Poesia, Demnark, Germany, Iceland, Greeland, UK ex Copenhagen Return
21 Night cruise departing roundtrip from Copenhagen onboard MSC Poesia.
MSC Poesia is an innovative cruise ship with elegant style that brings traditional craftsmanship to creative designs. Step aboard and you’ll enter a refined world of comfort, from the spectacular foyer waterfall to the Zen Garden, authentic Japanese Sushi bar and opulent MSC Aurea Spa wellness centre with steam room, sauna and divine massages to pamper body and mind, it’s the perfect place to unwind.
There are many sports and fitness activities available on board, including a basketball court, tennis court, shuffleboard, state-of-the-art gym and minigolf. Kids and teens are equally well served, with their own clubs and parties, a dedicated Stone Age and Dinosaur Play Area, stunning video games and even a DJ disco! Plus there are naturally all the resort amenities you could wish for, including 3 swimming pools, 4 whirlpools and a giant poolside cinema screen.
The gourmet cuisine on board brings you specialities from around the world, but retains its Mediterranean heart, rooted in the values of the Italian slow food movement. With MSC, every succulent dish is freshly prepared with care by our skilled chef’s from prime quality ingredients.
The varied lounge bars offer similarly refreshing originality and authenticity, from the Grappolo d’Oro wine-tasting bar to the Mojito cocktail bar and sumptuous design of the cigar room.
Whether a family holiday, luxury treat or romantic escape, MSC Poesia is a ship that offers a truly inspiring cruise experience.
Highlights of this cruise:
Split by lakes and surrounded by sea, an energetic and hip waterside vibe permeates Copenhagen, one of Northern Europe’s most user-friendly (and trendy) capitals. Copenhagen city centre is waiting to be enjoyed on an MSC Northern Europe cruise excursion. It’s a welcoming, compact city with a centre largely given over to pedestrians (and cyclists) and an emphasis by day on café culture and top-notch museums.The historic core of the city is Slotsholmen, originally the site of the twelfth-century castle and now home to the huge Christiansborg complex.
Just across the Slotsholmen Kanal to the north is the medieval maze of Indre By (“inner city”), while to the south the island of Christianshavn is adorned with cutting-edge architecture in addition to the alternative enclave of Christiania.
North-east of Indre By are the royal quarters of Kongens Have and Frederiksstaden, while to the west the expansive Rådhuspladsen leads via Tivoli Gardens to Central Station and the hotspots of Vesterbro and Nørrebro. Just off hectic Vesterbrogade outside the station is Copenhagen’s most famous attraction, Tivoli, an entertaining mixture of landscaped gardens, outdoor concerts and fairground rides.
A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise can be the opportunity to discover Helsingør’s Kronborg Castle too. The present castle dates from the sixteenth century when it jutted into the sound as a formidable warning to passing ships not to consider dodging the toll, and it remains a grand affair, enhanced immeasurably by its setting; the interior, particularly the royal chapel, is spectacularly ornate.
Beneath the castle are the casemates, gloomy cavernous rooms that served as soldiers’ quarters during times of war.
The Warnemünde quarter in Rostock is a famous German seaside resort that you can visit when you reach the German coasts on your MSC cruise of northern Europe.
At the mouth of the river Warnow, in the Baltic Sea, Warnemünde will surprise you with its villas, hotels and the large white and silver beach. Its heart is Am Strom, next to the port, where the homes of old captains and fishermen have been turned into coffee shops and boutiques. With an excursion during the cruise, you can continue towards Schwerin.
Surrounded by lakes and with a fairytale Schloss that tickles the imagination, the town represents a pleasant surprise, given by the architecture and spirit of a historic capital. Continuing the excursion you can admire Lubecca, one of the few cities along Europe's northern coasts that preserves the glory of medieval times.
For more than two centuries the standard bearer of the Hanseatic League, this was one of the wealthiest and most powerful of European cities, the Venice of the Baltic. The commercial opulence is best expressed in its architecture: from the oldest Rathaus in Germany to the churches with the tallest bell-towers to the merchants’ mansions.
