Grand Voyage: New York to Italy

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Enjoy an incredible transatlantic Grand Voyage on board the 4* MSC Divina. Starting with 3 nights in New York (including 2 in a hotel) this cruise visits the stunning island of Bermuda before cruising to the Azores and on to Lisbon in Portugal. Then onwards into the Mediterranean to call at Malaga & Valencia in Spain, and Marseilles in France before finishing in historic Genoa, Italy. Features a 17-night cruise and 2 nights in a New York hotel from just €1,649pp for a Balcony Cabin.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to New York
  • All transfers airport – hotel – port
  • 2 nights in a New York hotel
  • 17 nights onboard the 4* MSC Divina based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Nice to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1-2 New York, USA

Following your flight to New York, you will be transferred to the hotel for two nights, room only, to explore this incredible city before your cruise.

New York is a wonderful port of call for MSC cruise liners on Grand Voyages cruise itineraries. Hidden gardens next to postmodern skyscrapers; priceless art tucked away in medieval-style cloisters; a revamped waterfront you can stroll along to take in the view. Wandering through the patchwork of neighbourhoods is as great a thrill as any single sight. Frantic Chinatown edges stylish Soho , which is but a stone’s throw from the quiet, angled lanes of the once-bohemian West Village . A perfect espresso in a shabby-chic Williamsburg café, a rooftop view from Chelsea’s High Line or a ride on the “A” to Far Rockaway is worth much more than an “I Love New York” handbag. Cheaper, too, and the memory will last longer. New York City officially comprises the central island of Manhattan and four outer boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. For many, Manhattan simply is New York; indeed, when your MSC cruise takes you to New York, you’ll probably spend most of your time here. Understanding the intricacies of Manhattan’s layout, especially beyond its grid pattern , and getting a grasp of its transport network should be top priorities during your MSC excursion. New York is very much a city of neighbourhoods, most compact enough to be explored on foot (at least below 59th Street). On your Grand Voyages cruises to New York, of all America’s symbols, none is more enduring than the Statue of Liberty, looming over the harbour from its pedestal on tiny Liberty Island. Indeed, there is probably no more immediately recognizable profile in existence than that of Lady Liberty , who stands with torch in hand, clutching a stone tablet. Measuring some 305ft from her pedestal base, she has acted as the figurehead of the American Dream for more than a century.

Day 3-4 New York, USA

Following your hotel stay you will be transferred to the 4* MSC Divina, your ship for this transatlantic grand voyage. The ship stays in port overnight.

Day 5 At Sea

Cruising

Day 6-7 King’s Wharf, Bermuda

The cruise ships navigating Bermuda dock at King’s Wharf, the original pier of the Royal Navy Dockyards. It is located in Sandys Parish, on the western tip of Bermuda, and is the largest port of the archipelago. Travellers docking here with an MSC cruise to the Caribbean will have their every need met by the modern tourist complex, which includes a shopping mall; museums such as the National Museum of Bermuda; historical buildings dating back to the 19th century, when the British Navy was active in the area; restaurants, pubs and bars; and artisan shops, where it is possible to purchase as well as observe the making of glass and Bermuda juniper objects. Infrastructure and services for practicing the most varied of athletic and recreational activities are also available. Both over land and over sea, it is possible to reach the cities of Hamilton and St. George, part of UNESCO heritage and the first capital of Bermuda. On King’s Square, in the centre of St. George, you will be able to admire the Town Hall, which stands before instruments of public punishment used during British rule: the stocks and the pillory. A short distance away, the sinister Ducking Stool, a stool at the top of a pole to which petty thieves and gossips where tied and then dipped into the sea. North of the city, the Unfinished Church, reminiscent of the skeleton of a Gothic cathedral, is worth a visit. From here, it is possible to go onto mini-cruises that will take you snorkelling to the coral reefs farther out or to see many submerged relics. In addition, you can water ski, ride a water scooter, windsurf and sail. You can even go on a bicycle excursion or play on an 18-hole mini-golf course. Make sure to visit Cooper’s Island, not far from the lighthouse of St. David Island. An area of wild charm, it was opened to the public in 1995, when the US Navy left the island.

Day 8-11 At Sea

Cruising

Day 12-13 Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal

In Ponta Delgada , as you will realize when you arrive to the island of São Miguel during your holiday to the Azores with MSC Cruises, the wind is always blowing and white clouds quickly alternate with brilliantly blue skies. Ponta Delgada, the port city that welcomes MSC cruise ships, is unmistakable. While still on board, you will be able to admire the imposing Forte de São Brás, dating to the 1300s, which overlooks the docks. Once disembarked, you will have the chance to get a closer look at it. The centre of Ponta Delgada boasts two must-see places of worship, the Church of Sao Jose and the cathedral Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao (began during the Renaissance but with 18th century interiors), and a curious triple arch nearby called Portas da Cidade (1783). This gate is all that remains of the defensive wall that protected Ponta Delgada up to the early modern age. The facades of the main buildings and the street furniture of the city centre have elaborate black and white decorations. The cobblestones in some of the squares, for example, trace elegant figures along your path. Other must-see places are the Museu Carlos Machado, housed in a former convent, and Convento da Esperança, a massive square tower four stories high that is in use to this day. Adjacent, stands the venerated Santuário do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres. During an MSC Grand Voyages cruise to Ponta Delgada, it is possible to go on an excursion to Vale das Furnas, about 50 km from the city. The green lake occupying part of this ancient caldera seems like a scene from a fairy tale, while the entire town of Furnas, where you will be able to visit an enchanting botanical garden, is surrounded by flowers.

Day 14 At Sea

Cruising

Day 15-16 Lisbon, Portugal

Strung out over a series of hills facing the glistening waters of the broad estuary of the Tejo, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most handsome cities. Although its modern suburbs are ungainly, the historic centre is relatively compact and easy to explore in just a day when your MSC cruise takes you to the Lisbon. The oldest part of the city, the warren of streets that make up the Alfama, sits below the spectacularly sited Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, its ruined walls facing another hill, the Bairro Alto or upper town, famed for its bars, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. The valley between these hills makes up the Baixa, or lower town.

The ship departs Lisbon early in the morning on day 16.

Day 17 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 18 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.

Accommodation

Divina

Inspired by Sophia Loren, the MSC Divina is stylish, luxurious and elegant, bringing you all the glitz and glamour of the golden age of cruise. The gorgeous Infinity Pool in the aft of the ship, with its “beach zone” adjoining the glass balustrade, offers a unique view of the ship’s wake fading into the sunset. Your cruise ship is your first and last destination each day. As well as a hotel, it is home to a variety of sports, leisure facilities, shopping centres, spa and world-class entertainment, to ensure that everyone makes the most of their time on board. MSC Divina offers 3 main restaurants. Each one boasts a top gastronomic selection thanks to the variety of dishes and the high quality of the foods. Guests can also choose from different bars, inspired by different themes and inimitable in their wine and food selection, thus satisfying even the most sophisticated and demanding palates. MSC Cruises’ uncompromising dedication to its passengers is nowhere more evident than the unrivalled entertainment programmes and facilities offered on board MSC Divina, with its state-of-the-art 1600 seat Phanteon Theatre, futuristic Disco and Casino Veneziano with over 1000 square metres of casino gaming and Virtual World, video games room. There are also Kids and Teen Clubs to ensure that everyone makes the most of their time on board.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person
  • Optional Insurance available (call for a quote)
  • Gratuities are not included in above price
  • Single supplement available on request
  • All inclusive drinks package available, call for details
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,649pp
  Number of nights: 19

09 March 2018 €1,649 Balcony

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