Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

Italy, Greek Isles & Croatia aboard the MSC Musica

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Hellenic temple, Corfu In person, the Greek Islands are even more lovely, picturesque and romantic than portrayed in the movies. You'll find whitewashed houses peering over steep cliffs which drop straight down into a breathtaking azure sea. Our Greek Isles and Croatia cruise visits among the most gorgeous of these incredible islands, including Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu. The lovely Italian port of Bari and the Medieval gem Dubrovnik are also part of this exciting cruise itinerary. A bonus night in Venice completes your Mediterranean vacation.

Despite all the glamour, excitement, food and fun, you won't pay a fortune to enjoy your Mediterranean dream cruise vacation. We've negotiated special prices on two departures just for you, including discounts on the superior outside and deluxe balcony (veranda) cabins. But don't wait too long. With unbelievable prices including airfare, fuel surcharges, most transfers, all meals aboard the cruise and a bonus night in Venice, space won't last long.


Itinerary at a Glance

Eastern Mediterranean Cruise
Day Port of Call Arrive Depart
2 Venice, Italy
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6pm
3 Bari, Italy 2:30pm
7:30pm
4 Corfu, Greece 7am
1pm
5 Santorini, Greece 8:30am
2:00pm
5 Mykonos, Greece 9pm
12am
6 Piraeus (Athens), Greece 7:30am
4:30pm
7 Olympia & Katakolon, Greece 7am
2pm
8 Dubrovnik, Croatia 8am
2pm
9 Venice 9am
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Detailed Itinerary

Greek waiter with lobster Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting Eastern Mediterranean journey begins this evening as you check-in for your overnight jet flight bound for Venice.

Day 2: Venice, Italy. After arriving in Venice, you'll be escorted to the port, where you'll board the MSC Musica for your weeklong cruise. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Bari port
The marina in Bari, Italy
Day 3: Bari, Italy. After a night of sailing, arrive midday at your first port of call, Bari, Italy, the capital city of the Apulia (Puglia) region and the second largest city in Southern Italy. In the north of the city, you'll find the splendid Basilica of San Nicola, the nearly 1,000 year-old Cathedral of San Sabino, and the Swabian castle. Murattiano, the modern heart of the city, offers a stunning seaside promenade and a major shopping district. Other sites of interest include the Archaeological Museum and the Provincial Art Gallery. Visit these sites on your own or choose from several optional excursions, including a pleasant walking tour of the city. Before boarding the ship, be sure to sample some of Bari's exquisite wines including Primitivo, the Castel del Monte, and Trani Muscat. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Panorama of Kerkyra, capital of Corfu, Greece
Panorama of Kerkyra, capital of Corfu, Greece

Canal d'Amour Beach, Corfu Day 4: Corfu, Greece. Disembark this morning on the Greek Island of Corfu, the northernmost and second largest Ionian island after Cephalonia. Its abundant natural beauty and striking combination of the cosmopolitan and the traditional gives the island a unique ambience. Exciting optional excursions offer visits to Achilles' Palace or relaxing beach and boat tours. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Santorini sunset Day 5: Santorini & Mykonos, Greece. Arrive early this morning at Santorini. This stunning island, with breathtaking panoramas and rugged landscapes, is actually a volcanic crater slightly immersed in the sea. The island is famous for its whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques which cling to steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule.

Mykonos, Greece Explore the island on your own or choose from several optional shore excursions that take you to some of Santorini's most picturesque sites. Among other sites, visit the Museum in Fira town and a typical winery, where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy three of the island's most famous wines, served with delicious cheese.

View over Athens from the Acropolis Day 6: Athens, Greece. Arrive early this morning at Piraeus, the port of Athens. Athens, capital of Greece and the country's largest city, is dominated by the flat-topped hill of the Acropolis site of the Parthenon, one of the most famous classical monuments in the world.

Parthenon & Acropolis Hill, Athens The center of modern Athens, most notably the chic area of Kolonaki, has many designer boutiques, excellent restaurants and a plethora of classical and modern sites including Constitution Square, the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Presidential Palace, the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Parthenon with its many monuments atop the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Artist's impression of Ancient Olympia Day 7: Olympia & Katakolon, Greece. Disembark this morning at the small port town of Katakolon. We recommend a visit to nearby Olympia, where you'll wonder at the ruins of the awesome Temple of Zeus and explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games. These games were the most important international event in the Hellenic world from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. and continue today, with the lighting of the Olympic flame that is carried by runners throughout the world. Visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Archeological Museum on your own or join an optional excursion. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Dubrovnik, Croatia Day 8: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Early this morning, arrive in Dubrovnik, one of Europe's best preserved walled cities founded in the 7th century and now declared a World Heritage Site. Thick age-old walls surround the ancient port town. The winding cobblestone streets are filled with old red-tiled roof houses and distinctive medieval age buildings. This afternoon is at leisure to discover the treasures of the historic old town at your own pace or join an exciting optional shore excursion. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Grand Canal, Venice Day 9: Venice, Italy. Arrive in Venice this morning. After breakfast, disembark from your cruise and enjoy a full day to explore this gorgeous city of canals on your own. You'll find a treasure trove of ancient ruins, art, music and architecture and more in the most romantic city you'll ever visit, with the cafes of St. Mark's Square, palazzo-lined canals where gondolas glide happily along, the Bridge of Sighs and so much more. Your hotel is ideally located, within short distance of many major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining. Breakfast provided.

Gondolas by the Rialto, Venice Day 10: Venice/USA. Your memorable Mediterranean journey ends as you say arrivederci Italia and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your stay in Italy by adding a late return and extra nights to your package.


About Your Cruise Ship, the MSC Musica

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

MSC <i>Musica</i> in Venice  © MSC Cruises
MSC Musica in Venice   © MSC Cruises

Musica swimming pool & deck  © MSC Cruises
Musica swimming pool & deck   © MSC Cruises
Grand and graceful, the MSC Musica offers an elegant blend of tasteful design, cosmopolitan ambience and sparkling entertainment venues. Onboard dining options include the elegant Le Maxim dining room and the exotic Kaito sushi bar. Stop by one of the Musica’s 10 clubs or bars, including the L’enoteca wine bar and the Havana Club cigar room.

Musica veranda stateroom  © MSC Cruises
Musica veranda stateroom   © MSC Cruises
The Musica's 1275 spacious staterooms and suites, many with private balconies, all include bathroom with shower, satellite television and full-service mini bar. Relax in the serene Aloha spa, or stretch your muscles in the expansive fitness center or two swimming pools or on the tennis court or jogging track. The Musica also encompasses an internet café, library, casino and shopping arcade.

The MSC Musica is registered in Italy.


Destination FAQs

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