History buffs looking for a thought-provoking experience might consider taking their next cruise from Tarragona. Located in the Catalonia region of Spain, this ancient port city features tons of Roman-era ruins, a walled Old Town with plenty of medieval flair, and many beautiful beaches just steps away from the city’s many attractions! You can enjoy visiting museums, iconic landmarks, monuments, public squares, and so much more. Plus, there are a few modern attractions (such as a casino and modern art museum) for moments where you might need a change of pace.
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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.
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.
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 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.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Tarragona, along with a brief description:
♦ Tarragona Amphitheatre
Overlooking the sparkling sea, the Tarragona Amphitheatre ruins stand to honor ancient Roman history. This fabulous monument was once home to exciting gladiator shows that took place centuries ago. During your visit, you can gain a deeper understanding of what those events were once like, for both the fights and the audience. Plus, you can also discover the remains of an abandoned church that once stood inside the walls, certain to delight anyone who is interested in learning more about Tarragona’s role in the second century!
♦ Tarragona Cathedral
One of the most popular landmark icons in Tarragona is none other than Tarragona Cathedral. This large magnificent church was built on the site of a former Roman temple and features beautiful artwork, a treasury room, and incredible cloisters. Audio guides are available for rent to provide you with more insights to this grand cathedral. It is also conveniently located close by to many souvenir shops, restaurants, and the Tarragona Amphitheatre (you could easily make an afternoon of these two attractions).
♦ National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona
For an even deeper dive into history, consider visiting the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona, one of the best archaeological museums in Spain. Filled with many interesting displays of Roman-era artifacts, this museum also features an audio tour, which will guide you from room to room, providing you with more insights on everything you see. Step back in time as you envision yourself walking through the same roads that horse-drawn chariots once raced upon. Prepare to take in lots of history through these stone walls. Don’t forget to take the climb up the old tower, where you can take advantage of spectacular city views!
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