We were on the Mediterranean cruise that left Malaga, Spain on May 26, 2012 and I wanted to give a few highlights that may assist others:
Downtown Malaga to cruise ship?
The port begins in downtown Malaga adjacent to the shopping district and if you are at a hotel in downtown Malaga, it is a 5-15 minute walk to the beginning of the cruise port terminal. However, the AOS docks at the far end of the terminal. It is about 20-30 minute walk with luggage to reach the Adventure of the Seas. You can either walk, take the public bus, use taxi, or RCCL transfers.
Passenger Profile (According to Cruise Director, Abel):
Approximately 3,200 passengers from 46 Nations
1005 from Spain
990 from United Kingdom
220 from United States
Is the main dining room dinner options available in the buffet (Windjammer)?
Yes, you can get most of the main dining room options in the buffet including lamp chops, caviar, the appetizers including the chilled cherry soup, etc...
Additional Dining/Food Options:
Starbucks coffee - available in main lobby (Sprinkles cafe)
Note: free coffee is also available in this area
Ben & Jerry's ice cream - available in main lobby (Sprinkles cafe)
Johnny Rockets - $4.95 per person near the pool areas
Portofino Special Restaurant - $20 per person adjacent to Windjammer buffet
Note: We did not eat at Johnny Rockets or Portofino. The other dining options were good.
Yes, the ship had 2 topless decks on the Mediterranean cruise including 1 above the main pool bar and in front of the ship
Ports of call:
Valencia - since this was a Sunday, many of the stores in downtown Valencia was closed. We would have preferred another port of call.
Rome - great!!!! We went directly to Rome via train. (Train is easy to find near port.)
Livorno - great!!! The AOS docked in a cargo area and we could not walk out the terminal. Use either taxi to shuttle. We went to Lucca and Pisa. Next time, we will spend more time in Livorno. It looked nice while we passing through it.
Corsica - nice, easy relaxing port! Since this was the 3rd day in a row of port of calls, it was nice to have this relaxing port where the ship docked in town.
Ease of debarking:
Easy! Passengers could walk off as early at 6:15 AM with their own luggage or could use the regular procedure of leaving your suitcase by the the previous night and they assigned you a number. It was relaxing, we ate breakfast at the buffet and then waited to debark at 8:30 AM, based upon our assigned number.
Malaga as a port!
Great!!!! We loved the transportation options including the newer train station and nice airport. The city had great shops and restaurants! Picasso museum is very cool and beaches were nice. We may consider going to Spain for Malaga alone.
Tip for US Passengers: Delta has begun non-stop flights from Malaga to JFK airport for the summer months.