Deep South & Caribbean Seaside
America & Canada
My Cruises Package Inclusions
- 10 Day leisurely guided tour from Chicago to New Orleans with transportation on a private deluxe motor coach with services of a professional tour director
- 7 Night cruise from Miami onboard MSC Seaside in an Interior Cabin
- Return Economy Class flights from Auckland to Chicago, returning from Miami including luggage
- All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues, & selected non-alcoholic beverages
- A wide range of onboard activities, & entertainment
- All port taxes & charges included
- BONUS Exclusive My Cruises Package Holiday Savings
- BONUS One-way flight from New Orleans to Miami
- 3 BONUS Nights, pre-cruise stay in a centrally located hotel in Miami
- 10 Day tour includes:
- City tour of Chicago
- Orientation tour of St Louis
- Sightseeing tour of Nashville with entry to the Country Music Hall of Fame
- Exclusive admission to a show at the famous Grand Ole Opry
- Orientation tour of Memphis
- Admission to the home of Elvis Presley in Graceland
- City tour of New Orleans
Tour & Sail Date Information
Tour Departs Monday, September 14, 2020 and Set Sail on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
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Day 1-2: Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Welcome to the Windy City! Chicago is one the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, & it’s unique skyline. While you are there you will see the John Hancock Center, The Willis Tower – formerly the Sears Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, Art Institute of Chicago. Take some time to try the famous deep dish Chicago style Pizza.
Day 3: St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
You have reached the “Gateway to the West” – see the iconic, 630-ft arch built to pay tribute to the city as the “Gateway to the West” & Americas early explorers. Traditional paddlewheelers cruise the river, offering views of the arch & the City. head to The Soulard district is home to barbecue restaurants and clubs playing blues music, to get the full St Louis experience.
Day 4-5: Nashville, Tennessee (USA)
Welcome to the iconic Nashville, Tennessee! This city is legendary for it’s contribution to country music. Famous venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum also the historic Ryman Auditorium. Nashville is renowned for its honky-tonks with live music. Another great spot to visit while you are in town is the Johnny Cash Museum.
Day 6: Memphis, Tennessee (USA)
Memphis is one of the beating heart of music in the south with blues, soul & rock ‘n’ roll that originating there. Visit the iconic Sun Studio where music legends such as Elvis Presley, B.B. King & Johnny Cash all recorded albums. If you are still looking for more amazing venues to visit then see the Memphis has you covered with the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame & Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
Day 7: Graceland, Tennessee (USA)
Graceland is the world-famous home of the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll Elvis Presley. The renowned actor & singes opulent 13.8-acre estate has become a museum dedicated to his life. Now owned by his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, Graceland has everything from his private airport & plane to the grave of Elvis & his family.
Day 8-10: New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)
New Orleans is situated on the Mississippi River, close to the Mexican Gulf. It is synonymous with culture, displayed through its vibrant music scene, endless nightlife and an array of cuisines drawn from their French, African and American heritage. Bourbon Street is where you’ll find the invigorating New Orleans experience!
PRE-CRUISE BONUS NIGHTS
Enjoy three BONUS Nights in Miami before your Caribbean cruise begins!
Day 1: Miami, Florida (USA)
Welcome to Miami! The Cuban influence of this city is evident through the many cafes and cigar shops situated in Little Havana. Spend a few hours down at the famous South Beach, explore the colourful art deco architecture, restaurants and invigorating nightclubs.
Day 2: At Sea
Your full day at sea will allow you to take full advantage of everything your ship has to offer. Seek out hidden treasures and make the most of the facilities onboard. If you packed full of fun activities then be sure to refer to the ship’s daily newsletter to keep up to date on everything offered onboard. If relaxation is on your mind then your sea day will allow you to sit back, soak in ship life and watch the world as it floats by you.
Day 3: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
A quaint port town on Jamaica’s northern coast, it has transformed from a fishing village to a hotel hot spot and cruise ship harbour. You’ll also find a vast rainforest, rivers and waterfalls.
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Capital of the Cayman Islands, George Town is a financial hub and port of call for a majority of cruise ships. The National Museum is housed in a 19th-century building on Harbour Drive, with displays of local history, culture and wildlife.
Day 5: Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel is very popular for it’s pristine scuba diving and snorkelling conditions, showcasing an abundance of reef structures and submerged sculptures. There is also an array of marine life including dolphins, turtles and manatees.
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Bahamas
Ocean Cay is part of the Bimini chain of islands in the western Bahamas. MSC Cruises has helped this country set up an environmental paradise and an exclusive spot for vacationing in harmony with nature in one of its most astonishing locations.
Day 8: Miami, Florida (USA)
Your cruise ends here.
MSC Seaside rewrites the rule book of cruise ship design, blending indoor and outdoor areas to connect you with the sea like never before. Circling the ship as low as Deck 7 is a unique seafront promenade lined with places to eat, drink, shop, swim and sunbathe. And you can enjoy superb views from the two glass-floored catwalks and panoramic elevators. With 10 eateries to choose from, including five sophisticated speciality restaurants, dining on MSC Seaside is as varied as it is delicious. Families are superbly catered for. For the perfect pre-dinner aperitif, late night drink or daytime refreshment, there is a choice of 19 smart bars and lounges, each with its own unique atmosphere. MSC Seaside also offers a full-sized bowling alleys, a dedicated family restaurant, and the most interactive, multi-storey water park at sea featuring 5 different water slides, an AquaPlayTM area designed for tots and an adventure trail and olourful kids’ play areas created in partnership with LEGO® and Chicco®.
Travel based on sail date, November 7, 2020.
Prices are per person twin share in NZD based on travel from Auckland, and subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Pricing is subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Surcharges may apply.
Flights may not be direct or operate daily.
Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change. Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur.
Accommodation is subject to change and availability.
Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be onboard 2 hours before sailing.
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.
All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from New Zealand.
NOTE – Baggage is not included between New Orleans and Miami – this is payable at the airport for USD $25/bag.
Fantastica Experience will not include the choice of cabin number due to group allocation.
Please note gratuities are payable onboard for your cruise and gratuities are optional to be paid locally for tour.