Gibraltar cruises

Gibraltar is perhaps best known for The Rock – a giant limestone ridge rising to a huge 426 feet, with sheer drops on the northern and eastern sides. Following suit, much of the landscape of Gibraltar is rural, diverse, and well worth an afternoon of exploring.

Highlights  

Naturally, you cannot leave the island of Gibraltar without witnessing the majesty of The Rock, which stands proud like the spine of the island. It is a landform steeped in legend – the Greeks and Romans believed that it was one of the two Pillars of Hercules, split from the other - Jebel Musa in Morocco. These two rocks were believed to have marked the two edges of the ancient world.

Most of the upper Rock is now dedicated to a nature reserve. Reach it by cable car from Red Sands Road – they leave every few minutes between 9.30am and 5pm. The reserve offers fantastic panoramic views and access to some of the most dramatic landscape in Europe. Your entrance ticket grants you admission to a number of sights, including the Moorish Castle, the Great Siege Tunnels, the Military Heritage Centre and St. Michael’s Cave.

The reserve is also home to 600 plant species. As well are rare plants, you will find many different types of wildlife. Look out for the Barbary Macaques – there are over 200 of them in total, and most of them like to hang around by the cable car station.

On your Gibraltar cruise take a trip to the Gibraltar Museum. The museum recounts tales of the island’s swashbuckling history, including the Great Siege (1779 – 83). Another remnant from the island’s maritime past is Nelson’s Anchorage – which marks the spot where Nelson’s body was brought ashore from the HMS Victory. According to legend, his body was preserved in a rum barrel!

Climate

Located between Europe and Africa, the one thing which really distinguishes Gibraltar from Britain is the climate. The climate of Gibraltar is classed as Mediterranean/Sub-tropical, characterised by warm summers and mild winters, with temperatures reaching the late twenties in summer.

What it is also famous for, however, is two powerful winds: the Levante, which blows from the Sahara in Africa and brings warm, humid weather, and the Poniente, which comes from the west and brings cooler sea air. Depending on the month of your Gibraltar cruise, make sure to pack light cotton layers and something to wrap up in come the cooler evenings.

Useful information

Both English and Spanish are spoken in Gibraltar, reflecting its colonised history. Usually, the inhabitants of Gibraltar switch from one language to another in the same sentence. The street signs tend to be in English.

The currency used in Gibraltar is the pound sterling and the Gibraltar pound. Euros may be accepted in certain shops. Gibraltar issues its own coins and banknotes and they are on par with sterling in terms of value, but cannot be used in the UK so ensure you spend them or exchange them before leaving.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Dolphin Watch

    This is your opportunity to seek out these fascinating creatures - an experience not to be missed.

    Dolphin Watch

    Dolphin watching not only gives you the opportunity to get out into the fresh air on a boat trip in the Bay, but the thrill of seeing dolphins swimming playfully alongside the boat and leaping in the waves is unforgettable.

    Your experienced captain and crew will point out the different species of dolphin found in these waters - the Common Dolphin, Striped Dolphin and Bottle-nosed. These mammals breed in the sheltered waters, which are rich in food, and young dolphins can often be seen - always a great attraction.

    Sailing back towards the Rock, your captain will point out key landmarks and give you some interesting snippets about Gibraltar.

    Afterwards, a coach will be waiting to take you back to the ship. Time permitting, you may opt to walk into town (550 yards away). In this case you will be responsible for making your own way back to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by mini-coach and boat. Guests are advised that whilst every effort will be made to find the dolphins, these animals are in their natural habitat and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Guests are advised to take a camera, binoculars and sun protection. This tour is weather dependent.The time spent on the boat is approximately one hour.

    Tour code

    GIB_018

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Views of Gibraltar & Flamenco

    Cross the border to Spain to become acquainted with the two main traditions of Spanish Culture, Flamenco and tapas.

    Views of Gibraltar & Flamenco

    A short stop at Europa Point will allow you to capture the fine views of the coast of North Africa, 12 miles across from the famous Straits of Gibraltar. From here, you will appreciate why this territory was, and continues to be, of such strategic importance to the British Navy.

    Travel north across the border passing the Catalan Bay and savour the spectacular views across Spain and the Costa Del Sol.

    The restaurant “La Guitarra” is located in La Linea de la Concepcion. This city has a population of around 60,000 residents and is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula of Andalucia.

    Here you will see the prestigious Flamenco dancer, “Lola Ponce. Apart from running an academy in the town where she teaches more than 100 girls a day, she has her own remarkable dance group “Cuadro Flamenco”. This group has delighted those who have had the opportunity to enjoy their indisputable art and grace is demonstrated in the many places they have performed.

