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

  • One minute you’re doing battle with a plate of the city’s trademark paella. The next, ambling the airy galleries of tip-top museums. Then later, going for gold on the silky sands that slide into see-through waters. At long last, Barcelona and Madrid’s sandy sister is emerging from the shadows, Cinderella-style, and demanding the world’s travellers take note. If you’re looking for a new city to get excited about, then Valencia is most definitely the place.

  • Take a wide-eyed wander through the old town. The throbbing heart of the city, it’s the largest preserved complex of its kind in Europe. On Plaza de la Reina, see the 13th-century cathedral, said to contain the chalice used by Christ in the Last Supper.
  • Prepare to be impressed. Seriously impressed. The City of Arts and Science is an expanse of avant-garde architecture by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. The jewel in its crown is the Palau de les Arts, a superb performing arts, opera and music venue. Then there’s the Hemispheric, one of the most visited spots in all of Spain thanks to its planetarium, IMAX theatre and The Oceanographic, Europe’s largest aquarium.
  • Pay a visit to the Lladro factory to find out how the well-known porcelain is produced. Three brothers founded the company in a tiny workshop back in the Fifties, and Lladro is now exported to over 120 countries.

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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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