Lubecca is the first city in Northern Europe to be included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1987. Finally, you should not leave out a visit to the cosmopolitan Berlin, the largest and liveliest city in Germany. Amongst the monuments to visit are the Brandebourgh Gate. Situated close to the Reichstag, the seat of the German parliament, the monument, designed on the model of Athens’ Acropolis, was built as the city’s arch of triumph in 1791 and soon became the symbol of unified Germany.
The Brandenburg Gate looms over the ornamental gardens in Pariser Platz which extends eastwards towards the wide, tree-lined Unter den Linden avenue, that means “Beneath the linden trees”, flanked by shops and cafés.
When you set ashore from your cruise ship for a vacation in Akureyri, you should take an excursion to Lake Myvatn. To get there you will pass through Eyjafjördur, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the city port.
The first worthy stopover is in Godafoss, here the waters if the Skjálfandafljót form a 12 meter tall waterfall. According to the legend, in the year 999 or 1000, one of the Icelandic rulers proclaimed Christianity as the official religion of Iceland and hurled the idols of the Nordic gods (Odin, Thor and Freyr, to which probably the waterfall was previously dedicated) in its waters.
A stained glass window of the church of Akureyri (Akureyrarkirkja) depicts this legend. As you continue along the Icelandic wild nature, with its incredible variety of colours, varying from the bright green meadows to the red minerals erupting from the depths of the island, one reaches the pseudo-craters of Skutustaðir, generated by underground vapours produced by an eruption 2500 years ago.
From here one can reach Dimmuborgir, an incredible labyrinth of lava, where amidst peculiar formations rises the Kirkjan, a natural church with two pointed-arch portals and, inside, real chapels with altars. You can end your visit at the Viti crater, known also as the Inferno, one of the many mouths of the central Krafla volcano.
If you feel like tackling the steep climb from its internal lake, you can also enjoy a relaxing hot bath. Here you will also find the Askja, an immense caldera that extends for 50 sq.km., a desert of lava and the finest sand resembling moon dust: this in fact was where the astronauts of the Apollo 11 trained for their lunar landing.
Before returning to Akureyri, if you feel curious, you can stop to visit Santa Clause’s house, about ten kilometres south, a delightful Christmas toy shop, with the largest Advent calendar in the world.
When your MSC cruise to northern Europe takes you to the north western point of Iceland, you will cast anchor at Isafjordur, a small town of ancient origins.
In Isafjordur you will find the oldest standing Icelandic house, built in 1743. In the periphery of Bolungarvík, the northernmost location in the western fjords, one can instead visit Ósvör, once a fisherman’s village and now an open air museum.
The past re-emerges also in the old town of Nedstikaupstadur, where Icelandic and Norwegian merchants first, and then British and German ones, would meet in the mid-15th century in the bay of Isafiord. Here, in the second half of the 18th century, Krambud (the shop) was built, that was converted in the 20th century into a private home; as well as Faktorshus (the farmers house); Tjoruhus (the tar house) and Turnhus (the tower house) used as warehouses and fish processing centres.
While on your MSC cruise to Northern Europe, if you want to get an idea of how Icelanders used to live in the past, try an excursion to Vigur, literally the “spear-shaped island”. Its waters host a great deal of sea lions who feed on marine birds such as the puffin, the black guillemot, the aggressive arctic tern (who can attack people if it feels threatened) and the common eider.
Another spectacle of nature is the Naustahvilft, the “troll’s seat”, a large depression shaped like a half moon in the flat mountains that surround the Isafjordur fjord. Legend has it that it was created by a troll caught by the sunlight sitting on the mountain with its feet in the water.
Whether you believe in the legend or more likely in a valley dug out by the ice during the last ice age, try this brief but intense excursion, it is certainly worth it.
Small colourful houses scattered across the slopes of snow-capped mountains. A place that was first inhabited by the Vikings, followed by the Inuit and the Danes: Nuuk, the world's northernmost “capital” and the next destination on your amazing and surprising MSC cruise.
