11 Night Canaries & Morocco Cruise

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Escape the wintry weather on this 11 night Canaries cruise to Tenerife and Madeira also calling at Malaga and Morocco, on the lovely 4 star MSC Opera.

Join the lovely MSC Opera on an 11 night voyage to the Canaries! Boarding in Genoa, you will cruise to sunny Malaga in Spain. From there you cruise to the Canary Islands with visits to Tenerife and Lanzarote. Your next stop is exotic Tangier in Morocco before you reach the Spainish city of Cartagena. You then cruise to Civitavecchia, giving you an opportunity to explore nearby Rome. Your cruise draws to an end as you sail back into Genoa.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Milan
  • Transfers from the airport to the port in Genoa
  • 11 nights onboard the 4 Star MSC Opera, based on 2 sharing
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
  • Transfer from Genoa port to the airport in Milan
  • Flight from Milan to Dublin
  • 1 check-in bag of 20kgs per person
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Itinerary

Day 1 Genoa, Italy

Following your flight to Milan, you will be transferred to the port in Genoa where you will board the beautiful MSC Opera, your home for the next 11 nights as you cruise to the Canary Islands.

Day 2 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 3 Malaga, Spain

The elegant central zone of Málaga – a stop-off on your 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.

Day 4 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 5 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

As you arrive in Funchal on a cruise, your ship will cast anchor in a bay protected by mountains rising straight up behind the port. The name, Funchal, derives from that of the fennel plant, the funcho still used today in the traditional sweets known as rebuçados de funcho, that one can find anywhere on the island of Madeira. You can visit the town centre, to visit historic churches, from the A Sé Cathedral, with its inlaid ceiling, to the majestic Church of the Incarnation, to the church of Carmo without a vault. Another option will take you up to the village of Monte, from where one can admire a spectacular view of the Funchal bay. You can visit its 18th century church and the tomb of the last Austrian emperor, Charles I, and stroll around the magnificent botanic gardens. But if you like heights, there’s nothing more impressive than the Cabo Girão and its 589 metre tall cliffs, amongst the highest in the world, at the foot of which lie the cultivated lands known as Fajãs do Cabo Girão. If you’re looking for an equipped beach during your cruise, another excursion will take you to Machico. Founded in the 15th century, it hosts the oldest religious building on the island, the Capela dos Milagres, and the fortresses of São João Baptista and Nossa Senhora do Amparo built in the beginning of the 16th century. The more lively tourist attraction is instead in Calheta, on the south-west coast. Splendid yachts cruising across the Atlantic are moored in the port and if you want to go for a swim there are two beautiful beaches of golden sand; in spite of the modern structures Calheta dates back to the mid-15th century. This is where they make the “Aguardente”, the best white rhum, and fundamental ingredient of Madeira’s typical drink, the “Poncha” .

Day 6 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

When you’re vacationing on a cruise of the Canaries, the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, welcomes cruisers ashore on its ramblas (wide, tree-lined avenues) that lead to the central Plaza de España where the Francoist architecture finds one of its maximum national expressions. When you’re vacationing on an MSC cruise to the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, welcomes cruisers ashore on its ramblas (wide, tree-lined avenues) that lead to the central Plaza de España where the Francoist architecture finds one of its maximum national expressions. If instead one comes from the old part of Santa Cruz de Tenerife you come across churches built in a variety of architectural styles, from the insular baroque of the church of St. Francis, to the colonial Canary style of the church of the Concepciòn or the 18th century Iglesia del Pilar, built on an ancient hermitage. As you set ashore from your cruise ship, you can explore the Garcìa Sanabria park with the museum of outdoor sculptures, Esculturas al Aire Libre, where a tropical nature blends with the contemporary art of Mirò, Guinovart, Domìnguez, Moore and many others. A place not to miss is the Parque Marìtimo, designed by Canarian artist-architect Cèsar Manrique, which hosts 5000 palm trees of 300 different species, three pools dug into the lava rock, a beach, bars and restaurants.

