We had the best time on the Celebrity Reflection Transatlantic, April 22-May 8, 2017. The ship was spotless, the crew and officers were friendly and approachable, the food was very good, and the entertainment was top notch. The ports were very interesting, beautiful, and worth the time:
Tenerife, Canary Islands: explored, nice port
Malaga: took the bus to Granada, but I read that Malaga is worth exploring
Cartagena: new favorite port, beautiful, walkable, Roman amphitheater near the pier
Barcelona: always lovely
Villefranche: loved this port, so charming and took the train to Monte Carlo
Livorno: stayed on the ship as we had been there before
Civitavecchia: disembarked, stayed 3 nights in Tarquinia
Tarquinia is a medieval walled hilltop city about 15-20 minutes from Civitavecchia. We stayed at the Tarquinia Resorts, which has apartments in three different buildings. We stayed in the apartment next to the Duomo in the Tullia studio apartment. This building was built in 1500 (ground floor) then added the next two floors in 1700! If you ever wanted to see what the apartments look like in the old buildings with the giant wooden doors and the arches and shutters, check out my Facebook post, which has 360 pictures here:
We highly recommend Tarquinia Resorts and the lovely city of Tarquinia. It is like stepping back in time, but with modern amenities! The General Manager, Francesco, could not be more friendly or accommodating.
Great cabin located midships. The only complaint is that it is close to the doorway that leads to the crew smoking area, and at times you could smell cigarette smoke in the hall.
Nice walkable area.
Bus takes about an hour and a half, but there is a bathroom stop, so about 2 hours each way. Granada is a beautiful old city, be sure to walk over to the area below Alhambra. Those who did not book a tour online or on the ship would have had difficulty touring Alhambra due not having enough time to get tickets and the large amount to see while one is there, in the time allotted.View All 58 Alhambra Palace and Gardens Reviews
This is our new favorite port. The town is a 5 minute walk from the pier, if that. Being on the Costa del Sol, they get lots of sun throughout the year. There is a Roman amphitheater near the port with a nice museum, definitely worth your time. The town itself has lots of restaurants and shops, many people speak some English, and are friendly. The architecture is quite beautiful.
Barcelona is a beautiful city with lots to see. It is also quite large, so staying overnight is a good thing for cruisers who have not visited before.
This is a charming town built up the mountain, so be prepared to walk uphill and up lots of stairs. Unfortunately for us, it was raining when we were in port, so we did not see much of the town, but did take the 20 minute train to Monte Carlo, only 6 euros for a roundtrip ticket. Monte Carlo is stunning.
Livorno itself it not much to write home about, but if you take the bus to Florence, you will have a great day.