We are traveling on Ruby Princess this summer, with cruise ending in Barcelona on 7/16. The itinerary says we arrive in Barcelona at 5am. We've done a lot of cruises in the past, but never one that arrives that early. What is the typical time for getting off the ship? I ask because that is our one day to see Barcelona before returning to U.S. on 7/17 and I'm trying to figure out if we have time to do a full-day tour or only an afternoon tour. Thanks.
Hi Jamief, the large spread of times in & out of Barcelona is due to the smallness of the port, compared o the large number of ships (cruise, cargo & ferries), so the pilots are kept busy all day long & the ships normally given hourly slots for arrival (see http://www.portdebarcelona.es )
You will normally be able to leave the ship from around 09:00 - but this depends entirely on the unloading of luggage, so a 5 a.m. slot is far better than say 8 a.m. and you should have no problems from that point.
The main thing to think about is where you will be storing yuor luggage during the day, if you are staying in a hotel, they may not want you leaving luggage untiil your room is ready & this may be mid-afternoon, so check with them that you can leave your luggage somewhere safe if the room is not ready.
Hope this helps, and have a great time,
Alan & Katrina
Last Cruise: P&O Britannia March 2015
Next: Minerva April 2015
Then: Royal Princess August 2015
and : Queen Victoria January 2016
Guess my new post got lost..... the hotel we use in Barcelona, which we have stayed in four times...The Continental..has a baggage room. Our guide/driver picks us up drops us at the hotel.. and then when we are ready to tour.. picks us up again and the next day takes us to the ship....or in your case the airport. What I would suggest is that in one bag you have enough clothes to wear for a day or so. I've discovered there is a "system" in Barcelona...they are only allowed to drive every other day because of the competition. If your interested you can write me for the name of this english speaking guide (he was raised outside of NYC) who is very popular with cruisers.. You can discover with Auriello as much of Barcelona for as long as you want.. Barcelona never disappoints us.. Last trip at the end of November was the Xmas Fair outside the Gaudi Church and the holiday food and specialties at the market..La Rambla is such a joy to stroll with the flower markets and the "living statues"..Parrot Mom has even made a "relationship" with the bird lady across from the hotel. If you want more information about Aurielo and his friend Michael please write.. email@example.com