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Cruise Andalucia in Spain from Seville

Enjoy the historic Andalucia region of Spain - the home of sherry, flamenco, mountains and the Costa del Sol

Explore Seville, noted for the cathedral and the Alcazar Palace with its formal gardens, before sailing downriver through beautiful Andalucia.

  • Seville in Spain
  • Plaza de Espana, Spain
  • Cadiz

About Spain & Andalucia Cruises

Follow the River Guadalquivir from Seville passing fields of cotton and rice and the Donana Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Sail along the coast to visit Cadiz, with its gold-domed Cathedral, and perhaps Jerez, renowned for its sherry, flamenco and dancing horses.

Depending on itinerary, visits may be available to Cordoba - with its amazing Mesquita mosque-cathedral, and Granada - with its imposing Alhambra set against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada. Another itinerary crosses the Bay of Cadiz and travels up the Guadiana River, the boundary between Spain and Portugal, to visit Alcoutim in Portugal.

The Alhambra, GranadaThe Alhambra

Cruise Collection

  • Seville and Cadiz at Christmas

    5 Nights - Seville and back

    CroisiEurope Ship - Belle de Cadix Belle de Cadix

    A great value short break at Christmas from Seville in Spain through stunning Andalucia to the coast, with optional excursions to Jerez and Cordoba 2017 - Dec

    Seville and Cadiz Christmas Cruise Blue Water Package
    From £1032pp Cruise Only From £677pp
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  • Gastronomy of Andalucia

    7 Nights - Seville and back

    CroisiEurope Ship - Belle de Cadix Belle de Cadix

    A unique voyage from Seville to the heart of Andalucia, with unlimited complimentary drinks onboard, plus optional excursions to Alhambra, Granada, Cordoba, Cadiz and Jerez 2018 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
    Save 10% on 2018 Departures!

    Traditions, Gastronomy and Flamenco of Andalucia River Cruise Blue Water Package
    From £1334pp Cruise Only From £1029pp
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  • Andalucian Charms

    7 Nights - Seville and back

    CroisiEurope Ship - Belle de Cadix Belle de Cadix

    Discover the highlights of Spain through Andalucia with the opportunity to visit the Alhambra Palace, Cordoba, Granada and leafy Seville. Includes unlimited complimentary drinks onboard 2018 - May, Jun
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    Andalucian Charms River Cruise from Seville Blue Water Package
    From £1481pp Cruise Only From £1176pp
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  • Spain & Andalucia Highlights

    Cadiz

    Cadiz is surrounded on three sides by the sea. The city is dominated by the gold dome of the Baroque Cathedral Nueva, and there are several historic buildings including the mansions around Plaza San Antonio, the Admiral's House and the Tavira Tower. Classical flamenco singing can be heard in the Santa Maria District, and recently opened to the public is the large Roman theatre discovered following a fire in the 1980s.

    Cadiz (Spain)

    Jerez (Spain)

    Jerez is famous for its cattle and horses, and for flamenco and sherry. The city is very attractive, with a fine cathedral and jacaranda trees edging broad streets and squares. The Alcazar is a Moorish fortress which now contains a park, and the town houses most of the key sherry producers.

    Jerez

    Sevilla

    The city of Seville on the Guadalquivir River can be reached by river cruise ships. Passengers aboard larger sea-going vessels can visit Seville from the ports of Sanlucar de Barrameda or Cadiz. Dating back 2000 years, its architecture spans Moorish, Mudejar and Gothic periods. Tapas bars and restaurants are spread across this very attractive city, and sights include the magnificent cathedral, the nearby 9th-century Alcazar and

    Sevilla (Spain)

    Customer Reviews

    "Andalucian Cruise" by Alkazar5 star
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      Village of Alcoutium
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      Fans for sale
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      Roman bridge at Cordoba
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      Cadiz flower market
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      Bodega Sanlucar Equestrian Show
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      Alkazar Gardens
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      Cordoba Cathedral
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    This was the second cruise we travelled on using CroisiEurope Cruise Company. Last year we did the Saone Rhone cruise in France and this year we did the Charms of Andalucia. On both occasions we could not fault the running of the ship and the friendliness of the staff, along with the excellent quality of the French Cuisine. The cruises appealed to us because they are not too formal. The on ship entertainment used local talent appropriate for the regions we were visiting, and there was also space to relax and unwind if you did not feel like joining in.

    The choice of places where we moored on the Andalucian Cruise were excellent to give us an overview of the cities of Seville and Cordoba, as well as an opportunity to visit Cadiz, and if you wished a trip to the Rock of Gibraltar. We were escorted around the Cathedral and the Alkazar, as well as the Spanish Plaza in Seville and the Jewish Quarter and the Cathedral in Cordoba. Both visits were filled with many historical facts as well as some wonderful architecture.

