Grandiosa Mediterranean: Malta & Messina

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

This amazing cruise departs Barcelona in Spain before visiting Provence (Marseilles) in France, Genoa and Naples in Italy, Messina on Sicily and Valletta in Malta.

Weekly departures from April to October.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Barcelona
  • Transfer from airport to Port
  • 7 nights onboard the 4 Star MSC Grandiosa, based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Onboard Gratuities Included
  • Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
  • Flight from Barcelona to Dublin
  • 1 check-in bag of 15kgs per person
  • Taxes and charges

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 Naples, Italy

While Milan may be home to all things chic, Florence to all that is worthy in art and Rome to historical grandeur, Naples can outdo them all in one count with its sheer ‘Napoletanità’!

Naples offers a mix of breathtaking beauty and a strong sense of life being lived to its limits.

Squeezed between Vesuvius, Europe’s second-largest active volcano on one side and the sulphurous springs and boiling mud pools of the Flegrean fields on the other, Naples and its famous blue bay is a ‘must-see’ city along your cruise.

Day 5 Messina, Sicily, Italy

Messina may well be your first sight of Sicily, and – from your MSC holiday cruise ship – it’s a fine one, the glittering town spread up the hillside beyond its sickle-shaped Mediterranean harbour.

On a shore excursion you can discover Messina’s most important monument, the Duomo, which epitomizes the city’s phoenix-like ability to re-create itself from the ashes of its last disaster. It’s the reconstruction of a twelfth-century cathedral erected by Roger II, one of a series of great Norman churches of Sicily that include the sumptuous cathedrals of Palermo and Cefalù. The Duomo’s detached campanile, or bell tower, claims to be the largest astronomical clock in the world, and puts on its best show at noon every day, when a bronze lion (Messina’s ancient emblem) unleashes a mighty roar over the city that can be quite alarming if you’re not expecting it!

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 MSC 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

Last chance to enjoy all the amenities this wonderful 4 star cruise ship has to offer.

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.

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 (conditions apply)
  • Gratuities are not included in above price
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,419pp
  Number of nights: 7

28 Aug 2020 Inside €1719
28 Aug 2020 Oceanview €1899 - Sold Out
28 Aug 2020 Balcony €1979
25 Sep 2020 Inside €1489
25 Sep 2020 Oceanview €1699 - Sold Out
25 Sep 2020 Balcony €1749
09 Oct 2020 Inside €1419
09 Oct 2020 Oceanview €1549
09 Oct 2020 Balcony €1679

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