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Enjoy a fantastic 17-night transatlantic cruise from Italy to the Caribbean and Cuba with 3-nights in a hotel in Havana. Join 4* MSC Opera in Genoa in Italy and cruise to Marseilles, Valencia and Malaga before departing into the Atlantic to the Portuguese island of Madeira and onwards to the Caribbean and the islands of St. Maarten, Antigua and Cuba.

Itinerary

Day 1 Genoa, Italy

On arrival in Milan, you will be transferred to the port in Genoa to board MSC Opera. The ship departs in the evening to Marseilles.

Day 2 Marseilles, France

When cruising southern France, you have to know that Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in the country after Paris and Lyon. When you alight from your MSC cruise ship, the cafés around the Vieux Port, where glistening fish are sold straight off the boats on quai des Belges, are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life. Particularly good in the afternoon is the north (Le Panier) side, where the terraces are sunnier and the views better. The best view of the Vieux Port is from the Palais du Pharo, on the headland beyond Fort St-Nicolas, or, for a wider angle, from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city’s Second Empire landmark atop the La Garde hill. To the north of the Vieux Port is the oldest part of Marseille, Le Panier, where, up until the last war, tiny streets, steep steps Mediterranean introduction and houses of every era formed a vieille ville typical of the Côte.

Day 3 Valencia, Spain

For many, Valencia’s enviable perch on the Mediterranean Sea would be enough of a draw in itself. Spain’s third-largest city and one of the main ports of call on an MSC Mediterranean cruise, Valencia has finally shaken off its former slightly provincial reputation. In the last decade and a half, the vast, iconic Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias cultural complex has been established, the state-of-the-art metro has continued to expand and dozens of hip new bars, restaurants and boutiques have injected new life into the historic centre. Valencia has also fully redeveloped its beach and port area, as is evident even from your cruise ship.

Day 4 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 5 Malaga, Spain

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.

Day 6 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 7 Funchal, Madiera, Portugal

As you arrive in Funchal on an MSC 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. An excursion will take you around 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.

Day 8-12 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 13 Philipsburg, St. Maarten

During your cruise in the Caribbean Sea, after disembarking from your cruise ship in the Dutch port of Philipsburg and visiting the Court House, the heart of the city (a white and blue building dating to 1793 that now serves as the Post Office), don’t miss out on an excursion to the French side of the island. Marigot, the capital of Saint Martin located on the island’s western coast, is protected by the great lagoon of Simpson Bay. It has retained the atmosphere of late 17th century, when it was founded. It is worth your while to visit its historical centre, which is crowded with wooden houses dotted with delightful shops.

Day 14 St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda

The island of Antigua, a colony of the British crown for over 300 years, has retained the taste for tropical life introduced by her majesty’s subjects. Arriving to Antigua on an MSC cruise ship and disembarking in the English harbour, along the southern coast of the island, instead of the capital of Saint John, means gaining access to the historical centre of the island. Here, you will find Nelson’s Dockyard, an old restored dockyard and Royal Navy district. Between April and the beginning of May, it is the site of some of the most important sailing regattas in the world, such as the Antigua Sailing Week. Regular patrons of the Terrace, a refined restaurant in the Inn at English Harbour, prefer the excellent lobster and red snapper. The entire island serves as an example of what it means to spend your holiday in the Antilles.

Accommodation

MSC OPERA

Fine woodwork, marble floors and trimmings, acres of vibrant fabrics and panoramic windows with dramatic sea views, create the perfect environment for a memorable cruise experience aboard MSC Opera. Mix in fine Italian and international cuisine and excellent itineraries and you have something very special indeed.

Whatever you do, you’re sure to enjoy a most harmonious cruise!

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
  • Gratuities of €8.50 per person per day onboard are not included
  • Optional Insurance €31 (conditions apply)
  • Single supplement from available on request
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight/fuel supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares

  Cost per person: €1,939pp
  Number of nights: 20

03 November 2018 €1,939 Inside
03 November 2018 €2,139 Outside
03 November 2018 €2,649 Balcony

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