About this holiday
Jamaica’s bubbly side is on show in Montego Bay. This lively north-coast town has a strip full of reggae bars and Caribbean restaurants, and you can dip in and out for rum cocktails and jerk chicken. Montego Bay’s biggest pull, though, is its coastline. The shores here are bracketed by clear blue waves and coconut palms.
After a day at Sea we visit exotic Belize, trips to Belize City often come with a sense of de-ja-vu. The city was once ruled by the British and English is still the official language, so it’s easy to feel like you’ve been here before. You’ll spot street names like Albert Street, and pass an Anglican cathedral with the name of St John. But go beyond the city limits and you’ll discover things you won’t have seen before. Out here, it’s possible to snorkel along a 150-mile barrier reef, hike around Mayan ruins, and do your own stunts during cave-tubing and zip-lining adventures.
We sail on to Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatamala on its Eastern coast. It shares a cut-away portion of the shoreline with lively Puerto Barrios, where modern shopping malls sit shoulder-to-shoulder with traditional street-sellers. You won’t find any beaches here, but boat trips to Punta de Palma are a breeze – it’s just around the headland, and lines up one of the most impressive sandy sweeps in the country. You can make the most of Santo Tomas de Castilla’s natural side at Las Escobas – a glass-like river where waterfalls tumble into a tucked-away stream. As swimming spots go, this one’s up there with the best of them.Head into Puerto Barrios, and you can sniff out a bargain at La Pradera Mall. It reels off restaurants, clothing stores, and a games arcade in its repertoire, and you can reach it in five minutes by cab. Seafood is a popular part of the local diet here, and some of the best dishes can be found in the harbourside restaurants. A coconut seafood stew called tapado is one of the top picks, and shellfish ceviche and grilled shrimp are also worth a try.
Our next port of call is Roatan, Honduras looks a lot like the other Caribbean islands. After all, it’s got the trademark white-sand beaches, the coconut palms and the rainforest. The real action, though is under the waves, and that’s what sets it apart from the rest. The reef that rings the island hides shipwrecks, coral gardens and all manner of sea creatures – everything from turtles to dolphins swim in the depths. You can get to know the island’s native butterfly population at the Roatan Butterfly Farm. There are hundreds of the winged creatures here, along with a rainbow-coloured mix of tropical birds. Bailey’s Key is a private lagoon that a family of Bottlenose dolphins call home. Here, you can swim with the animals, learn about their habits, and even get a special dolphin kiss.
If you’ve got some energy to burn, try ziplining. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the jungle canopy, not to mention an adrenaline rush.
Our next stop is Trujillo, Honduras Christopher Columbus first landed here over 500 years ago. Since then, the area has been under the control of the Spanish, the Dutch, the English, and even pirates. Centring on the city of Trujillo, the Banana Coast is named after the 20th-century banana boom, when millions of the fruit were shipped out of the port each year. These days, it’s the picturesque setting at the touch-point between the rainforest and the Caribbean Sea that draws the crowds. Campo del Mar is a half-hour drive from Trujillo’s port, the Banana Coast Landing. It’s made up of four huge parks, including a Heritage Park that showcases the area’s Mayan history, and a Wildlife Park where monkeys, birds and big cats thrive. Follow in the footsteps of Columbus and venture in to the historical town of Trujillo. Here, you’ll stumble across 19th-century French and Spanish colonial-style buildings, plus an ancient hilltop fortress. It’s a little-known fact that Honduras is home to the second-largest rainforest canopy outside the Amazon. And a great way to penetrate the jungle is by commandeering your own quad bike.
After a day at sea our final stop is back in Montego Bay, Jamaica, before our flight back home to London.
There are seven restaurants to choose from. There’s full waiter service at the main restaurant, which serves up traditional dishes with a modern twist. Plus, there are eateries specialising in a particular cuisine – think succulent steak or pan-Asian fare. There’s plenty of choice in the way of drinking spots, as well, whether you’re looking for a pot of tea or a flute of prosecco.
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.
47° Marella Discovery 2’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.
THE GLASS HOUSE This 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.
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
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.
SURF & TURF STEAKHOUSE As its name suggests, this à la carte eatery specialises 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.
With so many entertainment options, no night onboard’s the same as the last. The Broadway Show Lounge delivers on West-End style numbers. Then there’s Venue, which plays host to family-friendly game shows and performances from virtual bands. Movies by Moonlight takes over out on deck, while live musicians showcase the acoustics in the Atrium Bar. As the night draws to a close, head to the Live Room for a session on the dancefloor.
VENUE This is another of Marella Discovery 2’s standout bars, defined by hi-tech evening entertainment.
BROADWAY SHOW LOUNGE Marella Discovery 2’s 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.
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.
DECK BAR This sociable spot ticks the box for cold drinks in between dips.
ATRIUM BAR Grab a seat – and a glass of bubbles – at this classy bar, and you’ll have a great view of the entertainment in the atrium.
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.
LIVE ROOM Discovery 2’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 CASINO The 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.
In addition to all of the above, there is the Oceans Spa And Beauty Salon if you fancy getting glammed up for the weekly cocktail night. Alternatively, spoil yourself in the spa – it’s got a string of treatment cabins where you can indulge in a full body massage or a rejuvenating facial. There are two pools (one indoor), 4 whirlpool baths, gym, mini-golf, photo gallery and the Broad Street Shops. The on-board boutiques are open when the ship’s at sea, and stock a great range of duty-free products.
Your Trip at a Glance
Day 1 London - Montego Bay, Jamaica
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Belize City, Belize 07:00-18:00
Day 4 Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala 07:00-17:00
Day 5 Roatan, Honduras 08:00-20:00
Day 6 Trujillo, Honduras 07:00-18:00
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Montego Bay, Jamaica - London
*Tender to Shore
Itinerary order may vary by sailing date
MARELLA DISCOVERY 2
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.