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Barcelona , Spain | Alicante , Spain | Málaga , Spain | Lisbon , Portugal | Bilbao , Spain | Amsterdam , Netherlands

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After a day spent wandering new shores, dive into a world of thrills on Jewel of the Seas®. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall or catch a movie on the poolside screen. Grab your playbill for West End to Broadway and raise a glass at Vintages. It's time to go all-in on adventure.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Barcelona, Spain

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

OH MY GAUDI

Grab a steamy cortado in a pavement 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.

La Sagrada Couple Walking
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
The National Museum of Catalan (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) on a Summer day in Barcelona, Spain
View of Castillo de Montjuic on mountain Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain

Grab a steamy cortado in a pavement 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.

La Sagrada Couple Walking
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
The National Museum of Catalan (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) on a Summer day in Barcelona, Spain
View of Castillo de Montjuic on mountain Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain
Things To Do

in Barcelona

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.

Barceloneta Beach  at Sunset

SEAS THE DAY

With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harbour-front 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.

La Rambla Historic Buildings

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, pavement cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvellous centrepiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s – and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.

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 appetisers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.

Couple Strolling Through the Fresh Local Market

SHOPPING

You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewellery, 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

Alicante, Spain

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

HEED THE CASTLE CALL

Sunny Alicante sits at the foot of the historic Castillo de Santa Barbara. Meander along the narrow streets of its old town, or shop and dine along the city's shady, marble-laid promenade along the seafront. Alicante's white sandy beach Playa del Postiguet has gentle, shallow waters and a great castle view.

View of Alicante, Spain with the Santa Barbara castle on a hill looking over the city
Denia beach in Alicante, Spain
A street lined with palm trees in Alicante, Spain

Sunny Alicante sits at the foot of the historic Castillo de Santa Barbara. Meander along the narrow streets of its old town, or shop and dine along the city's shady, marble-laid promenade along the seafront. Alicante's white sandy beach Playa del Postiguet has gentle, shallow waters and a great castle view.

View of Alicante, Spain with the Santa Barbara castle on a hill looking over the city
Denia beach in Alicante, Spain
A street lined with palm trees in Alicante, Spain
Things To Do

in Alicante

The Santa Barbara castle with a view of the city of Alicante, Spain in the background

Conquer a Fortress

Climb the ancient fortress Santa Barbara Castle, built atop rocky Mount Benacantil, which provides amazing views of the countryside and a look at the area's history inside the Museum of the City of Alicante within the castle. You can also drive up or take an elevator from Postiguet Beach.

A narrow street between homes in Alicante, Spain

Beat of the Barrio

El Barrio, the historic center of Alicante, has narrow cobbled streets and Spanish-style apartments decorated with flowers, as well as interesting shopping and a handful of museums. Its pedestrian streets are made for strolling. It's also the neighborhood to go to for tapas and cocktails.

Coastal homes on a small cliff in Alicante, Spain

Off-Coast Exploration

Ride a boat over to Tabarca Island, a tiny island 11 miles from Alicante's port whose waters make up a protected marine reserve and provide excellent snorkeling. The island also features a small, picturesque community of whitewashed houses with blue shutters.

A bowl of seafood paella

Local Cuisine

Meals in Alicante center around white fish, shellfish, local produce, olive oil and rice. Try the city's take on paella, made with local Bomba rice, red prawns and clams. Cruise to Alicante and sample esgarrat, which brings together sweet red peppers with salted cod and garlic. For dessert, you must try turron, a tasty local sweet made with honey, almonds and the locally produced Fondillon wine.

Leather shoes for sale at a market in Spain

Shopping

Shady Rambla de Mendez Nunez is lined with cafes, bars and family-run shops selling the Alicante's famous leather shoes, bags and more. Stalls at nearby Mercado Central farmer's market sell local wines, fresh fruit, produce and spices. Take home Alicante's celebrated local preserves and salted fish when you cruise to Spain.

INSIDER TIP

Choose fresh seafood at Pesca al Peso market; you can pay and then come back for it after it's cooked.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Málaga, Spain

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
FROM MOORISH ARCHES

TO MODERN ART

After your arrive in Málaga, soak in the ancient history at La Alcazaba Moorish fotress and the ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre. Then, unwind on sunny La Malagueta beach or in the orchids and ferns at La Concepcion Botanical Garden. Check out the works of the city's most famous former resident at the Picasso Museum, and savor regional, fresh-caught pescado frito (fried fish) with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

A marina in Malaga, Spain
The Malaga, Spain cityscape
Exterior walls of the Alcazaba fortress in Malaga, Spain

After your arrive in Málaga, soak in the ancient history at La Alcazaba Moorish fotress and the ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre. Then, unwind on sunny La Malagueta beach or in the orchids and ferns at La Concepcion Botanical Garden. Check out the works of the city's most famous former resident at the Picasso Museum, and savor regional, fresh-caught pescado frito (fried fish) with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

A marina in Malaga, Spain
The Malaga, Spain cityscape
Exterior walls of the Alcazaba fortress in Malaga, Spain
Things To Do

in Málaga

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ceramic pottery for sale in Spain

Shopping

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.

