We wanted to finally get to the Med and see Italy. This seemed a perfect trip to celebrate our Anniversary. We booked the 10 day out of Barcelona strictly for the ports we could get to. And boy were we not disappointed!
The ship itself with the new interior designs were contemporary and really a step up from the "vegas" carpeting of the other ships we had been on. We had a Deluxe OV cabin with the 2 bathrooms which was really helpful for ease of getting ready at the same time. Our cabin steward was very friendly and helpful. All the staff were, I can;t remember talking to anyone that didn't have a smile or say hello. Embarkation was super easy, we had done a tour in the AM in Barcelona and didn't check in til shortly after 2 pm and basically walked on. Being able to buy alcohol in the duty free and take it onboard was a huge bonus, glad we knew that piece of info before hand for European sailings and saved some VAT.
Ports were Livorno, Civitavecchia, Amalfi Coast, Dubrovnik, Corfu and Messina. Would totally go back to Amalfi and Taoromina in Messina in a heartbeat!
Barcelona is beautiful! We flew in day before the cruise and were lucky enough to have a friends friend act as a tourguide.
wandered on our own and it was best thing we could have done! so much to see, we had a printed google map of things we wanted to make sure we saw and stayed on a time call.
Amalfi coast if gorgeous! Definitely go to Positano!
Absolutely beautiful Medieval city. Cable car and walking the city walls were a highlight
Took the Ho-Ho bus and just wandered around. This port seemed to offer the least to see. All in all was ok with being port intensive cruise it was nice to have a slower day.