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Mediterranean from Barcelona Cruise

  • Departure DateTue 26th Oct 2021
  • MSC Cruises MSC Virtuosa
  • 10 Night Cruise From Barcelona
  • Cruise Only From £959 pp

Itinerary

  • Barcelona
  • Marseille
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Alicante
  • Malaga
  • Cadiz
  • Lisbon
  • Barcelona

Highlights

    • Barcelona: Dine on delicious tapas and soak up the vibrant atmoshere over a jug of sangria in one of the cities many side street cafes and restaurants.  
    • Marseille: Go to the opulent Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, a 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica which occupies Marseille’s highest point, the hilltop gives 360-degree views of the city.
    • Genoa: Take a stroll through the narrow alleyways that lead from the port up to Piazza de Ferrari, the city’s main square, which has a beautiful fountain and is lined with historic buildings. 

Prices from pp

TypeInteriorOcean ViewBalcony
Cruise Only
£959
£1,049
£1,219

Cruise Only - price based on cruise only, call to add flights from your regional airport.

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

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Excellent!

Faizal Khan has been wonderful to deal with. He is very knowledgeable and has excellent customer services skills. He made the booking process very smooth and managed to get us a competitive deal.

M Lewis / June 2021

excellent !

I received excellent customer service from both Ryan Duggan and Beth Higson , they went the extra mile to ensure our trip was exactly as we had wished it. Many thanks

Mr Steve McQuade / June 2021

Fantastic service

My consultant was Amy Darbyshire and I feel like I won the jackpot. Nothing was too much trouble. Lots of ideas, options, price cues etc The service was incredible. If Amy promised to call or email information it happened. I am incredibly grateful to all the help she gave me and I’ve now booked my dream holiday thanks to her.

Toni / June 2021

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Day 1 - Barcelona

Arrive: Tue 26 October 2021 / Depart: Tue 26 October 2021 at 20:00

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.

Day 2 - Marseille

Arrive: Wed 27 October 2021 at 08:00 / Depart: Wed 27 October 2021 at 18:00

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.

Day 3 - Genoa, Italy

Arrive: Thu 28 October 2021 at 09:00 / Depart: Thu 28 October 2021 at 17:00

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. You should seek out the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Renaissance palaces of Via Garibaldi which contain the cream of Genoa’s art collections, as well as furniture and decor from the grandest days of the city’s past, when its ships sailed to all corners of the Mediterranean Sea. The Acquario di Genova is the city’s pride and joy, parked like a giant ocean liner on the waterfront, with seventy tanks housing sea creatures from all the world’s major habitats, including the world’s biggest reconstruction of a Caribbean coral reef. It’s a great aquarium by any standards, the second largest in Europe by capacity, and boasts a fashionably ecology-conscious slant and excellent background information in Italian and English. Just 35 km south of Genoa, there’s no denying the appeal of Portofino, tucked into a protected inlet surrounded by lush cypress- and olive-clad slopes. It’s an A-list resort that has been attracting high-flying bankers, celebs and their hangers-on for years, as evidenced by the flotillas of giant yachts usually anchored just outside. It’s a tiny place that is attractive yet somehow off-putting at the same time, with a quota of fancy shops, bars and restaurants for a place twice its size.

Day 4 - At Sea

Day 5 - Alicante

Arrive: Sat 30 October 2021 at 07:00 / Depart: Sat 30 October 2021 at 17:00

Valencia and Castellón make up the three provinces of the Valencian Community, which covers 23,500 km² and is situated on the eastern coast of the peninsula. The coast is 485 km long and borders with Cataluña in the north and Murcia in the south. Alicante with its beautiful boulevard and pleasant shopping street is one of the most well known towns on the Costa Blanca. The coast of Alicante and the Costa Blanca owe its name to the beaches stretching for several kilometres and attract many sun worshippers and pleasure seekers.

