Mediterranean Cruises from Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a wonderful city to visit; home of tapas and Gaudi, with elegant boulevards filled with beautiful buildings adorned with magnificent wrought-iron balconies, and an architectural surprise around every corner. Be sure to give yourself at least a day or two to explore this enchanting city before you embark on your cruise. Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona are very popular and some of the very best itineraries in the Mediterranean leave from this bustling port, mainly during the European summer, from about May to October.
Cruise lines offering departures from Barcelona
Most of the well-known cruise lines offer departures from Barcelona and you have a lot of freedom of choice. MSC offer 7 night round-trip cruises departing from Barcelona and visiting the ports of Marseilles in France, Genoa and Naples in Italy, Messina in Sicily and either La Goulette or Tunis in North Africa. Princess Cruises also have a 7 night cruise from Barcelona all around France and Italy. Far more popular, and a much better deal, is to choose a 12 night cruise which will take you to some of the best destinations in the Mediterranean. Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity and Princess Cruises all offer fabulous cruises from Barcelona to the Eastern and Western Mediterranean with itineraries to suit everyone.
Cruises departing from Barcelona
Most of the 12 night cruises from Barcelona make their first stop in Cannes, where you can hopefully catch a glimpse of some celebrities while you sip your coffee at a sunny sidewalk café. Next on the list is usually Florence and Pisa where the culture-vultures will get their fill of art and architecture, not to mention great shopping. After Florence, your next port of call will usually be amazing Rome, for another dose of culture and possibly a glimpse of the Pope when you visit St. Peters’. After Rome, the itineraries vary; some cruises sail north around the boot of Italy to the “floating” city of Venice and then on to the coast of Croatia. After a visit to either Split or Dubrovnik in Croatia, some ships head off to Turkey (Kusadasi or Istanbul) while others visit Athens and some of the Greek Islands.
It is also possible to cruise from Barcelona to the Canaries, including a few stops in Spain, or around the coast of Spain and Portugal to the UK or Holland. Barcelona is also the departure port for some transatlantic cruises to Fort Lauderdale. My personal favourite, and my best recommendation, are cruises from Barcelona to Venice; there is something quite magical about gliding down the Grand Canal in this unique floating city and it is a memory that will stay with you forever.