MSC Cruises

10-night Northern Europe from Southampton

MSC Magnifica

Able to cater for well over 2,000 passengers, she is a large resort ship that has options that should entertain the entire family.

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Itinerary highlights
Boats in Southampton Harbour Southampton United Kingdom
Nighttime view of Bilbao, Spain Bilbao Spain
Ferrol Spain
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Photo of the Quattro Venti Restaurant Quattro Venti Restaurant
Photo of the Royal Theatre Royal Theatre
Photo of the T32 Disco T32 Disco
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The itinerary

Southampton is the UK's largest and busiest cruise port, catering for over 1.5 million passengers every year. Located just a two hour drive out of London, or an 80-minute train journey, Southampton has a rich history on display across the city's museums and cultural venues, as well as leading shopping shopping outlets, many restaurants and bars, and award-winning public parks. Walking around the city centre, you'll see many remnants of the ancient city walls, don't miss the Bargate Monument – a Grade I-listed medieval gatehouse. Further afield, you can take in the sights of nearby cities of Portsmouth and Winchester, or visit the world-renowned heritage site of Stonehenge.

Boats in Southampton Harbour

Day 2At Sea

Time in Bilbao (Bilbo, in Euskera) may be recorded as BG or AG (Before Guggenheim or After Guggenheim). Never has a single monument of art and architecture so radically changed a city. Frank Gehry's stunning museum, Norman Foster's sleek subway system, the Santiago Calatrava glass footbridge and airport, the leafy César Pelli Abandoibarra park and commercial complex next to the Guggenheim, and the Philippe Starck AlhóndigaBilbao cultural center have contributed to an unprecedented cultural revolution in what was once the industry capital of the Basque Country.Greater Bilbao contains almost 1 million inhabitants, nearly half the total population of the Basque Country. Founded in 1300 by Vizcayan noble Diego López de Haro, Bilbao became an industrial center in the mid-19th century, largely because of the abundance of minerals in the surrounding hills. An affluent industrial class grew up here, as did the working class in suburbs that line the Margen Izquierda (Left Bank) of the Nervión estuary.Bilbao's new attractions get more press, but the city's old treasures still quietly line the banks of the rust-color Nervión River. The Casco Viejo (Old Quarter)—also known as Siete Calles (Seven Streets)—is a charming jumble of shops, bars, and restaurants on the river's Right Bank, near the Puente del Arenal bridge. This elegant proto-Bilbao nucleus was carefully restored after devastating floods in 1983. Throughout the Casco Viejo are ancient mansions emblazoned with family coats of arms, wooden doors, and fine ironwork balconies. The most interesting square is the 64-arch Plaza Nueva, where an outdoor market is pitched every Sunday morning.Walking the banks of the Nervión is a satisfying jaunt. After all, this was how—while out on a morning jog—Guggenheim director Thomas Krens first discovered the perfect spot for his project, nearly opposite the right bank's Deusto University. From the Palacio de Euskalduna upstream to the colossal Mercado de la Ribera, parks and green zones line the river. César Pelli's Abandoibarra project fills in the half mile between the Guggenheim and the Euskalduna bridge with a series of parks, the Deusto University library, the Meliá Bilbao Hotel, and a major shopping center.On the left bank, the wide, late-19th-century boulevards of the Ensanche neighborhood, such as Gran Vía (the main shopping artery) and Alameda de Mazarredo, are the city's more formal face. Bilbao's cultural institutions include, along with the Guggenheim, a major museum of fine arts (the Museo de Bellas Artes) and an opera society (Asociación Bilbaína de Amigos de la Ópera, or ABAO) with 7,000 members from Spain and southern France. In addition, epicureans have long ranked Bilbao's culinary offerings among the best in Spain. Don't miss a chance to ride the trolley line, the Euskotram, for a trip along the river from Atxuri Station to Basurto's San Mamés soccer stadium, reverently dubbed "la Catedral del Fútbol" (the Cathedral of Football).

