We stayed in Barcelona for one night and met up with the ship the next day, it was only a 5 minute trip in a taxi to the port.
This was the first cruise with Royal Caribbean line, and I have to say on the whole I wasn't disappointed.
From the moment you embark to the moment you disembark, you are treated to first class service.
We checked in about 2pm and we were only 10 minutes checking in and getting our cabin keys, the check-in staff were lovely. The cabin was ready as soon as we arrived.
The crew are friendly, welcoming and always there with a helping hand. The room was more than adequate and we were looked after by a wonderful stateroom attendant, Patu.
If I had one issue it was the fact that everything is in US dollars (we were not advised prior to departure) also the only thing to let this cruise down was the entertainment, mediocre springs to mind, not of a standard I would expect from such a big company.
Food was plentiful and always well presented and the choice was good, you would have to be very picky not to find something you liked. Again the staff in the dining room were excellent especially Mary who looked after us the whole trip.
The drinks were rather pricey, on average a beer was $8 and a cocktail was $10 going up to $12 depending which one you had.
Cruising days - again the entertainment was barely there, unless you liked listening to lectures or attending the casino or art auctions, there wasn't much variety of things going on.
We tend to like to explore on our own, which in a way was good as the excursions could be a little pricey, $54-over $100 depending on the excursion.
If you look around in the ports you can fine cheap transport to get you about if needed, we saw as much as the excursions passengers for a fraction of the price, in most ports.