Having sailed once before in the Caribbean with Star Flyer we decided on taking it across the Atlantic. The 23 day crossing was a combination of Malaga, Spain to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (9 days) and Las Palmas to Barbados (14 days). Due to popularity it was over a year from booking to sailing. Cabin 121. 80% of passengers are repeat.
We arrived in Malaga 4 days before the cruise, allowing time to adjust from the west coast of the US. Our hotel was a few blocks from the harbor and we were able to walk to the boat rolling our bags. check in was at 4 but you could store your bags at the pier starting at 12 noon.
The first 9 days we took 2 tours, bus to Marrakesh from Safi and tour of Lanzarote. Tour to Marrakesh was disappointing, tour guide wanted to make sure we shopped "his store" (for a kick back?) so all else was rushed to get to his shops. Lanzarote tour to volcano park was much better.
Two twin beds (made as a double for cruise) and a third berth that would fold down above head of bed. Three small wardrobe closets. First has rack to hang dresses and longer garments with top shelf. Second has a clothes rod( men's shirts just make it) there is a safe and three shelves. Last closet is all shelves. Desk has two open shelves. TV/VCR on wall mount. Bathroom is small but adequate, shampoo, body lotion and body wash provided. Shower head can be hand held making it easy to wash while trying to balance in rough weather. Small bedside table has minimal storage and luggage fit under bed. Only thing lacking was a clock.
Stayed at Hotel Venecia, Malaga. Older hotel but very clean and some street noise. Took the breakfast plan, typical European breakfast, yogurt, cereal, breads, meat, cheese and great coffee. Walking distance of harbor, Alcazaba and Picasso Museum. Harbor area has small shops, Burger king and Hard Rock cafe.
We took the Hop on and off bus from just outside the port security gate. Took you out to newer section of Cadiz and back through the old town. Good choice of stops to see the church and sea side fortresses.
Shore excursions only offered to departing passengers. Town is within walking distance and has a Hop on and Off bus. We walked through town, main square ringed with shops and small cafes was interesting. There are lots of sculptures and museums you can walk to. Modern multi level shopping center on way to town has am array of eateries and clothing/jewelry stores.