Cruising Holiday Jewels of the Mediterranean & Arabian Discovery from Barcelona to Dubai

Includes a 2 night hotel stay in Barcelona

Just Launched for October 2021 | Amazing Value

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Fly to Barcelona for a two-night stay in the Catalan capital, known for its superb coastal location, maze-like Gothic Quarter and the unmistakeable architecture of Antoni Gaudi. His work, especially the uncompleted La Sagrada Familia, is synonymous with the city. Sample the world-renowned Catalonian cuisine, including hearty stews and spicy sausages, before embarking the superb Costa Smeralda for a cruise to some of the Mediterranean’s favourite cities and the coastal gems of Arabia.

Settle into Costa’s state-of-the-art flagship before stopping at Majorca, a year-round holiday hotspot in the wonderful Balearic Islands, blessed with golden beaches and a lively nightlife. You’ll then sail to Italy, calling at the atmospheric city of Palermo on Sicily, whose landscape is dominated by Mount Etna.

At Rome, you’ll discover a living museum of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Trevi Fountain and the mighty Colosseum. Enjoy alfresco dining, sip an espresso and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of a city immortalised in countless classic movies and works of literature.

Other highlights of the Mediterranean include the French island of Corsica, birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Crete, the largest of the stunning Greek islands. Set out on foot to explore the port of Chania with its delightful buildings from the Venetian and Ottoman eras. After calling at Haifa in Israel, you’ll then travel through the Suez Canal to the coast of Oman where you’ll stop at both leafy Salalah and the rugged harbour city of Muscat.

Entering the Persian Gulf, savour the skyline of futuristic Doha and marvel at the soaring ambition of Abu Dhabi, home to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an enchanting amalgam of gleaming marble and floral mosaics.

End your voyage in Dubai, an impressive Arabian wonderland of aromatic souks, sprawling hi-tech shopping malls and the tallest building on the planet, the needle-like Burj Khalifa.

Package Includes

All flights & taxes

Hotel Stay

  • 2 night four-star hotel stay in Barcelona with breakfast


  • 26 night full-board cruise on board Costa Smeralda with all meals and entertainment
    • Indulge in Ayurvedic-inspired treatments at the Samsara Spa
    • Sing to win at the Voice of the Sea talent contest
    • Explore the incredible 29 on-board bars – a venue for every taste
    • Sample mouth-watering dishes from the world’s favourite cuisines at 11 dining venues
  • Overnight stay in port in Dubai
Cruising Holiday

At a glance

28 nights
Departing 30 Oct 21
All flights and taxes

Prices from

R36,999 pp
Price based on 30 Oct 2021 departure
R42,999 pp
Price based on 30 Oct 2021 departure
R49,999 pp
Price based on 30 Oct 2021 departure

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Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia might be the world’s most famous unfinished building. Its architect, Antoni Gaudi, died in 1926 when barely a third of it had been built and it has been worked on in fits and starts ever since. From its spires to its intricate stonework, it remains a building of breathtaking beauty.

Your Itinerary

DAY 1 | 30 Oct 2021
Barcelona - Hotel Stay

The Catalan capital is one of Spain’s favourite cities. Visit Antoni Gaudi’s inspiring La Sagrada Familia with its ornate spires, explore aromatic food markets full of locally grown cured meats and vegetables or head to the beautiful beaches within walking distance of the city centre. Why not explore the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, which offers a stunning view over the city and houses Spain’s largest collection of Catalan art?

DAY 2 | 31 Oct 2021
Barcelona - Hotel Stay

With another day in Barcelona, 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. The Picasso Museum houses the largest collection of the pioneering artist’s works and is a must for culture vultures, while you could also wander the city spotting the rest of Gaudi’s masterpieces – from colourful rooftops to residential buildings.

DAY 3 | 1 Nov 2021
Barcelona - Embark Costa Smeralda

Launched in 2019, Smeralda is part of Costa’s superb Excellence Class and is her new flagship and largest ship ever. Settle in for a thrilling voyage as you make the most of her sublime combination of state-of-the-art amenities and Italian hospitality. Admire the Piazza di Spagna - a grand open air staircase overlooking the stern - and stroll around Trastevere: a lively square in the centre of the ship that is both a social hub and shopping area.

DAY 4 | 2 Nov 2021
Palma De Mallorca

Majorca is the largest of Spain’s magical Balearic Islands and has everything from lively beach-front bars to tranquil hidden coves. Heading inland on twisting mountain roads, you’ll find delightful villages of honey-coloured stone, while its capital Palma is home to Gothic castles, stunning cathedrals and the odd remnant of its Moorish past such as the Arab Baths.

