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Here’s why you need to cruise the Mediterranean in 2018

A Mediterranean cruise during the European summer is the stuff dreams are made of. You’ll sail straight to Europe’s best coastal and island destinations, savour the freshest daily catches and retrace the steps of ancient Greek, Roman and Ottoman sailors who travelled this route in search of riches, trade and pretty ladies (à la Helen of Troy). 

Madeira, Portugal – the stuff holiday dreams are made of.

Still need convincing? No problem: here are five reasons to book a Mediterranean cruise today:

1. Live in a spectacular open-air museum

Skip the museum queues and learn about the art, culture and history of the Mediterranean Sea by immersion (see what we did there?). 

Cruising the Med this summer will give you the chance to visit historic ports, archaeological sites and postcard-perfect towns in Italy, Greece, Spain, Croatia and France. Learn with the five senses, rather than stuck in a stuffy gallery with no elbowroom. 

Palatine Chapel in Palmero, Italy.
2. No haggling, hassles or headaches

Cruising is the epitome of a stress-free holiday, at an affordable price. The most time-consuming thing you’ll do is spend a few minutes on the phone to your nearest Sure Travel agency to book. A cruise takes all the guesswork out of planning a trip. 

MSC Cruises’ seven- to eight-night Mediterranean 2018 cruise itineraries capitalise on Europe’s renowned historical and cultural sights, with excursions led by expert guides who speak a multitude of languages. A cruise ensures you travel in the lap of five-star luxury, and best yet, offers a break for parents travelling with young kids. There’s no need to cook, clean, or make any decisions of any kind. Sheer bliss.  

Less hassles, more time for R&R. Malaga, Spain.
3. Sail on an incredible new ship

Starting June 2018, the new MSC Seaview will spend her first summer in the Mediterranean, sailing every Sunday from Genoa to Naples, Messina, Valetta, Barcelona and Marseille. Inspired by a pioneering beach condo concept, MSC Seaview brings guests closer to the sea (literally) with special design elements that make the most of the warmer weather. Guests are able to spend time outdoors eating, drinking and relaxing in the Mediterranean sunshine with some of the best sea views in the world. 

The ship also has an increased number of balcony cabins, as well as an impressive 360°promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the entire ship. This unique public space acts as a recreation area where guests can stroll in the open air, eat and drink al fresco from a variety of bars and restaurants or shop in the boutiques, all the while providing spectacular sea views.

Artist's impression of the seaside pool onboard the MSC Seaview.
4. Hit the ground running

The hardest part of travelling for many is the bus rides, train transfers and in-between admin that take so much time and brain power. 

A Mediterranean cruise eliminates all of that: you get to your destination on time and in style, so you can hit the ground running and visit all the places you’ve been dreaming about: the world’s first pizzerias in Naples, the canals of Venice, the white-washed, blue-domed Orthodox churches of Santorini, Gaudi’s finest architectural wonders in Barcelona, or Cannes (of film festival fame). With so much to see and so little time, you’ll be glad the logistics are covered.  

Less time on transfers = more time to explore ports of call. Imerovigli, Greece.
5. Amenities, amenities, amenities

You know that saying, “You can’t please everyone”? Well it’s just not true when it comes to cruising. 

MSC cruise ships have something for everyone, whether it’s live entertainment, adventure excursions, trying your hand at Texas Hold’em at the on-board casino, relaxing at the swimming pool, eating more than your fill at world-class restaurants and lounges (which include menus for those with dietary restrictions), having a day of indulgence at the spa or shops, boosting your endorphins at the gym or fitness classes, or kicking back in your comfortable cabin (for those who need a little alone time, complete with WiFi, room service and pizza delivery!). 

Everything you could need, in one place. Every day.

Ask your Sure Travel agent about great Mediterranean cruise offers from MSC Cruises, or call 0861 47 48 49.

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