A Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona visiting Spain, Italy and France is the perfect vacation for those who want to experience three different cultures within one trip!
Cruise the Mediterranean in 2022 with Royal Caribbean
In this article you will find a tried and tested 12-night package suggestion that will give you a fantastic holiday. The Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona package is 5 nights in Barcelona followed by a 7 night cruise in the Mediterranean with Royal Caribbean International.
Best of all, it’s easy to book yourself so you have complete control over your vacation!
5 nights Barcelona + 7 night Western Mediterranean Cruise
Barcelona is known for trendy boutiques, fantastic architecture and outstanding cuisine. The Catalan capital is our favorite Spanish city. It has it all – shopping, beaches, stunning architecture, great food, world-renown art, friendly locals and cosy neighborhoods.
5 nights in this great city is the perfect way to kick-start your Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona vacation in Spain, Italy and France.
Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona
Arrive in Barcelona Airport, having booked your flight with your favorite airline. (Tip! Read our advise about booking your flights online before you book!) The name of the international airport is Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport. Known as El-Prat.
Transfer to your hotel using an official taxi standing right outside your arrival terminal. Relax, shake off any jet-lag, and enjoy your first of 5 nights in Barcelona.
Days 2-5: Exploring Barcelona
- Eixample – Mansana de la Discordia, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), Basilica of La Sagrada Familia
- The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) – La Rambla, Plaça de Catalunya, Mercado de La Boqueria, The Cathedral of Barcelona, Plaça de Sant Jaume, Picasso Museum
- Barceloneta, the Beach & Port Olympic
- Parc Guell and Camp Nou
Day 6: Check in for your Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona
Time to cruise! Your Mediterranean cruise including Spain, Italy and France is finally here. Check-out from your hotel and transfer to the Port of Barcelona. The easiest way to get from the city to port for your cruise from Barcelona is to ask your hotel for help in making a taxi reservation.
Your port check-in time is on your cruise ticket. Make sure you get there in good time!
- Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
- Name of Ship: Allure of the Seas – read more about the fantastic Allure of the Seas and Royals “Oasis” class ships here!
- Start Date: Weekly with Sunday departure from May through to October 2022 (Tip! Cruise dates and itineraries are subject to change at any time check with Royal Caribbean at the time of booking)
- Cruise Port: From/To Port of Barcelona, Spain
Days 6 to 13: Western Mediterranean Cruise with Royal Caribbean International (7 nights/8 days)
Cruise Day 1: Barcelona
Check-in for your Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona at Port of Barcelona. Royal Caribbean’s ships are equipped with all the amenities you would want or need on vacation.
Settle into your cabin, unpack your suitcase, head over to the buffet restaurant for lunch. Or grab your favorite glass of bubble and relax on deck for the sail-away party!
Before you leave home, we recommend that you download Royal Caribbean International app onto your mobile telephone. It’s a great way to easily check in for your cruise, stay connected with family and friends on the ship, plan your activities, make reservations and see all that’s happening on board. And you do not need wifi to use it!
Cruise Day 2: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
The bay of Palma is a wonderful destination and the capital of the Spanish island Mallorca.
What we love about Palma is its rich cultural heritage with stunning architecture and works of art. And of course the wide open beaches, water sports and deep sea fishing on offer.
From the port you can take a leisurely walk into the city center. If you opt not to book an excursion with the cruise line and want to tour the city yourself, head towards Palma Cathedral. Located i the heart of the city, it’s a good spot to start exploring on your own.
If you prefer a beach, Portixol is only a 10 minute walk from Palma center. Here you will find plenty of local restaurants serving lunch with a view.
There are many bike and electric scooter rentals along the beach front, and on a hot day it’s a great way to explore the coastline. If you want to book in advance then Viator have trustworthy suppliers.
Cruise Day 3: Provence, France (Port of call: Marseilles)
Excursions from the port of Marseilles offers you the chance to experience the Provence region and see France as it was centuries ago. Narrow cobblestone lanes are lined by medieval buildings and picturesque villages. The region is well known for its lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards.
This stunning area is also known for its cuisine, with ingredients that grow profusely in the Mediterranean region. Provençal cuisine is made up of fresh, local produce and recipes that have been handed down through generations.
Marseilles itself offers many sights to visit and we can warmly recommend the city tour excursion offered by the cruise line if you love history.
Be sure to tour the city with a guide to really appreciate all Marseilles has to offer. Visit sights such as Quai des Belges , the Chateau d’If, and Notre Dame de la Garde.
Take a stroll through Marseilles’s old quarter. You’ll find many art galleries and antique shops. Or simply enjoy their world-famous signature dish bouillabaisse at any one of the restaurants in town. Stick to the busy touristy areas of Marseille and beware of pickpockets.
Further afield you can visit Calanques National Park. Take advantage of Royal Caribbeans excursion with the bus. The National Park is about a half hour from the port.
The rugged coastline calls for good walking shoes. Alternatively, take a boat trip from Marseilles to Cassis which takes in miles of beautiful coastal landscape.
Cruise Day 4: Florence/Pisa, Italy (Port of call: La Spezia)
4 days into your Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona and Allure is docked in La Spezia, Italy.
If you do not want to wonder far from the ship, explore art galleries, museums and castles in La Spezia. Visit the Castle of San Giorgio, which is located on top of a hill overlooking the port with it’s magnificent views. Alternatively take a boat trip up the River Magra for views of its medieval bridges and wetlands.
Choosing what to do or which excursion to book for your port of call in La Spezia can be tough.
La Spezia is the entrance port to so many fantastic Italian destinations. You really are spoilt for choice. From here you have the opportunity to visit Cinque Terre, Pisa or Florence. Each one in itself is really great, and the surrounding areas are stunning.
Stunning Cinque Terre
If you are looking for an adventure out in nature and love hiking, choose Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a group of five villages that stretch along Italy’s Riviera di Levante, with a dramatic section known as the Cinque Terre National Park.
It is an UNESCO World Heritage site. The five villages you can visit are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.
Book this day out with your cruise line, alternatively book train tickets or a guided tour in advance. Remember Cinque Terre is located a few hours away from La Spezia so be sure that you don’t miss your cruise departure time. We promise – it’s well worth the journey!
Pisa or Florence?
An alternative to visiting Cinque Terre is to take a trip to the city of Pisa or Florence.
Pisa may well have been on your bucket list for a long time! Who doesn’t want to stand next to the famous leaning tower?
In our opinion, Florence offers a richer experience. In Florence you can discover the Uffizi Gallery where you can view Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera; climb the world-famous Duomo cathedral or walk the postcard-perfect Ponte Vecchio bridge.
Don’t worry if you feel you need longer here. Florence is a wonderful destination to visit again. Make this city part of a longer trip to the region of Tuscany in your future travel plans!
Cruise Day 5: Rome, Italy (Port of Call: Civitavecchia)
Today you arrive in the port of Civitavecchia, Rome, probably the most important city in European history. Get more ideas of how to spend a day in Rome here. We have written detailed itineraries for 4 spectacular days of sightseeing in this superb historical city, including these highlights:
- The Jewish Quarter, Trastevere and The Vatican
- Piazza Navona, The Pantheon and Trevi Fountain
- The Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese
- Ancient Rome,Vittoriano and the Colosseum
You will also find information about how to get back to the cruise port of your day exploring here.
Cruise Day 6: Naples/Capri, Italy
This itinerary with Royal Caribbean just gets better and better. Day 6 means that your cruise ship docks in Naples, southern Italy. From Naples you are just a 1 hour ferry ride away from the island of Capri.
Emperor Augustus’ once private paradise and now a modern day celebrity hideaway, Capri is a luxury holiday destination.
Capri – how to get there and what to do
Some shore excursions to Capri with the cruise line can be really expensive. You can make your own way there quite easily. Most cruise ships take you to Terminal Stazione Marittima in Naples (always check with your cruise line). The hydrofoil from nearby Molo Beverello takes under one hour to get to Capri. You will need to queue to get your tickets.
The price of a one way ticket to Capri is around 25 euros per person but be sure to buy a return ticket which will be for a specific departure time. Queueing for tickets on the island can take a very long and you do not want to miss getting back to the port in time to board your cruise ship or tender boat.
