Posted April 21st, 2012, 04:55 PM
Last edited by Denny01; April 21st, 2012 at 04:58 PM
If you want to see country the night train will not work for you. While i agree flying is a pain, it is the easiest and will let you spend more time in the City
Agree, but you wont see much countryside in an airplane either. And although the train is mainly at night, it is the same time as when you'd be sleeping in a hotel, and gets you into Barcelona nice and early (0730), so you can go explore the Ramblas and the port area near the ship before you go aboard.
Paris-Barcelona are over 500miles/830km apart.
If you fly, you either spend the night before the cruise in Paris or Barcelona. You could take the chance and spend the last night in Paris giving you a little more time in Paris, then flight the morning of departure to Barcelona, but thats just like all the stories we hear about people flying into the departure city the day of the cruise, and the stress/hassle that causes. Or you fly into Barcelona the day before, taking all the time to get to the Paris airport, fly to Barcelona, taxi/subway to another Hotel and then whatever time left to enjoy Barcelona. But there is the hassle of another hotel move.
Our plan was to train into Barcelona, departing early evening, reach there at 0730, after sleeping on the train which covers the cost of the transporatation to Barcelona And a hotel, then enjoy the town a bit before heading to the ship.
Enjoy either way, but think about which option cuts down on stress and hassle, and if you think you can sleep on a train (we sleep like a rock last time), and so on.