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Mediterranean Rivieras Cruise including Rome
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Mediterranean Rivieras Cruise including Rome

  • 14 Night Holiday
  • All inclusive on Cruise & Half Board in Hotel
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Discover the irresistible beauty of the Mediterranean coastline as you set sail on this unforgettable ocean cruise, with ports of call in Spain, France, Italy and Portugal.

You’ll sail along the Mediterranean coast and experience a journey of true magnificence stopping off at memorable European cities such as Livorno (Italy), Cannes (France), Barcelona, Majorca, Malaga (Spain) Lisbon (Portugal), Le Havre (France) and many more.

Begin with a truly authentic Italian experience as you spend the night in the eternal city of Rome. Enjoy a half day guided city tour to take in the city’s key historic and cultural highlights before commencing your cruise. After soaking up Italy’s historic charm, you’ll glide along the crystal blue serene waters of the glamorous French Riviera, taking some time to discover the cultural treasures hidden along the glorious Cote d’Azur. From here, you’ll set sail towards Spain and Portugal, exploring the delights of the Catalan capital of Barcelona and the Portuguese capital of Lisbon along the way.

With on-board features including swimming pools, a theatre, sun deck, a spa* and great dining options, you are sure to enjoy the ship as much as the ports of call along the way.

*Please note there is an extra charge for these services.

Shore excursions may be booked with your cruise line in advance or during your cruise, at an additional cost.  Please contact us for more details.

 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their local embassy. 
Flight Duration
The flight time is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Climate
The Mediterranean climate is warm, sunny and delightful. Expect temperatures of 13 to 19 degrees. 
Food & Drink

From traditional fine dining to endless buffets with custom-order action stations, there is a host of delicious choices included in your cruise fare. For an additional cover charge, you’ll have access to a world of possibilities including Spanish tapas, French cuisine and an upscale steakhouse – 15 different dining choices in all.

At the different ports of call, you'll find that mediterranean food is fresh, delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Tapas, paella, fresh seafood, grilled meat, and chorizo are just some of the many things you can expect to find on the menus in Spain. Italian food tends to be richer and heartier, but no less delicious, with fine cheeses, cured meats, risottos and filled pastas on every menu. French cooking is known for its fresh, vibrant colours and herby flavours. Bouillabaisse, salade Niçoise, crispy fried courgette flowers, lamb roasted with herbs and aromatic garlic are just a few of the specialities.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Shadow of the Wind  by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Homage to Barcelona by Colm Toibin

Homage to Catalonia by Axel Munthe

 

Holiday highlights

Rome, Italy 
Known for its religious and political culture, this city is full of historic treasures. Home to the world’s largest amphitheatre, every street is paved with stunning architecture. Rome’s history goes back over two and a half thousand years and is one of the oldest continually occupied cities in Europe. It has been the capital of Italy since 1870 and has held the seat of the Papacy since the 8th century. Along with Florence, it was also one of the centres of the Italian Renaissance. A trip to the Italian capital wouldn't be complete without spending time in one of its beautiful piazzas. Relax over an excellent coffee or a cooling ice cream, and spend some time ‘people watching’.  
Cannes, France 
The glamourous French Rivera is known for its beautiful surroundings. The palm tree lined "Promenade de la Criosette", is a long shop-studded boulevard along the seafront and is Cannes’ central attraction. Explore the shops and enjoy a coffee in one of the local cafés before taking a stroll along the 12km of golden sandy beach that runs along the promenade.  
Palma, Majorca 
Capital of the Balearic Islands and a major international port, Palma is a great spot for picking up bargains, as well as authentic Majorcan souvenirs. The island is well known for its many beautiful beach resorts, sheltered coves and impressive mountain scenery. There's also plenty of history and culture to keep you occupied including Roman and Moorish remains and the magnificent Gothic Cathedral, built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque which is the city’s pride and joy. The magnificent Gothic Cathedral, built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque, is the city’s pride and joy and is a must-see on any visit. 
Barcelona, Spain  
Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia. Rich in cultural heritage, the city has several well recognised UNESCO World Heritage sites that were designed by Anotoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The most ambitious work of Gaudi, La Sagrada Família has to be seen to be believed. Work began in 1882 and is still on-going. Take a stroll down Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s famous thoroughfare of shops and cafés, which is a must for both tourists and locals alike. Arguably one of the best food markets in the world, La Boqueria gives visitors the chance to sample local ingredients, witness cookery demonstrations and sample Catalan delicacies.  

