Holidays at sea

Europe is the second global market in the cruise sector. Discover with Viajes El Corte Inglés two attractive routes, Mediterranean and Norwegian fjords

The seventh art allows us to embark on a multitude of experiences, whether by land, sea or air. And although the common denominator of all of them is risk, the sea exploits are spiced with a bit more adrenaline. The screen has given us in this medium suspense, battles, fear and humor, leaving us movies and series like ‘Una noche en la ópera’ (1935), ‘Verano azul’ (1981), ‘Captain Phillips’ (2013), ‘ El battleship Potemkin ‘ (1925) or the saga of ‘ Pirates of the Caribbean ‘ (2003-2017), where boats are the true protagonists and our desire to sail the seas surpasses fiction. Why not make that dream come true and plan a vacation on the high seas?

The sector of maritime and river cruises is, within the tourism industry, one of the most dynamic. With a decade of continuous growth, Europe is the second market (issuer and receiver), only surpassed by North America. According to the latest figures provided by the CLIA (International Association of Cruise Lines), the industry exceeds 47,000 million euros in the European economy and provides some 30 million cruise passengers by 2019. Viajes El Corte Inglés has been selecting the best itineraries for years to enjoy some ‘Holidays at sea’ (1977-1987). For this summer season, we propose two ‘must’ of the cruises: Mediterranean and Norwegian fjords. Do you embark with us?

Browse centuries of history
The Mediterranean Sea is not only an ancient witness to the history of mankind, but also the setting for numerous feature films. From the suspense of Narciso Ibáñez Serrador in ‘Who can kill a child?’ (1976), going through the innumerable persecutions of agent Bourne along the French and Spanish Mediterranean coasts and the beautiful romances lived on their islands: ‘Mamma mia!’ (2008) or ‘The Great Blue’ (1988), up to the titles of past civilizations such as ‘Troy’ (2004), ‘Gladiator’ (2000) or ‘Agora'(2009), all shot on the island of Malta. The Mediterranean has become a confidant of sailors, castaways, discoverers, explorers and moviegoers over the centuries.

For eight days and seven nights, embark on the Royal Caribbean® ship Oasis of the Seas® to enjoy a classic Mediterranean route. This itinerary begins in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona , to continue through the Balearic capital, Palma de Mallorca and tour Marseille and the charms of the French Riviera. It will be docked in the port city of La Spezia , with the aim of visiting two emblematic cities of Italian Tuscany: Florence and Pisa . Continuing along the Italian coast, the ship will arrive at the port of Civitavecchia to visit the Eternal City, Rome, historic Naples and the ‘island of the mermaids’,Capri. The cruise will end at the port of Barcelona.

From 799 euros per person, and for departures from May to September, you will enjoy this experience, which includes boarding and full board rates, as well as offering special prices for families and discounts of up to 30%.

Viking routes through the Norwegian fjords
The line of the Norwegian coast, with 100.915 kilometers, is one of the longest in the world and with a greater number of fjords, more than a thousand. This spectacle of nature, in addition to having been home to merchants, farmers and Viking warriors for more than two centuries, has also inspired and hypnotized more than one film director. Christopher McQuarrie did not hesitate, in the sixth installment of ‘Mission Impossible’ (2018), shoot a scene in the famous rock formation Pulpit Rock, which showed the agent Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, climbing the wall of more than 640 meters above the Lysefjord.

The Norwegian fjords have also served as inspiration for fiction and animation films. Many of the locations of the popular Disney film ‘Frozen’ (2013) are inspired by Norway. The Finse glacier served George Lucas and Irvin Kershner to create the planet Hoth in the ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980).

For eight days and seven nights, you can enjoy these movie enclaves with the ship Costa Favolosa, from the Costa Cruises shipping company. The trip will start in the German city of Warnemünde, on the Baltic coast, and then visit the Danish capital, Copenhagen. After a few hours of navigation, the ship will arrive in Norway. The route through the fjords will start in the village of Hellesylt and continue through Geiranger, Bergen and Stavanger, where you can see some of the most spectacular fjords on the coast. The route will reach the mouth of the Göta River, where Gothenburg is located , one of the most important seaports in Sweden. The crossing will end at the port of origin.

This trip, with departures from May to August, you can enjoy from 1,499 euros, price that includes flights in economy class from Madrid, boarding fees, service fee and full board with drinks, plus an exclusive service at the Madrid airport .

* Viajes El Corte Inglés has located and organized all the movie cruises, now it proposes you to book before June 30th. Discover all the advantages of summer cruises.


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