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A look inside Friendly Planet Travel’s Iberian Coasts Cruise (part 5)

Our fifth day aboard the Louis Majesty got off to a little bit of a rocky start. Literally. The waves were churning rougher than anyone had expected, and the crew decided that it wouldn’t be possible to make our scheduled stop in Gibraltar.

With massive winter waves hitting the boat at high speeds, it would have been unlikely the ship could have been maneuvered into the narrow port. So while we sailed on to our afternoon in Tangier, Morocco, I decided to take advantage of my time on ship to get to know the Louis Majesty a bit more intimately.

The Majesty can hold up to 1,790 passengers in its 731 staterooms and suites. All rooms are appointed with an array of modern comforts, including climate control, telephone, TV, and private bathroom. Most of the 481 outside cabins offer large picture windows with views of the Mediterranean.

The Majesty isn’t enormous by cruise ship standards, but that doesn’t mean that there is ever a lack of something to do. In fact, there was so much to do on board, it was almost impossible to see it all.

There’s the formal dining room, six restaurants, nine bars and lounges, a disco, two swimming pools, two hot tubs, a sun deck, an Internet cafe, beauty salon, fitness center, spa, sauna, theater, casino, game room, children’s pool, kid’s corner, and the duty free shop. PHEW!

Thankfully, a copy of the “Louis News” was delivered to my cabin every evening, which kept me in the loop on everything happening on board the next day. Information such as daily activities, meeting points for shore excursions, show times, meal times, weather predictions, and sunrise and sunset times were all included.

You could also find the next day’s dress code. While it’s hard to find a cruise without a dress code, I found the Majesty’s to be generally casual. While passengers typically dressed for comfort during the day, the evenings brought out a bit more sophistication.

DRESS TO IMPRESS: Passengers brought out their finer outfits for places like the Seven Seas Restaurant

By late morning, we were out of the Strait of Gibraltar and on our way to Africa! And as land came into view, I had forgotten all about Gibraltar as my head filled with images of bustling marketplaces; towering mosques; and all the exotic sites, smells, and sounds of Morocco

Hot new holiday tour: Cruise the Iberian Coasts!

If the idea of icy roads, frigid temperatures, and chapped lips doesn’t appeal to you for the holiday season, take heart. Along with our Mediterranean Highlights by the Sea cruise, we’re also christening an Iberian Coasts Cruise this upcoming holiday season!

FP_France.jpgOn the Iberian Coasts Cruise, travelers will visit fascinating ports of call in France, Gibraltar, Morocco, Spain, and Italy, while enjoying superior accommodations aboard the cruise ship M/V Louis Majesty.

Let’s get the nitty gritties out of the way first, shall we? The package includes roundtrip flights from New York, an eight-night Iberian Coast cruise, a two-night bonus stay in Rome, all meals aboard the cruise, and daily breakfast in Rome. Vacationers can explore the ports-of-call on their own, or take inexpensive optional shore excursions. For all of this? $1,399.

FP_Barcelona.jpgNow for some of the juicy details. After arriving in Genoa, Italy from New York, travelers board the M/V Louis Majesty and head for Marseilles, France. Vacationers can enjoy all the splendor of Marseilles by visiting independently its must-see sites, including the Old Port, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, Phare de Sainte Marie lighthouse, the Centre Bourse, and the adjacent rue St Ferreol district (the main shopping district in central Marseilles), just to name a few.

After a day at sea, the M/V Louis Majesty will then dock at the British colony, Gibraltar, and then continue on to Tangier, Morocco. Outside Tangier’s bustling port, vacationers can take in the city’s stunning environs: hills surrounding a broad bay with a long stretch of beach.

For travelers interested in learning more about Morocco’s diverse cultural heritage as the closest major African city to Europe, a visit to Tangier’s Museum of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities would be a fascinating stop. Another not-to-be-missed experience is a visit to the Grand Souk, where  bargaining skills are put to the test while shopping for treasures such as brass, leather, rugs, and silver.

The next morning, the ship docks at Casablanca, Morocco, the largest city and main port of Morocco. And a city that I have a feeling travelers might feel to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. ;)

After Casablanca, it’s back to the European side of things with Málaga, Spain. Málaga is one of the liveliest cities on the Costa del Sol, a 100-mile stretch of gorgeous Mediterranean coastline which boasts some of the best beaches in Spain.

FP_Barc2.jpgMálaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and home to the renowned Picasso Museum. There’s time to explore independently, as well as an array of optional shore excursions. But of course, travelers must be sure to sample some of Málaga’s sweet wine and tasty tapas.

The cruise continues along Spain’s coast with two more stops at ports of call at Alicante and Barcelona, before finally arriving back in Genoa on the tenth day of the journey. From there, vacationers will be treated to two more bonus nights in Rome at absolutely no cost to them.

The season’s first Iberian Coasts cruise takes place Dec. 25 to Jan. 5, and promises to be a culturally rich, historically fascinating, and scenically beautiful holiday trip. There are four other departure dates throughout 2010, running from February to December.

MSNBC features Friendly Planet Travel’s Western Mediterranean Cruise

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MSNBC picked up Wednesday’s Budget Travel article featuring our Western Mediterranean Cruise. Hop on over to MSNBC to see more information on how you can experience a Friendly Planet Travel cruise to Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Gibralter for just $1,799 if you book by March 27!

Friendly Planet Travel’s Western Mediterranean cruise showcased on Budget Travel

Budget Travel, which finds the best real travel deals every month, highlighted Friendly Planet Travel’s Western Mediterranean Cruise on their Web site today.
The writers at Budget Travel dig deep when looking for the real deals out there. They look for the hidden costs, fine print, and true dollar value of these trips. We already know our vacation packages are some of the best of the best, but it still feels good to see it in print.
Take a look at the overview on Budget Travel now. Thinking about booking? You can reserve your own spot on the next cruise on our online booking engine, or shoot me an e-mail for more information.

About Peggy

Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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