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6 favorite cruises from Barcelona

Sail from Catalonia to sun-soaked cities around the Mediterranean and beyond.

Barcelona is the perfect gateway to cruises around the Mediterranean. Hop aboard and sail to Naples, Florence, Rome, La Spezia and Genoa in Italy and the glamorous Cannes in France.

MSC Cruises has some of the cheapest cruises from Barcelona, with fares starting at less than $50 a night. Also check out Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America line for voyages from Barcelona that are easy on the wallet. Celebrity Cruises tends to be pricier, but it’s a more luxurious experience on board, with alcoholic beverages included and award-winning cuisine. Azamara prides itself on designing immersive shore excursions that help you see, taste and touch the authentic culture at every port.

We’ve spent hundreds of hours researching the best cruise lines that sail from Barcelona. Here are some of our favorite routes.

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Our favorite cruises from Barcelona

Cruise lineCruiseItineraryPriceBook
Norwegian Cruise LineWestern Mediterranean — 7 days
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Naples, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Florence/Pisa, Italy
  • Cannes, France
  • Palma, Majorca
  • Barcelona, Spain
From $489 per personBook now
MSC CruisesMediterranean — 7 nights
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Cannes, France
  • Genoa, Italy
  • La Spezia, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
From $319 per personBook now
Norwegian Cruise LineGreek Isles: Italy, Croatia & Turkey to Athens — 11 days
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Cannes, France
  • Florence/Pisa, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Naples, Italy
  • Messina, Italy
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Corfu, Greece
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Athens, Greece
From $699 per personBook now
Celebrity CruisesSpain & Portugal — 8 days
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Alicante, Spain
  • Cartagena, Spain
  • Malaga, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
From $899 per personBook now
Holland America LineGems of Spain — 8 days
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Gibraltar, Spain
  • Malaga, Spain
  • Cartagena, Spain
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
From $1,199 per personBook now
AzamaraSpain Intensive Voyage — 10 nights
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain
From $2,449 per personBook now

Best cruises departing from Barcelona

Whether you have a destination in mind or just want to see what’s out there, you have your pick of cruises that depart from Catalonia’s cultural capital.

Best for cruises from Barcelona to Greece: Norwegian

These beautifully curated voyages around the Greek Isles often include visits to Sicily and Croatia. But if you're lusting after Greece, places like Olympia, Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos and Athens are probably at the top of your list. NCL can take you there — voted Europe's Leading Cruise Line by the World Travel Awards for 12 years in a row.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
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Best for cruises from Barcelona to the Mediterranean: MSC

When it comes to the Mediterranean, MSC cruises leads the pack with more than 35 dreamy itineraries along the French and Italian riviera. During the day, tour ports like Ibiza, Naples, Livorno, Genoa and Marseille. At night, enjoy discos, live music, theater and movies.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card
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Eco-conscious travelers may be interested to note that MSC can claim carbon neutral status due to its purchase of Blue Carbon Resilience Credits. These credits go toward coastal conservation and restoration of the oceans where it sails. It also set a goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% in 2030.

Best for cruises from Barcelona to Rome: Celebrity

Celebrity packs nine ports into its 10-day voyage from Barcelona to Rome. Wander through gorgeous seaside cities like Seville, Spain, and Provence, France. Your first taste of Italy will be Florence before cruising to Corsica and landing in Rome. In between ports, delight in the view from Celebrity's rooftop garden.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
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Best for cruises from Barcelona to Florida: Holland America

Holland America Line's transatlantic cruises dock at Palma De Mallorca, Cartagena Malaga, Cadiz, Lisbon and Funchal before landing in Fort Lauderdale. These cruises tend to be relatively affordable — with fare for a 15-day voyage starting at around $1,200, complete with eight relaxing days spent at sea.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card
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Best for cruises from Barcelona to Lisbon: Azamara

Azamara's Spain itineraries feature small group tours at each port that are included with your fare. If you're looking for longer days spent in cities like Valencia, Malaga, Gibraltar and Seville, with excursions revolving around local art and culture, choose Azamara.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
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Best for budget cruises from Barcelona: Costa

Most of Costa's cruises from Barcelona cost less than $100 daily for each passenger. The vibe on board is distinctly European, with upbeat nightlife, lively dance floors and laid-back daily activities.

It offers quick three- or four-night night cruises around the Mediterranean and longer transatlantic sailings to South America.


  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Price ($-$$$):
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How we chose these cruises

When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.

We also considered onboard dining and weighed the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.

Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.

When is the best time to cruise from Barcelona?

Cruises from Barcelona depart all year round. So the best time to visit depends on what you prefer in terms of price, crowds and weather.

Winter

January and February tend to see lower fares and fewer crowds overall. Temperatures can get cool, especially during the evenings, and seas will likely be rough and windy. Still, you could snag cheap airfare from the US to Barcelona during this off-peak time.

Spring

March and April can be a wonderful time to book a cruise from Barcelona, as crowds haven’t thickened with summer tourists and fare hasn’t reached its peak season spike. Choose spring if you’re most looking forward to touring cities on foot. Beach bums may find the high 50s and 60s temperatures a bit chilly.

Summer

Summer is peak cruising season in the Mediterranean — and for good reason. The days are hot and sunny, and the seas are calm. However, prices and crowds are at their peak. Opt for early June if possible to avoid pricey fare in July and August.

Fall

Autumn is another glorious shoulder season in the cruise industry, with few crowds and cheap fare. September and October are ideal for cruises from Barcelona — though temperatures can get cool especially at night, so pack layers.

Getting to the port for your cruise from Barcelona

The best way to get to the Port de Barcelona is to take a taxi, shuttle or private transfer. There’s no public transportation to the cruise port.

Our advice? Take the Cruise Bus. This privately-run shuttle runs from the Christopher Columbus monument in La Rambla to the Port de Barcelona. It runs daily, though you’ll need to purchase tickets in advance — €3 for a one-way ticket and €4.50 for round-trip.

Barcelona is one of Europe’s largest cruise ports, with seven jetties for cruise ships to dock at, so leave yourself ample time on the day you embark.

Bottom line

Cruises from Barcelona can be an efficient way to visit multiple locations around the Mediterranean — whether you’ve just got a handful of days or are hoping for a languorous getaway. After deciding on a cruise line, check for deals and discounts that can help you save money on fare.

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