The ship is currently undergoing a £40 million ‘Renaissance’ at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Sicily – the first of the cruise line’s four Lirica-class vessels (along with MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera and MSC Lirica) being lengthened and refitted over the next 14 months.
MSC Armonia’s comeback cruise will depart from Genoa, Italy, on November 19 2014 heading to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Over 10 days will call at some of the Mediterranean’s choicest destinations: Marseille, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Funchal, Santa Cruz de La Palma and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The sailing includes a unique programme of in-port entertainment, which will include dancers and musicians, gifts for guests and fireworks displays in Marseille and Tenerife. To continue the celebratory theme, MSC Armonia will also host a special gala dinner, along with spectacular theatre performances.
Throughout the cruise, guests will also have the chance to watch a ‘making of’ documentary, explaining the remarkable engineering journey taken by MSC Armonia.
MSC Cruises has assembled a comprehensive range of shore excursions en route. Among them are many fascinating city tours, including in Aix-en-Provence, Cartagena and Cadiz; a guided tour of Seville’s gothic cathedral – the world’s third largest church – and a visit to the wine cellars of Jerez de la Frontera to learn about the famous Jerez sherry.
Explore Madeira’s historical capital city Funchal by 4x4, take part in the local tradition of toboggan riding in the streets of Pico dos Barcelos, or simply soak up the breathtaking island views that this town offers. For real exhilaration, take the whale and dolphin watching boat tour off the south coast of Madeira, where sightings are reported on 90% of outings.
In Santa Cruz de La Palma take in views of rugged volcanic landscapes at Fuencaliente, an area that not only boasts the most volcanic eruptions on the island, but is equally famed for its wine production.
Following the inaugural cruise, the renewed MSC Armonia will operate two alternating seven-night Canary Island cruises (Canary Islands and Morocco and Canary Islands and Madeira), each with the option of extended overnights stays. Prices start at just £549 per person, including free upgrade to outside cabin, return flights to Gran Canaria and all transfers.
MSC Armonia will offer more balcony cabins, more spacious common areas, flexible new dining options and new dedicated clubs for younger guests of all ages. It will also have a fantastic new Spray Park – a fun-packed wet zone with interactive jets, slides and ingenious water features.
The new enhancements will bring added sparkle to MSC Armonia’s array of features, such as her two open-air swimming pools, distinctive restaurants and bars and the ever-popular Fenice Theatre.