Gems of Spain & Portugal – Cruise from Belfast

for 18 nights

Enjoy a wonderful 18-night cruise from Ireland to the Mediterranean gems of Spain and Portugal including Majorca and Lisbon onboard the Ambassador Ambition.

What's Included
  • No flights required!
  • 18 nights onboard Ambassador Ambition, based on 2 adults sharing
  • Return coach to Belfast port from around Ireland (call for details)
  • Full board cuisine
  • Welcome and farewell Captain’s cocktail party (6 nights or more)
  • Captain’s gala dinner
  • Evening entertainment
  • Daytime activities programme
  • Informative guest speakers
  • Wide range of entertainment and daytime activities
  • Fitness, dance and wellness classes
  • Use of gym, swimming pools and hot tubs • Spa access
  • Porterage of luggage between the port and cabin
  • Taxes and unlimited baggage

Trace the coastline of Western Europe with a sailing to El Ferrol, Spain, where maritime history meets modern charm, with the option for tours to Santiago de Compostela. Cruise to Cadiz, an ancient city on the Andalusian coast and your gateway for optional tours to Seville, before reaching the vibrant city of Palma de Mallorca. Continue to the cultural hub of Valencia, known for its futuristic architecture, and Alicante, where historic landmarks blend with coastal beauty. Explore the iconic rock of Gibraltar, then sail to Lisbon, Portugal’s charming capital. Conclude your journey with a stop in Leixoes, the gateway to Oporto. This sailing offers a rich tapestry of history, culture, and coastal adventures across these captivating destinations.

El Ferrol
Guarded by castles at its harbour entrance, Ferrol is one of Spain’s oldest and most famous port cities. Stroll through historic plazas, visit naval monuments, and discover the city’s maritime charm.

Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, nestled in Spain’s Balearic Islands, captivates with its subtropical allure and Moorish influences. Explore iconic landmarks like the majestic Palma Cathedral and historic Almudaina Palace, relax on sandy beaches, and enjoy yourself in this stylish Mediterranean paradise.

Beautiful Valencia, Spain offers an unforgettable experience for all. Visit iconic landmarks like the City of Arts and Sciences, savour the authentic rice dish paella, and immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural tapestry.

Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, captivates with its iconic rock and maritime history as the gateway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Explore historic fortifications and keep an eye out for the iconic Barbary macaques that roam the streets.

Special Offers
2nd Passenger goes FREE
Upgrade Options
Go All-Inclusive - Add Drinks + Gratuities Package for €810 per person when added at time of booking.
Ambassador Ambition

Here she is, Ambition. Aptly named to further emphasise our commitment to inspire and delight every guest to enjoy an authentic cruise experience effortlessly, and sustainably

Ambition will carry up to 1,200 passengers to give her a true sense of comfort and space in her 714 cabins, 125 of which have balconies and 113 are suites with up to 62m2 of living space.

Her dining options will inspire you with two main restaurants, speciality dining options*, and a more casual bistro style café. Sit back, relax and enjoy a drink in one of her four bars, lounges and pub. Or take in a show in the a tiered main theatre, or discover your hidden talents casino, card room, library, and craft studio.

Other facilities include the wellness centre, gym, two swimming pools and a range of retail shops, perfect for days at sea.

Dining options really will spoil you for choice, especially at Buckingham restaurant and Holyrood, our two main dining rooms. We also have Borough Market, our more casual dining choice with delicious and ever-changing delicacies from around the world. For those wanting to give their taste buds an extra tingle, we have our speciality restaurants Saffron* and Olympic Taverna* offering exceptional gastronomic experiences.

Lounges & Bars
If unwinding is on your agenda, then why not kick back in one of our lounges? We have the timeless Cavern and the stylish cocktail Clifton Lounge serving all your favourite tipples, and a poolside Consulate Bar perfectly positioned for you to soak up the rays. Other bars include Angel Bar overlooking reception, the quintessentially British Purple Turtle Wine Bar, and for all your pre and post-theatre moments, we have the elegant Pendennis bar.

