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  1. CruiseDigits

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    +1. One additional note is that we were able to use our phone to make the credit card payments just about everywhere. We needed our physical credit card for train tickets and automated kiosks but the phone worked great at most stores and restuarants.
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    One data point: we too had leftover Euros on our most recent trip this summer so we waited to use the ATMs in town. We made three withdrawals over the course of almost a month, two of the machines we used charged a flat 5 Euro fee, one didn't charge anything. On a related note we have a Schwab account that refunds both U.S. and foreign ATM transaction fees, I'd be curious to know what other providers do the same for foreign ATM transaction fees.
  3. @ravenrob am I looking at the Royal Caribbean schedule correctly with a 5 a.m. arrival to Barcelona on debarkation day? If that's correct and you don't have any special needs or situations then I don't have any immediate red flags. When we left Barcelona earlier this month with a late afternoon departure the airline sent us notifications of a scheduled security strike so we were warned about potential delays but it was for naught as we really didn't have any meaningful lines at security or passport control. One additional thought is that I hope you have time in Barcelona before the cruise to explore the city if you are heading straight to the airport after the cruise!
  4. Here's a direct quote from August 15, 2019 from The Points Guy, full link to the source web page is here: "JetBlue always releases its schedule on Sundays at noon EST. Usually on the Friday beforehand, the airline will open up its schedule to those booking a JetBlue Vacations package. Even if you are not interested in booking a flight and hotel package, it is good to keep an eye on that particular announcement as it will give you a heads-up the schedule will be released in just a few days. It will also allow you to search route availability ahead of time and figure out your ideal flight date and time."
  5. You should go check it out! I agree with the "real" market comment, similar ones are found throughout Barcelona. Think of it as kind of like a mall in that it's a collection of stores but it's filled with small vendors selling seafood, ham, fruits, vegetables, etc. This link should load several pictures.
  6. I don't think there is a published schedule. As mentioned on this third party page, "The cruise port shuttle bus co-ordinates its schedule and frequency depending on the arrival and departures of the cruises. Therefore the cruise shuttle bus service is not a regular scheduled bus service but one that only runs based on demand." Two additional "official" resources that include visuals/maps of the port: http://www.portdebarcelona.cat/en/web/port-del-ciudada/cruceros --> Note the linked .pdf map in this link on that page. https://www.tmb.cat/en/visit-barcelona/public-transport/from-port
  7. @kelsjoy1977 I'm curious what you decided to do!
  8. Hopefully you already found your answers but if not then hopefully the following information helps! It looks like some tickets are still for sale to visit La Sagrada Familia on Saturday, the 12th of October, you can buy tickets online and I recommend buying them as soon as possible: https://sagradafamilia.org/en/tickets We were there for most of August this year when it seems like everyone is away on holiday. Our experience was that many of the shops and stores were closed but there were still many open and available. For example there was a car dealership down the street from where we were staying but we didn't know until they returned from holiday and rolled up the security barrier! I'd expect the tourist attractions to be open and to have tours available. If there is a specific attraction you'd like to see you should be able to check online to confirm availability.
  9. Scrolled through our Barcelona pictures and found these two with taxis. Larger taxis are available though most are the size pictured:
  10. We haven't stayed there though we've stayed in the El Poble Sec and the Sants neighborhoods for extended periods, which are further away from the more traditional tourist areas. Cabs are plentiful and we feel like the public transportation is reliable, though usually crowded. There are things to do literally all over Barcelona and the neighboring towns so anywhere you stay you'll probably have some sort of transit time. How long are you there and what are you planning to do? Looking at the map of the Corner Hotel, Casa Battlo looks like it's just over half a mile away and Placa Catalunya looks like it's just under a mile away. Barcelona is one of our favorite cities!
  11. The street name is Carrer de Blai, it's in the El Poble Sec neighborhood. Here's a screen shot of the map search:
  12. Tapas in the sense that it's a small portion of food, yes.
  13. As far as pickpocketing, I don't know if it's worse or better than the past. We've been to Barcelona three times now -- about nine years ago, two years ago, and then last month. We've always exercised the same vigilance and never personally had any problems.
  14. Here's a short article on pintxos, though the description of "tapas on bread" doesn't do it justice: https://www.timeout.com/barcelona/food-and-drink/pintxos-in-barcelona In the El Poble Sec there are several restuarants all along the street with the food at the ready. You grab a table, a plate, order a drink, and pick what you want to eat. When you've had enough to eat they count the toothpicks and you pay your bill. We usually stop at several different restaurants as they all have different specialties and variations. Delicious. Here are a couple of pictures we took:
  15. We didn't know about them until we were there but there are short trails near the piers too. We had some time to explore before we had to board the ship and enjoyed taking the opportunity.
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