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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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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

15 Night
Europe - Other

4,223 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Apr 22, 2023
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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

12 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - Barcelona

2,493 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 3, 2023
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Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Gem

15 Night
Europe - Other

2,515 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 15, 2023
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Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape (Photo: Norwegian)

9 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - Barcelona

2,871 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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10 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - Barcelona

4,223 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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10 Night
Italy, Greece, & France: Mediterranean Jewels

2,871 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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9 Night
Best Of Spain & Portugal Cruise

1,591 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Oct 21, 2023
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9 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - Barcelona

4,223 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Western Mediterranean Cruise

343 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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16 Night
16 Nt Mediterranean Transatlantic Cruise

1,757 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Nov 6, 2023
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15 Night
15 Nt Portugal & Spain Crossing Cruise

2,007 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Apr 23, 2023
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14 Night
Spain, Gibraltar & Bermuda

1,891 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Oct 19, 2023
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10 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - Barcelona

4,223 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 11, 2023
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7 Night
Spain, France, & Italy Cruise

650 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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14 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

62 Reviews
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 9, 2023
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More about Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

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
Forget the booze soaked holiday image and get out of Palma to see the real Majorca Read More
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gollane
Hop-on Hop-off city bus! We also went to Cathedral of Mallorca and museum. This is a spectacular cathedral.Read More
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Clawman
We booked a private hop-on, hop-off tour (HoHo) for Palma. We didn’t book through NCL because it had sold out. This private booking didn’t quite work out. The bus stop at the cruise peer was four buses deep in peopleRead More
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Bartfast
Rhe ship docks at Porto Pi. You can make the short walk to the nice shopping center there for some retail therapy, and then get a taxi to the cathedral. Once there you should brace yourself for both queues and a magnRead More
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