Delights of the Western Mediterranean Cruise & Barcelona Escape

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Cruise Holiday Overview

  • Ship Costa Smeralda
  • Duration 11 NIGHTS
  • Departure 09 May 2024
  • Cruise type Cruise & Stay
  • Cruise code MED2227



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

Kick off your fabulous Mediterranean cruise holiday with a two-night hotel stay in Barcelona. Explore Gaudí’s architectural marvels, sample authentic tapas and lose yourself in the bustling cultural hub of La Rambla. Following your stay, you’ll embark the striking Costa Smeralda for a cruise of the Western Mediterranean.

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. Highlights of your voyage include Naples, where you could explore Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast; Rome, to walk in the footsteps of gladiators in the magnificent Colosseum; and Marseille, infused with maritime spirit.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Full-Board Cruise

7 night full-board cruise on board Costa Smeralda

Complimentary Hotel Stay

2 night four-star hotel stay at the Aparthotel Atenea Barcelona with breakfast

All flights

Overnight flights

Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.
The departure date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.

Your Voyage

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Overnight to Barcelona

Your holiday begins as you fly from South Africa to your destination.

Days 2 - 3
Barcelona: Hotel Stay

Discover the vibrant allure of bustling Barcelona, a city that seamlessly blends history, art, and Mediterranean charm. Marvel at artistic visionary Antoni Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Aparthotel Atenea Barcelona

Day 4
Barcelona: Embark Ship

Embark Costa’s stunning flagship to cruise the Mediterranean. Adults can choose to unwind in the spa and wellness centre, while for kids there’s four pools, an entertainment deck, waterpark, mini golf and high-rope garden.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Costa Smeralda

Day 5
Relax At Sea
Day 6

On the beautiful Island of Sardinia, Cagliari will enchant you with its gorgeous expansive beaches. Take in the views at the aptly named Gulf of Angels or visit the stunning 2nd century Roman amphitheatre.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Costa Smeralda

Day 7

Unleash your wanderlust in Naples, Italy’s vibrant gem. With its stunning bay, Mount Vesuvius, and captivating attractions like the Royal Palace and Pompeii, Naples promises an enriching journey through history and natural beauty.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Costa Smeralda

Day 8

Embrace the allure of Civitavecchia, Italy—a gateway to timeless wonders. From its ancient Roman origins to its picturesque waterfront, let Civitavecchia transport you to a world of history, beauty, and unforgettable adventures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Costa Smeralda

Day 9

Unveil Genoa’s coastal charm, rich heritage, and culinary delights. This Italian gem beckons with historic architecture, vibrant streets, and a captivating atmosphere, inviting you to immerse yourself in its treasures and enchanting allure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Costa Smeralda

Day 10

Embark on a journey to Marseille, France’s vibrant Mediterranean jewel. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history, art, and culture. Explore charming neighbourhoods, indulge in delectable cuisine, and let Marseille ignite your senses.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Costa Smeralda

Days 11 - 12
Barcelona: Disembark & Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll disembark your ship and head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Costa Smeralda

Costa Smeralda embodies the stylish, carefree spirit of the Italian lifestyle. Here you will find the famous atmosphere of the Italian piazza – lively, joyous, and exciting – distilled into unforgettable on board spaces. Visit the charming Piazza di Spagna, with its white and ice-blue grand staircase overlooking Costa Smeralda’s wake – a wonderful place to gather, relax and be entertained.

Entertainment abounds on board this ship, with an array of new shows and performances available each night for your viewing pleasure. For the slightly more adventurous, a thrilling multi-slide aqua park awaits you on the top deck.

Try the new Archipelago restaurant, with international menus expertly designed by three iconic modern chefs: Bruno Barbieri, Hélène Darroze and Ángel León. If you prefer the pleasure of Italian pizza or the adventure of Asian cuisine, you will find your tastes catered for with 11 diverse restaurants.

  • Occupancy 5282
  • Tonnage 183,900 tons
  • Length 1,106 ft (337.00 m)

Life on Board Costa Smeralda

Enjoy a glittering array of delicious dining choices, fabulous facilities, and entertainment to delight.


Costa Smeralda Food and Drink
Costa Smeralda Food and Drink
Costa Smeralda Food and Drink

Discover a range of exciting international restaurants, or even take up cookery classes in the fun-filled Food LAB.

  • 11 Restaurants and Snack Bars
  • 19 Bars and Lounges

Restaurants include:

  • Archipelago
  • Pummid’Oro Pizzeria
  • Teppanyaki
  • the Food LAB


Costa Smeralda Facilities
Costa Smeralda Facilities
Costa Smeralda Facilities

Delight in swimming pools galore, the thrilling Aqua Park, and the refreshing, invigorating beauty spa experience Solemio.

  • 13 Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
  • Piazza di Spagna
  • Aqua Park
  • Beauty Spa Solemio


Costa Smeralda Entertainment
Costa Smeralda Entertainment
Costa Smeralda Entertainment

With the grand central entertainment venue Colosseo, each night will bring a new adventure, while the Squok Club is sure to keep little ones stimulated.

  • Entertainment Space Colosseo
  • Squok Club Children’s Club

Cabins & Suites

With a choice of views, balconies, and charming indoor and outdoor spaces, you will find something to delight every taste.

Interior Prices from R33,999pp

Costa Smeralda Inside Cabin

A practical and comfortable space for those who prefer to spend the day exploring the pleasures of the ship.

  • Simple elegance
  • Cosy and inviting
  • Practicality for active explorers
Cruise Code: MED2227
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Sea View Prices from R37,999pp

Costa Smeralda Sea View Cabin

Enjoy a unique view each day from the comfort of your bed, with a large window surrounded by elegant interior details.

  • Large window offering inspiring views
  • Bright interior
  • Tasteful colour combinations
Cruise Code: MED2227
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Sea Balcony Prices from R39,999pp

Costa Smeralda Balcony Cabin

Inspiring vistas of the sea on a private terrace, with the gentle pleasure of the ocean breeze to bring your trip to life.

  • Spacious and relaxing room
  • Private terrace
  • Plenty of opportunities for photographs
Cruise Code: MED2227
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Costa Smeralda Suite Cabin

Live in the lap of luxury and enjoy a private butler, your own hot tub, and countless touches that will make your voyage sparkle.

  • Privileged position aboard the ship
  • Breathtaking terrace
  • Welcome bottle
  • Fine furnishings
Cruise Code: MED2227
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Your Hotel Stay


Included Hotel

Aparthotel Atenea Barcelona (Or Similar)

Situated in Barcelona’s Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district, Aparthotel Atenea Barcelona boasts a prime location near attractions like the vibrant Passeig de Gràcia and the iconic Sagrada Família. Spacious, well-appointed suites come with contemporary design, kitchenettes, and city views. Amenities include Wi-Fi throughout the property and an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Les Corts Metro Station is just a three-minute walk away.

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