Speaking of theatre, we have an exciting entertainment programme at The Palladium ready to whisk you away to new worlds full of song, dance, comedy, and wonderful storytelling. There’s also Grafton Street, our arts, crafts and activity area, No.10 Conference Room perfect for meetings and card games, Brontë’s library, the shopping galleria, fitness centre, an exterior joggers and walkers track, swimming pool, splash pool and relaxation pool. And to extend that feeling of rejuvenation, we have our Green Sea Spa on board, offering a sauna, steam room, hair salon and a range of restoring spa treatments

Ambition offers a range of cabins spanning six accommodation decks from the Reception Deck 5 up to the Sun Deck 12. We have 21 twin and single cabin categories to suit a wide range of preferences and pockets. Our cabins are generally more spacious and cater to today’s climate, averaging 15-16 square meters, with cabin types broadly classified as standard, superior, premium, or de-luxe. Our dedicated housekeeping team clean cabins once a day with an evening turn down service and provide 24-hour room service at a supplementary cost. All our cabins are air-conditioned with ensuite facilities including a shower and ample storage space with room under the beds to store suitcases.

All cabins have a range of impressive amenities and personal touches. Make yourself at home with tea and coffee making facilities and take advantage of the hair dryer, personal safe, UK three pin electrical sockets and USB ports. There is also a flat screen TV for all your entertainment needs, including a range of house movies, news, documentaries, and ship information channels. So why not sit back and watch the ship position and routing from the comfort of your own cabin?

Click here for more information about Ambassador Ambition including Deck Plans.

Dates Cabin price Price
27 Sep 2025 Inside €3109 Book Now
27 Sep 2025 Oceanview €4119 Book Now
27 Sep 2025 Balcony €7199 Book Now
27 Sep 2025 Suite €8249 Book Now
27 Sep 2025 Single Inside €2789 Book Now
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Booking Remarks
Prices shown include all reductions and offers
Prices are per person based on two sharing unless otherwise stated
Inclusive of taxes
Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250pp. Full balance is due 16 weeks before departure date
Optional Insurance available (conditions apply)
Single supplement may be available on request
Onboard gratuities are not included
Prices are correct at time of going to press
Adult only cruise line
Day 1

Belfast, Northern Ireland

You board the Ambassador Ambition in Belfast Harbour. She sets off on your holiday in the afternoon.

Day 2

Liverpool, England

Liverpool is heaven for sport and music lovers, and it also happens to host the UK’s largest collection of museums and galleries outside London. Visit iconic Beatles sites like Penny Lane.

Day 3-4

At Sea

Day 5

El Ferrol (for Santiago de Compostela), Spain

Ferrol is a city in the province of A Coruña in Galicia, Spain. It is located in the Rías Altas, in the vicinity of Strabo’s Cape Nerium.

The final stop on the epic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail, Santiago is a unique city imbued with the aura of a millennium’s worth of journeys. Long-gone centuries live on in its arcaded streets and magnificent stone architecture, of which the famous cathedral is the jewel in the crown.

Day 6

At Sea

Day 7

Cadiz, Spain

Cádiz is an ancient port city in the Andalucia region of southwestern Spain. The home of the Spanish Navy, the port boomed in the 16th-century as a base for exploration and trade. It has more than 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, which was traditionally used for spotting ships. On the waterfront is the domed, 18th-century Cádiz Cathedral, featuring baroque and neoclassical elements.

Day 8

At Sea

Day 9

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma is a stunner. Rising in honey-coloured stone from the broad waters of the Badia de Palma, this enduring city dates back to the 13th-century Christian reconquest of the island, and to the Moors, Romans and Talayotic people before that. A richly studded diadem of historical sites, Palma also shelters a seemingly endless array of galleries, restaurants, craft studios and bars – it’s without doubt Mallorca’s greatest treasure. Wander in any direction from the awe-inspiring Gothic Catedral at its geographic and historical heart and you’ll find bent medieval streets lined with aristocratic townhouses, looming baroque churches, teeming public squares, vibrant bohemian neighbourhoods and markets overflowing with all the bounty of the island. You could spend weeks in this city alone, and still uncover fresh joys every day.

