Barcelona harbour - a cruiser's paradise

“All roads lead to Rome” and all cruises lead to Barcelona harbour.

Three new Cruise lines have decided to tie up their vessels at the Barcelona harbor for 2011; “Liberty of the Seas” Royal Caribbean, “Epic” Norwegian Cruise Line and “Carnival Magic” Carnival. Collectively they will attract 2.5 million passengers per year to the Catalonian capital – Barcelona.

Barcelona harbour ranks as the first in Europe and fourth in the world, due to the 2.347 million passengers it received in 2010. US research reveals that Mediterranean cruises come in third position in the reservation rankings, just behind the Caribbean and Mexican destinations. Barcelona has also reached the 20th position on the United States citizens’ priorities.

Oscar Goni is the Managing Director at Luxury Trips Spain.

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Comments (7)

  1. irene says:

    I was in Barcelona recently can’t believe how busy it was with cruises in. the city seems to swell in numbers when the ships are in. I hadn’t been in Barcelona for ages but loved checking out how the sagrada familia is getting on and all the sites. Never realised how great barcelona was for shopping found some fab finds including a great spanish chain for shoes Bimba e lola – excellent for something different and great quality.

  2. Aurora says:

    My mother is flying to Barcelona in a few months to join a cruise there. The number of cruise ships using the harbour is certainly good news for the local economy.

  3. Emily M says:

    Barcelona is a great city for cruises to visit, you can get so much out of it in a short space of time, from what I remember the harbour isn’t too far from the centre- Las Ramblas, the shops and the amazing architecture is every where!

  4. Kylie Martin says:

    I can imagine it being very crowded and too touristy for my liking.

  5. Karen Scammell says:

    I have been on Independence of the Seas and it was an amazing expeirence. I would be very keen to travel with Roayal Caribbean to Barcelona

  6. Vanny says:

    I absolutely loved Barcelona when I was there 6 years ago. I was on a budget so didn’t get to indulge too much gastronomically. I’m returning for a 7-night roundtrip Barcelona cruise this June. Any restaurant I should consider?

  7. To Vanny,
    regarding restaurants, “Tapas 24” for creative tapas, “Botafumeiro” for classic Basque seafood, “Cal Pep” for “old school” tapas, “Doble Zer00” or “Shunka” for Asian-Fusion.

    Bon apetít!

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