Started with two nights in Barcelona (Hotel Continental), ended with three nights in Venice(Hotel Ponte Mocenigo). Pre-booked private tours in Villefranche and Naples, Transportation only in Florence and Pisa, DIY in Athens, Istanbul, Split and Venice(with pre-booked excursions in each port) We took a Celebrity tour from Mykonos to Delos. Everything went beautifully except the Celebrity Delos tour, which was a dis-organized exercise in frustration. Because of our arrival time in Mykonos, we had no choice, other than Celebrity, in getting to Delos. This being our sixth cruise, I knew better than putting ourselves at the mercy of ship excursion people. This tour re-confirmed that belief.
The overall appearance of the ship was excellent, a few rust spots and worn upholstery, but nothing to distract from the overall excellence.
Our sweet sixteen cabin was perfect, and our room steward Nyak, was the best we have had in six cruises.
The main dining room food and service was outstanding. One meal in Normandy, which was everything it was hyped to be. Variety, service, and convenience in the buffet was very good.
We only went to shows on two evenings, both were excellent.
The only negative on board experience was with "guest relations" ...wrong information, tone and attitude very offensive...needs adjusting.
This was a fantastic cruise, the itinerary, the ship, most of the ship personnel, we met some very good people who we hope to cruise and tour with again.