Malaga airport was not as we expected. We had a long wait for our luggage and then a stressful time being pointed in the right direction by different RCI staff. Arrived at the ships terminal and went through the various checks etc and eventually boarded the ship. The ship was impressive and very large looked like the start to a great holiday.
Our balacony cabin was comfortable with plenty of space and we met our stateroom attendant, Judith who was excellent throughout the cruise. Our only disappointment was no tea making facilites in the cabin.
We went on two excursions one to Rome and one in Livorno. They were ok and we felt the Rome trip could have been planned better. The boat trip in Laverneo was nice and relaxing.
Valencia was disappointing after paying $12 each for the shuttle bus to find everything was closed. Ajjaccio town was a short stroll from the ship. There was little to do but it was realxing.
Overall the ship was a good standard with the odd bit of flakey paintwork but kept very clean. We never bothered with the restaurants and used the cafes for all our meals. Even on the formal nights a lot of people wore smart casual. The food was great with lots of choice catering for all nationalitys. The staff were very friendly, shows ok but the Bee Gees were excellent.
Tea, coffee and iced water were free and available 24 hours. We steered clear of alchohol a 16oz Heiniken cost $6.77 and a small lemonade with lime $2.77. Paying the gratuties prior to cruising was peace of mind but don't forget this does not include the drinks service charge or room service tipping.
We were not impressed with the long winded embarkation and general free for all getting our luggage then on to a coach for transfer. It felt like RCI had deserted us.
All in all the cruise was good except the behaviour of the Spanish passengers. Speaking for ourselves the Spanish were rude, bad mannered, selfish, aggressive (pushing people out of the way not)so if your not used to their ways I would recommned not taking a cruise departing from Spain.