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Nothing beats the convenience of cruising from Barcelona. Barcelona is perfectly positioned on the Mediterranean Sea: From its central location, it's easy to cruise to other exotic ports on the Spanish coast as well as the unique Balearic Islands, France and Italy. Before you depart, you can spend time soaking up Barcelona's stunning sights, like the infamous Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Church designed by the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Cruise out of Barcelona and enjoy a quick dip in warm Mediterranean waters. The city will instantly charm you with its friendly locals, abundance of cultural attractions, sensational Spanish cuisine and appealing summer weather year-round.

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Cross a once-in-a-lifetime adventure from your bucket list with a 7 night Western Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona. Wander through charming villages in France , indulge in culinary delights in Italy and plunge into the azure waters of the Greek Isles . There’s no question this vacay will top all your vacations.

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Embark on a legendary Euro vacation from Barcelona to bucket-list worthy shores. Oasis of the Seas ® unlocks one-of-a-kind thrills onboard in between weeklong discoveries on shore. From wave-taming on two FlowRider® surf simulators to plummeting 10 stories down the Ultimate Abyss℠ — this is total memory-maxing under the Mediterranean sun.

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Get an up-close glimpse of La Sagrada Família, a cathedral masterwork designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at its sky-piercing spires and then step inside to admire intricate mosaics, Montjuïc stone pillars and the Nativity façade. You can even climb to the tippy-top of the spires for panoramic city views.

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With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harborfront is known for some of the world’s best sun-seeking and on-the-sea adventures. Lounge along the shore, kayak deep blue waters— or charter a fishing trip for the chance to reel in tuna, swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish.

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Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence. Souvenir shops, street artists, flower stalls, sidewalk cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvelous centerpiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s— and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.

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Barcelona has mastered the art of eating. Many restaurants serve up creative nueva cocina española, while waterfront spots dish out seafood paella and multi-course lunch menus include a glass of sparkling cava wine. For a taste of Catalan cooking, try pa amb tomàquet (tomato-topped bread). Or nibble on Spanish tapas (bite-sized appetizers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.

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You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewelry, old books and unique housewares. Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona Shopping Line are two popular retail promenades— and the Gothic Quarter is home to dozens of family-owned shops that sell textiles, stationery, decorative ceramic tiles and earthenware kitchenware.

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Savor the journey across Spain on a Mediterranean cruise with Holland America Line. Explore vibrant cities like Barcelona and Seville, where you can sample tapas and try flamenco dancing. Discover Spain's architectural wonders, like the iconic La Sagrada Familia, and indulge in the country's renowned wines and culinary delights. Your dream cruise awaits.

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On the northeast coast of Spain, overlooking the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a vibrant port city, packed with centuries of iconic art and architecture—Gaudí and Picasso both called it home—and lined with sunny white-sand beaches. Explore the Catalan capital.

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If you're seeking Old-World charm, fine food, and breathtaking natural beauty, the historic city of Castellón de la Plana is the place for you. Beautiful beaches with the finest sand in Spain combine with a perfect Mediterranean climate to make this a popular destination year-round.

Palamós is a quaint fishing village turned summer-vacation spot along Spain's sun-drenched Costa Brava. The town still thrives on fishing: Visitors can wander through the fish market and view the day's catch at the bustling harbor, or check out the nearby Fishing Museum.

Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, captivates visitors with its rich artistic past and present. Valencia is celebrated for its modern architecture, delectable cuisine—including the world-famous dish paella—and its lively atmosphere during festivals like Las Fallas.

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Cruise to Spain and enjoy its popular coastlines, expansive landscapes, rich history, and lively culture on an all-inclusive Spain cruise holiday. Visit the Iberian Peninsula to fiesta through the Tyrrhenian and Balearic Seas and fall in love with its Mediterranean flavours. Experience Spain's entire splendor and see why this beautiful country brings in many tourists from all over the world. Magnificent architecture, exquisite foods, and historic activities await you on your cruise to Spain.

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Your tour of Spain will allow you to explore the rich tapestry of art and Gothic architecture that comprises the city of Barcelona . Have a taste of traditional Spanish Paella in Valencia . Sample typical tapas and wine in Cartagena . Marvel at the beauty of the Spanish Baroque style of the Cathedral de San Nicolas in Alicante . Or explore the fascinating blend of Arab and European cultures in Granada . Feel free to cruise into history with Norwegian.

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What to Do on a Cruise to Spain

Your cruise to Spain may have various stops depending on your port of departure and length of travel. But there are a few things you must do on your holiday in Spain. From Barcelona, Palma, Majorca, Cartagena, Granada (Malaga), Seville (Cadiz), Bilbao, and Alicante, there are many historical sites, monuments, and culturally-rich activities to enjoy. Eat tapas, taste wines, and see a Flamenco show. Depending on the time of year, you can also enjoy a variety of festivals that include battles involving paint, oranges, and even meringue.

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Sip an espresso and explore two and a half thousand years of history, art, and culture in Rome as you enjoy your cruise to Spain.

