Biscay: North Sea, France, Spain, Portugal to Gibraltar

Channel Islands, France, and west coast Iberia, Lisbon and onto Gibraltar.

This near coastline is full of interesting gems.

Cruising can be so close, west coast France, Spain and Portugal.

FRANCE

This is an interesting coast of France, very different from the south of France. It has many WWII sites and many memories. It is often better known to booze cruisers and weekenders as they pop over, have mussels and chips and stock up with wine. But for cruisers, this section of cruising, takes us from the UK south. The Bay of Biscay (other wise known as the Golfe de Gascogne in Francemakes many a cruise smile, and check they have packed their sea sickness bands. It starts in France and rounds to Spain, joining the Channel (via the Celtic Sea) with the North Atlantic Ocean and down to Spain’s Cantabrian Sea.

Arrondissement de Lorient
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The Bay Of Biscay area explained – cruise ships do go there.

The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is located south of the Celtic Sea, along the western coast of France.

Tours available in Lorient

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

La Rochelle
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Bridgetown, Barbados, peaceful paradise island with a reggae beat

Barbados literally means, the Bearded One, and that name comes from the bearded fig tree.

How to get to Anse Beach, Grenada (and Magazine Beach)

Anse Beach is Grenada’s most famous length of sand, and it has the

St Georges, Grenada – a wonderful harbour with much to discover

At the southern end of the Caribbean Sea are the Windward Islands and between Tobago and the Grenadines, which includes

Caribbean Rain Forest – Hike, Zipline, Aerial Tram, Canopy Ride or ship organised tour

In most popular Caribbean Islands, there is a company that will have set up some form of adventure in the rain forest.

P&O Ventura – Caribbean & USA – tips on the ports & how it works

No-fly Caribbean and USA – yes, that is exactly what the P&O Ventura offers twice a year.

St Lucia, Port Castries Guide film – 40k views – Vigie Beach, Volcano and Rain Forest

Our first St Lucia port guide film got nearly 50k views, and we have been back and found more!

Bordeaux
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The Bay Of Biscay area explained – cruise ships do go there.

The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is located south of the Celtic Sea, along the western coast of France.

Tours available in Bordeaux

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Bordeaux is famous for ……

One of the world’s wine capitals is so close


This area has been inhabited since the old stone age, or Middle Palaeolithic period, which broadly means dating back to 300,000 years ago. It has subsequently changed hands with whatever roving power including the Romans. From Basque Spain, through the autonomous community of Asturias to Galicia which borders Portugal. Historic sites, major maritime and fishing history, and wine.

Bilbao
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The Bay Of Biscay area explained – cruise ships do go there.

The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is located south of the Celtic Sea, along the western coast of France.

GREETER – the people who love to show you their city.

What is GREETER? Simply, it is an organisation of wonderful people who will greet you in their own town, city, or port.

Avilés
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The Bay Of Biscay area explained – cruise ships do go there.

The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is located south of the Celtic Sea, along the western coast of France.

A Coruña
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The Bay Of Biscay area explained – cruise ships do go there.

The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is located south of the Celtic Sea, along the western coast of France.

La Coruña Guide – a popular cruise port near home

La Coruna is an increasingly popular staging post for ships leaving the UK on the way to the Mediterranean,

Tours available in La Coruna

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

El Ferrol
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The Bay Of Biscay area explained – cruise ships do go there.

The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is located south of the Celtic Sea, along the western coast of France.

Gijón
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P&O Ventura summer 2024 – Spain, Portugal and the Canaries – tips on the ports & how it works

The Ventura is a fantastic no-fly Grand Class ship based for much of her year, including summer 2024, running a mix of cruises from short 4 day cruises to two week cruises.

The Bay Of Biscay area explained – cruise ships do go there.

The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is located south of the Celtic Sea, along the western coast of France.

Gijón
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P&O Ventura summer 2024 – Spain, Portugal and the Canaries – tips on the ports & how it works

The Ventura is a fantastic no-fly Grand Class ship based for much of her year, including summer 2024, running a mix of cruises from short 4 day cruises to two week cruises.

