12 Night Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip) Sail Date: June 27, 2010 Ship: Celebrity Century Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
Superb way to for our first time ever to Europe to get a lay of the land and to experience both relaxed seaside villages as well as historic tourist sites. Using the cruise sponsored tours was a HUGE plus as you don't have to stand in line. You get to go in a separate line, pass all the people waiting, but then again...you pay a little extra for the perk! Often times we were amongst the very first to visit the museum or site which was really worth it. You beat the crowds!
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Make a point of having dinner in the dining room with set times. You can meet other guests and get ideas of what to do the following day if you don't have a scheduled tour. The chef was really good about including items on the menu that were particular to the region we were visiting.
5 out of 5
Depending on your dinner time, you might not be able to always see all the shows that you'd like. If you have the later seating, it's easy to go to a show, then to dinner and then maybe even another show. If you have the early seating, there is a LONG break after dinner before the later show. We often fell asleep as we had such great, ful-filling days!
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
So NICE, everyone, all the time!
5 out of 5
Constant, pristine appearance no matter where you go!
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
You have everything you need, but be sure to bring a universal outlet plug or you may only have one plug to use!
We took a city bus to the tram which transported us about 2,000 ft up the hillside where we could see a brilliant panoramic view. We did this on our own with no problems. There was a little zoo up on top that was cute but not sure it was worth the euros we paid. I figured we were helping to feed the animals.
Don't Miss: Walking the morning farmers market in the main downtown area
Ephesus....is definitely the best thing but unfortunately the shopping experience in Kusadasi is EXTREMELY stressful and NOT worth it. It's almost abusive in that if you even glance at a shop or an item, the salesmen go right after you. I couldn't wait to get back on the ship.
Don't Miss: Ephesus
Walk the village through its amazing maze of tiny, curved streets. Have a gyro or other Greek dish at a restaurant overlooking the sea. Bring your bathing suit for a refreshing dip in the sea as well!
Don't Miss: Overall village and its culture.
Everything in ROME was worth it...Vatican, Vatican Museum, St Peters & Sistine Chapel, Collesium......everything! So rich and full of history and incredible artwork. Do as much as you can!
Don't Miss: Vatican, Collesium
Leaning Tower of Pisa & all the surrounding historic buildings were spectacular. We took the city bus/train on our own with absolutely no problems. We sat and had a delicious coffee after touring the sites and just marveled that we were in Pisa!
Don't Miss: Leaning Tower of Pisa
Amalfi coast which included the towns of Positano and Amalfi were simply wonderful. You can shop at your own leisurely pace, walk the town with its quaint streets and hillside and go for a dip in the sea!
Don't Miss: Positano and Amalfi
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