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MSC Cruises

Western Mediterranean Cruise

From €899pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin, Cruise from Barcelona
Departure Date
Multiple departures Feb & March 2019
Duration
7 Nights
Destination
Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Malta
Price
From €899pp including flights
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Ports of call: Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France; Genoa, Italy; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Palermo, Sicily, Italy; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain

Fly from Dublin to Barcelona and board the MSC Meraviglia for a seven-night cruise on the Mediterranean.

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.

Discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. 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 cruise sightseeing list.

Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in France, after Paris and Lyon. When you alight from your 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. 

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.

During your holiday in Civitavecchia you can easily visit its centre on foot. Amongst the most important monuments to visit are the Forte Michelangelo, built by Bramante in the 16th century, the ancient walls of the old port, where there is a fountain in travertine marble by Vanvitelli, and the Rock, an inexpugnable fortress that has been looming over the city and port for over a thousand years.

A lively, bustling, noisy port on the island of Sicily, Palermo yet holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets. 

Malta is one of the must-see stops for every Mediterranean cruise of merit. Over 300 monuments rising in little more than half a square kilometre make Valletta 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. 

Cruise back to Barcelona where you'll board your homeward flight to Dublin.

Our cruise manager Jackie visited MSC Meraviglia when she docked at Cobh. Read her blog about it here.

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

Day 2: Marseille, France

Day 3: Genoa, Italy

Day 4: Civitavecchia, Italy

Day 5: Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Day 6: Valletta, Malta

Day 7: At Sea

Day 8: Barcelona, Spain

Departure dates:

  • 14th February
  • 21st February
  • 28th February
  • 07th March
  • 14th March

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin to Barcelona
  • Checked baggage
  • Priority check-in
  • Transfers
  • 7 night full-board cruise on board the MSC Meraviglia, in an inside cabin

Please ask us about adding great value: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Upgrade to a balcony cabin
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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