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Immerse yourself in the history of Barcelona with a visit to the iconic Gothic Quarter on your Spain cruise.

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During your cruise to Spain, you have the option to partake on various excursions. Stroll along the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona . Dine like a local in Valencia with a menu of traditional Paella for lunch. Visit the Alhambra in Granada , where you'll witness one of the finest examples of Moorish art in Spain. Visit Alcazar, the 14th-century fortress-palace of Moorish architectural influences, whilst in Seville . Or venture off to the Canary Islands to see the highest peak in Spain, the highest point in the Atlantic Ocean, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site when visiting Tenerife . Experience the best Spain shore excursions during your travels.

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A Spain Cruise Holiday for the Whole Family

There are family holidays. Then there are the kinds of awe-inspiring holidays your family will remember forever. Sail on a Spain Cruise with Norwegian and discover the ease and convenience of unpacking once and experiencing it all. Freestyle Cruising and family entertainment offered on Spain cruises allows guests of all sizes to experience the best holiday ever. Because on family holidays, it's all about options. And Norwegian's got them, from accommodations that fit all families to delicious dining choices even finicky eaters can't refuse. We haven't forgotten about teens - they also have an exclusive onboard refuge at Entourage.

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Experience a cruise to Spain with Norwegian Cruise Line and enjoy freedom of choice all along the way. Whether you're bringing the whole crew and staying in a Family Balcony, kicking it solo in a Studio or enjoying the views of Rome from an oceanview stateroom with some of your best friends, we've got just the room for you.

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Stay in our Suites - our most luxurious, spacious and well-appointed Spain cruise accommodations. With our award-winning private suites and family accommodations you're always guaranteed a great place to rest.

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Freestyle Cruising to Spain

Discover the vast beauty, endless activity, and rich culture of the Adriatic and Mediterranean on a Spain cruise. Only Norwegian Cruise Line offers more choices of what to do and see, and more freedom to do it your way. That's the beauty of Freestyle Cruising. Unpack once and journey from city to city. Enjoy everything that Spain has to offer from Barcelona to Seville then return to the cruise ship to a variety of onboard activities, one-of-a-kind entertainment, and dining options. Dress up for a romantic evening or enjoy a casual dining experience with the whole family. Do what makes you happy with no restrictive timetables, ever. Because your holiday is exactly that - yours.

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Cruises from Barcelona make for some of the most unforgettable vacations you can imagine. Barcelona looks like a city that should be known for its architecture… and, naturally, it is. From monuments in Romanesque and Renaissance styles to Gothic spires and contemporary curves, there’s little surprise Barcelona was the creative playground of acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí. But that’s just one reason why cruises out of Barcelona are so seductive. Barcelona’s a feast for the eyes and the palate, alike, and be sure not to miss the chance to try tapas as and visit spots like the La Rambla, Port Vell and especially Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Fun beach bars overlooking the Mediterranean, sleek Spanish designer stores, and Gaudí’s surreal buildings make Barcelona, Spain a whimsical and unique place to visit. For a Mediterranean cruise, Spain is a great place to start — sample the good stuff on one of Carnival’s cruises from Barcelona.

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Spain lures travellers from across the world with its promise of authenticity, charisma, and memorable moments..

Spain’s culture is a celebration of the finer things in life, an expression of spirit, heritage and fun: gothic cathedrals, colourful fiestas, delectable cuisine, age-defining art, music, dance, sport and so much more. Scratch the surface of this lovely country and you’ll find fiercely independent regions, colourful dialects and diverse landscape. Get ready to explore everywhere from Barcelona, with its World Heritage Sites and award-winning restaurants, to La Coruna, tucked away on the Iberian peninsula, via Seville, where you arrive by Guadalquivir river, and cruise right into the heart of the city. Join us as we travel deeper to discover a country that is more than siestas, sangria and sunshine.

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With more than 6,000 miles of coastline in Spain (and Portugal), we know that there is a lot to see on the Iberian Peninsula! Our small ship itineraries blend off the beaten track ports with mainstream destinations, so that when you travel on one of our luxury Spain cruises, you are getting the best of all worlds. Our fleet of small, intimate ships makes sailing a breeze and offer cosy onboard comfort that other cruise lines simply can’t match. Never more than 364 suites, our all-suite, all-inclusive, all mod-con cruise ships give you that home away from home feeling, while offering splendid travel experiences.

Luxury Oceanview Suites

Luxury Oceanview Suites

Accommodation aboard any Silversea ship is a luxurious affair. Spacious, sophisticated and “whispering elegance” from Barcelona to Bilbao, lucky guests can expect large verandas, high end touches and of course, our fabled butler service. Additionally, a choice of mattress, a pillow menu and wide range of toiletries make every trip aboard a one of a kind experience. So whether it is cocktails in Cadiz or breakfast from your balcony, you can enjoy every aspect of your Spain luxury cruise from the comfort of your luxury oceanview suite.

