Grand Voyage – Genoa to Abu Dhabi

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Escape the Winter blues for an 18 night cruise of the through the Mediterranean to the lovely, warm Red Sea and Persian Gulf on board the splendid 4 star MSC Splendida!

Departing Genoa in Italy your cruise will visit Civitavecchia (Rome), Heraklion (Crete, Greece), transit the Suez Canal (Egypt), Aqaba (Jordan), Muscat (Oman), Doha (Qatar), MSC’s private island Sir Bani Yas, Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE).

Inclusions

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Genoa
  • Airport transfer to the port
  • 18 nights accommodation aboard MSC Splendida based on an inside cabin
  • Full Board basis
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Transfer from the port to the airport
  • Indirect flight Abu Dhabi to Dublin
  • Taxes and charges & baggage of 15kg per person

Itinerary

Day 1 Genoa, Italy

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

Day 2 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Get drunk on history, architecture and sunshine! The port city of Civitavecchia lies about an hour from Italy’s capital and is where your cruise liner will dock before taking lucky holiday-makers to the city of Rome. Rome – where do we start? It is the ultimate vacation destination. There is perhaps no other city so crammed full of history, with layer upon layer of fabulous ruins, imperial temples…not to mention Etruscan tombs, early Christian churches, medieval bell towers, Renaissance palaces and baroque basilicas.

Day 3 At Sea

Cruising

Day 4 Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Heraklion has superb fortifications, a fine market and atmospheric old alleys to visit when you alight from your MSC cruise. Virtually everything you’re likely to want to see lies within the north-eastern corner of the walled city. The massive Venetian walls, in places up to 15m thick, are the most obvious evidence of Heraklion’s history.

Day 5 Suez Canal Transit

Along with the Panama Canal which followed some years later, the Suez Canal stands as a permanent tribute to the genius and vision of Ferdinand de Lesseps. Work begun in 1859, with thousands of labourers excavating some 75 million cubic metres of sand. Since its grand opening in 1869 (a ceremony which included an inaugural performance of Verdi’s Aïda), distances around the world have shrunk, with trade and travel transformed. You make your own transit, crossing the Great Bitter Lake and sailing beneath Egypt’s newest engineering achievement, the Suez Canal Bridge, one of the tallest suspension bridges in the world.

Day 6 Suez Canal Transit

Day 7 Aqaba, Jordan

It was more than 2,000 years ago that the Nabataean Arabs, Bedouin who came from Africa, created the fortress city of Petra. The two days spent in Aqaba allow one or two full days to explore this remarkable ancient city. As we walk down through the Siq – a narrow, naturally-formed gorge – we will be confronted with the spectacular Treasury. This is just the start of Petra and exploring this remarkable city. A visit is also available to Wadi Rum – a vast silent landscape of ancient bedrocks, pastel-coloured stretches of sandy desert and towering sandstone mountains. This was the scene of the exploits of Lawrence of Arabia in World War I and the setting for the epic David Lean film.

Day 8 At Sea

Cruising

Day 9 At Sea

Cruising

Day 10 At Sea

Cruising

Accommodation

18 Nights accommodation aboard the 4 Star MSC Splendida, operated by MSC Cruises. 

MSC Splendida

A cruise ship where technology and comfort are spectacularly combined. Futuristic, yet retaining its classic simplicity and elegance. A cruise ship that promises the ultimate cruise experience.In the MSC AUREA Spa highly-trained staff combine the magic of Balinese massage with the most modern and exclusive treatments. Specialities include: traditional water treatments (a legacy from Roman times), saunas, Turkish bath, solarium, relaxation room, thalassotherapy, massage room and whirlpool baths. For those seeking more ‘high impact’ activities, there is an exercise room filled with the latest equipment.MSC Splendida also features 4 swimming pools, a squash court, a Formula 1 simulator and much, much more…

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 12 weeks prior to departure date
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance €29 (conditions apply)
  • Drinks onboard not included. All Inclusive Drinks package only €26 per person per night
  • Gratuities and service charges onboard not included
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Single supplement on request

  Cost per person: €1,839pp
  Number of nights: 18

06 December 2017 Inside €1,839
06 December 2017 Oceanview €1,949
06 December 2017 Balcony €2,119

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