The Cruise Barcelona and her sister ship the Cruise Roma are a totally new concept of ferry offering facilities normally only found onboard a luxurious cruise ship. There’s a huge selection of cabin accommodation, a choice of restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, casino, wellness centre, videogames area, children’s playroom and a Boutique.
The Cruise Barcelona ferry features 411 air conditioned en-suite cabins with a choice of inside and sea view (outside) and around 70 luxurious suites. If you’d prefer not to book a cabin then there’s a choice of around 150 reclining seats.
The Cruise Barcelona has no shortage of places to eat and drink. Choose from the wonderful menu in the à la carte restaurant or help yourself in the buffet style self-service cafeteria. For a quick snack there’s also a fast food lounge. Drinks are served in Smaila’s bar or for same late evening entertainment head to the night club. During the summer months you can also have a drink in the swimming pool bar.
The ship contains a boutique which sells many high street brands as well as magazines, confectionary and travel essentials.
In addition, you’ll find a Swimming pool with sundeck, a Casino with black jack and roulette tables and a wellness centre featuring a sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, relaxation area, massage halls, beauty treatments, solarium and a gymnasium. If you want to surf while you sail then head over to the internet cafe.
Children are well catered for onboard the Cruise Barcelona which features a dedicated child’s play area to keep them occupied during the trip. There’s also a video games corner for the older children.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Cruise Barcelona guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.
87% of our customers recommended this ship
Reviewed by Alaor who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Civitavecchia to Barcelona "
Brilliant, puts Brittany Ferries to shame. They could learn from Gramaldi Lines
Reviewed by Philip who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Great experience "
I’m not sure if the ship has been refurbished but some of the bad reviews are way out. The ship was spotless, staff friendly and design modern. Only problem I had was locating where to go in the port as directions to the ferry were very poor.
Reviewed by Mark who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Holiday in the sun"
Brilliant. For £50 I have had a grand experience relaxing in preparation for my holiday.
Reviewed by Merlyn who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"The Med by Ferry"
Loved the pace, the scenery, the ports,,,
Reviewed by Don who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
Great ship Very handy to sit back and travel between Italy and Spain Dj party at weekend crossing on top deck was fabulous
Reviewed by John who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"A win win situation for us !!"
Having decided to do a bit of a roadtrip to Italy with our car, we travelled from the UK and drove around Italy. We live in Catalunya part of the year and we had been told about the ferry crossings from Italy to Barcelona. We looked into this and compared prices and reviews and to be honest we weighed up the pro's and con's and knew that for us it would be a win win situation as it would save us from driving from Rome to Barcelona, staying at hotels a long the way, paying out for expensive meals, expensive tolls on the motorways, fuel as well as wear and tear on our new car. Reviews are generally down to people's expectations and whether they had been met or not. We therefore decided that the 20 hour crossing with an outside cabin was the only way for us to travel to Barcelona and feel refreshed upon arrival to drive to our house which is a two hour drive from Barcelona. The check in can appear chaotic, however, it's really quite straight forward in Civitavecchia, having parked our car in the line, we made our way to the main Terminal and went to Grimaldi Lines to check in. We were presented with electronic tickets for our car, and keycards for our cabin. When boarding commenced we parked our car where shown and immeidately went to our cabin. We really didn't know what to expect, however, having booked the 4 berth outside cabin for the two of us, upon gaining access to our cabin, we were pleasantly surprised how spacious it was. We immediately knew that the crossing was going to be a comfortable one. We went off to sleep, pretty much immediately as we were due to set sail at 23h00. The cabin was quiet, well soundproofed and we were obviously located away from the engines and had very little trouble in sleeping. We were so pleased that we chose an outside cabin for the journey. We both slept so well and woke up to daylight as we were approaching the Port of Torres, Sardinia. We chose to take our own food and there were plug points in the cabin to plug in a travel kettle and to charge mobile equipment such as tablets and mobiles. We didn't use the ferry's wifi and therefore, we were without service for most of the journey which was somewhat refreshing. The ensuite facilities within the cabin were clean and spacious. We did spend most of the journey in our cabin, which was fine for us to read and listen to music. We wandered around the spacious ferry a few times and the outside deck facililties which included a bar/ snack bar were also good. We had coffees, soft drinks and wine, all which we would consider to be reasonably priced. We were fortunate that the crossing was smooth and the sun was shining. We took advantage of the sun and chilled out on deck for a few hours. The docking in Barcelona went smooth for us and we docked and disembarked in our car within 25 minutes. ( Remember, this was early May) All in all, we could not fault the facilities and services onboard, we will certainly consider using the services of Grimaldi again, in the future, should we return to Italy as it saved us from all of the stresses and expenses of driving from Italy to Spain via France.
