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: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and board the new MSC Grandiosa for your five night cruise.
Day 3 - 4: Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city.
Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade.
Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Day 6: Barcelona, Spain
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way to your hotel for your two night stay.
Day 7: 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 8: Barcelona, Spain to UK
After check out, make your way back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.