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Roundtrip Shanghai, China Cruise

  • Departure DateFri 19th Apr 2024
  • MSC Cruises MSC Bellissima
  • 5 Night Cruise From Shanghai
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Itinerary

  • Shanghai
  • Sasebo, Japan
  • Fukuoka
  • Shanghai

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Day 1 - Shanghai

Arrive: Fri 19 April 2024 / Depart: Fri 19 April 2024 at 17:00

When your MSC cruise brings you to Shanghai it is easy to understand that after years of stagnation, this great metropolis is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions the world has ever seen. As Shanghai begins to recapture its position as East Asia’s leading business city, a status it last held before World War II, the skyline is filling with high-rises – there are well over a thousand now. Gleaming shopping malls, luxurious hotels and prestigious arts centres are rising alongside, while underneath everything snakes the world’s longest subway system. Shanghai’s 23 million residents enjoy the highest incomes on the mainland, and there’s plenty for them to splash out on; witness the rash of celebrity restaurants and designer flagship stores. MSC Grand Voyages cruises also offer excursions to the Bund – Shanghai’s original signature skyline –, a strip of grand Neoclassical colonial edifices on the west bank of the Huangpu River Pudong on the opposite shore – a backdrop domestic visitors queue up against to have their picture taken. Named after an old Anglo-Indian term, “bunding” (the embanking of a muddy foreshore), the Bund’s official name is Zhongshan Lu but it’s better known among locals as Wai Tan (literally “Outside Beach”). By whatever name, this was old Shanghai’s commercial heart, with the river on one side and the offices of the leading bank and trading houses on the other. Jinmao Tower is a beautiful building, an elegant tapering postmodern take on Art Deco, has an observation deck on the 88th floor. An ear-popping lift whisks you up 340m to the top in a matter of seconds. The spectacle of the city spread out before you is of course sublime, but turn round for a giddying view down the building’s glorious galleried atrium. Shanghai Museum is one of the city’s highlights, with a fantastic, well-presented collection.

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - Sasebo, Japan

Arrive: Sun 21 April 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Sun 21 April 2024 at 19:00

Sasebo is a city on Japan’s Kyushu Island. It's known for Huis Ten Bosch, an amusement park modeled after a Dutch town, with canals, replica buildings, windmills and flower gardens. Kujukushima Aquarium has dolphins, coral reefs and many jellyfish. Off the coast, boats cruise among the forested Kujukushima Islands, part of Saikai National Park. To the south, Saikai Bridge is a popular spot to view cherry blossoms.

Day 4 - Fukuoka

Arrive: Mon 22 April 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Mon 22 April 2024 at 19:00

Kyushu’s largest city, Fukuoka is one of the most likeable places in Japan – indeed, despite the fact that it’s not exactly a household name abroad, it regularly pops up on global best-places-to-live lists. While it boasts few actual sights, there’s a certain Kyushu-style joie de vivre here, best exemplified at the umpteen rustic street-side yatai, where locals slurp happily away on their ramen while knocking back beer, sake or whatever takes their fancy. Until recently, the city was an industrial nonentity, notable only for its transport connections to Korea and the rest of the island, but its renaissance has been remarkable. When you are cruising the Pacific Ocean with MSC Cruises you’ll find that Fukuoka is a squeaky-clean metropolis; it deserves a day of any cruiser’s time. Highlights here include one or two excellent museums and ranks of eye-catching modern architecture – most notable in the latter category are Canal City, a self-contained cinema, hotel and shopping complex built around a semi-circular strip of water, and Hawks Town, which forms part of a major seafront redevelopment incorporating venues for shopping, eating and entertainment. If you feel like something more educational during your MSC Grand Voyages cruise, head for Fukuoka renowned festivals and folk crafts, which are presented at Hakata Machiya Folk Museum. As with any self-respecting Japanese city of this size, Fukuoka maintains a lively entertainment district, in this case crammed onto the tiny island of Nakasu, though it’s safer on the wallet to head for the less glitzy bars and restaurants of Tenjin, the city’s main downtown area. There are also a couple of excellent sights just south of Fukuoka: the ancient temple town of Dazaifu, once the seat of government for all of southern Japan, but now a pleasant backwater best known for its collection of temples and shrines; and the healing waters of nearby Futsukaichi Onsen.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - Shanghai

Arrive: Wed 24 April 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Wed 24 April 2024

