The Greek Islands

7 nights sailing from Athens (Piraeus) on cruise ship MSC Opera

Itinerary: Sailing from Athens (Piraeus), visiting Katakolon (Greece), Corfu, Argostoli (Kefalonia island), Bari (Italy), Santorini, ending in Athens (Piraeus).
from £645 Price per person based on double occupancy

Cruise The Greek Islands

7 nights sailing from Athens (Piraeus) on cruise ship MSC Opera

from £645 Price per person

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Inside

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Ocean View

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Balcony

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`Bella` Experience

Bella Experience

The impressive experience of Bella is an excellent value option to enjoy the comforts of life on board in a modern and elegant style, designed to ensure a pleasant stay on board. Includes: ...

`Fantastica` Experience

Fantastica Experience

Fantastica´ experience offers a superior level of comfort and service. Fantasia experience will give you all Bella benefits plus some extra ones too such as one free cruise change, the opportunity to choose the cabin and its location, breakfast in c...

`Aurea´ Experience

Aurea´ Experience

Aurea experience offers a series of relaxing benefits for body and soul. Suites and Balcony in the best locations These cabins include Priority boarding, 24-hour room service (free delivery), Welcome package, the option to dine any time you choose, F...

`MSC Yacht Club` Experience

MSC Yacht Club Experience

A unique experience that combines the comfort and service of a private yacht with access to the extensive leisure facilities of a modern cruise ship. What’s included? Access to the panoramic Top Sail Lounge with bar, afternoon tea service, light food...

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Cruise Itinerary

Full Itinerary
Day 1 Athens (Piraeus) Embarkation | Departure: 17:00H
Day 2 Katakolon (Greece) Arrival time: 09:00H | Departure: 18:00H 9 hours in destination
Day 3 Corfu Arrival time: 09:00H | Departure: 18:00H 9 hours in destination
Day 4 Argostoli (Kefalonia island) Arrival time: 08:00H | Departure: 16:00H 8 hours in destination
Day 5 Bari (Italy) Arrival time: 07:00H | Departure: 19:00H 12 hours in destination
Day 6 at sea
Day 7 Santorini Arrival time: 08:00H | Departure: 18:00H 10 hours in destination
Day 8 Athens (Piraeus) Arrival time: 06:00H
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The Greek Islands

7 nights Cruise on MSC Opera. Sailing from Athens (Piraeus), visiting Katakolon (Greece), Corfu, Argostoli (Kefalonia island), Bari (Italy), Santorini, ending in Athens (Piraeus).

The Greek Islands Cruise itinerary  - MSC Cruises
The Greek Islands Cruise itinerary  - MSC Cruises

Athens (Piraeus)

Athens, the capital city of Greece is an active cosmopolitan mix of different cultures and people, passionate about their art and history. The climate is one of the best in Europe, with mild winters and very hot summers, ideal for tourism. It is located just a few miles from the port of Piraeus, the central commercial port of the capital, and the shores of southern Attica. The main attractions of Athens are The Ancient Agora, Anafiotika, The Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus, Thiseion Cinema, Gazi, Monastiraki Flea Market, Pireaus seaside, Pireaus open air market, Kastella Hill, Veakio open air theatre and Piraeus Archaeological.

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Katakolon (Greece)

Katakolon is a beautiful seaside town and it is situated in the municipality of Pyrgos in western Elis, Greece. The port of Katakolo is popular destination for cruises. It offers great opportunity to the passengers to visit the site of Ancient Olympia. Port of Katakolon where Greek mythology started .Greece is where the first Olympics was ever held and where you can find a historical landmark anywhere. Places of interest: Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, Stadium of Olympia, Greece and the remains of the medieval Pontikokastro/Beauvoir castle still stand on a hilltop northeast of the modern port.

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Corfu

Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands,[2] and, including its small satellite islands, forms the edge of the northwestern frontier of Greece. The island is part of the Corfu regional unit, and is administered as a single municipality. The municipality includes the island Corfu and the smaller islands Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi. The principal city of the island and seat of the municipality is also named Corfu. The island´s history is laden with battles and conquests. The legacy of these struggles is visible in the form of castles punctuating strategic locations across the island. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way. The city´s old city was designated for the UNESCO World Heritage List.Corfu is a very popular tourist destination.