Day 6 - Malaga

Arrive: Sun 31 October 2021 at 09:00 / Depart: Sun 31 October 2021 at 19:00

The elegant central zone of Málaga – a stop-off on your MSC cruise of the Mediterranean – is largely pedestrianized with the focal point, marble-paved Calle Marqués de Larios, lined with fashionable stores, its most elegant thoroughfare. Plaza de la Constitución, Málaga’s main square, hosts a monumental fountain flanked by slender palms and the terraces of numerous cafés and restaurants. Málaga centre has a number of interesting churches and museums, not to mention the birthplace of Picasso and the Museo Picasso Málaga, housing an important collection of works by Málaga’s most famous son. Perched on the hill above the town are the formidable citadels of the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro, magnificent vestiges of the seven centuries that the Moors held sway here. Málaga is also renowned for its fish and seafood, which can be sampled at tapas bars and restaurants throughout the city, as well as at the old fishing villages of El Palo and Pedregalejo, now absorbed into the suburbs, where there’s a seafront paseo lined with some of the best marisquerías and chiringuitos (beachside fish restaurants) in the province. The impressive Alcazaba is the place to make for if you’re joining a shore excursion. Clearly visible from your cruise ship, to the left of its entrance on c/Acazabilla stands the Roman Theatre accidentally discovered in 1951, and – following excavation and restoration – now a venue for various outdoor entertainments. The citadel, too, is Roman in origin, with blocks and columns of marble interspersed among the Moorish brick of the double- and triple-arched gateways. Above the Alcazaba, and connected to it by a long double wall (the coracha), is the Gibralfaro castle. Like the Alcazaba, it has been wonderfully restored and now houses an interesting museum devoted to its history.

Day 7 - Cadiz

Arrive: Mon 01 November 2021 at 08:00 / Depart: Mon 01 November 2021 at 18:00

Cádiz is among the oldest settlements in Spain and one of the country’s principal ports. On an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion, you can visit its old town, built on a peninsula-island, and remaining much as it must have looked in those days, with grand, open squares, sailors’ alleyways and high, turreted houses. Literally crumbling from the effect of the sea air on its soft limestone, it has a tremendous atmosphere – while slightly seedy, definitely in decline, it is nevertheless full of mystique. The Museo de Cádiz, the province’s most important, overlooks the leafy Plaza de Mina and incorporates the archaeological museum on the ground floor with many important finds and artefacts from the city’s lengthy history. Almost irresistible, even if you don’t normally go for High Baroque, is the attraction of the huge and seriously crumbling eighteenth-century Catedral Nueva. Cádiz is one of Spain’s top holiday cruise destinations for its cathedral, too, decorated entirely in stone, with no gold in sight, and in absolutely perfect proportions. On the edge of the Barrio del Populo, the city’s oldest quarter dating from the Middle Ages, lies the “old” or original cathedral, Santa Cruz. This was one of the buildings severely knocked during the English assault on Cádiz in 1596, causing the thirteenth-century church to be substantially rebuilt. A fine Gothic entry portal survived, and inside there’s a magnificent seventeenth-century retablo with sculptures by Martínez Montañés. A first-century-BC Roman theatre has been excavated behind. Much closer to us in time, instead, is the eighteenth-century mansion, Torre Tavira, with the tallest tower in the city, from where there are great views over the rooftops to the sea beyond. In addition, one of the most impressive Baroque buildings in the city, the chapel of the Hospital de las Mujeres, houses a brilliant El Greco painting.

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9 - Lisbon

Arrive: Wed 03 November 2021 at 07:00 / Depart: Wed 03 November 2021 at 16:00

Strung out over a series of hills facing the glistening waters of the broad estuary of the Tejo, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most handsome cities. Although its modern suburbs are ungainly, the historic centre is relatively compact and easy to explore in just a day when your MSC cruise takes you to the Lisbon. The oldest part of the city, the warren of streets that make up the Alfama, sits below the spectacularly sited Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, its ruined walls facing another hill, the Bairro Alto or upper town, famed for its bars, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. The valley between these hills makes up the Baixa., or lower town. The tall, imposing buildings that make up the Baixa (Lower Town) house some of Lisbon’s most interesting shops and cafés. A shore excursion on your MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the opportunity to reach via a narrow walkway the impressive Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém), an iconic symbol of Lisbon. It typifies M anueline style that was prominent during the reign of King Manuel, its windows and stairways embellished with arches and decorative symbols representing Portugal’s explorations into the New World. Built as a fortress to defend the mouth of the River Tejo, it took years to complete, though when it opened in 1520 it would have been near the centre of the river – the earthquake of 1755 shifted the river’s course. Today, visitors are free to explore the tower’s various levels, which include a terrace facing the river from where artillery would hav ed been fired. You can then climb a very steep spiral staircase up four lev el – framed view of the river – to a top terrace where you get a blowy panorama of Belém.

Day 10 - At Sea

Day 11 - Barcelona

Arrive: Fri 05 November 2021 at 13:00 / Depart: Fri 05 November 2021

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.

MSC Virtuosa From MSC Cruises

MSC Virtuosa’s namesake comes from the word virtuoso, meaning someone highly skilled in music. Each deck will, in fact, be named after a different musical instrument. This new cruise ship will be one of the two largest in MSC Cruises’ fleet, along with her sister ship MSC Grandiosa. One of the highlights of MSC Virtuosa’s onboard entertainment will be the two brand new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, created exclusively for MSC Cruises’ guests. MSC Virtuosa gives guests the best experience with its expanding digital offer, spearheaded by MSC for Me and our digital cruise assistant, Zoe.

