Family Mediterranean Cruise

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Join the 4* Grandiosa, the latest new ship (launched in November 2019) from MSC, on this fantastic family cruise around the Western Mediterranean – the perfect ship and destination for a wonderful family holiday.

This amazing cruise departs Barcelona in Spain before visiting Provence (Marseille) in France, Genoa and Rome (Civitavecchia) in Italy, Palermo on Sicily and Valetta in Malta. Prices based on two adults and two children (under 12 years old) sharing.

Stress Free Booking conditions apply - Free cruise move to any other ship or destination up to 15 days before departure for maximum peace of mind, as long as balance of the holiday is already paid.

Why Choose an MSC Cruise?
One of the biggest selling cruise lines out of Ireland, MSC remains a family owned company with a seafaring history of over 3 centuries. From the food to the evening shows, the destinations to the excursions and the pools to the spas, everything has been designed and planned to cater for your every need.

Every moment on an MSC cruise is packed with potential for fun. With water slides and interactive water parks, bowling alleys, F1 Simulators, 4D cinemas, theatrical performances, dance classes, live music and discos there’s something to keep everyone happy!

The fun filled kids clubs has teamed up with LEGO to design colourful and stimulating new play areas on board – something you won’t find anywhere else on the seas!

MSC, in association with the Osservatorio Chicco, Baby Research Center, have created a wonderful baby club that is “tailormade for babies”. We know that mums and dads are entitled to a holiday too, and a cruise on MSC’s fabulous, welcoming ships, offers this in more ways than one!

Inclusions

  • 7 nights onboard the 4 Star MSC Grandiosa, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a family cabin
  • Fine dining on a full board basis available 20 hours per day
  • Varied onboard entertainment
  • Onboard Gratuities included

Itinerary

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain

On arrival in Barcelona, you will be transferred to the port to board MSC Grandiosa. The ship departs into the Mediterranean in the evening, setting sail for your first port of call.

Day 2 Marseilles, France

Whether it is basking in the Mediterranean sunshine or being cooled by the famous Mistral wind France’s second largest city and the capital of the Provence- Côte d’Azur region, is always a fascinating place to visit and a wonderful place for a leisurely lunch.

As France’s most important port, Marseille boasts connections with Africa, Italy and Spain. The strong mistral wind blows away all traces of pollution and provides a clarity of air so pure that many famous artists have been attracted to the city: Cézanne; Braque; Derain; Dufy and Marquet.

Day 3 Genoa, Italy

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.

Day 4 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

The port of Civitavecchia is one of the largest in Italy. Civitavecchia enjoys a millenary history due to its coves along the coast, which offered a perfect shelter for vessels, making it a natural port long before cruise ships sailed the seas, and in fact the port was known to the Romans as Centumcellae. During your holiday in Civitavecchia you can easily visit its centre on foot. Amongst the most important monuments to visit are the Forte Michelangelo, built by Bramante in the 16th century, the ancient walls of the old port, where there is a fountain in travertine marble by Vanvitelli, and the Rock, an inexpugnable fortress that has been looming over the city and port for over a thousand years.

Day 5 Palermo, Sicily, Italy

A holiday to Italy is the perfect chance to visit the regional capital of Sicily. A lively, bustling, noisy port, Palermo yet holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets. With Sicily’s greatest concentration of sights, and the biggest historic centre in Italy bar Rome, Palermo is a complex, multilayered port that can easily feel overwhelming if you try to do or see too much in one Mediterranean cruise visit. The best thing to do here is just to wander as the fancy takes you, sifting through Palermo’s jumbled layers of crumbling architecture, along deserted back alleys, then suddenly emerging in the midst of an ebullient street market.

Day 6 Valletta, Malta

The UNESCO-protected port of Valletta, the capital of the island of Malta, is one of the must-see stops for every Mediterranean cruise of merit. You can admire this port, constructed in the second half of the 16th century by the Frenchman Jean de la Valette and moulded by the religious and military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, from your ship even before disembarking. The over 300 monuments rising in little more than half a square kilometre make this a place with one of the greatest density of historical attractions to visit during a cruise, not mentioning other attractions such as its beaches, seaside locales and restaurants.

Day 7 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 8 Barcelona, Spain

On arrival in Barcelona, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Dublin.

Accommodation

MSC Grandiosa

Building on her sisters ships success, MSC Grandiosa offers even more public space than her sister ships, along with a series of exciting innovations.

Cirque du soleil at Sea has created 2 brand new shows exclusively for MSC Grandiosa, which you can enjoy in a high-tech lounge while savouring a superb culinary experience. And if you choose the Aurea Experience, you’ll appreciate the pleasures of flexible dining and unlimited drinks in a dedicated restaurant.

Galleria
This central promenade is filled with boutiques, restaurants and tranquil spots for shopping, eating and relaxing… as well as socialising. And in the evening, it comes alive with music, parties, and entertainment.

Atmosphere pool
With about 10 sq. m. of public space per guest, poolside space on MSC Grandiosa is some of the most plentiful to be found at sea. Beautiful lighting, a giant screen, and atmospheric design make the main pool area even more alluring after the sunset.

MSC Gym by Technogym®
Equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym cardio and strength-training equipment, the MSC Grandiosa gym offers a wide range of innovative fitness courses and training programs.

Taking entertainment at sea to a whole new level
Enjoy exclusive world-class shows performed in innovative venues like the Carousel Lounge and the multi-purpose karaoke bar, comedy club, TV studio & Bar. Younger guests can take advantage of the super-amusement park and sports centre to play sports and games during the daytime and party and dance in the evening. And the whole family can enjoy hours of fun in one of the most intricate and exciting water parks at sea.

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Optional Insurance available (conditions apply)
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Booking deposit only €100 pp. Full payment due at 63 days prior to departure.
  • Stress Free Booking conditions apply - Free cruise move to any other ship or destination up to 15 days before departure for maximum peace of mind, as long as balance of the holiday is already paid.

  Cost per person: €778pp
  Number of nights: 7

Prices are per cabin.

11 Dec 2020 Family Inside €778
11 Dec 2020 Family Oceanview €1058
11 Dec 2020 Family Balcony €1238

Prices based on two adults and two children (under 12 years old) sharing.

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