Western Caribbean singles cruise departs
The MSC Divina is an incredibly enhanced ship, modeled after her sister ships, the Splendida and Fantasia. The ship offers her guests a wide variety of activities, amenities, and entertainment onboard, accommodating all ages. Passengers will feel the ambiance of the past while experiencing all the luxury of the 21st century throughout the vessel. Stateroom highlights include satellite TV, a mini-bar, room safe, radio and 24-hour room service, and a large percentage of cabins and suites sport balconies, allowing guests to privately enjoy ocean views. The dazzling Infinity Pool in the aft of the ship features a “beach zone”, where passengers can take in the gorgeous sunset. And if you’re traveling in the expanded MSC Yacht Club, you can relax and enjoy panoramic views in the Top Sail Lounge.
Cruises from Genoa depart year-round.
Italy's largest port is often described as a city of layers. The lower layer is the harbor area with its ships, dance halls and bars; the middle layer comprises the colorful shops and restaurants, the opera house and the Via Garibaldi; and the upper layer is a crest of hills etched with winding roads. Most city tours visit the house where Christopher Columbus was born, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the largest medieval quarter in Europe.
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
This sunny city has a tropical ambiance. Sightseeing tours visit the 12th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria la Nuova, the Capuchin catacombs and the palaces of the old town. Street vendors peddle Sicilian puppets and the Vucciria market displays its fresh array of fruits and vegetables.
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Approximately 60 miles off the coast of Spain, Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, with some 310 miles of sparkling coastline. Because of its ideal climate and strategic location, the island has attracted a variety of outsiders over the years, enriching the island with Roman, Arab and European influences. Passengers sailing into port will get an amazing view of the dramatic Gothic cathedral La Seu, set just above the harbor, and the hilltop Bellver Castle. Most excursions visit both of these sites as
well as the Spanish Pueblo and the island's famous white-sand beaches. In valleys all along the coast, little fishing villages sit tucked away, with narrow winding lanes leading past cozy stone cottages and old Moorish estates. Also enjoy the breathtaking view of the Tramuntana range soaring majestically into the sky and countryside tours highlighting Valledemosa's monastery of La Cartuja.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Cruises from Rome (Civitavecchia) depart year-round.
In the Eternal City of Rome, Italy you can explore some of the world's most famous churches, monuments and fountains: the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain (toss a coin in the fountain to ensure your return). Sip cappuccino at a cafe in a piazza or window-shop among the high-fashion boutiques of Via Condotti. Rome is served by the port city of Civitavecchia, located approximately 50 miles away.
The second largest city in France and the largest commercial port, Marseilles was once considered the gateway to the Mediterranean. Marseilles is cosmopolitan and vibrant, with its picturesque old port, medieval-village-style neighborhoods, downtown shopping and world renowned seafood. One can climb to 162 meters above sea level to visit the church of the patron saint of sailors, Notre Dame de La Garde. Or admire the cliffs that inspired Cezanne's "Estaque." Or visit nearby Treille to pay homage to the writer Marcel Pagnol. Marseilles' picturesque coastline beckons with beautiful beaches and opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, swimming and snorkeling.
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Cagliari, the city of seven hills, was described by D.H. Lawrence as "a sudden rose-cut amber jewel naked at the depth of the vast indenture." Indeed, this hidden city is a diamond in the rough. Visit the Roman ruins, like the imposing amphitheater and Viper's Caves, scattered all over the city. Or spend the afternoon lounging on beautiful Poetto Beach, the venue for sporting events like the Motor Boat Formula One Grand Prix and the Women's Beach Volley Mondial Championship.
Everyone who visits Valencia must try the famous specialty of the area, paella, a saffron-flavored Spanish dish made with varying combinations of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken and seafood. Sights of the town include the Cathedral and Chapel of the Holy Chalice, Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, the city hall, the old "Casa Ensenanza" and the Central Market.