Barcelona is the largest Mediterranean turnaround port (for round-trip itineraries) and the world's 4th busiest cruise ship port. Its harbour area is one of the world's biggest.
A study in 2015 on Port Barcelona's contribution to the local economy showed that cruising industry generates revenues of around EUR 796 million (USD 900 million) annually.
- The cruise port adds EUR 413 million (USD 467 million) annually to Catalonia's GDP (gross domestic product). This industry also supports 6760 local jobs and generates EUR 152 million (USD 172 million) in government taxes.
- Each cruise vessel in Barcelona generates on average EUR 1 million (USD 1,13 million) in sales, contributes EUR 0,5 million (USD 565,417) to Catalonia's GDP, and generates EUR 0,2 million (USD 226,131) in Gov taxes.
Cruise itineraries to and from Barcelona Spain
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Barcelona:
- Mediterranean itineraries on cruises out of Barcelona port visit the largest ports of Italy, France, Greece and Turkey. Feature destinations are also the French Riviera and the Italian Riviera (coastal regions with top-luxury resorts).
- The most commonly operated are 7-day round-trips. One-way itineraries from Barcelona end up in Civitavecchia-Rome, Genoa, Piraeus-Athens, Venice, Istanbul.
- Most of the Canary Islands itineraries leaving round-trip from Barcelona also visit North Africa (Morocco) and Funchal (Madeira Island) often combined with other ports in Spain and Portugal.
- Short-break (Mini Cruises) from Barcelona to Genoa are 2-nights / 3-days long. They are operated by MSC Cruises ships and visit Marseille France.
- Among the most visited Mediterranean island ports are Mallorca, Sicily, Corsica, Malta, Sardinia.
- World Cruises from Barcelona are offered mainly by Costa Cruises ships. The itineraries are usually eastbound (via Suez Canal) and visit ports in Southeast Asia, South Pacific (Australia, New Zealand), South America.
- Repositioning cruises offer one-way itineraries from Barcelona to the largest ports of UK, Holland, Denmark, as well as to Canary Islands. Eastbound reposition routes (transiting the Suez Canal) may end up in ports in Asia (Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong) and even in Australia (Sydney) on longer "around the world" itinerary segments.
- Repositioning - westbound Transatlantic crossings on ship relocation itineraries out of Barcelona are offered in Fall (starting in late September - early October through the end of November). Among the special destinations that may be visited is Bermuda. The disembarkation could be in NYC New York, in some of the large Florida ports, also in Bridgetown (Barbados), Fort de France (Martinique), even in Havana (Cuba). The longest Transatlantic cruises out of Barcelona are on Costa ships repositioning from Europe to South America. They offer disembarkation in either Brazil (Rio De Janeiro, Santos-Sao Paulo) or Argentina (Buenos Aires).
- For all current and future (scheduled) cruise itineraries, lines and ships to and from Barcelona, see at the port's "Schedule" section above (located to the right of the "Map" button).
Barcelona cruise port
In 2014, at its 6 existing terminals, the cruise port handled 764 ship calls and over 2,36 million passengers, with an economic impact of EUR 257 million (spent on restaurants, bars, visiting museums, churches, also on transportation and city shopping).
- On February 5, 2014, Royal Caribbean announced that for summer 2015 season the Allure of the Seas ship will be based in Europe and homeported at Barcelona. Starting May 24, the Allure's program had 25 voyages with a repeating 7-night round-trip itinerary visiting the ports of Palma De Mallorca, Marseilles, La Spezia, Civitavecchia-Rome and Naples. Right after the RCI's announcement, the Barcelona Port announced its estimation for the Allure's additional 158000 passengers and an expected spending of around EUR 17,5 million in the city.
- On July 23, 2015, Carnival Corporation announced its agreement with Barcelona Port Authority to invest over EUR 30 million in building a second (private) cruise ship terminal at Moll Adossat (read more in the "Terminal" section below).
- On September 13, 2015, the cruise port had its day record for cruise-tourists, handling a total of 26,770 passengers on 4 cruise ships visiting the port in a single day. These were the vessels Norwegian Epic, Nieuw Amsterdam, Vision of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.
- The port's cruise passenger growth in the period 2010-2015 was as follows: 2010 (2,350264 million, growth of 9,06%), 2011 (2,658691 million, growth of 13,06%), 2012 (2,408618 million, -9,4%), 2013 (2,599363 million, growth of 7,9%), 2014 (2,364292, -9%), 2015 (2,540302 million, growth of 7,4%).
