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Barcelona Spain

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9th October, 2014

Today’s port of call is the Spanish city of Barcelona, a fantastic city full of life and culture. This morning we came in alongside for 9:00am, being greeted by glorious sunshine, clear blue skies and a temperature of 24 degrees.

Barcelona, one of my favourite ports of call this cruise, is of course famous for many things. One of which is the fantastic architecture designed by eccentric architect Antoni Gaudi. His striking work can be seen throughout the city and is really quite colourful and impressive. Tourists are also attracted to the Olympic Village which was originally built in 1992 for the Olympic Games. Barcelona is quite an infectious city with its cosmopolitan feel, spectacular scenery, and buzzing streets full of flower displays, street artists and little market stalls. The population of this city is approximately 1.7 million, with the most commonly spoken language being Catalan or Spanish.

Today passengers had a choice of 4 shore excursions, which included ‘’Montserrat with Rock Train’’, a tour around the cultured city, whilst boarding the famous rock train gave the passengers an experience not to be missed. ‘’Panoramic Barcelona ‘’ being a tour designed for those who would prefer to experience it from the comfort of a coach. Then the last tour to depart this morning was for ‘’Gaudi’s Sagrada Famillia’, which offered our passengers the chance to view the works of this most incredible architect up close, visiting the famous cathedral that has helped make Barcelona such a popular tourist destination.

For those guests going ashore independently there was plenty to see and do especially on a fine day such as today. As always for those remaining aboard our duty cruise staff were on hand to entertain, with activities such as Table Tennis, Crazy Golf and a General Knowledge Quiz. 

This evening we saw the welcome return of Stars on Strings, a fantastic act that always delivers fun and exciting shows to our guests. John and Josef really are master puppeteers who create these incredible puppets that really do come to life on stage.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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