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Carnival Breeze Mediterranean Cruise Travel Journal


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Embarkation in Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia in Barelona

La Sagrada Familia, Anton Gaudi's basilica, is Barcelona's most famous landmark, even though it will not be finished for several more years.

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (c) Linda Garrison
Barcelona has more cruise visitors than any other port in Europe, and it's no wonder. First, the airport is large and modern, with many non-stop or one-stops flights to the USA. Second, it's only a 30-minute ride from the cruise ship port to the airport. Third, the port is only a short distance via shuttle from La Rambla, one of the world's most famous pedestrian boulevards. Finally, Barcelona is an amazing Mediterranean city, filled with fascinating architecture and a vibrant atmosphere, making it a great introduction to this part of the Mediterranean.

Cruise passengers traveling from North America to Europe should plan to arrive in their embarkation city the night before. It certainly cuts back on the stress of possibly missing your ship. I didn't take my own advice this time, but luckily our non-stop flight from Atlanta was uneventful. The check in at the Carnival Breeze went very smoothly, and we were on the ship in no time (less than 20 minutes). The cabins weren't ready, but it was nice to find a seat in the Lido Marketplace and enjoy an early lunch.

While we were waiting for the cabins to open up, some of our fellow cruisers chose to either take a Carnival-sponsored shore excursion of either Barcelona or Montserrat, or just drop off their luggage and go into town to explore on their own. Barcelona has many fascinating sights, and the most dramatic is La Sagrada Familia, the city's unfinished basilica. If you only have time to see one thing in the city, this is it. Even though incomplete, the church towers over the city. It's not within walking distance of the port, so you will need to take a taxi, tour, or hop-on, hop-off bus.

Our time in Barcelona was way too short, but we were all excited about beginning our Mediterranean adventure on this exciting new ship. The Carnival Breeze sailed for our first port of call, Marseille, France, in the late afternoon.

Carnival Breeze Mediterranean Cruise Itinerary

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