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Barcelona, Spain is hosting the Disney Magic during its Mediterranean sailings. This port is the busiest in all of Europe and is conveniently located near the airport and several major hotels, many of which can be added onto your Cruise package for pre and post-night stays.

A destination in itself, Barcelona has beautiful beaches, cathedrals, museums, mountains as well as intimate cafes and world class shopping.

At L'Aquarium de Barcelona you can visit the displays housing marine habitats. There are 14 tanks dedicated to sealife found in the Mediterranean, including the Oceanarium which has a walk through tunnel.

Montserrat is home to the Benedictine Monk monastery as well as a Holy Grotto located in the mountain peaks. Should you choose to visit this destination while in Barcelona, with luck, you may be able to hear the world renowned Montserrat Basilica boys choir.

The spectacular La Sagrada Familia was begun in 1881 by architect Antoni Gaudi. The construction is ongoing but you can still visit this famous Basilica. When completed in 2026, it will have some of the world's tallest church towers among it's 18 spires.

La Rambla is known for its shops, restaurants and entertainment. This bustling street is the perfect place to find Catalan ceramics, designer fashion and fine leather goods

Language

While Spanish is the official language of the country, Barcelona is located in the Catalania section of Spain where the Catalan dialect is spoken. You'll find that most residents speak both languages. Here are useful words/phrases:

Phrase
Catalan
Spanish
Hello
Hola
Hola
Goodbye!
Adéu
Adiós/Hasta Luego
Please
Si us plau
Por favor
Thank you
Gràcies
Gracias
You’re Welcome
De res
De nada
Good morning
Bon dia
Buenos días
Good afternoon
Bona tarda
Buenas tardes
Good evening
Bon vespre
Buenas tardes
Good night
Bona nit
Buenas noches
How much?
Quant costa?
Cuánto vale?
Pleased to meet you
Molt de gust
Encantado
Pier
Port
Puerto
Ship
Barco
Barco

Currency

Barcelona uses the Euro. While most major credit cards are accepted, purchases under 10 Euros are customarilly made with cash.

Transportation

Taxis are black and yellow and easily recognizable. When looking for a vacant cab, check to see if the green light on top is lit. Metered cabs are recommended when traveling from the airport as opposed to paying a flat rate. You'll find that cash is needed when using taxi service.

Personal Safety

Bring your street smarts. Don't carry large amounts of cash and keep your money concealed. Leave your important documents (passport, plane ticket, etc) in the ship/hotel safe. When walking along the streets, keep your purse on the inside, preferably with the shoulder strap across your chest. Be vigilant when in crowded areas. Pickpockets are notorious for frequenting Metro stations, open air terraces and lines to enter attractions. Men are advised to move their wallets to their front pockets.


 

Shore Excursions


IMPORTANT:
The excursions are still a "work in progress." Disney has been modifying them since their release. They have advised that they expect all changes to be completed by the first week of January. We'll continue to update the excursions as these modifications are made.

