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MSC Grand Voyages from Phuket MSC Virtuosa departing 7 Apr 2022

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MSC Virtuosa
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
7 Apr 2022
Duration
15 Nights
From / To
Phuket / Shanghai
Ports of call
Phuket - Langkawi - Penang - Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) - Singapore
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Location Location
 
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Date 07/04/2022
Location Phuket
In
Out 20:00

Phuket Town (Muang Phuket) stands distinct from the tailor-made tourist settlements along the beaches as a place of tangible history and culture waiting to be appreciated on an MSC Grand Voyages cruise excursion.

Most visitors hang about just long enough to jump on a beach-bound songthaew, but you may find yourself returning for a welcome dose of real life; there’s plenty to engage you in a stroll through the small but atmospherically restored heart of the Old Town, along with many idiosyncratic cafés and art shops, several notable restaurants and some good handicraft shops.
Some of the Old Town’s most elegant buildings line the western arm of Thanon Thalang, where a dozen signboards highlight the special features worth an upward or sideways glance: pastel-coloured doors and shutters, elaborate stucco mouldings, ornate wooden doors, and the distinctively arched “five-foot walkways” that link them. MSC Grand Voyages cruises also offer excursions to the newly erected Big Buddha of Phuket, a towering 45m statue atop the aptly named Khao Nakkerd hill, which dominates many island vistas, including Kata Yai to the south-west.

Made of concrete but faced with glistening white-marble tiles, the eastward-looking Buddha boasts enormous proportions: he sits on a lotus flower that’s nearly 25m across and even his individual hair curls measure almost 1m each. Views from the base of the statue extend east over Ao Chalong to hilly Ko Lone beyond, while western panoramas take in Kata Noi. For islanders, Chalong is important as the site of WatChalong, Phuket’s loveliest and most famous temple, which enshrines the statue of revered monk Luang Pho Saem, who helped resolve a violent rebellion by migrant Chinese tin-miners in 1876.
Elsewhere in the temple compound, the Phra Mahathatchedi (pagoda) is believed to contain a relic of the Buddha.

Date 08/04/2022
Location Langkawi
In 08:00
Out 20:00

Situated 30km off the coast just south of the Thai border, at 500 square kilometres Pulau Langkawi is the largest of an archipelago of mostly uninhabited islands.

A shore excursion on your MSC Grand Voyages cruise can be the opportunity to discover its white-sand beaches which are easily the best along the entire west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Langkawi’s charms consist largely of lazing around on the sand, perhaps taking time off for a mangrove cruise after sea eagles, to snorkel or scuba dive south at Pulau Payar Marine Park, or to ride the Langkawi Cable Car over the interior forests to the top of Gunung Mat Cincang.

Once a haven for pirates, Langkawi has in recent years been converted into a cruise port and an upmarket destination aimed at Saudis and Europeans. It’s also popular with Western yachties, as a cheaper place to hang out than Phuket in Thailand. Lining a large sweep of bay in the south-eastern corner of the island, Kuah, with a population of thirteen thousand, is Langkawi’s de facto capital. Down at the south, Kuah Jetty is a large complex of cafés, banks and duty-free shops where vessels from the mainland and Thailand dock; beside the ferry terminal, Dataran Lang – Eagle Square; Langkawi means “red eagle” – is graced by an enormous sculpture of a sea eagle.

Jalan Persiaran Putra runs north from here for 3km or so – the grey, concrete town on one side, the sea on the other – before heading off around the rest of the island. A shore excursion on your MSC Grand Voyages holiday can also be the opportunity to discover Pulau Langkawi mangrove cruises and island-hopping boat trips to the forested Pregnant Maiden Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting), whose crater lake is good for swimming.

Date 09/04/2022
Location Penang
In 07:00
Out 19:00

In the far northwest of Peninsular Malaysia, Penang is the most ambiguously named part of the Malaysia: depending on context, the moniker may refer to the island (Pulau Pinang in Malay, pinang being what Malays call the betel-nut palm), or the state (the island plus a blob of mainland opposite, around the town of Butterworth), or even just the state capital – properly Georgetown, waiting to be appreciated on anMSC Grand Voyages cruise excursion.

