Cruises sailing from Barcelona
Your journey would most likely begin at Barcelona’s Port Vell, where the majority of cruise liners are docked. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find a cruise that suits you as each cruise line offers a different experience. Cruises can range from 2-week luxury voyages all around the Mediterranean at the higher end of the market, to shorter 1-week round trips to destinations such as Cannes, Naples and Palermo.
Cruise lines operating from Barcelona include: Azamara Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Island Cruises, MSC Italian Cruises, Norwegian Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises.
The cruise terminals can be found at the foot of Las Ramblas – Barcelona’s most famous street, running right through the heart of the city – and you have a number of options travelling from the city centre to the port and vice-versa.
The easiest way to reach your port terminal from the city would be to take the metro to Drassanes (Green Line, L3), the closest stop to the port. From here, you will need to walk to the Columbus monument, which is about 5 minutes from the metro stop, or one minute if you’re on foot from Las Ramblas. Once at the monument, you will be able to take the Blue Bus, running every 20 minutes to all cruise port terminals. All buses have been fitted to provide easy access to wheelchair users.
If time’s not on your side, probably the most convenient and comfortable method to reach your port terminal would simply be to catch a taxi, although granted it may be the more expensive option. From the city centre to the port, the fare is usually around €8 and takes around 10 minutes.
If you are travelling to the port using your own vehicle, there are short-term parking facilities available at the port terminals themselves. However if you require longer-term parking we recommend using the World Trade Center facilities – this is the closest parking to the port. Also worth noting is the parking at BSM – Parc de Recerca Biomèdica (c/del Aiguader, 88) and BSM – Litoral Port (av. del Litoral, 34), where special rates may be available for certain cruise customers.
Practical information/ Popular Destinations
The Catalan capital has for years been an incredibly popular tourist destination and as a result the cruiser port in Barcelona has become the busiest of its kind in the Mediterranean. In total there are nine terminals at Port Vell, all of which may be used for passenger purposes if needs be. The terminals are divided roughly into three locations:
- Terminals A, B, C and D (also referred to as Palacruceros) are all situated on the Adossat Wharf and are the furthest terminals from the city centre.
- Terminals North, South and Z are situated on the Barcelona Wharf, though the latter is a ferry terminal only occasionally used for cruise ships. Also close to these is the Terminal Ferry de Barcelona (located on the Sant Bertran Wharf), which again is principally used for ferries – to the Balearic Islands – but which is fully equipped to serve cruise line operations.
- Finally, we have Terminal M on Espanya Wharf. This is the smallest terminal and serves vessels of a smaller size.
So with its increasing popularity over recent years, as well as its fantastic location, Barcelona’s Port Vell has become a true gateway to much of Europe’s top destinations -but which ones are the most popular?
Without a doubt Mediterranean cruises, usually 5-14 days in length, attract most interest. Many cruises will stop at famous ports including Civitavecchia, Marseille and Venice, visit islands such as Capri, Lesbos and Rhodes, and even venture as far east as Dubrovnik and Istanbul.
Other destinations becoming ever more popular are Spain’s Balearic Islands. Now strictly speaking these are not cruises, however many people use the ferry service at Barcelona’s Port Vell to reach the three famous islands – Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza. There are three operators (Acciona Transmediterranea, Balearia and Iscomar) that provide transfers to the islands, and ferries run every day.