Lisbon, Portugal 
The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is rich in culture and history offering visitors a varied array of architectural gems from the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Modern and Postmodern styles. It is home to some of the world’s most famous museums including Museu da Electricdade, the Museu Nacional dos Coches, the National Museum of Natural History and Science and the Lisbon City Museum. The Belem Tower is the city's most photographed landmark, which along with the marvellous Jerónimos Monastery, should top your list of must-see monuments. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their local embassy. 
Flight Duration
The flight time is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Climate
The Mediterranean climate is warm, sunny and delightful. Expect temperatures of 13 to 19 degrees. 
Food & Drink

From traditional fine dining to endless buffets with custom-order action stations, there is a host of delicious choices included in your cruise fare. For an additional cover charge, you’ll have access to a world of possibilities including Spanish tapas, French cuisine and an upscale steakhouse – 15 different dining choices in all.

At the different ports of call, you'll find that mediterranean food is fresh, delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Tapas, paella, fresh seafood, grilled meat, and chorizo are just some of the many things you can expect to find on the menus in Spain. Italian food tends to be richer and heartier, but no less delicious, with fine cheeses, cured meats, risottos and filled pastas on every menu. French cooking is known for its fresh, vibrant colours and herby flavours. Bouillabaisse, salade Niçoise, crispy fried courgette flowers, lamb roasted with herbs and aromatic garlic are just a few of the specialities.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Shadow of the Wind  by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Homage to Barcelona by Colm Toibin

Homage to Catalonia by Axel Munthe

 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Rome

Travel to Rome

Arrive to Rome where you will be met in the arrivals area of the airport by our local representative who will accompany you to your hotel. Tonight you will have an included dinner and get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2 - Commence your cruise

Morning

Half day city tour of Rome

Today marks the start of your cruise. Transfer from your hotel to Rome’s Civitavecchia Port. Enjoy a half day city tour of Rome en route and marvel at the wonders this city has to offer. See the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the world and the site of ancient Rome’s gladiator battles. Adjacent is located the Roman forums, the centre of the Romans’ religious and political life. Also take in the monument to Victor Emmanuel I, the first king of Italy and enjoy the beautiful architecture of this renowned city.

Afternoon

Commence your cruise

Arrive on the Norwegian Spirit for your 13 night cruise. Settle in on board and get to know your ship. This afternoon you will depart for Livorno

Day 3- Livorno, Italy

Livorno, Italy

Today you will have the opportunity to explore the delights of Tuscany. Take in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and see sites such as the city’s cathedral with its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi. Other attractions in Florence include the Uffizi gallery and Michelangelo’s David or the many street markets for which the city is famous. Also located in the area is Pisa, with its famous leaning tower, still standing after 900 years. In the evening return to your ship and depart for the French Riviera.

Day 4 - Cannes, France

Cannes, France

Arrive this morning in Cannes and rub shoulders with the rich and famous on the French Riviera. Take a stroll through Cannes, admire the old town of La Sequet and the famous palm-lined Promenade de la Croisette, while taking in the sparking blue water of the adjacent beach and really understand why this area is called the Cote d’Azur.

Day 5 - Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Today have a full day to explore the delights of the Catalan capital of Barcelona. Be blown away by the stunning architecture of Gaudi’s Casa Mila and Casa Battlo, the magnificent La Sagrada Familia or the quirky Parc Güell. Or else wander the winding streets of the city’s Gothic quarter and people watch in the sun with some authentic Spanish tapas. This evening, return to your ship to sail for Palma, Majorca.

Day 6 - Palma, Majorca

Palma, Majorca

The best views are reserved by those who arrive by sea. Located in the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, Majorca boasts beautiful weather and spectacular scenery. The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca has been a popular holiday destination for decades. On the one hand, this city founded by the Romans some 2,100 years ago, is replete with (literally) wall-to-wall history and architectural splendour. You can journey back in time and wander the mazes of alleyways and cobblestone paths that surround the Gothic cathedral. On the other hand, Palma is bustling with life, showcasing the island's best restaurants, shops and a vibrant art scene.

Day 7 - Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, Spain

Step back in time today and explore the eclectic streets of Cartagena, where ancient Roman ruins lie beside modern day buildings. Take in the ruins of the 2,000 year old Roman Theatre, wander the streets of the old town or take the lift to lookout on top of the Castillo de la Concepcion and admire the views of this ancient town and its surrounding mountains.