Nighttime view of Bilbao, Spain

El Ferrol has been inextricably linked to the sea for more than two millennia, being a major shipbuilding centre for most of its history. From its beginnings as a tiny fishing port in the 1st century BC, it endured conquests by Vandals, Suebis, Arabs and Christians. With the arrival of the Bourbons in the 18th century, Ferrol became a leading maritime centre, largely due to its large natural harbour on the Ferrol Inlet, an arm of the Atlantic. Now a large commercial port, Ferrol is also the gateway to the northern Spanish province of Galicia, a region noted for its green mountains, deep gorges and fast-flowing rivers. It is also well placed for visiting the medieval holy city of Santiago de Compostela. Interestingly, Ferrol's city centre is modelled on Lisbon in Portugal, a country with which it has strong historical and linguistic ties. The layout comprises of a rectangle lined with six parallel streets, with two squares on each side. These squares have the city's best shops, restaurants and bars.

Set on seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon has been the capital of Portugal since the 13th century. It is a city famous for its majestic architecture, old wooden trams, Moorish features and more than twenty centuries of history. Following disastrous earthquakes in the 18th century, Lisbon was rebuilt by the Marques de Pombal who created an elegant city with wide boulevards and a great riverfront and square, Praça do Comércio. Today there are distinct modern and ancient sections, combining great shopping with culture and sightseeing in the Old Town, built on the city's terraced hillsides. The distance between the ship and your tour vehicle may vary. This distance is not included in the excursion grades.

The city of Lisbon, Portugal

Set on seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon has been the capital of Portugal since the 13th century. It is a city famous for its majestic architecture, old wooden trams, Moorish features and more than twenty centuries of history. Following disastrous earthquakes in the 18th century, Lisbon was rebuilt by the Marques de Pombal who created an elegant city with wide boulevards and a great riverfront and square, Praça do Comércio. Today there are distinct modern and ancient sections, combining great shopping with culture and sightseeing in the Old Town, built on the city's terraced hillsides. The distance between the ship and your tour vehicle may vary. This distance is not included in the excursion grades.

The city of Lisbon, Portugal

Tangier can trace its origins back to the Phoenicians and ancient Greeks. It was named after Tinge, the mother of Hercules’ son, and its beginnings are embedded in mythology. It was subsequently a Roman province, and after Vandal and Byzantine influences, was occupied by the Arabs with Spain, Portugal, France and England also playing a part in the city’s history. With such a diverse past it is perhaps not surprising that Tangier is such an individual city. Overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar, the city lies on a bay between two promontories. With its old Kasbah, panoramic views, elegant buildings, squares and places of interest, there is much to discover in both the new and old parts of the city.

Views of the Medina from the Phoenician Tombs in Tangier

Day 8At Sea

Valencia, Spain's third-largest municipality, is a proud city with a thriving nightlife and restaurant scene, quality museums, and spectacular contemporary architecture, juxtaposed with a thoroughly charming historic quarter, making it a popular destination year in year out. The city represents the essence of contemporary Spain—daring design and architecture along with experimental cuisine—but remains deeply conservative and proud of its traditions. Though it faces the Mediterranean, Valencia's history and geography have been defined most significantly by the River Turia and the fertile huerta that surrounds it. Modern Valencia was best known for its frequent disastrous floods until the River Turia was diverted to the south in the late 1950s. Since then the city has been on a steady course of urban beautification. The lovely bridges that once spanned the Turia look equally graceful spanning a wandering municipal park, and the spectacularly futuristic Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), most of it designed by Valencia-born architect Santiago Calatrava, has at last created an exciting architectural link between this river town and the Mediterranean. If you're in Valencia, an excursion to Albufera Nature Park is a worthwhile day trip.

Since being designated a European Capital of Culture for 2013, with an estimated €660 million of funding in the bargain, Marseille has been in the throes of an extraordinary transformation, with no fewer than five major new arts centres, a beautifully refurbished cruise port, revitalised neighbourhoods, and a slew of new shops and restaurants. The spectacular Notre Dame de la Garde is one of the most popular spots to visit in the city, the steep climb to reach the cathedral offers stunning city-wide views. Marseille's Old Port is filled with chic seafood restaurants overlooking yachts and fishing boats. The second-largest city in France, Marseille is one of Europe's most vibrant destinations.

View over Marseille in the South of France

Genoa is the gateway to the Italian Riviera and is the busiest cruise port in Italy. The city has undergone major renovations as its cruise industry has grown, the area around the port is now littered with chic cafés and restaurants, museums and galleries. Stroll through the ancient city gates and into the Old City for a taste of medieval Genoa. From Genoa, you can take a trip to nearby Portofino, Santa Margherita, and the wider Liguria region.