This was where the British established their first Malay port in the late eighteenth century, laying the foundations for the Georgetown of today, a fascinating blend of colonial, Indian, Malay and – especially – Chinese and Peranakan heritage. A shore excursion on your MSC Grand Voyages cruise can be the opportunity to visit this city that has seen a renaissance since its central old quarter, along with that of Melaka, were jointly made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, and makes a wonderful base to see all of Penang. Elsewhere on the 285-square-kilometre island are a coastal national park where you might see nesting turtles, a couple of unusual temples and a rather overdeveloped beach at Batu Ferringhi.
Filling a triangular cape at the island’s northeastern corner is Georgetown’s centre, its historical core of which is essentially the area south and east of Lebuh Farquhar, Lebuh Cinta (Love Lane) and Lebuh Melayu. It’s a surprisingly harmonious maze of lanes lined with shophouses in various states of repair and liberally sprinkled with religious buildings, impressive clan associations or kongsi – a blend of Chinese welfare organization, social club and temple and other monuments. Dating to 1884, Georgetown’s Botanical Gardens boast extensive lawns, a stream and little jungly waterfall, and several (rather paltry) plant houses. Weekend mornings it’s packed with groups of exercising Chinese, who storm around the circuit trail in about thirty minutes.

Date 10/04/2022
Location Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang)
In 09:00
Out 21:00

Port Klang is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia. Known during colonial times as Port Swettenham but renamed Port Klang in July 1972, it is the largest port in the country. It is located about 6 kilometres southwest of the town of Klang, and 38 kilometres southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Date 11/04/2022
Location At Sea
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Date 12/04/2022
Location Singapore
In 07:00
Out

The Port of Singapore refers to the collective facilities and terminals that conduct maritime trade, and which handle Singapore’s harbours and shipping. It is ranked as the top maritime capital of the world since 2015.

Date 13/04/2022
Location Singapore
In
Out 17:00

The Port of Singapore refers to the collective facilities and terminals that conduct maritime trade, and which handle Singapore’s harbours and shipping. It is ranked as the top maritime capital of the world since 2015.

Date 14/04/2022
Location At Sea
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Date 15/04/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 16/04/2022
Location At Sea
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Date 17/04/2022
Location At Sea
In 08:00
Out

Welcome to China. Your MSC Cruise will take you to Shenzhen, in the province of Guangdong, not far from Hong Kong. Fifteen million people live and work in this 24-hour city, with its hot, humid summers and mild winters.
There are many places of interest and tourist attractions to explore in Shenzen, starting with an excursion to the OCT Loft Creative Culture Park. Here you can browse the many shops which offer the latest trends in fashion, design and of course art. Try a cold drip coffee at the Gee Coffee Roasters, which is inside the OCT park, or take a look round the OCAT, a former two-storey warehouse that houses temporary exhibits.

An excursion will take you to admire the art at the Dafen oil painting village. Located in the city district, for over twenty years this cluster of houses has been known for the work of thousands of artists specialised in reproducing copies of western works of art, also on commission. For example, if you want a wallet-sized Mona Lisa, you can buy your mini-reproduction of a Da Vinci at a reasonable price, then sit and admire it while sipping tea in one of the many cafes in the village.

There is also an excursion to the Windows of the World Theme Park, in the western part of the city, where you can see miniature reproductions of one hundred and thirty of the most famous monuments in the world, including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids, Sydney Opera House, Mount Rushmore, the Taj Mahal and the Palace of Versailles. A world tour in just a few hectares. There are also indoor ski slopes and a cable car.

Date 18/04/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out 17:00

Welcome to China. Your MSC Cruise will take you to Shenzhen, in the province of Guangdong, not far from Hong Kong. Fifteen million people live and work in this 24-hour city, with its hot, humid summers and mild winters.
There are many places of interest and tourist attractions to explore in Shenzen, starting with an excursion to the OCT Loft Creative Culture Park. Here you can browse the many shops which offer the latest trends in fashion, design and of course art. Try a cold drip coffee at the Gee Coffee Roasters, which is inside the OCT park, or take a look round the OCAT, a former two-storey warehouse that houses temporary exhibits.