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Personalised Service

Dedicated butlers and stellar service are the hallmarks of any Silversea luxury cruise. Every suite, from the vista to the Owner's, receives attention from a personal butler to make your holiday a once in a lifetime experience. Excursions booked, reservations made, room service delivered – nothing is too big or too small! But it doesn’t begin and end there … A guest-to-crew ratio of almost 1:1, personal attention to detail, dietary requirements looked after, medication delivered on time … your wish is on demand! This is personal service at its best.

All-Inclusive Cruises

All-Inclusive Cruises

Ultra-luxurious and all exclusive, Silversea’s all-inclusive cruises take comfort to new heights. A one-stop shop that takes you seamlessly from your home onshore to you home at sea, whether it’s from Barcelona or Bilbao, Cadiz or Cartagena, you’ll be secure in the knowledge that your needs have already been taken care of from A to Z. Flights, transfers, food and drink, taxes, fees, evening entertainment, our all-inclusivity mean everyday moments are re-imagined with Silversea. And of course, there are no extravagant gratuities at the end of your stay.

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Gourmet Cuisine

As you cruise around Spain, we bet you are already imagining the taste of tapas accompanied by a cool cerveza and the setting sun. Like all Latin countries, Spain is identified by its food and the travelling doesn’t stop once you are back on board. Get ready to enjoy destination-focused dishes, as well as Italian specialities in our famous La Terrazza, award-winning international fare in Atlantide or well-loved classics in The Restaurant. Not forgetting The Grill with our famous Hot Rocks concept, served amid the gentle sea breeze as you travel to your next destination.

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Amazing Andalusia: Enchanting Villages, Traditional Architecture, and Fabulous Cuisine (port-to-port cruise)

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Enchanting Andalusia - Seville Fair Festivities: Tradition, gastronomy and flamenco (port-to-port cruise)

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In Spain, cruises allow you to explore the country’s famous coastline as much as possible. An inspiring mix of tiny coastal towns, glamourous ports, and striking beaches have earned the Spanish coast one of the top spots in the world for holidays. The relaxed and fun-loving attitude of the people rubs off on visitors and makes a small ship cruise a truly tranquil and fun-filled experience. Spain is also a land of contrast with something for everyone to enjoy. On one side, you will find water sports, beaches, and plentiful nightlife; on the other, fine dining, wine tasting, and rich history and culture to explore.

Best Spain cruises and areas to visit

Costa del sol.

Reaching from the enchanting port town of Malaga along the coast to Gibraltar, the Costa del Sol is one of the best-loved spots in the Mediterranean for holidaymakers. Beautiful topography, endless beaches, and some of the best weather in Europe are just some of the reasons this region is perfect for a small ship cruise around Spain. Cruises of Spain will stop off at historical ports such as Malaga and quaint coastal towns and huge sweeping beaches.

Although not on the coast, Seville is a cruising spot in Spain thanks to the river Guadalquivir. The city’s waterways are great for traveling around and enjoying the historic churches, minarets, and Moorish palaces. Seville is a wonderful blend of modern architecture and historic buildings from Spain’s fascinating past. It is also the place to experience the Andalusian culture with traditional flamenco dancing and many local delicacies, including the famous Seville oranges.

One of Spain’s oldest cities, a small ship cruise to Cadiz allows you to see the multicultural nature of Spanish history. Moorish eastern architecture sits alongside later Catholic cathedrals in great numbers. The city has so much to offer, with the famous beach Playa de la Caleta right in the town's port flanked by two historic castles. The region is also well known for its food, with seafood a particular delicacy thanks to the extensive fish market in the heart of the town.

Canary Islands

The Land of the Eternal Spring, a cruise around Spain’s Canary Islands, takes you across this varied and beautiful archipelago. The lively and well-known islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote have miles of beaches, charming towns, and year-round spring weather. The outlying islands of El Hierro, La Palma, and Gomera are an opportunity to see the Canaries' untouched beauty and encounter exciting marine life, such as whales, dolphins, and turtles.

Best time to cruise in Spain

Mainland, or as it is known locally, Peninsular Spain enjoys long and quite hot summers, although the temperature will be slightly lower on the coast with cool sea breezes keeping the hot midday at bay. So, the best time to visit Spain’s mainland depends on how hot you like; sun lovers will find June to August the warmest months, perfect for heading to the beach or jumping off the boat at swim stops. The Spring is cooler with the best months from March to May perfect for sightseeing, warm but not the severe heat of the summer. The colder months over the winter are great for those who want to avoid the crowds and make the most of the lower prices. January to February is also when Spanish towns host their fiestas, weeks of different local celebrations, which are an incredible cultural and social experience. The Canary Islands also host fiestas at this time; however, the weather is significantly warmer, and although it can reach higher temperatures in summer, most of the year is balmy, warm, and comfortable Spring weather.

