Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família 
The medieval Barri Gòtic 
The funky El Raval district

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Barcelona

Ramblas, a timeless symbol

Barcelona – Spain’s second city, and the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya – vibrates with life, and there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy.


A cruise excursion to Barcelona city centre will take you to discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And in Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary church of the Sagrada Família and the world-famous boulevard that is the Ramblas, you have two sights that are high up on any Mediterranean cruise sightseeing list.


A holiday in Barcelona can start with the Ramblas, and then dive straight into the medieval nucleus of the city, the Barri Gòtic. But there are plenty of other central old-town neighbourhoods to explore too, from La Ribera – home to the celebrated Museu Picasso – to funky El Raval, where cool bars, restaurants and boutiques have mushroomed in the wake of the striking contemporary art museum, MACBA.


Even if you think you know these heavily touristed neighbourhoods well, there’s always something else to discover during an MSC excursion – tapas bars hidden down alleys little changed for a century or two, designer boutiques in gentrified old-town quarters, bargain lunches in workers’ taverns, unmarked gourmet restaurants, craft outlets and workshops, fin-de-siècle cafés, restored medieval palaces and neighbourhood markets. 


On Passeig de Gràcia there is Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, designed for the industrialist Josep Batlló: the stone facade hangs in folds, like skin, while on the rooftop sprout the celebrated mosaic chimneys and a little tower topped with a three-dimensional cross.


The mountain of Montserrat stands just 40km northwest of Barcelona and it’s a popular trip out from the city. Once there, you can visit the basilica and monastery buildings which fan out around an open square, and there are extraordinary mountain views from the terrace.

Discover our excursions

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  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

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    Take some time to discover beautiful Barcelona on this enjoyable sightseeing tour of the city. Your Barcelona experience begins at the spectacular Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St. Eulalia, the construction of which began at the end of the 13th and continued into the 15th century. The Cathedral is situated in Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic quarter, the city’s largely intact medieval centre. The coach will also drive past two of the famous works by the architect Gaudí for external viewings of the Sagrada Família and the Casa Batlló. Your tour will be rounded off by a stroll around the tranquil Poble Espanyol, a village purpose-built to display Spain’s many different architectural styles, and a brief stop at Montjuich Hill for the fabulous views of the city from the Belvedere del Alcalde. Your tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note: the Cathedral visit may be cancelled on public holidays or if special events are being held. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance.
    • Best seller

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • BARCELONA: ART NOUVEAU, MODERNISME & PALAU DE LA
    MÚSICA CATALANA

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    BCN33

    Barcelona counts as a centre of Catalan Modernisme – a style linked to the Art Nouveau movement – and this tour is dedicated to acquainting you with some of the best examples the city has to offer. Among the notable architects who popularised the style are Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Following a scenic drive from the pier to the Arc de Triomf, built in 1888, you will continue on foot through Citadel Park, which is home to a number of outstanding works in Modernisme style. Back on the coach again, you will pass through the suburb of Eixample down Passeig de Gràcia, a magnificent boulevard lined with impressive buildings, including Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. Next up is Plaça d’Espanya, designed by Josep Maria Jujol i Gibert as the forecourt to Barcelona’s 1929 International Exhibition. After a short photo stop at the National Art Museum of Catalonia, you’ll move on to the Palau de La Música Catalana, which was inaugurated in 1908 and is the brainchild of architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Not only is this UNESCO World Heritage Site considered one of the world's best concert halls, but it is also a prime example of Catalan Modernisme, sporting an interior decorated with ceramic mosaics and polychrome glass with floral motifs. An approx. 1-hour guided visit then follows, after which you will have some free time to explore before you return to your ship.
      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$89.00Price per person

      • Children$62.00Price per person

    • HIGHLIGHTS OF BARCELONA, MONTSERRAT & WINE TASTING

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      BCN21

      Celebrated the world over for its fabulous architecture, Barcelona is yours to enjoy as your coach first takes you around the city’s main sights on this all-day Catalan experience. The route will take you down Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s main boulevards, passing by Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, the incredible Sagrada Família. Leaving the breathtaking basilica behind, a location of equally awe-inspiring proportions is next: the jagged sandstone columns of the Montserrat Mountains and the abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, an impressive complex of buildings that affords glorious views of the countryside below. A key Catholic pilgrimage site and popular as a religious retreat, the abbey not only hosts a statue of the Virgin of Montserrat, aka the Black Madonna, but also a basilica with an ornately decorated interior. Some time to soak up the beguiling surroundings and have lunch (not included in the price of the tour) then follows, after which your travels continue by coach to the village of Sant Sadurni and the Cavas Vilarnau wine cellars. Apart from a chance to see how wine, sparkling wine and the bottle-fermented Spanish cava are made, you will also be able to please your palate during the tasting session that concludes your visit. The relaxing return drive to your ship brings your Catalonian outing to a close. Please note: the guide will give explanation only outside the Monastery; guests will visit the site individually. Conservative attire recommended for visiting the religious site. This excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • Tasting included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        7:30 h

