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Explore the best of Spain on a Mediterranean cruise or a river cruise down the legendary Douro River. 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.
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Mediterranean & Morocco: Palma de Mallorca - Casablanca$648510Oct 21, 2022This 10-day cruise starts in the gorgeous city of Palma de Mallorca and sails all the way to the enchanting city of Casablanca. Discover the …
Iberian Peninsula: Bilbao to Lisbon$56708Sep 1, 2022Join the Sea Cloud Spirit on this 8-day sailing expedition starting in the historic city of Bilbao, Spain and sailing to Lisbon, Portugal. At every …
Delightful Douro$45958Jun 4, 2022From windswept seaside meanderings in Porto to the astonishing beauty of the Douro Valley, this 8-day Douro River cruise aboard Scenic Azure will let …
Morocco & Canary Islands: Cadiz to Las Palmas$571510Nov 2, 2022Board the Sea Cloud II for a 10-day experience discovering Morocco's breathtaking imperial cities and the artistic Canary Islands. Explore …
Transatlantic:Malaga to St.Maarten$394025Nov 2, 2022This once-in-a-lifetime sailing expedition starts at the tropical paradise island of St. Maarten and voyages across the Atlantic Ocean all the way to …
Iberian shores & Corsica$41709Apr 26, 2023Set sail aboard Le Lyrial for a new, exceptional 9-day cruise to discover the Western Mediterranean. From towns brimming with history to stunning …
West European Capitals$1021513Jun 18, 2022Savor the flavors and history of the dynamic and culturally diverse countries of Western Europe, as you travel up the Atlantic coast on an epic …
Western Europe: Hamburg to Bilbao$784511Aug 22, 2022The Sea Cloud Spirit hosts this relaxing 11-day cruise along the western coast of Europe, visiting Germany, France, Belgium and Spain. From the …
Colors of Provence$606914May 30, 2022This 14-day cruise of France & Spain is a splash of cultures - spend 3 nights in Paris, then travel by high-speed TGV train to Lyon and start on a …
Canary Islands: Las Palmas - Las Palmas$50558Nov 11, 2022This 8-day cruise of the Canary Islands aboard the classic tall ship Sea Cloud visits destinations like Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and any number of …
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Top 10 Douro River Cruises for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Flavors of Portugal & Spain - Cruise Only$33998May 31, 2022Embark on an 8-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amavida tasting of some of the regions most famous vintages and culinary delights. Take in the …
Delightful Douro$45958Jun 4, 2022From windswept seaside meanderings in Porto to the astonishing beauty of the Douro Valley, this 8-day Douro River cruise aboard Scenic Azure will let …
Enticing Douro$429911Jun 1, 2022Taste wines from historic vineyards on this 11-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amadouro. After spending 3 days exploring Lisbon, embark on a …
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$27848Jul 1, 2022Join the crew of the MS Miguel Torga on this 8-day round trip Douro River cruise from Porto to Salamanca and back. You will visit the historic sites …
Enticing Douro$33998May 28, 2022Board the MS Amadouro for this 8-day roundtrip river cruise of the Douro River Valley departing from charming and historic Porto. As you cruise the …
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$27848Jun 5, 2022Join MS Gil Eanes on an exhilarating eight-day Duoro River voyage from Porto, Portugal, to medieval Salamanca. Visit Vila Nova de Gaia's winery and …
Discover Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley$25258Jul 6, 2022Explore Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley on this 8-day cruise aboard the MS Miguel Torga. Discover the Belém Cultural Center and its famous Belém …
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$21608Jun 6, 2022The 8-day Douro river cruise aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique offers excellent opportunities to visit the treasures of Portugal and Spain. Most …
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$25138Oct 3, 2022Get to know the history, culture and traditions of Portugal and Spain, on this 8-day voyage sailing along the Douro River on the MS Vasco de Gama. …
The Douro River, the spirit of Portugal$21098Oct 3, 2022Board 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 …
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Spain's Travel Highlights
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:
  • Barcelona is  one 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.
  • Cadiz and the Straits of Gibraltar are a gateway to the Canary Islands and Sevilla.
  • Palma de Mallorca and the Balearic Islands where you can bike or hike through the charming traditional towns and rolling valleys and mountains of the countryside. Or, visit Ibiza for it's famous nightlife.
  • Salamanca is an historical port city on the Douro River with its own unique culture.
  • Granada is tucked between the three hills of Albaicin,  Sacromonte, and Alhambra bordering the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range in Spain's Andalusia region.
  • Cordoba is home to the famous mosque-cathedral, with a stunning 856 interior columns; also home to the Jewish Quarter.
  • Seville features stunning Alcazar palace, the Andalusian gardens, and Maria Luisa Park.

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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?
Most 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 hours or even 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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