From the moment we embarked the vibe was good the food was fantastic, the entertainment top notch. the entertainment team were really great, Neil Oliver who is the entertainment Director was a star particularly at the Sail Away which are obviously his forte!!Having said that the Captain was a real sport at our Gibraltar one and joined in with the entertainment team.
it was our first Western Med cruise and we learned few things...you cant get off the ship before 8am for the shuttle for Rome so its no good getting up at the crack of dawn like us. You can buy your tkt before you get to the station and the earliest train you can get to Rome is 8 40. Get off at San Pietro NOT the terminus then you can do the Vatican first. Make your way from St Peters to the Colosseum and termini to return (you might get a seat) this is much cheaper than the tours on offer. Queue at The Palatine for your tkts it is generally a shorter queue but to be honest we did Palatine and The Forum and that was all we had time for really, you makes yiur choice. There was a train strike when we hit Livorno but we found a taxi who took 6 of us to pisa for 120E and waited an hr while we looked around. (still cheaper than the tour) the same for Gib we paid Â£22 or 25E ea to go in a taxi who took us all around the sights.
The food was fantastic, the staff excellent always helpful couldn't do enough.
We went in April so the loungers were not an issue don't know how it would be in high season.
Barcelona...we went on the open top bus its so vast that I think you need to orient yourselves for a future visit other than that go to the Gaudi Cathedral and queue and make that your only trip. We did the bus but now know where we want to go in future.
all in all we had a great cruise, just a bit of a roll between Barcelona and Gib but The Bay of Biscay was fine.