    Savour assorted tapas and Spanish tapas with Sangria before returning to the ship.



    This excursion will operate by minibus. There is very little walking on this tour, however, guests must be able to negotiate the steps on to the minibus. It is a requirement that guests bring along their passport in order to cross the border into Spain.

    Tour code

    GIB_022

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Gibraltar Private Tour by Minibus – Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Gibraltar Private Tour by Minibus – Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    This excursion will operate by private minibus. Private minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 8 guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost. Please carry your passport if you choose to cross the border to Spain.

    Tour code

    GIB_702

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Gibraltar Views & Garrison Library

    A fascinating insight into the history of the Garrison with a visit to the colonial Garrison Library.

    Gibraltar Views & Garrison Library

    Depart from your ship and journey north across Gibraltar's unique runway to the border between this small colony and Spain. As you drive by, you will have the opportunity to view this remarkable border and the Spanish mainland beyond.

    Continue along the outskirts of the town, passing the American War Memorial and the Trafalgar Cemetery to Europa Point. From this vantage point you can admire views of the coast of North Africa, 12 miles across the famous Straits of Gibraltar. As you enjoy this view you will appreciate why this territory was and continues to be of such strategic importance to the British Navy.

    Retrace your steps towards the Garrison Library; this magnificent colonial building was founded in Gibraltar in 1793 by Captain Bethune Drinkwater and was officially opened in 1804. The Library has served as the Headquarters for the Gibraltar Chronicle, the World’s 2nd oldest English Language Newspaper. The Library was established for the officers of the Garrison of Gibraltar. It has remained a private entity run by a trust for over 200 years.

    In September 2011, the library was transferred to the Gibraltar Government, and on occasion opens to the General Public. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Library, a brilliant source of information, accompanied by a specialised guide.

    Before heading back we will stop at one of Gibraltar’s finest hotels the O’ Callaghan Elliot Hotel for refreshments.


    This excursion operates by mini-coach and on foot. At the end of our tour you will have the option to be dropped off in town for some duty free shopping or be taken back to the ship. There is approximately one hours’ walking on this tour, therefore, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    GIB_027

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 hours

  • The Rock Revealed

    See the main highlights and enjoy some time for independent shopping or a cable car ride.

    The Rock Revealed

    See Gibraltar's oldest and most famous residents, the apes, at close quarters. The semi-wild apes roam freely around the slopes at this viewpoint and you can usually get some great photographs. Please remember the apes are wild animals, do not be tempted to touch or feed them and please watch your belongings as they have been known to take things.

    St. Michael's Cave is a large natural cavern filled with uniquely formed stalactites and stalagmites. It is said that this bottomless cave is linked to Africa by a fifteen mile long passage under the straits.

    Located on the southern tip of Gibraltar at Europa Point, Trinity Lighthouse is still in use and its light can be seen from a distance of thirty miles.

    At the end of your tour, you can either be dropped off at Main Street for shopping, or at the Cable Car Station, where you can take a ride independently to the Top of the Rock (cable car payable direct). Alternatively, you will be taken directly back to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by mini-coach. There are approximately 75 steps at St. Michael's Cave, however guests can remain on the mini-coach during this visit. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended as some areas of the Cave can be slippery. Lighting in the cave is dim and coloured for effect. Guests who choose to be dropped off for shopping or the cable car are responsible for making their own way back to the ship by taxi or on foot. Some of the roads up to the Rock can be winding and narrow.

    Tour code

    GIB_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Gibraltar Private Tour by Minibus – Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Gibraltar Private Tour by Minibus – Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private minibus. Private minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 8 guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost. Please carry your passport if you choose to cross the border to Spain.

    Tour code

    GIB_703

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Gibraltar Private Tour by Car – Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Gibraltar Private Tour by Car – Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 2 guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost. Please carry your passport if you choose to cross the border to Spain.

    Tour code

    GIB_700

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Monkey Business

    A tour with an emphasis on families and the young at heart, taking in the high spots of Gibraltar and meeting some of the local residents.

    Monkey Business

    Your Gibraltar adventure begins as soon as you step on the bus, where you’ll be given a children’s activity book to complete during your tour. Journey to the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, Europa Point, with its red and white striped lighthouse. Enjoy views across to Africa.

    Then it’s back to the coach for a short drive to Alameda Botanical Gardens, opened in 1816 and full of native and exotic plant species.

    But the highlight of this visit is the Wildlife Conservation Park gardens, where you’ll see a host of animals including ring-tailed lemurs (you even get to walk through their enclosure), long tailed macaques, cotton-topped tamarins, small clawed otters and, of course, the stars of Gibraltar, the Barbary macaques themselves.

