The port is very clean, and quite new. Don't try to walk there! Way too far...There is a few gifts shops at the port AFTER you have already gone through security. There you can buy liquor, wine, beer and sodas, but you have to hide them while boarding. We went to our cabin and unloaded our carry-on bag. I filled it up when I went back off the ship and visited the stores. I had no problems, but the other guests who just tried to carry a bag of these products were told "NO". We heard about pick-pocking as a problem, especially on the touristy "La Rambla", but saw no problems here. Take the Hop-on, Hop-Off tourist bus at 22 euros for the entire day to see the sites. It is a full day to catch all three tourists routes, but the best way to see the sites. There are headphones with tours given in 8 languages. We stayed at a wonderful hotel, the "Hotel Avenidas Palace", just 2 blocks off the quieter, north end of La Ramblas. It was nice to stay pre and post cruise, so we did not have the stress of missing the ship sailing or flights. Watch closely going through European Airports as there are black-market demands for passports, so keep your passport on you at all times, not letting it out of your sight.