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Spain, Portugal & Morocco Discovery (Caledonian Sky)

Spain, Portugal & Morocco Discovery (Caledonian Sky)

From NZD $14,445

Description

A wonderful small ship cruise around the Iberian peninsula visiting some fantastic sights in both Spain and Portugal. Leaving form Lisbon on the Atlantic coast and passing through the straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean.

Trip Name
Spain, Portugal & Morocco Discovery (Caledonian Sky)
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 90 metres Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites) Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012 The MS Caledonian Sky accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 spacious outside suites. Many have walk-in wardrobes and some feature tub baths. There will be seven categories of suites and sixteen suites will have private balconies. For those familiar with the MS Island Sky she will feel like a second home, although there are some differences. The dining room, lounge, Lido Deck and bar are all similar. However, the ‘Club’ on the MS Caledonian Sky has been transported to the very top deck. Here, there is a library and bar which leads out on to a lovely forward deck. The ‘Club’ has wonderful views with ceiling to floor windows. If you like the MS Island Sky, we are sure you will also approve of her sister. And, of course it is important that we offer the very best of facilities. However, equally as important are the staff on board whether they are the vessel’s crew or our own expedition staff. Noble Caledonia’s reputation has been built on providing the very best in all areas. Their crew of 74 not only offer an excellent service they are also noted for their kindness and attention to detail. A well run ship with a warm atmosphere is what we are known for, and it is because most of our crew have been with us for many years that we are able to engender such an atmosphere. Your Suite Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. The passenger accommodation is arranged over four decks and all suites have outside views. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, hot towel rack and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or bath tub. Facilities in the suites also include walk-in or spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool or desk, mini-fridge, flat screen television, telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Your space The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge where daily briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage and an elegant bar where a pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. In addition there is the Club Lounge on the Panoramic Deck which features a bar. The onboard travel library is the perfect place to relax with a book and is stocked with reference books pertaining to the places the vessel is visiting along with a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. Outside there is a rear Lido deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. On the top deck there is a further observation and sun deck with bar service and comfortable deck furniture for sun bathing or relaxing with a book. There is also a small gymnasium onboard and hairdressers with appointments made on request. Your dining With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the quality of cuisine will be of a consistent superior quality. Where possible and when it meets his high standards, our accomplished chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and bring a local touch to the varied menus. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order and lunch and dinner is à la carte. When weather permits, breakfast, a buffet-style lunch and dinner are also served on deck. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and tea and coffee are available 24 hours. With sufficient notice, most diets can be catered for on board. For your comfort, safety and security The vessel is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilisers to minimise the ship’s motion. The Captain and officers operate an open-bridge policy that allows passengers onto the bridge at most times with the exception of arrival and departure from port and during times of complicated navigation. Here you can check the ship’s progress by charts and learn more from the officers about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to outside decks only. Gratuities Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Caledonian Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included them in your holiday price. In addition we tip all their guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Arrive Lisbon, Embark Ship
Olá and welcome to Portugal! Once you’ve arrived in Lisbon, we’ll transfer you to your ship, for you to settle into your spacious suite before a welcome dinner.Stay: 10 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky
Day 2 - Day 2 Portimão
Welcome to the Algarve, home to Portugal’s popular coastal resort region, where you’ll dock in the bustling city of Portimão. With a guide, stroll through the old town’s pretty plazas and heritage laneways, before digging into past archaeological finds at the Portimão Museum. Back on board, break for lunch before exploring more of Portimão this afternoon.
Day 3 - Day 3 Cadiz
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™Perhaps head for one of the world’s oldest cities, Cádiz, where you’ll explore the city’s cathedrals and history. Alternatively, Jerez beckons with its Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Then drop by one of the city’s sherry bodegas to sample this famous fortified wine.Enjoy the chance to choose your activity today.
Day 4 - Day 4 Seville
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEEnjoy Seville’s flare for flamenco at the Flamenco Museum and Show, before this evening’s departure.Today, you’ll be treated to a cruise up the Guadalquivir River before docking in the heart of Seville. On a full day’s discovery of the Andalusian capital, visit the palace and gardens of Reales Alcazares and the Seville Cathedral with a guide. This evening, enjoy a Signature Experience.
Day 5 - Day 5 Tangier
Arrive in the Moroccan city of Tangier, gateway from Europe to Africa. Tour nearby Cape Spartel and the Caves of Hercules. Later, explore the history of Tangier’s Medina, Kasbah and Ville Nouvelle district. Visit labyrinthine souks filled with the scent of spices, where you might like to return during free time before a late departure this evening.
Day 6 - Day 6 Gibraltar, Malaga
Step briefly on British overseas territory today, to see Gibralatar with a guide. Find macaques, limestone caves and a haul of Britannia memorabilia. Back aboard, continue to Málaga for an afternoon exploring the city’s historic sites. These include a Roman theatre, 19th-century bull ring and the city hall.
Day 7 - Day 7 Motril, Granada
From Motril, spend the day in Granada, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Visit Granada’s Alhambra palace and fortress complex, the final stronghold for Spanish Moors, which includes the Generalife summer palace and gardens, and Alcazaba fortress. Break for a tapas lunch before more discoveries after, thanks to a late departure tonight.
Day 8 - Day 8 Cartagena
In Cartagena join a local guide to explore the influences of the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and Castilians on this port city. You’ll find Cartagena’s Roman amphitheatre restored to its former glory, before lunch back on deck, as your ship heads for Valencia.
Day 9 - Day 9 Valencia
Gargoyles, Gothic churches and grand palaces are all in store on a guided discovery of Valencia’s historic heart. You have the day to see Valencia’s modernist side too, including the City of Arts and Sciences complex and the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum. After lunch, take advantage of the shuttle back into Valencia’s centre to explore on your own.
Day 10 - Day 10 Palma
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEJoin a local chef to hop from eatery to taverna in pursuit of the city’s finest tapas.Reach the shores of Mallorca today, where the island’s capital Palma presides over a sweeping white-sand bay. Head for the city’s historic quarter with a guide, who’ll lead you through a medieval maze of streets, revealing the district’s Moorish heritage. This afternoon, enjoy a Signature Experience.
Day 11 - Day 11 Depart Barcelona
After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
16-06-202126-06-2021NZD $14,445Castle Standard Suite
16-06-202126-06-2021NZD $19,645Promenade Owner's Corner Suite
16-06-202126-06-2021NZD $15,145Caledonian Superior Suite
16-06-202126-06-2021NZD $15,945Promenade Premium Suite
16-06-202126-06-2021NZD $17,445Bridge Deluxe Balcony Suite
16-06-202126-06-2021NZD $18,245Promenade Prem. Balcony Suite

Inclusions

    • Explore beautiful Lisbon.
    • Visit amazing Granada.
    • Soak in the incredible Barcelonian culture.

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