The vessel is very pretty but seems to have wasted a lot of space with grass on the upper deck which might have been put to better use. There are some other oddities e.g., the central area of the ship which extends upward from deck three is a major entertainment venue. They have a great band (Xtosea) with music for dancing. However, the space that is the dance floor is way too small to accommodate the number of people who wish to dance. Also, many of the dancers commented that the marble floor is not the sort of material that makes dancing easy. The limited dance floor leaves many of the guests leaning over the rails on decks 4, 5, 6 and tapping their toes.
The entertainment which is held largely in the Reflection Theater is mostly good. The singers and dancers do a good and energetic job with the shows that they put on. (I wasn’t happy with the music of “Momentum” but that’s a question of taste. A great acrobatic show was the final event and that was truly great. Some of the individual entertainers that boarded the ship en route were a mixed bag. Some great singers and musicians. But I’d leave the juggler and magician for a pre-teen birthday party. The cruise director Alex was personable, friendly, and worked hard. He does tend to over use the word “amazing”.
Good, spacious & comfortable.
We did a Hop on and Hop off bus. It was fine. We went to a castle, a food market and the old city from the bus. Lots of fun. Like all the ports it is a frustrating experience having to deal with street maps.
We did a Hop on and Hop off in Barcelona. It was fine. It was a Festival Day. Many people think that Sant Jordi (Saint George) is the most beautiful festival in Barcelona. The date of Sant Jordi, the patron of Catalonia, is also known as the "Day of the book", because the most important poet of spain, Cervantes, died and Shakespeare was born on an 23 of April. So, the Streets were crowded with celebrants alomg La Rambla.
We found a "Free Walking Tour" group (you pay what it's worth to you.). Great guide for a tour of the city. We returned for more the next day for an architectural guided tour - Gaudi.
We took a train from the port of Livorno to Nice. That was fun. We walked through the old city - a sizable walk. At the end of the day we decided to take the tram back to the train. We hopped aboard but no one asked us to pay. What a bonus. Then we spent some time in Livorno which was a pretty port town.