How to get to Spain

A much-loved destination for visitors around the world, reaching a small ship cruise around Spain is easy with non-stop international flights to Madrid and Barcelona from the U.S. and connecting international flights available from European airports to Malaga, Seville, and Almeria. Reaching the Canary Islands usually involves a stop in Madrid, Casablanca, or London. Inter-island flights in the Canaries are frequent and cost-effective. Although there is also the option of ferries between all of the parts of the archipelago, these can be quite slow, though often stopping at each island in turn. It is worth noting that international flights to La Palma, El Hierro, and La Gomera are quite rare, and inter-island hopping is the best way to reach these parts.

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Starting November 7, Marella Cruises will homeport the Marella Discovery 2 in Malaga, Spain for a series of winter sailings before heading to Tenerife and Gran Canaria in December 2024.

The ship was previously slated to sail in Asia.

These itineraries go on sale on May 23.

Chris Hackney, managing director of Cruise for TUI UK & I said: “We are delighted to offer these itineraries out of two of our well-established homeports for this winter. We know guests love the beautiful Canaries and Madeira and as Marella Cruises is part of TUI, we are able to offer incredible experiences ashore with our destination teams as well as a great onboard experience too. All of these itineraries offer cruise and stay options too, with great flying options across various UK airports.”

  “We do appreciate how disappointing it was to those customers who were impacted by the cancellation of our Asia program on Marella Discovery 2, but we are confident with the breadth of program we have to offer something different to our customers.”

  From Malaga, Spain, Marella will offer two itineraries:

  • Spanish Flavours, departing from November 7, 2024, with visits to Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Valencia, Cartegena, Gibraltar and porting in Malaga.
  • Sights and Delights, departing from November 14, 2024, visiting Malaga, Lisbon, Portugal, Cadiz, Casablanca, Cartagena, Motril and Malaga, Spain.

From Tenerife, the Marella Discovery 2 will also offer two new itineraries:

  • Winter Escape, departing November 28, 2024, with visits to Malaga, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
  • Sail into Spring, departing on March 24,  2025, visiting Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Cartagena, Malta and Limassol, Cyprus.

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Port Cartagena Spain cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Cartagena Spain, Murcia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Cartagena is a major port city on the coast of Murcia region (southeastern Spain), with population around 220,000. The indented harbour bay is guarded by rocky promontories, each topped by a fort. Today, the city is also Spain's main naval base and cargo shipping port.

Cartagena is Spanish Navy's principal port since 18th century. As far as the 16th century, it was among the most important Spanish naval ports, along with Ferrol. Cartagena is still a major naval port and has a large naval shipyard.

Popolar among tourists are the Roman Theatre (2nd largest in Iberia) - after Merida), abundance of Phoenician, Byzantine, Roman and Moorish remains, numerous Art Nouveau buildings, a Carthaginian castle, old city walls, a 13th century cathedral, waterfront promenades (along the harbour), Mar Menor (lagoon-like beach and watersports resort).

Cartagena was founded in 221 BC by the Carthaginians (king Hasdrubal). As "Nova Carthage" the town was Roman Empire's principal port town in Iberia. In AD 425, the city was sacked by the Goths, later restored and improved by the Moors. From 1269, it was ruled by Aragon Kingdom, and later became part of the Kingdom of Spain. Cartagena is the first of several cities which eventually were named Cartagena, most notably Cartagena de Indias in Colombia .

The following photo is an aerial look over Port Cartagena (locode ESCAR).

For season 2018, the cruise port had scheduled a total of 150 ship calls and over 215,000 passengers. This was increase of 26% over 2016 (151 ship calls with around 236,000 passengers). The port also reported (based on ship bookings 2018) 24 days with double and triple ship calls.

In 2017 was extended the cruise pier (to 700 m / 2300 ft) which now allows docking of two of the world's largest cruise ships simultaneously. Also in 2017 were added new cruise shore excursions, among which to the history themed "Roman Theater" and the culinary-themed “Stories with Flavor” (Mediterranean cuisine specialties and tapas tastings).

For season 2018, the cruise port handled 148 ship calls and 228,000 passengers. For season 2019 were booked 162 ship calls with estimated nearly 248,000 passengers.

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Cartagena cruise ship terminal is located in the port's Marina area (its outer part). The terminal is right next to the Yacht Club's building. The quay is at close proximity to downtown.

The cruise terminal offers as facilities taxi rank, bus stop, parking lots for tourist coaches, info kiosks. Nearby are also Murcia's Muelle de Alfonso XII quay and Plaza Ayuntamiento.

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Caravaca de la Cruz (town northwest of Murcia) is considered one of world's all 5 Holy Cities and is a major destination for pilgrims. Every 7 years, here is celebrates Permanent Jubilee.

Bodegas Hacienda del Carche (Vejer de la Frontera) opened a wine museum about region's history. As cruise tour, it includes a visit to the vineyards, review of the winemaking and wine tasting.

