One of the most famous cities in the world, Rome has been an epicentre of politics, art, architecture, and food for thousands of years. It is home to some of the most well-known historic sites such as the Colosseum, the pantheon, and Vatican City. It’s easy to spend a day in a hundred different ways in Rome, whether you’re looking to sip on incredible wine and people-watch, indulge in decadent pasta, pizza, risotto, and gelato, or if you’re eager to wander around the streets soaking in all the history you can. Rome is one capital city which will always leave you wanting more.
Things to do in Rome (Civitavecchia):
Found in the heart of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest independent state in Europe at just 0.44km² with a population of 1,000 people. It acts as headquarters to the Roman Catholic Church and is home to The Apostolic Palace - the Pope’s residence –the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.
St Peter's Basilica
Within Vatican City is one of the biggest churches in the world; St. Peter’s Basilica. Accommodating up to 20,000 people, this is where the Pope delivers services. Its 136 metre high dome was designed by Michelangelo, and was completed in 1614.
The colosseum was opened in 80 A.D. with 100 days of exciting games. It was mostly used for gladiatorial combat and fights with animals until around the 6th century when it began to fall into disrepair. It was then used to store building materials until the 18th century, when the papacy decided it should be preserved. As it stands now, however, more than two-thirds of the structure has been destroyed.
Known the world-over for its elaborate, 15th century artwork courtesy of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Luca, and Perugino, the Sistine Chapel is where new Popes are elected and ordained. It is located within Vatican City, inside The Apostolic Palace.
This Michelangelo sculpture is located inside St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It depicts the body of Jesus after he has been crucified, being held by the Virgin Mary. The statue was originally commissioned by Jean de Billheres – a French cardinal – as a memorial for his tomb.
This is one of the most iconic buildings in Rome. There are myths surrounding the building of the original Pantheon, but the structure we see today was built in 120 A.D. by Emperor Hadrian. It was created as a Pagan temple to “honour all Gods” – which is the translation of “Pantheon”. In the year 609 it was converted to a Christian church, although it is still widely known as the Pantheon.
This popular public square is located where the (now fallen) Stadium of Domitian once stood, in 86 A.D. Since then it has been developed into a social gathering spot, adorned by three magnificent fountains that were commissioned in the 16 and 17th centuries. These are Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno.
DAY 303 Jun 2024
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 9 PM
This vibrant seaside city is home to unforgettable architecture and creative scenes from renowned artists. The buildings you’ll find here are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, such as Park Güell and Casa Batllo, while foodies will be spoilt for choice with 20 different Michelin-star restaurants. At the end of a busy day of shopping, enjoy the energetic nightlife, or relax on the beach with newfound friends. Whatever your interests, Barcelona has the perfect itinerary for you.
Things to do in Barcelona:
Visiting Las Ramblas is an absolute must when in Barcelona. Visitors can experience the weird and the wonderful, from the Museu de l’Erotica to the Miró Mural, in between trying a range of authentic tapas bars and cafes before a much needed siesta.
Although the Sagrada Familia is not technically complete, it’s still an impressive sight to behold. Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, this spectacular Basilica hosts many masses, events and a place to simply marvel at in wonder.
Barcelona City History Museum
Home of the cultural heritage of Barcelona, the Barcelona City History Museum manages several sites of interest including archaeological sites and historic houses. Visitors will discover the Roman colony, prehistoric Spain, Barcelona’s Jewish community and more.
Comprising of vibrant gardens and beautiful architecture, Park Güell was designed by Antoni Gaudí and officially opened in 1926. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding showcase of Gaudí’s genius design, Park Güell makes a wonderful place to go for a walk.
Another one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, Casa Batllo is a truly eye-catching building to explore. Visitors are able to explore this fantastic showcase of the designer’s work, and even enjoy live music and other events on the roof terrace.
This modernist building was the last residence to be designed by Antoni Gaudí and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore the building with an audio guide, and even enjoy rooftop shows on a romantic evening.
One of Barcelona’s oldest beaches, Sant Sebastià Beach features everything you need for a fantastic day in the sun. With indoor and outdoor pools, changing rooms and amenities for lounging, visitors can go for a dip, enjoy an ice cream and find dinner all in one area.
Camp Nou Stadium
With capacity for over 99,000 people, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Spain and cathedral to the Catalans’ second religion- the beautiful game! Visitors can catch an exciting game of football here or take a guided or un-guided tour of the grounds.
DAY 505 Jun 2024
Considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe, Cádiz charms every visitor who sets foot there. It’s 3,000 years of history are just waiting to be discovered through its monuments, museums, and winding streets, with Cadiz Cathedral being a real highlight. Families will love Playa La Caleta which has all the amenities needed to spend a whole day on the sand and in the water, but don’t forget to check out which festivals and celebrations are going on during your visit.
Things to do in Cadiz:
Built between 1722 and 1838, the iconic yellow-domed Cadiz Cathedral is an impressive example of Baroque-neoclassical construction. When taking a look around inside, be sure to check out the wood-carved choir, and listen out for the sound effects in the crypt below.
Castle of Santa Catalina
This free-to-enter monument is a real hidden gem on La Caleta beach. The exterior of this 17th-century fortress is impressive itself, and visitors will find art exhibitions inside as well as craft workshops and concerts.
Filled with swaying palm trees, blooming flora and lush, green fauna, Genovés Park is a brilliant place to escape the faster pace of the city. Boasting plants from all over the world as well as waterfalls and wildlife, people of all ages will love this tranquil garden.
Playa la Caleta
It’s no wonder Playa La Caleta is Cadiz’ most popular beach. Visitors will find everything they need close to the golden sand, including restaurants, bars and flamenco clubs, as well as toilets and showers.
On a small islet at the end of La Caleta beach sits the Castle of San Sebastian. Construction began in 1706 to fortify the bays defence, and in 1985 the structure was declared a cultural landmark. Explore the grounds and discover the long, rich history of this well-preserved fortress.
DAY 606 Jun 2024
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 5 PM
As the largest city in Morocco, Casablanca is the modern hub of the country where business and art comes to prosper. The magnitude of the city means that while it may not have the intimate feel of a small town, there’s plenty to be discovered by simply exploring. Visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque, discover the history of Judaism in Morocco at the museum and take a long walk along the scenic waterfront boulevard.
Things to do in Casablanca:
Hassan II Mosque
With the ocean as a picturesque backdrop, the Hassan II Mosque is a truly breath-taking sight. Take a tour of the largest mosque in Africa (with enough capacity for 105,000 worshippers) and admire the intricacy of the interior it took 6,000 craftsmen to create.
La Corniche Beach
Stretching for several kilometres, La Corniche is the perfect place for a walk at sunrise or a gentle stroll after dinner. Here you’ll find a lighthouse at the end of the jetty, sweeping views of the seascape and numerous restaurants and entertainment.
Museum of Moroccan Judaism
Originating as an orphanage in 1948, The Museum of Moroccan Judaism is now dedicated to the 2000-year history of the Jewish religion in the Arab world. Visitors will find artefacts, clothing, photographs and a reconstructed 1930’s synagogue.
Considered to have the best views of the city, Sky 28 is a bar and restaurant situated on the 28th floor of the Kenzi Tower Hotel. Dine in luxury while you admire the panoramic view of Casablanca, and enjoy live music, entertainment and delicious cuisine.
United Nations Square
This huge square is bustling with life and you’ll find yourself frequently becoming part of the crowd that passes through. Here you’ll find musicians and street performers setting the tone, as well as numerous restaurants, cafés and shops in the surrounding area.
DAY 707 Jun 2024
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 7 PM
Rebuilt in 1960 following an earthquake, Agadir has established itself as a thriving destination for sun, beaches, markets and delicious Moroccan cuisine. The beachfront promenade is where you’ll find a buzz of attractions as well as the numerous activities on the beach itself. Try your hand at jet skiing, take some photos with a camel or simply relax in the sun before dancing the night away at the many bars and clubs.
Things to do in Agadir:
With numerous waterfront cafés and the promenade just a short walk away, Agadir Beach is a tourist hotspot when in Morocco. For those looking to relax, grab a lounger and top up your tan, but for the more adventurous, try your hand at jet skiing, quad biking and even camel riding.
Agadir Bird Valley
Perfect for families and children, Agadir Birds Valley is home to a huge variety of birds including peacocks and ostriches, as well as goats and llamas. Wander around at your own leisure in the sun, admiring the animals and waterfalls, or let the kids enjoy the play area.
Agadir Crocodile Park
More than 300 crocodiles await you at Agadir Crocoparc! Follow the circuit around the park and discover more about the resident species, the Nile crocodile, as well as the botanical garden boasting more than 300 species of plants.
For some of the best views of Agadir city, venture up to the Kasbah on the hilltop. This imposing structure survived the 1960 earthquake and is well worth exploring to discover the history and stories surrounding the mountain.
