About this holiday
After a day at sea Puerto Limon is our first stop! It’s claimed Costa Ricans are the happiest people in the world. Take one look at their country, and you’ll see just how much they’ve got to smile about. A blend of rainforests, wildlife and sun-baked sands, it showcases the best of Latin America’s natural beauty. It’s also one of the few places in the world where you can be flying through the jungle on a zip-liner one minute, and riding horseback in the mountains the next.
Next is Colon - Colon is a crumbling Colonial district, full of faded grand mansions and pastel-painted warehouses. It’s also your gateway to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, Panama Canal. This enormous waterway bridges the 48-mile gap between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, and gives cargo ships a helping hand on their around-the-world voyages. Panama City is often compared to Miami and Rio de Janeiro. Casinos, nightlife and designer shops cater for tourists. If you’re serious about spending, try Via Espana, Latin America’s answer to Rodeo Drive.
Our next stop is Cartagena. Colombia’s second-oldest city is home to the only walled town in the Americas. It was originally built to protect Cartagena against pirates, and it cocoons cobbled alleyways, cottages painted in rainbow colours, and buildings that have stood for centuries. The Colonial cathedrals alone are worth bringing your camera for. Prepare to see a completely different side of Cartagena in Bocagrande, the city’s new town. Jewellery-lovers should head for the Caribe Emerald Factory, where you can watch stones being cut, polished and set. You can even create your own design. Pay a visit to the Convento de la Popa. It’s a 400-year-old monastery that sits at the top of a hill, overlooking the whole city. Inside, it’s filled with lavish décor, paintings and sculptures.
Our final port of call on this cruise is Santa Marta. Colombia’s oldest town was founded by the Spanish all the way back in 1525. The first thing you’ll notice is the picture-perfect coastline. Cue ice-white sands and glass-clear waters backed by South America’s second-largest mountain range. Away from the beach, the town’s colourful houses and lively reggae bars offer up plenty in the way of Latino spirit. For a dose of history, pay a visit to La Casa de Aduana – South America’s first ever house, which has been turned into an interesting little museum. The Tayrona National Park showcases some of Colombia’s most spectacular scenery. Think footprint-free beaches, delicate corals and sea-sculpted boulders. Keep an eye out and you might even spot some monkeys. Take a look around the former home of South American liberator, Simón Bolívar, and check out the monument in his memory.
There are seven restaurants to choose from (some charges may apply). 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.
47° The Broadway Lounge'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 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica 09:00-18:00
Day 4 Colon, Panama 07:00-17:00
Day 5 Cartagena, Columbia 09:00-19:00
Day 6 Santa Marta, Columbia 08:00-18:00
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Montego Bay, Jamaica - London
*Tender to Shore
Itinerary order may vary by sailing date
TUI 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.