    The most charming Portuguese village of Alcoutim on a sunny Sunday morning was a joy to behold, it reminded me of the Mama Mia set. All in all a cruise I would recommend to people who have never visited Andalucia before, it was a friendly and relaxing way to see the region.

     

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      MS Belle de Cadix
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      Morning mist in Seville
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      Dining on board
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      Stunning architecture in Seville
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      Monkeys on Gibraltar
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      Comfortable lounge/bar
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    Firstly, can I thank you and your collegues at Blue Water Holidays for the courteous, friendly and efficient manner with which you dealt with our reservations. We were delighted that you were able to find us such a brilliant value cruise and to point us in the direction of something a little out of the ordinary. We shall have no hesitation about using Blue Water in the future and will gladly recommend your company to anyone we know who is looking for a cruise holiday.

    Happily we can also report most favourably on CroisiEurope. We had never come across this company before and were extremely happy with the service offered. We were warmly greeted at the dockside in Seville where our baggage was instantly taken from us and delivered to our cabins. The booking-in was smooth and efficient. All staff were helpful and friendly. There were only 8 English speaking passengers on board but announcements were always made in English as well as French and Spanish. To demonstrate equality of treatment, the staff varied the order of language used so they would sometimes begin in English and end in French and, another time, vice versa.
    The MS Belle of Cadiz was scrupulously clean and everything in our cabin was in perfect working order. With outside temperatures sometimes in excess of 40 degrees C, we really appreciated the efficient air con. We were pleased to be on the middle deck because we had picture windows whereas those on the bottom deck only had portholes.

    What a truly beautiful city Seville is.  We would probably never have gone there had it not been the starting point for the cruise.  We intend to return when the weather is cooler (it was 42 degrees F in August) when I am sure we will enjoy it all the more.

    The restaurant was of a particularly highy standard. Food was not only excellently prepared, it was also presented with flair and served by enthusiastic and cheerful waiters. It was nice that we had waiter service and there was only one sitting so we did not have to make a choice between eating early or late. The Bar/lounge was very comfortable and spacious and the music in the evening was appropriate to the country. Unfortunately we are not proficient with the Paso Doble but we enjoyed watching those who were familiar with it!

    There is something very special about cruising a river, relaxing on a sun deck, watching the activity on the river banks, and the facilities on the Belle de Cadix were good - comfortable loungers in the sun and tables and chairs under the canopy.
    Over the years, we have learnt to treat excursions offered by tour operators with a degree of scepticism - they are always greatly overpriced - so we were selective with what we chose on this cruise. Some were good and some mediocre. What was important, however, was that the local guides used always made great efforts to explain to us in English. One in particular gave his spiel in French and Spanish and then came and spoke to us personally, which was appreciated.

    Overall, we would say that CroisiEurope, despite having so few English speaking passengers, went out of their way to accommodate our needs. At no time did we feel left out or second class. It was actually quite fun to be with passengers mainly of other nationalities and many went out of their way to speak or converse with us - with varying degrees of proficiency in English and we endeavoured to respond suitably in basic French.

     

    "Belle de Cadix" by John Breakwell5 star
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    This was an excellent holiday.

    The food was super.

    The boat had excellent facilities and was spotless.

    The staff were extremely helpful.

    As the only English passengers on the cruise we were looked after very well. 

     

     

     

    "Christmas Cruise" by Betty Whitwell0 star
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    For us the Christmas cruise on the river Guadalquivir down river from Sevilla was our first experience of cruising.  It was a splendid introduction.  Although we live in Spain and have visited many of the places included in the itinerary, it was a new experience to see it all from the river.  We very much enjoyed the bird-watching from our cabin window as we travelled through the Doñana National Park and down to the outfall of the river.

    Our enjoyment was increased by the company at our table which provided great conversation.  My husband and I were on our own and teamed up with a young couple from Chicago and a French wonan who had spent much time in the States and had also travelled widely and been on several cruises. 

    It was wonderful to relax in the expectation of the next fabulous meal provided by the chef and his team.  I was worried that I would have put on lots of weight when I returned, but this was not the case, thanks to the small well thought out menus, which were delicious and beautifully presented.  We are looking forward to our next cruise. 

     

    Excellent is not a good enough word.  This holiday was wonderful and the crew could not do enough to ensure it was.  We recommend Croisi Europe to anyone and hope to take another holiday with them in 2014.