Day 8 - Malaga (Granada)

Malaga, Spain

Have the day today to explore the streets of Malaga. Pablo Picasso is the city’s most famous son (of course not counting Antonio Banderas!) There are several galleries showcasing his work including the 16th-century Museum of Fine Arts in the Old Town, near the La Manquita Cathedral. The main street, Calle Larios, is pedestrianised with marble and home to many designer shops. It is surrounded by narrow pedestrian streets with traditional and modern bars, family owned shops and delightful cafés. Otherwise take an optional excursion (payable on board) to visit the Moorish palace of the Alhambra in Granada. The UNESCO listed monument complex, with its magnificent palaces, patios and gardens, is one of Spain's most treasured historic sites. This evening return to your ship to sail to Cadiz.

Day 9 - Cadiz (Seville)

Cadiz, Spain

This morning arrive into the Andalucian town of Cadiz, renowned for its wine and sherry. From here you can take an optional excursion (payable on board) to the city of Seville, Andalucía’s most lively and colourful city, located on the banks of the River Guadalquivir. Seville is famous for its flamenco, tapas and a rich cultural and architectural heritage. View highlights such as Seville’s Cathedral and the beautiful Plaza Espana as well as the Alcazar palace and wander beneath the orange groves of its garden.

Day 10 - Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive today into the Portugeuse capital of Lisbon. Explore sights such as the Belem Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries and other landmarks, all of which represent Portugal’s remarkable historical power during the Age of Discovery. For spectacular views, take a ride in the famous Elevador de Santa Justa in the Baixa district, and have fun exploring the colourful backstreets of the Moorish influenced Alfama, almost a village in itself.

Day 11 - At Sea

At Sea

Enjoy the day cruising on board the Norwegian Spirit. Relax and enjoy the ship's facilities including the bar, lounge, pool and spa.

Day 12 - Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, Spain

Today you will visit the grand Basque city of Bilbao in the north of Spain. Learn about Bilbao’s recent history and the economy where three famous architects have made a huge difference to the city; Frank Gehry designed the Guggenheim museum, Norman Foster designed the metro stations with the famous glass tubes at their entrances’ and Santiago Caltrava designed the airport and its unique white bridge – Zubizuri. All of these features, and a change in the outlook of the city have made it the biggest metropolitan area in the Basque Country and a very attractive place to visit. Visit the magnificent Guggenheim museum or enjoy some free time to explore the more modern quarter which the museum calls home, as well as the old quarter filled with cafes and restaurants.

Day 13 - At Sea

At Sea

Have another day to relax while listening to the ocean waves. Relax in the spa, catch a show at the theatre, stroll the Waterfront, take a dip in the pool or visit one of the ship’s bars to indulge in a cocktail – the choice is yours.

Day 14 - Le Havre (Paris)

Paris, France

Today take an excursion to Paris and see the magnificent city of Light. Take a photo from the top of the Eiffel Tower, see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre or nibble a croissant on the Champs-Elysées. Alternatively explore the re-constructed town of Le Havre. Devastated by bombing in World War II, the entire city centre was redesigned by the architect Auguste Perret. Today it features many landmark examples of reinforced-concrete architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 15 - Southampton & return home

Return Home

This morning arrive in Southampton. Following disembarkation, you will be met by our local representative and be transferred to the airport for your return flight to home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Santa Costanza 4 Star

The Hotel Santa Costanza, located in the Nomentano district of Rome, is a perfect base from which to explore the city of Rome. The nearest metro stop is located 400m away and can reach the centre of Rome within minutes. Recently renovated, the hotel boasts a bar and a small outdo... read more read more read more

The Hotel Santa Costanza, located in the Nomentano district of Rome, is a perfect base from which to explore the city of Rome. The nearest metro stop is located 400m away and can reach the centre of Rome within minutes. Recently renovated, the hotel boasts a bar and a small outdoor terrace, while the cosy, comfortable guest rooms add to an enjoyable stay.

Hotel address
Hotel Santa Costanza
Viale Ventuno Aprile, 4,
00162 Roma RM
Italy
Rome
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Norwegian Spirit 4

Sit back and relax on the Norwegian Spirit. Refurbished in 2017, this ship offers a variety of different dining options and bars to suit your every mood. Otherwise relax beside the outdoor pool, complete with hot tubs or soak up on the sun on the deck with its numerous sunbeds. A... read more read more read more

Sit back and relax on the Norwegian Spirit. Refurbished in 2017, this ship offers a variety of different dining options and bars to suit your every mood. Otherwise relax beside the outdoor pool, complete with hot tubs or soak up on the sun on the deck with its numerous sunbeds. At the end of the day, enjoy an unwinding pamper at the on-board spa. (Extra charge applies) or take in one of the ship’s amusing shows. Whatever you choose to do, you will be travelling in style on Norwegian Spirit.

Hotel address
Norwegian Spirit
www.ncl.co.uk


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