5* Western Med
Explore the Mediterranean on this 7-night cruise on board 5* Emerald Princess visiting fascinating cities and beautiful resorts including Gibraltar, Provence and Florence.
Special Offer! Free All-Inclusive Drinks worth €399pp
Departing from Barcelona, Spain, this 7-night cruise visits historical Gibraltar, Marseilles, the capital of the French region of Provence, Genoa, and Livorno in Italy, for access to Pisa or Florence, before reaching Civitavecchia, Rome’s major port city.
- Flight from Dublin to Barcelona
- Airport transfers to the port
- 7 nights onboard the 5* Emerald Princess based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis
- Entertainment onboard
- Return transfer from port to airport
- Flight from Rome to Dublin
- Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person
On arrival in Barcelona, you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Emerald Princess.
The Rock crouches over the sea like an ancient stone beast, looking Sphinx-like to Africa. Beneath the white cliffs of this natural fortress grows a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress. No fewer than 600 varieties of flowers thrive here, some not found anywhere else on Earth. Gibraltar’s stunning setting is matched by its history – five countries have battled for 13 centuries to control the passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The result made for a cultural melting pot. Veiled Moroccan women in caftans and vacationing Englishmen and Spaniards stroll along the narrow, steep lanes. The locals revert to a liquid Spanish when talking among themselves. And visitors to a 15th-century cathedral pass through a blue-tiled courtyard, once part of a 13th-century mosque.
Helmeted bobbies, pillar-boxes and pubs make for a bit of Britain in the Mediterranean. Gibraltar is a fascinating place, from its caves and batteries to the Barbary apes gamboling on the slopes of the Rock.
The largest port on the Mediterranean, Marseille is France’s second largest city and a virtual melting pot of peoples and cultures. It is also a place of striking contrasts, from the fishing boats and pleasure craft of the picturesque Vieux Port to the modern Canebiere. Dominating the harbor is the infamous Chateau d’If, the rocky prison from which Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo escaped. Marseille is also your gateway to Provence. Explore the countryside around Arles and Avignon, immortalized in the canvases of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso.
Genoa is the capital of the Province of Genoa and of the region of Liguria. Many regard Genoa as having the largest historic city center in Europe as a result of having been, for centuries, a powerful commercial center seaport and city-state. It was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and its maritime roots have fostered a dialect that has, absorbed elements of Neapolitan, Calabrese and Portuguese over the centuries.
Genoa’s harbor is a bustling swarm of activity, which makes it a great launching point for the sprawling metropolis of Milan.
Livorno is the gateway to glorious Tuscany. Visit Florence – the cradle of the Renaissance – home to the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Here the Medici fostered a city-state whose cultural legacy is as great as classical Athens. Giants like Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo infused the West with a new creative spirit. Then there is Pisa, Florence’s rival for political power. Pisa, a brash, commercial seafaring town rivaled the great maritime powers of Venice and Genoa. The city was a leader in art and architecture second only to Florence.
Following your departure from the Emerald Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.
Your adventure begins the moment you step aboard. With nearly 900 staterooms with balconies, you’ll awaken each day to a new horizon. Experience the relaxed ambience onboard and tantalizing cuisine in our elegant dining rooms. Enrich yourself with Discovery at SEA™ programs and unwind at The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults.
Last Refurbished: December 2015
Guest Capacity: 3,080 lower berths
Number of Crew: 1,200
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Child and family prices available on request These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.