France, United Kingdom, Spain
Day 1 - Southampton The port of Southampton can trace its origins back to a Roman settlement on the banks of the River Itchen where Bitterne stands today. However, the Saxon settlement of Hamwic or Hamtun on the opposite shore of the Itchen is where Southampton’s early identity really starts to take shape. Unfortunately the wealth of this fledgling Saxon port attracted the attentions of Viking raiders who were, to say the least, bad for business. However, the die had been cast and Southampton traded through good times and bad until, by the early 19th century, paddle steamers started running regular services to France. A century and a half later the first car ferries plied the same routes helping to further popularise the idea of foreign leisure travel that the White Star liners and the glamorous Southampton built flying boats had helped to pioneered. Although the great liners were literally overtaken by the era of cheap jet travel, they never entirely disappeared and, gradually, modern cruising started to become more accessible and more popular. Today Southampton has three cruise terminals to copy with the unprecedented comings and goings of today’s massive cruise ships.
Day 2 - At Sea
Day 3 - La Coruna La Coruna is best enjoyed when wandering its streets, whether it is going to the restaurants, bars and taverns or admiring its rich architectural past. Because of its prime location on the AtlanticOcean, La Coruna has become a favorite destination for watersport enthusiasts; surfing, sailing and fishing can be practiced on its beaches throughout the year.
Day 4 - Lisbon Located on the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is a beautiful vibrant city. Visit the Royal carriage museum, the Belem tower or the monastery of St. Geronimo and the monument of Discoveries are only some of the many treasures of Lisbon.
Day 5 - At Sea
Day 6 - Funchal The great Portuguese poet, playwright and author, Júlio Dinis famously described Funchal as; “The sea on one side, the mountains on the other, and between these two majestic splendours, the city smiles like a child sleeping, safe and warm, between its parents.” We can’t think of a prettier and more inviting introduction to this beautiful Mediterranean haven. Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira is the very soul of Portugal. Settlers over 500 years ago were attracted to this sheltered spot, which is set in a natural ‘amphitheatre’. Gentle slopes, abundant with flowers, rise above the pretty harbour to almost 1200 metres. The magnificent bay of Funchal, with its glittering blue waters is home to the port, just a 15-minute walk from the city centre. Thanks to its strategic mid-Atlantic location, Madeira has been an important stopping point for ocean-going liners for many years and was an important port of call for the routes on cruise ships between Europe and Africa and America. As part of your Mediterranean cruise vacation with MSC Cruises, your luxury cruise liner will also call in at this exquisite holiday destination. As an Italian company, MSC Cruises is renowned for offering some of the best luxury cruise package deals around. Our shore excursions will take in the best that this cosmopolitan and attractive city has to offer with its lush parks, elegant boutiques shops and hotels. Scenic excursions feature a unique basket ride down the mountainside.
Day 7 - Arrecife de Lanzarote Arrecife is a city in the Canary Islands (Spain) situated in the east of the island of Lanzarote of which it has been the capital since 1852. The city gives its name to the nearby international airport. Lanzarote, the northernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands, is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 115 kilometres off the coast of Africa. The climate, dry and mild throughout the year, is highly suitable for all kind of outdoor sports. Lanzarote is different, not only compared to the other islands, but to everything else on this planet. This extraordinary landscape seems to be of another world, and the inhabitants of the islands use to say that God forgot of Lanzarote on the Seventh Day of the Creation. Lanzarote is of volcanic origin, as the other islands of the archipelago as well, but here volcanoes have been active still in 18th and 19th century. Great parts of its surface are covered with ashes and lava, and Lanzarote's inhabitants made a great effort to cultivate this land, where today it is possible to find large plantations of fruits and vegetables. Most surprising is perhaps the region of Geria, with vineyards between volcanic craters. Not to forget about are also the works of a Canarian architect and artist, Cesar Manrique, adding more attractions to this unique island.
Day 8 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Day 9 - At Sea
Day 10 - At Sea
Day 11 - At Sea
Day 12 - At Sea
Day 13 - At Sea
Day 14 - Salvador Discover the oldest quarters of Salvador, Bahia, passing through the famous Pelourinho Square and visiting the Church of Sao Francisco, before stopping in Mercado Modelo for a spot of shopping.
Day 15 - Ilheus
Day 16 - At Sea
Day 17 - Buzios Admire the natural splendours of this beautiful corner of Brazil onboard one of the city's typical modes of transport,the trolley car. We shall stop in the most breathtaking spots,where you will be able to take truly unforgettable pictures.
Day 18 - Rio de Janeiro The world-renowned ststue of Christ over looking the city, the famous Marcana and the city's colourful beaches are only some of the most recognised landmarks of this Brazilian metropolis, idealfor a postcard home.
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