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MSC Splendida cruise ship in La Goulette, Tunisia near Tunis
MSC Splendida (c) Linda Garrison
The MSC Splendida sails seven-day cruises of the Western Mediterranean almost year-round. This fascinating port-intensive itinerary visits seven cities, five countries, and two continents, making it particularly attractive for those who would like just a taste of different regional cultures. Passengers can board in any of the European ports of call, which makes the embarkation/disembarkation process smoother and also the cruise more enticing to travelers.
This flexible boarding option is attractive for at least three reasons. Passengers can select the embarkation port (1) closest to their home, (2) with the cheapest airfare, or (3) where they would most like to extend their cruise vacation. Whatever the reason, it's a plus for travelers.
I sailed on the MSC Splendida in October 2009, and we visited the following ports:
We boarded the MSC Splendida in Barcelona. Since the ship sails in the early afternoon, boarding is earlier in the day than for many cruises. The lines were short for most passengers, but non-existent for us since we were staying in the MSC Yacht Club
VIP area. Having a butler greet us in the cruise terminal and personally escorting us and our luggage to the cabin was only the first of many such pamperings we experienced over the week.
Join me on a cruise of the western Mediterranean on the MSC Splendida.
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