Big cruises aren’t my thing. I wouldn’t generally choose one as my first choice for summer travel. But last year I went on one with my parents. They wanted to explore the Mediterranean and had limited time so this was the perfect way to spend a week. With MSC Cruises we cruised for 7 nights from Civitavecchia through Palermo, Cagliari, Marseille, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Genoa.
I have to admit I was super impressed by the 5 star service and treatment. This cruise liner was mammoth. Multiple pools (including an infinity one!), restaurants, bars, a full service theatre for shows and even an Eataly restaurant on board! Every morning we’d wake up in a new place and explore the city or surrounding area.
My mum and I spent our afternoons in the pool, Dayspa or having our hair done and then with dad, dinner and cocktails and a late night gamble in the casino. It was like a city on water and our luxury appointed rooms with flat screen tv, special toiletries and balconies rivaled any onshore 5 star hotel.
I never got around to blogging about my experience but here are some snaps to give you an idea of what you might see on a cruise through the Mediterranean:
Sunsets on the sea Breathtaking beachscapes like this one: Boccadasse (Genoa, Italy) Marinas and boats in Marseille (France) Architecture, art and culture in cities like Valencia (Spain) An infinity pool on board, to pass the afternoon away Board and gorgeous views like this on at Mondello beach (Palermo, Sicily) Views that stretch out to the sea in Cagliari (Sardegna) Iced almond milk and ricotta filled cannoli in Palermo (Sicily) Seafood lunches on the beach in Mondello (Palermo, Sicily) Beaches in Palma de Mallorca (Spain)Signing of from Trastevere,