About this holiday
Departing Barbados and with a day at sea, we sail towards our first port of call, Oranjestad, Aruba.
Nowhere showcases Aruba’s Dutch roots quite like Oranjestad. With its gable-topped houses and colonial clock towers, the island’s capital is like a little slice of Amsterdam. It’s got some typically Caribbean credentials, too – expect cushiony sands that stretch on for miles, and underwater spots that are great for snorkelling. Plus, all along the coast, you’ll find ramshackle beach bars serving up fresh seafood and rum cocktails. Check out the Casibari Rock, a natural formation that’s a result of strong trade winds. Climb to the top and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the island. Head to De Palm Island to explore the underwater depths. Set just off the Aruban coastline, this private reef is home to a huge variety of exotic sea life. Pay a visit to the iconic California Lighthouse, which stands guard over the north-western tip of the island. It dates back to 1910, and offers up sea views that are second-to-none or explore the castle-like ruins of the Bushiribana Gold Mill. This place was at the centre of Aruba’s 19th-century gold rush, and is well worth a chunk of your time for its medieval looks alone.
Willemstad, Curacao Island This little Dutch island is slowly beginning to creep onto the tourist radar, and for good reason. It offers up an unbeatable mix of footprint-free beaches and pretty colonial towns. The storybook port of Willemstad leads the pack, with its candy-coloured, red-roofed houses that gild the downtown area. It’s such an impressive sight, UNESCO have even granted the town a place on its World Heritage list. Take in Willemstad’s best bits on the trolley train tour. You’ll get to see the Pietermaai Cathedral, Queen Wilhelmina Park, and a building known as the wedding cake house due to its quirky design. Check out the island’s largest feathered friends at the Ostrich Park. This is one of the largest ostrich farms outside Africa, and you’ll get to feed and touch the birds while you’re here.
Kralendijk, Bonaire If you’re in any doubt concerning what Bonaire’s all about, just look at an island number plate – above every registration number you’ll find the words ‘Divers’ Paradise’. This island in the Leeward Antilles is consistently rated as one of the best dive and snorkelling destinations in the world. Shipwrecks, tropical fish and seahorses are ripe in the waters that surround the island. Above the waterline, meanwhile, there are wild flamingo herds to see and craggy national parks to explore. The island is known for its underwater scene, but stay on land and you can take a tuk tuk tour around its historical sites. Highlights include a 17th-century fort and a prisoner of war camp.
St George's, Grenada Grenada can’t fail to spice things up. It’s known as the ‘Spice Island’ after all. Wherever you head, the fragrant scent of ginger, almond, nutmeg and vanilla follows you. Plus you can see cinnamon, cocoa beans and every tropical fruit imaginable growing here. Alongside its basket of goodies, this lush landscape hides Bounty-like beaches, mountain ranges and thick rainforests. And don’t miss a wander around St George's, one of the Caribbean’s prettiest harbours, with its pastel-coloured buildings, cobbled streets and even the odd lipstick-red London phone box. Taking pride of place in Grenada’s mountains, the star of the show is Grand Etang Lake, which fills a volcanic crater. And there’s plenty more to see along the walking trails that criss-cross through the rainforest. Maybe cool down with a refreshing swim at Annadale Falls. Incredibly pretty, it cascades nine metres to a grotto surrounded by lush plantlife, or take a break from sightseeing and kick back on the island’s Grand Anse Beach. Not only does it have wow-factor white sands that melt into turquoise waters, but the watersports are first class and it’s got some great bars and restaurants, too.
Castries, St Lucia St Lucia’s skyline is high rise. But it’s not the hotels that make this island look serrated against the sky, it’s the mountains. The Pitons are 2 of the biggest. Both their summits tower at least 2,000 feet above sea level and their slopes are coiffured with a mane of dense green rainforest. At their feet, meanwhile, banana plantations give way to syrup-coloured beaches and some of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean. If you can’t choose between snorkelling and scuba diving, get the best of both worlds on a snuba experience. You’ll wear a mask and fins and you’ll also have access to an air supply so you can explore deeper for longer. Maybe pick up a bargain in the Castries market, an amazing swirl of crafts, fruits and the hum of Creole conversation. For a more upmarket, but still good value, shopping experience, try Pointe Seraphine, a duty-free shopping centre next to the harbour.
There are seven dining spots to choose from, including a main restaurant spread over two storeys, and two speciality restaurants – which showcase spectacular views from a setting on the top floor. For afternoon tea and after-dinner cocktails, meanwhile, you’ll have seven bars and lounges to dip in and out of.