Day 7 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 8 Tangier, Morocco

Tangier’s strategic location has made it a highly sought-after locale since ancient times. The layout within Tangier’s Medina, like most throughout Morocco, was never planned in advance. As the need arose, a labyrinth of streets and small squares emerged that eventually became the various quarters there today.

The Grand Socco offers the most straight forward approach to the Medina, a gentle open space waiting to be value on an excursion. The arch at the northern corner of the square opens onto Rue d’Italie, which becomes Rue de la Kasbah, the northern entrance to the kasbah quarter. Through an opening on the right-hand side of the square is Rue es Siaghin, off which are most of the souks and at the end of which is the Petit Socco, the Medina’s main square.

Day 9 Cartagena, Spain

Discover Cartagena on your Mediterranean cruise to Spain: when you arrive in the old town from the Mediterranean Sea and the port, you can see the real character of the place, with its narrow medieval streets, packed with bars and restaurants. Hannibal’s capital city on the Iberian peninsula, it was named after his Carthage in North Africa, and was a strategic port and administrative centre for the Romans.

In this connection, the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática, on the outer walls of the Arsenal on the way to the lighthouse, has a reconstructed Roman galley and lots of interesting exhibits, including one section focused on naval history and navigation, and another on Mediterranean ports and items salvaged from shipwrecks. Continuing on the theme, the Museo Archeológico Municipal is built on a Roman burial ground and offers a good introduction to the ancient history of the city.

The excellent collection of Roman artefacts includes an impressive display of glass, plus Romanesque art and sculptures.

Day 10 At Sea

Cruising.

Accommodation

MSC Opera

The third ship in a journey of innovation Even before MSC Opera sets sail, stepping on board is like embarking on a voyage of discovery. With its impressive array of new features and facilities, the ship is now even better equipped to satisfy every need. We’ve added spacious new cabins with balconies to delight our guests with superb panoramic views. We’ve enlarged the restaurant and buffet areas to serve up an even greater variety of culinary treats. We’ve included a new 319 m2 area to fill with music and dancing. With the help of prestigious partners like Chicco, LEGO and Namco, we’ve created fabulous new play areas for children of all ages, starting with an exciting Spray Park packed with fun water features. And to offer even more routes to relaxation, we’ve enhanced the lavish MSC Aurea Spa with more space for massages. A new shopping area named WALK THROUGH SHOPS will be opened at the deck 6. The Teatro dell’Opera is an ultramodern reinterpretation of traditional lines. Please note that access to the theatre for the evening shows is by booking only (not needed for the other ships). There are three quick and easy ways to book: connect to the free onboard wi-fi network with your smartphone or tablet, use the touch screens on different decks of the ship, or ask at the Reception. All this is just a taste of what a cruise on MSC Opera can offer.

There’s a world of new experiences to discover on board, day after day, moment after moment. Because MSC Opera is the ship that suits you.

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person (full payment due at 16 weeks from departure)
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Drinks onboard not included unless otherwise stated.
  • Premium All Inclusive drinks package can be pre-booked for €39 pppn (call for details)
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight & fuel supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares.

  Cost per person: €699pp
  Number of nights: 11

09 Nov 2019 Inside €699
09 Nov 2019 Obstructed Oceanview €739
09 Nov 2019 Oceanview €789
04 Jan 2020 Inside €939
04 Jan 2020 Oceanview €939
04 Jan 2020 Balcony €1989
26 Jan 2020 Inside €899
26 Jan 2020 Oceanview €899
26 Jan 2020 Balcony €1979
04 Feb 2020 Inside €939
04 Feb 2020 Oceanview €939
04 Feb 2020 Balcony €1989
17 Feb 2020 Inside €899
17 Feb 2020 Oceanview €899
17 Feb 2020 Balcony €1979

Free Drinks with Balcony

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