We stayed in Barcelona for 2 nights prior to our cruise. I had booked the City Tour 'hop on hop off' bus on line before leaving the UK and actually saved quite a bit of money. It was, as this type of tour usually is, the best way to see the city in a short space of time. We also used the metro and regular buses which we found user friends.
Barcelona is a beautiful city and we hope to return at some point in the future.
We took a taxi from the hotel to the port which is very accessible, and check-in was probably the easiest we have ever experienced.
Our balcony stateroom was located on deck 11. We found this to be spacious with plenty of both hanging and drawer space and NCL provide a bathroom in which the toilet and shower can all be separated from one another. Our stateroom attendant was immediately on hand and was always there when we needed him.
Through NCL in London a Cruise Critic M&G was arranged for the first morning at sea, which was attended by some of the ships top personnel and was catered.
We ate Breakfast and Lunch in the buffet where the choice was very good, but at the wrong time it was difficult to find seating, especially as there were four of us. Each evening we ate in the Garden restaurant and this was excellent. Good choice of menu, hot food, attentive staff and a very experienced Matre'd.
We had four days at sea and there was a varied mix of activities on board, although the location for some of these was not terribly good (mainly the Trivia).
The entertainment was excellent, the ship's company were very talented and the individual acts were a pleasure to watch. I'm afraid that as we are getting older we did not spend much time in the other lounges after showtime!
The ports of call were terrific and for the most part we 'did our own thing' but took the ship's tour to Gibralter from Malaga which was very good.
Disembarkation was also made easy.
The only real 'gripe' we had, and for us was quite important, is that we were offered on board credit when we made our booking and in the past we have always used this towards payment of the service charges. On our second day at sea we received a letter in the cabin to say that the on board credit was only to be used for purchases and not against services. During the cruise we attended a future cruise presentation where you can leave a deposit towards a future cruise and they give you $100 on board credit but do not tell you that you cannot put this towards your service charges - you are only told if you ask!