Now the QE2 is being converted into a Dubai hotel, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 is the only oceangoing liner - and this ship does cruises too
As well as its famous cultural sights, Barcelona has lots to offer anyone with an interest in good food and wine. Try this gastro-themed ramble through some of the city's back streets for starters...
Ocean Village famously aim their cruises at 'people who don’t do cruises', with an emphasis on adrenaline activities - but lazier souls can enjoy them as much as all-action types
As well as being the birthplace of Spanish bubbly, Catalonia is also the place to discover some amazing modernista masterpieces
A pilgrimage by train from Barcelona to the mosque at Cordoba reaps a golden surprise. Then on to Cadiz, where the gold-domed cathedral looks down over a very different city
by Richard Baker
Richard Baker visited the Catalan city and seaport, and saw the best and the worst it has to offer - including a near mugging!
Whether it's a pair of Christian Louboutin leopardskin slingbacks you need or a nice thick cardie, you'll find it in Barcelona's easily strollable shopping streets
You know you're alive when you visit the Catalan capital – whether funky boutique shopping, avant garde architecture or wonderful cuisine is your scene, Barca has it all, and some!
Look beyond the normal Barcelona must-dos and you’ll discover lunar landscapes, Europe’s largest thermal spa and artist enclaves with eccentric offerings
Fancy a bargain break in Barcelona? Combine city life and sandy beaches with a camping holiday on the Costa Maresme, close to Spain's Catalan capital