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Bask in the beauty of Barcelona during a two-night hotel stay, with breakfast, before settling in for a dazzling Western Mediterranean cruise on board Costa Smeralda.

Kick off your fabulous Mediterranean cruise holiday with a two-night hotel stay in Barcelona, a city famed for its Gaudi buildings including the iconic unfinished Sagrada Famillia Cathedral. Explore its architectural marvels by Antoni Gaudi, sample delicious dishes of authentic tapas and lose yourself in the bustling cultural hub of La Rambla – peppered with eateries, stalls and street performers.

Following your stay, you’ll embark the striking Costa Smeralda. Launched in 2019, Smeralda is part of Costa’s superb Excellence Class. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful, romantic break with your partner or a fun-filled family getaway, the Costa Smeralda is the perfect choice for a cruise holiday of a lifetime.

Your seven-night cruise will take you around some of the highlights of the Western Mediterranean. Discover the sun-soaked city of Palma De Mallorca. From its magnificent cathedral to its gentle sand beaches, its medieval architecture to mouth-watering food specialities, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular destination.

Admire Palermo, a city noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, and enjoy the majesty of Rome, where you can walk in the footsteps of gladiators in the magnificent Colosseum. In Savona, explore the port on foot, taking in the boat-filled harbour and medieval architecture of the centre or stop by Savona’s baroque cathedral and the 15th-century Priamar Fortress.

Your final stop before disembarking back in Barcelona is Marseille, the oldest city in France. Embrace its famous maritime spirit during a walk around the old harbour or immerse yourself in Le Panier – the Old Quarter which dates back to 600 BC.

Your Route

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Experience Costa Smeralda

Costa Smeralda is the ship that is the symbol of beauty, style and Italian hospitality. Its spaces take the name of and inspiration from the squares of the “Bel Paese” of Italy: as you walk down the wide stair case of the stern, it will feel like you are strolling through Piazza di Spagna, and browsing through shops, bars and restaurants to glimpse the liveliness of magical places like those of Trastevere, with the privilege of a unique perspective, that of the sea. An unforgettable experience to share with the people you love.

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Dining

With 11 restaurants to choose from, there’s plenty of choice. Head to Venetian venue Bacaro, rustic Restaurant Rugantino or family-friendly Restaurant Tutti a Tavola for delicious regional specialities.

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Activities

Play chef at the LAB Kitchen; take on the thrilling multi-deck rides at the Aquapark; keep little ones entertained at the museum and age-appropriate kids clubs, while grown-ups can unwind in the luxurious spa and wellness area.

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Entertainment

Enjoy the buzz of the three-deck Colosseum in the heart of the ship with daily live entertainment. There are also silent discos, virtual bands and the high-tech theatre-cum-disco.

Your 9 Night Holiday Includes

Days 1 - 2

12 - 13 Feb 2023

Admire Gaudi’s unique architecture during a two-night hotel stay in beautiful Barcelona, Spain

The cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is known for its art and architecture. Fantastic landmarks like La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudi, dot the city; giving you a taster of the creativity entwined throughout this fabulous metropolis. Explore the warren of cobblestoned streets and shaded courtyards that make up the historic Gothic Quarter. It’s a district that’s also well known for its restaurant and bar scene. Stroll through Las Ramblas, the walkway at the heart of the city or indulge in some traditional tapas as you overlook the stunning sea views.

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Day 3

14 Feb 2023

Embark the striking Costa Smeralda for your Western Mediterranean discovery

Following your all-inclusive escape, you’ll transfer to port where you’ll embark Costa Smeralda, Costa’s stunning flagship. Adults can choose to unwind in the spa and wellness centre with a pampering treatment, enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the 11 on-board restaurants, spend a relaxing day at the adult-only beach club, and at night, sip a cocktail at the jazz club, followed by a spectacular theatre show. For kids there’s a kid’s club, 4 pools, an entertainment deck, waterpark, mini golf and high rope garden kids adventure, plus a range of programmes to leave your children in a safe environment so you can enjoy some well-deserved relaxation time.

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Day 4

15 Feb 2023

Soak up the sun from the golden beaches in Palma de Mallorca

Walk the narrow, cobbled streets of the Old Town, visit the ancient Arab Baths or simply soak up the rays on the sun-drenched city beach. As day stretches into night, take a stroll along the Passeig d’es Born boulevard and see the honey-hued La Seu Cathedral bathed in the golden glow of the fading light, before heading to a tapas bar to enjoy plates of spicy albondigas, sizzling gambas al ajillo and patatas bravas washed down with jugs of icy sangria.

