If you want to explore the Mediterranean in style, this seven-night Mediterranean cruise on board MSC Cruises new ship MSC Meraviglia, departing 1 July, 2017, will take you from Marseille to Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valletta and Barcelona, from £599pp*, cruise only.

Genoa, on the southwest coast of northern Italy, is one of the principal ports of the Mediterranean. This once powerful maritime republic, birthplace of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) and now the capital of Liguria, has a fine natural harbour that inspires many travellers who visit.

In historic Naples you can visit The National Museum, which is renowned for its vast collection of Graeco-Roman paintings and sculpture found in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and elsewhere in the city. Visit the cathedral of San Gennaro (begun 13th century) and the Church of San Domenico Maggiore, which has a beautiful interior and is rich in sculpture and frescoes.

Your penultimate call Barcelona is one of Europe’s largest and most successful ports and one of the world’s leading cities in art and architecture. From the modern cruise terminal at the docks you will need a taxi or tour to see the artistic beauty of this unique destination, credited to the talents of Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Antonio Gaudi, Jose Clara and others. Stroll the mosaic-paved Ramblas, the city’s social hub, with open-air cafes, street entertainers and flower displays. See its unique Catalonian cultural heritage in the ancient Gothic Quarter, the surrealistic architecture of Antonio Gaudí and some outstanding museums.

MSC Meraviglia is a sophisticated combination of state-of-the-art-technology, comfort and practicality, with 12 dining venues across the ship offering speciality Mediterannean and international cuisine. A highlight of the onboard entertainment includes Cirque du Soleil, while other features include a super amusement park and children’s area. The new ship has a capacity of 5,700 passengers and will feature an expanded MSC Yacht Club area.

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*Price correct at time of publication.