We are pleased to announce an optional 8-night extension for guests taking our 13-night Music at Sea 62
package Sept. 8 to 21, 2018 (2-nights in London + 11 night London to Lisbon cruise on Azamara Journey).
Our 8-night extension is the Journey’s next cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona Sept. 21 to Sept 29, 2018.
This offers you a chance for a 21-day Music at Sea vacation with more Brooks, more concerts, more ports
and only one roundtrip flight.
Our 8-night extension calls at 6 ports:
· Cadiz (for Seville)
· Ibiza (overnight )
· Valencia (overnight )
· Barcelona (overnight )
Join us for 8-nt Extension Package to Music at Sea 62
Our Extension Package includes:
· 8-night cruise on the 700 passenger 30,000 ton Azamara Journey, one of the most highly rated and popular ships we’ve ever taken.
· Two private concerts from Brooks aboard the Journey.
· Gratuities and taxes included
· Select standard spirits, international beers and wines, bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas.
· AzAmazing Evening in Valencia at the City of Arts & Sciences for an amazing music and light show with dancers and acrobats plus the incredible Hemisferic building.
· Dining with Brooks once during this cruise segment
· Coffee get-togethers, meetings and a cocktail party with Brooks during the cruise
8-night package price in US$
Square Feet includes balcony
Inside or Oceanview – 170 SF
Balcony Cat V1, V2, V3 & VX - 215 SF
Continental Suite Cat N1 - 326SF
· An $1100 per cabin deposit is required. There is $50 per cabin cruise cancellation penalty from Azamara until 1/12/18, increasing to $550 per cabin on 1/13/18, $1100 per cabin on 3/15/18, 50% of cabin cost on 5/14/18 and 100% on 8/12/18 or after.
· Price excludes airfare, shore excursions & some transfers
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Detailed Itinerary for Lisbon to Barcelona cruise
Azamara Journey Sept. 21 to 29, 2018
If the echoes of flamenco coming from a maze of medieval alleyways sound romantic, this may be your voyage. First, depart from the city of Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world, now home to a thriving cultural calendar.
First stop Cadiz, port for Seville. Tour the port area or head for the historic Centro to see the enormous Seville Cathedral with its vast retablo, just refurbished in 2014. There’s time for the even more enormous Alcázar (fortress) complex with the Mudéjar Palace where the King and Queen of Spain stay when they’re here. And, because the ship stays late, there’s time to see the real Seville – the one that only gets going after dark.
Our next stop is Gibraltar on the Southern-most tip of Spain. Tour the famous “Rock of Gibraltar” and the old fortress built into the rock. Occupants of this peninsula have guarded this narrow entrance to the Mediterranean Sea for centuries. Today it is a British Territory.
We’ll have an overnight on the famed island of Ibiza, famed in part because of its nightlife. So after a day on the spectacular beaches, walking in the rustic hills or diving in the crystal-clear waters, it’s fun to venture out.
Finally, there’s Valencia. Contrast the Gothic palaces of the beautiful old city with the unbelievable modern City of Arts and Sciences, designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and set in a sunken park. In the evening, watch the sunset from a wooden boat tour of the wetlands of the Albufera Natural Park. End the stay with authentic paella, Valencia’s most famous dish.
Your voyage ends with an overnight in Barcelona, but you may want to extend your stay by a day or two in this fascinating city. Dine, shop, explore or finally get to take in that Flamenco show; it’s one of the Cruise Global, Connect LocalSM shore excursions options, a new feature of Azamara.
Cadiz (Seville), Spain
One of the oldest cities in Europe
Dating back over 3,000 years, and considered “the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe”, the southwestern port of Cádiz is perched on a narrow strip of land surrounded by brilliant blue waters.
This historic city is the birthplace of the great Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Stroll through the barrios and narrow alleyways of the Old Town, with stops along Plaza San Antonio, Plaza de Mina, and Plaza de la Catedral, where you can see one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Cádiz Cathedral.
In the El Pópulo district, you’ll find the second largest Roman theater in the world (which was constructed in 1st century BC), go to Tarifa for beautiful beaches, a variety of watersports, and great views of Morocco, or simply enjoy a traditional meal of Andalusian specialties like gazpacho, fried fish, Iberian ham, and a glass of Jerez sherry.
And if that’s not enough to fill your day, less than 80 miles away are the abundant attractions of Seville.
Voyage to Gibraltar the legendary natural fortress of the Mediterranean
The towering Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold. Overlooking the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea from a height of 1,400 feet, it is a natural fortress, in a strategic position to control all naval traffic between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
Only three miles long and a mile wide, this peninsula attached to the Spanish mainland juts out into the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates continental Europe from North Africa, a distance of only 14 miles.
One feature most unusual for Europe is the troupes of semi-wild and curiously tail-less Barbary macaques that have taken up residence on The Rock’s upper reaches.
Founded in AD 955, and situated at the foothills of the Sierra de Gador mountain range, the Spanish coastal city of Almeria is renowned for its wonderful climate. With the sun shining for more than 320 days a year it’s no wonder the Romans, Phoenicians, and Moors once called Almeria home—and to this day, these civilizations’ influences still resonate in the city’s architecture, cultures, and customs.
Once you’ve soaked in the sun yourself, combine the old with the new: tour the modern city center La Rambla then cross The Old Square to Puerta Purchena, the heart of Almeria and where you’ll find many tapas bars and the food market. Almeria is also home to the Tabernas Desert, the only desert in Europe, and a famous Spanish locale where Sergio Leone’s renowned “spaghetti western” movies like Fistful of Dollars were filmed.
Be sure to visit The Alcazaba, a medieval fortress dating back to the 10th century, and Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park—a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve—for volcanic rock formations, coral reefs teeming with marine life and beautiful beaches.
Mountainous Ibiza is known as Isla Blanca, the White Island, perhaps because of the dazzling white walls of the traditional houses and churches that make up the small villages dotting its landscape. Its atmosphere is reminiscent of Greek islands, making it unique among the Balearic Isles, and its rustic beauty attracts artists, as well photo and film shoots.
Old World charm meets modern architectural genius in Valencia. Gothic riches abound in the palaces and mansions of a 15th century golden age. The Cathedral has a more recent, and opulent, baroque facade, and the Silk Exchange sports an exterior resembling a medieval fortress and a main hall filled with palm-tree-shaped columns and enigmatic carvings.
Prepare to be stunned by the innovative and avant-garde buildings of the new millennium. The City of Arts and Sciences, by world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava, is a dazzling cultural complex set in a sunken park, the likes of which you have never seen before.
Dynamic Barcelona is all about architecture, from the magnificent medieval buildings of the Gothic Quarter to the Modernist movement typified by the work of Antoni Gaudi. Though his materials were stone and metal, his forms were organic, awash in curves, swirls, and colors. His masterpiece is the amazing Church of the Sagrada Familia, colossal and as yet unfinished, though construction began in 1882.
A contemporary contribution to the scene is Ricardo Bofill's post modernist National Theater of Catalonia, an imaginative combination of classical and modern design, with a greenhouse-like lobby.
Your cruise ends in Barcelona and you can catch flights home from Barcelona International Airport on September 29th on or after 10:30am. Transfers are available from Azamara for $31.50pp.