North of Spain & France

7 nights sailing from Southampton on cruise ship MSC Virtuosa

Itinerary: Sailing from Southampton, visiting La Rochelle (France), Bilbao (Spain), La Coruna (Spain), Cherbourg (France), ending in Southampton.
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Cruise North of Spain & France

7 nights sailing from Southampton on cruise ship MSC Virtuosa

Cruise Itinerary

Full Itinerary
Day 1 Southampton Embarkation | Departure: 20:00H
Day 2 at sea
Day 3 La Rochelle (France) Arrival time: 07:00H | Departure: 18:00H 11 hours in destination
Day 4 Bilbao (Spain) Arrival time: 08:00H | Departure: 17:00H 9 hours in destination
Day 5 La Coruna (Spain) Arrival time: 09:00H | Departure: 18:00H 9 hours in destination
Day 6 at sea
Day 7 Cherbourg (France) Arrival time: 07:00H | Departure: 19:00H 12 hours in destination
Day 8 Southampton Arrival time: 07:00H
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North of Spain & France

7 nights Cruise on MSC Virtuosa. Sailing from Southampton, visiting La Rochelle (France), Bilbao (Spain), La Coruna (Spain), Cherbourg (France), ending in Southampton.

North of Spain & France Cruise itinerary  - MSC Cruises
North of Spain & France Cruise itinerary  - MSC Cruises

Southampton

Southampton offers a perfect port for the best cruise ships that sail from the UK due to its size, design and great organization. It's also an ideal port for all those ships visiting the UK. Southampton offers various parking options around the area if needed and also a wide range of hotels if you need a pre-cruise stay before sailing. See our amazing cruise deals sailing from Southampton. Please contact us if you need information about Southampton's cruise terminals.

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La Rochelle (France)

Considered to be one of the most beautiful coastal towns in France, La Rochelle is located in the Charente-Maritime province. This picturesque city is centered around the Vieux Port or Old Harbour, the Three Towers of St. Nicolas, de la Chaine and de la Lanterne still stand guard the harbour entrance and form part of the well preserved medievil architecture offering visitors a glimpse into the citys rich history. Visitors can also take Boat trips to Île d Aix and Fort Boyard, visit the magnificent Port des Minimes or relax on the Beautiful beaches at Ile de Re.

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Bilbao (Spain)

Bilbao is a municipality and city in Spain, the capital of the province of Biscay in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. Bilbao is situated in the north-central part of Spain, some 8.7 mi south of the Bay of Biscay, where the estuary of Bilbao is formed. Its main urban core is surrounded by two small mountain ranges with an average elevation of 1,300 ft. The touristic impulse would come with the inauguration of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1997, being the top destination of this autonomous community. Bilbao is also an attractive destination for business tourism, mainly thanks to new venues such as the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, or the nearby Bilbao Exhibition Centre, in Barakaldo.

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La Coruna (Spain)

A Coruña; known as Corunna in English is a city and municipality of Galicia. It is the second-largest city in the autonomous community. The city is the provincial capital of the province of the same name A Coruña is a busy port located on a promontory in the entrance of an estuary in a large gulf on the Atlantic Ocean. The city is the site of the Roman Tower of Hercules, a lighthouse which has been in continuous operation since possibly the 2nd century AD. It has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by a large public park with a golf course and a former Muslim cemetery. The city is also well known for its characteristic

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Cherbourg (France)

Located on the french coast, in the region of Lower Normandy, it is a port of great importance in Europe. This area became very famous as it was witness the landing of Normandy during World War II. An interesting option is the visit of Mont-Saint- Michel, famous abbey on a tidal island on a rocky promontory that looks a like a fairytale castle.

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Southampton

Southampton offers a perfect port for the best cruise ships that sail from the UK due to its size, design and great organization. It's also an ideal port for all those ships visiting the UK. Southampton offers various parking options around the area if needed and also a wide range of hotels if you need a pre-cruise stay before sailing. See our amazing cruise deals sailing from Southampton. Please contact us if you need information about Southampton's cruise terminals.

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The ship: MSC Virtuosa

MSC Virtuosa from Southampton in 2023

offers so much entertainment! 5 swimming pools including an extensive magrodome pool and a big aquapark, an entertainment area with an FI simulator, bowling, XD cinema, a luxurious Spa, a super gym, a large shopping area with 11 boutiques and 250 different brands, you and your loved ones will never get bored

MSC Virtuosa is one of MSC's most environmentally-friendly ships as it includes Advanced Water TreatmentmEnergy Saving & Monitoring System, Scrubbers, LED technology and SCR system. Wi-Fi Internet connection is available in all public areas and cabins. This new ship also has an enhanced MSC Yacht Club, with stylish private facilities and accommodation including a panoramic lounge, gourmet restaurant and private pool and sun deck.You'll have a choice of 10 restaurants and 21 bars while cruises to the most amazing places. With 2 brand-new speciality restaurants too. HOLA! Tacos & Cantina and Indochine, ideal for food lovers. Also, this ship included the new MSC Starship Club with a humanoid robotic bartender, a 945-seater theatre and the stunning Carousel Lounge with live productions and shows every night And no worries if you have kids travelling with you, there are extensive kids’ facilities including LEGO® play areas and a Chicco baby club too. One of the nicest areas onboard is the 112-metre-long Mediterranean promenade lined with loads of boutiques, bars and restaurants,  topped with a breathtaking LED sky screen with animations throughout the day and night.

Inaugurated 2020
Beam 43 m.
Length 331 m.
Tonnage 177100 tn.
Occupancy 6344
Crew 1700
Ratio passenger / crew Standard 4:1
Ratio tonnage/passengers Good 28:1
Number of decks 15
Number of staterooms 2421
Number of staterooms with balcony 1800
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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

There is no admission charge for any of the nightclubs or discos on MSC's ships

Most evening shows are free to enjoy 

Free entry to the casino, slot machines and gaming areas.

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. Passengers are strongly recommended to have comprehensive travel health insurance covering medical treatment and repatriation costs and expenses. 

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