Mediterranean Cruising with MSC Sinfonia in 2014
Jan 22, 2014
Before Eva’s tour of Salzburg and the thermal spa towns of Abano and Piešťany, we join MSC Cruises for an unforgettable, seven-night European voyage.
Whether you're a first-time cruiser or a nautical know-it-all, cruising aboard the MSC Sinfonia is a wonderful way to explore the beguiling Mediterranean coastline.
Setting sail from Genoa, the ship cruises along the French Riviera, stopping at glamorous Cannes - a city famed for its grand villas, lively promenades and annual film festival.
The next stop is the Balearic islands of Ibiza and Menorca, with their charming UNESCO-listed fortified cities, chic boutiques and sheltered bays with crystal clear waters.
Returning to Italy, we then visit Olbia, along one of the most visually stunning parts of Sardinia’s emerald coast. Think whitewashed buildings, dramatic cliffs and water the colour of lapis lazuli.
Setting sail once more, the voyage continues along Italy’s magnificent Amalfi coast, stopping at Salerno, a vibrant Italian port city home to medieval cathedrals and a picturesque Centro Storico, or old town.
With excursions to visit ancient archeological sites and idyllic beaches, you can be as busy as you like on this journey, or simply relax should you wish to stay on board the MSC Sinfonia.
Intimate and stylish, the ship is a true Italian masterpiece, fitted with polished wood, marble and fine artworks.
Your 13 sqm ocean view cabin is fitted with all the modern comforts you could want during the cruise and as for entertainment, there are are no less than eight bars on board offering a first class selection of food and wine, along with a 600 seat theatre, casino gaming area, massage and pampering treatments at La Terme spa, a video game arcade, a rock-climbing wall - even a virtual golf simulator!
And of course, there's no chance of going hungry on board an Italian ship, with three restaurants to choose from: Il Galeone, Il Covo and an outdoor restaurant, La Terrazza. A quick lunch can also be had at the Caffe del Mare buffet.
The cruise ends in Genoa, but don’t worry - there’s much more Italian food and relaxation when Eva’s tour continues on to Abano, a historic thermal spa town nestled at the foot of volcanic hills in the Veneto region.
Here, we will explore a 10th century cathedral and other historically significant buildings - including one which once served as headquarters for the Italian military in 1918. We will also explore the Euganean countryside, a feast for the senses, with picturesque abbeys, churches and rustic trattorias, before travelling to Salzburg and the thermal town of Piešťany, one of Europe’s best kept spa secrets.
A journey to explore but also re-energise with plenty of traditional European spa experiences - it’s the trip of a lifetime.