Peninsula Panorama Cruise: Barcelona to London

Sailing the Iberian Peninsula on the Crystal Serenity

  • Date

    May 28-June 10, 2019 | Tue / Mon – 14 Days

  • Location

    Barcelona | Palma de Mallorca | Ibiza Town | Malaga | Gibraltar | Portimao | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bay of Biscay | Honfleur | Dover (London)

Overview

From the art-filled streets and parks of Barcelona, palm tree-lined islands, and the colorful cities of Portugal to the half-timbered town of Honfleur and the hallowed sands of Normandy Beaches, sail around the Iberian Peninsula to ponder world history and delight in life’s simple pleasures — port wine and apple brandy, for instance.

On board the Crystal Serenity, luxuriously appointed outside staterooms offer a verandah for your pleasure to view the sea or even enjoy a delicious breakfast. Inside the ship, you’ll be entertained with special wine-makers dinners, breakout production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club, and the action-packed Crystal Casino. Besides dining on the world-renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs’ meals with new modern cuisine and global inspired menus, you can enjoy complimentary select fine wines, champagne, and premium spirits, along with specialty coffees and soft drinks throughout the ship. Luxury and adventure await on board the Crystal Serenity.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Unique itinerary with intriguing stops in Spain, Portugal, France, and the Rock of Gibraltar
  • Variety of enriching optional excursions available in each port
  • Extraordinary culinary experiences
  • Luxury cruising on the Crystal Serenity
  • All-inclusive onboard meals and drinks including fine wines, champagne, spirits, bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • Complimentary evening of specialty dining at Prego and Silk Road

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Barcelona, Spain and from London, England
  • 12 nights shipboard accommodations on Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity
  • All meals and drinks on ship
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Crew gratuities
  • Transfers, taxes, port charges

Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas

NOTE:

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Tue, May 28: Fly overnight to Barcelona, Spain.

Wed, May 29: Arrive in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic, and Arab cultural legacies. Since it’s 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, Miro, Dali, Casals, and Gaudi and is a cosmopolitan abundance of artistic and architectural treasures. Its ancient city walls and the narrow, crooked streets of the town’s old section are laid out for your discovery. The Crystal Serenity awaits in port; check in at the cruise terminal and see the sights before embarkation. (Meal: Dinner)

Thu, May 30: Rich in monuments of many ages, Palma de Mallorca was founded by the Romans over 2,100 years ago. A magnificent rose-colored Gothic cathedral dominates the palm-fringed waterfront. Mallorca, known as the “Island of Tranquility,” is the largest and most developed of the Balearic group. Steep mountains, serene valleys, and wide plains form its varied landscape. Don’t miss seeing the island’s quaint villages and the monastery where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a winter. (B,L,D)

Fri, May 31: Located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Valencia, Ibiza Town, Ibiza’s reputation as the birthplace of Rave and Christopher Columbus reveals its split personality. On the one hand, the island is the “Undisputed Party Capital of the World” where DJs spin their newest mixes and young clubbers revel at parties that rock until the wee hours. But it also has deep roots in Mediterranean history, is movie-quality photogenic, and large portions of the island and various cultural icons have been acknowledged by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. (B,L,D)

Sat, June 1: Prosperous and beautiful, Malaga, Spain lies along the famous Costa del Sol, approximately 70 miles from the Strait of Gibraltar. Its wealth of historical sites includes a 16th-century cathedral and the Moorish Alcazaba Fortress. This modern-looking provincial capital was founded by the Phoenicians and later became culturally and economically important as the port of Granada. Sightseeing opportunities abound. The Charming mountain village of Mijas and the impressive Alhambra are attractions you will not want to miss from this port. (B,L,D)

Sun, June 2: Although linked by land to Spain, the self-governing British colony of Gibraltar maintains a strong allegiance to Britain. Like a crouching lion, the Rock of Gibraltar’s imposing presence supports the legend that it is one of the two Pillars of Hercules. Dramatically soaring to almost 1,400 feet, it boasts one of the world’s most recognizable silhouettes. Over 140 caves have been discovered within its limestone mass. Shop the compact commercial center for tax-free treasures or perch atop the summit for thrilling views of Europe and Africa. (B,L,D)

