Casablanca, Morocco - Mediterranean Cruises

Welcome to cosmopolitan ‘Casa’, a name synonymous with North African mystique. Explore its busy bazaar in search of leather, ceramic and wooden souvenirs then wind down the scenic Corniche promenade which arcs along the coast. It leads to the stunning Hassan II Mosque, rising in smooth marble from a rocky outcrop crowned by a majestic 210-metre minaret.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Casablanca Art Deco & Rick's Cafe - Small Group To

    Explore the city of Casablanca old and new, and enjoy a drink at Rick’s Cafe.

    Casablanca Art Deco & Rick's Cafe - Small Group To

    Your walk begins at the Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993 the mosque is the most stunning monument in the City. Constructed looking over the Atlantic Ocean, the mosque has an impressive minaret (tower), which reaches over 650 feet in height.

    A stop will be made at Place Mohamed V to admire the splendid government buildings, such as the prefecture, with its tall bell tower, and see the Palais de Justice.

    Continue to the Place des Nations Unies, a square surrounded by elegant residential buildings. Discover the city's rich architectural heritage, which is a blend of French-colonial design and traditional Moroccan style, known as Mauresque architecture. Developed in the 1930s and heavily influenced by the Art Deco movement, it embraced decorative details such as intricately carved friezes, beautiful tile work and ornate wrought-iron balconies.

    Before returning to the ship, relax whilst sipping a soft drink at the famous Rick’s Café. Thanks to the immortal film Casablanca, this café has been designed with details and mementoes reminiscent of the film and gives you a great opportunity to relive the magic of Casablanca and those famous scenes between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot.There is a total of 2 hours’ walking and steps to be negotiated at the mosque and Rick’s Café.

    Tour code

    CAS_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Imperial Rabat

    Discover Rabat, the imperial city, with colourful patios, exuberant gardens and a bewitching Royal Palace.

    Imperial Rabat

    Rabat is both the capital and the youngest of the four ‘Imperial Cities’. Deriving its name from ribat or monastic stronghold, it is the seat for the King’s residence, government buildings and foreign embassies.

    An exterior visit of the Royal Palace will show you a magnificent example of Moroccan and Andalucian architecture, and you will continue with an overview of the Cellah Fortress, which used to be a part of the old town before it was abandoned in the 12th century.

    Considered as the eighth wonder of the world, the Mohammed V Mausoleum is the final resting place of the famous king. King Hassan II built this highly ornate mausoleum in 1971 in honour of his father, Sultan Mohamed V, the liberator of the kingdom. Inside, you will see the exquisitely crafted burial chamber and white onyx tomb, which stands on a slab of granite.

    In the same area you will find the Hassan Tower, an imposing four-sided minaret. This tower stands among the ruins of its 12th century mosque; so large, it was never completed and is the principal landmark of Rabat.

    You will end your visit at the Andalusian gardens of the Kasbah of Oudayas, which dates back to the 17th century and displays a large variety of plant life and flowers.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are inclines, uneven ground and steps to negotiate at the Mausoleum, the Oudayas Gardens and the Chellah Necropolis. Shopping time is not included on this tour. A royal visit to Rabat could occur without any advance notice, which could result in the closure of the Mausoleum.

    Tour code

    CAS_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Casablanca and Rabat

    This tale of two cities will give you a perfect introduction to Casablanca and Rabat.

    Casablanca and Rabat

    Your tale begins with a panoramic drive along the Corniche Boulevard of Casablanca and its wonderful, hotels and luxury restaurants for a photograph stop at the Hassan II Mosque, an awe- inspiring modern marvel decorated by artisans of centuries.

    Continue through the boulevard d'Anfa and the residential district of Anfa. Crossing the Arab League and Place des Nations, visit the famous Cathedral Notre Dame de Casablanca.

    Sit back and relax for the drive to Rabat, some 60 miles north of Casablanca. Upon arrival, you will see the 18th century Medina of Rabat, with its narrow streets.

    Luncheon will be served in a typical Moroccan restaurant within the Medina. Afterwards, you will visit the Andalusian Gardens of the Kasbah of Oudayas, dated back to the 17th century,the prestigious Mohamed V Mausoleum (considered as the 8th Wonder of the World), and the Royal Palace Esplanade to admire the majestic palace, built in the second half of the 18th century by the Sultan Mohamed Ben Abdullah, before the journey back to Casblanca


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. To derive full enjoyment from this excursion a total of two hours of walking is necessary. Steps must be negotiated at the Kasbah of Oudayas and Mausoleum. The order of the sights may vary.

    Tour code

    CAS_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    10 hours

  • El Jadida Portuguese Connections

    Journey back in time and visit one of the best preserved Portuguese fortress towns in Morocco.