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Cruise ship stuck in Spain will resume sailing after Bolivian passengers with visa problems removed

A view of the cruise ship MSC Armony moored in the port of Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Authorities said Wednesday that a group of 69 Bolivians are not being allowed to disembark from a cruise ship in the Spanish northeastern port of Barcelona because they lack valid documents to enter the European Union's Schengen area. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A view of the cruise ship MSC Armony moored in the port of Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Authorities said Wednesday that a group of 69 Bolivians are not being allowed to disembark from a cruise ship in the Spanish northeastern port of Barcelona because they lack valid documents to enter the European Union’s Schengen area. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Passengers are photographed on the cruise ship MSC Armony, moored in the port of Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Authorities said Wednesday that a group of 69 Bolivians are not being allowed to disembark from a cruise ship in the Spanish northeastern port of Barcelona because they lack valid documents to enter the European Union’s Schengen area. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A passenger is photographed on the cruise ship MSC Armony, moored in the port of Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Authorities said Wednesday that a group of 69 Bolivians are not being allowed to disembark from a cruise ship in the Spanish northeastern port of Barcelona because they lack valid documents to enter the European Union’s Schengen area. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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MADRID (AP) — A cruise ship stuck in the northeastern Spanish port of Barcelona will be able to resume its route after a group of Bolivian passengers with visa problems were taken off the vessel on Thursday, authorities said.

The Spanish government said in a statement it had reached an agreement with MSC Cruises Company in which 69 Bolivian passengers were removed from the boat and taken to a transit zone in the port, but were not granted permission to enter Spanish territory.

The ship got stranded in Barcelona this week after the Bolivian passengers were not allowed to disembark because they lacked valid documents to enter the European border-free Schengen area, an ID-check-free travel zone comprising 29 European countries that Spain is part of.

Barcelona was meant to be the final destination for the Bolivian passengers, but the boat was scheduled to travel onward to other countries.

The cruise company agreed to provide another boat from Livorno, Italy, for the Bolivian passengers later Thursday, the government statement said. It was not clear if that boat would remain in Barcelona until the situation is resolved or take the Bolivian passengers elsewhere.

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Under the agreement, MSC Cruises will also provide food and health care for the impacted Bolivians and immigration officials will work to resolve the passengers’ visa problems as quickly as possible, it added.

The MSC Armonia, with more than 1,000 passengers reportedly on board, plans to sail to Italy on Thursday, the cruise company said.

Solange Duarte, a Bolivian diplomat in Barcelona, told The Associated Press on Wednesday she had received reports that some of the stranded Bolivians had been duped into obtaining fake visas but had no further information.

“We have asked the families to indicate who has processed this visa and we have not gotten answers,” she said.

Spain’s national police were looking into the possibility of a fake visa scam, Duarte said.

MSC Cruises said in a statement Wednesday the Bolivian “passengers appeared to have proper documentation upon boarding in Brazil” but Spanish authorities later said the visas were not valid for entry into the Schengen area.

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P&O introduces new alcohol rules on ships which will have major impact on passengers

P&O introduces new alcohol rules on ships which will have major impact on passengers

'britain's favourite cruise line' has completely revised its alcohol allowance.

Rhiannon Ingle

Anyone planning on sailing off into the sunset on a cruise ship this summer has been warned about some pretty serious new rules.

Now, we already know all about the new all-inclusive drinking rules in Spain , but it seems travel company, P&O, has now followed suit after introducing new alcohol rules on ships, which will have a major impact on passengers.

So, you may want to brush up on the new requirement ahead of cramming your suitcase with a bunch of bottles .

Earlier this month (7 May), P&O, which is dubbed ' Britain's favourite cruise line', changed its alcohol policy.

For some context, cruisers used to be allowed to bring one litre of wine, champagne, beer, spirits or liqueur with them.

However, these updated restrictions have tightened the reigns as passengers are now no longer allowed beer or spirits on board.

You may want to think twice before packing your suitcase. (Maria Korneeva / Getty Images)

What is the new alcohol allowance?

According to the P&O website , the new change applies to all passengers aged 18 and over or 21 years in United States of America ports.

They will only be allowed to bring up to one litre of wine or Champagne on board when they embark the ship for the first time.

"Wine or Champagne over the one-litre limit will be stored and returned to the guest prior to the end of the cruise," the website continues.

"If this alcohol is consumed in the dining rooms, bars, restaurants or lounge areas, it will be subject to a corkage fee of £20* per bottle, per occasion, which will be charged to the guest’s on-board account."

Guests will only be allowed to bring up to one litre of wine or Champagne on board. (courtneyk / Getty Images)

How will the new alcohol allowance be carried out?

Alcohol which is considered as a restricted item, such as spirits, are completely prohibited from being brought on-board when passengers first embark the ship.

P&O notes: "Other alcohol types such as spirits are considered restricted items and guests are prohibited from bringing them on board when they first embark the ship."

"Any alcoholic beverages purchased mid-cruise in ports of call cannot be consumed on board. Guests will need to declare and hand over any alcohol bought in port at the gangway. It will be stored and returned to the guest prior to the end of the cruise, at no charge."