Reviewed by Stephen who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
Whilst I find Grimaldi lines excellent to travel with , our long weekend was ruined by the lack of information. We were not informed by Direct Ferries that the Friday sailing to Civitavecchia always goes via Porto Torres (Sardinia) adding approximately 8hours to our journey causing us to miss an important dinner function with all of our friends . Being retired and living in Spain we would have taken the Thursday sailing had we been given the correct information and travel details . The first thing we knew about this diversion was a Tannoy announcement which came as quite a surprise . In this technological age where information is easily available why were we not informed . Come on Direct Ferries get your act together !!!!!
Reviewed by Patricia who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
The email from Direct Ferries book system was very poor. It need the GPS coordinates, a map or a link to the service provider of where to find the terminal. Also the reporting time was inaccurate and vague leaving us at a deserted terminal well before the correct reporting time unsure if we were at the correct terminal. The ship, staff and sailing whete a pleasure
Reviewed by Neil who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Beautiful with a few suggestions for improvement"
The cabins were comfortable and the ship offered many services. We believe that good drinking water should be available at a more reasonable cost and not only available in very small plastic bottles on board. I realize that this is not the ship line itself, but they are obviously collaborating with tel. services to take advantage of people. Customers should be warned as soon as they board that they need to close down their cell phones if they do not want to be robbed by their servers. When we arrived late in the evening in Italy we were unable to make even a telephone call because we had not only used up the credit we had, but we had gone under (euro 28.00 was taken) by trying to download emails a couple of times before turning off the communication data. Also, it would help to have another elevator or better instructions about how to get from and to the garages.
Reviewed by Janet who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Civitavecchia to Barcelona ferry"
Signage in the actual port of Civitavecchio needs to be a LOT better!!! Drove straight through & back on to the motorway as no signs to guide you through the barriers or direct you to where you’re supposed to go. Also very difficult to get to check in building. Again no signs directing you on how to get to it or indeed telling you the actual building itself is the check in building. The whole place looks as though it’s still under construction with bollards everywhere. Needs to be massively more organised!!! Having said that, despite the ferry disembarking an hour & a half late! (Probably waiting for all the lost customers!!) The ship itself was fine. No frills cabins. Small but clean. Provided with towels & shower gel. Staff very friendly & helpful.
Reviewed by Sally who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Embarcation a farce, journey excellent"
Getting on the ship was a farce. We were told to be there two hours in advance, which was unecessary, moved three times on the quayside and it generally looked like no one knew what was going on. Eventally got on the ship which left two hours late. While on board everything was excellent and the food was exemplary.
Reviewed by Charles who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Our trip to Sardegna "
We we're really impressed with the Grimaldi ferry .on our outbound trip we relaxed in the entertainment lounge very nice. Our return trip we booked a cabin which was lovely very. Clean and comfortable.
Reviewed by Nicola tangi who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"smooth as silk"
Great boat but very very cold lounge and recliner seat area Is this to punish travelers who choose not to have a cabin? As i say lovely boat/ship Would defiantly choose this shipping company again if the need arises Many thanks
Reviewed by Iain who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Really great option for travel between Spain and Sardinia "
We really enjoyed taking this route between Barcelona and Sardinia. We travelled as foot passengers and had a cabin which was clean and nicely equipped for an overnight journey. Boarding was easy and quick, the boat left (and arrived) a little late but that didn't really affect us at all. The only thing it would have been nice to know in advance that nobody told us was that we would be made to leave our cabin 2 hours before arrival, luckily we were up and ready to go but it would have been a nasty surprise if not! We barely used catering or other seating facilities but they seemed perfectly adequate. Staff were few and far between and not particularly friendly, but they did their jobs as you would expect and we encountered no problems.
Reviewed by Emma who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"One of the best moments in life...."
The system, decoration, service everything was excellent...... had lots of fun.... waiting for another trip soon.
Reviewed by Kazi who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
Very nice full of excitement facilities very good very comfortable Halal food should be available 4 Muslims
Reviewed by Nadeem who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Great trip and service"
The booking and boarding process was very smooth, once on board we decided to upgrade to a cabin, no problem, good ambience and service on board and disembarking all done well. A good experience.
Reviewed by Russell who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Grimaldi Ferries between Barcelona and Civitavecchia"
We use these Ferries, Cruise Barcelona and Cruise Roma, because they are very convenient in cutting out long drives on motorways and because our destination is in a little village about 60 miles north of Rome. The cabins are comfortable, the food is improving, but we spend most of the time reading and we mostly eat food we have brought with us.
Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
The cabin was fantastic, we had a great crossing.
Reviewed by Emilio who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona