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  • On Mar 22, 2024
    Linda from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, I am looking at a Transatlantic cruise in 2025, leaving Port Canaveral Florida transatlantic to Spain, how far is the Ships Port to the Barcelona airport? Do you suggest a travel agent would be better than doing this myself?

    Why hello there Linda, and welcome aboard planDisney!

    From the sounds of it, you're looking at embarking on a 13-Night Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise from Port Canaveral ending in Barcelona next year, which will be an exciting voyage for the Disney Fantasy as she voyages across the Atlantic Ocean with six days at sea in a row! I've spent a number of years living on board sailing out of Spain, so I hope you're planning on spending at least a little bit of time when you land in Barcelona to enjoy the architecture, the art and especially the food! 

    According to the Disney Cruise Line website, they estimate about 30 - 40 minutes of travel time from the Port of Barcelona to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). Though Disney Cruise Line also estimates a distance of approximately 18 kilometers or 11.18 miles, the heavy traffic at certain times of day can make for a very long ride. I've personally experienced it lasting nearly an hour due to the congested Ronda Litoral which is the primary direct route to and from the airport - especially when there are several cruise ships in port at the same time, so you'll want to ensure that you have a generous amount of time before you fly. (On other occasions, I've been able to swiftly zip to the airport in just under 20 minutes with a driver who must've been a fan of Lightning McQueen.)

    In my personal opinion, I find that using a reliable travel agent can be very handy especially for the added peace of mind as well as the possibility of booking ground transportation on your behalf. In a Departure Port like Barcelona where we've experienced a much greater chance of a language barrier compared to the others - especially in the case of Catalan - having that extra support can certainly help and I'd find it an extra bonus if they can speak Spanish just in case you need it!

    Embarking on a transatlantic voyage is just so special, so I recommend taking a close look at your DCL Navigator App soon after you board on Embarkation Day to check out the events and activities that you'll have in store over the next 2 weeks spent on board. In the past there have been some very unique offerings for adults in the youth spaces that are often exclusive to longer voyages, and so many more character interactions with the additional time you'll have on board. Come back to planDisney again soon for any other helpful hints, tips or nautical knowledge as you prepare to set sail on this adventure across the Atlantic!

    ¡Buen viaje!
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