Spanish Sensations

Cruise itinerary - Spanish Sensations

What's included...

  • Gratuities - no need to tip!
  • Top class onboard activities/entertainment
  • 24 hour dining
  • Port taxes

Sailing Dates

13 Nov 14

Cities, sights and sensational scenery...

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Thursday, Malaga - SPAIN 

  • Set on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol, Malaga is a Moorish delight. During the Arab occupation of Spain, the city was the principal port of the Moorish kingdom of Granada. So what does that mean for you? It means the city of Granada and its striking Alhambra Palace are just a short drive away. Prepare to be blown away.

  • See Malaga’s 16th-century cathedral. It’s known as ‘La Manquita’ or ‘one-armed woman’ because lack of funds meant only one of the two planned towers was completed.
  • Check out La Alcazaba, the city’s hillside fortress, which offers up superb panoramic views of the city.
  • Don’t miss the Museo de Bellas Artes, which houses masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Malaga’s famous son. Picasso’s birthplace in Plaza Merced is open to the public, too.

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Friday, At Sea 

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Saturday, Barcelona - SPAIN  08:00 - 17:00

  • Barcelona is up there with the most famous cities in the world, and for good reason. Sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, this Spanish titan promises cutting-edge architecture, trend-setting fashion and art that breaks the mould. It’s a place where boutique-lined boulevards and intimate espresso bars give way to authentic tapas joints and narrow cobbled streets.

  • Stroll down the iconic promenade of Las Ramblas, stopping for coffee at a pavement café or pausing to throw a couple of euros in the street entertainers’ upturned hats.
  • Wander down the winding streets of the Gothic quarter, taking your pick of traditional tapas bars. Among them is Els Quatre Gats, Picasso’s old hangout.
  • Call in at the world-famous Nou Camp, home of Barcelona Football Club since 1957.

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Sunday, Toulon - FRANCE  08:00 - 17:00

  • Fusing French Riviera glam with the feel of a traditional old town, Toulon is your gorgeous gateway to the Côte d’Azur.

  • Follow the sound of popping corks and clinking champagne flutes to über-stylish St-Tropez, a long-time glitterati favourite.
  • Venture into Aix en Provence and find out about its dual identity. This place is known as the Town of Water thanks to its fountains and the Town of Art because of its many museums.
  • See for yourself if there’s any truth in French poet Frédéric Mistral’s famous words ‘He who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing!’. Little changed by time, Cassis is still much the same little fishing port that first attracted artists like Signac and Derain, eager to capture its serene charm.
  • Venture into the breathtaking Provence countryside and stumble upon sleepy French villages. This enchanting region has inspired many a great master, including Van Gogh and Cézanne.

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Monday, Palma - MAJORCA  13:00 - 20:00

  • Palma. Think leafy boulevards that echo with the stilettos of stylish shoppers. Tiny tapas bars tucked down narrow sidestreets. Architectural gold hidden in the historic quarter. With its trademark cathedral dominating the skyline, cosmopolitan Palma never fails to impress.

  • Spend some time exploring the city, clicking snaps of the 14th-century Bellver Castle, browsing the boutiques and tasting tapas in the authentic bars that barnacle the backstreets.
  • Board the Tren de Soller and trace your way through Majorca’s interior. This vintage electric train has been running since the Twenties, and it’ll take you past olive groves and dinky villages.

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Tuesday, Valencia - SPAIN  08:00 - 17:00

  • Valencia is an expert in marrying up the old and the new. Ancient Arabian architecture and Gothic churches are given a run for their money by new icons like the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. Beyond the city borders, Albufera National Park follows the coast south. The massive lake here is home to 250 species of birds, including flamingos.

  • Valencia Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece framed by flying buttresses and intricately-carved arches. The chalice here is said to have been used by Christ during the Last Supper.
  • Fallas Museum collects memorabilia from the La Fallas festivals, when hundreds of effigies are burned on bonfires. The best creations are rescued and displayed on the museum’s shelves.
  • The aquarium at the City of Arts and Sciences is made up of space-age buildings and a 70-metre viewing tunnel – the longest in Europe. Residents include sharks, whales and dolphins.

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Wednesday, Cartagena - SPAIN  08:00 - 15:00

  • Tucked in a deep bay guarded by two cliff-top fortresses, this Spanish gem is steeped in history. In the 18th century it became a major Spanish naval base and reminders of its seafaring past can be seen down in the port, where you’ll find a prototype submarine.

  • Take a wide-eyed walk through the city, which flaunts splendid reminders of its golden age. Don’t miss the city’s castle, Castillo de la Concepcion, which offers up great views over Cartagena.
  • Head for Murcia, the regional capital city and an open-air museum whose centrepiece is a beautiful cathedral. It’s particularly famous for its two ornate side chapels – the Gothic Capilla de los Velez and the Renaissance Capilla del Junteron. Simply breathtaking.
  • See the famous La Manga Strip, a strip of land which separates the Mediterranean Sea from Mar Menor, Europe’s largest lagoon.
  • Don’t miss the ‘Huerto Del Cura,’ or ‘Priest’s Garden’, in the pretty town of Elche. Over 700 rare palm trees call this botanical garden home, as well as 500 other species of plants and flowers.

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Thursday, Malaga - SPAIN 

  • Set on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol, Malaga is a Moorish delight. During the Arab occupation of Spain, the city was the principal port of the Moorish kingdom of Granada. So what does that mean for you? It means the city of Granada and its striking Alhambra Palace are just a short drive away. Prepare to be blown away.

  • See Malaga’s 16th-century cathedral. It’s known as ‘La Manquita’ or ‘one-armed woman’ because lack of funds meant only one of the two planned towers was completed.
  • Check out La Alcazaba, the city’s hillside fortress, which offers up superb panoramic views of the city.
  • Don’t miss the Museo de Bellas Artes, which houses masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Malaga’s famous son. Picasso’s birthplace in Plaza Merced is open to the public, too.

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