The UK’s largest cruise port and where many will begin their cruise holiday, Southampton has no shortage of maritime and historical attractions. Discover local landmarks on a walking tour including 30 ancient monuments, learn about the tragic story of the Titanic and escape to the great outdoors at the New Forest National Park. With numerous options for seafood dining and even a free art gallery, Southampton is an undoubtedly great destination for a pre- or post cruise stay.
You will be at sea on day 2 while travelling from Southampton to Bilbao (Getxo).
One of the Basque country’s best destinations, Bilbao is a hub of fascinating architecture, contemporary design and artistic flair in almost every direction you look. Start your exploration in Plaza Nueva for the best sightseeing, shopping and cuisine, as well as museums and galleries. You’ll also find many lush parks in the city and rolling hills in the surrounding areas, making this a truly unique experience in comparison to most Spanish city breaks.
Lisbon - Overnight on board
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.
You will be at sea on day 8 while travelling from Tangier to Valencia.
After diverting its flood-prone river to the outskirts of the city and converting the remaining riverbed into a flourishing park, Valencia has quickly become a tourist hotspot in Spain. Ever the innovative, it combines traditional Spanish charm with futuristic buildings and districts, such as the City of the Arts and Sciences. Whether you’re here to immerse yourself in the culture or for the sun, sand and sea, you’ll love Valencia.
With a history dating back to the 5th century and the accolade of European Capital of Culture 2013, in Marseille you’ll find an old city full of charm to explore and pretty modern districts alike. Tuck into a classic pissaladière at the old port before visiting the famous coves of the Calanques National Park to the south- a stunning sight and only 25 minutes away by car. Before you leave don’t forget to buy a Marseille soap to give your suitcase a delicious holiday scent!
The historic city of Genoa has played a pivotal role in Italy’s past, particularly when it comes to maritime endeavours. One of the world’s biggest shipbuilding yards – Fincantieri – is located here, and Genoa is also hometown to the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus. You can easily imagine the hustling, bustling travellers and traders of years gone by as you wander in the Old Port, and relive history in Piazza de Ferrari, and the mansions of Via Garibaldi. Sip on delicious wine and enjoy the very best seafood dishes in this pretty yet industrial Italian city.
MSC Cruises Covid-19 safety measures
Social distancing will be maintained throughout the cruise with assigned arrival times for boarding, reduced capacity in venues and in outdoor areas, smaller activity groups and a Remote Guest Service Centre to avoid queues.
All crew members will undergo health screening before and during the cruise, and are well-trained in MSC's new protocol.
New cleaning methods will include hospital-grade disinfectants, increased frequency of cleaning and particular attention paid to regularly touched surfaces by highly-trained housekeeping staff, as well as a deep clean after each cruise.
Ships will be well equipped to deal with any cases of COVID-19 with increased numbers of medical staff, testing equipment, free treatment for those with flu-like symptoms and isolation zones should the need arise.
MSC recommends that guests only explore ports of call on cruise line shore excursions as these will maintain strict standards of health and safety.
I've travelled on MSC ships twice in the last 4 weeks there is always a party atmosphere to these cruises. The one thing that puts me off choosing their ships in the future is the smoking policy. In this day and age to allow smoking in the casino when the smoke drifts into other areas of the ship and the lifts is not very customer focus. Management gave the impression of whatever!!!!!
Have just had the most amazing holiday on this beautiful ship, we can't praise the staff on board the Magnifica enough for the excellent service we recieved from the waiters to the cabin stewards. Our balcony cabin was beautifully maintained and the food plentiful and lots of variety both from the restaurant to the buffet service which was available all day. Excellent entertainment during the evening, this ship lived up to its name. I wouldn't hesitate to sail with this cruise company again.
Could be a lot better, buffet food barely warm.With the exception of the male and female lead singers the shows the theatre shows were disappointing. The first information sheet you read on entering your stateroom states shorts are not allowed in the formal dining room, however on entering the restaurant it looked like a beach scene with a large number of people wearing shorts and tee shirts. I spoke to the maitre’d about the lack of dress code and he just shrugged. If MSC don’t want to endorse the dress code,why have one? It makes you feel you have been misled on your expectations.The table service wasn’t as good as on other cruise lines, and was generally disappointing. Having cruised with MSC twice we would not choose them again, in fact if we hadn’t booked Magnifica before the Belissima cruise we wouldn’t of done so. I was very happy with Iglu cruises service, and would certainly use you again, but I will stick with,P&O, Royal Caribbean, and Marella,s larger ships. Kind regards, K.Aston.
my friend and myself have just returned from a cruise, our first one ever, Venice, greece etc 9th june 2019, we looked at the reviews and thought OMG what have we booked we were starting to worry as the reviews we read were not great.... well,, all i can say, is do not go by the reviews, see for yourself, it was the best time of our lives, it was amazing, disembarkation and embarkation was great, no problems at all, our room was clean, and perfectly adequate for our needs with a lovly balcony, the ship was spotless everywhere, the food was hot and plentiful, and there is every thing you could possible eat, the staff were all amazing, friendly, helpful, not one grumpy member of staff , anything you wanted they dealt with, we never had a problem with waiting to be served at all, considering there were over 3000 people on board it was never a problem, evening meals in our restaurant was fabulous , the food was great and good quantity, i honestly have nothing negative to say about our trip, dont go by the reviews,, see for yourself. a huge thanku to Megga for the amazing cocktails, and Loui who taught us to dance, and Herman too u are all fabulous xxx
Just returned from Venice on msc magnifica queued for over three hours to get on board the ship and ever time we left the ship long queues to get on board very nice ship but would never go with msc again children on the dance floor in the everning out of control lots of children around the sun decks never seen this on any other cruise the shows not good sorry you spoilt a good cruise on a nice ship won’t use msc again
Recently enjoyed a 7 day cruise to France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. I loved the ship and food excellent. Staff helpful and friendly. Disappointed on gala nights as people didn’t seem to get ‘dressed up’. Wish they did anytime dining.
We have just returned from a weeks cruise on board the MSC Magnifica. Our first impressions was not good for the following reasons: We had been given the wrong cruise card as we was Fully Inclusive and they had given us the wrong code on our card. We asked for a double bed and we had been given Twin We asked for a table for 2 and was put on a table of 8. We got the card changed and the beds changed and after having to have dinner on the table for 8 on the first night decided that we would remain on the same table for the duration of our cruise as we bonded very well with the other couples. The food was not the best we have ever had but was acceptable. Our room attendant was so helpful and our waiters was extremely helpful as well. All in all we had a very enjoyable cruise and would definitely consider cruising with MSC again.
After spending a week on board msc magnifica to northern Europe we was very disappointed in the experience we had x We couldn't fault our cabin steward or a couple of waitresses but the rest of the teams ignored you quite a lot The food was random and luke warm and at times uneadible The shops and table sales most of the items had no rrp price on and they advertised on different days either 50 percent or 75 percent off them but the price upon asking remained the same we challenged them over this with no clear response on why other the msc cruises set the prices We believe that this pricing was in place as we stopped at 4 ports and at each port passengers disembarked and new ones embarked so most people didn't know what was what absolutely disgusting how they can get away with it to be honest We will not ever be sailing on a Mac ship again
Agree with others regarding food, it is disappointing due to being Luke warm. They are trying hard to accommodate a dairy free diet, but seem to struggle. Theatre shows; compared to other cruise lines; is inferior. Rather disappointed with them. Staff are hard working and friendly. Kettles in rooms with tetley teabags. Bottled water with meals; even though when we embarked staff tried to sell me a water “package” telling me water was NOT included with meals. Sly!! Not my favourite cruise line.
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