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Golden beaches, vibrant souks & rich tagines: What to do & eat on a Morocco cruise

Morocco cruise holidays are the ideal way to take in sun-drenched shorelines, traditional markets and historic fortresses. Here’s what to do in popular ports Casablanca and Agadir.

Morocco cruises offer plenty to keep holidaymakers happy, whether you’re after beaches, culture or that dash of old Hollywood magic.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) sails to not one but two Morocco cruise ports in the North African country – Agadir and Casablanca – onboard fabulous cruise ship Norwegian Star.

In Agadir, on the southern Atlantic coast, you can relax on golden sands and stock up on souvenirs in vibrant markets, while Casablanca, Morocco’s bustling metropolis to the west, exudes a cosmopolitan charm with its blend of modern architecture and historic landmarks.

Moreover, an extra perk of NCL’s Europe: Spain, Morocco & Gibraltar itinerary is that Norwegian Star is in Casablanca from 9am until 11pm so you have ample time to truly explore the city!

We’ve taken a look at the top things to see and do in Casablanca and Agadir on a Morocco cruise, plus what to eat while you’re there.


What to see in Agadir

Agadir Beach: Anyone for a dip? The crown jewel of Agadir’s attractions, Agadir Beach [above, left] is a stunning stretch of golden sands and sparkling waters. Its vast expanse provides a picturesque setting on cruises to Morocco for sunbathing, swimming and a range of water sports backed by the Atlas Mountains

Agadir Kasbah (Agadir Oufella): Rising above the city, the Agadir Kasbah was originally a fortress overlooking the city. Although it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1960, the ruins and the vantage point offer an opportunity to reflect on the city’s history and resilience (pretending you’re a Sultan optional) while admiring the scenic beauty of the coast on cruises to Morocco.

What to do in Agadir

Crocopark: This wildlife sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation and education of crocodiles and reptiles. Visitors can observe a diverse array of species up close (there are more than 300 Nile crocodiles!) and learn all about them through Crocopark’s informative displays, guided tours and engaging presentations. Just remember not to smile at the crocs…

Souk El Had: Consider yourself a good haggler? For an authentic taste of local culture and shopping on your Morocco cruise, Souk El Had in Agadir is a bustling marketplace home to a treasure trove of goods, from traditional crafts and textiles to spices, jewellery and local produce. That’s Christmas presents sorted.

What to eat in Agadir

Tagine: Tagine [above, right] is a quintessential Moroccan dish and a must-try. Named after the earthenware pot it’s cooked in, tagine is a slow-cooked stew that combines a rich blend of meats (such as chicken, lamb or beef), vegetables and a medley of aromatic spices like saffron, cumin and cinnamon – and it goes perfectly with fellow Moroccan staple couscous!

Fresh seafood: Make the most of Agadir’s coastal location on cruises to Morocco and head to the local seafood markets or waterfront restaurants to sample a range of ocean-fresh delights, from grilled fish, such as sardines or sea bream, to prawns, calamari and more.


What to see in Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque: The Hassan II Mosque [above] is one of the largest mosques in the world (ooh) and features intricate craftsmanship, stunning mosaic work and intricate details (aaah). When you cruise to Morocco admire its exterior from the esplanade or taking a guided tour inside.

Corniche: Casablanca’s Corniche is a picturesque coastal promenade ideal for a leisurely stroll, a jog by the sea or a relaxed afternoon at one of the beachfront cafés on a NCL Morocco cruise stop. The Corniche provides a refreshing escape from the urban bustle and is particularly scenic at sunset, too. Soaking it up with a refreshing drink in-hand encouraged.

What to do in Casablanca

Old Medina: The Old Medina, also known as the Ancienne Medina, contrasts with Casablanca’s modern image, offering a glimpse into its traditional roots. Wandering through narrow alleys, you’ll encounter atmospheric markets, artisan workshops and historic architecture. No promises you’ll stumble across Humphrey Bogart though.

Art Deco architecture & shopping: Casablanca boasts a significant collection of Art Deco architecture, a reminder of its colonial history. When you cruise to Morocco, take a stroll through neighbourhoods such as the Habous Quarter and the city centre to admire these elegant buildings with their geometric patterns and fancy designs.

Afterwards, indulge in some retail therapy at Morocco Mall, one of Africa’s largest shopping centres, or explore Casablanca’s chic boutiques along the upscale shopping street of Boulevard d’Anfa. That’s birthday gifts covered too!

What to eat in Casablanca

Bocadillos: A popular street food in Casablanca, bocadillos are hearty sandwiches typically consisting of crusty bread filled with a variety of fillings, such as grilled meats, fried fish, sausages, vegetables and sauces.

Pastilla: Pastilla, also known as Bastilla, is a Moroccan pastry that combines sweet and savoury flavours. Traditionally made with layers of thin, flaky pastry dough, it is filled with a delicately spiced mixture of tender shredded chicken, aromatic spices, almonds and eggs. The pastilla is baked until golden and crispy then dusted with powdered sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Hello.

At sea

What to do on Norwegian Star

Norwegian Star [above] has many exciting voyages across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America and transatlantic routes.

Onboard, Norwegian Star offers an array of excellent dining choices such as Cagney’s Steakhouse and high-end French Restaurant Le-Bistro, inviting bars and lounges and a casino complete with a VIP section. Highlights include adult-only escape Spice H20 and the world-class Mandara Spa, while families will also find a wealth of entertainment options on the ship designed to cater to every age group of children.

To tempt you further, passengers on a cruise to Morocco with NCL have an exciting opportunity to enhance their journey by upgrading for just £199pp to enjoy the exclusive Free at Sea package.

This comprehensive bundle includes Premium Beverages – providing a selection of soft drinks, spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer – and access to speciality dining for an enhanced culinary experience.

Moreover, guests can enjoy added benefits, such as Wi-Fi access and excursion discounts (US$50 – £41) per stateroom for each tour booked. What’s more, on select sailings, passengers occupying the third and fourth positions in the stateroom will only be responsible for the applicable cruise tax, making it an exceptional value proposition for families and groups.

Set Sail

Europe: Spain, Morocco & Gibraltar with Norwegian Cruise Line

Duration: 11 nights

Where: Lisbon, Portugal | Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain | San Sebastian de La Gomera, Canary Islands | Las Palmas, Canary Islands | Agadir, Morocco | Casablanca, Morocco | Gibraltar | Granada (Malaga), Spain | Seville (Cadiz), Spain | Portimāo, Portugal | Lisbon, Portugal

Ship: Norwegian Star

Price: From £965 pp

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Published 23.08.23