This is only our fourth cruise and we wanted a cruise that visited interesting places in the Mediterranean and was only a short flight from home. Mornings and evenings were cool but temperatures in the day around the low 20 degrees C and we had one rainy morning. We flew from East Midlands to Palma and although check-in was slow arrangements went smoothly until check-in at the cruise terminal where things again were slow. This cruise was the second week since the ship had been refurbished and the quality of furnishings and fittings was exceptional. The lifts were spacious and quick. Without exception all the staff we met were friendly, welcoming and helpful. Eating was a delight with open dining in six restaurants and three a la carte which cost extra. Ten bars, one a pub and a coffee shop completed the arrangements. The talented Explorer 2 Show Team produced a number of top class shows in the Broadway Show Lounge that would rival any produced in the West End. There were lots of activities during the day and in the evenings. Pampering was available at Champney’s Spa a new venture. We visited three Countries, five towns and could either walk in or take an inexpensive shuttle bus to enjoy them. There were lots of excursions to places like Pisa, Florence, Genoa and St Tropez and lots of room for sunbathing. Departing the ship was an ordeal because of poor organisation and we were again held up by Border Control at East Midlands on return. An enjoyable cruise, a top-class ship, fine food and drink and an outstanding crew. And the bonus adults only.
Cabin 4056 was attractively furnished with new furniture and lovely white linen. We had superb storage with three wardrobes, ample drawers and bedside cabinets. A good-sized window, comfortable single beds and easy chairs. The main mirror cupboard had a complimentary safe behind it and we had a mini bar and TV. Coffee and tea making facilities were replenished twice a day by Pande our attentive steward. The bathroom was the best we have had to date, spacious and well fitted with lots and lots of lovely soft towels and plenty of hot water.
We visited Savona, Livorno, Toulon, Marseille and Barcelona all nice places to visit on foot