Western Mediterranean Cruise

Spain, France, Italy & Tunisia aboard the MSC Fantasia

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Traditional dancers, Mallorca, Spain Join us on this fantastic celebration of the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Western Mediterranean as we set sail aboard the luxurious MSC Fantasia. Our journey is an exotic living mosaic, where every port recalls another magnificent era of castles and fortresses, steaming volcanoes, ancient cultures, exotic art, and architectural treasures and grandeur. We'll visit fascinating ports of call in Spain, France, Italy and Tunisia while enjoying the lavish Italian lifestyle aboard our cruise ship. If you're dreaming of a luxury cruise vacation without compromise, this is one opportunity you can't afford to miss. But hurry and reserve your space before our magnificent Mediterranean dream vacation is all sold out.

Itinerary at a Glance

Spain, France, Italy & Tunisia Cruise
Day Port of Call Arrive Depart
2 Barcelona, Spain 6 pm
3 Marseilles, France 7 am 6 pm
4 Genoa, Italy 9 am 5 pm
5 Naples, Italy 11 am 7 pm
6 Palermo, Sicily 7 am 6 pm
7 La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia 8 am 1 pm
8 Palma de Mallorca, Spain 2 pm Midnight
9 Barcelona, Spain 9am

Detailed Itinerary

MSC Fantasia Cruise: Spain, France, Italy & Tunisia tour itinerary Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting Mediterranean journey begins this evening as you check-in for your overnight jet flight bound for Barcelona.

Day 2: Barcelona, Spain. Early afternoon arrival in Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to Port de Barcelona to board the MSC Fantasia and begin your weeklong Mediterranean cruise. Dinner provided.

Marseilles and the Frioul islands from Notre Dame de la Garde's hill

Notre Dame de la Garde cathedral, Marseilles Day 3: Marseilles, France. Arrive this morning in Marseilles, whose history dates back to 600 B.C. when it was founded by the ancient Greeks. Since then, it has grown to become the second largest city in France and its largest commercial port. Enjoy many fascinating sites including: the Old Port, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, the Phare de Sainte Marie lighthouse, the Centre Bourse and the adjacent rue St Ferreol district (the main shopping district in central Marseilles) or take a ride along the Kennedy Corniche, a coastal road with excellent views across the Bay of Marseilles. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Savona port Day 4: Savona (Genoa), Italy. With origins dating back to the middle of the Bronze Age, Savona's ancient structures and winding streets are an area rich in culture, just minutes from the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Explore on your own, or join an optional shore excursion to Genoa, Liguria's capital and ancient Maritime Republic.

Portofino, Italy Another exciting excursion takes you to the luxurious Italian Riviera town of Portofino. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Naples Bay Day 5: Naples, Italy. This afternoon, arrive in Campania, the capital city of Naples. Join an optional tour of historic Naples. Or, join other exciting optional excursions to the legendary sites of Pompeii and Vesuvius. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Palermo Cathedral, Sicily Day 6: Palermo, Sicily. This morning, arrive at the Sicilian port city of Palermo, once regarded as Europe's grandest, most beautiful city. We recommend a visit to the Four Corners of Palermo, where statues adorn elegant 17th century Spanish Baroque facades. See the Fontana Pretoria, often called the Fountain of Shame because of its nude Florentine figures, and the famous Norman Cathedral and Capuchin catacombs, among other sites. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Mosque tower, Tunis Day 7: La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia. Morning arrival in Tunis, Tunisia, where whitewashed, blue-shuttered buildings hide a treasure trove of Ottoman art. Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, actually consists of three cities: the modern Capital City of the Tunisian Republic, with its wide streets, skyscrapers and busy sidewalk cafes; the Arabic Medina (Old Town) from the Middle Ages, an exciting labyrinth laden with secrets, narrow alleyways, small shops, and huge mosques and palaces; and Carthage, the ancient Phoenician-Roman city that lies just outside the main city. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Yachts and swimmers, Dragon Island, Mallorca Day 8: Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Arrive today at the sun-splashed port of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in the Balearic Islands. For millennia, many have found their private paradise in this lovely vacation island off Spain's coast. Wander on your own to Palma's Grand Cathedral, harbor and lovely Old Town. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Plaça Real, Barcelona Day 9: Barcelona. Arrive in Barcelona this morning. After breakfast, disembark from your cruise, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a full day to explore Spain's most flamboyant and sophisticated city, and home to the 1992 Olympics. Visit the Barrio Gotico (old quarter), a 14th century maze of tiny houses, stately palaces and intriguing shops. See the famous palm tree-lined Plaça Real, hub of Barcelona nightlife.

Flamenco dancers, Barcelona Visit a lively Ramblas café where Catalan voices accompany dancers swaying to the Sardana, or witness the impassioned foot-stamping Flamenco.

Cathedral of Sagrada Família, Barcelona
Sagrada Família, Barcelona
Marvel at one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 20th century, Antoni Gaudí's lavishly extravagant Cathedral of Sagrada Família. This magnificent architectural creation began in 1882 and still under construction today. Ascend its towers, adorned with giant colorful fruit and constructed of such a thin lattice of stone that they seem to defy gravity, for some of the best views of the city. Breakfast provided.

Day 10: Barcelona/USA. Your memorable Mediterranean journey ends as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your stay in Barcelona by adding a late return and extra nights to your package. Breakfast provided.

About Your Cruise Ship, the MSC Fantasia

See specifications, deck plans & more photos of the Fantasia.

MSC Fantasia  © MSC Cruises
MSC Fantasia   © MSC Cruises
The MSC Fantasia brings to life your dream of sailing the Mediterranean in true European elegance. Launched in 2008, the Fantasia is the largest European cruise ship ever built, encompassing a dazzling array of services, facilities and amenities.

Fantasia balcony stateroom  © MSC Cruises
Fantasia balcony stateroom   © MSC Cruises
The 1637 stylish and spacious staterooms feature amenities such as satellite TV, a full-service mini-bar, an in-room safe, and a private bathroom with hairdryer. Nearly 80% of the staterooms offer private balconies.

Cerchio d'Oro restaurant  © MSC Cruises
Cerchio d'Oro restaurant   © MSC Cruises
For onboard dining, choose from six main restaurants including the casual and friendly El Sombrero Tex Mex restaurant, an elegant French restaurant, the L'Africana buffet, and a panoramic Italian restaurant serving regional specialties.

Fantasia Tropici pool  © MSC Cruises
Fantasia Tropici pool   © MSC Cruises
Head to the magnificent Aurea Spa for a massage, or relax and rejuvenate in the specially-designed thermal cave. Countless other leisure facilities include several indoor and outdoor pools; a children's play area with a swimming pool, waterslide, and Acqua Park; a 1,700-seat theater offering nightly live entertainment; an interactive cinema; and Formula One race simulators.

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