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Cruises to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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About Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Palma de Mallorca, a major port city on the island of Mallorca and the capital of Spain's Balearic Islands, has a delightful cross of influences, reflecting its checkered past of African and European control. It is the largest city on Mallorca -- a big, bustling place, with most of the tourist action in the old part of town around the landmark cathedral that dominates the oceanfront.

The architecture of this ancient Mediterranean port blends Gothic, Moorish and Renaissance styles. Palma's winding streets make way to grand churches, yacht harbors, beaches, fountains and old castles. Because there is so much history so close together, it's a perfect port to explore on foot. The snaking, narrow streets hold many surprises -- including the occasional dead end, especially passages around the cathedral.

This sun-kissed port is also an outdoors city, with much pedestrian traffic and the opportunity to eat or relax outside in myriad settings -- some free (parks and boulevards) and some in conjunction with visits to museums and historical sites (always look for interior courtyards, extra features of older buildings and the high door knockers that used to save horseback callers the trouble of dismounting to announce their arrival). For sun worshippers, the beaches are close by and the water is wonderfully clear.

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DAY 1: New York

18 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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New York
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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DAY 1: Barcelona

7 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Barcelona
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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15 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Fort Lauderdale
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Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca ...
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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DAY 1: New York

14 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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New York
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King's Wharf, Ponta Delgada ...
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Barcelona
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Corsica, Naples ...
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Barcelona
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Palma de Mallorca, Marseille ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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Florence, Cannes ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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14 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Leaving:
Miami
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King's Wharf, Ponta Delgada ...
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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14 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Southampton
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Gibraltar, Malaga ...
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Royal Caribbean International
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17 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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Florence, Monaco ...
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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13 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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Santorini, Mykonos ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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22 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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Tuscany, La Spezia ...
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Leaving:
Barcelona
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Palma de Mallorca, Gibraltar ...
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Cruise Line:
Virgin Voyages
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8 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Leaving:
Lisbon
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Portimao, Seville ...
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Cruise Line:
Windstar Cruises
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15 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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La Spezia, Toulon ...
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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18 Night
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Lisbon
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Seville, Gibraltar ...
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Cruise Line:
Windstar Cruises
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27 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Fort Lauderdale
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Ponta Delgada, Seville ...
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Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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8 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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Olbia, Tuscany ...
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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Naples, Barcelona ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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6 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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Elba, Calvi ...
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Cruise Line:
Windstar Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Barcelona
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Palma de Mallorca, Marseille ...
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Cruise Line:
Oceania Cruises
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7 Night
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Rome
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Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona ...
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Cruise Line:
MSC Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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Palermo, Sardinia ...
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Cruise Line:
MSC Cruises
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14 Night
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Southampton
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Seville, Malaga ...
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Cruise Line:
MSC Cruises
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4 Night
Cruise to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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Rome
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Florence, Cannes ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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Why go to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)?

Pros:

Palma de Mallorca highlights Spain's varied cultural influences and boasts beautiful outdoor spaces

Cons:

If walking from the port to the city center, be aware of the fast-moving traffic on the busy road between the two

Bottom Line:

Like many of Spain's cities, Palma is full of culture, history, beautiful architecture and good food

Palma de Mallorca (Majorca) Cruise Port Facilities?

The main ferry and cruise terminals are served by the Estacion Maritima, which offersa bank, ATM, toilet facilities and taxi and bus links to the city center.

Yachts and ships moor up in the port, and plenty of bars and restaurants are located in the vicinity. Compared with eateries in the city center, though, they really aren't very appealing. It's definitely worth the journey into town.

Good to Know?

Keep an eye out for traffic along the busy stretch of road between the port and the city center. Vehicles move quickly along this highway, and it can be awkward finding a place to cross. It's also easy to catch too much sun while exploring some of the city's sights. Wear protective clothing and sunscreen when necessary. Some shops and restaurants, particularly those catering for tourists and visitors, remain open all day, but the majority observe a traditional siesta between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Getting Around?

On Foot: It takes around 40 minutes to an hour to walk from the cruise ship terminals into the old town and city center, depending on how quickly you're going. It's a pleasant walk along the glamorous waterfront, giving visitors the chance to see a bit more of the city, including the old seaside windmills that stand on the hillside by the shore. You'll see palm trees along the way, but these offer limited shade and, on very hot days, it can be sweaty going. Make sure to wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. Once in town, there's plenty to see on foot. It's by far the best way to get around.

By Bus: Buses operate all around Palma, and visitors can get around the city, as well as to nearby places inland or along the coast, relatively quickly and cheaply. A bus is the most sensible way of getting into town, and many cruise operators offer free shuttle services.

By Taxi: Taxis run regularly all over Palma and can be a good way of getting to and from the port. They can be an expensive option, but if a group is using the vehicle, it can be cost effective. Taxis can be quicker than catching the bus, which can certainly help take the stress off when on a tight schedule.

By Car: If you're staying in Palma for a longer period of time, it may be beneficial to rent a car. This would allow you to explore more out-of-the-way places. Cars can be obtained from Hertz (+34 971 789670) or Sixt (+34 902 491616). Both companies have offices in the city center. Renting a car is not recommended on a short cruise call because roads can be winding, mountainous and slow to negotiate.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The euro is the main currency. Check www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for currency conversion rates. Money can be withdrawn or converted at any of several major banks in the city center.

Language?

The official languages of Palma are Spanish and Catalan. Though a lot of places cater to English-speaking visitors, visitors will find it useful to have a few Spanish phrases under their belts to get them through situations like buying food and drinks or souvenirs.

Where You're Docked?

A number of cruise terminals serve Palma. Ships visiting the city usually dock at the Poniente and Paraires quays at the Estacion Maritima. The Poniente quay is about a mile and a half southwest of Palma's center. Some cruise lines dock at piers on the Estacion Maritima's Dique Del Oeste (the western sea wall).


Palma de Mallorca (Majorca) Cruise Reviews

MSC Grandiosa
kiwiatheart
Sail Date: Dec 2019
The ship visited Palma de Mallorca on Christmas Day, so there were few sights such as the cathedral open during the time spent in port. I walked to and from the cruise terminal to the city centre along the... Read More
sbwmail
Sail Date: May 2019
Palma de Mallorca is a beautiful city and we saw it on our own. We took the "quick" city bus to town and walked for hours. Then took a standard city bus back to the cruise port.... Read More
Jewel of the Seas
Ine
Sail Date: Aug 2019
We rented a car with Arash car rental. They had the car ready at the parking near the cruise terminal where we dropped it off again. We drove to Valldemosa, Deia, Porto de Soller, Soller and Palma town. Easy to do,... Read More
Norwegian Epic
Fuentes
Sail Date: Sep 2019
The bus from the pier to Downtown Majorca is worth the $15 fare because of the long walk and the short time we had 1-6 pm. Visit the Cathedral with access via the adjacent museum.... Read More
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