Cruise of the Week Fun Facts | 0.8.07.2013

It’s cruise of the week time again!

Cruise of the week for the week commencing 8 July 2013 will be on-board our newest Musica class vessel, the elegant MSC Magnifica  It is an 18 night cruise from Sao Paulo’s port, Santos via the Brazilian Riviera including Salvador, Buzios & Recife before crossing the Atlantic to the Canary’s, then to mainland Spain including Cadiz and La Coruna, across to Dover and Amsterdam before ending in Hamburg. Only $45pp per day departing 29 March 2014.


Fun Facts about ports on this cruise of the week:


Santos is most famous as the port for Sao Paulo. However, it is fantastic destination in its own right. A canal based coastal city, it was once the major global port for coffee and even has a coffee museum. You can also take a ride along the coast in a vintage tram or walk around the world’s largest public waterfront gardens.
Buzios, Salvador and Arrecife (Canary Islands) are also visited on this itinerary. Read last weeks blog about MSC Preziosa’s Santos to Venice itinerary to learn more about these  destinations.
While an old established Brazilian city, visitors will be impressed by Recife’s modernity. Following a boom that commenced in the 1960s, it is an economically diverse city with a range of industry’s, IT and Medical services sectors. It’s simple to get around, and there’s plenty of shopping available, both from retail and street vendors. Of course, like all good Brazilian coastal destinations, it has an incredible beach too.
An incredible Spanish destination on the southern coast, it is considered in folklore to be Europe’s oldest city. Legend has it, that it was founded by the mythical hero, Hercules. Guests calling at Cadiz, should consider a trip to the incredible palace at Seville, Alcazar. Built by the Moors, it is the oldest continuously used Palace in Europe.
On the North Coast of Spain, it was an important site of from which the Spanish Armada set out their attack on the British in the late 1500s. While it certainly took a beating in the retaliation set by Sir Francis Drake, La Coruna ultimately held on during this battle with Britain.
It is fitting that following the call in La Coruna, MSC Magnifica will make her way across the Bay of Biscay to Dover. The incredible Dover Castle that sits over the famous White Cliffs is believed to have existed as a defensive structure in one form or another on much the same site, protecting the Isle of Britain since the Iron Ages.
While it is the capital according to the Dutch constitution, The Hague is where much of the Dutch government resides. The city is built on polls which are on average about 11 meters deep because of the nature of the clay like earth below, and over 1/4 of the whole country is below sea level.
 
This city is Europe’s second largest port and the second largest city in Germany. It has a wonderful collection of Medieval and 19th century architecture through to the modern, post World War II buildings constructed after the air raids that caused grave damage in 1943.
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