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Western Mediterranean: Monte Carlo to Casablanca

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud
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Board Sea Cloud for this 12-day cruise exploring the western Mediterranean and Spanish Riviera. Begin your journey in glittering Monaco, one of the most exclusive zip codes in the world. From here, cruise to Barcelona, where vibrant modern art and Catalan culture meld; Valencia, by turns ancient and futuristic; Malaga, a haven for artists and Andalusian culture; and Cadiz, over 3,000 years old with distinctive Moorish flair. Cruise through the Strait of Gibraltar, the legendary natural "gate" at the far western end of the Mediterranean, before sailing to Tangier, a strategic port since Phoenician times. Finally, depart in Casablanca, exploring this bustling port city where the ancient and modern collide. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Monte Carlo, Monaco | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Barcelona, Spain
Day 4 : Valencia, Spain
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Cartagena, Spain
Day 7 : Malaga, Spain
Day 8 : Passing Gibraltar
Day 9 : Cadiz, Spain
Day 10 : Tangier, Morocco
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Casablanca, Morocco | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore glamorous Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Wander through the colorful streets of Barcelona
  • Cruise through the legendary Strait of Gibraltar
  • Admire the artistic mix of old and new in Malaga

Ship

Sea Cloud

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Discover the history and art of Barcelona Get stunning views of historic Cartagena The beautiful interior of the Hassan II Mosque The beautiful port city of Cadiz, Spain Marvel at the spectacular rock of Gibraltar Explore colorful Cartagena Part of the beautiful French Riviera, Monaco sits high on a cliff. Park Guell, unique houses designed by Gaudi in Barcelona
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Day 1 Monte Carlo, Monaco | Embark

This sophisticated Monegasque city-state between Italy and France is one of the world's most exclusive addresses. Its densely-packed buildings extend up the rocky coastline and offer views of a gloriously azure sea, with three marinas where spectacular luxury yachts sway on the waves. In the center, set high up, is the beautiful old city of Monaco-Ville with the splendid Prince's Palace, cathedral and Oceanographic Museum of Jacques Cousteau. In the center of Monte Carlo you can find the famous casino in a beautiful Belle Epoque building, and the palatial opera house. Explore this dazzling city before boarding your ship and beginning your journey.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax aboard your ship as you cruise to your next destination.

Day 3 Barcelona, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Barcelona revels in contrasts. Many enthuse over the beautiful elegant squares and boulevards, while others look for medieval romance in the Gothic quarter. Some love the artistic treasures in the Picasso Museum or the Joan Miró Foundation, but for most people Barcelona is the capital of Catalan Art Nouveau and its glory is epitomized in the spectacular Palau de la Música. At every turn, encounter the playfully opulent creations of architect Antonio Gaudi. His exuberant fantasies are evident in the numerous houses, idiosyncratic parks and the famous, as-yet incomplete Sagrada Familia cathedral, which has been under construction since 1882.

Day 4 Valencia, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
By turns centuries old and totally modern, Valencia is everything all at once. Today the beautiful old town and the old silk market "La Lonja de la Seda," a UNESCO World Heritage Site, still bear witness to the city's wealth in the Middle Ages. A brand new part of the city is situated in a drained river bed and has avant-garde buildings including a futuristic opera house, the largest aquarium in Europe, a botanical garden and a public park. Valencia intriguingly combines its 2,000-year heritage with its visions for the future. 

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax aboard your ship as you cruise to your next destination.

Day 6 Cartagena, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
An important port as long ago as Carthaginian and Roman times, Cartagena can look back on an eventful history. The "La Manga" headland, over 20 kilometers long, is a geographical curiosity which divides the long sandy beach of the "Mar Menor" salt water lagoon from that of the Mediterranean. Inland, the Fuensanta convent is mainly famous for a vision of the Virgin Mary which appeared there around 200 years ago and sits high up above the town of Murcia. It affords a delightful view over this lively university town. The huge Cathedral of Murcia was built in 1394 on the former site of a Moorish mosque.

