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Roundtrip Southampton MSC Virtuosa departing 29 May 2023

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MSC Virtuosa
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
29 May 2023
Duration
5 Nights
From / To
Southampton / Southampton
Ports of call
Southampton - Rotterdam - Ringaskiddy (Cork) - Falmouth - Southampton

Inside from £636pp

Outside from £635pp

Balcony from £636pp

Suite from £1,092pp

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Date Date
Location Location
 
In In
Out Out
Date 29/05/2023
Location Southampton
In
Out

Despite its pummelling by the Luftwaffe and some disastrous postwar urban sprawl, the thousand-year-old city of Southampton has retained some of its medieval charm in parts and reinvented itself as a twenty-first century shopping centre in others, with the giant glass-and-steel West Quay as its focus.

Core of the modern town is the Civic Centre, a short walk east of the train station and home to the excellent Southampton City Art Gallery that’s particularly strong on contemporary British artists. The Western Esplanade runs alongside the best remaining bits of the old city walls.
Rebuilt after a French attack in 1338, they incorporate God’s House Tower, at the southern end of the old town in Winkle Street, which currently houses the Museum of Archaeology. Best preserved of the city’s seven gates is Bargate, at the opposite end of the old town, at the head of the High Street; it’s an elaborate structure, cluttered with lions, classical figures and defensive apertures. A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise from Southampton can be the opportunity to discover the capital of England, London.
For the visitor, London is a thrilling place. Monuments from the capital’s glorious past are everywhere, from medieval banqueting halls and the great churches of Christopher Wren to the eclectic Victorian architecture of the triumphalist British Empire. You can relax in the city’s quiet Georgian squares, explore the narrow alleyways of the City of London, wander along the riverside walks, and uncover the quirks of what is still identifiably a collection of villages.
The capital’s great historical landmarks – Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and so on – draw in millions of tourists every year.

Date 30/05/2023
Location Rotterdam
In 11:00
Out 21:00

Your MSC cruise will lay anchor in the largest port in the world, Rotterdam, is a no-nonsense working-class city lying at the heart of a maze of rivers and artificial waterways that together form the outlet of the rivers Rijn (Rhine) and Maas (Meuse). After devastating damage during World War II, Rotterdam has grown into a vibrant, forceful city dotted with first division cultural attractions.

Your MSC cruise of Northern Europe will give you the opportunity to see that the immense land reclamation work hasn’t obliterated its earthy character though: its tough grittiness is part of its appeal, as are its boisterous bars and clubs.
Amongst the most interesting attractions to enjoy during your vacation in Holland, is Rotterdam’s Kunsthal, the museum of contemporary art, and the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, which has an outstanding art collection including representative works from almost all the most important Dutch painters: both are in the city’s designated culture zone, the Museumpark.
Other interesting sites to visit on an MSC excursion are the Oude Haven, the city’s oldest harbour, ravaged during World War II but sympathetically redeveloped, and Delfs haven, an antique harbour that managed to survive the bombs pretty much intact. Rotterdam also boasts a string of first-rate festivals, including the much-lauded North Sea Jazz Festival and the colourful Summer Carnival.
The postwar period saw the rapid reconstruction of the docks and, when huge container ships and oil tankers made the existing port facilities obsolete, Rotterdammers promptly built an entirely new deep-sea port, the Europoort, jutting out into the North Sea some 25 km to the west of the old town. Completed in 1968, the Europoort is able to welcome the largest ships in the world, amongst which also the MSC cruise ships.

Date 31/05/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 01/06/2023
Location Ringaskiddy (Cork)
In 08:00
Out 21:00

Ringaskiddy is a village in County Cork, Ireland. It is located on the western side of Cork Harbour, south of Cobh, and is 15 kilometres from Cork city, to which it is connected by the N28 road. The village is a port with passenger ferry services to France. A ferry service to Swansea in Wales closed in 2012.

Date 02/06/2023
Location Falmouth
In 07:00
Out 17:00

Reggae, rum, beautiful beaches, spicy cuisine and lush, green countryside have long lured visitors to Jamaica and particularly the city of Falmouth, one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns located on the island’s northern coast.

On an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise to Falmouth, you’ll have the opportunity to observe how the oldest buildings in the city centre – the clock tower, the Victorian market, the courthouse and Vermont House, all dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries – stand in contrast to the newly built port.

During colonial times, Falmouth was a flourishing port. Ships loaded with sugar and rum would sail to Britain and return bringing slaves from Africa. Today, Falmouth has become famous for the different varieties of rum produced in the distilleries scattered around the city.

To get a glimpse of plantation life, and taste some rum in the process, join an MSC excursion to the Good Hope Estate, with its impressive Great House and colonial village. Originally established in the mid-1700s to serve as a sugar plantation, the estate spans a total of 2,000 acres and is home to several buildings, most of which have been lovingly restored to their former glory.

Or combine nature and history on a relaxing guided bamboo rafting trip along the Martha Brae River, passing clusters of whispering bamboo and ferns along the 3-mile journey. During this MSC excursion, you’ll visit St. Peter’s Anglican Church, one of the oldest and largest in Jamaica, before reaching the charming village of Martha Brae. It was founded by a plantation owner in 1762 when he sectioned off part of his estate.

Beyond Falmouth, venture out on an MSC excursion to Ocho Rios and Dunn’s River Falls, where you’ll be guided up the 600-foot cascading falls in an unforgettable experience. Or take a chairlift up 700 feet of mountainside through the tropical forest canopy for an exhilarating bobsled run full of twists and turns down the mountain.

For the equestrians among you, ride bareback into the Caribbean Sea on an MSC excursion that takes you along the scenic Jamaican coastline before plunging into the water for a refreshing swim with your horse.

Date 03/06/2023
Location Southampton
In 06:00
Out

Despite its pummelling by the Luftwaffe and some disastrous postwar urban sprawl, the thousand-year-old city of Southampton has retained some of its medieval charm in parts and reinvented itself as a twenty-first century shopping centre in others, with the giant glass-and-steel West Quay as its focus.

Core of the modern town is the Civic Centre, a short walk east of the train station and home to the excellent Southampton City Art Gallery that’s particularly strong on contemporary British artists. The Western Esplanade runs alongside the best remaining bits of the old city walls.
Rebuilt after a French attack in 1338, they incorporate God’s House Tower, at the southern end of the old town in Winkle Street, which currently houses the Museum of Archaeology. Best preserved of the city’s seven gates is Bargate, at the opposite end of the old town, at the head of the High Street; it’s an elaborate structure, cluttered with lions, classical figures and defensive apertures. A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise from Southampton can be the opportunity to discover the capital of England, London.
For the visitor, London is a thrilling place. Monuments from the capital’s glorious past are everywhere, from medieval banqueting halls and the great churches of Christopher Wren to the eclectic Victorian architecture of the triumphalist British Empire. You can relax in the city’s quiet Georgian squares, explore the narrow alleyways of the City of London, wander along the riverside walks, and uncover the quirks of what is still identifiably a collection of villages.
The capital’s great historical landmarks – Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and so on – draw in millions of tourists every year.

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