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.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

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 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Lisbon, Portugal

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
9:00 PM
GAIN A NEW VIEW

IN LISBON

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

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

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

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

in Lisbon

View of the Pena National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal

Get Romantic

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

Tables on a terrace in Lisbon, Portugal

Go View-Hopping

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

Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

Architectural Adventure

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

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

Local Cuisine

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

Various Lisbon souvenir magnets

Shopping

Browse eclectic clothes and jewellery in the back streets 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 browse international brands.

INSIDER TIP

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

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Things to Do

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.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Bilbao, Spain

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
BASQUE IN MOUNTAIN VIEWS

AND MODERN ART

Bilbao makes a great first impression. Once you arrive, you'll soon spot the futuristic building that's become the beating heart of the city: the Guggenheim Museum. Get swept up by Michelin-starred restaurants, enchanting tapas bars, sidrerias (cider houses) and a clever 100-year-old suspension bridge.

A view of the Bilbao, Spain cityscape
A bridge crossing over a river in Bilbao, Spain
A fountain at a park in Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao makes a great first impression. Once you arrive, you'll soon spot the futuristic building that's become the beating heart of the city: the Guggenheim Museum. Get swept up by Michelin-starred restaurants, enchanting tapas bars, sidrerias (cider houses) and a clever 100-year-old suspension bridge.

A view of the Bilbao, Spain cityscape
A bridge crossing over a river in Bilbao, Spain
A fountain at a park in Bilbao, Spain
Things To Do

in Bilbao

A hilltop chapel in Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao's Nature

Bilbao may be famous for architecture, but the rolling green hills, panoramic coastline and lush plazas will enchant you as well. Reach Mount Artxanda by cable car for sweeping vistas of the city. Walk by ponds and fountains at Parque de Dona Casilda de Iturrizar, and reach the riverside walkways for close-up urban views of Bilbao.

Various buildings in downtown Bilbao, Spain that show the city's wonderful architecture

Bask in Basque Culture

Check out the Euskal Museoa and the Arkeologi Museoa for a look into the Basque Country's past. Cruise to Spain to stroll down medieval streets in Casco Viejo, the historical center of Bilbao, or down the Gran Via boulevard for a glimpse into the daily lives of locals, who are usually moving from one pintxos (tapas) tavern to the next.

An aerial view of the city of Bilbao, Spain

Artistic Heights

Take in the monumental beauty of the Guggenheim by first exploring the outside. You'll see how architect Frank Gehry blended titanium, glass and limestone to conceive elegant curves and sharp edges in this masterpiece of modernity. Then, head inside to see the other masterpieces created by legends like Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and more.

A filet of cod with side dished on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Food is a pastime in Bilbao. Sample bacalao al pil pil (cod with garlic), Marmitako (tuna and vegetable stew) and savoury pintxos, the local version of tapas. Stop by El Globo and La Barraca for a quick bite-sized dish, or head to Mina and Azurmendi for Michelin-starred experiences.

An assortment of botas wine flasks

Shopping

In Bilbao, you do your shopping on historic streets and sprawling urban areas, with hidden gems in between. Go to the old town and look for the classic botas (wineskin flasks), txapelas (berets) or pañuelos (kerchiefs). Head north to the Abando district for modern shops offering more contemporary wares.

INSIDER TIP

Don't miss Bilbao's outskirts – check out the coastal suburb Getxo, a 25-minute train ride away, which offers lush green mountains and ocean views.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN-DRENCHED DAYS

Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Things to Do

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savour the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

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.

DAY 9 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW-STOPPERS

Performers dresses in costumes on stage during the West End to Broadway Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
Performers in Medieval Style stage during the Big Top Cruise Show on Independence of the Seas

Performers dresses in costumes on stage during the West End to Broadway Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
Performers in Medieval Style stage during the Big Top Cruise Show on Independence of the Seas

Things to Do

Performers on stage during the West End to Broadway Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
West End to Broadway

LYRICAL LAYOVER

Savour every note as you travel from the Big Apple across the pond in West End to Broadway, a cross-continental celebration of music theatre production.

Performers in red dresses on stage during City of Dreams Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
City of Dreams

ENTRANCED BY DANCE

Escape to the most ethereal cities of the world – both real and imaginary – in a show that will hypnotise your senses.

DAY 10 - Arrival Day

Amsterdam, Netherlands

ARRIVES:
6:00 AM

DOUBLE DUTCH ADVENTURE

Spend the afternoon in Amsterdam exploring the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring area, either by bicycle or boat. Visit the Anne Frank House and see her wartime diaries. Check out Holland’s legendary windmills while learning about its reclaimed land. Or view mind-bending modern art at Stedelijk Museum. Top off the day with cocktails in a Red Light District watering hole.

Traditional old buildings and tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunset shot of bridges over canals during Autumn in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spend the afternoon in Amsterdam exploring the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring area, either by bicycle or boat. Visit the Anne Frank House and see her wartime diaries. Check out Holland’s legendary windmills while learning about its reclaimed land. Or view mind-bending modern art at Stedelijk Museum. Top off the day with cocktails in a Red Light District watering hole.

Traditional old buildings and tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunset shot of bridges over canals during Autumn in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things To Do

in Amsterdan

Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

CRUISING FOR A PERUSING

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions – whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own hired pedal boat.

The Van Hogh museum

GOGH FOR THE ART

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.

A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annexe where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.

Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes and quintessential 'Brown Bar' pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin) – or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.

Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf has been the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewellery shops and boutiques amongst The Nine Streets – or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

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