Barcelona cruise

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.

Must see places in Barcelona

Discover our excursions

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  • A WALK INTO BARCELONA GOTHIC QUARTER

    CITY TOUR

    BCN40

    This is an invitation to explore the Gothic heart of Barcelona on a pleasant walk through its main streets and square. After a short coach transfer, you will commence your guided walk to the first highlight of the tour: Columbus Statue, built to commemorate Columbus’ first voyage to America. Next, you will walk the lively Ramblas and finally enter Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter for a glimpse of the Town Hall at Sant Jaume’s Square. Your guide will also take you to Barcelona Cathedral where you have full explanations on this important side as you admire it from outside. Your last stop on this walking tour will be the Plaça de Catalunya, a large square in central Barcelona that is ideal for a little retail therapy. Here, you may opt for remaining in the city and return to the ship independently or walk back to the end of the Ramblas with your guide where a coach will take you to the port. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as it includes long periods of walking.
    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$29.00Price per person

    • Children$25.00Price per person

  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    BCN01

    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

  • 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$85.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • MONTSERRAT

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    BCN08

    Situated approx. 1 hour by coach from the port of Barcelona lies Montserrat, a mountaintop Benedictine Monastery that forms the highest point of the Catalonian lowlands. Santa Maria de Montserrat, to give the monastery its official name, is a key Catholic pilgrimage site and a favourite destination for religious retreats. Apart from being home to a statue of the Virgin of Montserrat – also known as the Black Madonna or La Moreneta – the monastery boasts a basilica with a resplendent interior that stands in stark contrast to its somewhat austere exterior. Interestingly, the monastery also hosts a publishing house that counts as one of the world’s oldest still functioning presses, with the first book having been printed in 1499. You will have time to look around by yourself before returning to Barcelona. Please note: the guide will give explanation only outside the Monastery; guests will visit the site individually. On 25.12.2015 and 01.01.2016, the site will be very crowded; please expect to wait in line to visit the site. Conservative attire recommended for visiting the religious site. 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.
    • 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
      4:30 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$45.00Price per person

  • BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING ENDING AT THE AIRPORT

    SCENIC ROUTE

    BCN41D

    If you disembark in Barcelona but wants to have an introduction of the city before reaching the airport for your flight home, join us on this sightseeing coach tour. You will have the opportunity to admire some of Barcelona’s highlights on an itinerary including the Passeig de Gràcia boulevard, the Sagrada Família and Plaça de Catalunya. You will reach Montjuïc Hill and will stop at Mirador del Alcalde for views of the city. After leaving your coach, your guide will take you through the streets of the Gothic Quarter where you will have some little free time. Your tour concludes with a coach drive to El Prat Airport. Please note: the tour is only for debark guests and ends at the airport for guests booked on flights after 17:00 hours from El Prat Airport.The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. You can book this tour only during your cruise; it is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair or with walking difficulties.
    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$42.00Price per person

  • PANORAMIC TOUR & SHOPPING

    SCENIC ROUTE

    BCN02

    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”. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • 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

    • 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.

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • 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 b
    • 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

    • TASTE OF CATALONIA & RUMBA SHOW

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      BCN32

      Far removed from typically Spanish customs like bullfighting, flamenco and sangria, the autonomous region of Catalonia takes great pride in a set of home-grown cultural traditions. Among the more flamboyant of these are the human towers, a.k.a. castells, which are built by the “castellers” of Vilafranca del Penedès, the “gegants i capgrossos”, or giants and bigheads, that form part of festivals and humorously depict notable town folk as well as so-called “correfocs”, groups dressed as devils who light fireworks during festivals. However, there is also Catalan rumba, a variety developed by the city’s Romani community in the 1950s and one you will get to enjoy on this culture-themed tour. After a chance to savour glorious views of the city from the park-like environs of Montjuïc Hill on your way into the city, you will head for La Rumbeta, a music venue at the end of the La Rambla pedestrian zone in Barcelona’s old quarter. Let yourself be entertained by the infectious rhythms of the Catalan-style rumba, accompanied by a selection of tasty Catalan snacks and a drink. A walk through the old city then follows, including a short stop near Santa Catherina Market, one of the city’s oldest, for a local snack – called a “pincho” – and a drink. Moving on again, you will head for the historical La Ribera district and onwards to the coast before you return to your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • Tasting included

      • Limited seats

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$129.00Price per person

      • Children$92.00Price 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  - Parking SABA


      c/Lluis Companys s/n, 08018 Barcelona

      Tel: + 34 61 805 80 73/+34 62 631 80 73

      E-mail:miguel@valetparkingbcn.es


      The parking area is located just a few minutes from the cruise terminal

      A shuttle service is available from/to the parking for MSC Fantasia and MSC Poesia cruises.


      For MSC Fantasia cruises the shuttle service departs:

      from the parking in Paseo Lluis Companys to MSC Terminal at 01:00 PM

      from MSC Terminal to the parking in Paseo Lluis Companys at 10:30 AM


      For MSC Poesia cruises the shuttle service departs:

      from the parking in Paseo Lluis Companys to MSC Terminal at 03:30 PM

      from MSC Terminal to the parking in Paseo Lluis Companys at 03:00 PM

      Book your parking with MSC
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      VEHICLE DAYS RATES
      Car 6 € 80
      Car 8 € 80
      Car 10 € 127
      Suv 6 € 80
      Suv 8 € 80
      Suv 10 € 127











    • 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.