This is a must do if you are interested is seeing a variety of ports. We went to Barcelona 2 days early. There is so much to do and see that we should have gone earlier. Barcelona Day Tours is a great resource. I put more about them on Trip Advisor.
We stayed at Hotel Principal, a small hotel near LaRumbla. Reasonably priced, good breakfast and location.Rooms were clean. We had room 418.Large bathroom and 2 beds. Nothing fancy,but did overlook the side street.A 10 minute taxi ride had us at port. Another 10 minutes had us on ship. We arrived about 11am,tour the ship ,ate lunch,and our room was ready. Very smooth.We had an inside room that seemed more spacious that others we had. Bathroom very nice and roomy(for a ship) Equinox had just come out of drydock,with new carpet installed throughout.
Our experience on board was pleasant. This is a very port intensive cruise and the personel did an excellent job of getting 2400 people on and off the ship. We did take some tours from the ship,but discovered on cruise critic you could meet up with others and book through local tour companies. There you had much smaller groups of 10-12. Just sign up on cruise critic for the log of your date cruising.We met wonderful people and the price was about 2/3 of the ships price.My husband and I were traveling alone, so it was a great way to meet people.
Our main focus for booking this cruise was the ports. We were not disappointed. Each has so many opportunities to see and do things. Since we both like historical sights, that was our focus. In Athens be sure to use PK tours.Paul the owner was our driver guide.The ship itself was in excellent shape. We did not eain any speciality restaurants. We had a the Oceanview Cafe for breakfast and lunch. Always a large varity of fresh food to choose from. I try to be a healthy eater. There were alwaysgood choices. I had salmon salad for lunch most days.The dining room gave you a large selection to choose from. Again everything was freshly prepared. DESSERTSTO DIE FOR! The pools were wellmaintained. Some shows were outstanding, others adequate. Because of the intense port days we were not up late to partciipate in any late night activities.You do need to bfairly physically fit to do most of the tours. Lots of walking over uneven stones.Best trip ever. Go For It!