    The park is also important for the care of native species for future re-introduction to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, such as the red fox, the raven and the Barbary partridge.

    Your Gibraltar trip ends with a short minibus transfer to King’s Bastion, where you can enjoy a snack. Here, our child-friendly ape mascot, Rocky, will be waiting to pose for photographs with you.

    All in all, a fun day of monkeying around.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour does not include a visit to the rock. The ground at the wildlife conservation park is very rough, uneven and not suitable for pushchairs or those with mobility concerns. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The wildlife Conservation Park is similar to a small zoo where the apes are kept in captivity.

    Tour code

    GIB_033

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Fortress Gibraltar

    Follow in the footsteps of the world leaders of WWII on this guided walk through the intricate network of tunnels in the Rock.

    Fortress Gibraltar

    Enjoy the views of the most Southerly point in Europe, site of the Trinity Lighthouse.

    Step back in time to the year of 1940 when Britain was at war with Germany and Italy and the future of Gibraltar looked bleak. A decision was taken by Winston Churchill and the British Military leaders to construct a massive network of tunnels. Experience these World War II Tunnels as your guide takes you on a journey through this amazing fortress. Visit the areas that housed the hospital, power station, military headquarters and accommodation for nearly 10,000 troops and civilians.

    On a clear day, the views of Spain are spectacular from Jock's Balcony lookout point. You will have free time to enjoy the display of photographic images, depicting life as it was in the 1940's.


    This excursion will operate by mini-coach and on foot. At the Fortress, a health and safety briefing will be given and hard-hats will be provided. Guests are advised that there is a steep incline to be negotiated upon exiting the Tunnels. We recommend flat, non slip shoes are worn. Guests have the option to either be dropped off at Main Street or taken back to the ship. Guests dropped off for shopping will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship.

    Tour code

    GIB_019

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2¼ hours

  • City and Kings Bastian

    Soak up the history, culture and beauty of Gibraltar on a combination mini-coach/walking tour featuring some of the city’s most iconic spots.

    City and Kings Bastian

    Enjoy a leisurely tour to some of Gibraltar’s must-see sights during this excursion that begins aboard a mini-coach and ends with a walking tour of the 18th-century fortress known as King’s Bastion.

    First, you’ll follow the fortress walls passing by Camp Bay. Here, you’ll have perfect views of Parson’s Lodge, a fortification built by the British in 1842.

    From here, you’ll journey to Europa Point to take a photo of the beautiful lighthouse that dominates the landscape. Sharing the grounds is the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe and Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, Europe’s most southerly mosque.

    Then, it’s on to the King’s Bastion and a 30-minute walking tour past the old guns, uniforms and other exhibits from the era.

    Finally, you’ll have the option of returning to the ship, or shopping in the City Centre.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Should you wish to remain in town you will be responsible in making your own way back to the ship. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a camera to document the arresting sights you’ll encounter during your tour.

    Tour code

    GIB_037

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Secrets of the Rock

    What better way to discover the Rock's fascinating attractions than with a guide, who will bring the stories of Gibraltar to life.

    Secrets of the Rock

    As you rise up towards the Top of the Rock Station aboard the cable car, enjoy views of the town, across to Africa and over to Spain. Walk from the Top of the Rock down to St Michael's Cave with your guide, who will point out views and places of interest along the way. Marvel at the amazing stalactites and stalagmites in the Cave.

    Think of Gibraltar and the apes come to mind. The Rock's most popular tourist attraction, these tail-less apes roam about freely, much to the delight of photographers. (Please note they are wild animals, and are not to be touched or fed however friendly they may seem).

    Take a guided walk of approximately 45 minutes through the unique system of the Great Siege Tunnels, carved through solid limestone. Excavated during the Great Siege of 1779-83, they allowed the mounting of gun emplacements along the north face of the rock towards enemy positions.


    This tour is operated by driver and Audio guide. There is a lot of walking involved in this tour over uneven ground and steep gradients within the Tunnels. Sturdy, non-slip shoes are recommended. Please expect queues at the cable car. The ride on the cable car is weather permitting.

    Tour code

    GIB_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • City Walk & Pub Crawl

    Indulge in a cheeky drink or two as you walk between Gibraltar’s best bars.

    City Walk & Pub Crawl

    Join a local guide ‘down the local’, on a walking tour taking in some of Gibraltar’s favourite bars. Your guide will also share a little of Gibraltar’s history along the way. After a short transfer by minibus, you’ll arrive at your first Pub at the south end of town, the Angry Friar. It sits opposite to the Governor’s Residence and has a lovely terrace, where you can sit and enjoy your first drink.