The ship MSC Magnifica

Able to cater for well over 2,000 passengers, she is a large resort ship that has options that should entertain the entire family.

Capacity
2518
Cabins
1253
Total crew
1038
Length
964m

Food and drink

There are a variety of restaurants available onboard, including∘ two main dining rooms, a self-service buffet, and a number of casual snack or lunch options. Two traditional sittings, flexible and casual dining options are all available.

Quattro Venti Restaurant

Quattro Venti, located on Deck 6, boasts a top gastronomic selection thanks to the variety of dishes and the high quality of... Read more

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Continental

L'Edera Restaurant

Located on deck 5, serving a wide variety of dishes, prepared by hand with the freshest ingredients, there's a great variety of... Read more

Complimentary
Continental

Oriental Plaza

Oriental Plaza on deck 7 is a small intimate speciality à la carte restaurant seating 54 guests in a room decorated with... Read more

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Fusion

Sahara Self Service Restaurant

Sahara can accommodate 472 guests and is located on deck 13. It is the ship's self service buffet restaurant serving breakfast and... Read more

Complimentary
Buffet

La Barchetta Ice Cream Bar

Situated on deck 13, The gelato comes in a wide variety of around 16 different flavours from vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pineapple and... Read more

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Ice Cream

L'Oasi Restaurant à la carte

With panoramic sea views L’Oasi on Deck 13 within the Sahara Cafeteria, seating 250 guests, offers a gourmet three-course à la carte... Read more

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Surf Turf

Pizzeria

Part of the Sahara Cafeteria on deck 13 becomes a pizzeria at night, from 7.00pm to 10.30pm and serves a selection of... Read more

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Pizzeria

L’Olimpiade Sports Bar

The ship's Sports Bar, L’Olimpiade, is located on deck 7 and seats 120. It serves an à la carte menu between 10.00am... Read more

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Varies

Entertainment

MSC Cruises’ uncompromising dedication to its passengers is nowhere more evident than the unrivalled entertainment programmes and facilities offered on board. With its state-of-the-art 1240 seat Theatre, futuristic Disco and Casino with over 600 square metres of casino∘ gaming and the Virtual Games, video games room.

Tiger Bar

The Tiger Bar is the ship's second show lounge served by its own bar and dance floor.

It is situated on deck 6... Read more

L'Ametista Lounge

L'Ametista Lounge is located on deck 7 of the Magnifica and has its own bar and dance floor along with seating for... Read more

The Poker Room

The Poker Room is located within the casino on deck 7, and seats 28 guests. It is a separate card room for... Read more

4D Cinema

Magnifica’s 4D eight seat cinema, with 3D graphics and moving seats to enhance guests experience, is located on deck 14 and costs... Read more

Royal Theatre

State of the art theatre, and the main show lounge onboard, with seating for 1,240 people, it is home to MSC Orchestra’s shows ranging... Read more

T32 Disco

With a live DJ and open from 11.00pm until late, the ship's disco located on deck 14 and served by its own... Read more

Atlantic City Casino

The ship's 630 square meter casino, situated on deck 7 accommodating 222 guests. It is served by its own bar and features... Read more

Topazio Piano Bar

The 220 seat Piano Bar on deck 6 is the ship's reception bar, featuring live piano music and accompanying orchestra. 

L’Olimpiade Sports Bar

L’Olimpiade on deck 7 with seating for 120 guests, is the ship's themed sports bar serving an à la carte snack menu.

It... Read more

Le Gocce Coffee Bar

Magnifica’s Coffee Bar is located on deck 5, midship with seating for 142 guests and music ranging from Latin to classical, drinks on... Read more

The Purple Bar & Ruby Bar

The Ships cocktail bars are the ideal location for guests to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail with live musical entertainment.

They are located on... Read more

Cuba Cigar Lounge

The ship's smoking room and whiskey bar is situated on deck 7 and seats 32 guests.

The Cigar Lounge offers elegant surroundings with... Read more

Library

The ship's small library and reading room are located on deck 7, with seats for 15 guests. It has a small selection... Read more

Art Gallery

The Art Gallery can be found on deck 7 of the ship. Guests can view a range of artwork from fine prints,... Read more

Cyber café

The Cyber Cafe located on deck 7 is the ship's computer room with 17 workstations and a printer (Charges apply).

