Ashore in Barcelona
19 June 2019 | Barcelona, Spain
Set the alarm for 6:30 but woke up early as our ship was moving slowly into the Barcelona Harbor. Took some pictures. Then decided to sleep a bit more. I could not fall back asleep. Got up and dressed. Then walked up two flights to Deck 14, Lido, for breakfast. Enjoyed our breakfast. Went up one more deck to take some pictures of the harbor now that our ship was securely tied up at the dock. There were two other cruise ships further up the dock. One was Holland America's Koningdam and Celebrity's Constellation. We headed back to our cabin and got ready to leave the ship. It was around 8:30 when we got off. We had to wait in line to buy a ticket for the shuttle bus. Usually, the shuttle is free, but today cost us 5 Euros each. Plus the line up was lengthy with some passengers wanting to spend time with the ticket taker and the city map. It seemed to take such a long time. Then we moved outside and waited just as long to board the bus It was not a very long ride for our money. We had to walk over to the Hop On Hop Off bus. We rode the bus thru several stops and took lots of pictures from the upper deck. Stopped and checked out the casino. We ended up giving them a few Euros as our numbers did not come up on the automated roulette wheel. We had ear sets which allowed us to listen to the short recorded message for each of the key areas and buildings. We passed by a lot of very old buildings. We waited for the next bus to come along. There were lots of tourists waiting with us. Headed all the way around Barcelona. We ended up at the Barcelona World Trade Center and Marina area. We had a snack before deciding to take a 1 ½ hour boat ride out the harbor. We got to see several beaches and were surprised at the number of people on the beach. It was only supposed to be 20C but it was much hotter. When we were shaded or into the wind, I was cold. Thankfully, I took a sweater. Sitting up on the top deck ended up being too hot for us. We moved further up the ship to be in the shade. Back on land, we walked the bridge over to a big shopping mall. Mark was looking for some throat lozenges, but could not find a pharmacy. We took a long walk to the Las Ramblas which was a lovely market area with several cafes and people selling their goods. We walked a few more blocks and found a shop that sold Ricola throat lozenges. It was a long walk back to the World trade Center and our shuttle bus. We checked out some of the shop in the Port Terminal, but really didn't buy much. I spotted some local police officers, one with a machine gun and other carrying a side arm. I asked them if they would mind a photo. They were happy to comply. Headed back to the Sea Princess and back to our cabin. We headed up to Deck 14 to get some water. The dining room's two food areas had not yet opened. We headed back to our cabin and changed for dinner. We got a surprise when our dining room table included a different couple. When we are on shore, the dining room is any time dining. We all moved to a much bigger table, so we could all have dinner together. The new couple had some very funny stories to share. Our dinner went by fast. We decided to check out the early Flamenco dancers and performers in the Princess Theater. It was entertaining, but we were standing up at the back. We were too tired to stay longer than a couple of songs. Catching up on emails and internet news. Thankfully, we have news channels back on our tv. We are both really tired out from our day on shore. There is a 9:45 pm Ultimate White Light Party out on Deck 12 as the Sea Princess departs Barcelona. Not sure we will still be awake at that time. We'll see. Thanks to everyone for your emails and messages. Enjoy your day!