Seaview Western Med

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This 7-night cruise on board 4* MSC Seaview takes you to some of the most beautiful and interesting cities of the Med.

Boarding in Barcelona you’ll visit Ajaccio in Corsica, Genoa, La Spezia (Pisa/Florence), Civitavecchia (Rome), Cannes and Palma de Mallorca.

Further departures available from April to September.

Inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Barcelona
  • Transfers to and from the port
  • 7 nights onboard MSC Seaview, based on 2 sharing an inside cabin
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Onboard gratuities included
  • Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
  • Taxes and one 15kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in Barcelona and transfer to the port to board MSC Seaview. 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 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 La Spezia, 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 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 6 Cannes, France

Glamorous Cannes sets camera flashes popping at its film festival in May when stars pose in tuxes and full-length gowns on the red carpet. But the glitz doesn’t end there. Throughout the year, as you walk among the designer bars, couture shops and palaces of La Croisette, the wealth and glamour of this city cannot fail to impress. Admiring Ferraris and Porsches and celebrity-spotting on the chic sunlounger-striped beaches and liner-sized yachts moored at the port are perennial Cannes pastimes.

Whether Cannes’ soul has managed to survive its celebrity-playground status is another question, but there’s still enough natural beauty to make a trip worthwhile: the harbour, the bay, the clutch of offshore islands and the old quarter, Le Suquet, all spring into life on a sunny day. And with the city’s famous beaches benefiting from a serious facelift in 2019, there’s suddenly lots more space to lay your towel!

Day 7 Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma is a stunner. Rising in honey-coloured stone from the broad waters of the Badia de Palma, this enduring city dates back to the 13th-century Christian reconquest of the island, and to the Moors, Romans and Talayotic people before that. A richly studded diadem of historical sites, Palma also shelters a seemingly endless array of galleries, restaurants, craft studios and bars – it’s without doubt Mallorca’s greatest treasure. Wander in any direction from the awe-inspiring Gothic Catedral at its geographic and historical heart and you’ll find bent medieval streets lined with aristocratic townhouses, looming baroque churches, teeming public squares, vibrant bohemian neighbourhoods and markets overflowing with all the bounty of the island. You could spend weeks in this city alone, and still uncover fresh joys every day.

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.

Accommodation

MSC Seaview

Waterfront promenade to always enjoy the sun

MSC Seaview is the second of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. At 323 metres long with a GRT of 154,000 tonnes, the ship will feature a maximum capacity of 5,429 guests. Inspired by a pioneering beach condo concept, MSC Seaview will bring guests and the sea closer, with special design elements that make the most of the warmer weather. Guests will be able to spend time outdoors eating, drinking and relaxing in the Mediterranean sunshine with some of the best sea views in the world.

Guests will also enjoy an increased number of balcony cabins, sea views and public areas, with every element carefully planned to make the most of the sea and the sunshine. A unique design feature of MSC Seaview is the impressive 360°promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the entire ship. This stunning public space will act as a lively recreation area where guests can stroll in the open air, eat and drink al fresco from a variety of bars and restaurants or shop in the boutiques, all the while providing spectacular sea views as far as the eye can see. MSC Seaview will spend her inaugural summer season in the balmy Western Mediterranean, where MSC Cruises’ expertise is unparalleled. An MSC Cruises holiday is the perfect way to discover different cultures, beauties and tastes and guests will be able to experience the wonders of the Mediterranean in true MSC Cruises style.

MSC Seaview will have three historic Mediterranean homeports: Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona and will also call at popular Mediterranean destinations including Naples, Messina and Valetta, where guests can benefit from a wide range of shore activities that will help them discover the region.

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Non-refundable deposit of €250 required at time of booking
  • Optional Insurance (call for details))
  • Drinks onboard not included unless stated otherwise. All inclusive drinks package from €29 pppn. Premium Drinks Package €39pppn.
  • Prices are guidelines only and are subject to change & availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking

  Cost per person: €1,409pp
  Number of nights: 7

25 Apr 2020 Inside €1409
25 Apr 2020 Oceanview €1539
25 Apr 2020 Balcony €1669
10 Oct 2020 Inside €1339
10 Oct 2020 Oceanview €1469
10 Oct 2020 Balcony €1599

Special Offer! Free All-Inclusive Premium Drinks Package
Book by 22 March

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