Nuuk is Greenland’s main town and was officially founded in 1728 with the name Godthåb: “Good Hope.” It is surrounded by wild, unspoiled nature and offers visitors several enchantingly beautiful places to see, such as Qornok. This ancient village is situated on the southeast side of a small peninsula. Here you can take unforgettable walks along the fjord to admire the icebergs and old houses that are no longer inhabited, but which today you can rent for a couple of nights. This outpost is completely free of any form of traffic and has no internet signal, allowing everyone to relax surrounded by spectacular natural scenery.
Besides the incredible views, the small and lively town of Nuuk also has several historical and culturally significant buildings. Nuuk Cathedral, or the Church of the Redeemer, is instantly recognisable due to its bright red colour and the spire that stands out on the landscape.
Built between 1848 and 1849, this building is the actual seat of the Bishop of Greenland. A visit to the Katuaq, Nuuk’s cultural centre, is also a must. The building, clad in golden larch wood on both the inside and outside, was inaugurated in 1997, and is used for concerts, exhibitions, conferences and as a cinema. The corrugated wall of the facade is inspired by the sinuous curves of the aurora borealis. It really is an architectural jewel, with a unique design, and well worth seeing to complete your journey with MSC Cruises in Greenland, the nation of glaciers.
Every city is known for something and Ilulissat is famous for being a true paradise in the midst of the ice. It is no coincidence that its name means “iceberg” in Greenlandic: the largest glacier in the world outside of Antarctica is in this area and it is also likely that the iceberg that sank the Titanic began its journey here.
It is enough to close your eyes for a moment and listen in silence to the noises and echo of the ice as it transforms and moves; to be carried away and immerse yourself in a truly magical and suggestive atmosphere. Thanks to your holiday with MSC Cruises, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greenland. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated in the Kangia fjord, where 3500-year-old archaeological finds have revealed that this was one of the largest sites inhabited by the Inuit Saqqaq and Dorset tribes.
Ilulissat is surrounded by ice sculptures – truly incredible natural works of art to admire – but this place also holds other surprises. Lovers of wild nature can enjoy numerous excursions in the hills or among the ruins of ancient villages, and, above all, participate in two typical local activities: excursions with sleigh dogs and whale watching. Don’t miss out on driving a sleigh; it is an unforgettable experience that will give you an incredible sense of adventure. The dogs start pulling at their chains with the first snow-fall of every year, and they are more than happy to pull you along the paths that they have been running on for centuries. The boat tours, on the other hand, offer the unique opportunity to see the humpback whales that swim close to Ilulissat, and to observe them while they play in their natural habitat.
Qaqortoq is the largest town in southern Greenland. The name means "white", although in the summer this enchanting landscape is filled with colourful wild flowers. Your MSC cruise will take you to a place that offers breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and deep, blue sea; of the icebergs in the bay and the beautiful Tasersuag lake.
Founded in 1775, Qaqortoq is known for its sealskin products and as being the starting point for many excursions, as well as for having a relatively mild climate for its location. And it is for this reason that the town boasts the only fountain in Greenland, at the base of which all the names of the citizens are written in brass.
There is a very interesting museum where you can learn about the town’s history and culture. It is situated in a yellow stone building dating back to 1804, originally a blacksmith’s workshop, next to Qaqortoq’s main square, and houses old Inuit boats, hunting equipment, traditional clothing and Nordic artefacts. The permanent exhibitions of the Dorset culture, the Thule culture and the Norse culture are of particular interest. The building itself is considered a cultural heritage and is protected.
In addition to Annaasisitta Oqaluffia (The Church of Our Saviour) with its unmistakable red walls and white shutters, which is in the town centre, another not-to-miss place close to Qaqortoq is Hvalsey church; or rather its very well-preserved ruins. Hvalsey is on a narrow strip of land at the head of a fjord and the Church is about 70 metres from the water’s edge, on a traditional Greenlandic Norse farmstead. An incredible plateau, where you can breathe in the pure air and enjoy the natural beauties that MSC Cruises takes you to.
