MSC Virtuosa is set to join the MSC Cruises' fleet in November 2020. Sister to Meriviglia-Plus class MSC Grandiosa; the name of this stylish and elegant cruise ship is derived from the word 'virtuoso'; meaning someone highly skilled in music. Therefore, each deck will be named after a different musical instrument. She will also be one of the two largest ships in the fleet with 14 passenger decks, 2,421 guest cabins, and the capacity for 6,334 passengers. Lined with luxury guest accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops, water park, swimming pools, spa, casino, F1 simulator, gym, and much more; MSC Virtuosa will have it all. You’ll also find MSC Yacht Club; a ship within a ship, this exclusive area offers 24-hour butler service, concierge, private Top Sail Lounge, restaurant, luxury suites, and all-inclusive food and drinks.
The main restaurant and buffet restaurant will both serve a diverse selection of local and international cuisine at mealtimes. Sample freshly-made Asian sushi at either Kaito Sushi or Kaito Teppanyaki. Sink your teeth into a juicy American steak at Butcher's Cut or appreciate authentic carbonara, spaghetti, and freshly-crafted pizzas at La Piazzetta Restaurant; you'll find similar choices at Eataly Restaurant. The speciality Mediterranean Village and Yacht Club Fine Dining Restaurant will also tempt your taste buds. Combine culinary delights with breath-taking shows from Cirque de Soleil in the glamorous Carousel Lounge. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty treat from Jean Philippe Chocolat & Cafe and get hands-on to create your own unique goods. In the comfort of your luxury guest space, feel free to order room service with ease from a varied menu.
Cocktails and ice-cold beers are on the menu just footsteps from your sun bed at Solarium Pool and Bar. L'Atelier Bistrot is at the heart of the Promenade and offers great drinks, lounge seating, stage, and dance floor for your entertainment. MSC Yacht Club lets you enjoy panoramic cruise views; mingle with fellow passengers, and sip a glass of wine or two. You'll also find the Sports Bar, Aft Bar Lounge, and Piano Bar Lounge on board where you can enter into holiday mode and savour a selection of delicious beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails.
There will be plenty on board MSC Virtuosa to keep you entertained both day and night. MSC Aurea Spa is the go-to spot to indulge in a rejuvenating massage, work out at MSC Gym by Technogym®, or Atmosphere Pool is the place to be for a leisurely swim. Hit a strike at the bowling alley, enjoy some nail-biting virtual head-to-head racing on the F1 Simulators, and keep tots-to-teens from boredom with films, games, activities, and dancing at the age-specific clubs. Polar Aquapark boasts three twisting slides or head to Sportsplex for fun times. After dinner; kick back and relax in the TV Studio & Bar with its comedy club, karaoke, live music, quizzes, and talent shows. Broadway Theatre hosts grand-style twice-nightly production shows and classical performances. See original shows by Cirque du Soleil in Carousel Lounge six nights a week. End your day in style at the gaming tables in the casino or partying the night away at the funky-designed nightclub - Attic Club.
Day 1: UK to Barcelona, Spain
Fly from your selected UK airport to Barcelona and make your way to your four-star hotel for your one-night stay.
Day 2: Barcelona, Spain (Embarkation Day)
After check out make your way to the cruise port where you will embark on board MSC Virtuosa.
Day 3: Marseille, France
Marseille sits on the Cote d'Azur on the south coast of France. Meander around the Vieux-Port and watch the fishermen land their day's catch, before heading uphill to explore the local artisan boutiques and art galleries in Le Panier old quarter. Pay a visit to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathedrale de la Major de Marseille. Step back in time at Musee des Civilisation de l'Europe et de la Mediterranee (MuCEM) and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. Spend some time enjoying the grand park, 19th-century water features, and museums at Palais Longchamp. Take a short ferry ride to admire the 16th-century Chateau d'If fortress.
Day 4: Genoa, Italy
Step ashore today at the lively Italian port of Genoa. Stroll around the old town district and uncover Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Palazzo Ducale, Piazza de Ferrari, and the Renaissance palaces on Via Garibaldi. Ride the Il Bigo elevator at the Old Harbour to enjoy panoramic views of the area. Visit Acquario de Genova for close-up views of colourful marine life or explore the city's maritime heritage at Galata Maritime Museum. Santa Margherita Ligure and the stylish resort of Portofino are just waiting to be discovered further along the coast.
Day 5: Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy
History is around every corner in Rome. ‘The Eternal City’ is one of the world’s most historically significant destinations, home to the Pantheon, piazzas, and Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel. Discover cultural remnants of the Roman Empire, awe-inspiring Renaissance art, numerous historic landmarks, as well as the culinary delights of la dolce vita - the sweet life.
Day 6: Palermo, Sicily
A bustling, noisy port, Palermo yet holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets. With Sicily’s greatest concentration of sights, and the biggest historic centre in Italy bar Rome, Palermo is a complex, multilayered port that can easily feel overwhelming if you try to do or see too much in one Mediterranean cruise visit. The best thing to do here is just to wander as the fancy takes you, sifting through Palermo’s jumbled layers of crumbling architecture, along deserted back alleys, then suddenly emerging in the midst of an ebullient street market.
Day 7: Valletta, Malta
Malta's small capital city — Valletta — sits within the city's original walls on a hillside and is known for its old churches, palaces and museums. Formerly ruled by the French, Italians, Spanish, and British; this UNESCO World Heritage site is filled with more than 300 historical monuments — making it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world! Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of its old town district and see the famous Maltese-decorated balconies. Among a variety of churches, you can discover St. John's Co-Cathedral — one of Malta's biggest tourist attractions — with its striking interior decor and painting of John the Baptist by Caravaggio.
Day 9: Barcelona, Spain to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.