First Cruise on RCCL and First to Europe-Loved Both
We began our stay at the Renaissance Barcelona Airport staying on Marriott points. The bed was very comfortable and that was our main concern after traveling on an overnight flight. The location is not the best for touring Barcelona, but they had a free airport shuttle and free shuttle to the city and a shuttle to the cruise pier for 10 Euro a person. Very convienient for us. The buffet breakfast there was decent, but expensive. We purchased tickets for the HOHO bus which was a great way to see the city. I only wish we had more time. We took the noon shuttle from the hotel to the cruise pier and we arrived to find no line to check-in. Very impressive. As we were taking the elevator toward our room they announced the rooms were ready. We had a relaxing lunch in the Cafe Promenade. We practically had it to ourselves. Luggage also arrived in plenty of time for dinner. We had traditional dinner seating at 6:30PM. We were seated with two other couples and had a blast with them the whole week! Food. Bread was better on RCCL. Appetizers and bigger menu on Carnival. Better desserts on Carnival. Service was outstanding on RCCL throughout the cruise. I liked having the Cafe Promenade as a quieter alternative to the buffet. We also ate at Johnny Rockets one night and enjoyed our meal there. Entertainment: First no one can outdue Disney in this category. However, the Ice Show was very good and not to be missed. I also enjoyed a couple of the stage shows in the main theatre. A group called Graffiti with musical comedy was really good. There were other things we wanted to see, but just didn't have the energy to stay up for. I wish the parades were not so late at night. We had a balcony room on the 7th deck and it was much quieter than our rooms on the other two cruises. It was on the "hump" which gave us great views and was around the corner from the elevator. Great location. We did ship tours at all of the ports. (We did miss Livorno due to high winds as mentioned by others) We did Exploration of Pompeii, Eternal City Rome, Monaco & Monte Carlo, Marseille City Tour. We enjoyed all of the tours except the Eternal City Tour. The tour guide never stopped moving. She didn't allow us time to take pictures and we felt if you took your eyes off her for a second she would be gone! Once you get in the Vatican it is wall to wall people. It's really hard to enjoy it. On the other hand, our other three tours were half days and were very enjoyable. I especailly liked Monaco and Monte Carlo. (also the best weather day) Everything we saw was beautiful. The Note Dame Cathedral in Marseille was one of our favorite stops. It was gorgeous and we had an hour of free time to explore it with minimal people. Overall we really enjoyed the Voyager of the Seas and will definitely sail Royal Caribbean again. Europe again? YES In November-Probably not.