    Continue on a walk of the City Walls, where your guide will touch on a little of Gibraltar’s history. You will learn about the development of its people and its culture before arriving at Royal Calpe, located away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street it provides a slightly more relaxed feel.

    From here, you’ll walk into the heart of town to the Venture Inn, another traditional Irish Pub and a great place to feel the buzz of Gibraltar’s busy Main Street. Continue to All’s well bar situated within Casemates Square and is built into the old army barracks. The old army barracks are now home to a number of bars and restaurants, and this bar is the centre of all entertainment.

    Our final stop will be at Bruno’s. Bruno’s is much more than just a bar or a restaurant; it’s a destination for celebration and enjoyment. Set in contemporary and comfortable surroundings overlooking Marina Bay. Enjoy a last drink, before taking a short minibus ride back to the ship.


    This excursion operates on foot and by minibus.A snack or ‘tapa’ and a half pint of either lager or bitter are included at each pub. Non alcoholic drinks available on request. There is approximately two hours walking on this tour, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. You must be over 18 years old to participate in this tour.

    Tour code

    GIB_026

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2¾ hours

  • Cork & Cattle

    Travel across the border to Spain and visit a traditional cork and cattle farm before sampling some local tapas.

    Cork & Cattle

    Leaving the pier you’ll take a 20 minute scenic drive around the Bay of Gibraltar to the edge of a natural Cork Forest. En route you’ll have a brief photo stop allowing you dramatic views of the “Rock” framed by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Tucked away in the forest, you‘ll visit a typical Andalucian farmhouse dating from 1797 with a patio and traditional old barns. This building is part of a family-run cork and cattle farm.

    Your guide will show you how the cork bark is harvested from the oak trees, a centuries-old method to create the perfect cork bottle-stopper. Andalucia produces half of the world´s cork and this area boasts a special high quality cork sold to the international wine trade market. Whilst you are at the farm, you’ll have the opportunity to view the deep red local Retinto breed of cattle, one of Spain's purest breeds, and sample some local tapas.



    This excursion operates by mini-coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking over various surfaces with a few steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please carry your passport as this will need to be presented at the border.

    Tour code

    GIB_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Wine Tasting & Tapas

    Enjoy wine tasting accompanied by a delicious choice of tempting tapas!

    Wine Tasting & Tapas

    The Anglo Hispano Bodega Company was founded in Gibraltar in 1892. The company’s main activity in those days was the production of wines in La Palma del Condado, an area of Huelva where Anglo Hispano had their own bodegas. Today, the company exports wines, spirits, beers, beverages and tobacco.

    Sandpits Vaults was built in the 18th century to store ammunition. The thickness of the walls is nine metres wide, and was meant to protect the ammunition stored within it from possible bombing. In the 1990’s the Isola family refurbished the magazine and converted it in a tasting room for corporate gatherings and events in general.

    It is here, that you’ll experience an unforgettable wine tasting session. Sample five different wines from the region, served with delicious Tapas. The selection of wines are from the neighbouring region of Andalucía. Fino from Jerez, Manzanilla from San Lucar de Barrameda, a white from Cadiz, a red from Ronda and a sweet wine from Malaga.

    The wine tasting is supported by videos of each wine and towards the end you’ll be invited to participate in an interactive ‘guess the grape’ challenge.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. You must be over 18 years old to participate on this tour. There is approximately 10 minutes of walking up a steep incline and over flat cobbled ground.

    Tour code

    GIB_039

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Panoramic Gibraltar with English Tea

    This leisurely option provides a perfect introduction to Gibraltar followed by a spot of English tea.

    Panoramic Gibraltar with English Tea

    A relaxing drive North will cross Gibraltar's unique runway to the border between this small colony and Spain. There will not be a stop here, but as you drive by there is a great opportunity to view this remarkable border and the Spanish mainland beyond.

    Proceeding along the outskirts of town and passing the American War Memorial and the Trafalgar Cemetery, you will soon reach Europa Point. From this vantage point, admire the fine views of the coast of North Africa, twelve miles across the famous Straits of Gibraltar. From here, you can appreciate why this territory was, and continues to be, of such strategic importance to the British Navy.

    Relax and enjoy refreshments at the renowned Rock Hotel. From this location overlooking a Genoese fishing village, you can admire the spectacular views to Spain and North Africa. Take in the scenery as you savour a delightful tea accompanied by a tempting selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes.


    This excursion will operate by mini-coach.There is very little walking on this excursion, however, guests must be able to negotiate the steps onto the bus.

    Tour code

    GIB_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 hours