Europe to Havana

Enjoy a fantastic 17-night transatlantic cruise from Italy to the Caribbean and Cuba with 3-nights in a hotel in Havana. Join 4* MSC Opera in Genoa in Italy and cruise to Marseilles, Valencia and Malaga before departing into the Atlantic to the Portuguese island of Madeira and onwards to the Caribbean and the islands of St. Maarten, Antigua and Cuba.

DESTINATION Europe to Cuba
FROM Dublin / Genoa
DATE 03 November 2018
DURATION 20 Nights (17-night cruise + 3-nights Havana hotel)
PRICE From €1,939 pp

Enjoy a fantastic 17-night transatlantic cruise from Italy to the Caribbean and Cuba with 3-nights in a hotel in Havana. Join 4* MSC Opera in Genoa in Italy and cruise to Marseilles, Valencia and Malaga before departing into the Atlantic to the Portuguese island of Madeira and onwards to the Caribbean and the islands of St. Maarten, Antigua and Cuba.

Europe to Havana

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Dublin 07.25 Milan 11.00
RETURN
Havana 22.15 Madrid 13.10
Madrid 15.55 Dublin 17.30

Day 1: Genoa, Italy: Depart 17.00

On arrival in Milan, you will be transferred to the port in Genoa to board MSC Opera. The ship departs in the evening to Marseilles.

Day 2: Marseilles, France: Arrive 08.00 Depart 16.00

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 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.

Day 3: Valencia, Spain: Arrive 13.00 Depart 23.00

For many, Valencia’s enviable perch on the Mediterranean Sea would be enough of a draw in itself. Spain’s third-largest city and one of the main ports of call on an MSC Mediterranean cruise, Valencia has finally shaken off its former slightly provincial reputation.

In the last decade and a half, the vast, iconic Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias cultural complex has been established, the state-of-the-art metro has continued to expand and dozens of hip new bars, restaurants and boutiques have injected new life into the historic centre. Valencia has also fully redeveloped its beach and port area, as is evident even from your cruise ship.

Day 4: At Sea: 

Day 5: Malaga, Spain: Arrive 09.00 Depart 18.00

The elegant central zone of Málaga – a stop-off on your MSC cruise of the Mediterranean – is largely pedestrianized with the focal point, marble-paved Calle Marqués de Larios, lined with fashionable stores, its most elegant thoroughfare.
Plaza de la Constitución, Málaga’s main square, hosts a monumental fountain flanked by slender palms and the terraces of numerous cafés and restaurants. Málaga centre has a number of interesting churches and museums, not to mention the birthplace of Picasso and the Museo Picasso Málaga, housing an important collection of works by Málaga’s most famous son.

Day 6: At Sea:

Day 7: Funchal, Madiera, Portugal: Arrive 08.00 Depart 17.00

As you arrive in Funchal on an MSC cruise, your ship will cast anchor in a bay protected by mountains rising straight up behind the port. The name, Funchal, derives from that of the fennel plant, the funcho still used today in the traditional sweets known as rebuçados de funcho, that one can find anywhere on the island of Madeira.

An excursion will take you around the town centre, to visit historic churches, from the A Sé Cathedral, with its inlaid ceiling, to the majestic Church of the Incarnation, to the church of Carmo without a vault.

Day 8-12:  At Sea:

Day 13:  Philipsburg, St. Maarten: Arrive 13.00 Depart 23.00

During your cruise in the Caribbean Sea, after disembarking from your cruise ship in the Dutch port of Philipsburg and visiting the Court House, the heart of the city (a white and blue building dating to 1793 that now serves as the Post Office), don’t miss out on an excursion to the French side of the island.

Marigot, the capital of Saint Martin located on the island’s western coast, is protected by the great lagoon of Simpson Bay. It has retained the atmosphere of late 17th century, when it was founded. It is worth your while to visit its historical centre, which is crowded with wooden houses dotted with delightful shops.

Day 14:  St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda: Arrive 08.00 Depart 16.00

The island of Antigua, a colony of the British crown for over 300 years, has retained the taste for tropical life introduced by her majesty’s subjects.

Arriving to Antigua on an MSC cruise ship and disembarking in the English harbour, along the southern coast of the island, instead of the capital of Saint John, means gaining access to the historical centre of the island.

Here, you will find Nelson’s Dockyard, an old restored dockyard and Royal Navy district. Between April and the beginning of May, it is the site of some of the most important sailing regattas in the world, such as the Antigua Sailing Week. Regular patrons of the Terrace, a refined restaurant in the Inn at English Harbour, prefer the excellent lobster and red snapper. The entire island serves as an example of what it means to spend your holiday in the Antilles.

Day 15-16: At Sea:

Day 17-18:  Havana, Cuba: Arrive 09.00 OVERNIGHT

When you disembark in Havana during a cruise to the Caribbean, you will be immediately struck by the city’s sensuality.

It’s buildings have sinuous lines, and its colours and spiced aromas are intoxicating. The aroma of the city’s famous cigars floats through the air, beaches of sugary hues smoothly transition into transparent waters of the sea, music accompanies the captivating movements of the Caribbean dances, and cars from a different century create a moving exhibit in the streets of the city centre: sailing with MSC Cruises to Cuba will let you to touch this fascinating world with your own hands.

Following an overnight stay onboard, you will be transferred to a 4* Havana hotel for three nights stay to get the most out of this splendid city and island.

Day 19-21:  Havana, Cuba: Hotel

One of the must see places to visit is Castillo del Morro: a fortress constructed on a hill in the 16th century that takes its name from one of the Biblical Wise Men. From here, you can reach Vieja Habana (Old Havana), a UNESCO world heritage site, with its Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Bodeguita del Medio, a locale where personalities such as Ernst Hemingway, Salvador Allende and Pablo Neruda often stopped to sip a mojito, is a must stop. El Capitolio (the Capital Building), one of Cuba’s symbols, stands out in its whiteness from amongst the colorful colonial buildings. Plaza de la Revolución is also of great impact; here the memorial to the national hero José Martí and the Interior Ministry with the famous image of Che Guevara made by Enrique Ávila and inspired by a statue of Alberto Korda, are situated. But, a trip to Havana will also take you beyond squares and buildings. For example, Varadero is considered the most beautiful beach in the world.

Following your three nights in the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Dublin.

14 Nights accommodation aboard the 4 Star MSC Opera, operated by MSC Cruises. You will also get 1 night’s stay in a 3* hotel in Venice following your incredible cruise.

Cabins

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MSC OPERA

Fine woodwork, marble floors and trimmings, acres of vibrant fabrics and panoramic windows with dramatic sea views, create the perfect environment for a memorable cruise experience aboard MSC Opera. Mix in fine Italian and international cuisine and excellent itineraries and you have something very special indeed.

Whatever you do, you’re sure to enjoy a most harmonious cruise!

Public Lounges

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
03 November 2018 €1,939 Inside Book Now
03 November 2018 €2,139 Outside Book Now
03 November 2018 €2,649 Balcony Book Now

Price Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Milan
  • All airport / port / hotel transfers
  • 17 nights accommodation onboard MSC Opera
  • Fine Dining on a Full Board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • 3 nights in a 4* centrally located hotel in Havana following your cruise
  • Taxes and charges of €130
  • Flight from Havana to Dublin
  • One check-in bag of 20kgs & 1 carry-on bag of 10kgs included per person

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
  • Gratuities of €8.50 per person per day onboard are not included
  • Optional Insurance €31 (conditions apply)
  • Single supplement from available on request
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight/fuel supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares