Palma de Mallorca is a great destination to visit during a cruise vacation. Filled with many ties to the past, it’s an especially appealing port city for those who are fascinated by history. You will discover an exciting blend of architecture from different periods, as well as castles, churches, museums, and more. Since this city is located on an island, you will also come across many beautiful beaches! Since Palma de Mallorca is easily walkable, you won’t have to worry about the hassle of transportation if you’re just looking to explore its many landmarks. Public busses and taxis are available if you want to explore outside of the city or hit the beaches. Don’t forget to stop by a local bar and/or restaurant for delicious, freshly caught seafood and refreshments.
A great time to visit Palma de Mallorca is between March and May.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Palma de Mallorca, along with a brief description:
♦ Sa Seu
One of the most popular highlights of Palma de Mallorca is Sa Seu, one of the world’s biggest churches. It’s so big that you can’t miss it – it takes up nearly all of Palma de Mallorca’s skyline! This grand cathedral dates back as easy as 1229 on the former site of Palma’s original mosque. Plus, there is a huge lake built in front of the cathedral, which was built so that natural light from the sky could illuminate it at any time of the day. The incredible facade isn’t the only breathtaking part of Sa Seu, either – the inside is colorfully illuminated by over 1,200 pieces of stained glass. Many architects had a hand in helping design and redesign this cathedral, including Antoni Gaudi. There is a small fee to enter Sa Sec and it is open Monday to Saturday (subject to change).
♦ La Rambla
If you’re looking for a little less history and a little more modernization, save some time to stop by La Rambla. This area of Palma de Mallorca is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of opportunity for people watching. A flower market also operates along this strip. This is a great way to spend time outdoors in the city, and to get some light exercise in as you browse the many different storefronts.
♦ Bellver Castle
One unique sight in Palma de Mallorca is Bellver Castle, which is situated on top of a hill right outside of the city center. Over 700 years old, this well-preserved castle (and former prison) was built to be completely round, unlike many traditional castles. When visiting this fortress, not only can you admire its unique structure, but you can also enjoy sweeping views of Palma Bay from the top. Today, it serves as a museum where you can learn about the history of Palma.
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