Taster Cruise

Get a taste for life at sea with this great value Taster Cruise visiting some of the nicest port cities of the Mediterranean on board the lovely 4* MSC Fantasia.

Departing from Barcelona and visiting Ajaccio in Corsica and Civitavecchia (Rome) before disembarking in Genoa this is a fantastic cruise for a short break or as a taster to experience life on a cruise ship.

DESTINATION Spain, Corsica & Italy
FROM Dublin
DATE 7th November 2017
PRICE From only €459 pp Free upgrade to Oceanview!

Departing from Barcelona and visiting Ajaccio in Corsica and Civitavecchia (Rome) before disembarking in Genoa this is a fantastic cruise for a short break or as a taster to experience life on a cruise ship.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Dublin 06:40 Barcelona 10:15
RETURN Nice 20:55 Dublin 22:35

Day to Day Itinerary:


Day 1: Barcelona, Spain: 

Following your flight,, you will be transferred to the nearby port where you will board the 4* MSC Fantasia for your cruise.

Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city and the capital of the Catalonia region.
Lying along the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is the leading industrial and financial centre of Spain as well as its main trade and tourist port.

To the northwest, a set of hills run parallel to the coast and in the southwest, the old town lies along the port divided by attractive tree-lined boulevards known as Las Ramblas.
Barcelona is a wonderfully vibrant city and, having been a cultural and artistic centre since the Middle Ages, really makes for a fantastic day away from your luxury cruise liner. With so much to see and do you are guaranteed to have a memorable day off ship.

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: Civitavecchia (Rome), France: 

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 4: Genoa, Italy: 

Your cruise ends today with your arrival in Genoa. Disembarkation begins after breakfast, after which you will be collected and transferred to the airport for your evening flight back to Dublin.

3 Nights accommodation aboard the 4 Star MSC Fantasia, operated by MSC Cruises


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MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia is the largest cruise ship ever built for a European ship owner. The flagship from MSC Cruises is a masterpiece of Italian style: a perfect mix of advanced technology, elegance and exclusive services.Built with the environment in mind, the MSC Fantasia is constructed in a modern spirit, as we help preserve the environment without sacrificing guests’ comfort. MSC Fantasia is not only a voyage of pleasure, but one of discovery. For the very first time on a ship, guests will walk on Swarovski crystal stairs. A transparent ceiling allows passengers to experience all the magic of sailing as they gaze at the starlit skies. With 27,000 m2 of public space, including the luxury MSC Aurea SPA, 5 restaurants, 4 swimming pools, 12 hydro-massage pools, coffee bars, shops, a children’s area, a Formula 1 simulator and an interactive 4-D cinema, you can truly rediscover yourself as you relax into your holiday.The MSC Aurea Spa offers ultra-modern treatments such as therapeutic mud packs, perfumed vapours, aesthetic massages and much more.MSC Fantasia takes luxury cruising to spectacular new heights – where all your holiday cruise fantasies come true.

Public Lounges

    Restaurants:          Bars & Lounges:       Entertainment:

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Deck 5 Fantasia

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 1 Inside
  • Cat. 4 Oceanview

Theatre, Reception, Bars & Restaurants

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Deck 6 Magnifico

Theatre, Casino, Bars, Shops & Restaurants

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Deck 7 Sublime

Theatre, Bars, Shopping & Restaurants

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Deck 8 Favola

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 2 Inside
  • Cat. 5 Oceanview
  • Cat. 6 Balcony

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Deck 9 Radioso

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 2 Inside
  • Cat. 7 Balcony
  • Cat. 13 Aurea Suite

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Deck 10 Sogno

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 8 Balcony
  • Cat. 13 Aurea Suite

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Deck 11 Meraviglia

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 9 Balcony
  • Cat. 13 Aurea Suite

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Deck 12 Incanto

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 10 Balcony
  • Cat. 12 Balcony Suite
  • Cat. YC2 Executive/Family Suite

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Deck 13 Arcobaleno

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 5 Oceanview
  • Cat. 11 Balcony

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Deck 14 Miraggio

Spa, Pool/Aqua Park, Bars & Restaurants

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Deck 15 Splendido

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. YC1 Deluxe Suite

Walking Track, Kids pools, bar & restaurant

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Deck 16 Aurora

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. YC1 Deluxe Suite
  • Cat. YC3 Royal Suite

Disco, 4D Cinema, F1 Simulator & Sports Centre

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Deck 18 Sun Deck


Details valid as of February 2012. Subject to change.

Dates & Prices

07 November 2017 €459 Inside Book Now
07 November 2017 €459 Oceanview Book Now
07 November 2017 €489 Balcony Book Now

Price inclusions

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Barcelona
  • Airport transfer to the port
  • 3 nights accommodation aboard 4 star MSC Fantasia based on 2 sharing an inside cabin
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
  • Transfer from Genoa city centre to airport
  • Flight from Nice to Dublin
  • Hand Luggage
  • Taxes

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €200 per person (full payment due if departure is within 12 weeks)
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Gratuities are not included in this price.
  • Drinks onboard not included. All Inclusive drinks package available for €26 pppn + 15% service charge – book on board
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight & fuel supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares.