Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. It is located on the shores of the Mediterranean and enjoys a mild climate all year round.Barcelona is one of Europe’s largest and most successful ports and one of the world’s leading cities in art and architecture.
From the modern cruise terminal at the docks you will need a taxi or tour to see the artistic beauty of this unique destination, credited to the talents of Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Antonio Gaudi, Jose Clara and others. Stroll the mosaic-paved Ramblas, the city's social hub, with open-air cafes, street entertainers and flower displays. See its unique Catalonian cultural heritage in the ancient Gothic Quarter, the surrealistic architecture of Antonio Gaudi and some outstanding museums.
Sights of interest include the Columbus Monument, the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (1298 to 1454), the Maritime Museum, Picasso Gallery, La Sagrada Familia (Gaudi's unfinished cathedral), Palau Guell (Gaudi mansion) and the Olympic stadiums.
Naples, Italy (Arrive at 7:00) Naples has a bit of a bad boy image, but with one of the world’s largest historical centres and a heritage dating back to the 7 BC, the city’s cultural and historical tourism appeal have to be experienced. Your cruise ship will dock conveniently in the heart of downtown Naples and it is a short walk from the cruise terminal to the centre of town. Naples is a walking city and, in addition to taxis and the funicular, you should reach its sights with relative ease on foot. The historical centre is a labyrinth of charming alleyways, Greco-Roman ruins, baroque churches, pizzerias and cafés. And of course no visit to Naples would be complete without tucking in to an authentic Napoli pizza margherita. Head for Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente on Via Tribunali in the historic centre for some of the city’s best pizza. Don’t miss Napoli Sotterranea, the remains of the Roman city located underneath San Lorenzo Maggiore medieval church or take a bike ride through the old town, Possillipo coast and Vomero panoramic quarter. It’s also only 40 minutes by train to get from Napoli to Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that was engulfed by Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. Naples is also a base from which to explore Capri, a mountainous island a few km off the coast with a reputation for glitz and glamour. Highlights on the island include the Ceretosa S. Giacomo that dates back to the mid-13th century and is today the remnant of a monastery with a baroque tower; the Faraglioni Rocks, which are iconic elements of the island’s landscape; and Mt. Solaro chairlift taking visitors up 589m for amazing panoramic views.
Rome, Italy (Arrive at 6:00) Rome, the Eternal City. A city of ruins and romance, indulge all your senses in this extraordinary destination; let your taste buds linger over delicious pasta, feast your eyes on its ancient Roman architecture and kick back in a charming piazza to listen to the bustling sounds of a city completely in touch with itself... Prepare to fall in love with the culture, romance and architecture of Rome; charming, yet majestic, the city certainly gets under your skin. Built on seven hills, Rime is divided into east and west by the Tiber River with many of its important landmarks like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican located on the west. Large 19th century boulevards link the city’s neighbourhoods, the largest and certainly busiest, being Via del Corso running north towards the city wall. It is from this boulevard, east and west, that you will find many of the city’s most popular attractions.
Florence/Pisa, Italy (Arrive at 7:00) It’s been the topic of poems and songs, the north Italian city of Florence stands today as a testament to the beauty and romance of the Renaissance. It was in fact in Florence that the Renaissance began and the city is still regarded a cultural, artistic and architectural gem. For centuries it has inspired great works from great people like Galileo, Michelangelo, Dante and Leon Batist’Alberti, one of the fathers of Renaissance architecture… Florence is a designer city and its inhabitants exude this sense of style. Little wonder than that such brands as Gucci and Ferragamo were established in this fashionable city. And, with its added status as the gateway to Tuscany, Florence offers superb Tuscan cuisine and even better Chiantis with which to wash all that hearty Italian food down.
Cannes is a commune in France, located in the department of Alpes-Maritimes and the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, famous for the International Film Festival and the glitzy hotels, cars, beaches, and visitors.
Cannes is 36 km from Nice, 55 km from Monaco and 60 km from the Italian border. From this elegant city, it's an easy drive to the other star attractions along the French Riviera. Enjoy the plunging cliffside scenery on one of the corniche roads as you head for Monte Carlo. Or perhaps visit Antibes with its lush, bougainvillea-draped villas, or the medieval walled town of St. Paul de Vence.
Palma, Majorca, Spain (Arrive at 13:00) Mallorca may have a reputation for crowds of sunburnt English and German tourists, but its capital Palma retains much of its medieval charm; its impressive 17th century Gothic cathedral and 14th century hilltop castle proof that this city’s far more than a tourist trap. A visit to Palma must therefore incorporate a visit to La Seu Cathedral, providing a spectacular backdrop for cruise passengers arriving in the port. Overlooking the city is the Castell de Bellver, which was once a fortress and a prison, and now offers visitors the best view of the bay and city of Palma. The port is just over 3km from the city and there are both taxis and a bus that runs from the port to the old town. You can also walk along the Passeig d’es Born, the boulevard connecting the port and the city centre, which is fairly small, Wander through the old town’s narrow cobblestone roads and the city’s main shopping streets or take the Palma City Sightseeing Bus that does a circuit of Palma including some of the city’s major shopping centres.