Day 10

Valencia, Spain

Spain’s third-largest city is a magnificent place, content for Madrid and Barcelona to grab the headlines while it gets on with being a wonderfully liveable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts and converted the former riverbed into a glorious green ribbon of park winding right through the city. On it are the strikingly futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, designed by local boy Santiago Calatrava. Other brilliant contemporary buildings grace the city, which also has a fistful of fabulous Modernista buildings, great museums, a long stretch of beach and a large, characterful old quarter. Valencia, surrounded by its Huerta, a fertile zone of market gardens, is famous as the home of rice dishes such as paella, but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more besides; it’s a superb spot for eating.

Day 11

Alicante, Spain

Alicante, located in the Costa Blanca, is one of the most beautiful cities of the Spanish East Coast.
During your Mediterranean cruise you will discover a vibrant city connected to the sea and rich in history and architecture. From the Santa Barbara fortress, the main castle of the city, to parks and boulevards, such as the Explanada de España where you can enjoy Alicante’s breathing fresh air and relax in cozy bars and terrace cafés.

Some of the great sights to see nearby include:

• Santa Barbara Castle
• Mountain village of Guadalest
• Explanada de España

With an Excursion you will discover the Santa Barbara Castle, Alicante’s main historical sight. Sant Barbara Castle is an imposing medieval fortress located on the bare rocky hill above the town beach. From the old walls you can admire spectaculars views of the city and the whole bay.

A cruise excursion can also be an opportunity to discover the Mountain village of Guadalest, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. The sixteenth-century Moorish castle town and former Muslim settlement is built high up in the surrounding rock, and you enter through a gateway tunnelled into the mountain.

With one of our excursions you can also discover the Explanada de España, Alicante’s famous maritime promenade. It runs parallel to the port, from Plaza Puerta del Mar to Parque de Canalejas and has a mosaic pavement that mimics the waves of the sea. This boulevard is full of cafés and terraces where you can try some typical food or just relax while enjoying the Mediterranean views.

Day 12

At Sea

Day 13


The Rock crouches over the sea like an ancient stone beast, looking Sphinx-like to Africa. Beneath the white cliffs of this natural fortress grows a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress. No fewer than 600 varieties of flowers thrive here, some not found anywhere else on Earth. Gibraltar’s stunning setting is matched by its history – five countries have battled for 13 centuries to control the passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The result made for a cultural melting pot. Veiled Moroccan women in caftans and vacationing Englishmen and Spaniards stroll along the narrow, steep lanes. The locals revert to a liquid Spanish when talking among themselves. And visitors to a 15th-century cathedral pass through a blue-tiled courtyard, once part of a 13th-century mosque.

Helmeted bobbies, pillar-boxes and pubs make for a bit of Britain in the Mediterranean. Gibraltar is a fascinating place, from its caves and batteries to the Barbary apes gamboling on the slopes of the Rock.

Day 14

At Sea

Day 15

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is Portugal’s vibrant, colorful capital city, and the country’s cultural and commercial heart. There’s a lot to do in Lisbon, and lots of options for all tastes, at all times of year. Lisbon is famous for its cultural heritage, Baroque churches, Fado shows, delicious seafood, and brilliantly preserved architecture in the city’s many walkable neighborhoods. While there, ride the iconic Tram 28 from the city center up to Bairro Alto. Tour the Torre de Belem, a fortified tower built in the 16th century that watches over the city from the mouth of the River Tagus.

Day 16

Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal

A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony.

Oporto sits deep in the gorge of the River Douro and on the riverside – dominated by the two-level Luis I bridge – it’s possible to look up at the narrow old town streets climbing out of the valley. Pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs line the streets, mixed with neo-classical buildings and wonderful baroque churches. Dominating the centre of the city is the fortress-like Cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone.

Day 17-18

At Sea

Day 19

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Your cruise comes to an end as you cruise into Belfast Port. Disembarkation begins shortly after the ship docks.

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