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On Board MSC Virtuosa

Departure Date: 13 November 2022

Duration: 7 Nights

Meraviglia Plus
Inside £379pp
Outside£509pp
Balcony £579pp
Suite £1,569pp
From £379pp
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Marseille - FranceArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Since being designated a European Capital of Culture for 2013, with an estimated €660 million of funding in the bargain, Marseille has been in the throes of an extraordinary transformation, with no fewer than five major new arts centers, a beautifully refurbished port, revitalized neighborhoods, and a slew of new shops and restaurants. Once the underdog, this time-burnished city is now welcoming an influx of weekend tourists who have colonized entire neighborhoods and transformed them into elegant pieds-à-terre (or should we say, mer). The second-largest city in France, Marseille is one of Europe's most vibrant destinations. Feisty and fond of broad gestures, it is also as complicated and as cosmopolitan now as it was when a band of Phoenician Greeks first sailed into the harbor that is today's Vieux Port in 600 BC. Legend has it that on that same day a local chieftain's daughter, Gyptis, needed to choose a husband, and her wandering eyes settled on the Greeks' handsome commander Protis. Her dowry brought land near the mouth of the Rhône, where the Greeks founded Massalia, the most important Continental shipping port in antiquity. The port flourished for some 500 years as a typical Greek city, enjoying the full flush of classical culture, its gods, its democratic political system, its sports and theater, and its naval prowess. Caesar changed all that, besieging the city in 49 BC and seizing most of its colonies. In 1214 Marseille was seized again, this time by Charles d'Anjou, and was later annexed to France by Henri IV in 1481, but it was not until Louis XIV took the throne that the biggest transformations of the port began; he pulled down the city walls in 1666 and expanded the port to the Rive Neuve (New Riverbank). The city was devastated by plague in 1720, losing more than half its population. By the time of the Revolution, Marseille was on the rebound once again, with industries of soap manufacturing and oil processing flourishing, encouraging a wave of immigration from Provence and Italy. With the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, Marseille became the greatest boomtown in 19th-century Europe. With a large influx of immigrants from areas as exotic as Tangiers, the city quickly acquired the multicultural population it maintains to this day.
Day 2 - Genoa - ItalyArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Genoa is a port city in the Northwest of Italy. Home to the Genoa Aquarium, famous for having the largest exposition of biodiversity in Europe, the city is also a great place to visit for anyone interested in architecture.
Day 3 - La Spezia - ItalyArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
La Spezia is sometimes thought of as nothing but a large, industrialized naval port en route to the Cinque Terre and Portovenere, but it does possess some charm, and it gives you a look at a less tourist-focused part of the Riviera. Its palm-lined promenade, fertile citrus parks, renovated Liberty-style palazzos, and colorful balcony-lined streets make parts of La Spezia surprisingly beautiful. Monday through Saturday mornings, you can stroll through the fresh fish, produce, and local-cheese stalls at the outdoor market on Piazza Cavour, and on Friday take part in the busy flea market on Via Garibaldi. There's also Porto Mirabello, a newly built tourist port with a pool club, shops, and several restaurants that overlook the fleet of super-yachts.
Day 4 - Naples - ItalyArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Naples, in the Campania region, is Italy's third largest city. Its claim to fame is the spectacular location along one of the world's most splendid bays, backed by the perfect cone of Mount Vesuvius. In addition to its beautiful setting, Naples' surprises with other outstanding attractions such as the Royal Palace, San Carlos Opera House, the impressive National Archaeological Museum and the Castel Nuovo, dating from the 13th-century. The city's central area is best explored on foot. Chaotic traffic conditions make driving around the city a very frustrating experience. Naples provides a convenient starting point for trips to such favored destinations as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius. The Isle of Capri can be reached via a 45-minute hydrofoil service. The region of Campania was home to Greeks settlers some 300 years before Rome was founded. Pompeii, too, was a Greek town before being conquered by the Romans during the 5th century BC. It was under the Romans that Pompeii flourished and grew prosperous. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the population of 20,000 was wiped out, but dozens of buildings were preserved under layers of cinder more than 20 feet deep. The most important finds from Pompeii are displayed in Naples' National Archaeological Museum. A visit here will no doubt enhance a visit to ancient Pompeii.
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Palma de Mallorca - SpainArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
If you look north of the cathedral (La Seu, or the seat of the bishopric, to Mallorcans) on a map of the city of Palma, you can see around the Plaça Santa Eulàlia a jumble of tiny streets that made up the earliest settlement. Farther out, a ring of wide boulevards traces the fortifications built by the Moors to defend the larger city that emerged by the 12th century. The zigzags mark the bastions that jutted out at regular intervals. By the end of the 19th century, most of the walls had been demolished; the only place where you can still see the massive defenses is at Ses Voltes, along the seafront west of the cathedral.A torrent (streambed) used to run through the middle of the old city, dry for most of the year but often a raging flood in the rainy season. In the 17th century it was diverted to the east, along the moat that ran outside the city walls. Two of Palma's main arteries, La Rambla and the Passeig d'es Born, now follow the stream's natural course. The traditional evening paseo (promenade) takes place on the Born.If you come to Palma by car, park in the garage beneath the Parc de la Mar (the ramp is just off the highway from the airport, as you reach the cathedral) and stroll along the park. Beside it run the huge bastions guarding the Almudaina Palace; the cathedral, golden and massive, rises beyond. Where you exit the garage, there's a ceramic mural by the late Catalan artist and Mallorca resident Joan Miró, facing the cathedral across the pool that runs the length of the park.If you begin early enough, a walk along the ramparts at Ses Voltes from the mirador beside the cathedral is spectacular. The first rays of the sun turn the upper pinnacles of La Seu bright gold and then begin to work their way down the sandstone walls. From the Parc de la Mar, follow Avinguda Antoni Maura past the steps to the palace. Just below the Plaça de la Reina, where the Passeig d'es Born begins, turn left on Carrer de la Boteria into the Plaça de la Llotja (if the Llotja itself is open, don't miss a chance to visit—it's the Mediterranean's finest Gothic-style civic building). From there stroll through the Plaça Drassana to the Museu d'Es Baluard, at the end of Carrer Sant Pere. Retrace your steps to Avinguda Antoni Maura. Walk up the Passeig d'es Born to Plaça Joan Carles I, then right on Avenida de La Unió.
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Dining Options

