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Southampton , England | Vigo , Spain | Lisbon , Portugal | Ibiza , Spain | Palma De Mallorca , Spain | Barcelona , Spain | Cartagena , Spain | Seville (Cadiz) , Spain | Southampton , England

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Southampton, England

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM

MEDEIVAL MYSTERIES

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument — it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travelers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travelers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armor

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavors: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewelry.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Man Sliding on the side of Mariner on The Perfect Storm
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider

Man Sliding on the side of Mariner on The Perfect Storm
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider

THINGS TO DO

Girl Sliding and Smiling on The Perfect Storm
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Girl Surfing Flowrider at Daytime with a Smile
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DAY 3 - DOCKED

Vigo, Spain

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

GO GALICIAN

Get a taste of Spain's Galicia region in the bustling port city of Vigo. See the work of local artists at the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art. Then, head to the Cies Islands for a dip in the clear blue waters surrounded by the region's forested mountains. Later, feast on huge grilled red prawns and meaty mussels with a glass of crisp Galician white wine.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
A lake in Castrelos Park in Vigo, Spain
The Rande Bridge over the Vigo River in Spain

Get a taste of Spain's Galicia region in the bustling port city of Vigo. See the work of local artists at the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art. Then, head to the Cies Islands for a dip in the clear blue waters surrounded by the region's forested mountains. Later, feast on huge grilled red prawns and meaty mussels with a glass of crisp Galician white wine.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
A lake in Castrelos Park in Vigo, Spain
The Rande Bridge over the Vigo River in Spain
Things To Do

in Vigo

View of the Santa Maria church with the Marvao castle in the distance in Vigo, Spain

Read the Fine Print

Located in Vigo's Old Town, Museo Municipal de Vigo tells the broader story of Vigo and the rest of Galicia. Learn about the region's main historical claim to fame, the Camino de Santiago — a pilgrimage leading to the Galician church where, legend has it, the remains of the Apostle James are housed. Or head to Museo do Mar de Galicia, which focuses on the region's seafaring culture and legacy.

Interior of the Monte Real Castle

Appreciate the Bigger Picture

Put on a wider lens by hiking up to Castelo do Castro, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city and its port. Another place to appreciate an eclectic cross-section of local Vigo life is Plaza Porta do Sol, a popular meeting point where you can enjoy some of the city's finest people-watching.

A beach in Cies Islands in Spain

Islands Await

Take the 45-minute boat ride to the Cies Islands. Here, you'll find calm white-sand beaches with pristine blue waters, surrounded by views of the dramatic mountainous landscape. There are also caves to explore here, as well as some of the area's best bird-watching.

A platter with oysters with two glasses of wine, bread and a sliced lemon

Local Cuisine

You'll notice lots of oyster sellers throughout Vigo's city center, but if you're looking for a meal that's less raw, sit down for a casual tapas lunch at Old Town eateries. Highlights include chipirones — grilled baby squid with lemon and herbs — and calamares en su tinta, calamari served in its own ink. Wash it down with a glass of albarino from Rias Baixas, a nearby Galician winemaking region where they produce crisp, dry white wines.

A store in Vigo, Spain that sells wicker baskets and goods

Shopping

You'll find the most picturesque shopping in Vigo amid the seafood sellers or O Calvario Municipal Market. Since you probably won't be able to take fresh fish back with you, walk down the Rua Cesteiros shopping street to bargain for local souvenirs and handicrafts, much of which centers on traditional basket weaving.

INSIDER TIP

Even if you speak Spanish, you'll notice the local language is something a little different: The Galician dialect is a unique blend of Portuguese and Spanish.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Lisbon, Portugal

ARRIVES:
9:30 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
GAIN A NEW VIEW

IN LISBON

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal
Things To Do

in Lisbon

View of the Pena National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal

Get Romantic

Step into the pages of a fairy tale in Sintra, a UNESO World Heritage Site a short ride from Lisbon. The city's awash in colorful buildings and grand forts, including the Romanticist architecture of the pastel-hued Pena Palace — more like a castle, really — and the extravagant Quinta da Regalaira villa. Or, wander through gardens inspired by Dante's "Inferno."

Tables on a terrace in Lisbon, Portugal

Go View-Hopping

There's no other way to explore Lisbon than to see it from the miradouros, the hilltop lookout points scattered around the city. Ride the Santa Justo Lift to catch a glimpse of the city below. Enjoy an evening drink at the Miradouro de Santa Catarina. Finally, watch the sunset behind the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge.

Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

Architectural Adventure

History buffs should head to Belem. See the 16th-century Manueline architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery. Lisbon, Portugal cruises will allow you to visit the final resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama before walking to the river to snap a photo of the Torre de Belem, a 16th-century fort that appears to float in the ocean.

A tray full of Pasteis de Nata pastries in Lisbon, Portugal

Local Cuisine

You'll find plenty of Portuguese delicacies around Lisbon. Follow the locals to the nearest food truck for a bifana, a sandwich of pork marinated in white wine and garlic sauce. Snack on salty sardines over a glass of wine, or devour a pasteis de nata, the famous egg tart that packs a creamy, cinnamon-infused custard in a crisp shell.

Various Lisbon souvenir magnets

Shopping

Browse eclectic clothes and jewelry in the backstreets of Bairro Alto. Feira da Ladra, or "thieves' market," is the place to go for handmade crafts and antiques. Looking for a high street? Walk down Chiado or Avenida da Liberdade to shop international brands.

INSIDER TIP

Tram 28 is the best-known tram line, taking riders through all the must-see neighborhoods, but the trolleys fill up quickly. Opt for a lesser known route to avoid crowds.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Two plates with sushi at Izumi on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Sugar Beach on Independence of the Seas

Two plates with sushi at Izumi on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Sugar Beach on Independence of the Seas

THINGS TO DO

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
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Assortment of Candy from Sugar Beach
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DAY 6 - DOCKED

Ibiza, Spain

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
11:59 PM

BEACHES & BEATS

Get to the old town of Dalt Vila, and learn why this ancient cluster of winding streets, high ramparts and stone statues was declared a World Heritage Site. Then head to Cala Comte or one of the other beaches of Ibiza, where pines trees line the coast. Duck your head into the majestic coves that grace the periphery of the beach, and watch the golden sands lap over turquoise waters.

Beach chairs lining Cala d'Hort Beach in Ibiza, Spain
A red lighthouse at the tip of a pier in Ibiza, Spain
A staircase leading to the second floor of a traditional white house in Ibiza, Spain

Get to the old town of Dalt Vila, and learn why this ancient cluster of winding streets, high ramparts and stone statues was declared a World Heritage Site. Then head to Cala Comte or one of the other beaches of Ibiza, where pines trees line the coast. Duck your head into the majestic coves that grace the periphery of the beach, and watch the golden sands lap over turquoise waters.

Beach chairs lining Cala d'Hort Beach in Ibiza, Spain
A red lighthouse at the tip of a pier in Ibiza, Spain
A staircase leading to the second floor of a traditional white house in Ibiza, Spain
Things To Do

in Ibiza

A statue of a sailor in Ibiza, Spain

A Strong History

Walk the historic streets of Ibiza's old town, Dalt Vila, where you can explore Renaissance fortifications that protected the island dating back to the 16th century. Find the storybook cathedral, Catedral de Eivissa, that sits at the top of the town and get lost in the different museums, shops and restaurants that surround it.

Cala Comte beach in Ibiza, Spain

Beat the Heat

Ibiza has plenty of beaches to choose from. Head to Talamanca beach for a relaxing experience, Figueretas for a more resort-style ambiance and Cajal Jondal Beach to catch the fashionable crowd. If you're looking for calm, views and pine trees by the beach, visit Cala Vadella and Cala Salada.

A close up view of a DJ's mixer during an outdoor party

Live It Up

Ibiza's nightlife is legend — but if you want to party in the daytime, you can do that, too. San Antonio is home to some of the biggest, loudest and longest-running clubs around. Go to Eden Ibiza, Cafe del Mar or Es Paradis for a waterfront experience, try Mint or Savannah for low-key vibes, or seek out a boat party for daytime dancing.

A platter of seafood noodle paella in Ibiza, Spain

Local Cuisine

Ibiza has a love affair with food and drink. Everywhere you go, you're sure to find some version of sangria or paella during your Ibiza cruise. But if you want to get more adventurous, try to find fideua (a take on paella but with noodles), sofrit pages (a mix of chicken, lamb and sausage) and flao (the Ibizan version of a cheesecake).

Various shops in Ibiza, Spain with outdoor displays

Shopping

Ibiza is full of bakeries, paper shops and tobacco stores, which close for a little siesta in the morning and then in the afternoon. Cruise to Ibiza and go to Las Dalias and Punta Arabia for hippie-chic stores, Emonk Ibiza for a wide variety of boots and sneakers and Sluiz for interior design items.

INSIDER TIP

Head to small villages to experience the slow-paced lifestyle of Ibiza.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Palma De Mallorca, Spain

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

SPAIN'S ISLE OF PALMS

Palma de Mallorca is the perfect place to immerse yourself in history and beauty. Go back in time to the 14th century at Bellver Castle, with its mix of Arab arches and Roman-inspired fortification. Catch a wave on the golden sands of El Arenal beach. Then, tuck into cocarrois, a local take on empanadas, or cool off in the quiet gardens and medieval ruins of the 10th-century Arab Baths.

The Palma de Mallorca, Spain cityscape with La Seu cathedral towering over the city
View of the bay at Porte de Soller in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca is the perfect place to immerse yourself in history and beauty. Go back in time to the 14th century at Bellver Castle, with its mix of Arab arches and Roman-inspired fortification. Catch a wave on the golden sands of El Arenal beach. Then, tuck into cocarrois, a local take on empanadas, or cool off in the quiet gardens and medieval ruins of the 10th-century Arab Baths.

The Palma de Mallorca, Spain cityscape with La Seu cathedral towering over the city
View of the bay at Porte de Soller in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Things To Do

in Palma De Mallorca

La Seu cathedral and Almudaina castle

Castles and Cathedrals

Palma de Mallorca's historic places look like something out of "Game of Thrones." Whether you traipse through the courtyard of 14th-century Bellver Castle or say your prayers inside Gothic Palma Cathedral, Palma de Mallorca can transport you back to medieval times. Your can also see the city's unique Arab influence dating back to the 10th-century Moorish conquest at spots like the Arab Baths.

People enjoying Cala Llombards beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Get Your Beach On

It's no surprise that Palma de Mallorca is home to some of the world's best beaches — what's astonishing is just how clear blue the water is at Cala Llombards, or how the warm, golden sands of Playa El Arenal will make you wish you never had to leave. No wonder so many red and yellow umbrellas dot the sands here.

The Cuevas del Drach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Explore a Dragon's Lair

Head to Porto Cristo on the east side of the island, where you'll find the Cuevas del Drach — the dragon caves. While no actual dragons have been spotted here, the stalactites and stalagmites of this ancient underground cave make it easy to imagine. You can even take a violin-serenaded boat ride on the cave's underground lake during your cruise.

A bowl of tombet, a traditional vegetable dish

Local Cuisine

Mallorca is technically part of Spain, but Palma de Mallorca's cuisine is a world unto itself. Savor tombet, a vegetarian stew with sweet potatoes and carrots that's Mallorca's take on ratatouille. Cruise to Palma de Mallorca to sample the eclectic coca mallorquina, a kind of crunchy flatbread pizza with an olive oil-rich crust topped with roasted red peppers.

A straw bag market in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Shopping

Palma's premier shopping is to be had in the Passeig de Born neighborhood. Shop here for upscale brands like Mulberry and Zara. Then, head to Jaume III and Sant Miquel streets for boutiques specializing in fine local goods: Choose a necklace or earrings made with world-famous Mallorcan pearls, try on a pair of handmaid Menorquina sandals, or marvel at handicrafts like colorful pottery and traditional straw bags.

INSIDER TIP

If you're more interested in ocean time than historic sites, book a boat tour to see the coastline of Mallorca from the sunlit waves.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Barcelona, Spain

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

A MOSAIC OF ADVENTURE

Barcelona is bursting at the seams with culture and adventure. Marvel at modernist facades designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Meander along the whimsical garden pathways of Park Güell. Take a chef-led Catalan cooking class, relish citywide views atop Montjuïc Hill— even swim with sharks at one of Europe’s largest aquariums.

Details from the Sagrada Familia famous church in Barcelona, Spain
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is bursting at the seams with culture and adventure. Marvel at modernist facades designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Meander along the whimsical garden pathways of Park Güell. Take a chef-led Catalan cooking class, relish citywide views atop Montjuïc Hill— even swim with sharks at one of Europe’s largest aquariums.

Details from the Sagrada Familia famous church in Barcelona, Spain
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain
Things To Do

in Barcelona

Street view of La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, with shops lining the street

IN THE MIX

Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence. Souvenir shops, street artists, flower stalls, sidewalk cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvelous centerpiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s— and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.

Sunbathers at the Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona, Spain, with the W Hotel, also known as Hotel Vela or Sail Hotel, in the background

SEAS THE DAY

With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harborfront is known for some of the world’s best sun-seeking and on-the-sea adventures. Lounge along the shore, kayak deep blue waters— or charter a fishing trip for the chance to reel in tuna, swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish.

Aerial view of Barcelona, Spain

SKY HIGH DELIGHTS

Get an up-close glimpse of La Sagrada Família, a cathedral masterwork designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at its sky-piercing spires and then step inside to admire intricate mosaics, Montjuïc stone pillars and the Nativity façade. You can even climb to the tippy-top of the spires for panoramic city views.

Traditional Spanish rice-based gourmet dish Paella, in Barcelona, Spain

LOCAL CUISINE

Barcelona has mastered the art of eating. Many restaurants serve up creative nueva cocina española, while waterfront spots dish out seafood paella and multi-course lunch menus include a glass of sparkling cava wine. For a taste of Catalan cooking, try pa amb tomàquet (tomato-topped bread). Or nibble on Spanish tapas (bite-sized appetizers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.

Piles of decorative ceramic plates in a souvenir shop in Barcelona, Spain

SHOPPING

You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewelry, old books and unique housewares. Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona Shopping Line are two popular retail promenades— and the Gothic Quarter is home to dozens of family-owned shops that sell textiles, stationery, decorative ceramic tiles and earthenware kitchenware.

INSIDER TIP

Lunch and dinner are typically eaten later in Spain than in other European countries.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Cartagena, Spain

ARRIVES:
9:30 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM
EXPLORE THE ANCIENT

MEDITERRANEAN COAST

The Mediterranean port of Cartagena is home to 3,000 years of history, with the Roman Theatre dating back to the first century A.D. Visit the eighteenth-century Concepcion Castle and pop into its historical interpretation center while you're there. Stroll through town to enjoy the extensive street art at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

City hall in Cartagena, Spain
Cortina Beach in Cartagena, Spain
Castillitos Battery in Cartagena, Spain

The Mediterranean port of Cartagena is home to 3,000 years of history, with the Roman Theatre dating back to the first century A.D. Visit the eighteenth-century Concepcion Castle and pop into its historical interpretation center while you're there. Stroll through town to enjoy the extensive street art at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

City hall in Cartagena, Spain
Cortina Beach in Cartagena, Spain
Castillitos Battery in Cartagena, Spain
Things To Do

in Cartagena

Aerial view of a Roman amphitheater in Cartagena, Spain

Roman Holiday

Check out Cartagena's ancient Roman Theater — built in the first century A.D. and only uncovered in 1987, it's since been reconstructed. Duck into its museum, which passes beneath a palace and a church before it reaches the theater.

The Castle of Cartagena in Cartagena, Spain

Castle on the Hill

The 18th-century castle called Concepcion Castle sits on a hill facing Cartagena. Walk uphill to visit the castle and its history center, or catch the lift at Calle Gisbert for amazing panoramic views en route.

A building that displays modernist architecture in Cartagena, Spain

The New Within the Old

For all its ancient allure, Cartagena also has Modernist architecture, which you can see along the Calle Mayor area. One example is the home of Cervantes, designed by a local Cartagena architect. Check out the Casino, the Gran Hotel and the railway station for more examples of this exuberantly gaudy style with your Spain Cruise.

A bowl of prawns with a side of bread

Local Cuisine

In Cartagena, you'll find authentic Mediterranean dishes featuring fresh-caught seafood, like lightly tempura-battered fried squid. Red prawns from the Mar Menor lagoon and fig bread are local delicacies. Explore off the main tourist streets and hit a tapas bar for tasty fare such as Serrano ham, toasted Cartagena almonds and cracked local olives.

Assorted leather bags for sale in Spain

Shopping

The clean, pedestrians-only shopping street Calle Mayor is an easy walk from the port and has the high-street stores of England and Spain. An El Corte Ingles department store and restaurants are housed in gorgeous buildings. Look for ceramics and leather goods in interesting boutiques and shops when you cruise to Cartagena, Spain.

INSIDER TIP

Spanish shops close for siesta between 2 and 5 p.m., and restaurants from about 4 p.m. until around 8 p.m.

DAY 10 - DOCKED

Seville (Cadiz), Spain

ARRIVES:
10:30 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

ADVENTURE STRIKES A CHORD

Seville’s distinct personality is intoxicating. Wander its narrow streets and you’ll discover palaces built by Moorish kings in Old Town and lively tapas bars in Santa Cruz. Admire the lavish stylings of Plaza de España, and stroll through greenery at Maria Luisa Park. Stand in Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring. Marvel at Spanish masterworks at the Museum of Fine Arts. Or breathe in citywide views from Torre del Oro.

View of the Seville, Spain cityscape
A canal going through the Spain Square in Seville
A bull fighting arena is Seville, Spain

Seville’s distinct personality is intoxicating. Wander its narrow streets and you’ll discover palaces built by Moorish kings in Old Town and lively tapas bars in Santa Cruz. Admire the lavish stylings of Plaza de España, and stroll through greenery at Maria Luisa Park. Stand in Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring. Marvel at Spanish masterworks at the Museum of Fine Arts. Or breathe in citywide views from Torre del Oro.

View of the Seville, Spain cityscape
A canal going through the Spain Square in Seville
A bull fighting arena is Seville, Spain
Things To Do

in Seville (Cadiz)

View of the courtyard in the Alcazar Palace

PALATIAL PROPORTIONS

Trace Seville’s more than 1,000-year history among the regal rooms of Alcazar palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site at the city’s core is not only home to a mixture of architecture styles, but also some of Europe’s oldest gardens.

The Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain

GOTHIC GLORIES

Enter Seville Cathedral, one of the world’s largest gothic churches, to explore its five naves and see the tomb of Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus. The attached Giralda Tower stands as the old minaret of an Arab mosque— and a climb to the top rewards you with sweeping views of the city.

A flamenco dancer in Seville, Spain

SETTING THE STAGE

From the first note plucked on the guitar to the clamor of castanets, a sevillana flamenco show is altogether captivating. First trace the history of this mysterious art at the Museo del Baile Flamenco, viewing historical photos, dresses and shawls. Then experience the thrill of a live performance for yourself in a local flamenco tablao.

A tapas plate with serrano ham, cheese, and olives

LOCAL CUISINE

The tradition of Spanish tapas supposedly started in Seville, and here you can nosh on small bites of cured meats, cheeses and olives aplenty. Try cold gazpacho soup or a serranito sandwich. Sweet lovers indulge in churros and pestiños (honey-infused fritters). Cadiz is the area’s seafood capital, while Huelva makes tasty goat’s milk cheese — and nearby Jerez pumps out gallons of fino (dry sherry wine).

Flamenco shoes for sale in Spain

SHOPPING

Hit the Triana neighborhood for authentic Spanish azulejos (ceramic tiles), or Calle Sierpes for silk shawls. Buy flamenco wear along Calle Cuna and bullfighting posters in Plaza de Toros. Other stores around town sell traditional espadrilles, while El Jueves street market is best for books and artwork.

INSIDER TIP

The train ride from Cadiz to Seville is approximately 90 minutes each way.

DAY 11 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Kids Splashing Mom at Splashaway Bay Water Park
Relaxing Day at the Solarium

Kids Splashing Mom at Splashaway Bay Water Park
Relaxing Day at the Solarium

THINGS TO DO

Girl Getting Splashed on Harmony of the Seas
Splashaway Bay℠

FUN BY THE GALLON

The fun comes in gallons. This bigger, better kids aqua park features slides, water cannons, waterfalls and more. And when the drench bucket gets full, everyone gets wet.

Beautiful Night on the Pool Deck
Whirlpools

ENJOY SOME BUBBLY

It’s easy to let every thought melt away while relaxing in a whirlpool, especially when you’re soaking up ocean views, too.

DAY 12 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performers on stage with a big book behind them during the Freedom of the Once Upon a Time Cruise Show,
Performers singing and dancing on stage to the Grease Broadway show on Harmony.

Performers on stage with a big book behind them during the Freedom of the Once Upon a Time Cruise Show,
Performers singing and dancing on stage to the Grease Broadway show on Harmony.

Performer dress in green on fantasy like stage during the Freedom of the Once Upon a Time Cruise Show
Once Upon A Time

A STORYBOOK SPECTACULAR

Settle in for the rarely told side of your favorite fairy tales in a colorful spectacle for all those who never want to grow up.

Couples dancing on stage to Grease Broadway show on Harmony.
Grease

THE THRILLS ARE MULTIPLYIN'

Slick back your hair and pack your poodle skirts. Summer lovin' is in the air with an all new larger than life take on Broadway's hit musical, Grease.

DAY 13 - Arrival Day

Southampton, England

ARRIVES:
5:30 AM
PRIME ENGLISH

COUNTRYSIDE

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've gotten back to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've gotten back to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument — it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travelers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travelers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armor

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavors: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewelry.

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