16 Night Ultimate Spain, Morocco & France Cruise on Serenade of the Seas from Barcelona, Spain Cork (Cobh), Ireland Cityscape
The 16 Night Ultimate Spain, Morocco & France Cruise from Barcelona, Spain visits Valencia, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Málaga, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Agadir, Morocco; Lisbon, Portugal; Porto (Leixoes), Portugal; Vigo, Spain; Cork (Cobh), Ireland; Cherbourg, France; Paris (Le Havre), France; Southampton, England. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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16 Night Ultimate Spain, Morocco & France Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Serenade of the Seas
Day 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 - Valencia, Spain
Day 3 - Cartagena, Spain
Day 4 - Málaga, Spain
Day 5 - Casablanca, Morocco
Day 6 - Agadir, Morocco
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Lisbon, Portugal
Day 9 - Porto (Leixoes), Portugal
Day 10 - Vigo, Spain
Day 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - Cork (Cobh), Ireland
Day 13 - Cruising
Day 14 - Cherbourg, France
Day 15 - 16 - Paris, France
Day 17 - Southampton, England
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Cork (Cobh), Ireland Cityscape
Multicolored buildings in Cork, Ireland
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16 Night Ultimate Spain, Morocco & France Cruise

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Leaving from
Barcelona, Spain
Serenade of the Seas
Day Port
Barcelona, Spain
Departs at 5:00 PM
Valencia, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cartagena, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Málaga, Spain
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Casablanca, Morocco
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Agadir, Morocco
From 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Day at sea
Lisbon, Portugal
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal
From 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Vigo, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Day at sea
Cork (Cobh), Ireland
From 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Day at sea
Cherbourg, France
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
15 - 16
Paris, France
From Day 15, 8:00 AM - Day 16, 6:00 PM
Southampton, England
Arrives at 6:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Side View of Serenade of the Seas Cruise Visiting Bermuda, Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia
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Serenade of the Seas
From poolside movie nights and jaw dropping entertainment, to game changing flavors prepared to please your palate, all paths lead to discovery onboard Serenade of the Seas®.


Panoramic vistas aren't all you'll find on this ship. Get active on the Rock Climbing Wall or with a game of mini golf. Head to Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center to break a sweat or indulge in some "me time." And a giant poolside movie screen means plenty of opportunities to unwind outside.


Craving something delicious? You've come to the right place. Serenade of the Seas® is brimming with far out flavors, like tantalizing Tuscan fare at Giovanni's Table, steaks seared to perfection at Chop's Grille℠ and five-courses of incredible at Chef's Table. For the perfect glass of wine, Vintages has your back.


As the day winds down, the night heats up with dazzling productions by world-class performers. Whether it's all the hits from Broadway and the Big Screen in Stage to Screen, or remixed classics in Vibeology, you're definitely in for a show.

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

Day 1
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Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Couple
La Sagrada Couple Walking
Things to do in
Departs at 5:00 PM
It’s easy to see why Barcelona is the most-visited city in Spain. As the capital of the country’s Catalonia region, this cityscape’s cultural mosaic pieces together a 2,000-year-old hodgepodge of sun-drenched beaches, cutting edge architecture, and a world-renowned dining and drinking scene. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí left his modernist handprint all over the city, while medieval treasures linger in historic Gothic Quarter squares. Get lost in the whimsical gardens of Park Güell or savor a chef-led Catalan cooking class. Browse art collections dedicated to Picasso and Miro— or ride a cable car to the top of Montjuïc Hill, relishing citywide views along the way.
Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Familia Interior
La Sagrada Familia Interior Colorful


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.
Spain Barcelona Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach at Sunset


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


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.
Spain Barcelona Sparkling Cava Wine
Couple Enjoying the Local Sparkling Cava Wine


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.
Spain Barcelona Local Fresh Market Shopping
Couple Strolling Through the Fresh Local Market


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: Valencia, Spain

Day 2
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Valencia, Spain, Aerial beach view
Aerial beach view in Valencia, Spain
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Spain's third largest city, Valencia offers a little bit of everything, from historic sites and bustling city squares to placid beaches. Soak up the sun at Malvarrosa Beach along the urban seafront, or head to El Saler for a more remote beach experience surrounded by white-sand dunes and pine trees. Cruise to Valencia and get your culture fix at Gothic Valencia Cathedral, and see the 15th-century renaissance paintings housed in its interior. Head to Plaza de la Reina in the city's old town and do some people-watching over a fresh glass of horchata, a classic Valencia beverage made from almond milk with cinnamon and spices, or take a picnic lunch of fresh pears and local cheese to the quiet Turia Gardens.
Valencia, Spain, Cathedral
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.
Insider tip
The city center is very walkable, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes to make the most of your day.
Valencia, Spain, City of Arts and Sciences
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.
Insider tip
Prefer to see the city on two wheels? Bicycles are very easy to rent all around Valencia.
Valencia, Spain, Central Market
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.
Valencia, Spain, Paella
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.
Valencia, Spain, Hand held fan
A woman holding a fan in Spain


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.

Day 3: Cartagena, Spain

Day 3
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Cartagena, Spain, City Hall
City hall in Cartagena, Spain
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cartagena greets you with its ancient Mediterranean port on Spain's southeastern coast. Originally governed by the Carthaginians and subsequently by the Romans, Arabs and Castilians, this pedestrian-friendly city is a history buff's dream port. Visit the 2,000-year-old Roman Theatre and the attached museum, where you'll find an ancient altar to Jupiter and a statue of Apollo. Then, check out the late 19th-century modernist architecture of Cartagena's historic center. Cruises to Cartagena, Spain allow you to stroll down blue-marble-tiled pedestrian-only Calle Mayor. Or take the 30-minute drive to the Batteria de Castillitos, a medieval-style fortress situated among the picturesque mountain landscape.
Cartagena, Spain Roman Theater
Couple Walking Through Spain's Roman Theater

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.
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.
Cartagena, Spain, Castle of Cartagena
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.
Insider tip
Try Asiatico, a common Cartagena coffee drink with condensed milk, brandy, the Spanish liqueur Licor 43, cinnamon and lemon zest.
Cartagena, Spain Historic Buildings
Cartagena, Spain Historic Buildings Intricate Details

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.
Insider tip
Don't confuse Cartagena, Spain, and Cartagena, Colombia, while planning your trip!
Spain Cartagena Paella Local Cuisine
Chef Making Traditional Spanish Paella

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.
Spain Cartagena Local Artisan Ceramics
Spain Cartagena Local Artisan Ceramics 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.

Day 4: Málaga, Spain

Day 4
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Málaga, Spain, Marina
A marina in Malaga, Spain
Things to do in
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The hub of Spain's southern Costa del Sol, Málaga is the picture of paradise. Scale the hilltop to dramatic La Alcazaba, the sandy-colored Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century that overlooks this ancient seaside city. Sun yourself on the idyllic beaches of Caleta and Malagueta, taking in views of the mountains across the bay. See the eccentric works of modernist master Pablo Picasso, the city's most famous native son, at the Picasso Museum. Cruise to Málaga and immerse yourself in baroque and renaissance architecture at Málaga Cathedral, with its elaborate arches and stone reliefs depicting the saints, or turn the clock back to the first century A.D. at the ruins of the Roman Theatre.
Málaga, Spain, Alcazaba fortress
View of the Alcazaba fortress in Malaga, Spain

Moor History

Ascend to the top of La Alcazaba, the medieval Moorish fortress that towers over the city. This palatial fortification was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century and is the best-preserved Moorish castle in Spain. From here, you can wander down to the Roman Amphitheatre that sits beneath it, before you gaze up at the 16th-century cathedral that sits right in the city center.
Insider tip
The center of Málaga is relatively small and walkable, but don't take this for granted — three to five hours will pass quickly.
Málaga, Spain, Malagueta beach sign
The Malagueta beach sign in Malaga, Spain

Work on Your Tan

It just wouldn't be a trip to the Costa del Sol without a little coast and sun. Most tourists stick to the convenient La Malagueta Beach, but if you've got more than a couple hours in Málaga, you can take a taxi to less crowded but equally beautiful beaches to the east, like Playamar or Playa de Burriana.
Insider tip
If you don't speak Spanish, make sure to cache a Spanish dictionary in your smartphone's Translate app.
Málaga, Spain, Plaza de la Merced
Plaza de la Merced in Malaga, Spain

Paint With Picasso

The most obvious way to follow Málaga's Picasso trail is to visit the Picasso Museum, which has many pieces you won't find anywhere else. You can also visit the artist's birthplace, or take a "Ride With Picasso" bike tour that features Picasso-focused city sightseeing, including Plaza de Merced, where the formidable painter took his first steps as a child.
Málaga, Spain Gambas Pil Pil dish
Gambas Pil Pil shrimp dish in a bowl

Local Cuisine

Seafood is the focus of gastronomy in Málaga. Don't miss the city's signature dish of gambas al pil-pil, flash-fried fresh prawns with garlic, paprika and chilies. During your Málaga cruise, order a basket of pescado frito, an array of local white fish, clams and other seafood breaded and fried. Finish up with tarta malaguena, a cake made with almonds and raisins, and a glass of Málaga dessert wine.
Málaga, Spain, Ceramic Pottery
Ceramic pottery for sale in Spain


Pop into a local wine shop to take a bottle of Málaga dessert wine back home with you. Málaga cruises provide access to an eclectic range of other souvenirs, like hand-painted Andalusian ceramics or handmade fans to help you beat the heat. You can also find some of Spain's best olive oil here — pick up some of this cloudy, spicy liquid gold from the Ataranzas Market.

Day 5: Casablanca, Morocco

Day 5
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The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco
The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Spark all your senses with cruises to Casablanca, Morocco. Allow the smells of spices and the sounds of the call to prayer draw you into this amazing city. Whether you stroll through the modern portion of the city pretending you're Humphrey Bogart or try haggling in the souk, there is so much to be done in this unique destination. Some of the best things to do in Casablanca, Morocco, are enjoying the delicious cuisine or admiring the Art Deco architecture sprinkled throughout the city. If that's not your thing, head to the port where you can see all of the action happening in one of the largest hubs of international trade. This city is not to be missed.
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

Treasures of Islam

Look up into the sky, and you'll see the Hassan II Mosque looming over the medina, Casablanca's old city. It towers over Casablanca — which isn't surprising, as it is the second-largest mosque in Africa and has the world's tallest miranet. It's an epicenter for prayer and can fit 25,000 worshipers inside as well as an additional 80,000 in the courtyard. This truly spectacular sight is one of the best things to see on cruises to Casablanca, Morocco.
Insider tip
The Casa Tramway is an excellent way to explore the city in a short time. There are two lines, making it a convenient and affordable way to visit.
A local olive oil market in Casablanca, Morocco
A local olive oil market in Casablanca, Morocco

Sifting in the Souk

If you want to spark all your senses, you have to spend some time in the souk. The most authentic one in Casablanca is the old medina. When you arrive here, you'll probably feel overwhelmed by everything around you. Take in the colors and smells of the produce, the flowers and dried fruits, as well as the sounds of everyday life happening around you. If you're brave enough, try haggling for a souvenir to bring home.
Insider tip
When haggling, it's a good rule of thumb to offer half of the asking price and then go back and forth until you agree upon a price in the middle.
A close up of a man playing the piano
A close up of a man playing the piano

Ready for Your Close Up?

One of the best things to do in Casablanca, Morocco, is to head to Rick's Café — where you'll feel as if you've entered a movie set. This fictional cafe was set up in 2004 and really does make you feel like you're in the classic movie "Casablanca." This upscale restaurant has a tasty seafood menu and, of course, a baby grand piano. If you're lucky, perhaps someone will start playing a tune.
Insider tip
If you're looking for cheap dining options, try eating at the street stalls. The food is delicious and will usually cost a fraction of the price of restaurants.
A dish of Tagine in Casablanca, Morocco
A dish of Tagine in Casablanca, Morocco


The local food here is a combination of fresh seafood, Spanish-inspired dishes and Moroccan classics like tagine. There's something for everyone. For savory lovers, the snail soup is best from a local street food vendor. Each stall serves a slightly different version of the soup, and recipes are guarded like precious treasures. If you're looking for something sweet, try zaazaas. This Moroccan delicacy is a layered dessert filled with banana, raib (yogurt), chopped nuts, avocados, dates, sugar and milk.
Handmade art souvenirs in Casablanca, Morocco
Handmade art souvenirs in Casablanca, Morocco


A cruise to Casablanca, Morocco, is not complete without a visit to a souk. But if haggling isn't your thing, you can also head to a secondhand market like Soco de Moina, where you can find just about anything! If you're looking for a more traditional souvenir, keep your eyes out for handmade rugs, colorful textiles and hand-painted ceramics, all of which can be found throughout the city.

Day 6: Agadir, Morocco

Day 6
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Agadir, Morocco, Sandstone Arch
The sandstone arch at Legzira Beach in Morocco
Things to do in
From 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains along the Atlantic coast, Agadir is one of Morocco's most modern cities. The city was rebuilt after a major earthquake in the 1960s, but it still maintains a sense of its rich history. Agadir is also Morocco's premier destination for sun and sand — and with 300 sunny days a year, it only stands to reason. During your Morocco cruise, head to the popular beachfront promenade. When you've had enough of the sun, step into the colorful marketplace at Souk El Had, where Moroccan culture comes to life. Take in the scents of spices and fresh citrus, search for one-of-a-kind lamps and rugs, and walk the paths so many have before you.
Agadir, Morocco, Architectural Details
An arch in Agadir, Morocco that displays traditional architectural details

Visions of the Past

Built in 1992, La Medina d'Agadir is a recreation of the original medina that was wrecked in the 1960s earthquake. It was created using traditional Berber techniques — making it part museum and part artwork that you simply can't miss.
Insider tip
Pack a day bag: Include a bathing suit and towel if you plan on hitting the beach, as well as a scarf to shield you from the sun and cover your shoulders when visiting religious sites.
Agadir, Morocco, Bald Ibis
A bald ibis standing on a rock

Birds of a Feather

Souss Massa National Park is over 80,000 acres of wetlands and Sahara-like sand dunes. The focal point is Oued Massa River, where you'll spot numerous exotic birds. It is also one of the few places in the world that you can see the northern bald ibis.
Insider tip
If visiting Souss Massa National Park, you must be accompanied by a certified guide.
Agadir, Morocco, Kasbah Oufella Fortress Walls
View of the exterior walls of the Kasbah Oufella fortress in Agadir, Morocco

Rock the Kasbah

The Kasbah, built in 1541, is one of the few structures that withstood the earthquake that nearly leveled the city in the 1960s. A hike to the top will not only afford you one of the best views of the city but also a look into medieval Arabic architecture.
Insider tip
Carry local currency if you want to shop in the souk.
Agadir, Morocco, Tajine Meat Stew
A bowl of tajine meat stew

Local Cuisine

The cuisine in Agadir is rich with Spanish influence. Because the ancient city is situated on the Atlantic, the options for fresh seafood are endless. Cruise to Morocco and head to one of the restaurants along the waterfront and enjoy a plate of grilled sardines or a bowl of tagine, the classic Moroccan spiced meat stew, alongside ocean views.
Agadir, Morocco, Shop With Colorful Fabrics
A shop in Agadir, Morocco selling colorful fabrics


Morocco is known for its souks, or markets, and Agadir is no different. At Souk El Had, you'll find locals and travelers alike shopping for daily groceries, dried fruits, Moroccan rugs and other sundries. Even if you're not interested in souvenir shopping, the atmosphere in Souk El Had is an experience you won't want to miss.

Day 7: Cruising

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Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
Father and Son Playing Basketball On Board
Father and Son Playing Basketball in the Sports Court

Sports Court

Whether it's a game of one-on-one or an all-out tournament to fuel your competitive fire, our Sports Court is just the spot for basketball and volleyball action.
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Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.


Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
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Vitality Spa Manicure Teen Nails

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Day 8: Lisbon, Portugal

Day 8
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Lisbon, Portugal, Aerial View
Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lisbon is a quintessential European city, full of natural beauty, historic architecture and culinary pleasures — not to mention one of the best climates anywhere on the planet. To get to know Portugal's capital, walk between the captivating miradouros — terrace viewpoints that are scattered on the hilltops, offering stunning vistas from the sea to the castles and beyond. Watch as the light peeks through the clouds and shines down on The City of Seven Hills during your cruise to Lisbon. If you're a history buff, head to Belem or nearby Sintra to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Jeronimos Monastery and Quinta da Regalaira.
Lisbon, Portugal, Pena National Palace
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."
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.
Lisbon, Portugal, Tables On A Terrace
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.
Insider tip
Pick up a Lisboa Card for discounts and free entry to big tourist attractions and public transport.
Lisbon, Portugal, Jeronimos Monastery
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.
Lisbon, Portugal, Pasteis De Nata Pastry
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.
Lisbon, Portugal, Souvenir Magnets
Various Lisbon souvenir magnets


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.

Day 9: Porto, Portugal

Day 9
Leixoes, Portugal
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Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Rabelo Boats
Traditional Rabelo boats on the Duoro river, with the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Portugal's vibrant city of Porto is a melting pot of culture waiting to be explored. Venture into the many wine cellars that dot the city or take a walk across the Dom Louis Bridge and absorb the sweeping views of Porto around you. Spend hours wandering around the colorful streets lined with tiled houses and buildings. And if relaxing is more your speed, head to one of the restaurants on the Cais de Ribeira, like A Bolina, for some Portuguese tapas paired with a glass of vinho verde. Cruise to Porto to sit back and soak up the ambiance of the buzzing city.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Livraria Lello Bookstore
Magenta-carpeted wooden stairs of the famous Livraria (Bookstore) Lello in Porto, Portugal

Live the Livraria Lello

Prepare to stand in line before entering one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Livraria Lello has been in business in 1906 and is Porto's most popular landmark and it is well worth the wait time. Harry Potter fans may recognize it as it was a major inspiration for JK Rowling when she was developing the series. Grab your camera and snap some photos of the stunning staircase or purchase a book as a souvenir.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a ton of walking on cobblestone streets and up several flights of stairs in Porto.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Historic Façade
Traditional historic facade in Porto, Portugal, decorated with blue hand painted tin-glazed tiles

Moors To See

Portugal is famous for the Azulejo Tiles. Introduced to the city by the Moors, the beautiful blue tiles can be found covering the facades of many beautiful buildings in Porto. The Igreja do Carmo and Sao Bento Railway Station have some of the most intricate designs and even tell a story through the paintings on the tiles. Wander around the city admiring the detailed mosaics that line most of the streets.
Insider tip
Make sure to check out both sides of the river! The best wine cellars are across the river.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Wine Barrels
Old aged traditional wooden wine barrels in a vault, lined up in a cool and dark cellar in Porto, Portugal

Vinho Verde

Wine connoisseurs will fall in love with Porto. During your Porto cruise, visit one of the many wine cellars and taste Port, which is produced in the Douro Valley, or sip on a refreshing glass of Vinho Verde which is made even closer to Porto. Your companions will thank you for pouring another glass to celebrate.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Francesinha
Homemade francesinha, sandwich with ham and sausage, from a restaurant in Porto, Portugal

Local Cuisine

Satisfy your appetite with a traditional Porto sandwich, the Francesinha. The savory classic is filled with four or five different meats and then covered in cheese before being drenched in a beer-based sauce. If that sounds too heavy, order up a steaming bowl of Caldo Verde, a hearty kale soup served in most restaurants in the city.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Traditional Souvenir Tiles
Traditional portuguese souvenir tiles for sale at a market in Porto, Portugal


Take a stroll down Rua de Santa Catarina, a lively street, perfect for window shopping during your Porto cruise. Or if you're looking for an interesting souvenir to bring back home, head to the Cedofeita area of the city. You'll find stores like Coracao Alecrim which is one of Porto's prettiest stores selling handmade, sustainable products.

Day 10: Vigo, Spain

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Vigo, Spain, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The sun will shine upon you as you enter the harbor of Vigo, the largest city in Spain's autonomous Galicia region. Start your adventure by ascending the Castro Fortress — you can take in views of the city and the lushly forested mountains around it from these granite-walled 17th-century fortifications. Then, learn up about the region at one of Vigo's excellent museums: Museo do Mar Galicia features exhibits on the local oceanography and ecosystems, while the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a changing lineup of participatory workshops and installations by innovative artists working today. Later, stretch your legs on the GR-53, a 25-mile path along the coastline and low mountain peaks around the city, or relax by the blue waters of Cies Beach.
Vigo, Spain, Marvao castle and Santa Maria church
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.
Insider tip
Even if you speak Spanish, you'll notice the local language is something a little different: Galician is a unique blend of Portuguese and Spanish.
Vigo, Spain, Monte Real Castle
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.
Insider tip
Be sure to check the schedule for the museums and shopping centers you want to visit — most are closed on holidays.
Vigo, Spain, Cies Islands beach
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.
Vigo, Spain, Oyster platter
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.
Vigo, Spain, Wicker Basket store
A store in Vigo, Spain that sells wicker baskets and goods


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.

Day 11: Cruising

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Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
Park Cafe's Kummelweck Sandwich
Close-Up of Famous Kummelweck Sandwich with Pickles

Park Cafe

In the mood for deli classics that knock it out of the park? Head to Park Café, where you’ll find quick bites to please every palate. Crisp made-to-order salads? Check. Fresh-pressed paninis and sandwiches? Double check. And don’t miss the legendary Royal Kümmelweck roast beef sandwich — it’s a guest favorite (and a rite of passage for cruising foodies).
Lobster and Crab Dish at Chef's Table
Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee Close Up

Café Latte-tudes

When you find yourself craving a steaming hot cuppa, Café Latte-tudes has just what you need. From a nice breakfast blend to get you going to an after-dinner cappuccino or macchiato, you’ll find all your favorite sweets and specialty coffee beverages at this cozy cafe.
Main Dining Room Lamb Rib Dish
A white plate with three lab ribs at the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.

Day 12: Cork, Ireland

Day 12
Cobh, Ireland
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Cork (Cobh), Ireland Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church in Cork, Ireland
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
The real capital of Ireland — that's what the locals call Cork, a university city in the country's southwest. In the city center, situated on an island in the River Lee, you'll find one of Ireland's best foodie scenes, with laneways and streets filled with local watering holes and high-end restaurants. Cruise to Ireland to check out the the prison-turned-museum Cork City Gaol, visit Blarney Castle and kiss its eponymous stone, and sample local culinary specialities in the English Market. Cork is just a 25-minute drive from Cobh, Ireland's only dedicated cruise terminal and the final port of call for the Titanic before it set sail for the United States.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Blarney House
The Blarney house in Cork, Ireland

Kiss the Blarney Stone

Don't leave the region without getting up close and personal with the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, located eight kilometers northwest of Cork. Legend has it, if you literally bend over backwards to kiss the stone, you'll gain the gift of eloquence.
Insider tip
In Cobh, walk up West View — one of Ireland's steepest hills — to photograph St. Colman's Cathedral backdropping the rainbow houses.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Old City Gaol
The gaol in Cork's old city

Go to Gaol

Going to prison is usually a bad thing, but Cork City Gaol (the Celtic spelling for "jail") is the exception. The castle-like building once housed 19th century prisoners. It closed in 1923 to become a broadcasting station and reopened as a museum in 1993. Today, you can tour the cells and see the artifacts of early radio broadcasting.
Insider tip
Visit the friendly staff at Cobh's tourism information center for the best local tips.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Fort Mitchel
A building at Fort Mitchel on Spike Island in Ireland

Fortify Yourself

Take the short, scenic ferry ride from Cobh to Spike Island — named the top European tourist attraction at the 2017 World Travel Awards — and explore Fort Mitchel. Over 200 years old, the star-shaped fortress previously held 2,300 prisoners. For brave souls, the island even offers After Dark tours.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Traditional Stew
A serving of traditional stew with a pint of beer on the side

Local Cuisine

Visit the local artisans selling their fresh produce at English Market in Cork, where trading has been happening since 1788. You'll find artisan cheese and bread, locally raised meats, fresh produce and seafood. Then, head to a traditional restaurant on Oliver Plunkett street for a classic dinner of fish and chips or lamb stew with potatoes and vegetables.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Souvenir Magnets
Various souvenir Irish magnets


St. Patrick's Street in the city center is Cork's main shopping district to see with your Ireland cruise. You'll find modern pop-ups like Wild Design, which offers ethically made handicrafts and jewelry. Traditional Irish stores like Kilkenny Shop specialize in everything from pottery to home decor. The common theme here is high-quality, Irish-made goods.

Day 13: Cruising

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Vibeology Cruise Show, Performers Dressed in White on Stage, Serenade of the Seas,
Performers dressed in white on stage during the Vibeology Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas
Schooner Bar with Piano
QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks

Schooner Bar

Wrap up your night at Schooner Bar, where perfectly mixed cocktails and live entertainment come together in a warm-lit nautical-themed lounge. Cozy up in a seat under the mast, by the portholes, or right by the gleaming grand piano. The sing-along's about to begin.
Stage to Screen Cruise Show, Performers Dresses in Red on Stage, Serenade of the Seas
Performers on stage dressed in red during the Stage to Screen Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas

Stage to Screen

From the world-revered theaters of Broadway to the star-studded studios of Hollywood, we bring you the greatest musicals to ever go from Stage to Screen.
Movie Screen at Night
Outdoor Movie Screen by the Pool

Outdoor Movie Nights

Watch first-run movies and big time sporting events the way they were meant to be seen - on a 220 square foot outdoor movie screen above the main pool area. On select ships.
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English Pub

If you’re looking to grab a pint, this fleetwide favorite is the spot. Pop-up musical performances keep the vibe here is as lively as London, and the pub’s impressive drink menu offers a sweeping selection of beers that range from ales to lagers, with UK-themed cocktails and an inspired collection of spirits.

Day 14: Cherbourg, France

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Cherbourg, France Secluded Beach
A secluded beach in France
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Situated on a peninsula that juts into the English Channel, the French city of Cherbourg serves up bountiful ocean views and a deep history. Cherbourg-Normandy cruises give you access to the docks where the Titanic made one of its final stops before its fateful voyage. Ascend Roule Mountain, also called the Montee de Resistants — the summit offers a priceless panorama and a museum that pays homage to the liberation of the city and Europe during World War II. Later, walk to the waterfront for oysters or fresh-caught Demoiselles de Cherbourg, the local mini lobsters, and a glass of crisp white wine.
Cherbourg, France, Gatteville Lighthouse
The Gatteville lighthouse in France

Afternoon Foray

Take the 30-minute drive to the 1,000-year-old city Barfleur. Stroll the picturesque streets lined with granite cottages. See the Norman architecture of the Church of Saint-Nicolas. Then, walk out to the Phare de Gateville, the third-tallest lighthouse in the world.
Insider tip
Looking for some time by the waves? Iconic Utah Beach sits less than an hour from Cherbourg.
Cherbourg, France, Black Tip Shark
A black tip shark swimming

Dive Into Learning

The docks where the Titanic stopped are close to the harbor — visit them once your Cherbourg cruise arrives. Continue your educational tour at the Cite de la Mer museum. Here, you can learn more about Cherbourg's maritime history, including an exhibit dedicated to the Titanic, and see blacktip reef sharks and other ocean life at the aquarium.
Insider tip
Cherbourg enjoys mild year-round weather, but it rains relatively often, so buy an umbrella or poncho if you didn't pack one.
Cherbourg, France, Yellow flowers on a cliff
Yellow flowers on a cliff in Cherbourg, France

Hike With History

Hike up Roule Mountain to the Musee de la Liberation, where you'll learn more about the liberation of Normandy and Europe during World War II. Ascending to this summit serves a secondary purpose: a stunning panorama of the English Channel.
Cherbourg, France, Oysters on ice
A dozen oysters on ice with a sliced lemon

Local Cuisine

Cherbourg is best-known for its shellfish, especially oysters. But if you're looking for cooked seafood, don't despair. Enjoy local Demoiselles de Cherbourg (miniature lobsters) or the signature dish matelote — a stew of white fish cooked in wine, often made with mussels or shrimp, too. Don't miss dining al fresco in the waterfront area for ocean views when you cruise to Normandy.
Cherbourg, France, Tea Set
A French tea set


Shopping is eclectic in Cherbourg. Find seafaring paraphernalia at the Cite de la Mer museum shop. Cruise to France and check out Saint-James Boutique for iconic striped mariniere sweatshirts. And don't miss Sweet Cabana, where you'll find antique porcelain and earthenware from nearby England, as well as decorative antiques from China and Japan.

Day 15 - 16: Paris, France

Day 15 - 16
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Paris (Le Havre), France, Eiffel Tower
View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Things to do in
From Day 15, 8:00 AM - Day 16, 6:00 PM
Paris is an iconic city — a melange of everything artistic and sublime, with a worldwide reputation for excellence in cuisine, fashion, architecture and the fine arts. After you take the drive in from the port (just over two hours), hit the streets to see the city's monumental landmarks: Pass through the Arc de Triomphe, and stand in the presence of the Eiffel Tower. The beauty here is only matched by the history and culture. Cruise to Paris to feel the cool morning air outside Gothic Notre Dame cathedral, and see works from prehistoric to postmodern at the Louvre. At evening, walk the lamplit avenues as restaurants' wooden tables and rattan chairs spill onto the sidewalks and terraces. Pull up a seat, order a glass of vin rougeand a plate of pate on toast, and dive in.
Paris (Le Havre), France, Famous Gargoyles
Famous gargoyles overlooking the city of the Paris, France

Astounding Architecture

Climb the steps of the heaven-scratching Eiffel Tower for panoramic views of Paris. Then, head to the gargoyle-clad Notre Dame, perhaps the most famous cathedral in the world. And don't miss the Romano-Byzantine influences of the unique Sacre Coeur Basilica.
Insider tip
Take the time to stroll the streets of Paris and find restaurants, boutiques and bars hidden inside little nooks.
Paris (Le Havre), France, The Louvre
View of The Louvre museum in Paris, France

Home of the Arts

Paris is home to perhaps the most famous museum on Earth, the Louvre. It houses the equally well-known "Mona Lisa." But Paris is also home to Musee d'Orsay, an impressionist art hub, as well as the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, focused on the decorative arts.
Insider tip
Scout for impressive views of the city by reaching the top decks of buildings and landmarks.
Paris (Le Havre), France, Parisian Cafe
View of a typical Parisian cafe in Paris, France

Hang With the Locals

Escape the beaten paths and discover a side of Paris few tourists get to see. Cruise to Paris and head to Canal St. Martin to find hip boutiques and cafes with verandas overlooking the water. Then, head to the less-crowded top decks of Montparnasse Tower or the Arc de Triomphe for Paris vistas.
Insider tip
Sample Parisian desserts beyond macarons and chocolate-filled croissants. Try local sables or pates de fruits.
Paris (Le Havre), France, Escargot Dish
Escargots on a white plate with a side of sliced bread

Local Cuisine

You'll find Paris' Michelin-starred restaurants in the neighborhoods lining either side of the Seine. Head there at the noon hour for lower-priced lunch menus. Feeling adventurous? Try French classics like escargot and bone marrow on toast. If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss le Paris-Brest, a circular cake filled with praline cream during your Paris cruise.
Insider tip
Leave time for getting to and from the port: Paris and Le Havre are just over two hours apart.
Paris (Le Havre), France, Designer Storefront
A typical designer storefront in Paris, France displaying shoes and handbags


The Champ Elysees may be the most famous shopping avenue in Paris, with designer boutiques and global chain stores But it's in lesser-known neighborhoods — like North Marais and Rue du Chateau d'Eau — where you can find one-of-a-kind and handcrafted jewelry and goods, as well as the city's funkier fashion options.

Day 17: Southampton, England

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Southampton, England, Yachts docked at Ocean Village Marina
Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
Things to do in
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Located on England's South Coast, Southampton is a city full of surprises. Home to one of the largest ports in Europe, the city has a lot to offer people passing through for the day. Step back in time and explore the old town — walk along the medieval town walls, parts of which date back to 1290. Visit Bargate, a medieval gatehouse built by Normans in the 12th century. Check out SeaCity Museum and learn about what it would have been like to set sail on the Titanic in 1912 — Southampton is where the historic ship left port. Or venture out and explore the Hampshire countryside: Iconic Stonehenge is just a one-hour drive away.
Southampton, England, Stonehenge
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.
Southampton, England, SeaCity Museum
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.
Southampton, England, The Bargate Close Up View
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.
Southampton, England, Fish and chips
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.
Southampton, England, Various Antiques
Various antiques at a market


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.