      • Adults$69.00Price per person

      • Children$52.00Price per person

    • PANORAMIC TOUR & SHOPPING

      SCENIC ROUTE

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      The fabulous city of Barcelona is well worth a visit and this whistle-stop tour will take you to see the key sights during an enjoyable half day off the ship. Upon leaving the port, your tour begins with a drive through Barcelona's main streets and squares. A short stop will be made at Montjuich Hill to take in the superb view over the city before moving on for a brief external viewing of the Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s striking yet unfinished neo-Gothic masterpiece. There will also be time to pass by the impressive Barcelona Cathedral, which was built from the end of the 13th until into the 15th century, before taking you to go shopping in the Plaça de Catalunya, a large square in central Barcelona that is ideal for a little retail therapy. Please note: on public holidays or on Sunday afternoon, the shopping stop will be at the “La Rambla”. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • Shopping

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • BARCELONA SIGHTS, AQUARIUM & SHOPPING

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      BCN36

      This family-friendly tour offers half a day of seeing the best city sights, but without putting the usual strain on your feet since you’ll mostly be comfortably seated on a modern coach. The tour begins at Barcelona’s Columbus monument, situated at one end of La Rambla avenue. You’ll then head down the equally magnificent Passeig de Gràcia boulevard, with your guide calling attention to key landmarks such as the Sagrada Família, Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, all designed by Antoni Gaudí. After passing through the Olympic ring, splendid views of the city follow from Montjuïc hill, where a short photo stop is scheduled at the Mirador del Alcalde. You’ll then move on to the Port Vell district to visit Barcelona Aquarium, a huge facility that supports around 11,000 animals representing 450 species of marine wildlife. Be sure to check out the shark tunnel and tanks with rays and other large fish during your unguided visit, after which you’ll still have time to do some shopping at the co-located Maremàgnum shopping mall. The tour then wraps up with your return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is partly guided; the entrance ticket to the Aquarium is included but guests will explore the site on their own.
      • Shopping

      • Limited seats

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$69.00Price per person

      • Children$52.00Price per person

    • FLAMENCO SHOW

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      BCN10

      This tour lets you simply sit back and relax on the coach while you enjoy drive-by viewings of Barcelona’s main sights, including the magnificent Passeig de Gràcia and Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, which was consecrated as a minor basilica by the Pope in 2010. Continuing up to Montjuich Hill, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city below and after a photo stop, head for Poble Espanyol, a unique open-air architectural museum situated on the hill. The museum was originally built for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929 with the aim of mimicking a townscape that would reflect the architecture, style and culture typical of various Spanish regions in a single place. A 30-minute flamenco show accompanied by a fruity sangria punch rounds off your tour.
      • Drink included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$85.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    • PANORAMIC CITY TOUR & NOU CAMP STADIUM

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      BCN05

      Thanks to the sheer scale of its impressive architecture, Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium – one of the world’s most famous football temples and the largest stadium in all of Europe with a capacity to seat nearly 100,000 people – is a fascinating destination, whether you are a soccer fan or not. Apart from hosting numerous key UEFA matches throughout the years, the stadium has also been used to stage other events, including concerts given by such major pop artists as Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman or U2. In 1982, Pope John Paul II even celebrated mass at the stadium, on which occasion he was made an honorary citizen of Barcelona. Your tour begins with a drive-by sightseeing tour past Gaudi’s Sagrada Família, a minor basilica, and up Montjuich Hill before arriving at Camp Nou Stadium. Please note: the feasibility of the tour is subject to the schedule of the football club and then the stadium could be closed with very short notice; for this reason the tour could be cancelled even the day before our call for reasons beyond MSC’s control. The visit to the stadium includes walking upstairs and downstairs and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This excursion is not available on calls falling on a Sunday afternoon. This tour is not available on MSC Armonia call on 13.04.2016.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$72.00Price per person

        • Children$52.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

       

      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Reach the port

      Port of Barcelona

      This section contains information on how to reach the port.

      Cruise Terminal:

      Muelle de Adosado

      Reach the port by

      • Car

        Entering the city on the main approach roads, follow the signs for Rondes and then the B-10 Ronda Litoral, turning off for the terminal at Exit 21.
        Car

        Parking information

        VALET PARKING BARCELONA 

        Calle Motors, 144, Barcelona

        Tel: + 34 93 511 37 43/93 223 39 00

        E-mail:miguel@valetparkingbcn.es


        • the parking area is located just a few minutes from the cruise terminal.
        • The parking staff will be waiting for you to lead you to the cruise terminal, at the end of your cruise the staff will bring you to the parking area where you will be able to collect your vehicle.
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        VEHICLE DAYS RATES
        Car 7 € 80
        Car 8 € 92
        Car 9 € 103
        Car 10 € 115
        Car 11 € 126
        Suv 8 € 80
        Suv 7 € 80
        Suv 9 € 92
        Suv 9 € 103
        Suv 10 € 115
        Suv 11 € 126
        Minivan 7 € 105
        Minivan 8 € 120
        Minivan 9 € 135
        Minivan 10 € 150
        Minivan 11 € 165
        Roulotte 7 € 160
        Roulotte 8 € 183
        Roulotte 9 € 206
        Roulotte 10 € 229
        Roulotte 11 € 252
      • Train

        Barcelona Sants Railway Station is about 6km away from the port. There is both taxi and a bus service to the port from outside the station.
        Train
      • Plane

        Barcelona Airport is just a 15 km (9-mile) drive away from the port. You can take a taxi from outside the terminal building. There is no direct bus connection between Barcelona Airport and the port, but you could take the Aerobus to Plaça Espanya and then travel to the port by Portbus or by taxi.
        Plane

      Spain

      Love at first sight
      Love at first sight

      If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

      Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


      A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


      And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

      So should you – prepare to be surprised.

       
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