P&O outlined their policy on 'responsible drinking'. (courtneyk / Getty Images)

Why the change?

P&O explained that they reviewed the alcohol policy and 'decided to align' with the cruise industry to adhere to Health, Environmental, Safety and Security (HESS) guidelines around our responsibility to serve alcohol.

The travel company also shared a statement about 'responsible drinking', which reads: "We believe responsible drinking is a valued and enjoyable part of a cruise. However, we ask our policy for the responsible consumption of alcohol is adhered to at all times.

"We reserve the right to deny access to the ship to anyone who appears to be heavily under the influence of alcohol. We may also confiscate alcohol in the terminal and at the gangway."

A P&O Cruises spokesperson added: "We regularly review our policies in line with the cruise industry and we are making the change to adhere more closely to our health, environment, safety and security guidelines around our responsibility to serve alcohol."

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Rhiannon Ingle is a Journalist at LADbible Group. She graduated from the University of Manchester in 2021 in English Literature. Alongside her studies, she was the Lifestyle Editor of The Mancunian, the largest student newspaper in the United Kingdom. Her favourite topics to write about include sex and relationships, bizarre lifestyle trends and all things travel.

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The top 10 biggest cruise ships in the world

M odern cruise ships continue to grow in size, with the biggest cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas , launching at the start of this year, and her sister ship the Star of the Seas expected to surpass her in size.

Both of these ships are operated by Royal Caribbean International, which operates five of the ten largest cruise ships in the world. Carnival Corporation, arguably the biggest cruise company in the world, features three times on the list through its subsidiaries P&O Cruises and Costa Cruises.

All of the heaviest cruise ships in the world were built within the last 20 years, although the majority – six of the ten – were built within the last five years.

So, here are the top ten biggest cruise ships in the world, by gross tonnage. 

10. P&O Cruises MS Arvia : 185,581 gross tonnes

The MS Arvia is P&O Cruises’ fourth ship to be built by German shipyard Meyer Werft. Weighing in at 185,581 gross tonnes, the 345m (1,130-foot) Arvia is slightly larger than her sister ship, the MS Iona . The 20-deck ship is the largest ship commissioned for the British cruise market and has a maximum passenger capacity of 6,264 passengers, with 1,800 crew onboard. 

The ship is the second liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Excellence-class vessel for P&O, following the Iona . Arvia is powered by a 61,760kW LNG drive system, with a propulsion power of 37 megawatts. The LNG-powered propulsion system allows the vessel to sail at a maximum speed of 21.5 knots.

After being floated out in August 2022, the Arvia mainly operates itineraries around the Caribbean or the Mediterranean.

9. Costa Cruises – Costa Smeralda : 185,010 gross tonnes

The Costa Smeralda is the first LNG-powered vessel in the Costa Cruises fleet. With a gross tonnage of 185,010gt, the 20-deck Excellence-class ship measures 337m (1,106 feet) in length. The second LNG-powered cruise ship to enter operation in the world, she has a maximum capacity of 6,554 passengers with 1,646 crew and a service speed of 21.5 knots.

Construction of the Costa Smeralda began at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, in September 2017. Meyer Turku collaborated with the Meyer Werft Papenburg shipyard to develop and integrate the LNG propulsion plant for the ship. She is fitted with four 16-cylinder, Caterpillar MaK 16VM46DF engines, with 15.4 megawatts (20,710 horsepower) output per engine, resulting in a maximum power of  37 megawatts (50,000 horsepower).

The ship, which was named after the Emerald Coast of Sardinia, entered service in December 2019 , departing Savona on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean, where it has sailed since.

8. Costa Cruises – Costa Toscana : 186,364 gross tonnes

The Costa Toscana is the sister ship of the Costa Smeralda and is also powered by LNG . measuring 337m (1,106 feet) long and weighing in at 186,364 gross tonnes, the Toscana has a maximum capacity of 6,338 passengers and 1,678 staff across her 20 decks.

Like her sister ship, the Toscana was also built at the Meyer shipyard in Finland, with construction completed in 2021. She is also powered by four MaK-Caterpillar engines, with a total power of 57.2 megawatts (76,706 horsepower), and two ABB Azipod motors , resulting in a service speed of 17 knots.

Named in homage to the Tuscany region of Italy, Costa Toscana mainly sails around the Mediterranean Sea but Costa Cruises has also used the ship to sail itineraries further afield, such as around Brazil and the UAE.

7. MSC Cruises – MSC World Europa : 215,863 gross tonnes

The only entry in the top ten from MSC Cruises, MSC World Europa measures 333m (1,094 feet) in length. With 215,863 gross tonnage, she can house more people than any other ship in the MSC fleet: up to 6,762 passengers across 2,633 cabins spread over 22 decks, in addition to 2,138 crew.

Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France, the World Europa ’s LNG-power propulsion system was subcontracted to Finland-based Wärtsilä. Five LNG-powered, 14-cylinder Wartsila 46DF dual-fuel engines power the vessel, with a propulsion power of 44 megawatts ( 59,005 horsepower). She also features nitrogen oxide reduction (NOR) units, two Wartsila LNGPac fuel storage and supply systems, seven thrusters, and two fixed-pitch propellers. 

The MSC World Europa was floated out at the end of 2021 and was initially used as an accommodation vessel for fans attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with the ship berthed at Doha Port in Qatar during the tournament. Following the competition, the ship subsequently travelled several routes around the UAE, before sailing to the Mediterranean, where it has sailed itineraries since.

6. Royal Caribbean International – Allure of the Seas : 225,282 gross tonnes

The first of many entries on this list operated by Royal Caribbean, Allure of the Seas weighs in at 225,282 gross tonnes. Measuring 362m (1,187 feet), she is only 50mm (2 inches) longer than her sister ship the Oasis of the Seas . The Allure has a maximum capacity of 6,780 passengers and 2,200 crew across 18 decks.

Built at the Turku Shipyard in Finland, the Allure took two years to build , floating out in 2010. She features six Wärtsilä 46 diesel engines with a total power output of 97 megawatts (130,053 horsepower). It is propelled by three electric Azipod azimuth thrusters. The ship can travel at a cruising speed of 22 knots.

With a homeport of Galveston, Texas in the US, the Allure mainly serves itineraries around the Bahamas but she is scheduled to sail routes around the Mediterranean in 2025.

5. Royal Caribbean International – Oasis of the Seas : 226,838 gross tonnes

The oldest ship on this list, the Oasis of the Seas has been in service for over a decade. She was the biggest cruise ship at the time when floated out in 2009, with a gross tonnage of 226,838gt and a length of 360m (1,181 feet). The Oasis has a maximum capacity of 6,699 passengers and 2,181 staff across 18 decks.

The Oasis took two years to build at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, with the keel laid on 12 November 2007 and the ship arriving at her homeport of Port Everglades in Florida, US, on 13 November 2009.

The Oasis is powered by eight Wärtsilä V12 diesel engines, which generate 5.6 megawatts (7,500 horsepower) each, alongside four bow thrusters. The main propulsion system consists of three 20-megawatt (26,820 horsepower) electric Azipod motors, resulting in a combined propulsion power of 82 megawatts (109,964 horsepower) and a standard cruising speed of 23 knots.

The Oasis mainly operates routes around the Caribbean, but occasionally repositions to offer itineraries in the Mediterranean.

4. Royal Caribbean International – Harmony of the Seas : 226,963 gross tonnes

The third Oasis-class ship built by Royal Caribbean, Harmony of the Seas weighed in bigger than her existing sister ships at launch in 2016, with 226,963 gross tonnage, but she has since been surpassed by newer vessels. With a total length of 362m (1,188 feet), Harmony has a maximum capacity of 6,780 passengers and 2,300 staff across 18 decks.

Royal Caribbean placed an order with STX France for the construction of Harmony of the Seas in December 2012. The first steel for the ship was cut at STX France’s Saint-Nazaire shipyard in September 2013, while the keel-laying ceremony was held in May 2014.

The Harmony is powered by three 18.9-megawatt Wärtsilä 16V46 16-cylinder main generator diesel engines and three Wärtsilä 12V46 12-cylinder engines producing 13.9 megawatts each. The propulsion power is provided by three electric Azipod azimuth thrusters and manoeuvring is assisted by four 5.5-megawatt Wärtsilä CT 3500 tunnel thrusters. The propulsion system results in 82 megawatts (109,964 horsepower) and enables the ship to sail at a standard speed of 23 knots.

Harmony of the Seas embarked on her inaugural seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona, Spain, in June 2016, and currently operates itineraries around the Western Caribbean from her homeport of Galveston, Texas in the US.

3. Royal Caribbean International – Symphony of the Seas : 228,081 gross tonnes

At launch in 2018, the Symphony of the Seas surpassed the Harmony as the biggest cruise ship, weighing in at 228,081 gross tonnes. Measuring 361m (1,185 feet), the Symphony has a maximum capacity of 6,680 passengers and 2,200 staff across 18 decks and was the testing ground for Royal Caribbean's new muster drill . With a total length of 361m (1,185 feet), She is roughly 30 metres (98 feet) longer than the largest military ships , the US Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and the USS Gerald R. Ford .

The keel-laying ceremony for the Symphony of the Seas was held in October 2015 at STX’s Saint-Nazaire shipyard in France, and the ship sailed out in June 2017. She is powered by six diesel sets, each composed of three Wärtsilä 16V46D engines and three Wärtsilä 12V46D engines, as well as three 20-megawatt electric Azipod main engines – resulting in 82 megawatts (109,964 horsepower) of propulsion power and a standard cruising speed of 22 knots.

The Symphony commenced her seven-day maiden voyage from Barcelona in April 2018, and since then has mainly operated itineraries around the Caribbean from her homeports of Miami, New York, and Fort Lauderdale.

