Once known as Costa Europa , Marella Dream has been sailing the waves ever since the 80s and her ownership transferred to now known as Marella Cruises') fleet in 2009. But while she's certainly been around a while, she more than holds her own against other more modern vessels, thanks to refurbishments that have left her with a state-of-the-art interior.
Capable of catering for up to 1533 passengers, this is a behemoth of a ship. The retro feel to the construction is easy on the eye, with a curvy appearance rather than a boxy one. A multi-million refit in 2012 saw new fixtures and fittings installed, including wonderfully soft carpets and teak flooring on certain decks. There's also plenty of space out on deck for lounging.
Where the dress code is concerned, it's casual wear during the day - predominantly consisting of jeans or shorts and T-shirts or sports tops. Smart casual comes into play during the evening, and there's one formal night when most of the passengers will take the opportunity to dress up. This is usually at the captain's gala cocktail party.