Set sail on a voyage along the sun-soaked coasts of the western Mediterranean Sea, experiencing the culture of French Riviera, the Spanish isles and even the intensity of the Rock of Gibraltar. Spend time exploring the flavours of Barcelona before setting sail to Palamos, a Spanish coastal town dating back to the 13th century. Sail along the Rivera, making landfall in the jet-set Principality of Monaco, followed by St-Tropez, a glamourous summer playground for the rich and famous. Visit Palma de Mallorca in the Spanish Balearics, an island settlement dating back more than 2,000 years. Revel in the Roman past of Cartagena, Spain, before experiencing the daunting legendary summit that is the UK's Rock of Gibraltar. The 3,000 year old city of Cadiz (the oldest continually-inhabited city in the Westen world) will be your final Spanish call-to-port, before coming to a pleasant end in Lisbon, Portugal's lovely capital city, host to an Atlantic-Mediterranean cultural fusion.
Available Cruise Departure Date:
August 10, 2013
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Opened in 2006 and set on a wide avenue just one kilometre from Las Ramblas’ streetlife and the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Contemporary, air-conditioned guestrooms all include minibars, satellite television, and complimentary high-speed Internet. Guests of the Barcelona Center Hotel can relax on the hotel’s sun terrace, head for a sauna or workout at the onsite fitness centre.
Enjoy a 5 hour sightseeing tour with your own private vehicle, driver, and professional guide. See all of the modernist buildings including the well known Casa Milà and the Casa Batllò as well as Gaudi's Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Cathedral, an unfinished masterpiece.
Enjoy lunch this afternoon.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of the ship. Tonight's welcome dinner will be an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates. You'll overnight at the port.
Port charges are included in your multi-day cruise itinerary.
With a sleek silhouette, the Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbours and idyllic ports of call. The luxurious 50,000-ton, 922-guest ship is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, joining Crystal Serenity in the top two spots among Condé Nast Traveler’s best ships in the world. Onboard amenities include grand lounges, full-service fitness facility, Crystal Casino, Feng Shui-inspired spa, 360° teak Promenade Deck, lap pool, Jacuzzi, acclaimed cuisine and spectacular entertainment.
Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. You can discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona's ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town's old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.
Dating back to the 13th century, Palamos is one of Spain’s most beautiful coastal towns, retaining much of its historical architecture and charm while embracing modern times with gusto. Life in this fishing village revolves around water. Swimming, sailing, and windsurfing are among the most popular daytime activities, along with sunbathing and some of the best people-watching in Europe. When the sun sets, the city pulsates with a hopping bar and nightclub scene. For foodies, Palamos is famous for its delectable, giant-sized prawns, hauled in by the boatload by local fishermen.
The Port of Monte Carlo is a favorite port of call for many cruise visitors to the Mediterranean. The city is widely known for the Monte Carlo Casino and its international prominence. Monte Carlo is one of Europe's leading tourist resorts, although many of the key tourist destinations are located in other parts of Monaco, which can be visited during a shore excursion. These include such attractions as Monaco Cathedral, the Napoleon Museum, the Oceanographic Museum and aquarium, and the Prince's Palace, all of which are located in Monaco-Ville.
Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005. Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world's oldest monarchy. Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.
Saint Tropez is a port town located on the French Riviera, and is known today for its famous and extremely wealthy summertime guests. It has been dubbed the 'playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires', and it is most-enduringly known as the place where the iconic Brigitte Bardot was "discovered", and for its role in the liberation of southern France during World War II.
Departing from St-Tropez overnight, you'll spend today relaxingly aboard your ship, cruising the historic waters of the Mediterranean. The many facilities of your ship will easily pass the time.
Palma de Mallorca is the major city and port on the island of Majorca and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is situated on the south coast of the island on the Bay of Palma.The city is dominated by its wonderful Gothic cathedral, La Seu, and most of the main sights are located within the area bounded by the old city walls, especially to the north and east of the cathedral. Both the cathedral La Seu and the Palau de l'Almudaina (Royal Palace) are on the harbor and worth a visit, as are the nearby ancient Moorish baths (Banys Arabs).
Cartagena is a Spanish city and a major naval station located in the region of Murcia, by the Mediterranean coast, south-eastern Spain. Cartagena has been inhabited for over two millennia, being founded around 227 BC as Qart Hadasht during the Phoenician conquest. The city lived its heyday during the Roman Empire, when it was known as Carthago Nova (the New Carthage) and Carthago Spartaria, capital of the province of Carthaginensis. Much of the historical weight of Cartagena in the past goes to its coveted defensive port, one of the most important in the western Mediterranean.
Gibraltar, colloquially known as The Rock, is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom on the southern coast of Spain at the entrance to the Mediterranean sea. The people are British Citizens. This is a very unique place for the curious traveller. The inside of the rock is an absolute labyrinth with the secret internal roads and tunnels 4 times longer than those on the surface. Military presence and security in this otherwise deserted area is strong but almost invisible. In Greek mythology Gibraltar was Calpe, one of the Pillars of Hercules, which marked the edge of the Mediterranean and the known world.
Cadiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. Cadiz, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly all southwestern Europe. The older part of Cadiz, within the remnants of the city walls, is commonly referred to as the Old Town. It is characterized by the antiquity of its various quarters. Among the many landmarks of historical and scenic interest in Cadiz, a few stand out. The city can boast of an unusual cathedral of various architectural styles, a theatre, an old municipal building, an 18th-century watchtower, a vestige of the ancient city wall, an ancient Roman theatre, and electrical pylons of an eye-catchingly modern design carrying cables across the Bay of Cádiz.
Lisbon is the capital city and largest city of Portugal. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, outdating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. The city of Lisbon is rich in architecture; Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, Modern and Post-Modern constructions can be found all over. The city is also crossed by historical boulevards and monuments along the main thoroughfares, particularly in the upper districts. Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.
This morning you'll disembark from your cruise ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates, with memories of an amazing cruise in tow.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Lisbon.
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