Palma de Mallorca Cruise

Moorish memories
A seafront Cathedral
The Palau de l’Almudaina

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Palma de Mallorca

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Palma is a vibrant place and a world away from the heaving tourist enclaves of the surrounding bay.

MSC Cruises shore excursions can be a clever option to enjoy Palma. Finding your way around Palma is fairly straightforward once you’re in the city centre. The obvious landmark to see in Palma on your cruise holiday is the Catedral, which dominates the Mediterranean Sea waterfront and backs onto the oldest part of the city, a cluster of alleys and narrow lanes whose northern and eastern limits are marked by the zigzag of avenues built beside – or in place of – the city walls.

Five hundred years in the making, Palma’s Catedral is a magnificent building and a surprising one, too, with its interior featuring modernista touches designed by Antoni Gaudí. The original church was built following the Christian reconquest of the city, and the site taken, in fulfilment of a vow by Jaume I, was that of the Moorish Great Mosque. Essentially Gothic, with massive exterior buttresses to take the weight off the pillars within, the church derives its effect through its sheer height, impressive from any angle but startling when glimpsed from the waterside esplanade.

Opposite the cathedral entrance stands the Palau de l’Almudaina, originally the palace of the Moorish walis (governors) and later of the Mallorcan kings. The interior has been painstakingly restored, but its rabbit warren of rooms and corridors has been left comparatively bare, the main decorative highlight being a handful of admirable Flemish tapestries, each devoted to classical themes.

With an MSC excursion, you can catch a boat across from Sant Elm’s minuscule harbour to the austere offshore islet of Sa Dragonera, an uninhabited chunk of rock some 4km long and 700m wide, with an imposing ridge of sea cliffs dominating its north-western shore.

Must see places in Palma de Mallorca

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  • MOUNTAIN BIKING IN PALMA

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults£42Price per person

    • Children£32Price per person

    PMI06

    If you’d like a more energetic alternative to enjoying all the relaxing amenities on board your ship, this tour may prove to be just what you are looking for. This entertaining tour of Palma will see you mount a mountain bike and pedal your way around town while enjoying the wonderful Majorcan sunshine. A friendly guide will take you on an informative tour around Palma’s main attractions including its labyrinthine historical quarter and the Arab Baths. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Guides available only in English and Spanish. Minimum age to take part in the tour: 8 years (height: 120 cm). Children bikes subject to availability on the day of call. You can book this tour during your cruise. For MSC Fantasia 2-day call, this tour runs on the first day; for MSC Preziosa 2-day calls, this tour is available either on the first or on the second day (2017 campaign).
  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults£49Price per person

    • Children£35Price per person

    PMI01

    Sightseeing tour of Palma with a photo opportunity at Bellver Castle, a historic Gothic fortress. You will have free time in the Barrio Gótico (Gothic Quarter) with a visit inside the Gothic Cathedral, built in 1230 on the foundations of an ancient mosque. Spanish traditions are kept alive at the “Plaza de Toros” where bullfighting events still take place whilst another Majorcan tradition, the creation of imitation pearls, can be witnessed at the pearl factory next door. Majorca pearls have been made on the island since the XIX century and are renowned worldwide for their quality; only experts can tell them apart from real pearls. Please note: only cameras without a flash allowed inside the Cathedral. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that that there are some steps inside the bullring and approx. 100 steps to have access to the Cathedral from the coach parking. If they want to take part, they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. For MSC Fantasia 2-day call (2017 campaign), this tour runs on the second day; for MSC Preziosa 2-day calls (2017 campaign), this tour is available either on the first or on the second day.
  • MARINELAND

    FAMILY FUN
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£55Price per person

      • Children£42Price per person

      PMI04

      The Majorcan town of Costa d’en Blanes, just a short coach ride from Palma, is home to a superb aqua park that is packed full of great things to do and see: Marineland. This child-friendly excursion promises to be great fun for the entire family. The park’s many attractions include a tropical house and an aviary, a penguarium, an aquarium with sharks, an exotic bird show and a parrot house as well as – of course – the ever-popular sea lion and dolphin shows. You will have enough free time to explore the park on your own and take advantage of its various services, which include a gift shop and a photo service. Please note: this tour operates from middle June until the end of September. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • DRAGON’ S CAVES & PEARL FACTORY

      NATURAL WONDERS
      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults£49Price per person

      • Children£35Price per person

      PMI02

      Speleology is the study of caves and all those with a keen interest in geology and natural phenomena will be bowled over by what is one of the world’s most interesting cave complexes created by the erosion of the sea. At 2 km long, the caves feature a series of lakes, including Martel Lake, the biggest underground lake on Earth. The atmospheric mood will be heightened by a memorable concert staged on small boats. Back above ground, we will have time to visit the Pearl Factory before returning to the ship. Please note: the visit to the Caves is along steps and slippery ground so this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair or who are claustrophobic. The visit inside the caves is unguided. For MSC Fantasia 2-day call (2017 campaign), this tour runs on the first day; for MSC Preziosa 2-day calls (2017 campaign), this tour is available either on the first or on the second day. The stop at the Pearl Factory will be in Manacor from November to February inclusive and at Porto Cristo from March to October inclusive.
    • PORT ADRIANO AT NIGHT

