Morocco, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy – 24 September, 3 and 12 October 2021 – MSC Virtuosa – 9 nights
Discover the magnificent, new Costa Virtuosa as she sails from Malaga on a series of three cruises lasting 9 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 returning home to Malaga – a great cruise visiting five countries and two continents.
|1||Friday, 24 Sep 2021||
|2||Saturday, 25 Sep 2021||
|3||Sunday, 26 Sep 2021||At Sea||–||–|
|4||Monday, 27 Sep 2021||
|5||Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021||At Sea||–||–|
|6||Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021||
|7||Thursday, 30 Sep 2021||
|8||Friday, 01 Oct 2021||
|9||Saturday, 02 Oct 2021||At Sea||–||–|
|10||Sunday, 03 Oct 2021||
Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Casablanca, Marrakech, and Rabat
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.
Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Lisbon
Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Barcelona and its surroundings
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.
Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, and Avignon
On the spectacular coastline of the French Riviera lies Marseille, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. This atmospheric port city is known for its unique mix of grit and glamour, seen in its labyrinth of streets and historical architecture. Only a few miles from Marseille’s charismatic cafes and bustling Vieux Port, stunning cities are to be found. Visit Aix-en-Provence, birthplace of Cézanne, or take in the ancient beauty of Avignon.
Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Genoa and Portofino
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.
FARES UPDATE – VERY LITTLE AVAILABILITY
24 September 2021 – only cabins now available are balcony with Fantastica level service at €1230 per person or €1399 fully inclusive of drinks
3 and 12 October availability: Ocean view with Bella level service €999 per person or €1149 inclusive of drinks. Fantastica level service Interior at €930 per person or €1079 inclusive. Ocean view available at €1095 or €1265 inclusive and balcony cabins at €1269 basic or €1429 inclusive
|Cruise Line||MSC Cruises|
|Cruise Ship||MSC Virtuosa|
|Date||24 September, 3 and 12 October 2021.|