MSC Fantasia joined the MSC Cruises' fleet in December 2008. This state-of-the-art ship combines a cosmopolitan atmosphere and chic designer styling across her 13 passenger decks, with a real stone piazza - complete with espresso bar - a unique centrepiece. Discover six restaurants and eleven bars and lounges and innovative features such as the Aqua Park Pool Complex, Formula 1 simulator, 4D cinema, and the Top 18 sun deck. Relax by the pool with a signature cocktail in the sunshine. Escape to the MSC Aurea Spa for a hot-stone massage or a workout in the Fitness Centre. People-watch with a cappuccino at Piazza San Giorgio before surfing the Web at the Cyberlibrary. Tots to teens will have hours of fun at the age-specific clubs, children's pool, and Virtual World. Show off your driving skills at the F1 Simulator or watch your favourite adventure films come to life in the 4D cinema.
There are casual and speciality dining experiences to savour on MSC Fantasia. Take your seat for the finest Mediterranean cuisine served to your table in the Il Cerchio d'Oro or Red Velvet restaurants. The L'Africana and Zanzibar Buffets offer delicious international dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indulge in Mexican favourites such as spicy burritos and fajitas at Sombrero Tex Mex. La Cantina Toscana serves Italian cheese and meat platters and a long list of fine wines. Enjoy a romantic meal for two with a French twist at L'Etoile.
MSC Fantasia has a wide range of bars and lounges to suit your every mood. Relax with freshly-brewed speciality coffees in Il Cappuccino Coffee Bar. Savour al fresco mocktails in Bar delle Fontane. Enjoy an ice-cold glass of wine as you watch the world go by in Piazza San Giorgio. Unwind with a vodka and tonic in Fantasia Bar or chat with friends over pre-dinner cocktails in Le Vele Bar. Kickback with a cigar and glass of whisky in the ship’s smoking area, The Cigar Lounge. Sip martinis in the vibrant setting of Manhattan Bar. The One Bar and Top Sail Lounge are reserved exclusively for the use of Yacht Club guests.
Evenings aboard MSC Fantasia match your every mood. Discover Broadway-style shows, live music, dancing, and acrobats on stage at Teatro l'Avanguardia. Enjoy piano music in Il Transatlantico Piano Bar or L'Insolito Lounge. There is also late-night dancing at the Liquid Disco and the chance to play the slot machines and blackjack tables at Casino delle Palme.
Day 1-2: UK - Valencia, Spain
Fly from your selected UK airport to Valencia and make your way to the 4* NH Valencia Las Artes for our 2 night stay.
Day 3: Valencia, Spain
Check out the hotel and make your way to the port where you will embark on board MSC Fantasia.
Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: Civitavecchia, Italy
Spend the day exploring the charming port of Civitavecchia and Rome — an ancient city filled with famous landmarks, distinct architecture and influential art. Visit Civitavecchia's main public square — Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II — and see the Baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Francis, before taking a seat in a pavement cafe for a taste of the local seafood. In Rome, enjoy a gladiator experience at the grand Colosseum, view the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, and throw three coins in the Trevi Fountain. Pay a visit to the Vatican City — the home of the Catholic Church — and see St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's ceiling.
Day 7: Palermo, Italy
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 8: Cagliari, Italy
Cagliari is the capital of the Italian island of Sardinia. Golden-hued palazzi, domes and buildings wind their way up the rocky hillside to Il Castello and the Old Town district. Stroll along the tree-lined boulevards by the seafront Marina. Stop by the impressive Cattedrale di Santa Maria or step back in time at Museo Archaeologico Nazionale. Take the lift from Piazza della Costituzione to Bastione San Remy for sweeping views. Spend a few hours soaking up the sun on Poetto Beach or enjoy a glimpse of local life at Mercato di San Benedetto. A visit to the pink flamingos at Parco di Molentargius is a must-do too.
Day 9: Palma De Mallorca, Spain
Palma sits on the south coast of Balearic island of Majorca and is the island's capital city. The streets of this vibrant port city are lined with an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, and heritage buildings. Explore the narrow alleys and lanes of the old town, before spending time at the impressive Palma Cathedral. Indulge in retail therapy on Avenida Jaume III, Passeig de Born, and the streets around the Placa Major. Palma Aquarium, Bellver Castle and the Joan Miro Foundation are well worth a visit, too. The dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows at Marineland and Poble Espanyol — a collection of Spain's famous buildings in miniature — are great for family times. Or why not take a scenic train ride to the town of Soller or travel inland to the Caves of Drach?
Day 10: Valencia, Spain - UK
Disembark in Valencia for your flight back to the UK.