SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Old Town of Cadiz & Flamenco Show

    Seville (Cádiz), Spain

    Duration 3 hrs

    Stroll through the atmospheric streets of the Old Quarter on the way to a nightclub, where you will watch a mesmerizing flamenco performance that tells a passionate story.


    After walking from the pier, you will continue at a leisurely pace toward the narrow, cobbled streets of the Old Quarter, which the Phoenicians founded in the 12th century. Being the oldest continuously occupied city in Western Europe, Cadiz exudes history, as you will soon discover in the Plaza of San Juan de Dios, a square that originated in medieval times.


    As you meander the labyrinthine streets of the Old Quarter, you will pass one architectural treasure after another. Highlights may include the Neoclassical-style Cadiz Cathedral, which boasts a tile dome that appears Moorish, and the collection of elegant 19th-century palaces along Calle Ancha, a wide boulevard that is considered the heart of the city.


    In time, you will arrive at Taberna Flamenco La Cava, a nightclub that showcases the art of flamenco. Before taking your seat, be sure to notice the photos on the wall of some of the most acclaimed flamenco performers in the past 50 years.


    UNESCO honored flamenco by recognizing it on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Andalusia, especially Cadiz, is the heartland of flamenco, an electrifying art form that fuses expressive songs, passionate dancing and emotional music. To enhance your immersion into the local culture, you will be served traditional tapas that may include Serrano ham and Manchego cheese.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking. No transportation is used. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Guests must be 21 to consume alcohol. Video recording is not allowed.
    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Granada’s Soul of Andalucía

    Granada (Malaga), Spain

    Duration 9 hours

    Discover the charms of Granada, the architecturally stunning capital of the Andalusia region, by exploring a magnificent palace, the Royal Chapel and the city’s oldest quarter.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for scenic drive inland to Granada, a city likely named for the Spanish word for pomegranate, a fruit so abundant it is depicted on Granada’s coat of arms. Or Granada may have derived from its Moorish name, as the city was the Moors’ last stronghold before falling to Spain’s Catholic monarchs in 1492.


    Granada features a wealth of extraordinary architecture such as your first stop, the Carlos V Palace within the Alhambra complex. Construction on the palace began in the early 16th century, following a Renaissance ground plan with a circular courtyard within a square building—the only one of its kind in Spain. Amazingly, a monarch has never lived in the palace, nor did it even have a roof until 1957.


    Walking a bit farther, you will soon arrive in the labyrinthine streets of the Albayzin quarter (down part of the quarter), the city’s oldest section. UNESCO has deemed it a World Heritage site for its harmonious blend of Moorish and Andalusian architecture.


    Nearby, you will find the glorious Royal Chapel, the final resting place of Spanish monarchs such as Queen Isabella and Kind Ferdinand. Be sure to see the chapel’s mausoleum, spectacular altarpieces and ornate grilles before enjoying free time and perhaps lunch on your own in the surrounding historical area.


    Afterwards, you will drive back to Malaga.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour does not include tickets inside the Alhambra-General Life area. Due to traffic conditions, the tour duration may vary from 8-9 hours. This tour includes approximately 2½ hours of walking, some of it over cobblestone surfaces plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 9 hours
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Family Recommended
    Available languages:
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    Gibraltar and St. Michael Caves

    Granada (Malaga), Spain

    Duration 8 hours

    Enjoy a leisurely drive across Spain’s gorgeous Costa del Sol to Gibraltar, where you will delve into its history, see unusual landmarks and meander about at will during free time.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a wonderfully scenic, relaxing drive across southern Spain and on to the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. Once across the border, you will board a smaller vehicle that is ideal for negotiating the narrow streets.


    You will then pass through the former Genoese fishing village of Catalan Bay on the way to Europa Point, Gibraltar’s southernmost tip. Its lighthouse was constructed in 1841 and it continues to be a familiar landmark, as the strait is one of the world’s busiest waterways. You can expect spectacular views, and if it is a clear day you can spot Africa in the distance.


    Another highlight will be St. Michael’s Cave, which was believed to be bottomless in Roman times. As you stroll the cavernous interior, you will see eerily illuminated rock formations and learn about the history of the cave, which was first inhabited in the Neolithic period.