    "Andalucian Charms" by B.Hart4 star

    We recently returned from a wonderful holiday with CroisiEurope - MS Belle de Cadix cruising the Guadalquivir and Guadiana rivers. The weather was 'scorchio' and the ship very comfortable. Cabin 247 was just right - no engine noise/vibration and close to the bar! We had a most relaxing time. I thought I would put down some thoughts about the holiday, rather than just write a blog of what occurred.

    The first thing to say is that CroisiEurope is the only company we've ever travelled with that delivers more than it says it will in the brochure.

    1. A significant choice of drinks is now included in the price (photos attached). Wine and some top label spirits are omitted, but we were more than satisfied with the drinks listed. Wine was available in large quantities at mealtimes. Strangely, there was no opportunity to purchase 'better quality wine' - we think this is only available via an additional paid for drinks 'upgrade' option; we were never asked whether we'd like this, but we wouldn't have taken it up, anyway. The purser told 'all-inclusive' was a new policy on all CroisiEurope ships.

    2. Face flannels are provided, and changed every day, despite them being specifically mentioned in the pre holiday literature as NOT being provided.

    3. Special, large blue towels are provided for use on the sun loungers.

    The crew were unfailingly pleasant and attentive. Food was excellent, although there was no choice for any course; the menu was "Table d'hôte". This is not really surprising given that it's a French ship. That said, there was nothing we didn't eat - we eat anything! Of course, there were some people who did not like that day's choice of food and the kitchen readily provided an alternative - and not just a boring omelette. One guest in particular was royally treated. He has an intolerance to wheat (not a full coeliac) and he had NOT notified CroisiEurope before travelling. Nevertheless, the kitchen looked after him wonderfully - special bread cooked for every meal, special croissants for breakfast, all sauces specially made avoiding use of flour etc.. Everyone was very impressed with this level of service.

    The dining arrangements were slightly unusual - it's single sitting and all the English (12 of us) were seated on two assigned tables. We were free to move between these two tables, but nowhere else. We were not even allowed to mingle with the Americans! Not sure what would happen if, say, there were only two English - isolated on a table for two all week??

    Also, the Guadalquivir holiday doesn't really seem like a river cruise. True, it goes down the river from Seville to Cadiz, but then it's a sea crossing to the Guadiana River and this all seemed like a bit of an add on - we entered the Guadiana at about 0700, motored up it until 1030, had 1½ hours to walk around Alcoutim and then motored back down the river again! An overnight stay in a very boring town and then another sea crossing back to (almost) Cadiz again. All this is clearly explained in the brochure and on your website, so we knew exactly what we were getting, but it's not a river cruise in the same way as - say - going up the Douro or the Rhine. For the last two days in Seville the ship acted as a floating hotel more than a ship. But we had a lovely holiday - we're only telling you this if someone should ask Blue Water for their opinion of the holiday.

    We did not go on any trips, not even the included one. The general feedback from our English group was that the trips were too long and/or the balance within the excursion was wrong. Granada was a 14 hour day, including 3 hours each way on the coach. Gibraltar 11½ hours and Cordoba 11 hours. On the trip to Sanlucar de Barrameda (the home of Manzanilla sherry) they spent 45 minutes each way on the coach, a very short time in the sherry bodega and quite a long time at a horse show. That's what they meant by the balance being wrong. However, the moorings were always very close to town/city centres. We had a wonderful time just wandering around these places (Vila Real excepted - it really is very boring). We did not expect Cadiz to be so vibrant and interesting, El Puerto de Santa Maria was fascinating and Seville just breathtaking. We spent over 3 hours in the Alcazar and only came out then because it was getting so hot. This is real Spain - cost of eating and drinking was very low. 2 café con leche on the terrace for €2.20, about £1.76 for the two of us. Costa Coffee eat your heart out!

    Finally, we do not intend - if it's humanly possible - to ever transit via Brussels airport again. The walking is endless, and the signage dreadful. We ended up on the wrong side of the transit tunnel and had to be put back into the correct area by a very grumpy policeman. We have never gone astray in an airport before in all our years of travelling. Expensive, too.

    So, in summary, Judy and I are hooked on CroisiEurope. It's a quirky company but we really liked the laid back atmosphere, the friendly crew, the food and the included drinks. We also liked the freedom to go on trips or do our own thing; we explored Seville very thoroughly and it's a beautiful city. We certainly intend to explore other CroisiEurope cruises. And to all the Blue Water staff involved in our holiday, Salamat, which is 'Thank you' in Filipino! (we learnt that on board, would you believe).

    This was a most enjoyable short cruise and of particularly good value at the 2 for 1 cost. The ship and crew were fantastic and the food was absolutely excellent.

    Because we were not leaving until 4PM on the departure day they allowed us to stay on board for lunch as well. Fantastic.