Monte Carlo Cruises

Monaco’s Old Town ‘Le Rocher'
The City of Nice
The Medieval Village of Eze

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Monaco, an independent country on the glamorous French Riviera, is a playground for the rich and famous. This hedonist’s paradise is home to ritzy waterfront restaurants, a harbour filled with superyachts, and the Formula One Grand Prix. Celebrated for its palm-fringed Place du Casino, 13th century palace, stunning Larvotto beach, and mountainous backdrop, this MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination is a short drive from other coastal gems, including the seaside haven of Nice and the medieval village of Eze.

Monaco is made up of four distinct districts: Monte Carlo, its old town Monaco-Ville, Fontvieille, and La Condamine.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Monaco’s Old Town ‘Le Rocher'
• The City of Nice
• The Medieval Village of Eze
Take an MSC Cruises excursion to glitzy Monaco for a day of style in the sun!  Explore 'Le Rocher', the beautiful old town, perched on a towering cliff overlooking the ocean. Monaco’s serpentine old streets are full of architectural treasures including the Prince’s Palace and the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate — the resting place of Hollywood royalty Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III. Finally, enjoy some free time sipping lattes in a café or shopping designer boutiques along the avenues.
Explore the glorious city of Nice on an MSC Cruises excursion and stroll the city’s landmark Promenade des Anglais. Admire the stunning Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the fabulous Negresco Hotel with its Rococo façade and graceful palm trees. Wander around Nice’s historic quarter, visit the vibrant Cours Saleya market square, or grab a bite to eat in a bustling open-air café. Nice makes a perfect day out for all kinds of pleasure seekers thanks to its culture, colour, and history! 
Discover the enchanting medieval village of Eze on an MSC Cruises excursion, where you’ll travel the scenic Moyenne Corniche road. Take in spectacular panoramas of the French Riviera and gaze at the sea below. If you are keen on fragrances, enjoy a special guided tour of the renowned Fragonard perfume factory, established in 1926. Here, you’ll learn the trade secrets of perfume-making before shopping a collection of exclusive fragrances.

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    A great little state
    A great little state

    The tiny independent Principality of Monaco, no bigger than London’s Hyde Park, has been in the hands of the autocratic Grimaldi family since the 13th century, save for the two decades following the French Revolution, and in theory would become part of France were the royal line to die out.

    When you’re on a cruise to Monaco it’s easy to understand how the last hundred years the principality has lived off gambling, tourism and its status as a tax haven. Among its inhabitants, French citizens outnumber native-born Monegasques.

    Along with the Pope and the house of Liechtenstein, Prince Albert II is one of Europe’s few remaining constitutionally autocratic rulers. A holiday to Monaco is like taking a stroll along the Mediterranean. The three-kilometre-long state consists of several distinct quarters.

    The pretty old town of Monaco-Ville around the palace stands on the high promontory, with the densely built suburb and marina of Fontvieille in its western shadow. La Condamine is the old port quarter on the other side of the rock; Larvotto, the rather ugly bathing resort with artificial beaches of imported sand, reaches to the eastern border; and Monte Carlo is in the middle. French Beausoleil, uphill to the north, is merely an extension of the conurbation – the border is often unmarked and always easily crossed on foot.