Explore the fantastic cities and Isles of the Mediterranean on this 7-night cruise on board 5* Emerald Princess, including some lesser travelled gems.
Departing from Athens, this cruise visits the beautiful Greek Island Santorini, Kotor in Montenegro, Messina on the Italian island of Sicily, and Naples before cruising to the final destination Barcelona.
|DATE||03 August 2019|
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Athens (Piraeus), Italy: Depart 19.00
On arrival in Athens, you will be transferred to the port in Piraeus to board your cruise ship, the 5* Emerald Princess. The past maintains a vibrant presence in the cradle of Western civilization. Atop the Acropolis, the serene Parthenon sails above the commotion of the modern city. The tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were performed in the Theater of Dionysus at the foot of the Acropolis. On Pnyx Hill, citizens of a fledgling democracy gathered to cast their votes on Athens’ destiny. Then there is the hustle and bustle of the modern city, a metropolis of 4.5 million that spreads out from the foot of Mt. Lycabettus and across the plain. Packed with busy shops and lively tavernas, modern Athens is a colorful counterpoint to classical Greece. Piraeus is the port city for Athens and has been Athens’ port of entry for over two millennia.
Day 2: Santorini, Greece: Arrive 07.00 Depart 19.00
Did the catastrophic volcanic eruption that ravaged Santorini circa 1600 B.C. destroy Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization – and give birth to the myth of Atlantis? In 1967, archaeologists on Santorini unearthed the remains of a Bronze Age city that may have been home to as many as 30,000 people. Whether the Lost Continent of Atlantis is rooted in myth or reality, an undisputed fact remains. The eruption created a caldera – and one of the most dramatic land and seascapes in the entire Mediterranean. On Santorini, whitewashed buildings cling to vertiginous cliffs that plunge to a turquoise sea. Part of the Cyclades Archipelago, the three-island group of Santorini, Thirasia and uninhabited Aspronisi present the traveler with unforgettable vistas. The island has had a number of names throughout history – from Strongyle or “Round” to Thera in honor of an ancient hero. Santorini is more recent and stems from the island church dedicated to St. Irene – Santa Rini to foreign sailors. Note: Santorini is an anchorage port: passengers transfer to shore via shore tender.
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Kotor, Montenegro: Arrive 07.00 Depart 15.00
Kotor lies at the head of Boka Bay. Bordered by towering limestone cliffs, the winding bay is actually Southern Europe’s longest and most dramatic fjord. The port itself is a medieval gem: its narrow, asymmetrical streets are lined with ancient stone houses, old palaces, and churches dating from the 12th century. Kotor is also your gateway to the cultural and scenic wonders of Montenegro, from the old royal capital at Cetinje to the marshes and wildlife of Lake Skadar National Park. Kotor is renowned for its nightlife: the streets of the old port are lined with pubs, taverns and cafés. The city is also host to a renowned summer carnival. Kotor is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.
Day 5: Messina, Sicily, Italy: Arrive 12.00 Depart 20.00
Messina has played a major role in European history since its founding as a Greek colony in the 8th century B.C. During the Roman Empire, the city was a major port and commercial center, during the Middle Ages, Messina was the major port of departure for Crusaders. History has also left its scars: a massive earthquake leveled much of the city in 1908 and the World War II campaign for Sicily devastated Messina. Yet Messina emerged from that devastation with some of its historic treasures intact, including the 12th-century Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Messina is also your gateway to the rugged beauty of southeast Sicily, from the seaside resort of Taormina to Mt. Etna. Between the fall of Rome and the 1861 unification of Italy, the Arabs, the Normans, the Germans, the Spanish and the French ruled Sicily.
Day 6: Naples, Italy ( Capri & Pompeii) : Arrive 07.00 Depart 19.00
Italy’s third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for it stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza – and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs. Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Naples boasts an ideal location, with both the ruins of Roman cities and the stunning Amalfi Coast in easy reach.
Day 7: At Sea:
Day 8: Barcelona, Spain: Arrive 05.00
Following your departure from the Emerald Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.
7 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Emerald Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Emerald Princess)
Your adventure begins the moment you step aboard. With nearly 900 staterooms with balconies, you’ll awaken each day to a new horizon. Experience the relaxed ambience onboard and tantalizing cuisine in our elegant dining rooms. Enrich yourself with Discovery at SEA™ programs and unwind at The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults.
- Last Refurbished: December 2015
- Guest Capacity: 3,080 lower berths
- Number of Crew: 1,200
- Tonnage: 113,561
DINING Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.
- SHARE℠ by Curtis Stone (specialty restaurant)^
- The Salty Dog Gastropub^
- Chocolate Journeys℠
- Crown Grill℠ (steakhouse specialty restaurant)^
- Crab Shack (specialty restaurant)^
- Chef’s Table Experience^
- Vines (wine bar)^
- International Café
- Horizon Court (buffet)
- Trident Grill (burgers & hot dogs)
^Nominal charges may apply.
ACTIVITIES Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.
- Discovery at SEA™ Programs
- Festivals of the World
- The Piazza
- Shops of Princess
- Art Gallery & Auctions
- Photo & Video Gallery
- Platinum Photography Studio
- Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
- Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
- Princess Links (putting course)
ENTERTAINMENT There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.
- Movies Under the Stars®
- The Voice of the Ocean (live show)
- Original Musical Productions
- Music & Dancing
- Vegas-style Casino
- Featured Guest Entertainers
- Princess Theater
- Club Fusion (dance club)
- Skywalkers Nightclub
- Crooners Bar
JOYFUL REJUVENATION Everything you need to refresh body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.
- The Princess Luxury Bed (on board in Apr. 2018)
- SLEEP by Princess
- The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
- Lotus Spa®^
- Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
- Fitness Classes^
^Nominal charges may apply. FAMILIES Cruising is the ideal way for families to reconnect, from grandparents to grandkids and everyone in between. Share the joy of discovery on fascinating excursions, delight in entertaining group activities on board and, best of all, stay in a family suite or book adjoining rooms that keep family members close by.
- Movies Under the Stars®
- Discovery at SEA™ programs
- Festivals of the World
- Shore Excursions
- Discovery Family Fun Fair^
- Pools & Hot Tubs
- Sports Court
- Enrichment Courses
- Karaoke & Trivia Games
- Holiday Activities^
KIDS & TEENS Staffed by experienced counselors, our younger cruisers are sure to stay happy all day long. Through our Discovery at SEA™ program, as well as the California Science Center partnership, we deliver exciting interactive activities for kids ages 3-12, while teens can take DJ workshops, while teens can sip mocktails and make new friends.
Dates & Prices
|03 August 2019||€1,396||Inside Cabin||Book Now|
|03 August 2019||€1,519||Oceanview Cabin||Book Now|
|03 August 2019||€1,699||Balcony Cabin||Book Now|
- Flight from Dublin to Athens
- Airport transfers to the port
- 7 nights onboard the 5* Emerald Princess based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis
- Entertainment onboard
- Return transfer from port to airport
- Flight from Barcelona to Dublin
- Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Child and family prices available on request
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.