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Explore the best of Spain on a Mediterranean cruise or a river cruise down the legendary Douro, Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers. Explore the cosmopolitan cultural centers of Barcelona, & Madrid. Visit the royal Alcazar Palace in Seville, built originally for the Moorish Muslim kings, in stark contrast to the gothic cathedrals of European influence. Witness authentic Flamenco expressions in the Andalusia region. Or, visit the beaches of the volcanic Canary Islands off the Atlantic coast. Many Spanish cruises also either start or end on Portugal's Atlantic coast, giving you a chance to get to know cities like Lisbon and Porto. Southern Spain also provides an excellent place to embark on a Mediterranean cruise visiting France, Italy and even Morocco in Northern Africa. Contact one of our Spanish cruise experts today.

10 Best Cruises in Spain for 2019

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Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
From the Canary Islands to Valencia$38908RelaxedEnjoy an all-new 8-day itinerary between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean aboard Le Ponant. Enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Lonja de la …
Cape Verde and Canary Islands$407011RelaxedBoard the L’Austral for an 11-day voyage leaving from the exotic city of Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal all the way to the historic Lisbon, …
Port Wine & Flamenco (Wine Themed)$490914RelaxedAfter a luxurious stay in Lisbon, embark the MS Amavida for a 14-day wine lover's cruise along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, Spain, …
Iberian Shores$46708RelaxedDiscover the landscapes, architecture, and history of Spain's east coast on this incredible 8-day cruise visiting numerous UNESCO World Heritage …
Enticing Douro (Wine Themed)$403911RelaxedThis 11-day Portugal cruise of the Douro River aboard the MS Amavida is book-ended by several days in modern Lisbon and traditional Porto, featuring …
Mediterranean: Valletta - Palma de Mallorca$695510RelaxedExplore the Mediterranean on this unique 10-day Sea Cloud adventure starting in Malta in Italy. Sail to Spain visiting Trapani, Palermo, Lipari, …
Iberian Peninsula: Bilbao to Lisbon$45708RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on this 8-day sailing expedition starting in the traditional and historic city of Bilbao, Spain and sailing to Lisbon, …
Mediterranean: Nice - Malaga$51558RelaxedJoin Sea Cloud II on its 8-day sailing adventure to explore the Mediterranean's best locations that start from Nice, France and disembarking in …
Mediterranean: Naples - Barcelona$52309RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on a wonderful 9-day Mediterranean adventure, exploring and enjoying some of the most charming landscapes while you make your …
Morocco & Canary Islands: Malaga to Las Palmas$586510RelaxedBoard the Sea Cloud II for a 10-day experience discovering Morocco's breathtaking imperial cities and the artistic Canary Islands. Explore …

10 Best Douro River Cruises for 2019

Douro River
Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Enticing Douro (Wine Cruise)$393911RelaxedTaste wines from historic vineyards on this 11-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amadouro. After spending 3 days exploring Lisbon, embark on a …
Port Wine & Flamenco (Wine Themed)$490914RelaxedAfter a luxurious stay in Lisbon, embark the MS Amavida for a 14-day wine lover's cruise along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, Spain, …
Porto, the Douro Valley, and Salamanca$16596RelaxedDiscover the "Porto wine road" as you sail along the Douro River on this 6-day cruise aboard the MS Fernao de Magalhaes. Nature and architecture are …
Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley$20888RelaxedBoard the MS Gil Eanes and embark on an 8-day voyage from Lisbon to Porto. Enjoy 3 magical nights in the historic and spectacular capital city of …
Porto, the Douro Valley, and Salamanca (Hiking Tours)$23858RelaxedThis 8-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique visits some of the most iconic sites of Portugal and Western Spain. Explore this …
The Douro River, the spirit of Portugal$19298RelaxedBoard the MS Infante Don Henrique for an 8-day discovery cruise along the Douro River. Start and end in the enchanting city of Porto, making your way …
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$26108RelaxedThis 8-day cruise aboard the MS Gil Eanes takes you on a roundtrip journey from Porto, Portugal to historic Salamanca. Sample the wines of Vila Nova …
The Douro River, the spirit of Portugal$19298RelaxedBoard MS Vasco de Gama for an 8-day discovery cruise along the Douro River. Start and end in the enchanting city of Porto, making your way through …
Porto and the Douro Valley$13486RelaxedDepart from Porto, Portugal on this 6-day roundtrip Douro River cruise aboard MS Fernao de Magalhaes. Enjoy daily tours of Regua, Lamego, Vila Real, …
Port Wine & Flamenco (Wine Themed) - Cruise Only$31998RelaxedEmbark the luxurious MS Amavida for an 8-day wine-themed cruise along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, enjoying wine tastings and …

Spain Travel Guide

Spain's Major Cities
Comprising the majority of the Iberian Peninsula, the cultures and traditions of Spain are as diverse as Europe itself, and each city has a distinct personality, home to its own unique sites and attractions. Flamenco, wine-tasting, hiking, biking, and walking tours are just a few of the activities available to you as you visit:
  • Barcelonaone of the most-visited destinations in the world and home of the work of legendary architect Antoni Gaudi, whose "Sagrada Familia" is still under construction to this day, after more than 100 years.
  • Seville – Alcazar palace, the Andalusian gardens, and Maria Luisa Park.
  • Granada – Tucked between the three hills of Albaicin,  Sacromonte, and Alhambra bordering the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range in Spain's Andalusia region.
  • Cordoba – home to the famous mosque-cathedral, with a stunning 856 interior columns; also home to the Jewish Quarter.
  • Balearic Islands – Bike or hike through the charming traditional towns and rolling valleys and mountains of the countryside.

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Why should I choose a Spain cruise?
Whether you're touring coastal Spain and the Mediterranean or central Spain and Portugal via the Douro River, a cruise is definitely the way to go. There's no question that these cruises are quickly becoming the most popular way to see Europe, and it's no wonder why – the value of a cruise is much better than a land-based tour since all lodging, meals, and the daily tours are included. Plus, you will not lose any time getting from one destination to the next since your vessel will take advantage of nights and meal times to do the majority of the cruising. Several riverboats and ships will also rent bikes or snorkeling equipment depending on the tour. 

What should I look for on a riverboat?
Whether you are planning to explore the Iberian coast of the Mediterranean or the rivers that course through central Spain and Portugal, you can count on comfort and style on your riverboat. Spacious cabins, multiple social areas, fine dining, bars, and perhaps even a pool, spa, or fitness area are all amenities available on our vessels and ships. On the river vessels, you will enjoy the views from the panoramic sun decks, and the mega-yachts of the Mediterranean will delight you with their luxurious highlights. 

Can I find a five-star boat to cruise Spain?
The boats we feature for our Spanish cruises aren't considered five-star vessels due to size limitations and the consequent fewer social areas and amenities, however we have hand-picked a selection of the most comfortable, elegant, and stylish boats to rival the experience of any five star cruise ship.

Should I get a room with a balcony?
Unless your heart is set on a balcony, it's generally just an unneccesary expense. Your boat already has a panoramic sundeck and a balcony could actually take up some of your cabin's floor space, so your best bet is to book a room with floor to ceiling windows or a "French balcony" that has a sliding glass door facing outwards that you can use to convert your whole room into a "balcony."

What is dining like?
On your journey through Spain you will enjoy a delightful mix of gourmet local and international cuisine prepared by talented local chefs.

Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
Yes! Spain has a lot of destinations that aren't right on the rivers, so many of our itineraries do include these as well. Your boat will dock in the closest port and then you will enjoy a scenic luxury coach ride to your destination that day.

Will my vessel have WiFi?
Some vessels do, some vessels don't. But even the vessels that do offer WiFi might frequently be out of range of a signal, so you might not have signal for up to several days.

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
Europe runs on 220v power, whereas North America has 110v power, but since most devices can handle both levels, there's usually no need to buy a power converter. The plugs will require adapters – you will need to have either two round prongs or three flat prongs.

How can I save money on a river cruise?
The best way to save money on a river cruise is to find a great promotion on our Deals page. Alternatively, you could let us know which destinations you'd like to visit and we'll tell you as soon as we find special offers. Don't try to save money on a cruise by reserving a cabin that is smaller or cheaper since you will probably be diminishing the overall quality of your experience as well.

Are river cruises in Spain a good family vacation?
Spain can be a very fun destination to visit with the whole family, but make sure that if you are traveling with younger kids you aren't booking a cruise that focuses on wine tasting, since these are better for more mature travelers of a drinking age. Check out our family travel article for more information.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to Spain?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

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