We arrived in Barcelona and took a taxi to our the hotel - Hotel Miramar. The cost of the taxi was about 35 euros for 4 of us. I would highly recommend this hotel for the location. It is located on the hill overlooking the port. The hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We were there during their large festival Le Merce and the city was busy! We had a balcony and were able to view the fireworks that the city provided from the beach each evening during the festival.
We toured the city on the Tourist /Hop on - Hop off bus. We purchased the tickets right at the hotel and got on the bus right outside the hotel. I loved Barcelona and definitely want to go back some day.
We took a taxi to the port around 3pm, there were no line ups and we were in our cabins before 4pm.
We were 2 couples in cabins side by side. Our cabin steward met us promptly and showed us around. He opened the door on our adjoining balconies. We were on the Caribe deck where the balconies are larger and have 4 chairs. The cabins were bigger than I expected with a large closet area. Emanuel was our steward. He was great, always around when we needed him.
We loved the ship. This was a very busy itinerary so we didn't see any of the entertainment in the theatres. Our favourite places on the ship were Crooner's bar, the dining rooms for both breakfast and dinner as opposed to the buffet, American football on the big screen under the stars, and our balcony to relax. There were many activities that were offered on the ship that we didn't participate in such as the art auctions and the spa. We did however use the casino, the fitness room, and the shops. There is something for everyone on this ship if you have any free time.
I am going to skip over the ports and excursions as I will do a port review.
The cruise into Venice was a memory I will cherish for my life. We went to the highest part of the ship - 18th floor -- and what a view. Opera music was playing in the background and it was simply beautiful. Everyone is given boat shuttle tickets automatically and are charged $15 per person. We had pre-booked 48 hour water bus passes so we returned our shuttle passes and they refunded our account. We got off the ship to the people mover to the vaporetto stop and took that to St. Mark's Square. We walked back to the ship and arrived in good time to spend our last night on the ship.
Disembarkment was very well organized -- you were given coloured baggage tags and assigned a time and a lounge to meet in. Everyone in the lounge walked out at the same time and you were directed to your baggage area of your colour.
We took a water taxi to our hotel which was the Hotel Bisanzio. It was 80 euros for the water taxi for the 4 of us. Princess offered transportation to hotels for $39 per person. The Hotel Bisanzio was a nice hotel. The gentlemen at the front desk were very friendly. The location was great as it was close to St. Mark's square. We then took a water taxi again the next day to the airport.
We really enjoyed this cruise. 12 days seems long but not when you are busy from 7am most mornings. Time does fly by.