An excursion will take you to admire the art at the Dafen oil painting village. Located in the city district, for over twenty years this cluster of houses has been known for the work of thousands of artists specialised in reproducing copies of western works of art, also on commission. For example, if you want a wallet-sized Mona Lisa, you can buy your mini-reproduction of a Da Vinci at a reasonable price, then sit and admire it while sipping tea in one of the many cafes in the village.

There is also an excursion to the Windows of the World Theme Park, in the western part of the city, where you can see miniature reproductions of one hundred and thirty of the most famous monuments in the world, including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids, Sydney Opera House, Mount Rushmore, the Taj Mahal and the Palace of Versailles. A world tour in just a few hectares. There are also indoor ski slopes and a cable car.

Date 19/04/2022
Location Hong Kong
In 06:30
Out 18:00

A spectacular cityscape
As you will discover during your MSC Grand Voyages cruise, Hong Kong Island is the heart of the whole territory, its administrative and business centre and site of some of the most expensive real estate in the world.

Development is concentrated along the island’s north shore, a 6km-long strip of financial, commercial and entertainment districts overlooking Victoria Harbour.
At its core, Central sprouts an astounding array of high-tech towers, edged to the west by Sheung Wan’s smaller-scale and traditional Chinese businesses. Behind this the land climbs steeply to The Peak, wherever you get them from, vistas are stupendous, down over the island’s intensely crowded north shore, across the busy harbour to a lower-rise, unspectacular Kowloon and the green peaks of the New Territories. Man Mo Temple is one of the oldest in Hong Kong, waiting to be value on an MSC Grand Voyages cruise excursion.
It dates to the 1840s and was originally founded as a charitable institution; the central atrium beyond is hung with great spiral incense coils suspended from the ceiling, filling the interior with eye-watering, aromatic smoke. Back along the harbour and moving east through Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, the emphasis shifts from finance to wining, dining and shopping. The south side of Hong Kong Island straggles into the sea in a series of dangling peninsulas and islets. The attractions here are separate towns such as Aberdeen and Stanley, with a flavour of their own, and also beaches, the best of which fronts the little outpost of Shek O. East of the Aberdeen expressway, Causeway Bay forms a knot of lively, seething streets packed with restaurants, accommodation and shopping plazas, its eastern part is dominated by Victoria Park, an extensive, open space containing shady paths, swimming pools and other sport facilities.

Date 20/04/2022
Location At Sea
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Out
Date 21/04/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 22/04/2022
Location Shanghai
In 07:00
Out

When your MSC cruise brings you to Shanghai it is easy to understand that after years of stagnation, this great metropolis is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions the world has ever seen.

As Shanghai begins to recapture its position as East Asia’s leading business city, a status it last held before World War II, the skyline is filling with high-rises – there are well over a thousand now.
Gleaming shopping malls, luxurious hotels and prestigious arts centres are rising alongside, while underneath everything snakes the world’s longest subway system. Shanghai’s 23 million residents enjoy the highest incomes on the mainland, and there’s plenty for them to splash out on; witness the rash of celebrity restaurants and designer flagship stores. MSC Grand Voyages cruises also offer excursions to the Bund – Shanghai’s original signature skyline –, a strip of grand Neoclassical colonial edifices on the west bank of the Huangpu River Pudong on the opposite shore – a backdrop domestic visitors queue up against to have their picture taken.
Named after an old Anglo-Indian term, “bunding” (the embanking of a muddy foreshore), the Bund’s official name is Zhongshan Lu but it’s better known among locals as Wai Tan (literally “Outside Beach”).
By whatever name, this was old Shanghai’s commercial heart, with the river on one side and the offices of the leading bank and trading houses on the other. Jinmao Tower is a beautiful building, an elegant tapering postmodern take on Art Deco, has an observation deck on the 88th floor. An ear-popping lift whisks you up 340m to the top in a matter of seconds. The spectacle of the city spread out before you is of course sublime, but turn round for a giddying view down the building’s glorious galleried atrium. Shanghai Museum is one of the city’s highlights, with a fantastic, well-presented collection.

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