Embarkation at Southampton To be honest it was not a great start to the cruise we had to wait 90 minutes to embark on the ship. The reason was a coastguard safety check which we could see from the terminal. Although it was a pain to be kept waiting we were lucky as some people with later check ins were there for 3 hours!
Although princess said it was a twin room and could not be changed they made it up as a double which is what we booked in the first place. We had plenty of storage for our 3 suitcases. We were on the caribe deck (10) and the balconies on this level and the one below (dolphin - 9) were much larger than the ones on deck 11 and 12. To give you an idea we could recline fully on the chair and footstool whereas the people above had to sit in their chairs. They were painting the balconies on this cruise while in port but it wasn't a big issue and I did not smell any fumes.
Large balcony, double room configuration available, opposite crew area but still quiet. TV in corner above back of bed. Ample storage.
Alghero - it is a tender port and getting off of the ship took ages. There is not a lot there but it was good to stretch our legs.
We went to the top pepe sherry bodega and had a short tour of Jerez.
We booked the Sagrada familia online before the cruise. It is the same price but we got there at 10.30 and the queue was estimated at an hour long already. It is worth getting the headphone tour as you do learn a lot about the church.
We also took the subway, there is a station at the bottom of the Ramblas (close to shuttle drop off)and a journey costs 2 euros each which is better than a taxi, much quicker too.
We took the cable car up the rock and walked down. We definitely earned our dinner that day as we could barely walk the next day! It is a hard way to do it but you do see a lot. It costs Â£18 each which included entry to the caves and battlements. The caves were vast but no different to any others but the battlements were interesting.
The apes were not an issue, one jumped on hubby's shoulder for a ride but we didn't bother him so it just sat there until it was ready to jump off again when we had walked down the road!
The main reason people seem to like Gibraltar is booze and cigarettes. We didn't buy either but your bags get scanned by the port authorities when leaving Gib and a lot of cases were opened on return to Southampton. We saw customs with 3 clear bin bags full of cigarettes taken from our ship alone. Cosmetics and perfumes were very cheap as well.
The leather shops did seem better in Spain.