Having sailed on the Liberty before we knew what to expect.A Mega ship that never seems to be full, even when it is, and it was, with a crew, from Captain down that make you feel special.
We had an inside cabin on deck 7 that was completely adequate for our needs and ideally situated in quiet area near the library.Dennis,our cabin boy, was always cheery and had the cheekiest smile imaginable.Our cabin was always spotless.
We dined in the MDR on first sitting.We chose a table for 2 as it was just a small breakaway holiday.What a surprise when we were allocated a table for 4 ,to ourselves,at the window and enjoyed the sunset every night.The food we found excellent and the service was superb, thanks to Gabriel and Robin who attended to our every whim,not that we had many , but after 1 night these boys remembered all our likes and dislikes.
Entertainment was terrific.The standouts being,Saturday Night Fever, the Ice Show and In The Air.The Parades in the Royal Promenade were also of a very high quality.Let's remember we are not on Broadway after all.
Ports of Call.
Toulon is a Naval Base.There is not a lot to see however we arrived on an Open Day and had a tour of an Aircraft Carrier and a Frigate,very interesting. RCI do not dock in Toulon but in La Seyne Sur Mer which is across the harbour.Do not take the ships shuttle ferry,take the local ferry which costs 2 Euros each way.
Villefranche is a lovely little seaside town ,very walkable though hilly.We took the ships excursion to Monaco and Monte Carlo which we thoroughly enjoyed , however should we return we would take the train ourselves.
Florence is marvellous, the buildings are beautiful, and so much to see. We shared a taxi with 2 couples from the Philippines and a honeymoon couple from Israel. We had a wonderful day, our driver told us all we needed to know for our walkabout and even provided a map.After our walk we then went to Pisa and had plenty of time to see everything.Cost us 45 Euros which again is a lot cheaper than the ship.
We again shared a taxi when we visited Civitavecchia, this time with a family from Brasil.Our driver took us to all of the major sites in Rome, with ample time to see most of them without rushing.Remember that to SEE Rome you need more than a day excursion.Once visited however you need to return.
Naples is just a big city, the thing to do here is decide where you want to visit,there is such a variety of options.This visit we took the ferry to Ischia which is a most beautiful island. Lovely to walk about with plenty of shops and restaurants. This is a shoppers paradise without the hassle.
Embarkation and Disembarkation at Barcelona went like clockwork.
Yes we would recommend this cruise to anyone looking for both site seeing and relaxation, it has both.The main attraction though is the attention from RCI.