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DAY 5 | 3 Nov 2021
At Sea

As you familiarise yourself with your surroundings, soak up the quintessential Costa ambience, with plenty of Italian influences, from the stylish décor to the paintings to the dining options. There’s even a first-at-sea mini museum on board, which showcases items designed in Italy. The great cities of Italy – from Venice to Rome – have all played their part in the look and feel of the Smeralda.

DAY 6 | 4 Nov 2021

Visiting Palermo, the capital of Sicily, is to travel in time through different eras and cultures. Arabesque domes sit alongside Baroque churches and busy markets piled high with delicious local produce are a feast for the senses. This island off Italy’s south coast is full of unforgettable scenery and some of the best food in the country, making it one of Italy’s favourite holiday destinations.

DAY 7 | 5 Nov 2021
Civitavecchia (Rome)

From the port of Civitavecchia, you’ll make the short journey to Italy’s ancient capital, an outdoor museum of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Pantheon, the Baroque beauty of the Trevi Fountain and the mighty Colosseum, where gladiators once did battle. Walk around the cobblestoned streets of the old Trastevere neighbourhood where you’ll find family-run trattorias, street stalls piled high with glossy vegetables and gelato stands.

DAY 8 | 6 Nov 2021

Savona, on Italy’s north-west coast, is where the explorer Christopher Columbus spent a large part of his life. Explore grand buildings from its wealthy past, including the Priamar Fortress, while there are also beaches within easy walking distance of the city centre. The sprawling port of Genoa is just along the coast and is historically one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean.

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DAY 9 | 7 Nov 2021

Corsica is one of France’s most wildly beautiful areas, an island off the coast with charming towns and a steep, forested interior. Its capital, Ajaccio, was the birthplace of Napoleon and there are numerous streets, squares and statues honouring him. Explore the old town with its pastel-coloured houses and upmarket shops and cafes, or take a walk along the sea front, lined with palm trees, towards the picturesque harbour.

Sicilian port of Castellammare del Golfo, amazing coastal village of Sicily island, province of Trapani, Italy
DAY 10 | 8 Nov 2021

Today you’ll return to Palermo, giving you another opportunity to explore the largest island in the Mediterranean. Marvel at the distant sight of Mount Etna over on the eastern fringe of the island and head up to Monte Pellegrino, close to the city centre, for panoramic views. While here, don’t forget to sample Sicily’s gastronomic delights. It has a rich culinary heritage with local specialities such as Arancini - delicious deep-fried rice balls – and the dessert dish of granita, an exquisite type of sorbet.

DAY 11 | 9 Nov 2021
At Sea

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. There are numerous rooms for the extensive list of treatments, inspired by ancient Ayurvedic techniques.

Landmarks of Crete - old town of Rethymno
DAY 12 | 10 Nov 2021

Today you’ll dock at the Port of Souda, the gateway to Chania. This is Crete’s most evocative city, with its pretty Venetian quarter, criss-crossed by narrow lanes, culminating at a magnificent harbour. Remnants of Venetian and Turkish architecture abound, with old townhouses now transformed into atmospheric restaurants and boutique hotels.  Discover the beautiful harbour and enjoy a coffee or cocktail while taking in the idyllic surroundings.

DAY 13 | 11 Nov 2021
At Sea

Costa Smeralda has eleven different dining venues on board including diverse buffet and speciality restaurants where you can try delicious dishes from all over the world. Take in the ocean views from Tutti a Tavola and try Japanese at Teppanyaki. There’s also a pizzeria and fine dining options, giving you an opportunity to put on your glad rags.

DAY 14 | 12 Nov 2021

Limassol, or Lemoses as it known locally, is Cyprus’ second largest city and combines beach life with archaeological gems. As well as the bustling waterfront, you can explore the winding lanes of the city’s historic centre and visit Limassol Castle, with its beautiful gardens and old olive press. This is also Cyprus’ wine producing region and the surrounding hillsides are lined with vineyards providing a green backdrop to the city.

DAY 15 | 13 Nov 2021

With its enviable position on the slopes of Mount Carmel and facing the Mediterranean Sea, Haifa offers stunning views. From the top of Mount Carmel you can see right across in the Western Galilee and Haifa is a great base to explore Caesarea and Nazareth. Visit the immaculately landscaped terraces of the tropical Bahá'í Gardens with its gold-domed Shrine of the Bab. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of 19 terraces featuring flowers, water features and sculptures.

