Luxury cruise line Oceania Cruises is offering a fabulous Mediterranean Spotlight cruise on board Sirena departing 7 July 2017 from only £1,989pp*, cruise only. This 10-night itinerary sails from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona, with calls at Porto Santo Stefano, La Spezia, Monte Carlo, St Tropez, Toulon, Port Vendres, Mahon, Ibiza, Valencia.
In March last year, Sirena underwent a 35-day, $40 million refurbishment in Marseille, France, to elevate the ship to the Oceania Cruises’ standard of elegance. Drawing on the recent transformation of Nautica as inspiration, the ship features Oceania’s renowned speciality dining restaurants, Toscana and Polo Grill, along with more recent additions to the fleet such as Baristas and the cook-to-order grill at Terrace Café. There are plenty of opportunities to feel pampered on board as Sirena also offers a world-class fitness centre and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70 per cent of which feature private verandas.
Highlights on this well thought-out itinerary include Porto Santo Stefano, a charming town that was under constant siege by pirates until the 16th century when the Spanish fortified the seaport; Monte Carlo, one of Europe’s leading tourist resorts; historic Toulon, on the Provence coast of the Mediterranean; and Port Vendres in the Roussillon, one of France’s most beautiful region along the Mediterranean coast.
Sirena also calls at Ibiza, whose lively reputation belies its ancient Moorish past. Today it is an island with an exuberant and extrovert mood, and all the holiday temptations under the Balearic sun (especially at the main resort of San Antonio Abad), including a host of friendly bars, restaurants and boutiques. Penultimate call Valencia is a haven for culture and history lovers, as it was established by the Greeks and later occupied by the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs. The beautiful city today is home to many important buildings including the Gothic cathedral (13th to 15th century) and the 15th century Gothic silk exchange. Also visit Lonja de la Seda and further afield Peniscola And Castle Of The Papa Luna.
In Barcelona you can 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 Gaudi and some outstanding museums.
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*Prices correct at time of publication.