Who hasn’t dreamed of a vacation along the Italian Riviera?  Sun-bleached homes snuggled up the side of a cliff, overlooking deep blue water.  Old World charm.  Food you will spend the rest of your life remembering.  The entire Mediterranean has so much to offer, and the perfect way to experience it all can be on board MSC Cruises Fantasia.

Fantasia is the flagship of the MSC Cruises fleet, offering Mediterranean cruises all year long.  The company is the fourth largest cruise operator in the world, and is based in Italy, bringing its distinct Italian style to its specialty in European travel.  In fact, Fantasia was even officially named by Italian icon Sophia Loren.

It’s like visiting Italy with a local tour guide, as MSC Cruises promises its Mediterranean origins offer unique expertise in showing you the secret gems of the region.

The Mediterranean: As You Like It

MSC Cruises Fantasia spends the summer sailing from Italy to Tunisia, to Spain and France.  You can walk through the Valley of the Temples in Palermo, one of the most important archeological sites in the world.  Then, you can haggle in the Medina market in Tunis.  Tour the incredible architecture of Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona.  Take in a concert in Palma’s Dragon’s Caves, the largest underground lake in the world, and then savor some bouillabaisse on France’s Cote d’Azur.

On Fantasia, you can pick up a 7-day Mediterranean cruise from most of the ports along the route, allowing you the unusual opportunity in cruising to craft your own vacation.  If want more time in Barcelona, you can start and end your cruise there. If you prefer to tailor your vacation to fly to Marseilles or Naples, you can do that too, and pick up your MSC Cruise wherever you want.

In the winter months, Fantasia goes further afield, adding the warm beaches of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the art deco splendor of Casablanca in Morocco, or the pearl of the Mediterranean, Alexandria, Egypt.

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In between these incredible destinations, you will be cruising in true European fashion.

MSC Cruises promises that Fantasia is a masterpiece of Italian style; with advanced technology, elegance and outstanding service.

You can see that European flair in the dining rooms, from the Murano chandeliers at the Red Velvet restaurant to the candlelit Parisian Belle Époque style of L’Etoile.  You should note that unlike other cruise lines, the restaurants on Fantasia operate on an a la carte basis, so instead of a blanket service fee, you pay for the food that you order.  The cost is reasonable, at less than retail prices.

One interesting feature is the I Tropici swimming pool, which features a glass roof that encloses the area.  It allows you to swim and still enjoy the outdoors, even if you’re taking a winter cruise and it’s too chilly to be outside.  The ship also gives you the only chance you’ll probably ever have of walking on a Swarovski crystal staircase.

Kids will enjoy the children’s facilities, the Formula 1 simulator on board, and the interactive 4-D cinema.  Parents will enjoy the Balinese-style MSC Aurea Spa, which features 12 hydro-massage pools and therapeutic mud packs.

So if your heart is set on the Old World, on the history, romance and beauty of Italy, France and Spain.  Why not have a truly international experience, and let MSC Cruises Fantasia offer you a glimpse of the Mediterranean as only a local can.

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