Mediterranean on MSC Grandiosa


Roundtrip Civitavecchia, Italy. Drinks on us* sale!

Members from: $795 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $804 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Ocean Cruising

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Cruise Line

    MSC

  • Supplier

    MSC

  • Booking Code

    GR2003AUPRC34

  • Departs

    1 March 2020



DRINKS ON US UP TO $1,000 VALUE!


Booking your cruise holiday is easy, with FREE drinks included on popular departures
from January 2020 to April 2021!*

FREE DRINKS PACKAGE!

Book an inside, oceanview or balcony cabin for unlimited drinks priced up to 6 euro/USD
(Easy Drinks package).

The Drinks are on Us, including house wines by the glass, draught beer, selected spirits and cocktails,
non-alcoholic cocktails, soft drinks and fruit juices by the glass, bottled mineral water, espresso,
cappuccino, caffe latte, hot tea, coffee and chocolate delights. Drinks are available in all onboard bars,
self-service buffet & restaurants, excluding speciality restaurants.

OPTION TO UPGRADE TO PREMIUM Drinks Package from AU$15/NZ$16 per night*
Premium drinks package includes unlimited drinks priced up to 12 euro/USD and is valid for specialty restaurants.

Should you book an Aurea Suite or Yacht Club, you’ll receive $300 onboard credit per person!*
(Drinks already included with Aurea Suite & Yacht Club)


BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2020 FOR FREE DRINKS.
*Conditions apply.

Itinerary


Day 1 Civitavecchia, Italy

The port of Civitavecchia is one of the largest in Italy and is, of course, a destination of MSC Cruises in the Mediterranean. 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.

In Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, Civitavecchia’s main square, one can admire the majestic baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Francis, built at the end of the 18th century on a smaller church which could no longer host a rapidly growing community.

Day 2 Palermo, Italy

A holiday to Italy with MSC Cruises is the perfect chance to visit the regional capital of Sicily. A fascinating, bustling, colourful port, Palermo yet holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets.

With Sicily’s greatest concentration of sights, and the biggest historic centre in Italy bar Rome, Palermo is a complex, multilayered port that can easily feel overwhelming if you try to do or see too much in one Mediterranean cruise visit.

The best thing to do here is just to wander as the fancy takes you, sifting through Palermo’s jumbled layers of crumbling architecture, along deserted back alleys, then suddenly emerging in the midst of an ebullient street market.

Select an area (La Kalsa, or the sprawling markets of Ballarò), and enjoy your cruise excursion.

Across Via Maqueda is Piazza Pretoria, floodlit at night to highlight the nude figures of its great central fountain, with its racy sixteenth-century Florentine design. The piazza also holds the restored town hall, while towering above both square and fountain is the massive flank of Santa Caterina, Sicilian Baroque at its most exuberant, every inch of the enormous interior covered in a wildly decorative relief-work.

Day 3 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.

An excursion to the island can start right from its capital, Valletta, which enchants the cruise-goer with its famous Maltese balconies, which decorate the facades of houses in its old quarter. Surrounded by a multitude of churches, which the islanders assure are as many as the days of the year, the St. John’s Co-Cathedral is one of Malta’s biggest tourist attractions.

Day 4 At Sea

Day 5 Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona – Spain’s second city, and the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya – vibrates with life, and there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy.

A cruise excursion to Barcelona city centre will take you to discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And in Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary church of the Sagrada Família and the world-famous boulevard that is the Ramblas, you have two sights that are high up on any Mediterranean cruise sightseeing list.

A holiday in Barcelona can start with the Ramblas, and then dive straight into the medieval nucleus of the city, the Barri Gòtic. But there are plenty of other central old-town neighbourhoods to explore too, from La Ribera – home to the celebrated Museu Picasso – to funky El Raval, where cool bars, restaurants and boutiques have mushroomed in the wake of the striking contemporary art museum, MACBA.

Even if you think you know these heavily touristed neighbourhoods well, there’s always something else to discover during an MSC excursion – tapas bars hidden down alleys little changed for a century or two, designer boutiques in renovated old-town quarters, bargain lunches in workers’ taverns, unmarked gourmet restaurants, craft outlets and workshops, fin-de-siècle cafés, restored medieval palaces and neighbourhood markets.

Day 6 Marseille, France

Are you ready to find your way around Marseille on an MSC Mediterranean cruise?
When cruising southern France, you have to know that Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in the country after Paris and Lyon. When you alight from your MSC cruise ship, the cafés around the Vieux Port, where glistening fish are sold straight off the boats on quai des Belges, are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life.

Particularly good in the afternoon is the north (Le Panier) side, where the terraces are sunnier and the views better. The best view of the Vieux Port is from the Palais du Pharo, on the headland beyond Fort St-Nicolas, or, for a wider angle, from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city’s Second Empire landmark atop the La Garde hill. To the north of the Vieux Port is the oldest part of Marseille, Le Panier, where, up until the last war, tiny streets, steep steps Mediterranean introduction and houses of every era formed a vieille ville typical of the Côte.

You can enjoy many MSC cruise excursions from the Vieux Port. Were it not for the great metropolis of Marseille, just 30 km south, Aix-en-Provence would be the dominant city of central Provence. Aix is more immediately attractive, a stately and in parts pretty place that’s traditionally seen as conservative.

Day 8 Genoa, Italy

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, vibrant and full of rough-edged style; it’s a great cruise excursion.

Indeed “La Superba” (The Superb), as it was known at the height of its authority as a Mediterranean superpower, boasts more zest and intrigue than all the surrounding coastal resorts put together.

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 9 Civitavecchia, Italy

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DRINKS ON US UP TO $1,000 VALUE!

Booking your cruise holiday is easy, with FREE drinks included on popular departures
from January 2020 to April 2021!*

FREE DRINKS PACKAGE!
Book an inside, oceanview or balcony cabin for unlimited drinks priced up to 6 euro/USD
(Easy Drinks package).

The Drinks are on Us, including house wines by the glass, draught beer, selected spirits and cocktails,
non-alcoholic cocktails, soft drinks and fruit juices by the glass, bottled mineral water, espresso,
cappuccino, caffe latte, hot tea, coffee and chocolate delights. Drinks are available in all onboard bars,
self-service buffet & restaurants, excluding speciality restaurants.

OPTION TO UPGRADE TO PREMIUM Drinks Package from AU$15/NZ$16 per night*
Premium drinks package includes unlimited drinks priced up to 12 euro/USD and is valid for specialty restaurants.

Should you book an Aurea Suite or Yacht Club, you’ll receive $300 onboard credit per person!*
(Drinks already included with Aurea Suite & Yacht Club)


BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2020 FOR FREE DRINKS.
*Conditions apply.