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Western Med Cruise- February 2020

From €829pp
Upgrade to a Balcony Cabin with premium drinks from €1049pp
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 €829pp
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Ports of Call: Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France: Genoa, Italy: Civitavecchia, Italy; Palemero, Italy; Valetta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain

Board your ship, the MSC Grandiosa, in Barcelona 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.

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:

  • 7 night Western Mediterranean Cruise, on board the MSC Grandiosa in an interior cabin

Upgrade to a Balcony Cabin with Premium Drinks from only €1049pp

Please ask us about adding great value:

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

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