Spanish cuisine, lush mountain ranges, and fifteenth century art, this transatlantic itinerary has a little bit of everything. Bob Newman recently visited Spain’s Mediterranean coast, and found that you come to truly appreciate and understand their ancient soul. And, with Royal Caribbean Cruises’ entertainment, abundance of food and activities, everyone is sure to have a memorable time along the way.
What did you enjoy most about this ocean cruise experience?
The days at sea are wonderful. Smooth sailing. The headliner shows were quite good with a lot of variety!
Tell us about the ports/cities you visited with this itinerary.
We have taken 3 previous transatlantic voyages but the ports we visited this time were all new to us:
- Ponta Delgada in the Azores is a beautiful island with interesting sights to see. One of the must sees is the twin crater lakes (Sete Cedases).
- Gibraltar – The rock is stunning with views from the top to see Spain and Morocco. The monkeys on the mountain were incredible as were the St Michaels caverns.
- Alicante – Wonderful city to walk around in and a must is to take the lift to the Castillo de Santa Barbara. Incredible views .
- Valencia – Large city but the parks and the amazing architecture are quite something.
What shore excursions did you go on? Which ones would you recommend?
- Ponta Delgada: Shared a taxi with another couple for about a 2 ½ hour tour.
- Gibraltar: Got a taxi tour with six others.
- Alicante: Took a free shuttle from ship into town. Walked along amazing promenade beachside then took a lift inside mountain to the top Castillo de Santa Barbara. Charge is 2.70 per person but if over 65 and have proof of age, it is free.
- Valencia: Third largest city in Spain. After getting off the ship we arranged Hop on, Hop off tour. Actually 2 tours for 14.00 per person. Had to catch a public bus from the port into city center which cost 1.50 per person to get to Hop on, Hop off starting point.
- Civitavechia : Port for Rome Caught a taxi from ship terminal to the Civitavechia rail station. Caught a train to the airport with one change of train. Trip is about 1 ½ hours. Purchased rail tickets before we left on trip. Total about $26 for both of us.
What are your top pieces of advice for someone going on a similar trip?
- Make sure you don’t mind being at sea for several days.
- Be prepared for continuing to lose time as you travel eastbound.
What did you like most about the cruise line?
Food and service was very good as well as variety of headliner shows.
What are 3 things one can expect from this cruise line?
- Friendly staff.
- Good food with a lot of variety.
- To be approached by sales with offers i.e spa treatments, drink packages, specialty restaurants
Did you do any shopping or specialty dining on board the ship? What were your favorites?
I purchased nothing on board. I did go to Giovannis Table for lunch. Excellent Would recommend going to specialty restaurants for lunch instead of dinner for better price.
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