Souk Al Ahad
The third biggest market in North Africa, Souk Al Ahad is where you’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables, fragrant herbs and spices, as well as traditionally-produced souvenirs. A guide can help you find your way through this vibrant market, which is well worth a visit for a taste of local life.
Museum of Amazigh Culture
Dedicated to the history and culture of the Berber people of the region, this museum features traditional Berber artefacts, predominantly jewellery, as well as pottery and crafts. Events and exhibitions are also held here.
DAY 808 Jun 2024
Time at Port: from 10 AM to 8 PM
The capital of Lanzarote, Arrecife’s cosmopolitan city holds many hidden gems of history among its backstreets. After beginning as a small fishing village in the 15th century, it is now home to high-end shopping and boutiques, traditional Spanish cuisine, a beautiful sandy beach and gorgeous monuments. Whether you’re here to shop until you drop or are looking to uncover the old history of Arrecife, there’s plenty to do in this quickly-growing capital.
Things to do in Arrecife, Lanzarote:
Castillo de San Gabriel
Originally built to defend Arrecife from pirate attacks, Castillo de San Gabriel is conveniently situated in the centre of town. Though it was once a wooden structure which was destroyed by fire, the monument has since been restored and is fascinating to explore.
Centro Commercial Marina
Arrecife’s main shopping destination, Marina Lanzarote is a trendy waterfront teeming with shops including designer outlets, as well as casual fast-food and restaurants. A walk along the marina will take you past stunning yachts and to where cruise liners dock.
Charco San Gines
What was once a small fishing port has flourished into the beautiful, natural lagoon of Charco san Gines. Many traditional seafood restaurants and bars have emerged in the area, creating a laid-back hub to find fresh food and enjoy live music on the waterfront.
Playa del Reducto
As the main beach in Arrecife, Playa del Reducto boasts the ‘Blue Flag’, signifying it as good for bathing, cleanliness and possessing great facilities. The calm, crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling as well as stand-up paddle boarding.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
DAY 909 Jun 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 9 PM
Tenerife’s capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is a hub of lively locals, beautiful architecture, traditional tapas and, of course, sun-soaked beaches. Whether you’re looking for a lazy afternoon spent on golden sand, ready to shop until you drop, or are eager to participate in one of the biggest carnivals in the world, Santa Cruz will not disappoint. Put on your dancing shoes, let down your hair and get ready to enjoy this laid-back lifestyle.
Things to do in Santa Cruz, Tenerife:
Playa de Las Teresitas
With beautiful sand stretching for almost a mile, Playa de Las Teresitas is one of the best beaches in Tenerife. Lined with lush palm trees and picturesque mountains, visitors will find spaces to play volleyball or partake in yoga classes, as well as having sun loungers, showers and restaurants nearby.
Rural de Anaga Park
A short drive from the city, Anaga Country Park is a beautifully preserved area of imposing mountains, deep valleys and numerous beaches. Here, you’ll find a plethora of native flora and fauna across the 35,800 acres of land.
Considered the second most popular carnival in the world, Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife promises to be bigger, brighter and better every single year. With lively music, incredible costumes and nonstop dancing, witnessing this fantastic celebration is a must when in Tenerife.
Santa Cruz de La Palma, La Palma
DAY 1010 Jun 2024
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 5 PM
Teeming with colourful colonial houses as well as traditional architecture, Santa Cruz de La Palma offers a Canarian and Caribbean feel. It’s history dates back to the 15th century which can be uncovered at numerous museums and picturesque churches. Alternatively, you can find high-end shopping and traditional tapas along cobblestone streets as well as a fun zoo that’s perfect for families and children.
Things to do in Santa Cruz de La Palma, La Palma:
Insular Museum of La Palma
Situated in a former 16th-century monastery, Insular Museum of La Palma houses a variety of exhibits including Guanche skulls, taxidermy and shells as well as an art gallery dedicated to 20th-century and contemporary paintings.
Dedicated to the preservation of exotic animals from all corners of the world, Maroparque Zoo is a must visit, especially for families and children. Discover a huge range of birds in the aviaries, the ever-curious and mischievous marmosets, and the particularly unusual albino kangaroos.
Perfect for all maritime and navy enthusiasts, Museo Naval is situated onboard a recreated 15th-century caravel. Discover model ships, stories of seafaring adventurers and interactive exhibits, as well as the history of the island itself.