The Bay Of Biscay area explained – cruise ships do go there.

The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is located south of the Celtic Sea, along the western coast of France.

Vigo
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Bridgetown, Barbados, peaceful paradise island with a reggae beat

Barbados literally means, the Bearded One, and that name comes from the bearded fig tree.

How to get to Anse Beach, Grenada (and Magazine Beach)

Anse Beach is Grenada’s most famous length of sand, and it has the

St Georges, Grenada – a wonderful harbour with much to discover

At the southern end of the Caribbean Sea are the Windward Islands and between Tobago and the Grenadines, which includes

Caribbean Rain Forest – Hike, Zipline, Aerial Tram, Canopy Ride or ship organised tour

In most popular Caribbean Islands, there is a company that will have set up some form of adventure in the rain forest.

P&O Ventura – Caribbean & USA – tips on the ports & how it works

No-fly Caribbean and USA – yes, that is exactly what the P&O Ventura offers twice a year.

St Lucia, Port Castries Guide film – 40k views – Vigie Beach, Volcano and Rain Forest

Our first St Lucia port guide film got nearly 50k views, and we have been back and found more!

Cadiz
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Cadiz Guide

Cadiz does deserve the label historic Cadiz because Cadiz dates back to the 12th century BC

Tours available in Cadiz

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show in the wonderful city of Cadiz.

Seville – Oranges and Opera or Muslims and Christians

Seville is about the same distance from CADIZ as it is HUELVA, two very

Museo del Titere – The Puppet Master of CADIZ – Francisco Peralta

This is the hidden gem of Cadiz.


It is one of the oldest and certainly the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe, almost all of it sitting on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It’s important position means it has been fought over since pre-historic times. There is much opportunity to see historic sites all along this coast. Lisbon being the number one stop, is built on seven hills, but so cruiser heavy the locals are sometimes a little miffed they can’t get on a tram. See the various posts and films for what to see. The daily transport ticket is often the best deal in town.

Porto
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BRIEF: Known both as Oporto and Porto, it is Portugal’s second largest city.

CURRENCY: Euro

SHIPS HERE inc: Neue Mein Schiff 2, AIDAPerla, Silver Wind, mv Aegean Odyssey, Oceana Riviera

Lisbon
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  • BRIEF: Lisbon. Major City. Tourism and fishing are the main trades.
  • CURRENCY: Euro. Many places are card only.
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: Portugese. English spoken
  • VISA: Entry with cruise card.
  • SHIPS SEEN HERE REGULARLY: All, but SAGA, Cunard, Azamara and P&O are amongst many.
  • Tourist attractions. Squares. Hill, castle. Time Out Market. Queluz Palace.

The Bay Of Biscay area explained – cruise ships do go there.

The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It is located south of the Celtic Sea, along the western coast of France.

Tours available in Lisbon

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

LISBON – best two deals in town

There is no doubt what the best two deals in Lisbon are.

LISBON trip to QUELUZ PALACE – by Train

Lisbon is a cruise port many regular sailors will visit over and over again, and whilst it has much to see, there are some adventures you may not have considered. Queluz Palace

Time Out Market Lisbon

The Time Out Market is a food and drink heaven. It is a grand food hall

Lisbon 2024. – Tarts, forts, a palace, a pop star, a tram, and the Time Out restaurant.

Lisbon is the richest region of Portugal. It has a palace that tells the story of the Redeemer statue in Rio, and a huge Time Out restaurant.

Lisbon Christmas Market in Baixa-Chiado then Gary Barlow in Concert on ship

The Baixa-Chiado Lisbon Christmas Market normally opens early, around mid November

Portimão
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  • BRIEF: Fishing is a main activity here.Artistes and writers as well as beach lovers flock to Praia da Rocha.
  • CURRENCY: Euro
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: Portugese. English spoken
  • VISA: Entry with cruise card.
  • SHIPS SEEN HERE REGULARLY: Seabourn Encore, Marella Discovery 2.