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Northern Europe from Hamburg Cruise

  • Departure DateSun 12th Sep 2021
  • MSC Cruises MSC Preziosa
  • 11 Night Cruise From Hamburg
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Itinerary

  • Hamburg
  • Southampton
  • Paris
  • Vigo
  • Lisbon
  • Cartagena, Spain
  • Valencia
  • Barcelona
  • Genoa, Italy

What's Included

  • Gratuities Included

Highlights

    • Barcelona: Marvel at Gaudi's work at the breathtaking Sagrada Familia, one of Barcelona's top attractions.
    • Genoa: Take a stroll through the narrow alleyways that lead from the port up to Piazza de Ferrari, the city’s main square, which has a beautiful fountain and is lined with historic buildings. 

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Very helpful and professional.

Brilliant service and very professional. It was so good to speak to a person on the phone instead of communicating via emails. I would thoroughly recommend them and will be using them again

Ms Harding / August 2021

seemed so simple to sort and book

We had 2 very good representatives, they sorted everything out for us and our friends who wanted the same holiday. The paperwork followed quickly so we could check everything was as we wanted.

Mrs Wogan / August 2021

OUR CRUISE.....CANNOT WAIT....

Booked a 3 night stay in New York then a 9 night cruise to Bermuda, Curacao, Aruba and Fort lauderdale and added on a 2 night stay in Miami Kylie was fantastic sorting it all out for us. She sorted out cabins for us giving us all different options we ended up booking a infinite Verenda cabin on deck 7 on the New ship Celebrity Beyond that is coming out next year .....Excellent service well done Kylie and thanks for all your help... Would definitely recommend speaking to Kylie to book your holiday....We are so looking forward to this cruise as many of our holidays been cancelled due to covid.

Mrs Stonehouse / July 2021

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Day 1 - Hamburg

Arrive: Sun 12 September 2021 / Depart: Sun 12 September 2021 at 19:00

Located between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, Hamburg will fascinate you from the moment you first set eyes on its elegant and austere buildings looking onto the port, one of the largest in Europe. When you reach this destination on an MSC Cruise of Northern Europe, you can get a taste of its glorious history. Hamburg is a cosmopolitan, wealthy and fashionable city, with an aggressive economy, that still prides itself of the title “free Hanseatic city”. It has, in fact, never cut its umbilical cord with maritime trade that has its heart in the port where your cruise liner will be waiting for you. Many tourist come here to visit the Reeperbahn, the red light district, but if you want to take in the atmosphere of the city, you shouldn’t miss an excursion to Speicherstadt (Warehouse Town), where the cobbled streets, gables and turrets combine to make the area on the other side of Zollkanal (Tax Canal) a world apart from the city opposite. Another city icon, St Michaelis, at the western edge of the city centre by Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse, is Hamburg’s iconic church and no wonder. More than any other building, the “Michael” mirrors the city’s irrepressible spirit. Burned down after a lightning strike in1750, it was rebuilt in Baroque style under Ernst Georg Sonnin but it again accidently caught fire in1906. In 1945, the Allies obliterated the roof and decor of church number three. Reconstructed again to Sonnin’s plans, it is now the finest Baroque church in North Germany. Probably the most gratifying attraction during an excursion on an MSC Cruise is the scenery you can admire from one of the best views over Hamburg: the 360-degree panorama takes in Speicherstadt, the container port and shipping on the Elbe, the Alster lakes, and the five spires of the churches and Rathaus.

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - Southampton

Arrive: Tue 14 September 2021 at 07:00 / Depart: Tue 14 September 2021 at 20:00

Despite its pummelling by the Luftwaffe and some disastrous postwar urban sprawl, the thousand-year-old city of Southampton has retained some of its medieval charm in parts and reinvented itself as a twenty-first century shopping centre in others, with the giant glass-and-steel West Quay as its focus. Core of the modern town is the Civic Centre, a short walk east of the train station and home to the excellent Southampton City Art Gallery that’s particularly strong on contemporary British artists. The Western Esplanade runs alongside the best remaining bits of the old city walls. Rebuilt after a French attack in 1338, they incorporate God’s House Tower, at the southern end of the old town in Winkle Street, which currently houses the Museum of Archaeology. Best preserved of the city’s seven gates is Bargate, at the opposite end of the old town, at the head of the High Street; it’s an elaborate structure, cluttered with lions, classical figures and defensive apertures. A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise from Southampton can be the opportunity to discover the capital of England, London. For the visitor, London is a thrilling place. Monuments from the capital’s glorious past are everywhere, from medieval banqueting halls and the great churches of Christopher Wren to the eclectic Victorian architecture of the triumphalist British Empire. You can relax in the city’s quiet Georgian squares, explore the narrow alleyways of the City of London, wander along the riverside walks, and uncover the quirks of what is still identifiably a collection of villages. The capital’s great historical landmarks – Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and so on – draw in millions of tourists every year.

Day 4 - Paris

Arrive: Wed 15 September 2021 at 07:00 / Depart: Wed 15 September 2021 at 18:00

As you sail on your MSC cruise to France, you’ll come to Le Havre, the country’s second-largest port, which takes up half the Seine estuary. However, the town itself, home to almost 200,000 people, is a place of pilgrimage for fans of contemporary architecture. Le Havre – “The Harbour” – is the principal trading post of northern France and a port of call of our MSC Northern Europe cruises. Following its near-destruction during World War II, Le Havre was rebuilt by a single architect, Auguste Perret, between 1946 and 1964. The sheer sense of space can be exhilarating: the showpiece monuments have a winning self-confidence, and the few surviving relics of the old city have been sensitively integrated into the whole. While the endless mundane residential blocks can be dispiriting, even those visitors who fail to agree with Perret’s famous dictum that “concrete is beautiful” may enjoy a stroll around his city. A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise can also be the opportunity to discover Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, one of France’s most ancient cities. Standing on the site of Rotomagus, built by the Romans at the lowest point where they could bridge the Seine, it was laid out by Rollo, the first duke of Normandy, in 911. Captured by the English in 1419, it became the stage in 1431 for the trial and execution of Joan of Arc, before returning to French control in 1449. Rouen today can be very seductive, its lively and bustling centre well equipped with impressive churches and museums. North of the Seine at any rate, it’s a real pleasure to explore. As well as some great sights – Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, all the delightful twisting streets of timbered houses – there’s history aplenty too, most notably the links with Joan of Arc.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - Vigo

Arrive: Fri 17 September 2021 at 10:00 / Depart: Fri 17 September 2021 at 17:00

Few cities enjoy such a magnificent natural setting as Vigo. Arrayed along the sloping southern shoreline of its namesake estuary, it enjoys superb views not only of the bay itself, surrounded by green forest ridges, but also out towards the ocean. It’s undeniably magnificent when seen from your MSC cruise ship as it enters the harbour during its tour of the Northern Europe. These days, cruise passengers mingle with tourists arriving at the Estación Marítima de Ría off the Cangas ferry, and set off to explore the steep, cobbled streets that climb up into Vigo’s old city, known as O Berbés and crammed with shops, bars and restaurants. Along the seafront early in the morning, kiosks revive fishermen with strong coffee, while there and in the lively daily market hall nearby, the Mercado da Pedra, their catch is sold. Immediately below, on the aptly named Rúa da Pescadería, women set out plates of fresh oysters on permanent granite tables to tempt passers-by. A stiff but enjoyable excursion up from the old town, mostly along stone staircases, brings you to the top of the Castro hill. So named for the circular ancient ruins still visible on one side, and also the site of a seventeenth-century castle, the hill enjoys comprehensive views. The Museo Quiñones de León is the focal point of the large Parque de Castrelos, the extensive formal gardens and woodlands which begin 2km southwest of Castro hill. A nice excursion from Vigo is Pontevedra: a lovely old city, set slightly back from the sea at the point where the Río Lérez begins to widen out into the bay. A maze of pedestrianized flagstoned alleyways, interspersed with colonnaded squares, granite crosses and squat stone houses with floral balconies, the old quarter is always lively, making it perfect for a night out enjoying the local food and drink.

Day 7 - Lisbon

Arrive: Sat 18 September 2021 at 09:00 / Depart: Sat 18 September 2021 at 18:00

Strung out over a series of hills facing the glistening waters of the broad estuary of the Tejo, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most handsome cities. Although its modern suburbs are ungainly, the historic centre is relatively compact and easy to explore in just a day when your MSC cruise takes you to the Lisbon. The oldest part of the city, the warren of streets that make up the Alfama, sits below the spectacularly sited Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, its ruined walls facing another hill, the Bairro Alto or upper town, famed for its bars, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. The valley between these hills makes up the Baixa., or lower town. The tall, imposing buildings that make up the Baixa (Lower Town) house some of Lisbon’s most interesting shops and cafés. A shore excursion on your MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the opportunity to reach via a narrow walkway the impressive Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém), an iconic symbol of Lisbon. It typifies M anueline style that was prominent during the reign of King Manuel, its windows and stairways embellished with arches and decorative symbols representing Portugal’s explorations into the New World. Built as a fortress to defend the mouth of the River Tejo, it took years to complete, though when it opened in 1520 it would have been near the centre of the river – the earthquake of 1755 shifted the river’s course. Today, visitors are free to explore the tower’s various levels, which include a terrace facing the river from where artillery would hav ed been fired. You can then climb a very steep spiral staircase up four lev el – framed view of the river – to a top terrace where you get a blowy panorama of Belém.

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9 - Cartagena, Spain

Arrive: Mon 20 September 2021 at 09:00 / Depart: Mon 20 September 2021 at 18:00

Set amid mountainous landscapes, the port of Cartagena, Spain is an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city is known for its fabulous harbour, beautiful buildings, ancient ruins, and cultural heritage. Discover a wealth of Art Nouveau architecture and revel in tales of a glorious past. Nearby, Murcia and Alicante boast astonishing histories dating back to Roman times.

Day 10 - Valencia

Arrive: Tue 21 September 2021 at 08:00 / Depart: Tue 21 September 2021 at 19:00

Formerly a Roman settlement, Valencia is a charismatic port city on the coast of Spain, and an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. Its marriage of modern and ancient architecture is a sight to behold – from the futuristic stylings of the City of Arts and Sciences to the 13th-centry Valencia Cathedral. Walk around its avenues and squares and soak up the city’s spellbinding energy. For restful pursuits, take in the beauty of its protected natural wonders including Albufera National Park.

Day 11 - Barcelona

Arrive: Wed 22 September 2021 at 07:00 / Depart: Wed 22 September 2021 at 13:00

One of the busiest cruise ports in the Mediterranean, the seaside city of Barcelona is known for its iconic architecture, colourful culture, and world-class drinking and dining. Explore Antoni Gaudí’s surreal Sagrada Família, the famous boulevard of the Ramblas, the medieval Barri Gótic, and the Museu Picasso. But there’s even more to discover in this sprawling Spanish city, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination: from hidden tapas bars and fabulous food markets to Europe’s biggest football stadium.

