We choose this cruise at the last minute because we licked the ports.
We arrived in Barcelona the same day and used the overpriced ship transfer,the check in was fast and efficient.Disembarkation was also fast.
The ship is midsize [2000 passengers and easy to get around] we never encountered any lines.
The cabin was a good size for an inside cabin but the bathroom floor was moldy and was taken care after a few days[a problem on all ships that,s easily solved with bleach]and the ruffles were thorn.
Dining was very good but the number of selections is going down[same problem as in other lines] but the food quality is above is above RCL,NCL,Carnival and Holland.
We didn`t attend any shows as we were tired.
We had two days at sea and there was little to do.
Service was excellent in the dining room ,cabin and buffet.
We liked the ports of call and never used the overpriced shore excursions.We either joined a Cruise Critic Group or toured on our own.
Alicante: We took a morning walking tour of Alicante and then went to Guadalest a charming town in the mountains.
Cadiz; We toured on our own and took and open bus tour and walked around town,and had a good time.
Gibraltar; We took a morning tour to drive across the airport runway to the frontier,and we went to see the monkeys and the caves.Int he afternoon we walked thru the main street.
Sete: We took a tour to the village of Carcassone and it was nice.
Marseilles; We went on our own to Aix In Provence,walked around and took the little tourist train.A word of caution about this port,the ship docks far from the center,the shuttle to the center was 15euros[round trip per person] and the taxi to the train station is 20euros.The taxi drivers at the pier are pushy and want a whole day tour.In the morning we took a cab all the way to Aix for 60 euros and the driver kept pushing us to do a whole day tour[we were worn out by the sales pitch] and even with the price of the ride being reasonable on the way back we took the train[6 euros for seniors] and a 20 euros taxi ride from the station to the ship.On this port I will take an organized tour from the ship.
Livorno; We took the shuttle to center of town [5 euros round trip/each],walked for an hour thru the out door market and took a tour to Lucca a great walled town walked around and then stopped fro 1 hour in Pisa.
Ajaccio; The ship docks in the center of town ,we walked around and took the little train fro a 1 hour ride.
Civitavecchia; We had a transfer to the airport for 70 euros per couple[with 3 other couples] .The ride took 45 minutes and got to the airport at 9:30 am with a 1:15 pm departure but the check in with Air Canada took 2.5 hours.Air Canada had one line for Business and first class,two lines for people that had boarding passes,one line for the eldery,handicaped and people with small children,for the rest of us [the majority ] there was only one line with a slow attendant.
I will cruise again with Celebrity keeping in mind that drinks are very expensive[$10 t $15] and beers[ $8 and up] and to allow extra time fro your Air Canada check in.
There was mold on the shower floor, most of it was removed a few days later
Thorn ruffles around the bed
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