      SCENIC ROUTE
      • Long route by bus

      • No guide available

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Best seller

      • Limited seats

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults£32Price per person

      • Children£22Price per person

      PMI31

      Just a short coach transfer to the southwest of Palma lies the seaside resort of El Toro and its superb Port Adriano, one of the best equipped and cutting-edge marinas in the whole of the Mediterranean. In addition to numerous mooring spots for luxury yachts of all sizes, the marina is also home to a plethora of high-fashion boutiques, trendy bars and excellent restaurants – making it a joy to explore at any time of day. You’ll have time to spend at the marina on your own, going shopping, finding a café to sit and watch night-time revellers go by or having supper (at extra cost). Among many other options, you will find Spanish, Italian and Asian fusion food is all on offer. At the appointed time, the coach will be waiting to return you to Palma and your ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. This tour is only for summer months.
    • CATAMARAN TOUR

      SEA & SUN
      • Snack included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults£52Price per person

      • Children£39Price per person

      PMI07

      This tour gives you an opportunity to get a closer look at Palma’s beautiful coastline from a whole new perspective: the water. After boarding a modern catamaran, your trip will take you past Palma’s main sights, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the gorgeous vistas on the way. The route taken along the coast will include a spectacular view of the old port as well as the suburb of Cala Mayor and the pretty coves around the coastal town of Illetas. If weather conditions are fine, the catamaran will stop off the coast, in front of the seaside resort of Illetas, and you will have the opportunity to take a dive into the sea. To round off your sailing tour, a light snack and a drink will be served on board the catamaran. Return to the port. Please note: this tour operates from June to the end of September only. Guides are available in English or Spanish only.
    • Car with guide

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • No guide available

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£425Price per person

      • Children£425Price per person

      PMI67PV

      Car with guide
    • HIGHLIGHTS OF PALMA & FLAMENCO SHOW
      AT SON AMAR

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

      • Snack included

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£59Price per person

      • Children£42Price per person

      PMI19

      This tour discovers Palma and Mallorca, a land rich in natural beauty, cultural heritage, and traditions with ancient Arab influences. Upon leaving the port, our sightseeing tour visits the most iconic buildings of the city of Palma: the Palace of Almundaina, La Lonja (the old town), and the majestic Cathedral. Then it is time to travel on to the manorial estate of Son Amar. Son Amar is a traditional 16th-century Mallorca manor house with a fascinating story to tell. It is found in the foothills of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the beautiful Sierra de Tramuntana. Prepare to be whisked away to an era of romance and chivalry when you arrive at Son Amar. Wander through a marketplace offering traditional Mallorcan artisan produce, where you can buy a souvenir to remind you of your visit to the island. You will arrive at the state of the art theatre that is at the heart of this beautiful place. It is here that you will taste a local sweet cake and sip some refreshing sangria as you watch a breathtaking performance of flamenco. The show transports us to the world where Flamenco was born. The finale to the tour and the performance is, as expected of this world-famous Son Amar show, breathtaking and unforgettable. Please note: depending on the time in port, this tour may be either a day or a night tour.
    • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX ( NIGHT
      CALLS)

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • No guide available

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£612Price per person

      • Children£612Price per person

      PMI94PV

      MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX ( NIGHT CALLS)
    • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX (DAY
      CALLS)

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • No guide available

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£492Price per person

      • Children£492Price per person

      PMI68PV

      MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX (DAY CALLS)
    • NIGHT-TIME STROLL & DRINK AT ABACO
      BAR

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Long route by bus

      • Drink included

      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

      • Best seller

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults£55Price per person

      • Children£42Price per person

      PMI30

      This guided night-time tour of bright lights and city sights will see you take a stroll through the appealing streets of Palma de Mallorca, beginning with a walk to the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, a 13th-century Gothic masterpiece that was built on the foundations of a former mosque. The tour continues on through the picturesque lanes of the old quarter en route to a 17th-century building with large old doors, behind which lies the wonderful Abaco Bar. This is where you will enjoy a cocktail in an exclusive courtyard setting, opulently styled with birdcages, candles, fountains and piles of fruit. Raise your glasses in a toast to absent friends and savour the convivial atmosphere under an indigo sky before you leave the bar again to spend some free time in town. The tour then ends with your return to the ship. Please note: this tour includes walking on cobblestone streets with steps so is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. During MSC Preziosa 2-day calls, this tour is available only on following dates: 20.10.2017 & 29.10.2017.

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
    Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
     
    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Reach the port

    Port of Palma de Mallorca

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Muelle De Poniente Norte
    Estacion Maritima
    1 Pelaires
    Porto PI 07015

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      The Ma-1 or Ma-19 will take you directly into the port area, where the Cruise Station is well signposted.
      Car
    • Plane

      The airport is 15 km (9 miles) from the port. There is a taxi rank just outside the airport building and a bus service to the port.
      Plane

    Spain

    Love at first sight
    Love at first sight

    If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

    Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


    A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


    And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

    So should you – prepare to be surprised.