Day 12 - Genoa, Italy

Arrive: Thu 23 September 2021 at 09:00 / Depart: Thu 23 September 2021

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, vibrant and full of rough-edged style; it’s a great cruise excursion. Indeed “La Superba” (The Superb), as it was known at the height of its authority as a Mediterranean superpower, boasts more zest and intrigue than all the surrounding coastal resorts put together. During a holiday to Genoa you can explore its old town: a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways home to large palazzi built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families and now transformed into museums and art galleries. You should seek out the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Renaissance palaces of Via Garibaldi which contain the cream of Genoa’s art collections, as well as furniture and decor from the grandest days of the city’s past, when its ships sailed to all corners of the Mediterranean Sea. The Acquario di Genova is the city’s pride and joy, parked like a giant ocean liner on the waterfront, with seventy tanks housing sea creatures from all the world’s major habitats, including the world’s biggest reconstruction of a Caribbean coral reef. It’s a great aquarium by any standards, the second largest in Europe by capacity, and boasts a fashionably ecology-conscious slant and excellent background information in Italian and English. Just 35 km south of Genoa, there’s no denying the appeal of Portofino, tucked into a protected inlet surrounded by lush cypress- and olive-clad slopes. It’s an A-list resort that has been attracting high-flying bankers, celebs and their hangers-on for years, as evidenced by the flotillas of giant yachts usually anchored just outside. It’s a tiny place that is attractive yet somehow off-putting at the same time, with a quota of fancy shops, bars and restaurants for a place twice its size.

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Ship Cabins

Inside Bella

Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 13 to 16 sq.m. * Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella and Fantastica

Inside Fantastica

Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 13 to 16 sq.m. * Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella and Fantastica

Outside Bella

Window with sea view Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 12 sq.m to 20 sq.m.* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella and Fantastica

Outside Fantastica

Window with sea view Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 12 sq.m to 20 sq.m.* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella and Fantastica

Balcony Aurea

Balcony cabins from approx. 13 sq.m to 36 sq.m. Double bed that can be converted into two single beds (on request). Air conditioning, wardrobe, bathroom with shower or tub, interactive TV, telephone, wireless internet access (for a fee), mini bar, safe. Note: Certain Cabins 8134, 8136, 8137, 8138, 8139, 8140, 8141, 8143 have partially restricted views

Family 2 Connecting Balcony Cabins

Combination of 2 connected balcony cabins Can accommodate up to 6 people Available Experience: Fantastica

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 Surface approx. from 28 to 32 sq.m.* Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

Executive & Family Suite

Panoramic Sealed Window 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 Surface approx. from 40 sq.m. to 51 sq.m. Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

Suite Aurea

Angle balcony Sitting area with sofa Spacious Wardrobe Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 32 sq.m. to 41 sq.m. Available Experience: Aurea

Suite Aurea

Suite with a panoramic sealed window, approximately from 21 sq.m. to 25sq. m. Double bed which can be converted into two single beds (on request). Air conditioning, ample wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, interactive TV, phone, wireless internet access (for a fee), mini bar, safe

Suite Fantastica Panoramic Window

Panoramic Sealed Window Sitting area with sofa Spacious Wardrobe Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 21 sq.m. to 25 sq.m. Available Experience: Fantastica* and Aurea
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    Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

    Very helpful and professional.

    Brilliant service and very professional. It was so good to speak to a person on the phone instead of communicating via emails. I would thoroughly recommend them and will be using them again

    Ms Harding / August 2021

    seemed so simple to sort and book

    We had 2 very good representatives, they sorted everything out for us and our friends who wanted the same holiday. The paperwork followed quickly so we could check everything was as we wanted.

    Mrs Wogan / August 2021

    OUR CRUISE.....CANNOT WAIT....

    Booked a 3 night stay in New York then a 9 night cruise to Bermuda, Curacao, Aruba and Fort lauderdale and added on a 2 night stay in Miami Kylie was fantastic sorting it all out for us. She sorted out cabins for us giving us all different options we ended up booking a infinite Verenda cabin on deck 7 on the New ship Celebrity Beyond that is coming out next year .....Excellent service well done Kylie and thanks for all your help... Would definitely recommend speaking to Kylie to book your holiday....We are so looking forward to this cruise as many of our holidays been cancelled due to covid.

    Mrs Stonehouse / July 2021

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