the itinerary 

Departing from Barcelona, the Sovereign will set sail
to bustling Sicily, passing by Medieval Malta
and glitzy Mallorca, before ending back in Barcelona.

 

9th - 16th July 2018

Day Destination Arrival Departure
Monday Barcelona   18:00
Tuesday At Sea    
Wednesday Palermo 09:00  18:00
Thursday Catania 09:00  21:00
Friday Malta 09:00 18:00
Saturday At Sea    
Sunday Palma 12:00 20:00 
Monday Barcelona 08:00

 

day 1

Barcelona

Perhaps the most gay-friendly city in Europe,
the Catalan capital offers visitors a rich mix of
unique textures, sights and experiences.
Lose yourself in the winding, medieval streets of Barrio Gótico.

Marvel at world-renowned architectural treasures like Gaudí’s Guëll,
as well as striking contemporary creations like Aqbar Tower.
Show off your latest swimwear on the gay beaches of
Barceloneta or Mar Bella.

Warm nights bring the city alive, so slip into a local bar
to sample the tapas on offer, then hit the Eixample neighbourhood
and discover why it’s also called “Gayxample".

 most do

+ Sagrada Familia (Gaudí) 
+ Cable car from Montjuïc to Barceloneta
+ Sample the best of the Spanish cuisine at La Boqueria market

        tips 

+ Plan to stay extra days before and after the cruise; the city is worth it!
+ Barcelona is big. Bug a "one day" metro ticket,
    take the hop-on hop-off bus or rent a bicycle.
+ Shopping queens feel at home on the Passeig de Gracia,
   which boasts various shops and stunning architecture. 

 

 

day 2

at sea

 

Slow down. Relax. Maybe visit the gym.

Lounge in the sun. Dangle your feet in the pool.
Enjoy the Mister The Cruise election.

 

Meet new friends…and get ready for tonight’s party!

 must do

 + An early morning yoga session under the sun
 + Offer yourself a spa treatment
 
 + Try the climbing wall

 

day 3

Palermo

 The capital of Sicily stands for adventure.
Its streets are chaotic, its buildings magnificent and
its residents may seem suspicious from outsiders' point of view.

 

To gain an initial understanding of Palermo’s unique culture,
start by wandering the streets of the old city.

 

The mix of architectural styles reveals the waves of different
invaders that conquered this place over the centuries.
So do the features of the locals!

 not to be missed

+ The Cathedral and Palazzo Reale.  
+ Piazza Pretoria with its impressive fountain,
   the Quattro Canti crossroad, Piazza Bellini área.
+ Spectacular baroque churches I Tesori della Loggia
   and Chiesa del Gesù 
+ The street markets of Vucciria and Mercato del Capo.

 

 tips:

 + Try a “cannolo”, a typical Sicilian dessert
 + If you want to head out of town, visit Monreale and its cathedral
    (10km away) or Mondello Beach (also 10 km away),
    with its Art Nouveau jetty and luxurious villas.

day 4

Catania

Catania is Sicily’s second largest city and lies under the shadow of mount Etna. This stunning volcano shaped both the history and existence of Catania. The city, having been destroyed by lava eruptions on many occasions, was rebuilt in baroque style in the 17th century.
Nicknamed the ‘lava city’, this ‘grey city’ with large avenues and wide open squares is unique in the world. 

 

Discover the splendid locations made famous
by Coppola’s Godfather films.

 not to be missed

+ Ever hiked up a volcano? Discover the mighty Mount Etna by foot.
+ Head out and explore the neighbouring town of Taormina.
+ Climb up to the top of the Duomo for majestic views over the city.
+ Your ideal starting point for a tour of the old city.


 tips

+ Sample some of the best street food at
    the bustling market in the old town.
+ Discover the nooks and crannies of
    the Roman amphitheatre in town

day 5

Malta

 

 The Archipelago of Malta consists of 19 islands, from which only the larger three, Malta, Gozo and Comino are inhabited. Malta’s geographical location in the centre of the Mediterranean, made it an alluring and much-fought-over prize, which shows in the various above- and below-ground defences that can be found everywhere on the islands.

 

The capital, Valletta, built by the Knights of St John, is a harmonious grid. It is packed with interest, yet is laid-back and easy. Rocky stretches of coast, limestone cliffs with sheltered bays, gold beaches, beautiful towns, crystal clear sea, friendly people and breath-taking views, make this an ideal holiday destination. In brief, Malta equals architectural elegance and layers of undisturbed history that are definitely worth a visit. 

 not to be missed

+ Discover Take a boat trip to Gozo and swim in the pristine waters
   of the blue lagoon
.
+ Explore the Blue Grotto’s stunning sea caverns.
+ Relax at the gay friendly secluded beach of Riviera Bay
+ Wander in the charming streets of Vittoriosa

 tips:

 + Enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch at Marsaxlokk fishing village

 + Hop off the ship and discover the medieval city of Valletta
     (UNESCO World heritage site) on foot or by Segway

 + Be out on deck for the sail away of the Grand Harbour,
    one of Europe’s most scenic sailings.

 

 

 

 

 
 

day 6

at sea

 

Luxuriate in a long day to hang out with your new friends,
enjoy the beauty of the wide blue sea and take full
advantage of all the ship has to offer.

 

 

 

 not to be missed

+  If you hadn’t do so already, now is the time to exchange
    contact details with new made friends.

 

day 7

Palma

Palma is the capital of Mallorca,
the biggest of the Balearic Islands in Spain.
Almost half of the total population of Mallorca live in Palma,
which has a population of 500.000.

 

The Marivent Palace was offered by the city to the then
Prince Juan Carlos I of Spain. The royals have since spent
their summer holidays in Palma.

 

 

The city has a very rich history with many cultural highlights:
the old city with its famous La Seu cathedral, the Arab Baths,
the Town Hall, the Plaza de España, just to name a few.

 not to be missed

+ Explore the caves of Drach and lake Martel,
    the largest underground lake of Europe.
+ Visit the Mallorcan village of Valldemossa,
    a slice of Mediterranean Paradise.
+ Take a sailing trip to Formentor and Puerto Pollensa
   for an afternoon on this perfect beach.

 

 tips

+ Treat yourself to tapas and a drink on the Paseo Maritimo.
+ Visit the ‘La Seu’ cathedral and the Almudaina Palace in the old town.
+ Climb up to Bellver Castle for the best views over Palma Bay.