SURF & TURF STEAKHOUSE As its name suggests, this speciality restaurant majors in the likes of marbled steaks and meaty lobster tails. You’ve also got other meat and fish options, as well as plenty to satisfy a vegetarian palate. You’ll pay a cover charge to eat dinner here.
SUSHI BAR Spicy tuna rolls, salmon sashimi and seabass nigiri are all on the menu at this sushi bar, which is tucked inside Kora La. Plus, you can wash it down with beers from all over Asia – think Tiger, Cobra and Singha. There’s a charge to dine here, and you’ll need to book, too.
KORA LA Marella Cruises’ signature pan-Asian speciality restaurant makes an appearance onboard TUI Discovery. You'll find dishes created by renowned chef Ian Pengelley such as his duck and watermelon salad. The menu covers off south and east Asia, featuring dishes like Indian spiced king prawns, and Indonesian beef rendang curry. A cover charge applies for dining here, and you’ll need to make a reservation.
ISLANDS Big buffet spreads are laid out in this restaurant, with show-cooking stations on-hand to offer things like breakfast omelettes, and carvery roasts in the evening. You can grab snacks in between meals, too.
SNACK SHACK Festival food stalls and iconic British beach huts provided the inspiration for this grab ‘n’ go eatery. This means you can expect to pick up things like bacon butties for breakfast, and sweet chilli chicken wings, mezze salads and focaccia sandwiches in the afternoon
47° Marella Discovery’s main eatery is a big, stylish venue, finished in the colours of the sand and the sea. Daytime meals here come with a side-order of sea views, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and a grand double staircase leads up to a separate eatery.
GALLERY 47° You’ll find this trendy Italian restaurant on the second floor of the ship’s main dining room, 47°. It’s a laid-back place, where bookings aren’t necessary, and its designer look features a colour scheme inspired by the sunset.
THE GLASS HOUSEThis place has a split personality, but for all the right reasons. By day, it deals in deli-style light bites and freshly-squeezed juices. Come sundown, the venue turns into casual restaurant with a tapas-style menu. Plus, you can cook your own steaks on hot stones, for an extra charge.
You can watch movies under a star-lit sky at the ship’s outdoor cinema. Indoors, there are nightly shows in our biggest ever Broadway Show Lounge, and pianists and acoustic musicians take to the stage in the atrium – an elegant space that changes colour when the sun goes down. The plush casino, meanwhile, is the place to head for a late-night flutter.
BROADWAY SHOW LOUNGE Plush seating and an 800-plus capacity give the ship’s main entertainment venue professional credentials. We have 11 unique shows, including Beatz Interactive, a hi-tech dance piece featuring LED-lit costumes.
BAR ELEVEN A position on the highest point on deck 11 – where the bar gets its name from – means that drinks in this lounge come with the ship’s best sea views. It’s a contemporary cocktail bar by evening, transforming into a late-night disco as the hours pass.
VENUEThis is another of Marella Discovery’s standout bars, defined by hi-tech evening entertainment. LED screens accompany game shows. Live interactive shows take place during high season.
MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT In a Marella Cruises first, we’re premiering an open air cinema. It means you can watch classic movies and the latest box office hits under the stars. Blankets, popcorn, and hot chocolate will be available from the nearby bar.
DECK BAR This sociable spot ticks the box for cold drinks in between dips.
LIVE ROOM Marella Discovery’s flagship watering hole is our most spacious and modern yet, and houses our biggest selection of on-tap beers. Expect the atmosphere to build pace as the hours draw in – evenings might start with the sounds of our signature yellow piano, and end with the sounds of dancefloor classics.
LIVE CASINOThe stylish casino is open until late, and features blackjack tables, and fruit machines. If you’re a beginner, ask the croupiers about getting some lessons in. You’ve also got the entertainment – and the bar – in the Live Room to accompany you while you’re having a flutter.
The ship's open-air pool comes with the bonus of built-in hot tubs. You'll find a second pool indoors, plus a slew of treatment cabins at the Oceans Gym and Spa, which is the largest wellness space in the fleet.
Your Trip at a Glance
Day 1 UK - Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Oranjestad, Aruba 08:00-23:00
Day 4 Willemstad, Curacao Island 08:00-18:00
Day 5 Kralendijk, Bonaire 07:00-15:00
Day 6 St George's, Grenada 12:00-19:00
Day 7 Castries, St Lucia 08:00-18:00
Day 8 Bridgetown, Barbados - UK
*Tender to Shore
Itinerary order may vary by sailing date
Single Inside and Outside Cabins accommodate solo travellers. The cabin is kitted out with twin beds that convert to a queen-size double bed and an en suite with a WC and a shower. These cabins measure 12 m². All cabins come with air-conditioning, hairdryer, flatscreen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe.