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MSC Cruises

Western Med Cruise- February 2020

From €849pp
Depart From
Fly from Dublin, Sail from Barcelona
Departure Date
06 Feb 2020 - 13 Feb 2020
Duration
7 Nights
Destination
Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Malta
Price
From €849pp
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Ports of Call: Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France: Genoa, Italy: Civitavecchia, Italy; Palemero, Italy; Valetta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain

Fly to Barcelona where you will board your ship, the MSC Grandiosa for a 7 night Western Med Cruise calling at France, Italy, Spain & Malta.

Barcelona – Spain’s second city, and the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya – vibrates with life, and there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy.

A cruise excursion to Barcelona city centre will take you to discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And in Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary church of the Sagrada Família and the world-famous boulevard that is the Ramblas, you have two sights that are high up on any Mediterranean cruisesightseeing list.

When cruising southern France, you have to know that Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in the country after Paris and Lyon. When you alight from your MSC cruise ship, the cafés around the Vieux Port, where glistening fish are sold straight off the boats on quai des Belges, are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life. 

Particularly good in the afternoon is the north (Le Panier) side, where the terraces are sunnier and the views better. 

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, vibrant and full of rough-edged style; it’s a great cruise excursion.

Indeed “La Superba” (The Superb), as it was known at the height of its authority as a Mediterranean superpower, boasts more zest and intrigue than all the surrounding coastal resorts put together. 

During a holiday to Genoa you can explore its old town: a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways home to large palazzi built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families and now transformed into museums and art galleries

Civitavecchia enjoys a millenary history due to its coves along the coast, which offered a perfect shelter for vessels, making it a natural port long before cruise ships sailed the seas, and in fact the port was known to the Romans as Centumcellae. There are a host of bars and restaurants for a taste of seafood cuisine, from poached baby octopus to fried rocket to stuffed squid or the pizza alla civitavecchiese with anchovies and garlic.

The Taurine Baths, of the even more ancient Etruscan period, are a grand archaeological site just a few kilometres outside the city, a site that we recommend to the cruiser with a passion for ancient history.

A lively, bustling, noisy port, Palermo yet holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets. With Sicily’s greatest concentration of sights, and the biggest historic centre in Italy bar Rome, Palermo is a complex, multilayered port.

The UNESCO-protected port of Valletta, the capital of the island of Malta, is one of the must-see stops for every Mediterranean cruise of merit. 

You can admire this port, constructed in the second half of the 16th century by the Frenchman Jean de la Valette and moulded by the religious and military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, from your MSC ship even before disembarking.

The over 300 monuments rising in little more than half a square kilometre make this a place with one of the greatest density of historical attractions to visit during a cruise, not mentioning other attractions such as its beaches, seaside locales and restaurants. 

Return to Barcelona where you cruise will come to an end. Fly home or choose to extend your stay in Barcelona, ask us for details.

Designed to ensure a pleasant stay on board. Available with the following accommodation types: Balcony, Ocean View, Outside with Partial View and Interior cabins

  • Wide variety of superb, freshly prepared cuisine.
  • You choose your preferred dinnertime from Early Dining or Late Dining with a time range preference, subject to availibility and confirmation on board.
  • Gourmet buffet with different areas, open 20 hours a day
  • Broadway-style theatre shows
  • Swimming pool, scenic gym and open-air sports facilities
  • Packed program of daily activities
  • Free access to 5 different clubs for kids and teenagers*
  • Freedom to change booking details dates and guest names
  • Turndown service to prepare your bed each night
  • Collect MSC Voyagers Club points to earn discounts and other benefits on subsequent cruises    
* Special events for children are not included. Contact the Mini Club for full information. 

Day 1 - Barcelona, Spain

Day 2 - Marseille, France

Day 3 - Genoa, Italy

Day 4 - Civitavecchia, Italy

Day 5 - Palermo, Italy

Day 6 - Valletta, Malta

Day 7 - At Sea

Day 8 - Barcelona, Spain

Price is based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing and includes:

  • Flights and taxes from Dublin
  • 7 night Western Mediterranean Cruise, on board the MSC Grandiosa in an interior cabin
  • Gratuities

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Cabin Upgrades
  • Barcelona City Break add-on
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

For more information please call us on 021 4935806, email cruise@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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