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Argostoli (Kefalonia island)

Argostoli is a town and a former municipality on the island of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. Argostoli developed into one of the busiest ports in Greece, leading to prosperity and growth. To the east of Argostoli, at the end of the bay, beneath the aforementioned Castle of St. George, sits the Koutavos Lagoon, a feeding ground for the Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta). Now a nature reserve, the Koutavos Lagoon was once an almost impassable swamp where mosquitoes and malaria were rife. Under the British governor of the island, a wooden bridge was constructed across the lagoon.

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Bari (Italy)

Bari is the capital city of the province of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland It is well known as a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbours, with the splendid Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Swabian Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter, the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district

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Santorini

Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece´s mainland The island remains the home of a small, but flourishing, wine industry, based on the indigenous grape variety, Assyrtiko, with auxiliary cultivations of two other Aegean varietals, Athiri and Aidani. Wine Industry The vines are extremely old and resistant to phylloxera (attributed by local winemakers to the well-drained volcanic soil and its chemistry), so the vines needed no replacement during the great phylloxera epidemic of the late 19th century. In their adaptation to their habitat, such vines are planted far apart, as their principal source of moisture is dew, and they often are trained in the shape of low-spiralling baskets, with the grapes hanging inside to protect them from the winds. Architecture The traditional architecture of Santorini is similar to that of the other Cyclades, with low-lying cubical houses, made of local stone and whitewashed or limewashed with various volcanic ashes used as colours. The unique characteristic is the common utilisation of the hypóskapha: extensions of houses dug sideways or downwards into the surrounding pumice

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Athens (Piraeus)

Athens, the capital city of Greece is an active cosmopolitan mix of different cultures and people, passionate about their art and history. The climate is one of the best in Europe, with mild winters and very hot summers, ideal for tourism. It is located just a few miles from the port of Piraeus, the central commercial port of the capital, and the shores of southern Attica. The main attractions of Athens are The Ancient Agora, Anafiotika, The Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus, Thiseion Cinema, Gazi, Monastiraki Flea Market, Pireaus seaside, Pireaus open air market, Kastella Hill, Veakio open air theatre and Piraeus Archaeological.

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The ship: MSC Opera

MSC Opera Cruises in the Canaries

MSC Opera offers new facilities for adults and children and being better equipped, she will surely surprise everyone

MSC Opera has much more to offer now! Including a wide range of new features and facilities that will make all age guests happy. Check its new cabins with balconies that will give you a beautiful panoramic view wherever you sail to. MSC Opera also has now an enlarged restaurant and buffet area offering more culinary delicacies.MSC is partner with Chicco, LEGO® and Namco® to  help children enjoy their play time and adults be able to relax. Children will also enjoy the water spray park that includes fun water features. And adults will surely be grateful to use the MSC Aurea Spa, now enhanced and extended to give you more space relax and enjoy your well deserved time. Plus you will also like the new shopping area that you will find on deck 6

Year renovated 2015
Beam 28,8 m.
Length 251.25 m.
Tonnage 65591 tn.
Crew 728
Number of decks 9
Number of staterooms 878
Number of interior staterooms 276
Number of staterooms with balcony 200
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What's included onboard?

Meals at the main restaurants or at the buffett restaurants are included (fees are applied for speciality restaurants)

Daily service charges/gratuities are included as part of the cruise fare at no extra cost.

Port taxes are included in the price

Accommodation in well appointed cabins 

Water, coffee and some juices are included in certain areas of the ship.

Children and Teens Clubs are included with outstanding programme activities and services

All on-board activities such as group games, competitions, quizzes, crafts classes are included.

Future Cruise benefits when booking your next cruise on board

Free entry to the casino; There is no admission charge for any of the nightclubs or discos on MSC's ships; Most evening shows are also free to enjoy 

Access to the gym is free of charge

What's not included?

A 15% Bar Service Charge is automatically added to all food and beverage purchases, except for passengers who have booked the All Inclusive Fare or who have pre-booked and paid a Beverage or  Dining Package.

Shore excursions and purchases at the onboard shops are not included; treatments or massages at the beauty salon or the MSC Aurea Spa are also not included.

Drinks are only included if you have booked the All Inclusive Fare or if you have booked the Standard Fare but added a Drinks Package (in this case, the drinks that are included on board correspond to the package booked); If you have not booked any of these options, the drinks will not be included and must be paid on board Plus a 15% Bar Service Charge that will be automatically added to your onboard account; Prepaid All-inclusive drinks packages or the All-inclusive fares that also include this bar service charge) 

Spa access and services (charges apply, except access to the thermal area for Aurea and Yacht Club cabins and suites).

Speaciality restaurants (fees apply).

