Sailing into the MSC Cruises fleet in October 2019; MSC Grandiosa will be the first of MSC's Meraviglia-Plus class of ships. Building on her sister ships' success, she will offer even more public space alongside a series of exciting innovations. From the sheer excitement of the Polar Aquapark to the breath-taking Atmosphere pool, there are plenty of brand-new additions to ensure this ship meets all expectations. Setting sail with a maximum of 6,300 guests and 1,700 crew, the 12 passenger decks will brim with chic and well-equipped staterooms, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, a casino, spa, gym, F1 simulator, and a full-size bowling alley. A ship within a ship, MSC Yacht Club is an exclusive area offering 24-hour butler service, concierge, solarium, whirlpool bath, luxury suites, and all inclusive food and drinks. Most days MSC Grandiosa will dock at an amazing port of call, allowing you plenty of time to explore either independently on an organised excursion.
You'll find an eclectic mix of eateries to tempt your taste buds. Tuck into local and international buffet-style fare at the Marketplace Buffet & Bar, while Waves Restaurant provides a chilled-out atmosphere and an impressive menu. Please your palate with small Spanish-style plates at HOLA! Tapas Bar or sink your teeth into the most prime cuts of steak at Butcher's Cut. Taste freshly-made rolled sushi and other Japanese specialities at Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant & Sushi Bar or L'Atelier Bistrot serves up a la carte delicacies. Sample sweet options at Crepes & Ice Cream or treat yourself to a range of handmade chocolates and other delights at Jean-Philippe Maury.
Sip frothy beers at Pool Bar or Infinity Bar as you admire the passing vistas. Take things up a notch at Edge Cocktail Bar with the most authentic fruity combinations or savour a glass of premium fizz at Champagne Bar. Soak up the ambience of Bellissima Bar & Lounge as you socialise with fellow passengers over a drink or two. Kick back and unwind in TV Studio and Bar as you watch your broadcast favourites with your drink of choice in-hand.
By day; begin with a relaxing massage at MSC Aurea SPA then browse the many shops and boutiques at Galleria Grandiosa or visit Bellissima Library to get your hands on a riveting read. Keep active with a stroll on the Power Walking Track, burn calories at MSC Gym, try your hand at the Sportsplex activities, or dive into the Atmosphere Pool. Tots to teens will get to experience age-specific clubs, the fun of F1 Simulators, achieve a strike at the full-size bowling alley, or take on a challenge in the Virtual Games Arcade. There is also Polar Aquapark; perfect for splashing around and whizzing down the waterslides. When the sun goes down; enjoy top musical acts in Carousel Lounge, watch your all-time favourite movies in Cinema 40, or place your bets in the Casino. Or, why not admire the spectacular Cirque du Soleil shows or the fascinating productions at Broadway Theatre?
Day 1: UK to Barcelona, Spain
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Barcelona and make your way to your four-star hotel for a three-night stay.
Day 2 - 3: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the most famous cities in the world. Located between the gleaming Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, this cosmopolitan Spanish city is known for its diverse art and architecture. Walk the iconic Las Ramblas promenade and see quirky street entertainers or stop for a coffee at a pavement cafe. View some of Antoni Gaudi's most famous works including the Sagrada Família Church and the mosaic wall in Park Güell. Explore the winding streets of the Gothic quarter and sample tapas in a traditional bar or relax in the city's biggest green space — Park Ciutadel.
Day 4: Barcelona, Spain (Embarkation Day)
After check out make your way to the port to board MSC Grandiosa for your seven night cruise.
Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
The capital of Italy, Rome, is a sprawling city cosmopolitan city brimming with globally-influential art, architecture, and culture. The three-tiered Roman Colosseum amphitheatre offers fascinating tours of ancient history. The late Renaissance St Peter's Basilica was crafted by Michelangelo and other architects and is a must-see. The crystal blue waters and sculptures of Trevi Fountain will leave you mesmerised. The Roman Forum is the excavated heart of the Roman Empire and provides an insight of age-old times. Vatican Museums are home to Renaissance art treasures and feature the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Take a walk down the famous Spanish Steps. Pay a visit to the bustling Piazza Navona with its Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno fountains, exquisite bars, and talented street artists.
Day 8: 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 9: 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 11: Barcelona, Spain to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.