For the ultimate in traditional luxury cruising you can’t do much better than the ships of Cunard. The Queen Elizabeth, carrying a little over 2,000 guests, has some interesting cruises scheduled for departure from Barcelona. In 2022 and 2023 Cunard will be offering cruises that range from 7 to 36 nights with nine different itineraries.

Queen Elizabeth’s 2022-2023 Barcelona Schedule

CruiseDeparture DatesLengthPorts of Call
Western MediterraneanAugust 22, 2022
September 5, 2022
September 19, 2022
7 nightsVillefranche, Rome, Naples,
Palma de Mallorca
Western MediterraneanAugust 29, 2022
September 12, 2022
September 26, 2022
7 nightsCannes, Florence or Pisa,
Ajaccio, Valencia
Western MediterraneanOctober 3, 20227 nightsToulon, Genoa, Rome,
Palma de Mallorca
Barcelona to SingaporeOctober 10, 202220 nightsGreece, Egypt, Sri Lanka
Barcelona to FremantleOctober 10, 202228 nightsFrom Singapore: Indonesia, Bali
Barcelona to SydneyOctober 10, 202236 nightsFrom Fremantle: Adelaide,
Western MediterraneanSeptember 25, 20237 nightsVillefranche, Florence or Pisa,
Ibiza, Valencia
Western MediterraneanSeptember 18, 2023
October 2, 2023
October 16, 2023
7 nightsNaples, Rome, Ajaccio,
Palma de Mallorca
Western MediterraneanOctober 9, 2023
October 23, 2023
7 nightsToulon, Florence or Pisa,
Ibiza, Valencia

You have the option of combining consecutive 7-day voyages into a 14-night cruise (e.g. leave on October 16, 2023 and finish up back in Barcelona on October 30, 2023). And you can tack on the last of the western Caribbean cruises in 2022 (departing on October 3rd) to the front of any of the cruises to Australia or southeast Asia.

Life Aboard Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth was launched in 2010 and is nearly identical in design – but not decor – to Cunard’s Queen Victoria. Accommodations include two different levels of suites and four varieties of staterooms, ranging from 152 square feet to 2,249 square feet. (The smallest sizes are for the “Single staterooms” designed for one guest.)

Dining is included with your fare, with separate restaurants for the different accommodation types. In addition to the restaurants there are a couple of pubs and the Lido buffet. Don’t miss traditional “Afternoon Tea” served from 3:30 to 4:30.

Cultural and sports activities are organized daily. Stay fit and relaxed with swimming pools, whirlpools, fitness equipment, tennis and shuffleboard. Guest speakers are invited aboard many cruises to provide insight into their expertise. Live music and theater performances daily.

By Keith