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A 7 day trip on MSC Magnifica around Northern Europe, well bits of it anyway! Day 7 Le Havre then Southampton

Today is Tuesday October 7 and we approached Le Havre at 7am, the sky was cloudy as we were making our final manoeuvres to berth. I have a nice view of the town centre from my cabin as we are docked opposite it. The buildings are mostly […]

A 7 day trip on MSC Magnifica around Northern Europe, well bits of it anyway! Day 6

Today is Monday October 6 and I woke at 5am to a very surreal scene. My balcony was open and my curtains drawn back. Looking out into the darkness I could see what appeared to be pieces of white paper swirling in the backwash of the exterior […]

A 7 day trip on MSC Magnifica around Northern Europe, well bits of it anyway! Day 5 Hamburg

It took us a little over 7 hours to cover the 80 nm and at 7.15am we were at our berth at Altona Cruise Terminal. I’m more used to docking at the Hafencity terminal which is a mile or so further along the Elbe. This is quite […]

A 7 day trip on MSC Magnifica around Northern Europe, well bits of it anyway! Day 4 At sea.

Today is Saturday October 4 and I woke just after 7am to the cool of a Dutch morning, the waterway was silent as it had been overnight and the sky was a delightful baby blue with a smattering of thin wispy clouds. I think it will be […]

A 7 day trip on MSC Magnifica around Northern Europe, well bits of it anyway! Day 3 Amsterdam

Today is Friday October 3 and I woke at 4.55 to the sound of powerful diesel engines alongside the ship, we were boarding the pilot who will guide us through the 4 lock system that is the North Sea Canal which is so aptly named as it […]

A 7 day trip on MSC Magnifica around Northern Europe, well bits of it anyway! Day 2 Zeebrugge!

With the loss of the hour, I woke at 7.30 to a grey overcast sky. Today is Thursday October 2 and having had breakfast the clouds are breaking up and blue sky is appearing. MSC are charging 14 euros for the privilege of using the free shuttle […]

A 7 day trip on MSC Magnifica around Northern Europe, well bits of it anyway! Day 1

It only seems a few days since I was writing to you from MSC Opera and of course it was; I booked this little 7 day trip when I returned from my trip from South Africa on Sinfonia. This time I’m going to Zeebrugge (again), Amsterdam overnight […]

A European Adventure on MSC Opera Day 10 Le Havre then Southampton

Today is Friday September 26 and it is the final full day of the cruise. We are in Le Havre and my cabin faces a row of warehouses with thousands of containers stacked behind it for as far as the eye can see. The view in the […]

A European Adventure on MSC Opera Day 9 At sea

Today is Thursday September 25 and the sky is partially cloudy but with vast swathes of baby blue sky, the sea still has some swells but the surface is unbroken. I had eggs benedict again for breakfast and a baked apple. It seems a perfect combination. The […]

A European Adventure on MSC Opera Day 8 Bilbao

Today is Wednesday September 24 and we have arrived in the port of Bilbao at the base of the Bay of Biscay, we are moored in a commercial dock area and there is a shuttle bus to the city, it is a mere 13 euros each for […]