Barcelona, Spain

Montserrat Half Day Tour (4 - 4.5 hours)
Take a 40-mile drive through the countryside to the Rack Railway train station.
Climb aboard the train for a 14-minute ride up the rugged Montserrat Mountain range. These mysterious peaks have been featured in many legends; in the Arthurian myth, this is the location of the Holy Grail.
Hike (approximately 70 steps on a 45° ramp) to the famous Montserrat Monastery that is perched on a ledge, hanging 2,400 feet above the River Llobregat. Founded as a Benedictine Abbey during the 11th century, it is now the location of the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat, or "La Moreneta." This small Romanesque statue depicts the Virgin Mary with her child Jesus on her lap. Made of wood, this figure has turned black as the varnish has changed over time, giving her the name, "The Black Madonna." Guests, including children, wishing to visit churches must ensure that shoulders and knees remain covered. You can wear shorts that reach below the knee and tank tops, as long as you bring a sweater or scarf to wrap around your shoulders.
Trek through these cliffs on different paths from the Main Square during approximatly 60-minutes of free time. Note: Total distance walked is approximately 2 miles.
Rest at one of the snack bars or cafeterias and cash in your voucher for a beverage.
After approximately 2 hours of traversing the trails, proceed to the motor coach, which takes you back down the mountain and to your hotel or the airport.
-Guests will not be able to book this tour online; Guests should visit the Port Adventures Desk onboard in order to make reservations.
-This Port Adventure includes a transfer to your local downtown hotel or Barelona International Airport. Tours end at DCL Hotels only and Plaza Catalunya.
-Guests must be ambulatory. Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters.
-Guests may experience queues if you wish to visit the sculpture of La Moreneta during their free time.
-This excursion is available for All Ages; however, it is recommended for Guests 5 and older.
-If mass is taking place, group access to the Basilica might be denied. Guests can access the Basilica independently if they wish. -This excursion is stroller accessible; however, some portions of the tour may require Guests to fold accompanying strollers. In addition, lightweight strollers are recommended.
-Guests are encouraged to bring credit cards or currency to purchase optional extras such as souvenirs.
-Due to the extremely limited availability of this shore excursion, Guests are encouraged to book early.
-You should never feel that gratuities are expected from you. However, it is customary to leave a few extra Euros in recognition of service at restaurants, for taxis, and for exceptional excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you as to what you feel is appropriate.
Adult Price [with hotel transfer]: $65 (ages 10 and up) / Adult Price [with airport transfer]: $79 (ages 10 and up)
Child Price: $45 (ages 3 to 9)


Panoramic Drive Through Barcelona (3 - 3.5 hours)
Enjoy a guided bus tour of Barcelona. Note that although this tour is conducted primarily on a coach, in order to fully enjoy this excursion, you must be able to climb on and off the bus at two separate stops.
Stop at vista point on Mirador del Alcalde for splendid views over Barcelona.
Continue soaring over the city at the Olympic Stadium—built in 1929, but not used until the 1992 Olympic Games.
Drive past the Pueblo Español (the Spanish Village), Congress Palace and España Square and onto the Arc de Triomf. Built in 1888 for the World's Fair, this massive arch with ornate carvings stands as the gateway to the Citadel Park.
Ride through the park and stop near Gaudì's La Sagrada Familia for a 30-minute exterior visit. Here you can also shop for souvenirs at market-style shops around the church and enjoy a complimentary beverage at a nearby restaurant.
Next, drive down Passeig de Gràcia to see two more of Gaudì's magnificent creations, Casa Mila and Casa Batlló.
Finally, pass the city's main square, Placa Catalunya and Via Layetana, the busiest commercial avenue, and the Columbus Monument before arriving back at the airport.
-Guests will not be able to book this tour online; Guests should visit the Port Adventures Desk onboard in order to make reservations.
-This Port Adventure includes a transfer to your local downtown hotel or Barcelona International Airport. Tours end at DCL Hotels only and Plaza Catalunya.
-Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible; no electric wheelchairs/scooters permitted. Guests must be able to board and disembark the motor coach on their own.
-This excursion is stroller accessible; however, some portions of the tour may require Guests to fold accompanying strollers. In addition, lightweight strollers are recommended.
-The order of tour sites may vary depending on traffic and overcrowding of venues.
-Please note that due to parking restrictions, there is 15 minute walk to and from Sagrada Familia.
-Guests are encouraged to bring credit cards or currency to purchase optional extras such as souvenirs.
-Due to the extremely limited availability of this shore excursion, Guests are encouraged to book early.
-You should never feel that gratuities are expected from you. However, it is customary to leave a few extra Euros in recognition of service at restaurants, for taxis, and for exceptional excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you as to what you feel is appropriate.
Adult Price [with hotel transfer]: $59 (ages 10 and up) / Adult Price [with airport transfer]: $75 (ages 10 and up)
Child Price: $39 (ages 3 to 9)



   


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