    You will also pause at the Moorish Castle, parts of which date to the 11th century. Other parts have been converted into stylish residences. Still, Gibraltar’s most famous residents are the free-roaming Barbary Apes often spotted on the rocks and in the lower town. You may see the tailless primates up close while shopping during free time before returning to Malaga.


    Note: Note: Transfer time is approximately two hours each way; time on your own is approximately 1¾ hours (depending on traffic and border crossing). Please bring your passport. Depending on your nationality, make certain that you have any visas that may be required for you to enter Gibraltar.


    As this excursion involves walking over uneven ground, and approximately 120 steps; therefore, it is not recommended for our more agile guests and physically fit guests and not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. It is recommended that guests wear warm, layered clothing and comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes with tread. The duration of this excursion may vary. The visit inside the caves is not guided; guests will have to follow the signs and instructions.


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    Note:

    Transfer time is approximately two hours each way; time on your own is approximately 1¾ hours (depending on traffic and border crossing). Please bring your passport. Depending on your nationality, make certain that you have any visas that may be required for you to enter Gibraltar.


    As this excursion involves walking over uneven ground, and approximately 120 steps; therefore, it is recommended for our more agile and physically fit guests and not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. It is recommended that guests wear warm, layered clothing and comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes with tread. The duration of this excursion may vary. The visit inside the caves is not guided; guests will have to follow the signs and instructions.


    • Adult from: $115.00 USD
    • Child from: $75.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hours
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Family Recommended
    • Passport
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    Mallorcan Medley

    Palma, Majorca, Spain

    Duration 5 hrs

    Recognize the great diversity within Palma through a medley of experiences that include dining on authentic Mallorcan cuisine, watching pearls being manufactured and shopping.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely drive through Palma de Mallorca to the restaurant C’an Matias i Miquel on the outskirts of town. Locals love the venue for its authentic Mallorcan cuisine, which you will enjoy for brunch.


    Mallorcan entreés typically feature locally caught fresh fish and succulent pork generously seasoned with garlic and olive oil. For instance, you can expect to be served sobrassada, a cross between spicy pork sausage and paté that can be eaten plain, fried or on bread.


    A Mallorcan appetizer known as coca de trampó is also usually on the menu. This flatbread is traditionally topped with fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, green peppers and onions. As a complement, you will sample a selection of Mallorcan wines and liqueurs that may include palo, an aperitif first produced in the 19th century with plants known to combat malaria.


    Artificial pearls have also been manufactured on the island the since the 19th century, and you will see how at a factory in Palma. You will also have the opportunity to shop in the on-site store, where you can closely examine the pearls, which are prized for being extraordinarily lustrous.


    Following this enlightening tour, you will continue to Old Town for more shopping. Stores carrying exquisite jewelry and high-end fashions are particularly prevalent.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the vehicle and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking and few steps to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
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    Gastronomy with Gusto

    Palma, Majorca, Spain

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Take in the staggering array of culinary treats at Palma’s primary market and then sample an inspiring selection of delicacies at a gastronomic kitchen space within the market.


    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening drive through lovely Palma de Mallorca, whose horizon is dominated by the 14th-century Bellver Castle. From city hall in the lovely Plaza de Cort, you will begin a leisurely walk to Olivar Market, where you will behold a cornucopia of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, Mallorcan-made cheeses and succulent seafood. Being the city’s main market, it is always abuzz with locals shopping.


    While meandering about on your own, you will gain great insight into the gastronomy of Palma. Most of the stalls have been at the market for decades, and you will likely see every imaginable sort of local delicacy from traditional to exotic.


    Many of the vendors have their own boats, ensuring the freshest seafood. Local farmers supply the produce, and artisans make the bulk of the sausages and cheeses. Olivar Market is an extraordinary destination to observe daily life as the residents engage in lively conversation and a bit of friendly haggling with the vendors.


