We flew into Barcelona a day early and was picked up by Barcelona Day Tours. They gave us a great half day tour and then dropped us at our hotel. Check in was in the afternoon so this was great.
We, my sister, mom and niece, were a party of 4 from 25 to 77 and all had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the ship and the ports were fabulous. Several ports were an hour from the city and you need transportation to get there. We used private tours and ship tours and were happy with both. In some big ports there was a little walk or bus ride to even get out of the port area. They were all wonderful ports.
The ship itself was good. I didn't feel that it was an old ship and we liked our rooms. They were inside rooms on mid deck 9. Very quiet and the beds were good. Alex our cabin steward was excellent. Very pleasant and kept our rooms clean. Always a smile on his face. As for the size of the ship, I liked that it wasn't too huge and we walked everywhere and took the stairs.
our cabin was very good. we had no problem with size
the beds were good
it was a nice quiet area
Alex our steward was excellent
The ship docked at Toulon. We did not go to Marseille. Toulon was quite a beautiful harbor. There is a little train that you can take from the ship to the city. We went to a flea market there that is open until 12 noon or 1pm or so. The beaches were beautiful. We did not go to the Naval museum but did go by it. I hadn't known about the ships being sunk there during the war by France and her allies - very sad.
We toured around on our own here. Everyone we met was nice. We took the metro or trolley and saw the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, The cisterns, and the Grand Bazaar. Another great port. We bought lots at the bazaar and bargained after we got the hang of of it. Everyone tries to bring you to a rug store but we firmly said no and walked on.