After reading many reviews after booking nearly 12 months prior, it was with concern that I arrived dockside to begin my cruise. Wow was I wrong, one word sums up the greeting and embarkation, 1st Class quality.But, and it is a big but, I have to confess I booked the Yacht Club experience. But and another big but, our experience was not limited to this area, in fact we spent most of our time aboard the ship in the general areas and used the Yacht Club to dine only. I will try to be brief,,, save, save and put off until you have enough to pay for the Yacht Club. Similar to the Haven on NCL the privileges it affords you are numerous beyond a room and dinning, which both where fantastic.For example waiting to embark after day excursions, long lengthy queues where avoided as you simply moved to the front.I am surprised by some reviews, the shows each night are great,even a afternoon operatic performance, The main promenade had dancing each evening and the local Europeans loved it, similar to RCL street party but for adults, the bars poured great cocktails,everyone meticulously measured and garnished so they tasted great,not just free pouring and be happy with this.All this was in the general ship, not the Yacht Club. The Buffet restaurant was super clean and fresh looking, three separate areas serving the same, but with a better breakfast choice than the a-la-carte Yacht club.I found the whole experience on par with Celebrity, but better as it had a European Flair
There is a free shuttle bus about 1km from the port, but it only operated every hour and it still left you nearly a mile from the main district. We took a Uber back to the boat, I would pay for the ships shuttle.
lovely walking city,after getting off the ship walk 500m to the entrance of the harbour and there is a lift that takes you to the start of the city. Midday cannon fire was so-so, only one gun fired
We took a private tour from the port,left at 8.15am and arrived back at 4.30pm. Great day but expensive. The ship offered last minute transfer to Rome for 25eu which may be ideal.
Great walking town, get a map from the Tourist Info at the port exit and it has a walking tour.