DAY 16 - 21 | 14 - 19 Nov 2021
At Sea

There are plenty of ways to stay active on board. For younger guests there’s a Teens-only interactive game room and Luna Park outdoor play area, while on the multi-purpose sports court you could play basketball, tennis or football. 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.

DAY 22 | 20 Nov 2021

Situated at the base of the Al Qara Mountains, Salahah stands out among other cities in the region due to its much cooler climate and striking vegetation, with banana and coconut trees in abundance. The city also offers beautiful beaches, traditional Islamic architecture, mountains covered in frankincense trees and even caves. You could also visit the Tomb of Job in the hills overlooking the city, with a brief stop-off at the Al Mughsayl blow holes.

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DAY 23 | 21 Nov 2021
At Sea

The Smeralda has 19 bars choose from, offering countless ways to enjoy a drink, whether in the Colosseo, outside in the Jacuzzi, or in formal wear before dinner. A number of themed bars – including Campari and Ferrari – offer the finest beverages from across Italy, from aperitifs to coffee. There’s also acclaimed wine from the Fontanafredda and San Marzano wineries.

Gardens and the Muscat Grand Mosque (Oman)
DAY 24 | 22 Nov 2021

Compared to most coastal cities around the Arabian Gulf, Muscat enjoys slower pace of life. Instead of the soaring skyscrapers of Dubai and Doha, you’ll find a capital that’s comfortable with keeping its feet on the ground. Wander the souks near its picturesque harbour and haggle for trinkets, head to the mountains in a four-wheel drive or explore the Al Jalali Fort that has stood sentry over the harbour since the days of the Portuguese occupation in the 16th century.

DAY 25 | 23 Nov 2021
At Sea

Let your hair down in the evening, when 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 acrobatic shows and plenty of interactive music evenings hosted by an accomplished MC. The Voice of the Sea talent competition is a great way for budding singers to show off, while there are also virtual bands and frequent street performances.

Wide Shot of Corniche, Doha Harbor, and Skyline of Doha's Financial District (West Bay) - Doha, Qatar
DAY 26 | 24 Nov 2021

As it prepares to host football’s World Cup in 2022, Qatar edges ever closer to the limelight. With state-of-the-art sport facilities, luxury hotels and first-class shopping malls, its ambitious capital, Doha, is a city to watch. Among its growing list of attractions are the Pearl-Qatar, an offshore man-made island that hosts apartments, luxury boutiques and restaurants, plus the maze-like Souq Waqif, where you’ll find an array of Middle Eastern merchandise. It also hosts festivals and performances.

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DAY 27 | 25 Nov 2021
Abu Dhabi

Arrive in the impressive capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, and savour the architectural marvels dotted around this modern metropolis in the Persian Gulf. In the last two decades it has become a major tourist destination, with a host of attractions and an ever-expanding cultural district on Saadiyat Island. Don’t miss the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a breathtaking and opulent building awash with gleaming marble and intricate floral mosaics.

Beach in Dubai with people and skyscapers in the background on a sunny day
DAY 28 | 26 Nov 2021

Dubai, the adults’ playground of Arabia, is awash with world-class attractions. Take the elevator to the observation level of the cloud-busting Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. As well as dizzying views of the city, you can watch the dazzling dancing fountains below. Together with huge luxury megamalls, there are winding souks, both old and new, dotted around the city. Or why not escape the bustle and embark on a desert safari, rolling over the endless dunes in a four-by-four.

DAY 29 | 27 Nov 2021
Dubai - Disembark Costa Smeralda & Fly Home

Today you will disembark in Dubai and fly home.

Welcome aboard the 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.

Entered Service: 2019

Tonnage: 182,700

Number of Decks: 19

Passenger Capacity: 6,338

Total Crew: 1,678

Number of Cabins: 2,641

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 4

Number of Restaurants: 8

Kids Club: Yes

Entered Service: 2019

Tonnage: 182,700

Number of Decks: 19

Passenger Capacity: 6,338

Total Crew: 1,678

Number of Cabins: 2,641

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 4

Number of Restaurants: 8

Kids Club: Yes

Organic Spa & Fitness

A huge wellness complex to help relax and unwind on board

Deck 16

Features an an activity deck with a water slide, water park, high rope garden and mini golf

The Beach Club

Is an adult only complex beneath a glass roof featuring an activity area with two water slides, rock climbing and sports deck area

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing October 2021
Inside R36,999
Outside R42,999
Balcony R49,999

CALL TO BOOK: 0861 666 481