Casablanca

The new and the old Morocco 
Moresque and Art Deco buildings
The Mosquée Hassan II

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Casablanca/Marrakech

An Oscar-winning city

Morocco’s biggest city and commercial capital, Casablanca (Dar el Baida in its literalArabic form) is the Maghreb’s largest port, and busier than Marseilles, on which it was modelled by the French.

 
Casablanca’s most obvious sight, a not to be missed stop in any Mediterranean cruises, is the Mosquée Hassan II, and it also has the only Jewish museum in the Muslim world, but the city’s true delight remains the Mauresque and Art Deco architecture built during the colonial period. When you are cruising the Mediterranean Sea with MSC Cruises Casablanca, just over Gibraltar, can be a bewildering place to arrive, but once you’re in the centre, orientation gets a little easier.

It’s focused on a large public square, Place Mohammed V, and most of the places to stay, eat, or see, are located in and around the avenues that radiate from it. A few blocks to the north, still partially walled, is the Old Medina, which was all there was of Casablanca until around1907.
 
Just to the west of both the port and Casablanca’s downtown area, the Old Medina dates largely from the late nineteenth century. The Medina has a slightly disreputable air but it isn’t sinister, and it can be a good source for cheap snacks and general good on an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion. A small eighteenth-century bastion, the Skala, has been restored, with some old cannons and an upmarket café-restaurant. Raised on a rocky platform reclaimed from the ocean, the Hassan II Mosque was designed by French architect Michel Pinseau; it is open to non-Muslims on accompanied one-hour visits that also visit the mosque’s huge and elaborate basement hammam.

Must see places in Casablanca

  • The old Medina

    The old Medina

  • Hassan II Mosque

    Hassan II Mosque

  • Rabat Mohammed V Mauseoleum

    Rabat Mohammed V Mauseoleum

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  • MARRAKECH

    CITY TOUR

    CAS02

    Situated a 3-hour coach drive from the port of Casablanca lies the vibrant city of Marrakech, also called the “Pearl of the South”. Included in the tour itinerary are some of Marrakech’s key sights, including the beautifully decorated Saadian tombs and th
    • Drink included

    • Lunch or dinner included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      11 h

    • Adults$155.00Price per person

    • Children$112.00Price per person

  • RABAT

    CITY TOUR

    CAS03

    Among the must-sees during your stay in North Africa is the historical coastal city of Rabat, which is not only the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, but also the country’s third-largest metropolis with a population of around 650,000 inhabitants. After b
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$79.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    • CASABLANCA & RABAT

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      CAS05

      This tour of two cities is a great way to see the key sights of Casablanca, the country’s largest metropolis and main port, as well as Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Starting in Casablanca, a first stop will be made at Mohamed V Square and Hassan II Mosqu
      • Drink included

      • Lunch or dinner included

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        10 h

      • Adults$155.00Price per person

      • Children$112.00Price per person

    • CITY TOUR AND HASSAN II’ S MOSQUE

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      CAS01

      Founded by the Carthaginian who called the city “Anfa”, Casablanca as it is today is the result of rebuilding work carried out after a devastating earthquake in 1755. This city excursion will take you on a panoramic tour through the main streets and squar
      • Shopping

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$75.00Price per person

      • Children$55.00Price per person

    • THE LIGHTS OF CASABLANCA AT NIGHT

      SCENIC ROUTE

      CAS09

      Located in western Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean, the huge city of Casablanca is already a remarkable sight during the day, but at night, the place lights up in an array of different colours that will astound you. This coach-based sightseeing tour plus di
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        00 m

      • Adults$99.00Price per person

      • Children$75.00Price per person

    The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
    Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

     

    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Morocco

    Traditions and tourism
    Traditions and tourism

    cruise to Morocco is ripe with immediate and enduring fascination. Though just an hour across the sea from Spain, it seems at once very far from Europe, with a culture – Islamic and deeply traditional – that is almost wholly unfamiliar.

    Throughout the country, despite the years of French and Spanish colonial rule and the presence of modern and cosmopolitan cities like Rabat and Casablanca, a more distant past constantly makes its presence felt. Fez, perhaps the most beautiful of all Arab cities, maintains a life still rooted in medieval times, when a Moroccan kingdom stretched from Senegal to northern Spain, while in the mountains of the Atlas and the Rif, it is still possible to draw up tribal maps of the Berber population.

    As a backdrop to all this, the country’s physical make-up is extraordinary: from the Mediterranean coast, which you’ll get to know during your MSC cruise to Morocco, through four mountain ranges, to the empty sand and scrub of the Sahara.

    The coast is best enjoyed in the north at Tangier, Asilah and Larache, and in the south at El Jadida, Essaouira. Inland, where the real interest of Morocco lies, the outstanding cities are Fez and Marrakesh. The great imperial capitals of the country’s various dynasties, they are almost unique in the Arab world for the chance they offer to witness city life that, in patterns and appearance, remains in large part medieval.

     
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