Two Night Taster Cruise

Join the 4* MSC Orchestra on a mini cruise as she spends 2 nights cruising the finest destinations in the Mediterranean. Departing from the Italian port city of Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Colombus, you will visit Marseilles, capital of the Provence region of France, and Barcelona.

DESTINATION Mediterranean Cruise
FROM Dublin / Genoa
DATE 23 September 2018
DURATION 2 Nights
PRICE From €337 pp

Join the 4* MSC Orchestra on a mini cruise as she spends 2 nights cruising the finest destinations in the Mediterranean. Departing from the Italian port city of Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Colombus, you will visit Marseilles, capital of the Provence region of France, and Barcelona.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Dublin 07:00 Milan 10:40
RETURN Barcelona 23:00 Dublin 00:40

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Genoa, Italy: Depart 17.00

Following your flight to Milan, you will be transferred to the port in Genoa to board the 4* MSC Orchestra.

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.

Day 2: Marseilles, France: Arrive 08.00 Depart 18.00

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.

Day 3: Barcelona, Spain: Arrive 09.00

On arrival in Barcelona, following breakfast on board, you will be transferred to the centre of Barcelona where you can check you bags and have the day to explore Barcelona before your evening flight to Ireland.

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.

 

2 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?

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Deck 5 Pianoforte

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 1 Inside
  • Cat. 4 Oceanview

Reception, Theatre & restaurant

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Deck 6 Violino

Theatre, Bars, Shops & Restaurant

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Deck 7 Saxofono

Theatre, Casino, Cafes, Restaurants & Bars

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Deck 8 Arpa

Stateroom Categories:

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

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Deck 9 Viola

Stateroom Categories:

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

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Deck 10 Lira

Stateroom Categories:

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

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Deck 11 Flauto

Stateroom Categories:

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

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Deck 12 Clarinetto

Stateroom Categories:

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

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Deck 13 Mandolino

Spa, pools, bars & restaurants

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Deck 14 Chitarra

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 8 Balcony

Walking Track, Disco & Deck Games

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Deck 15 Xilofono

Stateroom Categories:

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

Minigolf & Deck Games

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Deck 16 Sport

Solarium & Sports Centre

Details valid as of February 2012. Subject to change

Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
23 September 2018 €449 Inside Book Now
23 September 2018 €479 Oceanview Book Now
23 September 2018 €589 Balcony Book Now

Price Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Milan, Italy
  • Transfers to and from the port
  • 2 nights onboard MSC Orchestra, based on 2 sharing an inside cabin
  • Meals onboard on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Coach from Barcelona port to the city centre where you can check your bags and have the day to explore Barcelona before your evening flight to Ireland
  • Taxes and hand luggage of 10kg per person

Booking remarks

  • Non-refundable deposit of €200 required at time of booking
  • 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