There is a fee to use the facilities in the Internet café.  

Travel and/or Health Insurance is not included; Passengers are strongly recommended to have comprehensive travel health insurance covering medical treatment and repatriation costs and expenses. 

Your benefits & more

  • Championship Matches Live on Board!

    Football fans on board MSC Cruises’ ships in Europe this summer will be able to watch all the live action as their national teams compete in the coveted tournament. Matches will be broadcast live on all of MSC Cruises’ ships operating in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe between 14 June and 14 July. MSC Cruises guests will be able to watch the games in selected bars and lounges on board, with some ships even offering pool-deck viewing or from the comfort of an atmospheric sports bar. Some ships, including the UK’s favourite, MSC Virtuosa, will also offer a unique programme of tournament-themed activities such as table football games, penalty shoot-out challenges, trivia competitions, and create-your-own-team-shirt events, with opportunities to compete for prizes.

  • Tips included!

    Service Charges (Gratuities) are included in the cruise fare.

    Service Charges (Gratuities) are included in the cruise fare. MSC Cruises does not recommend tipping individual members of staff.

  • Hot Drinks & Water

    Complimentary mineral water, American coffee and/or tea during lunch and dinner in main dining room included.

    The hot drinks and water will be offered to guests during lunch and dinner in the main dining room.

What you need to know

Travel documents and visas

It is the sole responsibility of the Guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents for the entire cruise vacation and have them available when necessary. Please check with your travel agent, government agency, Embassy or Consulate to ensure that you have all the proper documentation to board the ship and enter each of the countries on your cruise. Guests without proper traveling documentation will be denied boarding. Travel restrictions for each destination country may vary according to a Guest's citizenship. No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation. Make sure you check all the information here: https://logi.travel/0DD7979

Important! MSC MINORS POLICY

1. MSC will only be able to accommodate children younger than 12 months old on sailings that do not exceed 10 nights in duration. 2. Guests under 18yrs old or 21yrs for guests embarking from a US port must travel accompanied by their parents or a legal guardian. Otherwise, a signed authorization letter from the absent parent must be provided when booking, along with the name of a designated individual in charge of the minor. 3- Minors can be assigned to a cabin without the presence of an adult subject to the following conditions: A- The parents expressly request the minors to be assigned in a cabin without an adult upon signature of a waiver of liability. B- The parents and the minors stay in connected cabins or in adjacent cabins (minors alone never in a balcony cabin). C- Parents are given a double key of the cabin occupied by the minors. D- The cabin is occupied at least by 2 minors with the oldest minor being at least 12 years old and the youngest at least 8 years old

Adjacent cabin means cabins whose door are close each other in the same assembly station and corridor. Connecting cabins are cabins that are connected by an internal door.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RUSSIAN TOURIST PASSPORT HOLDERS ENTERING NORWAY

Please do note that, as per Official instructions received from the Norwegian relevant Ministry, all Russian Tourist passport holders cannot enter Norway from 29th of May. After merging with Local Authorities, relating all cruises arriving in Norway through a Schengen Port (MSC Euribia, MSC Poesia and MSC Preziosa), all Russian Touristic passport holders in possession of a Schengen Visa issued ONLY by Norway after the 30th of May 2022 or with a valid Schengen Residence Permit (under renewal not accepted) and ONLY transiting Norway (not embarking/disembarking) will be exceptionally accepted onboard. Holders of Diplomatic, Service, Special Passports need to receive pre-approval before showing up for the embarkation. For all other cruises calling extra-Schengen Ports before Norway (MSC Virtuosa), mentioned guests will not be allowed to embark.

Future Cruise Programme

Guests who book their next MSC Cruises sailing while onboard will be rewarded with a reduced deposit starting from £100 per person, a shipboard credit of up to £200, a greater flexibility valid up until final payment is done and the best price guarantee, now applicable up to 90 days prior to sailing date

Travelling with children

Do you have children travelling? Please Read: All minors travelling without their parent or legal guardian must arrive with written consent that those in the party they are with have consent of their parent/legal guardian for them to travel, and also that they will assume responsibility for the minors on-board and in the case of an emergency. Guests may be required to provide a signed letter of consent from the absent parent/legal guardian providing authorisation to travel with the minor, along with a copy of the child’s birth certificate showing both parents and a copy of photographic identification of the missing parent/legal guardian. If the legal guardian or parent has remarried and has a different surname to the minor they must bring proof such as copies of the birth, marriage, divorce certificates.

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