We had booked a guaranteed stateroom and to our delight were allocated cabin 6502 located at the front of the ship, underneath the bridge, facing forward and looking down over the front of the ship and out to sea.
November isn't the best time of year to cruise the Med; the weather could have been a great deal better. At times the sea was quite rough which sadly meant our trip to Florence was cancelled as the captain said it was too dangerous to dock in the port of Livorno. Another cancellation was the ship's arrival in Marseille, this time the reason was that the Sirocco wind was due about the time we were scheduled to leave Marseille and the captain thought it would be too dangerous exiting the port. Why Marseille was listed as a port of call is a mystery to me especially as at this time of year the Sirocco wind is quite a common occurrence. Anyway instead of Marseille we docked in Toulon.
We were very grateful that the ship was so big, given the size of the seas we encountered especially on our last night. The ship is fantastic, as are most of RC's fleet, although older than Independence of the Seas our previous cruise ship, it is still very modern and clean. The food in the main dining room is very good but it must be said that it was nowhere near as fantastic as our first experience on the Empress of the Seas in the Caribbean some 2 years earlier.
On disembarking in Barcelona we booked our only RC excursion of the trip, to Montserrat. It was a very enjoyable trip and as a bonus they actually dropped our luggage and us at the airport after the trip
Would we book another Med Cruise in November? It would have to be at a bargain price as the weather very unpredictable at that time of year
We bought a travel pass from the newspaper stand inside the railway station (ignore the queue outside the station, they are queuing for the station ticket office). The ticket, which cost just 9 euros, gives unlimited travel on trains and transport from Citivecchia to Rome and in Rome itself.
The weather was very cool with odd spots of rain every now and then.
When returning from Rome, if you want a seat on the train I would advise you travelling from Rome Termini station, the starting point for the train. Leave plenty of time, as the platform is a good 15 minutes walk from the station entrance.