Ship Cabins

Inside Bella

Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 16 sq.m. to 22 sq.m.* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella and Fantastica

Inside Fantastica

Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 16 sq.m. to 22 sq.m.* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella and Fantastica

Inside Studio

Large single bed (140cm). Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar. WiFi connection available for a fee. Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. 12 sq.m. Available Experience: Bella

Outside Aurea

Double bed can be converted into two single beds (on request). Wardrobe. Bathroom with shower or bathtub. Interactive TV, telephone and safe. WiFi connection available (for a fee). Mini bar. Air conditioning. Surface approx. from 15 to 25 sq.m.

Outside Bella

Window with sea view Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 15 sq.m. to 25 sq.m. Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea*

Outside Fantastica

Window with sea view Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 15 sq.m. to 25 sq.m. Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea*

Balcony Aurea

Double bed can be converted into two single beds (on request). Wardrobe. Bathroom with shower. Interactive TV, telephone and safe. WiFi connection available (for a fee). Mini bar. Air conditioning. Surface approx. from 19 sq.m. to 22 sq.m.* with balcony Some cabins have a partial view

Balcony Bella

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 19 sq.m. to 22 sq.m.* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Balcony Fantastica

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 19 sq.m. to 22 sq.m.* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Bingo Balcony

Bingo Balcony

Family 2 connecting balcony cabins

Family Cabins comprise two connecting cabins each with its own bathroom and balcony: Super Family Plus Combination of 2 connected suite cabins: each cabin measures approx. 25 sq.m. and each balcony measures approx. 8 sq.m. They can comfortably accommodate from 6 to 10 people. Super Family Combination of 2 connected balcony cabins: each cabin measures approx. 19sq.m. and each balcony measures approx. 4sq.m. They can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people. This kind of accommodation is only available with the Fantastica Experience. Available Experience: Fantastica

Family Plus 2 connecting Suites

Family Cabins comprise two connecting cabins each with its own bathroom and balcony: Super Family Plus Combination of 2 connected suite cabins: each cabin measures approx. 25 sq.m. and each balcony measures approx. 8 sq.m. They can comfortably accommodate from 6 to 10 people. Super Family Combination of 2 connected balcony cabins: each cabin measures approx. 19sq.m. and each balcony measures approx. 4sq.m. They can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people. This kind of accommodation is only available with the Fantastica Experience. Available Experience: Fantastica

Grand Suite Aurea with Whirlpool Bath

Double bed can be converted into two single beds (on request). Walk-in Wardrobe. Setting Area with double sofa bed. Bathroom with shower vanity area with hairdryers. Interactive TV, telephone and safe. Wifi connection available (for a fee). Mini bar. Air conditioning. Surface approx. 39 sq.m. with large angle balcony with its own private whirlpool bath. Available Experience: Aurea

Suite Fantastica

Balcony Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Spacious wardrobe Bathroom with bathtub, vanity areas with hairdryers Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), and minibar Surface approx. from 23 sq.m. Can accommodate up to 6 people. Available Experience: Fantastica

Super Bingo Cabin

Super Bingo Cabin

Yacht Club Deluxe Suite

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Spacious wardrobe Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection included, safe and minibar Surface approx. 28 sq.m. Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

Yacht Club Duplex Suite

Surface approx. 59 sq.m . with a balcony of approx. 22 sq.m. with dining table and private whirlpool bath Two-deck-high cabin Easy access to the Yacht Club areas Main level Open living/dining room with sofa that converts to double bed Bathroom with shower Second level Master bedroom with double bed which can be converted into two single beds (on request) Two walk in wardrobes. Bathroom with tub Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wifi connection included Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

Yacht Club Inside

Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Sitting area with sofa Spacious wardrobe Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area with hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection included, safe and minibar Surface approx. 16 sq.m. Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

Yacht Club Royal Suite

Balcony with private whirlpool bath and dining table Separate living area and dining room Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Walk-in wardrobes Bathroom with tub and shower, vanity area with hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection included, safe and minibar Surface approx. 56 sq.m. Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Excellent!

Faizal Khan has been wonderful to deal with. He is very knowledgeable and has excellent customer services skills. He made the booking process very smooth and managed to get us a competitive deal.

M Lewis / June 2021

excellent !

I received excellent customer service from both Ryan Duggan and Beth Higson , they went the extra mile to ensure our trip was exactly as we had wished it. Many thanks

Mr Steve McQuade / June 2021

Fantastic service

My consultant was Amy Darbyshire and I feel like I won the jackpot. Nothing was too much trouble. Lots of ideas, options, price cues etc The service was incredible. If Amy promised to call or email information it happened. I am incredibly grateful to all the help she gave me and I’ve now booked my dream holiday thanks to her.

Toni / June 2021

Read All Reviews

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