When your MSC cruise brings you to Shanghai it is easy to understand that after years of stagnation, this great metropolis is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions the world has ever seen. As Shanghai begins to recapture its position as East Asia’s leading business city, a status it last held before World War II, the skyline is filling with high-rises – there are well over a thousand now. Gleaming shopping malls, luxurious hotels and prestigious arts centres are rising alongside, while underneath everything snakes the world’s longest subway system. Shanghai’s 23 million residents enjoy the highest incomes on the mainland, and there’s plenty for them to splash out on; witness the rash of celebrity restaurants and designer flagship stores. MSC Grand Voyages cruises also offer excursions to the Bund – Shanghai’s original signature skyline –, a strip of grand Neoclassical colonial edifices on the west bank of the Huangpu River Pudong on the opposite shore – a backdrop domestic visitors queue up against to have their picture taken. Named after an old Anglo-Indian term, “bunding” (the embanking of a muddy foreshore), the Bund’s official name is Zhongshan Lu but it’s better known among locals as Wai Tan (literally “Outside Beach”). By whatever name, this was old Shanghai’s commercial heart, with the river on one side and the offices of the leading bank and trading houses on the other. Jinmao Tower is a beautiful building, an elegant tapering postmodern take on Art Deco, has an observation deck on the 88th floor. An ear-popping lift whisks you up 340m to the top in a matter of seconds. The spectacle of the city spread out before you is of course sublime, but turn round for a giddying view down the building’s glorious galleried atrium. Shanghai Museum is one of the city’s highlights, with a fantastic, well-presented collection.

MSC Bellissima From MSC Cruises

MSC Bellissima will offer a stunning array of features to rival those of her sister ship, MSC Meraviglia. First of all, innovative MSC for Me technology provides an enhanced onboard experience, connecting you to your fellow guests, the crew and the ship itself. The two-deck inside promenade features a spectacular 260-foot-long LED dome, and is lined with places to shop, eat and drink. There are 20 bars and 10 restaurants to choose from, including specialty restaurants. For entertainment, you can enjoy 2 brand new Cirque du Soleil shows designed especially for MSC Bellissima, and relax in the desert themed Water Park - an oasis for kids and families.

Ship Cabins

STUDIO INTERIOR FANTASTICA

Comfortable king bed that can be converted into two single beds on request Relaxing armchair Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

DELUXE OCEAN VIEW FANTASTICA

Window with ocean view Relaxing armchair Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

JUNIOR OCEAN VIEW FANTASTICA

Comfortable king bed that can be converted into two single beds on request Window with sea view Relaxing armchair Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

JUNIOR OCEAN VIEW WITH OBSTRUCTED VIEW FANTASTICA

Window with ocean view Relaxing armchair Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

OCEAN VIEW BELLA GUARANTEED

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer

PREMIUM OCEAN VIEW FANTASTICA

Comfortable king bed that can be converted into two single beds on request Window with sea view Relaxing armchair Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

BALCONY AUREA

Sitting area with sofa Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

BALCONY BELLA GUARANTEED

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer

DELUXE BALCONY FANTASTICA

Sitting area with sofa Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

DELUXE BALCONY FANTASTICA

Sitting area with sofa Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

DELUXE BALCONY WITH PARTIAL VIEW FANTASTICA

Surface approx 17 sqm, balcony approx 4 sqm, deck 8 and 14. Sitting area with sofa. Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer. Comfortable double or single beds (on request). Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar. ZOE - in-cabin Bluetooth speaker.

STUDIO BALCONY FANTASTICA

Sitting area with sofa Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

GRAND SUITE AUREA WITH TERRACE

Comfortable king bed that can be converted into two single beds on request Select suits have a balcony with a private whirlpool Sitting area with double sofa bed Spacious closet Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

PREMIUM SUITE AUREA

Spacious closet Bathroom with bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

PREMIUM SUITE AUREA WITH TERRACE

Comfortable king bed that can be converted into two single beds on request Select suits have a balcony with a private whirlpool Sitting area with double sofa bed Spacious closet Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Wi-Fi access available

YACHT CLUB DELUXE SUITE

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Spacious wardrobe Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar ZOE - Virtual Personal Cruise Assistant Surface approx. 24-28 sq.m.* Crystal Cabin Swarovski |MSC Cruises Cabin n°16018** With 700,000 crystals used to embellish the space Crystallized furniture (bedside tables, sideboard and coffee table) Wall sconces have been specially designed, offering stunning lighting throughout the cabin Beautiful coral artwork sparkling with crystals Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

YACHT CLUB DUPLEX SUITE WITH JACUZZI

Comfortable king bed that can be converted into two single beds on request Select suites have a balcony with private whirlpool Luxury suites with premium design Sitting area with sofa or separate living area Spacious closet Bathroom with bathtub and/or shower Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Complimentary Wi-Fi

YACHT CLUB INTERIOR SUITE

All beds can be both single or double (on request). Spacious wardrobe. Bathroom with shower. Interactive TV. Telephone. Wifi connection available (for a fee). Mini bar, Nespresso type machine and safe. Air conditioning. Surface approx. 16 sq.m.

YACHT CLUB ROYAL SUITE

Balcony with private whirlpool bath and dining table Separate living area and dining room Walk-in closet Bathroom with tub and show, vanity area and hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Complimentary Wi-Fi
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