Terminal A is part of the Adossat Wharf, along with Terminals B, C and D. It is the first terminal of the four largest cruise port terminals and has services to match. This page will provide an overview of what to expect from the terminal, plus a list of the facilities at Terminal A, tourist information details and advice on travelling as a limited mobility traveller.
Terminal A covers a total of 6,500 square metres across two main areas. The first area is a check-in area with 44 counters and the second area is a luggage claiming area with four luggage conveyors.
Express COVID Testing For Cruise Ship Passengers
How to avoid queuing for your pre-boarding FIT-TO-CRUISE COVID test certificate
If you're embarking on a cruise ship from Barcelona, you will require a "FIT-TO-CRUISE" / "FIT-TO-SAIL" / "VeriFLY" COVID test before starting your cruise. The problem is that the queues for testing cruise passengers can be several hours long because thousands of passengers all need tests. The cruise appointed testing clinics typically work without an appointment. However, there is a solution. You can get a pre-boarding COVID test from an Express COVID testing centre geared up to test cruise ship passengers. With this service, you can avoid the long queues and get tested fast. The cruise specialist testing centre only works by appointment, which is how they can offer such a fast service. The Express COVID test centre set time slot quotas to ensure you get tested rapidly and will not accept further bookings once a time slot quota is reached. It is, therefore, important to book your COVID test well in advance. This testing centre issues COVID certificates that meet the specifications of any cruise ship entering Barcelona. You can feel confident you will have the right paperwork for boarding your cruise.The Express COVID testing service can issue cruise pre-boarding COVID certificates for the following cruises and many more:
AIDA, Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, CroisiEurope, Cunard, Disney, Holland America, M/V Clio, MSC, Norwegian, Oceania, Ponant, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Sea Cloud, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking, Virgin Voyages and Windstar
When you arrive at the Express COVID testing centre, give the name of the cruise you will be embarking on so they can issue you the correct "FIT-TO-CRUISE" COVID certificate for your cruise. All certificates are also approved for the VeriFLY app. Follow the link below that explains three strategies to avoid the long queues for pre-cruise COVID testing.
- Air conditioning
- Two passenger gangways
- Luggage conveyors
- Public telephones
- Foreign exchange
- Duty free shops
- Souvenir shops
- VIP lounge
Shared shuttle minibus transfer from / to Cruise port
On arrival at Barcelona you will find that there is a small Barcelona Turisme tourist information desk. These desks are scheduled to have the same opening hours as the arrival times of the cruise ships, ensuring that it will definitely be open when you leave the ship. The staff at the desk will be able to provide you with basic tourist information for Barcelona. You can pick up maps and leaflets and ask questions about tourist attractions.
Unfortunately, this is only a small information point. This means that staff will not be able to help you with booking accommodation or sell you items such as the Barcelona Card.
To get more detailed information, to book tickets or book a hotel, you will need to go to one of Barcelona's bigger tourist offices such as the one in Plaça de Catalunya. For details of Barcelona's tourist offices, see our Guide to Tourist Offices in Barcelona.
All of the terminal building is designed to accommodate limited mobility travellers. There are lifts, widened doors and toilets for people with a disability. However, if you wish to receive extra assistance whilst you are in the terminal building you will need to speak directly to the cruise company that you have booked your trip with. For full details, see our Guide to Services For People With A Disability in Barcelona Port.
For a guide on how to get from the terminal building to the centre of Barcelona by taxi, bus or walking, see our Guide to Transfers from the Terminals to the City Centre.
Barcelona cruise port terminals are modern and fully equipped to deal with the large numbers of passengers that they have using them at one time. You should have a pleasant experience at Terminal A on the Adossat Quay.