    Following this eye-opening introduction to the market, you will head for Gastroteca Mauricio to taste an array of representative Mallorcan foods. The menu usually includes Iberian pork, a potato omelet, black bread toast with grilled vegetables and a coiled pastry known as ensaimada. A selection of wines and liqueurs will also be served.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the vehicle and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of walking and few steps to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $169.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    • Limited Accessibility
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    Spectacular Scenery & Flavours

    Palma, Majorca, Spain

    Duration 4 hrs

    This leisure tour highlights the spectacular scenery of Majorca and offers the opportunity to taste local specialities. Leaving the port, you'll embark on a scenic drive with views of landscapes of pine forests and groves of almond and olive trees, beautiful villages and more. There will be a couple of stops to take in the magnificent views and snap some memorable pictures. Your final destination and highlight is La Granja de Esporles surrounded by beautiful fountains and lush formal gardens where seasonal flowers abound.


    This superb 17th century Majorcan manor was built by a noble family on the site of a 10th century farm belonging to the monks. You'll have time to explore on your own the grounds and interior of the house, now a museum illustrating the home-life of two centuries ago. A highlight is the sampling of local wine and specialities. Afterward, you'll return to your ship via the village of Esporles.


    Need to Know:

    Note: There is approximately 1 mile of walking on uneven surfaces and rough pathways with 35-40 steps at La Granja.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $65.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Seville - An Andalusian Gem

    Seville (Cádiz), Spain

    Duration 8 hrs

    Discover the most iconic landmarks of the city of Seville, a compact and relaxing city with a rich cultural heritage and the capital of Andalusia. Drive from the port of Cadiz to Seville along the highway through vineyards, cotton fields and olive groves. Enjoy the panoramic drive through some of its most iconic sites such as Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park. Visit Casa Pilatos, the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli family and one of the city’s most glorious mansions. Originally dating to the late 15th century, it incorporates a wonderful mixture of Mudéjar, Gothic and Renaissance decor, with some beautiful tilework.


    The guided visit will be focused on the ground floor premises, considered one of the finest examples of Andalusian architecthre of the 16th century in Seville. The Cathedral of Seville, built in the 15th century and considered the third largest in the world will impress you as well as La Giralda, an imposing 322-foot (98 meter) tower, formerly a Moorish-style minaret from a mosque that once stood on this site. Take a stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter and a labyrinth of narrow streets with wrought iron-grilled windows, white-washed buildings and tiled patios. Afterwards, you will enjoy lunch at a local establishment.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves extensive walking on mostly flat surfaces, cobblestones and a few steps.
    • Adult from: $199.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Horseback through the Pines

    Seville (Cádiz), Spain

    Duration 4 hrs

    Ride horseback through a serene pine forest in the country and then return to Cadiz for a panoramic drive through the historical downtown, passing many of its landmark attractions.


    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a wonderfully picturesque drive south, following a mostly coastal road to the town of Chiclana de la Frontera. Here, you will find the Royal Center Hipica, an equestrian facility where you will be paired with a horse suited to your riding abilities. Even beginners will be comfortable in the saddle.


    Following a brief orientation on how to make the most of the experience, you will ride into the surrounding pine forests. The gentle trail will lead you through the spectacularly scenic and serene countryside at a leisurely pace that will allow you to really take in the natural beauty.


    Along the way, the guide will point out the most noteworthy flora and perhaps describe the founding of Chiclana de la Frontera in the early 14th century. You can expect it to be an enlightening, immensely peaceful ride, most of it in the shade of the towering pines.


    Upon returning to Cadiz, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, which the Phoenicians founded in the 12th century. You can’t help but notice the Moorish influence in the architecture, especially in the Old Quarter. Highlights include the Neoclassical-style Cadiz Cathedral, an abundance of stately 18th-century mansions and the remains of the original walls that once protected the city.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of horseback riding. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.No previous experience necessary. Tour is accompanied by a guide who will not participate in the riding activity. Maximum weight 150kgs/330lbs.
    • Adult from: $259.00 USD
    • Child from: $259.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Weight
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    Cadiz Tapas & Walk

    Seville (Cádiz), Spain

    Duration 3 hrs

    Savor the seafood-influenced small-plate cuisine of Cadiz at two popular tapas bars, which you will reach by walking through several historical plazas lined with architectural gems.


    After departing from the pier on foot, you will soon arrive in the old quarter of Cadiz, which is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in western Europe. Situated on a picturesque peninsula, the area is immensely historic and architecturally rich.


    In tree-lined Plaza Mina, you will stop at a restaurant known for its Andalusian tapas. While the menu of these small-plate specialties will vary according to what’s freshest, you might expect to be served tapas made with fresh seafood such as anchovies, Bluefin tuna, oysters or shrimp. A local beer or glass of wine makes a wonderful accompaniment.


    Continuing on, you will pass popular Plaza de Flores, where you will likely see vendors offering flowers of every color imaginable. Upon reaching Plaza de la Cathedral, you will pause at the namesake stone cathedral at its center. Designed in a Neoclassical style in the 18th century, the stone cathedral has a Moorish feel that reflects the history of Cadiz.


    A stop for more tapas at a popular bar in the plaza will reinforce Cadiz’s reputation for extraordinary traditional cuisine. You will then walk back toward the pier, stopping briefly at San Juan de Dios, the town’s largest square and home to the landmark town hall. As an alternative, you may remain in town and return to the pier later on your own.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes moderate flat walking from the pier. There is no transportation. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which takes place entirely on-foot. This tour is not suitable for the guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Whale & Dolphin Watch & Tarifa Village

    Seville (Cádiz), Spain

    Duration 8 hrs

    Explore the enchanting town of Tarifa at the southern tip of Spain and then cruise the Strait of Gibraltar looking for the many whales and dolphins that frequent these waters.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for an immensely scenic drive south, passing through small villages and the gorgeous countryside that characterizes the southernmost part of Spain. In time, you will reach Tarifa, a charming town overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea.


    A former Roman settlement, Tarifa feels wonderfully casual and its narrow, cobbled streets invite exploration. As you stroll through the most historical part of town, you can expect to see St. Matthew Church, white-washed houses adorned with wrought iron and sections of the original castellated city walls.


    Continuing on to the waterfront, you will board a boat designed for whale watching and cruise into the Strait of Gibraltar. Across the water in Morocco, you will see the Rif Mountains, which stretch along the Mediterranean so closely that they make much of the land unsuitable for agriculture or development.


    Seven different species of whales and dolphins live in these waters, including pilot whales, sperm whales and striped dolphins. Chances are, you will see these magnificent creatures breaching the surface as they feed in the nutrient-rich waters. The experience will be unforgettable and well worth discussing over lunch on your own during free time in Tarifa.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion during free time for lunch. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests should bring sun cream and warm clothes due to the wind on the boat. comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Whale & dolphin sightings are not guaranteed. The tour is weather dependent and may be cancelled at short notice if the winds are too strong. Boat partially covered, access through a ramp, equipped with Toilet.
    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Hike to Gibralfaro Mount

    Granada (Malaga), Spain

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Hike to Gibralfaro Castle atop a lofty hill overlooking Malago and then enjoy free time in the city after passing landmarks such as Pablo Picasso’s birthplace.


    Your hike will start from the pier, and As you follow the vibrant promenade, you will pass La Malagueta, a 16-sided polygon bullring built in 1874. Spain’s legendary bullfighters have all performed here to crowds of more than 10,000. Before long, you will start the ascent to Gibralfaro Castle, taking in one spectacular view after another on the way to the summit. Constructed in the 10th century where a lighthouse once stood, the castle rises majestically out of a forest of pines and eucalyptus trees. The name Gibralfaro translates to “rock of the lighthouse,” and it is undeniably solid as a rock. One of the longest sieges in the re-conquest of Spain occurred here 1487, when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella’s forces took three months to defeat the Moors. By walking near the ramparts and gazing down on the steep terrain, you can appreciate how difficult it would have been to conquer the castle. You will be presented with sweeping urban views from a different perspective on the descent. Upon reaching Malaga, you will pass the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the Cathedral, a National Landmark that took 200 years to build. Free time follows.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3.5 hours of hiking. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Please remember to bring a bottle of water from the ship.
    • Adult from: $39.00 USD
    • Child from: $35.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3

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Printed on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 09:42pm