Day 7 Malaga, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In 2003, the Museo Picasso opened in a 16th century Renaissance palace and is dedicated to the artist's extensive life's work. This historic old city invites you to take a stroll and its buildings gleam like new. And above everything towers the Alcazaba, a mighty walled fortress. The port was completely redesigned when the city was opened to the sea and you can now take a lovely stroll along the promenade. In Málaga's hinterland you can see the most beautiful aspects of traditional Andalusia. From a distance the typical Andalusian villages look like white dabs of paint shining out from the brown of the barren mountain landscape.

Day 8 Passing Gibraltar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 Cadiz, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The old city of Cádiz, around 3,000 years old, has a picturesque location on a narrow headland, right by the Playa de la Caleta with its elegant beachside promenade. Visit the Andalusian capital of Seville and you will be transported back to the heyday of Moorish splendor and rule, but also the age of discovery. This town sits on the Guadalquivir River was a centre of Spanish maritime trade with the New World. Many buildings in the old town are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the splendid Moorish Alcazar fortress and the huge Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Sede. Seville is a fun-loving city that is still at the center of Andalusian culture, and is considered the proud birthplace of Flamenco.

Day 10 Tangier, Morocco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This port city on the strait of Gibraltar has been a strategic gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times. With artifact-filled museums and a medina with sweeping ocean views, this multicultural hub is sure to delight. 

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax aboard your ship as you cruise to your next destination.

Day 12 Casablanca, Morocco | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the ship to explore Casablanca, make your way home, or continue your independent travels. 
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A Category 5 cabin
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Category 5
These approx. 9.5 m2/102 sq ft cabins with their upper and lower single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm) once accommodated the ship’s officers, and their original features exude a romantic charm. These cabins can be ventilated with fresh air both day and night as the cabin door leads directly to the Promenade Deck beneath the bridge.
A Category 4 cabin
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Category 4
These cabins are each approx. 10.5 m2/113 sq ft and located on the Promenade Deck. They are furnished similarly to Cat. 3 cabins.
A Category 3 Twin-Bed Cabin
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Category 3
Located on the Promenade Deck, each of these outside cabins also features panorama windows, a marble bathroom with a fitted shower and a substantially sized wardrobe. They are approx. 12.5 m2/135 sq ft in size with two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm).
A Category 2 Twin-Bed Cabin
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Category 2
Each of these cabins features a marble bathroom with a fitted shower, two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm) which can be placed together, a substantially sized wardrobe and additional built-in storage space. Their location on the Captain’s and Lido Deck and their design, featuring two panorama windows, mean these approx. 13.5 m2/145 sq ft cabins feel extremely bright.
A deluxe Category 1 Cabin
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Category 1
These two double-bed cabins are located on the Captain’s and Lido Deck and feature unique corner panorama windows. Approx. 13 m2/140 sq ft in size, they offer a substantial wardrobe, a double bed with two mattresses (each 80 cm x 200 cm) and a spacious, elegant bathroom with a fitted shower.
Sea Cloud Category C Cabin
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Category C
Warm and bright tones dominate these approx. 18-20 m2/198-215 sq ft deluxe outside cabins fitted with a double bed (160 cm x 200 cm) The cabins feature a modern elegance, generous storage space and a walk-in closet and a marble bathroom.
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Category B
Main Deck. Portholes, two single beds or king bed with two separate mattresses, one or two chairs, nightstand, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, safe, A/C, private bath with shower or tub.
The luxurious owner's cabin (Category A)
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Category A
Main Deck. Portholes, large double bed, two armchairs, antique nightstands, table or antique secretary, decorative marble fireplace, desk, walk-in closet, safe, A/C, private bath with tub and portholes.

Notes

Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
Rates Exclude:
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers


Price on request - contact a Trip Planner for details.
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