Barcelona is unquestionably one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. With an eclectic collection of neighborhoods, diverse architecture, and a wonderful dining scene (among other great highlights), this port city is an incredible starting/ending point for any cruise, or as a port of call visited during a cruise. There is a number of ways to make the most of your time in Barcelona. From museums and cafes to bars and restaurants, to incredible landmarks and shows, Barcelona truly has something for guests of all interests to enjoy. A great time to visit Barcelona is during the spring/summer season (between May and June), when the weather is just right. Plus, there are many interesting festivals and events going on that time of the year!
There are a bunch of cruise lines that feature cruises from Barcelona! Among the most popular (and with the most onboard features) are Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean. If you are looking for a luxury cruise from Barcelona, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, and Silversea have you covered. Other cruise lines departing from Barcelona include Azamara (featuring destination-intensive itineraries), Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises, Ponant, Pullmantur Cruises (a Spanish-based cruise line), Viking Ocean Cruise, and Windstar Cruises. Some of the destinations you can go to from Barcelona are the Caribbean, Northern Europe, Western Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, Africa, and Asia. Additionally, there are a few World cruises as well as Repositioning cruises available.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
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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.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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 cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Barcelona, along with a brief description:
♦ Works of Antoni Gaudi
Antoni Gaudi was a renowned architect who studied in Barcelona, and left behind many cultural legacies during the Art Nouveau movement. Park Guell is one of the most popular attractions that showcase Gaudi’s works. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Park Guell is a public park featuring gardens and architectural art decorated with Gaudi’s mosaics. His own residence is also located here. Casa Batllo is an apartment building designed by Gaudi, and boasts a very unique facade. Casa Mila is the last private home designed by Gaudi in 1912. Both residences are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, all of which are designated under the “Works of Gaudi.” These are just a few examples of Gudi’s works throughout Barcelona – look for tours that will take around to several of his buildings to ensure that you can see it all.
♦ Gothic Quarter
Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is essentially the city’s “old town,” featuring medieval/neo-gothic architecture and even a few remains of the wall that once surrounded the neighborhood. There are many historic landmarks in this area, including the Barcelona Cathedral (or Cathedral of Santa Eulalia), the Church of Santa Maria del Pi, Placa del Rei, Portal de I’Angel, the Basilica of La Merce, and remains of a Roman Temple. There is also an old Jewish synagogue and a few bars and small restaurants (including Barcelona’s oldest restaurant). You can easily access the Gothic Quarter by Barcelona’s metro system, and opt for a tour to ensure that you can see all of its highlights.
Since Barcelona is situated right on the coast of the Balearic Sea, it only makes sense that it features some beautiful beaches! There are plenty of beaches to go to around Barcelona. Some of the city’s most popular beaches include Platja de la Nova Icaria (great for beach volleyball), La Barceloneta Beach (fabulous for swimming), Playa de San Sebastian (featuring a boardwalk), and La Estrella Herida (featuring an interesting sculpture of 4 stacked cubes).
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