Reykjavík is mirrored in the waters of its bay, as you can see when your cruise ship sets anchor in the port. The quays along the seafront host a variety of shops, live music clubs and cafés.
Take a stroll down Frakkastigur up to Lækjartorg, to admire the Sólfar, also known as the Sun Voyager, a large modern steel sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, that represents a Viking vessel, with the bow pointing towards the north.
Go back in history as you reach the historic centre, in the districts of Aðalstræti and Suðurgata, where you can still see the remains of some primitive Icelandic dwellings. Also the church of Hallgrímur, probably the most important architectural monument in Reykjavik, is worth a visit. As you will discover during your MSC cruise of Northern Europe, geothermal energy positively conditions the life of the entire country and there is an abundance of spas.
Don’t miss an excursion to the Þingvellir national park, in the south west region of the island, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004. On the northern shores of the Þingvallavatn, the largest Icelandic lake, the Öxará river forms the Öxaráfoss waterfall in the vicinity of Almannagjá, the largest cleft in this land.
If you like waterfalls, you should not miss a visit to Gullfoss, in the south east of the island: the river Hvítá here drops down 11 and then 21 metres forming the queen of all Icelandic waterfalls and then continues along a narrow gorge in the plateau. In this area we also find the Strokkur, the only geyser that regularly erupts every 4-8 minutes. Then proceed to Geysir, in the Haukadalur valley, the oldest known geyser, from which the term originates.
Its eruptions spray boiling water up to 60 metres into the air, but often reach higher than 100 metres: it is the tallest of the active geysers.
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Sail on an MSC cruise to the unique and fiercely independent archipelago of Orkney! For an Orcadian, the Mainland means the largest island in Orkney rather than the rest of Scotland, and their history is inextricably linked with Scandinavia.
Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital, has one great redeeming feature – its sandstone cathedral, without doubt the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland. Nowadays, the town is divided into two main focal points: the old harbour, at the north end of the town, where inter-island ferries come and go all year round, and the flagstoned main street, which changes its name four times as it twists its way south from the harbour past the cathedral.
Standing at the very heart of Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral is the town’s most compelling sight. This beautiful red sandstone building was begun in 1137 by the Viking Earl Rognvald, who built the cathedral in honour of his uncle Magnus, killed on the orders of his cousin Håkon in 1117.
To the south of the cathedral are the ruined remains of the Bishop’s Palace, residence of the Bishop of Orkney since the twelfth century. Most of what you see now, however, dates from the time of Bishop Robert Reid, sixteenth-century founder of Edinburgh University.
A narrow spiral staircase takes you to the top for a good view over the cathedral and Kirkwall’s rooftops. MSC Northern Europe cruises also offer excursions to the heart of Orkney’s most important Neolithic ceremonial complex. The most visible part is the Stones of Stenness, originally a circle of twelve rock slabs, now just four, the tallest of which is more than 16ft high and remarkable for its incredible thinness.
|08/08/20||Copenhagen, Denmark||06:00 PM|
|09/08/20||Berlin (Warnemunde)||07:00 AM||05:00 PM|
|12/08/20||Akureyri, Iceland||10:00 AM||07:00 PM|
|13/08/20||Isafjordur, Iceland||08:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|15/08/20||Prince Christian Sound, Greenland||02:00 PM||08:00 PM|
|17/08/20||Nuuk, Greenland||06:00 AM||04:00 PM|
|18/08/20||Ilulissat, Greenland||04:00 PM||overnight|
|19/08/20||Ilulissat, Greenland||06:00 PM|
|21/08/20||Qaqortoq, Greenland||09:00 AM||09:00 PM|
|24/08/20||Reykjavik, Iceland||08:00 AM||overnight|
|25/08/20||Reykjavik, Iceland||06:00 PM|
|27/08/20||Kirkwall, Scotland||08:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|29/08/20||Copenhagen, Denmark||08:00 AM|