Morocco, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy – 21 October 2021 – MSC Virtuosa – 10 nights
Discover the magnificent, brand new Costa Virtuosa as she sails from Malaga on a series of three cruises lasting 10 fantastic nights. With this delightful itinerary you will be able to enjoy some fascinating ports whilst also enjoying three full days at sea. Spending the second day in the Moroccan city of Casablanca where you will have the opportunity to take a day trip to Marrakech or enjoy the exotic souks that this part of Africa is famous for. On to the lovely city of Lisbon where you will find the people welcoming, the food great and the street life absorbing. After a glorious day cruising the Mediterranean we arrive in the Catalan capital of Barcelona home of Gaudi, sun-filled plazas and great bars and restaurants. Marseilles is the next stop – this is the remodelled Provencale city that is the home of Bouillebaisse and Pernod! Its inner harbour is a legend and is a great place to spend a few hours. Genoa on the Ligurian coast is a bustling port town but close to the sleepy but elegant resorts such as Portofino. Another welcome day at sea before a splendid day in Valencia, home of Paella before returning overnight home to Malaga – a great cruise visiting five countries and two continents.
Casablanca, an impressive port city on Morocco’s magical coast, is an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. Discover Mauresque architecture, attractive beaches, and the colourful Old Medina.
Visit Lisbon on an MSC Mediterranean cruise and explore one of the world’s most ancient cities and the second oldest European capital after Athens. It’s yet to go global and its white-domed cathedrals and cobbled alleyways make it quintessentially Portuguese. As the only capital city on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon is also remarkably inexpensive: food, drink and entertainment all offer exceptional value for money.
One of the busiest cruise ports in the Mediterranean, the seaside city of Barcelona is known for its iconic architecture, colourful culture, and world-class drinking and dining.
Explore Antoni Gaudí’s surreal Sagrada Família, the famous boulevard of the Ramblas, the medieval Barri Gótic, and the Museu Picasso. But there’s even more to discover in this sprawling Spanish city, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination: from hidden tapas bars and fabulous food markets to Europe’s biggest football stadium.
Choose your favourite tours from a list of unforgettable MSC Cruises excursions including:
• Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família
• The Montserrat Mountain and the Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat
• Camp Nou Stadium
An MSC Cruises excursion to Sagrada Família offers you the unmissable gift of visiting Gaudí’s ingenious Roman Catholic basilica. Journey to this architectural feat with the option of an electrically assisted Mercedes-Benz eBike which you can then use to ride through the city. On your travels, discover the nearby town of Santa Coloma de Cervelló and take in Gaudi’s incredible Church of Colonia Güell. Or visit his other architectural masterworks — Casa Batlló and Casa Milà.
Choose an adventurous MSC Cruises excursion to the majestic Montserrat Mountains. See Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s lively boulevard, and pause to marvel at Gaudí’s Sagrada Família. Then, travel through picturesque countryside to the rugged sandstone peaks of the Montserrat Mountains where the Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat is situated. Founded in the 11th-century, the monastery still houses over 70 monks and functions to this day. Discover the charming village of Sant Sadurni and visit the prestigious Vilarnau Wine Cellars. There, you’ll learn how Spanish cava wine is made and you’ll get to partake in a tasting session.
MSC Cruises excursions in Barcelona provide endless excitement for the whole family. But what could be more thrilling than visiting Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium? This temple of football seats nearly 100,000 people and plays host to international matches every year. It’s also an impressive concert and events venue hosting acts such as Sting, Peter Gabriel, U2, and Bruce Springsteen. Experience game day energy when entering the players’ dressing rooms or visit the museum and the interactive zone for a virtual view of the arena.
The port city of Genoa, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, is the gateway to Italy’s glamorous riviera. Wander down its winding medieval alleyways, take in historical, Piazza Matteotti, and admire a magnificent cluster of 16th and 17th-century buildings. Genoa’s heritage as a naval power is evident in La Lanterna, a historical lighthouse built in 1543. Beyond the city, romantic towns can be found nestled along the coastline, including the gelati-coloured Portofino.
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Basic cruise prices do not include any drinks packages but do include gratuities and all taxes
Fully inclusive prices include all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and all gratuities
MSC Virtuosa’s namesake comes from the word virtuoso, meaning someone highly skilled in any field of activity, and so MSC Virtuosa was named to pay homage to the skill and expertise of the MSC Cruises architects and shipyard partners at Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique who designed and built this innovative class of ships. This new cruise ship is one of the two largest in MSC Cruises’ fleet, along with her sister ship MSC Grandiosa, boasting an impressive array of guest features all coming together in perfect harmony to deliver the ultimate cruise holiday experience.
|Cruise Line||MSC Cruises|
|Cruise Ship||MSC Virtuosa|
|Date||21 October 2021.|