Mon, June 3: The white contour of a church on a hilltop, the narrow streets of the old fishermen and tradesmen quarter, the presence of the sea, and the immense beach known as Praia da Rocha, identify the character of Portimao, Portugal — gateway to the Algarve region. The town offers a rich heritage of historical monuments and the eternal natural beauty of the Ria de Alvor, yet it is also known for its extraordinary cuisine. To savor the spirit, sit in the shade of the trees in the gardens of Manuel Bivar, watch fishing boats sail by, and walk through the streets and squares that exude the ambience of an active, hard-working town. (B,L,D)

Tue, June 4: Cosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world’s last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal’s role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, it has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange tiled roofs, and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world. (B,L,D)

Wed, June 5: Ideally placed where the Douro River meets the Atlantic, Oporto brings together the best of Portugal — warm sunshine, a relaxed riverside setting, grand churches, winding medieval streets, houses garnished with wrought iron, and courtyards filled with geraniums. Perhaps what Oporto is most famous for, however, is its port wine. Crafted in the neighboring Vila Nova da Gaia district, ports from all over the region can be sampled in the lodges just across the river or at Solar Vinho do Porto, an Oporto tasting room housed in a gracious, rose-clad villa. Be sure to wander the historic Ribeira, the recently restored riverside district and UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)

Thu, June 6: Situated in the region of Galicia beside the Atlantic Ocean, La Coruna, Spain (or A Coruna, as it is locally known) is a medieval town lined with Romanesque architecture and where the native tongue is still Galego, though every Galician you encounter will speak Castilian Spanish as well. The peninsula on which the Old City stands contains the Tower of Hercules — the only working Roman lighthouse in the world, and the symbol of the city. It has long been the scene of important historical events, such as the defeat in 1589 of the English privateer Francis Drake. Nearby, there are plenty of interesting places to see, such as Betanzos, an official historic and artistic site; Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and World Heritage city, or Ferrol. (B,L,D)

Fri, June 7: Cruising the Bay of Biscay. Your day on board one of the most award-winning ships can be designed as you wish! Pamper yourself at the Feng-Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, take a walk around the 360-degree Promenade Deck, learn how to translate your vacation photos into a movie at a Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class, or learn about art, history, and destinations around the world through the Crystal Visions Enrichment Program. Sneak away to watch a recently-released movie in the Hollywood Theatre, shop the boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while the crew caters to your every whim. (B,L,D)

Sat, June 8: On the Seine’s estuary lies the pretty port of Honfleur, France*. Glorious, historic houses elbow one another for position on the photogenic waterway, as do restaurants and galleries. The wealth of cultural sights and attractions delight its many visitors. Deauville, the nearby seaside resort, is both posh and quaint with its celebrity and royal pedigree. Added cachet comes from its renowned racetrack and horse breeding history — a French version of Lexington, Kentucky. Take an excursion to see the vertical cliffs of Etretat and Yport, natural wonders that inspired artists Boudin, Courbet, and Monet or gain insights on a tour of the D-Day beaches and see Pointe du Hoc, where German forces deployed concrete bunkers and gun pits to keep the allies at bay. The beauty goes on in this stretch of the Calvados region, rich with the history of William the Conqueror and the source of apple brandy. The ship will overnight in port. (B,L,D)

Sun, June 9: Another day awaits to visit Honfleur or nearby villages. Sail away in the late afternoon.

Mon, June 10: For centuries, Dover, England* has been a symbol of royal fortitude. The port’s legendary White Cliffs have long been a welcomed landmark for seafaring travelers. Disembark and transfer to the airport in London for flights home or choose to extend your stay to visit some of London’s legendary sights, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall, and the fashionable West End. (B)

*Arrival times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

Ship

Crystal Serenity

Crystal Serenity.

The largest of Crystal Cruises ships, the Crystal Serenity is designed so that you never feel crowded. 85% of all outside staterooms have private verandahs and no obstructed views. Highlights: deluxe staterooms with flat-panel satellite TVs, refrigerator, kimonos, and bathrobes • 9 restaurants • 11 bars/lounges • ice cream bar • 24-hour room service • Broadway style productions • celebrity entertainers • theatre • dance club and dance lessons • art lessons • bridge games and lessons • Crystal Visions®lecture series • casino • library • Computer University@Sea with software instruction and other enrichment workshop classes • spa • two pools • fitness center and classes including Tai Chi, yoga, and PGA gold instruction • dedicated kids and teen play areas • luxury boutiques.

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