Costs are around... Read more

Card Room

The ship's card room is located on deck 7 and seats 28 guests.

Photo Gallery

The ship's Photo Gallery on deck 7, displays photos and videos of guests taken by the ship's official photographers which guests can... Read more

Shops & Boutiques

There are a variety of shops and boutique onboard. From the MSC Logo shop that sells MSC clothes, souvenirs and toys, Le... Read more

Bowling Lanes

Ten pin bowling is available in T32 aft of deck 14.

The bowling alley is designed for maximum entertainment and impact, including a... Read more

Health and fitness

The ship is well equipped to ensure her passengers stay active whilst travelling. From a fully-equipped gym with panoramic sea views, to an outdoor jogging track, to the MSC Aurea Spa∘. The Aurea Spa offers a range of treatments, including massages, facials, aromatherapy, as well as the only Balinese Spa at sea.

MSC Aurea Spa

The Luxurious MSC Aurea Spa is an exotic paradise with superb sea views. It is a sanctuary of tranquility where a team... Read more

Sport Centre

A 474 square metre multi-purpose sports court is located on deck 16 for games such as basketball, tennis, football and volleyball with... Read more

Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard is available on decks 14 and 15 of the ship with equipment available from the poolside bar on deck 13.

The Pools

There are two outdoor salt water pools onboard- one ranging from 1.70 metres to 1.90metres deep, it is the smaller of the... Read more

Kids and teens

MSC pay special attention to the needs of families travelling with them, and it is easy to spend time together onboard the ship. There are comfortable, purpose-built family cabins, and a variety of experienced staff onboard to look after the younger passengers will parents disembark upon shore activities or make use of the onboard facilities. The Kids Club comes in five different age groups, and there are dedicated menus for kids in the restaurants. A special Edutainment programme∘ is laid on as well, allowing children to express their creativity, alongside themed parties, and an adult-free zone for teenagers.

Kid's Clubs

Comes in five different age groups, with dedicated services and entertainment activities for each, open from 9am to 11pm.

  • Baby Club is for... Read more

Virtual Reality Games

An onboard arcade, with a variety of video games and digital options. Open to all children onboard.

Enrichment

Enrichment onboard MSC include Language lessons, dance classes, arts & crafts, and many more.

Useful info

Disabled Facilities

Guests with special needs should inform MSC Cruises∘ of their needs, ideally, at the time of booking, or at the very latest,... Read more

Pregnancy

The medical facilities and equipment onboard may not be adequate enough to deal with a birth or any pregnancy complications. Therefore, for... Read more

Dietary Requirements

Any guests with food intolerances and/or allergies are asked to inform MSC Cruises of their requirements∘ through the Special Needs form (available... Read more

Dress Code

Casual wear is advised is advised for life onboard and shore excursions. For informal evenings, summery dresses for women and a lightweight... Read more

Improving Air Quality from Ship Emissions

MSC Cruises is making significant investments into improving air quality. As part of a broader approach to limit sulphur and other emissions... Read more

Energy Saving Technology Onboard

Voyage planning software

An optimised itinerary means a reduced consumption of energy. We plan∘ our itineraries efficiently and use specialised software to optimise... Read more

Energy Efficiency and Advanced Ship Design

From the first line we draw on paper when we design a new ship, to the final light bulb we install, energy... Read more

Water Preservation

Fresh water is a finite resource. Our philosophy is to use it sparingly and efficiently. To this end, we take as many... Read more

From Wastewater to High Quality Water Discharges

No black wastewater from our shipboard operations leaves our ships without proper treatment and any discharges from our fleet undergo∘ a comprehensive... Read more

Protecting Marine Life with Ballast Water Treatment Systems

To protect the marine ecosystem in which the ship sails, our ships are fitted with a ballast water treatment system that complies... Read more

State-of-the-Art Solid Waste Management

Throughout the years, we have taken voluntary steps to equip our ships with state-of-the-art solid waste management and recycling facilities on board.... Read more

Eliminating Single-use Plastics

Under our Plastics Reduction Programme, MSC Cruises is in the final phase of effectively eliminating an extensive number of plastic items from... Read more

Exploring New Technologies and Solutions

Our environmental efforts are an ongoing journey. We will keep exploring and developing new solutions for our future – and existing –... Read more

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