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Barcelona , Spain | Valencia , Spain | Cartagena , Spain | Gibraltar , United Kingdom | Gijon , Spain | Southampton , England

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If you're looking for a vacation that sizes up with Alaska in adventure, you've come to the right ship. Between glacier gazing and tundra trekking, hang ten on the FlowRider® surf simulator, flash back to the '80s in Fast Forward, and tease your taste buds with a Far East feast at Izumi.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Barcelona, Spain

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

OH MY GAUDI

Grab a steamy cortado in a sidewalk café and then take a morning walk along the Mediterranean shore. Take the plunge and swim with sharks at one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Comb ancient excavated relics at Barcelona City History Museum. Or peruse extraordinary art collections by Spanish talents at one of the city’s renowned museums.

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

Grab a steamy cortado in a sidewalk café and then take a morning walk along the Mediterranean shore. Take the plunge and swim with sharks at one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Comb ancient excavated relics at Barcelona City History Museum. Or peruse extraordinary art collections by Spanish talents at one of the city’s renowned museums.

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.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Valencia, Spain

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

PLAZAS AND PAELLA

Start your day in Valencia by roaming the cobblestone streets of Barrio del Carmen — walk along the 11th-century city walls built by the Moors before popping to one of the neighborhood's many restaurants for seafood-packed paella. Head to El Cabanyal, the old fishermen's quarter near the beach, to enjoy the sunshine and fresh seafood. Then, soak in the Mediterranean sun and bright-blue waters at Malvarrosa Beach.

Aerial beach view in Valencia, Spain
The frontal view of the Central station in Valencia, Spain
Saint Mary's Square in Valencia, Spain

Start your day in Valencia by roaming the cobblestone streets of Barrio del Carmen — walk along the 11th-century city walls built by the Moors before popping to one of the neighborhood's many restaurants for seafood-packed paella. Head to El Cabanyal, the old fishermen's quarter near the beach, to enjoy the sunshine and fresh seafood. Then, soak in the Mediterranean sun and bright-blue waters at Malvarrosa Beach.

Aerial beach view in Valencia, Spain
The frontal view of the Central station in Valencia, Spain
Saint Mary's Square in Valencia, Spain
Things To Do

in Valencia

Close up view of a cathedral in Valencia, Spain

Get Gothic

Architecture lovers will fall in love with the Old Town of Valencia. The winding lanes are filled with a mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, including the Cathedral and Plaza del Virgen. Grab your camera and climb the 207 steps of the 13th-century Cathedral bell tower for a stunning view of the city to the countryside and the sea.

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain

Arts and Carafe

Venture outside of the Old Town and over to the City of Arts and Sciences. Spend a few hours admiring the modern design of the futuristic buildings by Santiago Calatrava. Check out the Oceanografic Aquarium, home to a wide variety of sharks, belugas and walruses. Afterward, relax outside in the sunshine and beautiful gardens.

Central Market in Valencia, Spain

Go to Market

One of Europe's longest-running food markets, Central Market is the place to go to sample Valencia's seasonal produce, such as artichokes and pears. To beat the crowds, head here early in the morning to enjoy a warm espresso while you shop. Once properly caffeinated, watch as locals do their daily shopping and admire the stained-glass domes and mosaic details.

A Valencian paella being served

Local Cuisine

In Valencia, you'll find plenty of tapas to sample, but you can't leave without enjoying paella. The classic Spanish dish has its roots in this seaside city, where it's usually served up with rabbit, chicken, asparagus and local snails. If you prefer pasta over rice, go in for fideua, a hearty dish of pan-fried noodles piled with local seafood like squid, shrimp or monkfish.

A woman holding a fan in Spain

Shopping

Head to the Old Town of Valencia during your cruise to find some of the best shops offering handmade fans, embroidered silk shawls and Lladro porcelain. If you happen to end up in the city on the weekend, browse the stalls at the flea market in Plaza Redonda.

INSIDER TIP

The city center is very walkable, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes to make the most of your day.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Cartagena, Spain

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 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 4 - DOCKED

Gibraltar, United Kingdom

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

ROCK SOLID

Come see firsthand the unique mix of cultural influences that define Gibraltar. Traipse through the Moorish Castle, a still-standing medieval fortress. Ride the cable car to the summit of the city's namesake landform, the Rock of Gibraltar — at the top, you can get up-close-and-personal with the local Barbary macaques. Then, head to Gibraltar Port and savor the distinctive blend of Mediterranean and British flavors that makes up the local cuisine.

Aerial View of the Rock of Gibraltar
Hotel and beach view from top of the Rock of Gibraltar, United Kingdom
View of the cable car in Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Come see firsthand the unique mix of cultural influences that define Gibraltar. Traipse through the Moorish Castle, a still-standing medieval fortress. Ride the cable car to the summit of the city's namesake landform, the Rock of Gibraltar — at the top, you can get up-close-and-personal with the local Barbary macaques. Then, head to Gibraltar Port and savor the distinctive blend of Mediterranean and British flavors that makes up the local cuisine.

Aerial View of the Rock of Gibraltar
Hotel and beach view from top of the Rock of Gibraltar, United Kingdom
View of the cable car in Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Things To Do

in Gibraltar

View of the Rock of Gibraltar from Europa Point

Trace History

Gibraltar's Moorish Castle is both its most popular historical attraction and its oldest one, dating back to the 8th century. Explore more recent history at British colonial buildings like the Convent and the Gibraltar Parliament. Or explore the city's multicultural roots at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned, Gibraltar Hindu Temple or Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, a gift from the Saudi king.

A monkey sitting on a ledge with the Rock of Gibraltar in the background

Monkey Around

Hundreds of playful Barbary macaques reside at the so-called Top of the Rock. You can reach it by cable car or by walking up the Mediterranean steps. Hungry for more ecotourism? Check out the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, take a boat trip out on the bay to see the dolphins, or head to scenic Europa Point, which provides views of Africa on clear days.

A red and white lighthouse in Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Get Some Light Exercise

At just 2.7 square miles in area, Gibraltar is small enough you can explore a lot of it while you're here with your cruise. That said, you need not wander far from Gibraltar Port in order to enjoy yourself. Grab a lunch of moules marinieres at a portside restaurant, then walk it off with a stroll out to the island's southern tip, Europa Point, and iconic Trinity Lighthouse.

Four profiteroles cream pastries on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Not surprisingly, the star of Gibraltar's culinary scene is fresh seafood, with Atlantic white fish and shellfish taking center stage. You'll also find a variety of cultural influences: Try Italian-inspired chickpea-flour calentita bread and the national dish profiterole, a French puff-pastry filled with sweet whipped cream. Al fresco dining is the way to go here, whether you sit portside or on pedestrian-filled Casemates Square.

Assorted handmade glass ornaments

Shopping

Gibraltar's most popular keepsake is handmade glass. Glass shops from Main Street to Casemates Square will be happy to wrap your gifts up for safekeeping. If you're still nervous about transporting glass, you can admire the glass-makers at their craft, or purchase other souvenirs like artisan chocolate or Barbary macaque stuffed animals during your Iberian Peninsula cruises.

INSIDER TIP

Despite its small size, Gibraltar boasts days worth of activities. Focusing in on the most important ones to you will help you get the most out of your adventure.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Girl Surfing Flowrider at Daytime with a Smile
FlowRider®

NOW BOARDING FOR ADVENTURE

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Gijon, Spain

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

IBERIAN BEACH VIBES

The joy of Gijon lies in walking the charming streets of this city by the sea. See the ruins of ancient Roman baths, quench your thirst with local cider, and unwind by the beach. Stroll along the marina at Puerto Deportivo to see the city's strong maritime heritage, and check out the fishermen's quarter of Cimadevilla, where you can relish views of the Cantabrian Sea.

Aerial view of Gijon, Spain
View of the San Pedro Church on the coast in Gijon, Spain,
View from the courtyard at the Universidad Laboral

The joy of Gijon lies in walking the charming streets of this city by the sea. See the ruins of ancient Roman baths, quench your thirst with local cider, and unwind by the beach. Stroll along the marina at Puerto Deportivo to see the city's strong maritime heritage, and check out the fishermen's quarter of Cimadevilla, where you can relish views of the Cantabrian Sea.

Aerial view of Gijon, Spain
View of the San Pedro Church on the coast in Gijon, Spain,
View from the courtyard at the Universidad Laboral
Things To Do

in Gijon

View of the front of the City Council building in Gijon, Spain

Roman History on a Headland

Start your visit at Cimadevilla. Here, you'll instantly meet old Gijon. Situated on a headland, this colorful neighborhood is home to the Roman baths, the Revillagigedo Palace, the Jovellanos Museum and the Roman Villa of Veranes.

The Elogio al Horizonte, a famous monument in Gijon, Spain

Park at the Horizon

Walk to the northern edge of the city to find Cerro Santa Catalina park, where you'll find La Fontica fountain and a sculpture called Elogio al Horizonte, or "In Praise of the Horizon." Hear the waves crashing on the coast, and witness unparalleled views of a seemingly endless ocean.

Boats docked at a marina in Gijon, Spain

Portside Pleasure

Breathe in the undeniably maritime air with Gijon cruises. Stroll along the city-side Playa de San Lorenzo, and see the boats docked in the bright blue waters at Puerto Deportivo. Don't miss the impressive array of marine life at Acuario de Gijon.

A bowl of seafood stew

Local Cuisine

Gijon serves the best seafood in the area. Experience dishes like chopa a la sidra (fish cooked in cider) and caldereta gijonesa (seafood stew), quintessential examples of Gijon's gastronomic pedigree. Stop by V. Crespo, Sidreria Casa Carmen or La Posada del Mar, and get lost in Gijon's ocean flavors.

Assorted madrenas, a traditional wooden sandal in Gijon, Spain

Shopping

Gijon is proud to promote items that are made in Asturias and encourages store owners to do the same. Support locals and try on Asturian frocks and madrenas, the wooden sandals traditional to the region, at La Troupe or La Merced. Find local books at Central or Paradiso bookstores, and sip some Asturian wine at El Gallego during your Iberian Peninsula cruise.

INSIDER TIP

Make sure to visit the raw rural beaches of Gijon: Playa Penarrubia, Playa de Serin and Playa de la Nora.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

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Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

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Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

Things to Do

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Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

FAMOUSLY FANTASTIC ITALIAN

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

DAY 8 - 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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