Note the time your cruise ship or tender boat departs Naples and make sure you take a hydrofoil from Capri at the latest 2 hours prior to ship departure.
If all this seems too complicated, then book tickets with your cruise line for your trip to Capri, then you can explore yourself once you are there.
It can be a choppy ride over to Capri if the sea is rough, so if you get seasick easily you may want to take seasick tablets or put on a seaband before you start your day.
The towns of Marina Grande, Ana Capri and Capri
There are three towns on the island, Marina Grande where you will arrive onto the island, Anacapri and Capri. We recommend that you download a map of the island before you travel to orientate yourself.
When you arrive by ferry or hydrofoil, you are in the village of Marina Grande. This is the area of the marina and the port on Capri and where all transport to the island departs from.
You can get to Ana Capri and Capri from Marina Grande. Both towns are closed to traffic in the center, so once there, all exploring is done on foot. If you want to go further afield and explore the island’s coastline and nature, you can rent a scooter at Marina Grande.
The town of Anacapri
Anacapri is the quieter side of the island and the highest point. It is great for nature lovers who want to visit Mount Solaro in seek of panoramic views. From Marina Grande the bus takes about 20 minutes to get to Anacapri. Once in the town there is a chair lift from Piazza Vittoria to Monte Solaro which takes approximately 10 minutes.
The town of Capri
Shoppers and foodies should spend some time in the exclusive boutiques and cafes in the town of Capri, the more busy, cosmopolitan side of the island.
From Marina Grande, take the cable car or bus to the main square, Piazza Umberto (the Piazzetta) in center of Capri town. There are small buses available that take approximately 20 people per bus. You can buy a ticket at the ticket booth in the arrivals harbor of Marina Grande. It is walkable within about 20 minutes, but the road is steep, narrow and winding and in the heat it feels a long way.
Alternatively you can choose to use the Capri Funicular (also referred to as the Capri cable car), it’s the red train that takes you to the Piazzetta in just a few minutes.
Visiting The Blue Grotto and Faraglioni, the trio of sea giants
There are also plenty of options to book a small boat to see the amazing illuminated caves of the Blue Grotto when you get to Marina Grande. This is without doubt the most famous attraction on Capri, together with sailing through the stunning towering rock formations of Faraglioni.
From Marina Grande, there is a private jetty where you buy tickets for a boat tour in a small wooden row boat. The entrance fee to the Blue Grotto is around 18 euros per person and it’s usual to tip your captain.
It’s an unforgettable experience!
Amalfi Coast and Capri excursion
If time and budget allow, and you want to squeeze even more sights into your shore excursion, we can highly recommend a private boat tour from Naples port along the Amalfi coast visiting the towns of Amalfi and the stunning Positano, then over to Capri Island. A fantastic way to see this beautiful coastline. Viator offer a great trip.
Visit the legend of Pompei
Instead of Capri, a history enthusiast will love visiting the ancient ruins of Pompei, buried by the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We chose to walk around the ruins ourselves with a guide book. However, in retrospect I wish we would have joined a guided tour, to hear the stories behind the ruins and we were exploring.
Unfortunately with just one day in the port of Naples, you will not have time to visit both Capri and Pompei. But hopefully this will not be your last visit to southern Italy. The whole of the Amalfi coastline deserves a trip in itself. When you visit, we recommend basing yourself at Positano. From here you can rent a car or use the local transport to get to all the coastal towns. This coastline will be one of the prettiest places in the world you will ever visit.
Cruise Day 7: Day At Sea
A day at sea is a perfect way to end this great cruise to Spain, Italy and France. Enjoy the fantastic amenities and activities on board your cruise ship Allure of the Seas.
Cruise Day 8: Return to Port of Barcelona and disembark your cruise
Disembark at Port of Barcelona. Head back into the city to extend your stay if you have booked extra hotel nights. Or transfer back to Barcelona airport with Royal Caribbean’s transfer bus for your flight home.
Book your transfer in advance at the same time you book your cruise, because places on board the airport buses can become fully booked. Remember if you have a morning flight booked to take your home, ask the cruise line for an early check out from the ship.
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