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Oceans Horizons

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Get ready for an epic ocean voyage on this Atlantic Cruise. On your Ocean Horizons cruise you’ll visit chic European cities, rugged Atlantic Islands and lovely Caribbean beaches. With seven days at sea, you’ll really get a taste of the cruising life.

Ports visited*

* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 – Naples (for Pompeii & Capri), Italy

Departs: 18:00

When you arrive at Naples Airport, you’ll take a free 20-minute transfer to your ship. You might have time to experience a slice of Italy – the delicious pizza Naples is renowned for.

There are several attractions less than ten minutes’ walk from port. Castel Nuovo is an imposing medieval fortress with an art museum attached.

Day 2 – At Sea

Spend the day relaxing onboard Marella Explorer 2. It’s adults only, so take advantage by indulging at Champney’s Spa.

There’s a large pool where you can sunbathe with a cocktail in hand. There’s even a poolside stage, where you can watch daily entertainment shows.

Day 3 – Palma, Majorca

Time in port: 08:00 – 18:00

Disembark at the island of Majorca’s capital, Palma. You’ll find gothic cathedrals, street markets and tapas bars in the old quarter.

You can explore the city independently – the old town is a 30-minute walk from port. Those with mobility issues will prefer a guided bus tour. You can also take a bike tour of Palma, which includes a stop at the beach.

Day 4 – Cartagena, Spain

Time in port: 09:00 – 18:00

The next stop on your Ocean Horizons cruise is Cartagena, a city guarded by two hilltop fortresses. You’ll disembark in the centre. Stroll the waterfront and the picturesque pedestrianised streets, gazing at 2,500 years of history.

Many shore excursions involve a trip to nearby La Manga, a 500m wide strip of land separating the Mediterranean from the Mar Menor. Needless to say, there are fantastic beaches on either side.

Day 5 – Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Time in port: 09:00 – 18:00

This small promontory is dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, which rises 426m above sea level. Take a shore excursion there, or travel independently to the top via cable car (the station is a 30-minute walk from port).

Get off at the first stop to see barbary apes. You can also explore inside the rock; a network of tunnels used in World War Two.

Day 6 – At Sea

It’s time to relax on Marella Explorer 2. Why not spend the day at The Veranda, a sunbathing spot with Balinese daybeds and cocoon chairs?

Watch the sun set with a drink at Indigo Bar, which has panoramic views of the ocean.

Day 7 – Funchal, Madeira

Time in port: 08:00 – 18:00

Funchal is a city with quaint Edwardian buildings, blooming with exotic flowers. It’s a 30-minute walk to the town centre, but the city can also be explored by a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

The town’s star attraction is a cable car up to the mountain village of Monte. Get back to Funchal on a wicker toboggan ride down steep cobbled streets (there’ll be someone to steer you).

Day 8-13 – At Sea

Over the next five days you will experience ocean horizons as you sail across the Atlantic.

With eight restaurants and ten drinking spots to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. Enjoy a pint at British pub Squid & Anchor, followed by a curry from Asian restaurant Kora La.

If you’re feeling active, go for a run on the outdoor jogging track or work up a sweat in the gym. You can even take a ballroom or Latin dancing class.

Day 14 – St. John’s, Antigua

Time in port: 09:00 – 18:00

St. John's bears traces of British influence in its architecture, but it’s also bursting with Caribbean colour. Near the port is Heritage Quay, with shops selling designer goods and local crafts.

The island of Antigua is highly renowned for its beaches of pearlescent sand and turquoise water. Visit them in style on a horseback beach trek or a catamaran cruise, which includes a lobster and prosecco lunch.

Day 15 – Philipsburg, St Maarten

Time in port: 09:00 – 18:00

This small island has a Dutch capital, Philipsburg, and a French one, Marigot. It’s less than a mile from port to Front Street, one of the Caribbean’s best shopping streets. The town is bordered by a public beach, Great Bay.

Shore excursions allow you to experience St Maarten’s nature. Take a coastal hike, bike tour or snorkelling trip.

Day 16 – Roseau, Dominica

Time in port: 08:00 – 18:00

Dominica is known for its green beauty. Take an excursion to explore the island. Snorkel over Champagne Reef, perched on a submerged volcano. Dip into natural hot springs or visit the island’s waterfalls.

If you take an excursion, there’s still time to explore Roseau, a city of colourful houses, Caribbean restaurants and colonial architecture.

Day 17 – Castries, St Lucia

Time in port: 08:00 – 18:00

St Lucia’s skyline is dominated by two rainforest-carpeted mountains, The Pitons. Get up close to them on a boat or coach tour. Experience the high life on an open air gondola tour over a tropical reserve.

If you’re exploring independently, Castries’ colourful open-air market is just a 15-minute walk from port.

Day 18 – Kingstown, St. Vincent

Time in port: 08:00 – 18:00

The final stop is Kingstown. You can reach the centre of this quaint colonial town in 20 minutes by foot. Explore Fort Charlotte, a British garrison with ocean views, or the luscious botanical garden.

St. Vincent is full of footprint-free beaches. Take a schooner or kayak along the coast to discover them, including a hideaway cove where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed.

Day 19 – Bridgetown, Barbados

Arrives: 07:00

Your Ocean Horizons trip ends in Bridgetown, Barbados’ capital. You’ll disembark having had some amazing experiences, and an opportunity to immerse yourself in Bajan culture. Visit the serene beach of Carlisle Bay, the distilleries of St. Nicholas Abbey or pick up fresh fruit at the colourful Cheapside Market.

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