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There are regular ferry services between the United Kingdom and northern Spain. Brittany Ferries sails from Portsmouth to Santander, and P&O European Ferries sails from Plymouth to Bilbao. Spain's major ferry line, Trasmediterránea, links mainland Spain (including Barcelona) with the Balearics and the Canary Islands. Trasmediterránea's fast catamaran service takes half the time of the standard ferry, but catamarans are often canceled because they can navigate only in very calm waters.
You can pick up schedules and buy tickets at the ferry ticket office in the port, and also at most travel agencies.
From the U.K.
Brittany Ferries ((0044)0871/244–1400. www.brittany-ferries.com.)
P&O European Ferries (08716/645–645. www.poferries.com.)
Trasmediterránea (902/454645. www.trasmediterranea.es.)
Barcelona is the cruise capital of Spain, with many Mediterranean cruises originating there. Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Holland America Line, the Norwegian Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises are among the lines that call in at Spain. Popular ports of call are Gibraltar, Málaga, Alicante, and Palma de Mallorca.
Celebrity Cruises (902/209–207. www.celebrity.com.)
Costa Cruises (902/231–231 or. www.costacruise.com.)
Crystal Cruises (1-888/722–0021 or. www.crystalcruises.com.)
Cunard Line (1-800/728–6273 or. www.cunard.com.)
Holland America Line (877/932–4259 or. www.hollandamerica.com.)
Mediterranean Shipping Cruises (877/665–4655 or 855/469–2582. www.msccruises.com.)
Norwegian Cruise Line (49/611–35070 or 800/0310–2121. www.ncl.com.)
Oceania Cruises (800/531–5619 or. www.oceaniacruises.com.)
Princess Cruises (800/774–6237 or. www.princess.com.)
Regent Seven Seas Cruises (877/505–5370 or. www.rssc.com.)
Royal Caribbean International (866/562–7625 or. www.royalcaribbean.com.)
Seabourn Cruise Line (866/755–5619 or. www.seabourn.com.)
Silversea Cruises (877/276–6816 or. www.silversea.com.)
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