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Discover The Unique Breathtaking Splendour Of Northern Europe From Wild & Raw Beauty To Historical Gems

April 30, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Ever dreamed of seeing the magnificent fjords of Norway, the glaciers of the Svalbard islands, the wilderness of Iceland, the green shores of the Emerald Isle, the rugged coast of Scotland? The stylish and historical cities of Scandinavia and Saint Petersburg, the Venice of the North?

For travellers who wish to escape the busy coasts of southern Europe this summer, MSC  Cruises invites them to discover the unspoilt beauty of the northern part of the European continent. From the canals of Amsterdam and the medieval walls of Edinburgh to the waters of the Baltic Sea and stunning London and Paris, MSC Cruises offers the perfect opportunity to discover these regions with MSC Magnifica, MSC Opera, MSC Orchestra and MSC Poesia.

Offering the ideal complement of stunning destinations, unique enrichment and entertainment programmes and the chance to take life at one’s own pace during multiple sea days, travellers have all the time in the world to enjoy moments of leisure and relaxation. At the same time, MSC  Cruises’ exhaustive shore excursion programme will ensure that the joy of discovery remains at the heart of MSC1316886_215x250the cruising experience.

THE BALTIC, SCANDINAVIA AND RUSSIA

MSC Orchestra, MSC Opera and MSC Poesia all sail a wide range of itineraries among one of the most fascinating regions of Europe: the Baltic Sea. Guests on board MSC Cruises’ ships have the possibility to discover a unique world, where drastically different cultures and languages meet through a wide range of one 13 day-12 night itinerary or five 8-day/7-night itineraries.

The Baltic Sea is one of the most fascinating areas in the world – with a rich history and unspoiled nature. Join MSC Cruises to explore medieval cities, Scandinavian metropolises, white beaches and lush landscapes.

Understand why Saint Petersburg was named the “Venice of the North”, visit Tallinn’s old town which is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. In Gdansk, witness where the Polish movement Solidarność started, or bathe into the Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque atmosphere of the historical centre. Take the time to see Stockholm – Sweden’s centre of art and culture – a beautiful city that spreads across 14 islands as it faces proudly out to the Baltic Sea, learn why Helsinki – the ‘white town of the north’ – was named World Design Capital for its use of innovative design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic development. Approach Copenhagen from the sea, and visit Scandinavia’s most vibrant and affordable capital, with its bustling streets, cafés and art galleries. 

DISCOVER SCOTLAND AND IRELAND

Aboard MSC Magnifica, embark in Hamburg on a tour of the British Isles that will bring travellers on a journey of discovery between UNESCO World Heritage sites, legendary places, historical cities, rough diamonds of cities where the energy is only matched by natural and architectural wonders. Travellers will experience the legendary kindness and joie de vivre of the local inhabitants, and immerse in some of the local folklore, where legends were born.

Explore the old city of Edinburgh and its castle, tour distilleries and look for the Loch Ness monster in Inverness, visit the Giants’ Causeway in Belfast, enjoy a vibrant experience of Glasgow, immerse yourself in thriving and arty Dublin and relish into the energy of Cork, and finish with a visit of Amsterdam.

THE CALL OF THE WILD

This summer MSC Cruises offers the intrepid traveller the perfect chance to explore the northernmost parts of Europe in the comfort of a cabin, in a warm Mediterranean setting. A chance to dive into pure Nordic beauty and arctic dreams.

Guests will depart on MSC Magnifica from Hamburg or from Southampton with MSC Opera towards the magical fjords of Norway, the North Cape or the Svalbard archipelago. Several itineraries will bring travellers to discover pure Nordic beauty at its best. A world of roaring waterfalls wreathed in rainbows, lush forests and snow-capped mountains, still water dotted with icy islands, dramatic landscapes where myth and reality meet.

In addition to the above-mentioned destinations, MSC Magnifica will also sail the route to Iceland and the spectacular landscapes of the western fjords, the black sand beaches, the geysers and  other natural wonders. En route, she will call the Shetland Islands and the Orkney Islands – the remote outposts of the United Kingdom in the North Sea – where nature-lovers and art enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the special landscapes and unique light. These North Atlantic itineraries will constantly conjure to take travellers’ breath away with the background of land, sea and sky.

PARIS AND LONDON IN ONE CRUISE

Paris or London?  London or Paris? With MSC Cruises there is no need to make a choice. Now with MSC Magnifica’s departures from Hamburg on two 10-day/9-night and five 8-day/7-night itineraries, MSC guests will visit both stunning capitals that are Paris and London in addition to discovering other jewels of the North Sea. Moreover, MSC Cruises regularly calls in Bruges, Belgium, and in Amsterdam. Bruges is a fairy-tale medieval town where picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals that link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches and old whitewashed alms-houses. Amsterdam is one of the world’s best hangouts, an enjoyable blend of old and new, where trendy design boutiques brush shoulders with traditional stepped-gable houses overlooking the world famous canals. The city thrives on its eclectic, fashionable mix, yet retains its quintessentially Dutch feel.

Endeavouring to offering a wide range of fantastic destinations, MSC Cruises highlights the sense of discovery with these northern itineraries to lands of dreams and legends whilst also visiting and strolling through the streets of fancy European capitals and picturesque cities.

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