    El Jadida Portuguese Connections

    Once known as Mazagan, the fortified city of El Jadida was built on the shores of the Atlantic and founded in 1513 by the Portuguese. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a small, delightful coastal town with several twelve feet-thick bastions – L’Ange, Saint Sebastian, Saint Antoine and Saint Esprit.

    Within its city walls are the former Portuguese residences, with pilasters and wrought iron balconies, and the minaret and mosque standing next to the deconsecrated Church of Our Lady of Assumption, built in the pentagonal watchtower.

    During a stroll around the ramparts and from each of the five bastions you will have magnificent views across the town and sea gate, the moat and the clustered houses.

    You will be amazed by an interior visit of the cistern, an underground reservoir. This immense square hall supported by 25 columns and lit only by a circular opening in the roof.

    Built originally as an arsenal, in the 16th century the Portuguese transformed it into a cistern.

    There is a mark on the wall that records the water level at that time; a setting often used by film-makers, in particular Orson Wells for his 'Othello'.

    You will make a short visit of the Medina on foot and stop for a refreshment before returning to Casablanca.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of total walking included on this tour and steps and uneven ground to negotiate at the cistern and the ramparts. The order of the sights may vary.

    Tour code

    CAS_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Cosmopolitan Casablanca & Belly Dance

    Experience the history and culture of Casablanca and be mesmerised by a mystical belly dancer, whilst enjoying a traditional Moroccan lunch.

    Cosmopolitan Casablanca & Belly Dance

    Your tour of Casablanca will begin with an exterior visit of the Hassan II Mosque. This will give an opportunity to photograph one of the largest religious monuments in the world after Mecca. The mosque boasts the world’s largest minaret, stretching 650 feet in height. Marvel at the impressive Moroccan architecture of this vast mosque built on the edge of the sea.

    Drive along the coastal area of Casablanca called the ‘Corniche Boulevard’ with its wonderful hotels, restaurants and private swimming pools.

    Your tour continues through the residential district of Anfa, with its stunning mansion houses and expensive private properties. You’ll then drive through the city centre to the Mohamed V Square to admire the true beauty of the Palace of Justice.

    The tour will conclude with a Moroccan lunch, accompanied by belly dancing and the Folkloric group "Dakka Marrakchia"or Gnawa Music.

    This excursion will operate by coach. Passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach.

    Tour code

    CAS_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Leisurely Casablanca

    Experience the history and culture of the famous Moroccan city of Casablanca from the comfort of your coach.

    Leisurely Casablanca

    Explore the beauty of Casablanca, the city of contrasts. Your tour will begin with a drive along the Atlantic sea-side resort of Casablanca called the ‘Corniche Boulevard’ with its wonderful hotels, restaurants and private swimming pools.

    An exterior visit of the Hassan II Mosque will allow you a photo opportunity of the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca, which boasts the world’s largest minaret stretching 650 feet in height. Marvel at the impressive Moroccan architecture of this vast mosque built on the sea edge.

    After sampling mint tea and a pastry at a local hotel, your tour continues through the residential district of Anfa with its stunning mansion houses and expensive private properties. You’ll then drive through the city centre to Mohamed V Square to admire the true beauty of the Palace of Justice before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach. No entrances are included. Passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach.

    Tour code

    CAS_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Casablanca Highlights

    Casablanca, experience the highlights, mystery and romance of Morocco's largest city.

    Casablanca Highlights

    Casablanca, founded in 1515 by the Portuguese, is now an expanding dynamic metropolis, with wide avenues lined by modern buildings of European style.

    Your tour will begin with an enjoyable drive along the coastal road known as the Corniche, bordered by an uninterrupted sweep of beaches and a tourist area hidden among the rocks. Spend approximately an hour at the imposing Hassan II Mosque, a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture and is the third largest mosque in the Islamic world. This magnificent building has a two hundred and ten - high minaret and a capacity for twenty five thousand worshippers.

    Afterwards, you will take a panoramic drive through the residential quarter of Anfa with its mansion houses, crossing of the Boulevard Zerktouni and the beautiful Arab league and Nations Square. Stop for a picture of the Palace of Justice, then visit the Church of Notre Dame de Lourdes and discover the Royal Palace Esplanade and the typical Moorish-style buildings of the Habous Quarter. Before returning to the ship you’ll make a brief stop, for the opportunity to purchase spices, leather goods and souvenirs at the United Nations Square.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Shoes must be removed in the Mosque and shoulders and knees should be covered. To derive full enjoyment from this excursion some walking is necessary. Steps must be negotiated at the Mosque, church and Habous quarter. Only an exterior visit will be made to the Notre Dame Church on a Sunday. The order of sights may vary.

    Tour code

    CAS_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

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