Admire the cliff-top views along the Amalfi coast, take a gondola ride through the atmospheric canals of Venice. This Mediterranean voyage also takes you to the picturesque Sicilian town of Taormina, the intriguing city of Valletta in Malta and the birthplace of Napoleon in Corsica before our cruise ends in the charming town of Nice on the French Riviera.
Day 1 – Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
(Wednesday Apr 26 - Depart 18.00 hrs.)
Italy's vibrant capital lives in the present but no other city on earth evokes its past so powerfully. For over 2,500 years, emperors, popes, artists and common citizens have left their mark here. Archaeological remains from ancient Rome, art-stuffed churches and the treasures of Vatican City vie for your attention. Rome is also a wonderful place to practice the Italian-perfected “il dolce far niente” - the sweet art of idleness. Your most memorable experiences may include sitting at a cafè in the Campo de' Fiori or strolling in a beguiling piazza.
Days 2 & 3 – Sorrento, Italy
(From Thursday Apr 27 to Friday Apr 28 - Arrive 08.00 hrs. Depart 14.00 hrs.)
Sorrento may have become a jumping-off point for visitors to Pompeii, Capri, and Amalfi, but you can find countless reasons to love it for itself. The Sorrentine people are fair-minded and hardworking, bubbling with life and warmth. The tuff cliff on which the town rests is spread over the bay, absorbing sunlight, while orange and lemon trees waft their perfume in spring. Winding along a cliff above a small beach and two harbours, the town is split in two by a narrow ravine formed by a former mountain stream. To the east, dozens of hotels line busy Via Correale along the cliff—many have "grand" included in their names, and some indeed still are. To the west, however, is the historic sector, which still enchants.
Day 4 – Taormina, Italy
(Saturday Apr 29 - Arrive 08.00 hrs. Depart 18.00 hrs.)
The medieval cliff-hanging town of Taormina is overrun with tourists, yet its natural beauty is still hard to dispute. The view of the sea and Mount Etna from its jagged cactus-covered cliffs is as close to perfection as a panorama can get—especially on clear days, when the snow-capped volcano's white puffs of smoke rise against the blue sky. Writers have extolled Taormina's beauty almost since it was founded in the 6th century BC by Greeks from nearby Naxos; Goethe and D. H. Lawrence were among its well-known enthusiasts.
Day 5 – Valletta, Malta
(Sunday Apr 30 - Arrive 08.00 hrs. Depart 18.00 hrs)
Malta's capital, the mini city of Valletta, has ornate palaces and museums protected by massive fortifications of honey-colour limestone. Houses along the narrow streets have overhanging wooden balconies for people-watching from indoors. Generations ago they gave housebound women a window on the world of the street. The main entrance to town is through the City Gate (where all bus routes end), which leads onto Triq Repubblika (Republic Street), the spine of the grid-pattern city and the main shopping street. Triq Mercante (Merchant Street) parallels Repubblika to the east and is also good for strolling. From these two streets, cross streets descend toward the water.
Day 6 – Trapani, Sicily
(Monday May 1 - Arrive 08.00 hrs. Depart 18.00 hrs.)
Trapani, the most important town on Sicily’s west coast, lies below the headland of Mount Erice and offers stunning views of the Egadi Islands on a clear day. Trapani’s Old District occupies a scimitar-shaped promontory between the open sea on the north and the salt marshes to the south. The ancient industry of extracting salt from the marshes has recently been revived, and it is documented in the Museo delle Saline. In addition to the salt marshes, Trapani’s other interesting environs include the beautiful little hill town of Erice, the promontory of Capo San Vito stretching north beyond the splendid headland of Monte Cofano, the lovely island of Motya and the town of Marsala.
Day 7 – Olbia, Italy
(Tuesday May 2 - Arrive 24.00 hrs. Depart 18.00 hrs.)
Amid the resorts of Sardinia's north eastern coast, Olbia, a town of about 60,000, is a lively little seaport and port of call for mainland ferries at the head of a long, wide bay. San Simplicio, Olbia's little Catholic basilica, a short walk behind the main Corso Umberto and past the train station, is worth searching out if you have any spare time in Olbia. The simple granite structure dates from the 11th century, part of the great Pisan church-building programme, using pillars and columns recycled from Roman buildings. The basilica has a bare, somewhat sombre interior, its three naves separated by a series of arches.
Day 8 – Ajaccio, Corsica
(Wednesday May 3 - Arrive 08.00 hrs. Depart 18.00 hrs.)
Considered Corsica’s primary commercial and cultural hub, the largest city and regional capital, Ajaccio is situated on the west coast of the island, approximately 644 km (400 miles) southeast of Marseille. Founded in 1492, vestiges of ancient Corsica in this ville impériale revolve around the city’s most famous son, Napoléon Bonaparte, whose family home (now the national museum Maison Bonaparte), pays tribute to the emperor’s historical influence. Remnants from what was originally a 12th-century Genoese colony are still visible around the Old Town near the imposing citadel and watchtower.
