We chose this cruise because of the great itinerary, going to places we have never been and wanted to visit. This cruise offered two locations for embarkation, and we chose Rome. There were several places that we wanted to visit in Rome and this gave us the opportunity to arrive in Rome a few days early and spend some additional time there. The City of Rome is actually quite a drive from the cruise port so using this as one of our ports would not have allowed enough time to see everything that we wanted to. The cruise port here in Civitavecchia had just opened so everything was brand new and the process went very smoothly. There also were not as many people embarking here as in Barcelona. so we were able to avoid the crowds.
The ship was a bit different than others that we have been on. but there were no major issues. The toilet was in it's own little closet, as was the shower which was on the other side of the door of the cabin. The sink was in the room. The bed was comfortable for my husband and myself, but could be a problem for a tall person. There was plenty of storage in the cabin but very little walking room. One thing that we missed was a walking deck that went around the outside of the ship.There was a small "track" that went up and down one side of the ship on one deck. The upper deck and a few small pools, hot tubs, waterslide and climbing wall.
The Garden Cafe Buffet was our choice for breakfast each morning and the food was excellent. We had a promotion for 3 nights of dining in the specialty restaurants and the food options offered were excellent. The regular dining room did not seem to offer very interesting options.
The entertainment on the ship was very good, though several required reservations.
This was a very enjoyable trip and I would highly recommend it.
This was a free walking tour, and at the beginning of the tour we were told that donations were welcomed at the end of the tour, depending on what you felt it was worth. Our guide was excellent. She spoke very good English ( tours were offered in several languages) and was easy to understand. She was very knowledgable and often interjected her descriptions with amusing stories.View All 25 Gothic Quarter Walking Tour Reviews
The guide was very difficult to understand. In our group of 16, there was one couple that spoke Spanish so our guide repeated every thing in Spanish. It was hard to know when she was switching back to English and try and follow her.She often started to talk about things but did not tell you where to look so you really were not sure if it was on the right, left, forward or behind us.
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Our driver was just that. Never really spoke to tell us where we were or to point out anything on the long ride to Florence.
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our tour guide was very good. We visited many places, but perhaps there were too many places on the agenda. Would have liked to spend a it more time in some of the locationsView All undefined undefined Reviews
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