- The port ended 2015 with more turnaround passengers (embarking in Barcelona) reporting more than 3,7 million (a 7% increase). The number included regular ferry passengers (around 1,1 million) and cruise ship passengers (around 2,54 million). The largest increase in passengers concerned those leaving on ships using Barcelona as turnaround port (where the itinerary begins and ends).
- In 2015, the cruise port posted its highest ever number of handled passengers - over 2,5 million. In terms of home-ported ships, Barcelona was ranked Europe's second - following Port Venice.
- In November 2016, Port Barcelona presented its "Air Quality Improvement Plan" - an initiative aiming to reduce bad emissions from port activities. The document involved 25 actions rolled out in 53 operations. Among the most representative actions are promoting the LNG fuel (liquefied natural gas) as an alternative for both marine vessels and road freighters. The policy offers discounts for cleaner ships and replacing the port’s service fleet with electric vehicles. According to statistics, port activities produce 7,6% of the city's average NOx concentrations annually, and 1,5% of the fine particulates. Promoting LNG-powered ships, terminal machinery and trucks is one of the plan's highlights. LNG fuel cuts NOx emissions by 80% and eliminates sooth, particles and SOx emissions. The environmental discounts are on port fees. Currently, the law allows max 5% port fee discount for environmental reasons.
Highlights: Cathedral, Ramblas, Picasso Gallery
Barcelona cruise terminal
Barcelona cruise port has a total of 8 cruise ship terminals, 4 ferry terminals and 2 large yacht marinas. The Port is divided into locations and has 8 terminals. There are restaurants and cafes at most of the terminals.
Port Vell (Maremagnum) cruise terminal "M" (the Old Port)
- The Port Vell port complex includes fishing port, 2 yacht marinas, 1 cruise ship terminal, ferry terminal. Terminal M ("Maremagnum", near the World Trade Center) is for both ferry and cruise vessels. It has 3 small piers - named "South Pier" (S), "North Pier" (N) and "East Pier" (E). All terminals are designed to serve smaller ships. Their location is near the World Trade Center (which has dedicated cruise parking area) and the Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel.
- The Maremagnum terminal (aka "Port Vell terminal") is the port's smallest and the most central as location. The terminal is at short walking distance from the old city. The walking distance from here to the La Ramblas street is some 10 min. There is a tour bus stopping at Portal de la Pau (at the harbor's end of Las Ramblas).
- The Port Vell area has the Maremagnum (shopping mall, nightlife complex), the IMAX Port Vell (cinema complex) and the famous Aquarium Barcelona (with over 8000 fishes and 11 sharks kept in 22 sea water basins).
Moll Adossat Pier (Palacruceros) cruise terminal
- At Adossat Pier are located 4 terminals - at berth A, berth B, berth C, berth D (Palacruceros). They have the biggest distance from the center of the city. Here dock most (including the largest) cruise ships. This dock handles over 85% of the visiting ships. There is a blue bus shuttle between the port and the city centre (Las Ramblas).
- Moll Adossat Barcelona (or Muelle Adosado in Spanish) is the port's biggest wharf and also the newest cruise terminal. At this long quay can be berthed 4 large cruise liners at a time.
- In October 2013 was announced a plan for the expansion of Terminal D and building of a new Terminal E serving ships with capacity over 4500 passengers.
(NEW) Carnival cruise terminal Barcelona Adossat
In the end of April 2017, world's largest cruise ship company Carnival Corporation released its renderings of a new cruise terminal at Port Barcelona. The facility will be Europe's newest passenger cruise terminal and will be inaugurated in 2018.
- The new terminal is designed to handle Carnival's largest ships, among which are the new class LNG-powered vessels.
- The facility is sized 12,500 m2 (134,550 ft2) and represents an investment of over EUR 30 million. The new cruise terminal is paired with an existing facility and represents Europe's largest combined terminal.
- Terminal building's design company is "Battle I Roig". The plans show modern architectural style featuring straight lines, minimalistic concept, contemporary and comfortable environment.
- Construction works officially started in July 2016, with scheduled completion by 2018.
- The new terminal is located at Adossat Wharf. Currently, this berthing is used by 8 of Carnival's all 10 cruise brand companies. The terminal is used as both destination (call port) and homeport (for Barcelona turaround cruise operations). Carnival expects to handle here over 1 million passengers annually once the new (2nd) Adossat terminal is open.
- Carnival Corporation also collaborated for creating a dedicated cruise pier parking facility (max capacity 300 vehicles) dedicated to embarking passengers.
