WW Cruise FAQs: Preparing for your trip

Published July 19, 2018

Preparing For Your Mediterranean Trip


Will I need a passport or visa to travel to Spain, France, or Italy?
Passport: Yes, U.S. and Canadian citizens require a valid passport to enter Europe.
Visa: No, U.S. and Canadian citizens using their respective passports to enter Spain do not require a visa.


Where do I get on and off the ship in Barcelona?
Port of Barcelona (Port de Barcelona) is where you will board the MSC Seaview. You may come by taxi, ride-share, or drive and park. The ship will most likely be docked in Terminal A (Muelle Adosado/Moll Adossat). This terminal designation is subject to change, so we urge you to follow the electronic signage provided at the port entrance.


Which airport should I fly into?
Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN), also known as El Prat Airport, is the closest airport to the Port of Barcelona.


I’m booking a flight, what time should I arrive?
If you plan on flying-in the day of embarkation, MSC recommends allowing an additional 60-90 minutes for customs. You must board the ship by 4:00 pm for the 6:00 pm departure.  You can also follow the check-in time and information listed on your eDocs.


How do I get from the airport to the port?
Barcelona–El Prat Airport is a 9-mile (15 km) 20-25 minute drive from the port. Taxi is the recommended form of transportation from the airport to the port at around 39 euros. While MSC does not offer transfers from the airport to the port, taxis can be easily found outside the terminals.

Due to new regulations, Uber and other ride-hailing services are no longer servicing Barcelona.  

There is no direct bus connection between this airport and the port, but you could take the Aerobus to Plaça Espanya and then travel to the port by Portbus or by taxi. The Aerobus costs 5.90 euros. 


I want to arrive the day before disembarkation, can you recommend a hotel?
Yes, we have a group rate for overnight accommodations at the Le Meridian Hotel in the famous Las Ramblas district of Barcelona on July 19, 2019, click here to learn more.


When do we get off the ship at the end of the cruise?
Disembarkation on Saturday, July 27, 2019, will begin once the ship is cleared. Everyone is generally off the ship by 10:30 am.


What time should I book my return flight?
MSC Cruises recommends that you schedule your return flight any time after 12:00 pm.  MSC estimates booking a return a return flight about five hours after the ship’s arrival. 


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