diving sessions thanks to its marine life on the reef. You can take boat trips to explore the area's rocky headlands and hidden coves. Foodies will feel right at home too, with restaurants and seafood aplenty. This part of Sardinia has a quiet vibe, with 10 beaches dotted around on peaceful coves along the shoreline.
If time isn't an issue, take a trip to Sartene, a medieval fortified town with lots of history, featuring plenty of small narrow streets and grey granite houses against a mountainous backdrop.
Day 7 - Piombino (for Siena and Pisa), Italy
Time in port: 07:00 – 17:00
Piombino is the gateway to the Tuscan cities of Siena and Pisa. In Siena, you'll find plenty of Gothic architecture to discover and the Piazza del Campo (home to the famous Palio horse race). The Torre del Mangia, a tower built in the 14th century, has to be climbed for epic views of the city and surrounding countryside.
In Pisa, you'll find the famous Leaning Tower, which sways to one side because of an error made during construction. Climb the 297-step spiral staircase for an elevated view of the nearby Duomo and the Baptistery of St John.
Day 8 - Naples, Italy
You'll arrive back in Naples after your island discovery cruise with photos and memories that you'll treasure for a lifetime. Why not take a look at our other Western Mediterranean cruises so you can get booking your next unforgettable trip?