203 Barcelona Senior Cruise Reviews

A very port intensive cruise has its pros and cons but all in all, RCCL did a great job. I will attempt to be brief! Embarkation: Great, painless, on board in half an hour Food: Dining room was fantasatic but has been the ... Read More
A very port intensive cruise has its pros and cons but all in all, RCCL did a great job. I will attempt to be brief! Embarkation: Great, painless, on board in half an hour Food: Dining room was fantasatic but has been the same menu for many years now. A new addition or two would be greatly appreciated by return cruisers Room: Disappointing. I had asked if the ship had been refurbished. The beds were the newer, and improved in my opinion, mattresses but the bed clothing had not been updated to the navy and white and the room was the aqua and peach of years ago. Definitely needed revamping! The staff was excellent. Our room steward, Ziggy, was kind and did an outstanding job. I did get what I think was food poisoning on the last day of the cruise and was sick all evening and night. I had not eaten breakfast and ate only at the Wind Jammer. I had asked for some Lemonade and thought that it tasted "funny" but was very thirsty and drank it anyway. About three hours later, I began to feel ill. In six hours, I was in the full blown stages of food poisoning and will spare the details. Finally, one of my favorite bars, the Aqquarium bar just outside the casino, was emptied of water and fishes and consequently, it looked rather dead and pathetic. They said the fish had died and it cost too much to keep up. Needless to say, the bar was not doing much business. It's pretty depressing, staring at empty fish tanks when that was once such a lovely attraction. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Most of our cruises have been on Celebrity, and the Century was the first ship we ever sailed on. The renovations were done admirably - color schemes and wood accents make you forget that this is an older ship. We arrived in Barcelona ... Read More
Most of our cruises have been on Celebrity, and the Century was the first ship we ever sailed on. The renovations were done admirably - color schemes and wood accents make you forget that this is an older ship. We arrived in Barcelona 2 days early - beautiful city and wish we spent an extra day there. Embarkation was efficient, liked the welcome champagne but miss the days when you were ALWAYS escorted to your cabin. (We weren't, but others were.) I am in the camp that has seen a decline in Celebrity cuisine over the past few years. I found myself frequently ordering off the everyday menu, and desserts were not very enticing, most seemed overly sweet. The buffet lunches were underwhelming. 9I often settled for a cold cut sandwich.) But what ports! Florence had magnificent architecture, the Amalfi coast was the most beautiful part of the world I ever visited. We took 2 ship excursions, and 2 private ones (arranged through the CC Board) THe private drivers were superior - we got to see more, while ship ones often wasted time. for example, on the Rome ship excursion, the bus left the port at 7:45, then stopped 30 minutes later for a 45 minute bathroom break. And we were dumped at the Vatican gift shop. We had a great cabin steward, very visible, and the Cruise Director was very personable, and also ominpresent. The few production shows we saw were forgettable - no outstanding soloists and we've seen so many on Celebrity ships over the years, they seem recycled. Overall, we had a great time - had an amiable dinner table, met alot of nice people - if only Celebrity would return to its glory days of food - I miss the post dinner afterglow. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
We flew to Barcelona with BA and have no complaints whatsoever about the flight or onward transfer to the ship. We have sailed with RCI before, but not for about 10 years, so it was like being a newcomer again. We were very pleased ... Read More
We flew to Barcelona with BA and have no complaints whatsoever about the flight or onward transfer to the ship. We have sailed with RCI before, but not for about 10 years, so it was like being a newcomer again. We were very pleased with our balcony stateroom which had loads of storage space and a sofa. Our cabin steward, Ardra, was always smiling and helpful. Our first main niggle was the fact that they had provided a kettle, milk and tea in the cabin - but no coffee. We were told there was none available, but we could order from Room Service. This was not ideal for us, because we like to have a cup of coffee first thing in the morning when we wake up - not have to wait for Room Service to deliver it. We solved it though but only by me traipsing the streets of Malaga (our first stop after a day at sea) to try and find a shop open on a Sunday. Then we had to "borrow" a couple of mugs from the Windjammer, to use instead of the paper cups provided. We had opted for early sitting at dinner before the cruise, but when we saw that would be at 6pm (a bit early) and second sitting was 8.30pm (a bit late), we changed to My Time Dining. This was easy to do, but it meant we had to agree to prepay gratuities at the rate set by RCI. We had decided beforehand to pay gratuities ourselves in cash and had brought dollars with us for this purpose. However, we were able to pay this cash into our ship board account to be offset against the gratuities. But it did mean we were paying top whack, which we probably wouldn't have done had we decided on the amounts ourselves. We thought the food was only average - not nearly as good as on our P & O cruise last year. There were only 3 courses at dinner, but this was fine for us as any more would have been too much. We also thought there wasn't a lot of variety in the choice. For example, one day there were 3 "cake" choices on the dessert list. But we had no problems with booking in at a time to suit us. We also found it a bit confusing that the dining room wasn't always open for breakfast and lunch - only on sea days. This also applied to the Seaview Cafe, so on port days you are limited to the Windjammer which meant it was packed. We only took a ship's excursion in Casablanca. There were quite a few grumbles about the organization of the itinerary which meant our day in Malaga was on a Sunday, and everything was closed. The weather wasn't brilliant, so we just had a wander round the towns in Lanzarote and Tenerife, and also in Cadiz. I thought a $5 dollar fee for the shuttle bus was a bit steep (it was free on P & O). Normally when we're on a cruise we go to the show every night. But the entertainment was not very good. Each night it was just one act - either the singers and dancers, who were good, or someone else. For instance, there was a juggler one night. He was good, but only for the first 5 minutes or so, not nearly 45 minutes. This applied to nearly all the shows. The last night was good because there was more variety, but we were disappointed overall with the evening entertainment. All the staff were great - we especially liked Simon on the Cruise Director's staff, and Gordon (Cruise Director) was fantastic. The waiters were very amusing and helpful. The one thing we did think was that everything on board was VERY expensive. We felt RCI gave big discounts to the basic cruise price, but then clawed it back by charging over the odds for everything else. (Eg: You had to pay nearly $4 extra if you wanted freshly squeezed orange juice at breakfast). Read Less
Sail Date February 2009

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