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Day 5

16 Feb 2023

Enjoy a day at sea to discover some of the delights on board

There are plenty of ways to stay active on board. The state-of-the-art gym has ocean views and you’ll always find a swimming pool to suit your mood, whether you want somewhere lively with a musical background or a quiet place to relax with a cool cocktail. Or find on-board tranquillity and pamper yourself like never before at the Samsara Spa, the ship’s wellness complex, which includes a salon, thalassotherapy pool, sauna room, salt room, and Turkish hammam. Come evening, you’ll always find a performance to take in or a DJ to dance to. The Colosseum is the epicentre of the ship’s high-tech innovations, with aerial acrobatics shows and plenty of interactive music evenings hosted by an accomplished MC.

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Day 6

17 Feb 2023

Revel in the distinct atmosphere of Palermo (Sicily)

This city has character and charm in abundance, with stunning beaches and turquoise waters. Palermo’s eventful history stretches back to the 8th century and the city is known for its endless Norman buildings, beautiful palaces, lively markets and relaxed atmosphere. Wander through Palermo’s winding streets and you’ll also find historical churches, opera houses and ancient city walls.

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Day 7

18 Feb 2023

Wander in the footsteps of Gladiators in historical Rome

Drink in the sights of Italy’s ancient capital, where you can follow in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum, built in 80AD and which once housed around 50,000 spectators. In between chic cafés and serene statues on street corners, you’ll find treasures like the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, where a coin tossed into its shining waters promise a return to Rome. Sample hearty local cuisine at a family-run trattoria and find a gelato stand for a cooling ice cream as the stylish locals zip through cobblestone streets on Vespa scooters. It’s a city that brims with atmosphere.

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Day 8

19 Feb 2023

Discover the elegant cathedrals and fascinating galleries of Savona, Italy

Located in the northwest of Italy, Savona is a port on the Ligurian Sea near Genoa. Explore the port on foot, taking in the boat-filled harbour and medieval architecture of the centre. Stop by Savona’s baroque cathedral and the 15th-century Priamar Fortress, home to the Sandro Pertini Museum. There are several other museums and galleries to explore and a vibrant shopping scene and cafe culture.

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Day 9

20 Feb 2023

Immerse yourself in maritime charms in Marseille, France

Infused with maritime spirit, Marseille is the second-largest city in France. Explore the bohemian Cours Julien lined with bars, music venues, galleries and markets. Amble by the old port and enjoy the fresh sea breeze as you delve deeper into this historical city. You could see the black and white striped stone walls of Cathédrale La Major which is considered a national monument of France or Palais Longchamp; or visit the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. Occupying the highest point of Marseille, the basilica is the most visited building in Marseille.

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Day 10

21 Feb 2023

Disembark back in Barcelona and fly home with a wealth of memories

Your cruise ends back in Barcelona where you’ll disembark and head to the airport for your flight home.

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Your Holiday Summary

Cruise

  • 7 night full-board cruise on board Costa Smeralda

Hotel Stays

  • 2 night four-star stay in Barcelona with breakfast

All flights

Prices From

Departing

12 November 2022

Inside

R 29,999pp

Outside

R 32,999pp

Balcony

R 36,999pp

Suite

R 59,999pp

Duration: 9 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), Savona, Marseille, Barcelona

Departing

3 December 2022

Inside

R 27,999pp

Outside

R 31,999pp

Balcony

R 35,999pp

Suite

R 69,999pp

Duration: 9 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), Savona, Marseille, Barcelona

Departing

22 January 2023

Inside

R 21,999pp

Outside

R 24,999pp

Balcony

R 28,999pp

Suite

R 58,999pp

Duration: 9 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), Savona, Marseille, Barcelona

Departing

12 February 2023

Inside

R 20,999pp

Outside

R 23,999pp

Balcony

R 27,999pp

Suite

R 56,999pp

Duration: 9 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), Savona, Marseille, Barcelona

Departing

18 March 2023

Inside

R 23,999pp

Outside

R 27,999pp

Balcony

R 31,999pp

Suite

R 59,999pp

Duration: 9 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), Savona, Marseille, Barcelona

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