2. Royal Caribbean International – Wonder of the Seas : 235,600 gross tonnes

Royal Caribbean's flagship, Wonder of the Seas is the fifth Oasis-class cruise ship built for the cruise company. Weighing in at 235,600 gross tonnes, the Wonder was the largest ship in the world when she was completed in January 2022. Measuring 362m (1,187 feet) in length, the 18-deck Wonder has a maximum capacity of 7,084 guests across its 2,867 staterooms, as well as housing 2,369 crew.

Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, Wonder is powered by two Wärtsilä 16V46D engines and four Wärtsilä 12V46D engines; and uses three 20-megawatt electric Azipod engines for propulsion, combining for a propulsion power of 82 megawatts (109,964 horsepower and a standard cruising speed of 22 knots.

The Wonder sailed her maiden voyage in March 2022 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has since served itineraries around the Caribbean from her homeports of Miami and Cape Canaveral.

1. Royal Caribbean International – Icon of the Seas : 248,663 gross tonnes

Weighing 248,663 gross tonnes and measuring 365 metres (1,1967 feet), the Icon of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world. Christened on 23 January 2024, the Icon has a maximum capacity of 7,600 passengers and 2,350 crew across 20 decks. She is the lead ship of the new Icon-class, with a sister ship the Star of the Seas due to be delivered in 2025 and another ship planned for delivery in 2026.

Built by Meyer Turku in Finland, the Icon is the first ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet that can be powered by LNG. It uses three Wärtsilä 14V46DF and three Wärtsilä 12V46DF for its main generator engines, which provide 67.5 megawatts of energy to run the ship. She is propelled by three 20-megawatt Azipod thrusters as well as five 4.8-megawatt Wärtsilä WTT-45 CP bow thrusters, with a cruising speed of 22 knots.

After sailing her maiden voyage on 27 January 2024, the Icon now sails year-round itineraries of seven-night trips around the Eastern and Western Caribbean from her homeport of Miami, Florida.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is setting its sights on the premium market, enticing well-heeled travelers with the promise of more balcony cabins and a "ship-within-a-ship" concept that caters to multigenerational cruisers.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings unveiled adjustments to the company’s strategy as part of its investor day for analysts.

The company, whose brands span Norwegian Cruise Line , Oceania Cruises , and Regent Seven Seas Cruises , had a culture established by its founder, Frank Del Rio, who retired last year. Executives said the company now needs a culture more focused on efficiency. “We believe our team can collectively deliver better, and we will,” said CEO Harry Sommer .

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  • Adding capacity : Norwegian ordered eight new cruise ships, which will add almost 25,000 more berths after they all come online by 2036.
  • Balcony Bump: The core customer base includes travelers in the middle- and upper-income tiers. Thus, many of its new ship designs are tilting premium. They’ll include a higher mix of balcony cabins, which bring in twice the revenue of interior cabins and are more profitable.
  • Changing the cabin mix : When families have multi-generational trips, not everyone can afford the same level of service. In response, Norwegian aims for what’s metaphorically a ship-within-a-ship concept.
  • Something for everyone : “Maybe the rich grandparents want to be in pure luxury, where they have all the amenities, concierge, butler, private dining, but still have the amenities of a big ship, with lots of entertainment, other dining venues, lots of activities to do at night,” said David Herrera, president of Norwegian, in a CNBC interview .

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  • Cutting costs : Norwegian wants to cut $300 million in recurring costs over the next three years. It has created a team looking for surgical cuts. Two-thirds of the planned savings will likely come from ship operating costs, followed by marketing and other functions. “It 100% starts with changing the culture,” said Mark Kempa, chief financial officer.
  • Port power play : One way to save money is to use port facilities more efficiently. Today 65% of the group’s itineraries involve the same top-10 ports for departure. By 2026, the goal is to have 80% of routes depart from those ports. Florida ports are broadly cheaper than sailing out of Europe and Alaska, and the company plans more itineraries from the Sunshine State to the Caribbean.
  • AI to attract guests : Norwegian said it’s investing in AI to streamline operations, from revenue management to customer service. Execs said the company did a better job of monitoring data quality and increased its marketable database by 77% between 2019 and last year. They added that tests of quasi-personalized campaigns were promising.
  • AI to make more efficient route maps . The company uses AI-driven predictive models to optimize itinerary planning by integrating revenue and cost data. These models can also help trim the company’s carbon footprint.
  • AI to enhance pricing . Norwegian taps revenue management systems to predict guest purchasing behavior and discover how to maximize revenue from cabin upgrades and other onboard sales.

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  • Margin call : Norwegian aims to increase its adjusted EBITDA margin by 800 basis points to 39% by 2026, a record percentage of revenue.
  • Stemming the tide of debt : The company intends to slash its leverage to the mid-4-times-earnings range by 2026. Its net leverage ratio, calculated as net debt divided by adjusted EBITDA, stood at 7.3-times-earnings at the end of 2023. Last year, Norwegian returned to a profit for the first time since 2019 .

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