DAY 1111 Jun 2024
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 6 PM
This lush, green city found in the south of Madeira is a haven of relaxation, outdoor activities and beautiful gardens. For the most adventurous, visitors will love diving in the crystal-clear sea, catching some waves and even swimming with dolphins, while those looking to take things at a slower pace can enjoy whale watching. One of the most popular events in Funchal is the yearly New Year’s Eve Fireworks display, which is one of the largest in the world.
Things to do in Funchal, Madeira:
Found in the city centre, Funchal Cathedral is an impressive Gothic-style monument, popular with locals and visitors alike. Take a look inside to learn about the fascinating history of the architecture, including the altarpiece ordered in 1510 to 1515.
Monte Cable Car
For unrivalled panoramic views of Funchal Bay and the vast landscape, Monte Cable Car will take you to one of the best vantage points in Funchal. The fifteen-minute journey is a relaxing ascent towards Monte, with a souvenir photo at the end of the journey.
Monte Palace Tropical Garden
Occupying 70,000 square meters, Monte Palace Tropical Garden is home to a plethora of exotic flora and fauna from all corners of the world. You will get lost in the tranquil beauty of this garden, enjoying the space with black swans, colourful koi and vibrant peacocks.
Quinta do Palheiro Ferreira
Thanks to Madeira’s fertile soil, many tropical plants thrive here and Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro’s gardens are an excellent showcase of this. The most notable collection are the camellias, first planted by the Count of Carvalhal.
DAY 1313 Jun 2024
The largest and capital city of Portugal, and one of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is an idyllic cruise holiday destination, offering attractions to suit all interests. From ancient forts to artistic neighbourhoods and the breath-taking Jerónimos Monastery, this port of call has plenty to explore. Families will love to discover the many species at the Oceanarium, while couples will love an escape to the charming town of Sintra to explore the castle.
Things to do in Lisbon:
One of the oldest and most vibrant districts of Lisbon, Alfama is the place to be for artisan eateries, quirky boutiques and Fado bars. It’s best explored on foot or by the tram to experience as many of the attractions and highlights as possible.
One of the most visited sites in Lisbon, the Jerónimos Monastery was completed in the seventeenth century. In 1983 UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site and it’s certainly a must visit to admire the beautiful architecture both inside and out.
Here visitors will discover over 450 different species of marine life, including sharks, rays, penguins and otters. Cruisers of all ages will love following the route around the central aquarium to learn about the major ecosystems of the ocean.
Torre de Belem
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, Torre de Belém was built to protect Lisbon from attackers from the sea. Despite its role, the fort was decorated with lavish carvings and details, which are best viewed from the banks of the Rio Tejo.
Tram 28 is the classic Lisbon mode of transportation – rattling around the narrow streets in a bright yellow tram that dates back to the 1930’s. Hop on and take one of the best tours of Lisbon, passing highlights and attractions along the way.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural landscape, Sintra is a romantic destination to escape to for the day. Featuring enchanting palaces and rolling hills, this town is easily accessible from Lisbon via a regular train service.
St George's Castle
Established in 200 BC, Castelo de Sao Jorge is one of the biggest highlights of Lisbon. Get to know the city’s unique and fascinating history, explore the imposing walls, wander the shady gardens and admire the vast views from the Observation Terrace.
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Customer reviews for Marina
Based on 11 reviews
Value for money
Excellent cruise, ship was immaculate and staff very helpful. Let down slightly when the usually excellent Grand Dining Room had an off day, and when the Buffet was overcrowded on the last night, but otherwise no complaints.
10 Sep 2019
Looking a bit tired , but still had a great time ,crew were brilliant, food was great. Flight to the boat was disappointing should have been better grade and not British Airways
10 Sep 2019
Great service, amazing food and a beautiful ship. Ports of call to the fjords could have been better, Alesund was disappointing, the first time we have ever spotted litter blowing around a Norwegian town. Bergen, Skagen, Flam, Hellesylt, Geiranger were great. Harstad, Kristiansund and Alesund need to be exchanged to improve this itinerary.
11 Aug 2019
Just returned from a cruise in the South Pacific on the Marina predominantly for the American market, as with most British ships after lunch in the Conservatory or in this case the Terrace lunch closes at 2pm when you can’t sit on the back of the ship as you can on other Lines, they have to set up for Dinner. Most of our stops we were tendered off I had a problem with some of the security staff getting back on the ship some of them were most arrogant and really rude. The entertainment was almost non existent and really not very good. Speciality Restaurants were excellent food was very rich choice of Wines were very good. There was never a problem getting a table in the Grand Dinning Room was never full the staff were very friendly and always on hand for anything.
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