Our family of four flew into Malaga. We stayed at the NH Malaga Hotel which was great.
We embarked on the later side - about 3:30 and had no lines at all. Our rooms ( 2 side by side)were ready and we were welcomed by the wonderful crew.The room had more storage than I anticipated - even little cubbies in the room and bathroom.
One of our favorite events were the dinners in the dining room. While the food was not outstanding, the service was - and the atmosphere was lovely.Dining in the Windjammer was fine,although it was often difficult to find a seat as our cruise was fully booked to 3700 people.
We didn't have time to explore the entire ship - we did an overview but even with a week there were places we didn't get to see. Many of the areas could use upgrades, but they were fine and we enjoyed the sports court for soccer,in line skating, the ice rink and the pool areas.Our fellow travelers did not share the same social norms as we do for getting on and off elevators and lines,but it certainly did not ruin our trip.
We read about heavy smoke in public areas and vibrations,but we did not experience this at all!
As to the ports - we made our own arrangements for about 1/10th of the cost.
In Valencia we took a taxi from the port into the center of the city and walked and explored for the day.
In Rome,we walked to the train station and took the metro to the Coliseum and walked the Forum( bought tickets at the Palatine Hill ticket office - much shorter!)then took a taxi to Trevi Fountain, then walked to the Vatican. We bought tickets online, so went directly in. We had booked a group tour through the Vatican office, but it was too slow for our tight schedule,so went ahead on our own to explore the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica.Another taxi back to the train station and back to the ship.
In Florence we again took a taxi from the port to the train station. We took the fast train into town and walked on our own visiting the Galileo Museum and the Uffizi Museum ( bought those tickets online so skipped the lines).We took the train to Pisa - walked around the beautiful square,back on the train one stop to Livorno and back on the ship for dinner.
In Corsica we walked into town and took the double decker bus - it was a great way to see the island - but make sure you get correct change back from the men who sell tickets.
We saw a couple of the shows - they were okay but not up to the level we anticipated. We heard the ice shows were great,but not so. We appreciated that the area is small and hard to get up speed,but don't stress if you don't get tickets to the show.
Our children went to the teen disco a few nights. They found it entertaining,but they were the only Americans(and English speakers) and felt a bit excluded from the others.
Trying to use the internet is a waste of time and money. We prepaid for an hour and weren't able to connect. We went to guest services and they refunded a part of it,but best to not waste your time or money.
Getting on and off the ship was organized and easy. We were pleased that they made sure that kids couldn't get off without parents being there.
On the last day they offer ( for a significant charge) to allow you to stay in your cabin until 9 and on the ship until 1. We thought we would have to leave our room at 6 am when we docked back in Malaga,but we didn't have to leave our room until 9 anyway.
Overall we had a wonderful time! The staff were excellent - very friendly,helpful and accommodating. The ship is very comfortable.Our family is already missing the cruise and hoping to take another soon. We had a fabulous time and hope you do too!