A choice of 10 dining venues promises something special for every taste including a brand new Indochine restaurant and 21 bars each offering a unique experience including the first humanoid Robotic Bartender at sea.

Entertainment

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Accommodation and Deck plan

Choose from a wide variety of elegant accommodation, including family options, duplex suites with a private whirlpool bath, and the highest ratio of sea-view balcony cabins of any cruise ship.

Interior
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From £379pp
Surface approx 12-17 sqmRelaxing armchairBathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryerComfortable double or single beds (on request)Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and...

  • Surface approx 12-17 sqm

  • Relaxing armchair
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
  • Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar

The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same cabin category).

Facilities
Double or Twin Configuration,Vanity Area,Shower,Toiletries Provided,Room Service Available,Free Mini Bar,TV,Wi-Fi (Additional Cost),Media/Entertainment Station,Safe,Hair Dryer,Telephone,Desk
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Ocean View
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Surface approx. 12-25 sqmWindow with sea view Relaxing armchair Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Comfortable double or single beds (on request)Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available...

  • Surface approx. 12-25 sqm
  • Window with sea view
  • Relaxing armchair
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer
  • Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
  • Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar
  • Can accomodate up to 6 people
  • Choose the cabin type that best suits you:
  • Premium Ocean View, can accommodate up to 6 people (surface approx 25 sqm, deck 9-11)
  • Deluxe Ocean View (surface approx 16 sqm, deck 5)
  • Junior Ocean View (surface approx 12 sqm, deck 8)
  • Junior Ocean View with obstructed view (surface approx 12 sqm, Deck 8)

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Facilities
Double or Twin Configuration,Lounge Area,Vanity Area,Shower,Bath,Toiletries Provided,Room Service Available,Free Mini Bar,TV,Wi-Fi (Additional Cost),Media/Entertainment Station,Safe,Hair Dryer,Telephone,Desk
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Balcony
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Surface approx 12 to 17 sqm, balcony approx 6 sqmSitting area with sofa Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Comfortable double or single beds (on request)Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi...

  • Surface approx 12 to 17 sqm, balcony approx 6 sqm
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer
  • Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
  • Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar
  • Choose the cabin type that best suits you:
  • Balcony Aurea (best ship position, surface approx 17 sqm, deck 11-13)
  • Deluxe Balcony (surface approx 17 sqm, deck 8-14)
  • Deluxe Balcony with Partial View (surface approx 17 sqm, deck 8, 14)
  • Studio Balcony (single use, surface approx 12 sqm, deck 13-14)

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Facilities
Double or Twin Configuration,Vanity Area,Shower,Toiletries Provided,Room Service Available,Free Mini Bar,TV,Wi-Fi (Additional Cost),Media/Entertainment Station,Safe,Hair Dryer,Telephone,Desk
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MSC Cruises MSC Virtuosa –
13 November 2022 – 7 Nights