Day 9 – Livorno, Italy
(Thursday May 4 - Arrive 08.00 hrs. Depart 23.59 hrs.)
Livorno is a gritty city with a long and interesting history. In the early Middle Ages it alternately belonged to Pisa and Genoa. In 1421 Florence, seeking access to the sea, bought it. Cosimo I (1519–74) started construction of the harbour in 1571, putting Livorno on the map. After Ferdinando I de Medici (1549–1609) proclaimed Livorno a free city, it became a haven for people suffering from religious persecution; Roman Catholics from England and Jews and Moors from Spain and Portugal, among others, settled here. The Quattro Mori (Four Moors), also known as the Monument to Ferdinando I, commemorates this. The statue of Ferdinando I dates from 1595, the bronze Moors by
Pietro Tacca from the 1620s.
Day 10 – Portofino, Italy
(Friday May 5 - Arrive 08.00 hrs. Depart 22.00 hrs.)
One of the most photographed villages along the coast, with a decidedly romantic and affluent aura, Portofino has long been a popular destination for the rich and famous. Once an ancient Roman colony and taken by the Republic of Genoa in 1229, it has also been ruled by the French, English, Spanish, and Austrians, as well as by marauding bands of 16th-century pirates. Elite British tourists first flocked to the lush harbour in the mid-1800s. Some of Europe's wealthiest drop anchor in Portofino in summer, but they stay out of sight by day, appearing in the evening after buses and boats have carried off the day-trippers.
Day 11 – Nice, France
(Saturday May 6 - Arrive 08.00 hrs.)
United with France only since 1860, Nice has its own history and atmosphere, exemplified by the stark contrast between the openness and modernity of the Promenade des Anglais and the narrow, ochre-tinted streets of the Old Town. It was on Colline du Château (now château-less) and at the Plage des Ponchettes, in front of the Old Town, that the Greeks established a market-port and named it Nikaia.
Silver Spirit combines the award-winning hallmarks of the Silversea luxury cruise experience with expanded amenities and exciting new venues for dining and entertainment. Dine on fresh sushi and innovative Asian fusion cuisine at Seishin, meet friends at Stars Supper Club for small plate specialties and live entertainment, or recharge and rejuvenate in the 8,300-square foot spa and fitness centre of the Silver Spirit. Featuring the largest suites in the Silversea fleet, Silver Spirit offers a lively, convivial atmosphere for cosmopolitan travellers who enjoy a greater variety of shipboard diversions, yet crave the personalised service and authentic and “up-close” experiences for which Silversea is known. More ways to play … and to relax … Silver Spirit.
GUESTS: 540 CREW: 376 LENGTH: 642 Feet / 198.5 Meters
Silversea's ocean view suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.
1,292 ft² / 120m² including veranda, Deck 8
The name Owners Suite says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Vista Suite.
1,425–1,532 ft² / 132–142m² including veranda, Deck 8/9
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by linking with an adjoining Veranda Suite.
990 ft² / 92m² including veranda, Deck 7
Stately describes the Royal Suite. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for entertaining. Enough living space to roam. The pinnacle of good living. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two bedrooms (as illustrated) by linking with an adjoining Veranda Suite.
742 ft² / 69m² including veranda, Deck 10/11
Stylish and sophisticated. Separate dining and living rooms. Larger verandas. Situated mid-ship. Perfection in design for comfortable living. Silver Suites accommodate three guests (there is a sofa bed in the living area).
376 ft² / 35m² including veranda, Deck 5/6/7/8/9
A Silversea signature, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone.
Some Veranda Suites accommodate three guests (there is a sofa bed in the living area).
Veranda 4, 5 and 6 offer preferred central location with identical accommodation to Veranda 1, 2 and 3.
312 ft² / 29m², Deck 4
A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area of the Vista Suite has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed during the cruise.
Some Vista Suites accommodate three guests (there is a sofa bed in the living area).
From / To
Dublin / Rome
Nice / Dublin
Fares from €110.00 – call us for a quotation
Prices are per person sharing (flights not included)
Wed 26 Apr
Sat 06 May
Prices are subject to change
Tours & Activities
Indulge your senses with the exquisite beauty and unique flavours of Italy during this brief yet relaxing 2-night stay at a family-owned vineyard estate and winery recognised the world over for its dedication to excellence in the art of Italian winemaking. After flying into Rome, drive into the heart of the Brunello region of Tuscany for a two-night stay at Castello Banfi. During your visit, learn the secrets to preparing authentic Italian cuisine, sample wines produced on the estate and take in the scenic beauty of Montalcino. At the conclusion of your visit, transfer to the pier in Civitavecchia for embarkation.
How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with a deposit of 25% of the total cost (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 120 days prior to sailing – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.
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