Orchestra Western Med
This 7 night cruise on board 4* MSC Orchestra takes you to some of the most beautiful and interesting cities of the Med. Boarding in Barcelona you’ll visit Ajaccio in Corsica, Civitavecchia (Rome), La Spezia (Pisa/Florence), Genoa, Cannes and Palma de Mallorca.
- Return flights Dublin to Barcelona
- Transfers to and from the port
- 7 nights onboard MSC Orchestra, based on 2 sharing an inside stateroom
- Meals onboard on a full board basis
- Entertainment onboard
- Taxes and hand luggage
Day 1 Barcelona, Spain
Arrive in Barcelona and transfer to the port to board MSC Orchestra. The ship departs into the Mediterranean in the evening
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 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 4 La Spezia (Florence/Pisa), Italy
The port at the head of the majestic Gulf of La Spezia, an impressively sweeping panorama of islands and rough headlands renamed the Gulf of the Poets, is workaday La Spezia.
A major naval and shipbuilding centre, it has a fine art gallery, the Museo Amedeo Lia, probably the finest collection of medieval and Renaissance art you can enjoy on a holiday to Liguria.
Day 5 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 6 Cannes, France
With its immaculate seafront hotels and exclusive beach concessions, glamorous yachts and designer boutiques, Cannes is in many ways the definitive Riviera resort, a place where appearances count, especially during the film festival in May. The not particularly attractive seafront Palais des Festivals is the heart of the film festival but also hosts conferences, tournaments and trade shows.
The old town, known as Le Suquet after the hill on which it stands, provides a great panorama of the curve of Cannes’ bay. On its summit stand the remains of the fortified priory lived in by Cannes’ eleventh-century monks, and the beautiful twelfth-century Chapelle Ste-Anne. The Musée de la Castre, in the remains of Cannes’ eleventh-century priory, holds an extraordinary collection of musical instruments from all over the world, along with pictures and prints of old Cannes and an ethnology and archaeology section.
Day 7 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Five hundred years in the making, Palma’s Catedral is a magnificent building and a surprising one, too, with its interior featuring modernista touches designed by Antoni Gaudí. The original church was built following the Christian reconquest of the city, and the site taken, in fulfilment of a vow by Jaume I, was that of the Moorish Great Mosque. Essentially Gothic, with massive exterior buttresses to take the weight off the pillars within, the church derives its effect through its sheer height, impressive from any angle but startling when glimpsed from the waterside esplanade.
Opposite the cathedral entrance stands the Palau de l’Almudaina, originally the palace of the Moorish walis (governors) and later of the Mallorcan kings. The interior has been painstakingly restored, but its rabbit warren of rooms and corridors has been left comparatively bare, the main decorative highlight being a handful of admirable Flemish tapestries, each devoted to classical themes.
Day 8 Barcelona, Spain
Your cruise ends this morning with your arrival in Barcelona. Disembarkation begins after breakfast when you will be met by your driver for the transfer to the airport and flight home to Dublin.
7 nights aboard the 4 Star MSC Orchestra, operated by MSC Cruises.
MSC Orchestra – One Cruise Ship, Endless Variety
In keeping with the MSC Cruises fleet, MSC Orchestra is a thoroughly modern cruise ship. Launched on 14 May 2007 in Civitavecchia MSC Orchestra is a ‘Musica’ class cruise ship offering wonderful facilities and cutting edge design. On board MSC Orchestra you’ll discover airy open spaces and first rate entertainment.
Like all MSC Cruises, a cruise aboard MSC Orchestra revolves around you and, given the facilities on offer, can be pretty much what you want it to be. If relaxation and a quiet life are your cruise goals then you’ll have no trouble achieving them! Alternatively if you want to stay in shape or get fit then feel free to hit the jogging track, the Sports Centre and the Body and Mind Spa. For those who prefer a more leisurely approach to fitness may find a Turkish bath, sauna or a programme of massage will help take the effort out of feeling good – and few things in life compare to the simple pleasure of watching the world literally pass by from the jacuzzi!
Of course sea air and activity always work up an appetite and fortunately MSC Orchestra is well equipped to take you on a culinary adventure. For something a little special why not try the Shanghai Chinese restaurant or the Four Seasons for an a la carte experience? Elsewhere you’ll find that every meal in the L’Ibiscus and Villa Borghese restaurants are occasions in themselves. For snacks – and the best pizza outside Naples – try La Piazzetta!
When you’re out and about you’ll find the décor aboard MSC Orchestra is simply thrilling. Drink in the ambience in the leopard-style Savannah Bar, try your luck at the Palm Beach Casino or catch a spectacular show at the Covent Garden Theatre. You can sample fine wine in La Cantinella, enjoy a fine cigar in La Cubana, visit the art gallery or dance until dawn in the disco.
Naturally, as an Italian family company, they not only welcome children, they make sure to make a fuss of them too! Kids have their own outdoor pool and games area as well as the Jungle Adventure playroom. Best of all, their dedicated team make sure the kids always have something fun to do, which means you have fun too – why not bring them along for a great family holiday?
- Non-refundable deposit of €200 required at time of booking
- 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
- Optional Insurance (call for details))
- Drinks onboard not included. All inclusive drinks package €26 pppn
- Gratuities onboard are not included
- Prices are guidelines only and are subject to change & availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking