8 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise on Vision of the Seas from Barcelona, Spain Monte Carlo, Monaco The Rock Of Monaco
The 8 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona, Spain visits Monte Carlo, Monaco; Provence (Toulon), France; Ajaccio, Corsica; Portofino, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Sicily (Palermo), Italy; Barcelona, Spain. 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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8 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Vision of the Seas
Day 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 - Monte Carlo, Monaco
Day 3 - Provence (Toulon), France
Day 4 - Ajaccio, Corsica
Day 5 - Portofino, Italy
Day 6 - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Day 7 - Sicily (Palermo), Italy
Day 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Barcelona, Spain
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Monte Carlo, Monaco The Rock Of Monaco
Aerial view of the Rock of Monaco, in Monte Carlo, Monaco
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8 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise

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Leaving from
Barcelona, Spain
Onboard
Vision of the Seas
Day Port
1
Barcelona, Spain
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Tendered from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
3
Provence (Toulon), France
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
4
Ajaccio, Corsica
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
5
Portofino, Italy
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7
Sicily (Palermo), Italy
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
Barcelona, Spain
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Side View of Vision of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico
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Vision of the Seas
You'll gain a new perspective of adventure onboard Vision of the Seas®, and we don't just mean the views at the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. From classic sips at R Bar to disco dancing in Boogie Wonderland, this ship is a spectacle to behold.

ALL-AROUND AMAZING

Spend your sea days catching a movie on the poolside screen or learning how to flambé with a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or get top-notch views on the Rock Climbing Wall, then visit Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. With so much to do onboard, adventure is always in sight.

TASTEBUD TRAILBLAZING

Grab a classic cocktail at the retro-inspired R Bar then chow down on select steakhouse faves at Chop's Grille℠. For a Far East feast, head to Izumi. And get ready for an elevated epicurean experience at Chef's Table.

CASTING CALL

Magic happens when the curtain goes up onboard Vision of the Seas®. We're talking peace, love and disco beats in Boogie Wonderland, show tunes galore in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme, and guest entertainers that know how to rock your vacation with stellar performances.

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

Day 1
Barcelona
Spain
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Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Couple
La Sagrada Couple Walking
Things to do in
Barcelona
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

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.
Spain Barcelona Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach at Sunset

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.
Barcelona, Spain La Rambla Shops
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.
Spain Barcelona Sparkling Cava Wine
Couple Enjoying the Local Sparkling Cava Wine

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

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: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Day 2
Monte Carlo
Monaco
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Monte Carlo, Monaco Azur Coast Aerial
Panoramic aerial view of the harbour of Monte Carlo, Monaco, along the Azur coast
Things to do in
Monte Carlo
Tendered from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monaco means yachts, roulette wheels and ocean views — the epitome of Mediterranean class and opulence. Cruise to Monaco to play a round of blackjack at the famous Monte Carlo Casino, and while you're there, check out its delightfully over-the-top Beaux Arts exterior and its lavish marble atrium. Pay a visit to the Palais du Prince, the 13th-century fortress where the Principality's current royal family resides. Want to spend your time in Monaco outdoors? Do some sunbathing at Larvotto Beach — the golden sands of this urban beach are just a short walk from the upscale shops of Avenue Princess Grace.
Monte Carlo, Monaco Grand Casino Front
Front of the Grand Casino I Monte Carlo, Monaco

Try Your Chances

It's impossible not to recognize the facade of Monte Carlo casino, whether from European travel guides or James Bond movies. Walk inside and have a look around at its ornate marble atrium. Play a hand of blackjack. Or simply stay near the entrance and gawk at the long line of Lamborghinis and Maseratis the valet attendant is busy parking.
Insider tip
Monaco is close to both France and Italy, but you shouldn't attempt an excursion to either unless you have at least 4–6 hours to spare.
Monte Carlo, Monaco Prince's Palace
The Prince's Palace of Monaco, the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Get the Royal Treatment

The only thing more rewarding than ascending the hill where Monaco's resplendent Prince's Palace sits? The view you enjoy from the top, whether of Monte Carlo's iconic yacht port beneath, France's Cote d'Azur to your west and the start of Italy's Ligurian coast to your right. Now that's a view fit for a prince or princess.
Insider tip
Walk around as much of the country as you can (it's only an hour's walk across) to see the variety of people who live here.
Monte Carlo, Monaco Stylish Beach
Stylish mediterranean beach with white sunbeds and red umbrellas in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Toast the Sea

While many of Monaco's most popular to-do's involve glitz and glamour, the simplicity of Larvotto Beach remains more or less as nature intended. The beach is stylishly manicured, of course, with dramatic carmine umbrellas and ivory beach chair covers. Plus, the martinis and wines on offer here are no more expensive than on any other European beach.
Monte Carlo, Monaco Codfish
Dish of codfish in tomato sauce, in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Local Cuisine

Despite the island's reputation for extravagance, residents of Monaco are famously modest about their food. While it's true that local specialties like stocafi — dried cod cooked in tomato sauce — and socca chickpea pancakes can be found elsewhere in the Mediterranean, this simple cuisine manages to be every bit as elegant as the casino and the yachts.
Monte Carlo, Monaco Lavender Bouquets
Decorated bouquets of lavender on a market in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Shopping

Monaco's local markets are as delightfully simple as its local food. Condamine Market evokes France's nearby Provence region — head here for handmade goods, including the region's signature lavender products. Cruise to Monte Carlo and head to the Place du Casino or Cercle d'Or if you want to shop with the city's highest rollers for luxury goods such as designer watches, silk scarves and leather shoes.

Day 3: Provence, France

Day 3
Provence
Toulon, France
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Provence (Toulon), France, Liberty Square
Liberty Square in Toulon, France,
Things to do in
Provence
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Situated on the French Riviera, Toulon is more about small-town charm and natural beauty than glitz and glamor. As you pull into the city's huge natural harbor, you'll see towering Mont Faron — after you dock, take the 6-minute cable car ride to the summit, where you'll be greeted to sweeping views of the Mediterranean and the city below. Cruise to Provence to stroll down the Cours Lafayette and take in the smells of oregano, thyme and freshly baked pastries from the local street vendors. Then, explore the city's naval heritage — it's been the French Navy's base for over 500 years — at the Musee de la Marine, or take a boat tour of the Rade de Toulon, the city's military harbor.
Provence (Toulon), France, Panoramic view
Panoramic view of Toulon, France

Such Great Heights

Mont Faron offers incredible views combined with deep history. Take the cable car to the top and explore the various forts and towers before trekking through the nature. There's also a zoo located at the summit. If you decide to drive up, just know that the road is one of the most challenging stages of the Tour Mediterranean cycling race.
Insider tip
Boule, the French version of bocce, is extremely popular here — join a game in one of the many courts found in Toulon.
Provence (Toulon), France, Fort Faron
Exterior walls on Fort Faron in France

Military Might

Musee Memorial du Debarquement, at the top of Mont Faron, commemorates the Allied invasion of the Provence coast. This military museum is filled with maps, models, photography, uniforms, equipment and anything else to do with military might. You can buy a combined ticket with the cable car.
Insider tip
Keep an eye out for great public art, including the Card Gamer's sculpture in Raimu Square.
Provence (Toulon), France, Harbor
The Toulon harbor in France

Cliffs and Coastline

Beyond the harbor, you'll find a wonderful series of coastal walking paths that take you from east to west in style. The Sentier des Couaniers was laid in the early 19th century to assist customs officials in catching smugglers. Follow the trails into hidden coves and onto natural terraces and cliffs overlooking the sea.
Provence (Toulon), France, Ham and cheese crouton
Soft cheese with ham on a crouton

Local Cuisine

Toulon's street markets are the best place to discover the local delicacies. Cours Lafayette is a lengthy pedestrian street that stretches right down to the harbor and is open every day except Monday — pick up ingredients for a simple picnic lunch of fresh figs, local olives and fromage de chevre (goat cheese). During your cruise to Provence, snack on socca, the Provencal wood-fired chickpea pancake with olive oil and sea salt, with a glass of crisp white wine.
Provence (Toulon), France, Dried lavender
Dried lavender hanging in Provence, France

Shopping

For a small city, Toulon has some great shopping opportunities. There's a large mall, but for more unique shopping, try the Old Town and Rue Jean-Jaures — keep an eye out for local herbes de provence and dried lavender for your home. If vintage is your thing, head to Noush, a treasure trove of carefully selected fashions, such as silk scarves and leather purses, shoes and belts.

Day 4: Ajaccio, Corsica

Day 4
Ajaccio
Corsica
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Ajaccio, Corsica Coastal Citadel
A coastal citadel and beach in Ajaccio, Corsica
Things to do in
Ajaccio
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Located just south of France on the island of Corsica, Ajaccio is rich in history and astonishing views, all set in the sun-drenched Mediterranean climate. Napoleon is Corsica's most recognizable historical personality — when you're strolling through town, make sure to visit the Maison Bonaparte Napoleon's family home and a historical museum. Stop in the beautiful Baroque-style Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon was baptized. Here, you'll also find important artwork by Tintoretto and Delacroix. Cruise to Corsica and hop on Le Petit Train, or "the little train," for a tour of town. For a taste of nature, head out to the Calanques de Piana, a range of dramatic red-rock cliffs.
Ajaccio, Corsica Napoleon Bonaparte Statue
A statue of Napoleon Bonaparte in Ajaccio, Corsica

See Napoleon's Roots

Discover the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Napoleon Museum, built on the site of home where he was born. You'll come away with insight into the childhood of one of the most pivotal political figures of the 19th century.
Insider tip
Take the charming Little Train to explore Ajaccio and the surrounding area. You'll get guided historic tour in the old town and a visit to view the stunning Iles Sanguinaires.
Ajaccio, Corsica Colorful Homes
Colorful homes on a street in Ajaccio, Corsica

Old-Town Charm

Head to Place Foch to enjoy the vibrant and colorful atmosphere of the old town. Take in the laid-back approach to life at one of the picturesque cafes as you people watch and savor one of the local wines from Ajaccio.
Insider tip
Stroll over to visit the Citadelle. Although off-limits to the public, you can continue walking and enjoy the views from the lovely promenade along the beach.
Ajaccio, Corsica Coastal View From Cliff
Coastal view in Corsica from cliff

Naturally Adventurous

Looking for outdoor exploration? Check out the Calanques de Piana, a series of red-rock cliffs overlooking the pristine ocean. Cruise to Corsica and drive out to Scandola Nature reserve for views of stunning rock formations, caves and wildlife, including eagles.
Ajaccio, Corsica Boar Stew
A bowl of boar stew in Ajaccio, Corsica

Local Cuisine

Corsica is an epicurean's dream — a unique microcosm that offers the best ingredients from both land and sea. Try the signature civet de sanglier, a hearty stew made with wild boar. Don't miss langostine with sun-ripened vegetables, and enjoy flavorful cheese from the mountains along with the specialty cured meats. Wash it all down with a glass of Corsican red wine.
Ajaccio, Corsica Craft Jewlery
Assorted craft jewelry

Shopping

Corsica is home to one of the largest coral shops in the world, La Maison du Corail, which offers a splendid selection of jewelry. The island also produces local honey as well as olive oil and jams; pick some up at the small shops in the old town. Artisan workshops offer handcrafted items in leather and glass. You can also find boutique shops offering designer brands, and the rope bags typical of Corsica.

Day 5: Portofino, Italy

Day 5
Portofino
Italy
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Portofino, Italy Colorful Houses
Beautiful sunny day with colorful houses on the coast of Portofino, Italy
Things to do in
Portofino
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Italian Riviera's fishing village of Portofino has more to offer than the rows of brightly colored houses that made it famous — this coastal town is also a destination for nature lovers eager to explore. Cruise to Portofino and hike through the Regional Park: Its lushly forested coastal paths look down dramatic cliffsides to the Mediterranean below. Or head to Portofino Marine Reserve, where you can kayak on the crystal-clear waters, taking in views of the quaint village as you paddle by under the weathered cliffs. Then, people-watch in one of Portofino's quaint piazzas, or head to nearby Cervara Abbey, an ancient monastery turned into a terraced garden.
Portofino, Italy Regional Park
Promontory in Portofino regional park overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, in Portofino, Italy

Take a Hike

Grab your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure through Portofino Regional Park. The park is home to an extensive network of lush trails and coastal paths that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. You can hike through this unique environment during both the winter and summer, making it the perfect year-round activity for outdoor enthusiasts.
Portofino, Italy Church of St George
iew of Church of St. George (1154), Portofino, Italy

Village Views

Stretch your legs and climb to the top of the hill above Portofino. Here, you'll come to the Church of St. George, where you can take in sweeping views of the vibrant village below. Continue walking an additional 10 minutes, and you'll find yourself at Castello Brown, which overlooks the stunning bay, making it the premier spot to watch the boats come in and out of the harbor.
Portofino, Italy Marine Reserve
Small bay in the natural marine reserve, cala dell'oro, in Portofino, Italy

Dive Right In

The Portofino Marine Reserve stretches across the city and is home to a variety of marine life and is a must-see for divers. Cruise to Portofino and explore shipwrecks, natural walls and drop-offs, and come face to face with the flounder and octopus that call this part of the Mediterranean home.
Portofino, Italy Pesto Alla Genovese
Pesto alla genovese, Ligurian style pesto spaghetti with basil, in an eatery in Portofino, Italy

Local Cuisine

Come hungry to Portofino — home to Ligurian cuisine, the originator of some of Italy's most popular culinary exports. Sample pasta dressed in pesto alla genovese, with basil, pine nuts, cheese and garlic. Try fresh focaccia, eaten here like a pizza straight out of the oven. During your Portofino cruise, sink your teeth into a piece of branzino (European sea bass) baked under a mound of sea salt.
Portofino, Italy Fabrics
Scarves and fabrics for sale in a shop in Portofino, Italy

Shopping

Portofino is a dream destination for shopaholics. Luxury boutiques and upscale shops line the streets and piazzas. If buying Gucci or Salvatore Ferragamo in Italy isn't your thing, there are several lesser-known and less expensive shops in Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta selling beautiful cashmere, which is commonly found in Portofino.

Day 6: Rome, Italy

Day 6
Rome
Civitavecchia, Italy
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Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Colosseum
View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Things to do in
Rome
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
With 28 centuries of celebrated history, Rome holds the edge when it comes to unrivaled adventures. The city that sparked the world’s largest empire is very much alive today with a jumble of ancient ruins, world-renowned art and vivacious street culture. Here you can live la dolce vita, recalling the glory days of Ancient Rome and twirling forks full of pasta in a trattoria. Ride past centuries-old basilicas in a three-wheeled Ape Calessino, or stand in awe of paintings by Italian masters at Villa Borghese. Whether it’s Vatican City’s spiritual allure, Trastevere’s backstreet charms, or the Colosseum’s embattled legacy— The Eternal City endures with endless adventures.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Pantheon
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

ANCIENT AND AMAZING

Walk through the heart of Ancient Rome. Start at the Colosseum, an enormous arena where gladiators once battled. Then meander around the Roman Forum’s timeworn ruins, past crumbling temples and basilicas. See where emperors lived on Palatine Hill— and enjoy an up-close view of the 2,000-year-old, well-preserved Pantheon church.
Insider tip
The train ride between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 80 minutes each way.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Piazza Navona
A fountain in Piazza Navona in Italy

ADVENTURE SQUARED

Roam around Rome’s piazzas, as each offers a unique perspective. Dine al fresco in Piazza Navona and climb The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. Wander cobbled alleys in bustling Trastevere and browse Campo de’ Fiori’s artisan stalls. Be sure to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good measure.
Insider tip
Conservative attire (no tank tops or shorts) is required when visiting Rome’s religious sites.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Statues
Statues in the Vatican Museum

SACRED SPACES

Explore the Vatican Museums’ extraordinary collection of tapestries and classical statues. Step inside the Sistine Chapel and be awed by Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes. Then enter St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches, to stand under its enormous sky-piercing dome.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Pizza and pasta
Pizza, pasta, and antipasta on a table in Rome

LOCAL CUISINE

Romans live to eat, whether it’s family-style or in a sidewalk café. For an authentic taste of Cucina Romana, try carciofi alla Romana (braised artichokes) or spaghetti alla carbonara. Enjoy panino (stuffed sandwiches) or thin-crusted Roman pizza. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of gelato. Then finish the night with a glass of white wine from the surrounding Lazio region.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Colosseum Vatican Models
Minitature models of the Colosseum and Vatican

SHOPPING

Street stalls throughout the city are your best bet for souvenirs. Via Condotti offers a string of couture Italian designers. Browse artist studios along Via Margutta, or the indie artisan retailers of the Monti neighborhood. Porta Portese is the city’s largest flea market— and La Rinascente, the first department store.

Day 7: Sicily, Italy

Day 7
Sicily
Palermo, Italy
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Sicily (Palermo), Italy, Aerial view of coast
An aerial view of the coast of Palermo in Sicily
Things to do in
Sicily
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Extravagant and vibrant, Palermo invites you into an array of flavors, colors and bustling streets. Set in a peaceful bay surrounded by Sicily's fertile basin Conca d'Oro, named for the golden color of the orange groves, the city bears traces of historic invasions by the Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Spanish and Normans. Head to La Vucciria market to sample almonds, marzipan, spices, peppercorns and candied fruits. Then, explore the historic center — visit the Cathedral, which dates back to 600 AD and features Gothic, Moorish and Baroque architectural elements. Then, take the short drive to Mt. Pellegrino, where you can trek up the granite cobbled hiking path and take in the refreshing greenery of the natural reserve.
Sicily (Palermo), Italy, Fresh Vegetable Market
An assortment of vegetables for sale at a market in Palermo, Sicily

The Pulse of Palermo

Get a real feel for the character of the city strolling through the stands of the Vucciria market. Sample the fresh citrus and tomatoes, and take in the rich smells of oregano and porcini mushrooms. Stop at a food stall for arancini, fried spheres of saffron-infused rice with meat, tomato sauce and cheese.
Insider tip
Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, as a visit to Teatro Massimo or Mt. Pellegrino will require some footwork.
Sicily (Palermo), Italy, Teatro Politeama Opera House
The Teatro Politeama Opera House in Palermo, Sicily

Drama at the Opera

The Teatro Massimo is the largest opera house in Italy and combines Neo-Classical, Greek and Renaissance architectural styles. It also appears in a few key scenes in "The Godfather." Take a guided tour to learn more about the theater's history and architecture.
Insider tip
If you visit La Vucciria or another market, feel free to haggle a bit and try to get the best deals.
Sicily (Palermo), Italy, Sanctuary of Saint Rosalia
The Sanctuary of Saint Rosalia in Parlermo, Sicily

Between Earth and Heaven

Take the half-hour drive to Mount Pellegrino, and hike the cobbled path to the top, where you'll meet breathtaking views or the Bay of Palermo, the mountains and the Tirrenean Sea. Visit the shrine to the Patron Saint Rosalia — the inner sanctuary is a unique mix of ornamental icons and roughly hewn rock.
Insider tip
Take a break at a local sidewalk cafe to enjoy a gelato or espresso.
Sicily (Palermo), Italy, Pasta with sardines
A bowl of pasta topped wit sardines

Local Cuisine

Sicilian cuisine is a delightful blend of Middle Eastern, Spanish and Italian flavors based on fresh vegetables, seafood, spices and nuts. Seek out local specialties like pasta con le sarde — pasta with fresh sardines, onion, fennel, raisins and pine nuts — or sfincione, Sicilian focaccia with tomatoes, onions and anchovies. For dessert, try cassata, an Arabic-influenced dish of pistachios, candied fruit and sweetened ricotta cheese.
Sicily (Palermo), Italy, Sicilian puppets
Various sicilian puppets at a market

Shopping

For hand-stiched leather goods, visit Via Volturno. Nearby on Via Maqueda, you'll find some fantastic deals on genuine pearl necklaces and traditional ceramics. The pulce market is a fun flea market. Browse the stands and find some unusual items from antique to vintage, including traditional Sicilian puppets.

Day 8: Cruising

Day 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Young Boy Climbing on the Rock Wall
Young Boy on Rock Climbing Wall
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE

Solarium

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.
Man Receiving Massage
Man Receiving Massage at Vitality Spa

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.
Boardwalk Arcade Skee Ball
Close-Up the Skee Ball on the Boardwalk Arcade

Arcade

Blips, bleeps, clangs and cheers. Play to win in a classic arcade atmosphere with timeless games, plus the latest at the Royal Caribban Arcade.
Whirlpool at Night
Beautiful Night on the Pool Deck

Whirlpools

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

Day 9: Barcelona, Spain

Day 9
Barcelona
Spain
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Barcelona, Spain Park Guell
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
Things to do in
Barcelona
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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

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.
Spain Barcelona Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach at Sunset

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.
Barcelona, Spain La Rambla Shops
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.
Spain Barcelona Sparkling Cava Wine
Couple Enjoying the Local Sparkling Cava Wine

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

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.

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