11 Night Eastern & Western Med

Explore the best of the Mediterranean on this 11-night cruise on board 4* MSC Orchestra which takes you to the gems of the eastern and western Med. Departing from Genoa, this cruise visits Marseilles (Provence), Barcelona, Valletta, Corfu,  Katakolon, Heraklion, Piraeus (Athens), and Civitavecchia (Rome) before returning to Genoa.

DESTINATION Mediterranean Cruise
FROM Genoa, Italy
DATE 11th February 2018
DURATION 11 Nights
PRICE From €1,189 pp

Explore the best of the Mediterranean on this 11-night cruise on board 4* MSC Orchestra which takes you to the gems of the eastern and western Med. Departing from Genoa, this cruise visits Marseilles (Provence), Barcelona, Valletta, Corfu,  Katakolon, Heraklion, Piraeus (Athens), and Civitavecchia (Rome) before returning to Genoa.

U6S2-11 night east west med

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Genoa, Italy: Depart 17.00

On arrival in Genoa you will be taken to the port to board the 4* MSC Orchestra for your Mediterranean cruise.

 

Day 2: Marseilles (Provence), France: Arrive 08.00 Depart 18.00

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 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.

Day 3: Barcelona, Spain: Arrive 09.00 Depart 19.00

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.

Day 4: At Sea:

 

Day 5: Valetta, Malta: Arrive 08.00 Depart 16.00

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 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.

 

Day 6: Corfù, Greece: Arrive 14.00 Depart 20.00

Corfu Town comprises a number of distinct areas. The Historic Centre, the area enclosed by the Old Port and the two forts, consists of several smaller districts: Campiello, the oldest, sits on the hill above the harbour; Kofinéta stretches towards the Spianádha (Esplanade); Áyii Apóstoli runs west of the Mitrópolis (Orthodox cathedral); while tucked in beside the Néo Froúrio is what remains of the old Jewish quarter.

As you set off inland from your cruise ship you’ll find that these districts and their tall, narrow alleys conceal some of Corfu’s most beautiful architecture. The New Town comprises all the areas that surround the Historic Centre.

Day 7: Katakolon (Olympia), Greece: Arrive 08.00 Depart 17.00

A holiday to Greece during a cruise of the Mediterranean means history and myth. Katakolon is a tiny seaside town in Greece in the bay of Agios Andreas, only 20 km away from the ancient site of Olympia.

The historic associations and resonance of Olympia, which for over a millennium hosted the most important Panhellenic games, are rivalled only by Delphi or Mycenae. It is one of the largest ancient sites in Greece, spread beside the twin rivers of Alfiós and Kládhios, and overlooked by the Hill of Krónos.

Day 8: Heraklion, Greece: Arrive 08.00 Depart 18.00

The best way to arrive in Iráklion is from the sea on a cruise ship. It’s the traditional approach and is still the one that shows the city in its best light, with Mount Yioúhtas rising behind, the heights of the Psilorítis range to the west and, as you get closer, the great fortress guarding the harbour entrance and the city walls encircling and dominating the oldest part of town.

Iráklion has superb fortifications, a fine market and atmospheric old alleys to visit when you alight from your MSC cruise. Virtually everything you’re likely to want to see lies within the north-eastern corner of the walled city. The massive Venetian walls, in places up to 15m thick, are the most obvious evidence of Iráklion’s history.

Day 9: Piraeus, Greece: Arrive 07.30 Depart 16.30

Pireas (Piraeus) has been the port of Athens since Classical times, when the so-called Long Walls, scattered remnants of which can still be seen, were built to connect it to the city.

Today it’s a substantial metropolis in its own right. The island ferries leaving from the port where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return are the reason most people come here; if you’re spending any time here, though, the real attractions of the place are around the small-boat harbours of Zéa Marina and Mikrolímano on the opposite side of the small peninsula.

Day 10: At Sea:

Day 11: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy:

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

Day 12: Genoa, Italy: 

Your cruise ends this morning with your arrival in Genoa. Disembarkation begins after breakfast when you will be met by your driver for the transfer to the airport and flight home to Dublin.

11 nights aboard the 4 Star MSC Orchestra, operated by MSC Cruises (see the ship info tab for more information on MSC Orchestra)

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?

Click the images for a larger view (Opens in pop up)

Click to Enlarge

Deck 5 Pianoforte

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 1 Inside
  • Cat. 4 Oceanview

Reception, Theatre & restaurant

Click to Enlarge

Deck 6 Violino

Theatre, Bars, Shops & Restaurant

Click to Enlarge

Deck 7 Saxofono

Theatre, Casino, Cafes, Restaurants & Bars

Click to Enlarge

Deck 8 Arpa

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 1 Inside
  • Cat. 5 Oceanview
  • Cat. 6 Balcony
  • Cat. 9 Balcony

Click to Enlarge

Deck 9 Viola

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 2 Inside
  • Cat. 6 Balcony
  • Cat. 9 Balcony
  • Cat. 10 Balcony

Click to Enlarge

Deck 10 Lira

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 2 Inside
  • Cat. 7 Balcony
  • Cat. 10 Balcony

Click to Enlarge

Deck 11 Flauto

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 7 Balcony
  • Cat. 11 Balcony

Click to Enlarge

Deck 12 Clarinetto

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 8 Balcony
  • Cat. 11 Balcony

Click to Enlarge

Deck 13 Mandolino

Spa, pools, bars & restaurants

Click to Enlarge

Deck 14 Chitarra

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 8 Balcony

Walking Track, Disco & Deck Games

Click to Enlarge

Deck 15 Xilofono

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 8 Balcony
  • Cat. 12 Balcony Suite

Minigolf & Deck Games

Click to Enlarge

Deck 16 Sport

Solarium & Sports Centre

Details valid as of February 2012. Subject to change

Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
11 February 2018 €1,189 Inside Book Now
11 February 2018 €1,449 Oceanview Book Now
11 February 2018 €1,799 Balcony Book Now

Special Offer Free Bonus
Inside: €50 on board spend pp + Social Wifi
Oceanview: €50 on board spend pp + Social Wifi + Mealtime drinks
Balcony: €50 on board spend pp + Social Wifi + All Inclusive drinks

Price inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Genoa
  • Transfers to and from the port
  • 11 nights onboard MSC Orchestra, based on 2 sharing an inside cabin
  • Meals onboard on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Taxes and 1 check in bag of 15kg per person

Booking remarks

  • 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