Wanted to see some of Europe and a cruise seemed like a good way to start. This is a port heavy cruise with very long days. You can see lots but in stops like Rome you will get just a very small taste and it's a great deal of driving and walking. Private tours seem to be the way to go to get the best of each stop.
We had an upgrade to a mini suite which was a welcome addition of space. The ship was fully repaired after the accident and you would never know it was so crushed. All shows and activities were running. As there is such a short period of evening time some things were not offered every day. They did try to have everything going on the sea day though. We enjoyed all the dining venues and did not do any pay dining except for Chops Lunch on the first day as we purchased The Key. The Key to us was a great benefit as we had excellent seats for all the shows we booked, full internet streaming and priority disembarking and transfers at all ports. One thing to note is there is No Lobster offered in the Dining Room on Mediterranean schedules. You could purchase it along with a couple of other specialty items separately on any night though.
The service and crew were always great and they only disappointment seemed to be with the sports crew. We quite often felt like an inconvenience to them, especially on the zip line.
Our cabin was perfect. Could easily accommodate 5 and we only had 3. There was a pull-down bed in the ceiling and a double bed in the sofa. We also had a small chair and table along with a walk in closet and full bathtub. The balcony was large with lounge chairs and also a table and chairs. Close to the elevators and My Time dining.
We just spend the day before the cruise here. Used the hop on hop off bus and cabs to get around. Don't miss Sagrada Familia Basilica!
I would have preferred an extra sea day over visiting this port.
We took a cab into the old port and hopped on the Petit Train. It took us around the city and up to the cathedral on the hill. Beautiful city views! Once back we just walked around the city. The old port is beautiful.
We took a cab to Station Centrale and grabbed the all day train pass to Cinque Terre. We were going to take an excursion but the company we used across Italy said that they could only drive us to the first town and give us directions on the using the train and boats as cars can't enter the towns. It made more sense to take the train and save lots of money! We just went to the furthest town of Monterosso and worked out way back hopping on and off the train. We did choose to skip Corniglia due to the number of stairs up to it as it is not at sea level. We found Vernazza and Manorola to be the prettiest villages. These villages are not easy to walk in and have many many hills and stairs to ascend and descend but they are amazing to see.