IRRESISTIBLE MED from Barcelona 2024
When one thinks about Virgin one expects something different and with Virgin Voyages that is certainly the case. Virgin have certainly "rethought" cruising and even the most dedicated cruisers will be surprised at what they have come up with - exactly what you would expect from Sir Richard Branson!
Surprisingly, as you may not expect, it is not a non-stop party ship but the cruising model is certainly different to what you would find on traditional cruises lines. Let us introduce you to a new way of cruising.
WHAT TO EXPECT & THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES
For starters, the ships do not follow traditional design guidelines. Expect bright reds & cool greys, contemporary furniture and cutting edge design. When it comes to your cruise fare, the biggest differences between Virgin Cruises and traditional cruise lines are as follows:
All food is included in all restaurants, so forget speciality dining surcharges. You also won't find a big main dining room. Instead you have around 20 eateries to choose from. The traditional buffet has been replaced with more of a trendy "Food Hall" concept. Perhaps the biggest surprise is how good the food is across the ship's venues.
Forget complicated drinks packages. Basic beverages are included in your cruise fare such as still and sparkling waters, non-pressed juices, soda's, tea's and coffees. Instead you will open a bar tab & if you prepay a certain amount through us we'll throw in even more value to your tab!
Wifi - no more expensive and complicated packages. It's included. Browse, post, and stay connected with wifi — whenever you want, and wherever you are on the ship.
Tips - they are already included so one less worry!
Wellness - Virgin has a strong emphasis on wellness & wellbeing - Yoga, meditation, cycling, HIIT classes, and more — all your group fitness classes are covered.
Shows & Entertainment - Developed by the world’s most-talked-about producers and artists, you have a ticket to all of their awe-inspiring shows.
France, Italy, Spain
May, June, July, August, September, October 2024
8 day cruise with Resilient Lady on full board basis at the cabin of your preference.
Entertainment and activities onboard.
Drinks and other services paid onboard.
Shore Excursions at the ports of call.
Passport with 6 months validity is required.
Prices are subject to changes at the time of reservation.
Day 1: Barcelona
The ship Scarlet Lady departs Barcelona at 18h00L this evening.
Day 2: Toulon, France
The ship arrives at Toulon port at 09.00 and departs at 18.00
A hidden gem in the French Riviera. The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur — as the locals call it — is the crown jewel of the south of France. Its quaint yet world-renowned towns grant access to umbrella-dotted beaches and the lavender-rich countryside — making the French Riviera an alluring hotspot. But Toulon, found in the heart of the Riviera, often gets overlooked.
Toulon’s deep naval history put it on the map, but its provencal market, new art scene, and sandy beaches make it a true hidden gem of the region. Sitting between Marseille and St. Tropez, Toulon is the ideal port to fulfill all of your French Riviera fantasies.
Toulon’s claim to fame may be its proximity to Riviera towns like Sanary-sur-Mer and Bandol, but its own shining attraction is the Rue Des Arts district — a network of streets and alleyways lined with murals, galleries and bars. If you’d prefer to admire the natural beauty, you can ride the bright red cable car to Mont Faron for access to winding hiking trails and sweeping views of the bay.
Day 3: Marina di Carrara, Italy
The ship arrives at Marina di Carrara, port at 08.00 and departs at 20.00
Tuscany, Liguria and in between. At first glance, you might think the snow-capped-looking marble mountains of Marina di Carrara are the actual snow-capped Alps. And frankly, no one could blame you. The bright white marble mountain tops contrasted against Marina di Carrara’s sandy beaches are almost like something out of a Renaissance painting — it’s that surreal.
The marble, which has been mined in close by Carrara for centuries, has been used to create some of the most important architectural wonders like the Pantheon and Michelangelo’s David. Nestled between the rolling hills of Tuscany and the crescent-like coastline of Liguria, Marina di Carrara acts as a scenic springboard to Italy’s culturally rich regions.
Tuscany and Liguria capture Italian culture like no other region. To get a taste of Tuscany, sip your way through the
Chianti region and visit vineyard after vineyard or get to know the culture in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Medieval towns like Lucca dot the Tuscan countryside and Pisa lies a stone’s throw away. On the northern coast of Liguria, encounter the Italian Riviera in luxurious cities like Portofino and picturesque villages like Cinque Terre.
Day 4: At Sea
Day at your leisure to enjoy the facilities and entertainment of the Scarlet Lady..
Day 5: Ajaccio, Spain
The ship arrives at Ajaccio port at 08:00 and departs at 17:00
The magnetism of the Mediterranean. As a French commune only seven miles from the Italian island of Sardinia, Corsica is a blend of French and Italian culture. The locals feel more Italian than French but enjoy francophile staples like boulangeries and charcuterie. The capital port city, Ajaccio, sits on the western side of a natural paradise with astonishing peaks and sprawling beaches.
Ajaccio’s small streets are steeped in Napoleonic history including Maison Bonaparte, the infamous commander’s ancestral home. Tucked away in the mountainous countryside you’ll find vineyards, endless hiking trails and wild boar (see charcuterie). The Ajaccio Market displays fresh honey, organic wine and aromatherapy oils harvested from the hills. Ajaccio is a gateway to the beaches along Corsica’s shores and the forests, canyons and coves hidden in the Mediterranean mountains.
Day 6: Ibiza, Spain
The ship arrives at Ibiza port at 07:00 and overnights.
The best of both worlds in Ibiza. Thanks to its iconic nightclubs and star-studded DJ sets, Ibiza earned its reputation as the party capital of the world. So, Ibiza’s true beach-bum personality and quiet seaside streets might surprise you. Once you get to know its free-spirited culture, sandy coves and historic Dalt Vila, you’ll have a clearer picture of the most talked-about Balearic island.
In Ibiza, you’ll conquer clubs both day and night. Immerse yourself in Ibiza’s dance culture, plus VIP access to sophisticated nightclubs with showstopping DJ lineups. Then, wake up (or stay up) to detox in a prime beach club for a day of sun and much-needed relaxation. Wander through the island’s hippie markets where you’ll find colorful woven goods hanging from stalls or head south to Formentera (Ibiza’s smaller sister island) to explore sparsely inhabited salt plains and sand dunes. Ibiza’s laid-back luxury lets you seek shelter from the partying or dance until dawn.
Day 7: Ibiza
The ship departs from Ibiza port at 17.00
The Best of Formentera. As tourism in Formentera is tied to environmental ethics, visitors and development are limited. As a result, those who choose to explore Formentera are rewarded with epic views of the Balearics natural beauty. After arriving by ferry, you’ll visit two of the island’s most famous beaches: Platja de Ses Illetes, an unimaginably idyllic sand beach straddling the island’s narrowest point, and Platja Es Pujols, nearer to the center and the perfect spot for having lunch, coffee, or a shopping spree.
Day 8: Barcelona
The ship arrives at Barcelona port at 06h30L.