Mediterranean to Caribbean – Barcelona & Barbados!

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Embark on an epic 23-night transatlantic cruise from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean calling at iconic islands including Barbados and Martinique.

This incredible cruise takes in many classic Mediterranean cities, before cruising into the Atlantic to the Caribbean and includes overnight stays in the Azores and in Puerto Rico.

Departing from beautiful Barcelona you first port of call is the pretty French city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. You then sail to Livorno in Italy, the local port for trips to Pisa or Florence, before you reach Genoa. Following stops in Marseilles and Valencia, you’ll reach the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, and then into the Atlantic! Ponta Delgada in the Azores provides the perfect stop-off point on your transatlantic crossing, with an overnight stay to really appreciate the wonderful islands. You continue your Atlantic crossing and sail into the Caribbean Sea to visit the iconic islands of Barbados, Martinique and St. Maarten. You’ll enjoy an overnight stay in San Juan before you sail to Florida and your cruise comes to an end in Miami.

Option to extend your holiday in Florida available.

Inclusions

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Barcelona, Spain
  • Transfer from airport to port
  • 23 nights onboard the 4* MSC Divina based on 2 adults sharing
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Onboard Gratuities included
  • Transfer from port to airport
  • Indirect flight from Miami to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain

Following your flight, you will be transferred to the port to board the 4* MSC Divina to begin your adventure.

Day 2 Ajaccio, Corsica, France

Ajaccio is a relaxed and good-looking place for a visit to Corsica, with an exceptionally mild climate, and a wealth of smart cafés, restaurants and shops. The core of the old town of Ajaccio – a cluster of ancient streets spreading north and south of place Foch, which opens out to the seafront by the port and the marina – holds the most interest. Nearby, to the west, place de Gaulle forms the modern centre and is the source of the main thoroughfare, cours Napoléon, which extends parallel to the sea almost 2 km to the northeast. West of place de Gaulle stretches the modern part of town fronted by the beach, overlooked at its eastern end by the citadelle. Once the site of the town’s medieval gate, place Foch lies at the heart of old Ajaccio.

Day 3 Livorno, Italy

Tuscany’s third-largest city is a quintessential port town with a colourful history and cosmopolitan heritage. Declared a free port in the 17th century, Livorno (Leghorn in English) attracted traders from across the globe, who brought with them new customs and habits, exotic goods, slaves and foreign forms of worship. The result was a city famed throughout Europe for its multiculturalism. Today its seafood is the best on the Tyrrhenian coast, its shabby historic quarter threaded with Venetian-style canals is full of character, and its elegant belle époque buildings offer evocative reminders of a prosperous past. An easy train trip from Florence, Pisa and Rome, it makes an understated but undeniably worthwhile stop on any Tuscan itinerary.

Day 4 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 5 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 6 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 7 Valencia, Spain

Spain’s third-largest city is a magnificent place, content for Madrid and Barcelona to grab the headlines while it gets on with being a wonderfully liveable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts and converted the former riverbed into a glorious green ribbon of park winding right through the city. On it are the strikingly futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, designed by local boy Santiago Calatrava. Other brilliant contemporary buildings grace the city, which also has a fistful of fabulous Modernista buildings, great museums, a long stretch of beach and a large, characterful old quarter. Valencia, surrounded by its Huerta, a fertile zone of market gardens, is famous as the home of rice dishes such as paella, but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more besides; it’s a superb spot for eating.

Day 8 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 9 Lisbon, Portugal

The absence of open-container laws means Lisbon loves a night on the town! Don’t be fooled by Bairro’s Alto’s sleepy daytime feel – by night, these narrow cobbled lanes transform into one of Europe’s most raucous drinking locales. Student dives, traditional fado houses, upscale wine bars and LGBT hot spots merrily coexist among the muddled mess. In Cais do Sodré, Pink Street and environs are home to some of the city’s classic nightclubs and rowdiest cocktail bars, while trendier megaclubs stretch along the waterfront from Santos to Santa Apolónia. Last call? Sunrise!

Day 10 At Sea

Cruising.

Accommodation

MSC Divina

Inspired by Sophia Loren herself, MSC Divina brings you all the elegance and glamour of the golden age of sea travel in a new vision. A spacious, ultramodern interpretation that pampers you with sumptuous comfort and an immense variety of sports and leisure facilities, plus world-class entertainment.

Let your eyes drink in the sheer scale, style and attention to detail. From MSC Divina’s real stone piazza to her Broadway-size theatre. From the sweeping grace of her Swarovski crystal staircases to the calm of her Infinity Pool, extending seamlessly out to sea and the horizon beyond.

Discover a cruise like no other on the spectacular floating city that is MSC Divina – a superb holiday destination in her own right, offering something for everyone at all times.

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 at 16 weeks from departure)
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • All Inclusive drinks package can be pre-booked from €29 pppn (call for details)
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight & fuel supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares.

  Cost per person: €2,229pp
  Number of nights: 23

06 Jan 2021 Inside €2229
06 Jan 2021 Oceanview €2539
06 Jan 2021 Balcony €3149

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