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CroisiEurope offers three repositioning cruises from the Med to the Moroccan coast

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Art, history and culture feature in the itineraries
CroisiEurope’s La Belle des Océans will operate three repositioning cruises from the Mediterranean, where it is based in summer, to the Moroccan coast and onwards to the Canary Islands, where it will operate for the winter season.

All meals and drinks, onboard activities, port fees and emergency/repatriation insurance are included in the cost.

Balearic Islands

A six-night Balearic Islands cruise departing October 16 will sail from Nice to Barcelona calling Port Mahon, Palma and Ibiza. Throughout the cruise, passengers can sample Spanish food with an onboard cocktail party serving sangria and tapas or have a traditional meal at a Mallorcan restaurant. Tastings of Spanish pastries will also take place onboard, and a tasting of Spanish cold cuts will be held at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona. 

Prices start from £2,217 per person. 

Art focus

A seven-night cruise from Barcelona to Målaga will follow in the footsteps of Gaudi, Dali and Picasso with calls in Roses, Palamos, Tarragona and Cartagena. Highlights include Gaudi masterpieces – La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell – the Dali Theater-Museum, home to the world’s largest Surrealist works of art, and the Picasso Museum in Malaga which houses many works of art by the artist it is named after.

There will also be tastings of sangria and tapas, paella, Spanish pastries and cold meats. The ship departs October 22 and prices start at £2,487 per person. 

Architectural highlights 

Departing October 29, La Belle des Océans will sail from Malaga to Arrecife focusing on Mudéjar art, the result of a blending of Moorish and European styles during the Moorish Invasion and the Spanish Reconquista. A hybrid movement, it is unique to Spain and many of the most famous buildings to have been constructed in its style have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The seven-night cruise will call in Tangier, Casablanca and Agadir with highlights consisting of: The Alhambra, one of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture; Jardin Majorelle, one of Morocco’s most impressive botanical gardens; the Berber town of Taroudant; and the coastal city of Rabat, one of four Imperial Cities of Morocco with a UNESCO World Heritage listed medina that contains monuments such as the Chellah medieval fortified necropolis, Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum Mohammed V. 

Passengers can dine on tapas and sangria while onboard the vessel. They will also have the chance for a tasting of Moroccan pastries and mint tea, a tasting of wine and cheese from the Canary Islands and be able to take a typical Moroccan lunch in the heart of Marrakesh. Prices are from £3,085 per person. 

La Belle des Océans

The 130-passenger La Belle des Océans has 65 ocean-view suites; public spaces include a swimming pool, two bars/lounges, a restaurant, an outside grill and grill bar around the pool, fitness centre and wellness salon.