- The new terminal is exclusive (to used by Carnival Corporation ships only) and operated as both homeport and call port. To Carnival were granted concession rights to operate the new terminal and its dedicated parking facility. In addition to the new cruise terminal in Barcelona, Carnival Corporation also operates Puerta Maya (Cozumel Mexico), Grand Turk Island (Turks and Caicos), Mahogany Bay (Roatan Island, Honduras), Amber Cove (Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic), Long Beach (California USA), plus 2 private Caribbean islands (both located in the Bahamas) - Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays.
World Trade Center
The World Trade Center has two terminals – pier South and pier North. Those terminals provide easy Las Ramblas tours. There is an overflow area at the Easth berth.
San Bertran cruise terminal
- The port's Sant Bertran wharf is a terminal for ferry and small-sized cruise vessels. It is used for docking of smaller cruise ships only during peak season.
- The building's interior size is 2200 m2 (23680 ft2).
- The wharf's width is only 12 m (40 ft).
- The berth's length is 255 m () allowing max ship length of 220 m (720 ft) and max draft of 11 m (36 ft).
- The distance from San Bertran to the city is 400 m (1310 ft).
Port Barcelona Ferry Terminals
The port has 3 terminals dedicated to ferry shipping traffic:
- Terminal Drassanes is operated by Balearia (contact balearia.com).
- Terminal Ferry de Barcelona is operated by Trasmediterranea (contact trasmediterranea.es).
- Grimaldi Terminal Barcelona is operated by Grandi Navi Veloci (contact grimaldi-lines.com).
- Each of the ferry terminals has a ticket office, air conditioning, public phones, cafe restaurant, taxi rank, and provides short-term parking for check-in passengers (before embarkation).
- Longterm parking is not permitted (only drop-off areas).
- Longterm parking is available at the World Trade Center (phone number 0034 93 508 80 62), at Valet Parking Cruceros (phone number 0034 93 511 37 44) and at Parking Viajeros (phone number 0034 618 70 79 70).
- The port's ferry terminals are with convenient underground (metro) and bus connections.
Barcelona port is the Europe's 9th largest containership port. The port's area (sized 10 km2 / 4 ml2) is divided into 3 zones: Port Vell, commercial port and Barcelona Free Port ("Zona Franca de Barcelona", industrial / logistics port). There is an ongoing enlargement project that will double the port's size by diverting Llobregat river to the south.
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - ESBCN
- supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
- deep harbor water and berths (draft 11,5 m / 38 ft)
- sheltered harbor area
- access unrestricted by tides
- capability to accommodate 9 cruise vessels at a time
- Each of the port's international cruise ship terminals has air conditioning, public phones, lifts and escalators, currency exchange kiosks, duty-free shops, gift/souvenir shops, cafe restaurant, taxi rank, bus shuttle to the city centre.
- The cruise port is accessible the whole year round – 24/7, 365 days a tear.
- The best vantage points to observe the cruise port's traffic are: the cable car (connecting La Barceloneta neighborhood, Ciutat Vella district), the Ferry Station and the Montjuïc Castle.
- Cruise ships usually arrive in Barcelona in early morning (4, 5, 6, 7, 9 am) and in early afternoon (at 1, 2, 2:30 pm) and depart from Barcelona in late afternoon or in the evening (at 5, 6, 7, 8:30, 10 pm).
Barcelona tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Picasso museum: the best artworks of Picasso.
- Montjuic: see all the city, its countryside and the ocean from a vantage point. There is good view to the two industrial Barcelona port terminal.
- La Sagrada Familia: Gaudi designed that iconic church in 1883. The building has big doors that show charity, hope and faith. The towers and the frontage are designed with mosaic work.
- La Rambla: breathtaking promenade which connects the old Barcelona’s heart with Port to Placa de Catalunya. The famous street offers shops, cafes, lively food markets, street performers and here is situated the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the opera theater of Barcelona.
- Palau Guell: a 19th century palace designed by the famous Antoni Gaudi
- Barri Gotic: enjoy old-world experience in the narrow pavement streets with shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. Here you will find the Picasso museum and the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia.
- La Pedrera: the last work of Antoni Gaudi before Sagrada Familia was made for Pere Mila Camps,property developer.
- Barceloneta: situated across Port Vell, an ex-fishing port. Enjoy clean and sunny beach surrounded by houses in bright color. The gamblers can spend some time at the Gran Casino de Barcelona.
Port Barcelona cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Barcelona, Spain. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Barcelona cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Barcelona, Spain.
If you lose the Barcelona location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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