Barcelona, Spain


We arrived in the port of Barcelona, Spain on Friday morning, September 19 after spending another beautiful day at sea cruising from Cagliari, Sardinia.

Since we had visited Barcelona on a previous cruise, we decided to book no tours for the day but to head out to the Airport and start to make our way back to Arizona.

There was no easy way to set up pages for our days at sea, so I thought I'd use the Barcelona link to talk about those experiences.

The weather in the Mediterranean during our trip was relatively hot and humid (high 80's).

Jim and I didn't spend much time hanging around the pool on "at sea" days as we can do as much of this as we want at home. Instead, we made it a point to check some books out of the on board library and spent some quiet time reading...something we don't get much time to do at home.

We also got to take in a movie, "Into the Wild". It's the true story of Christopher Mc Candless, who after graduating from Emory University, abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Beautiful cinematography, but a sad and tragic story.

One of the interesting things about this ship is that it has an ice skating rink. During one of our "cruising" days, we attended an ice skating show...something we never imagined we'd be doing on board. The show was quite good...we were amazed that anyone can do jumps on a moving ship and not kill themselves.

Speaking of entertainment, the talent presented in the theater each night was also quite good. There was a magician one night, a Cirque du Soleil style aerial act another, and even an operatic performance. On other nights, there were Broadway style productions featuring the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers. All in all, some pretty decent entertainment.

Did we mention that there are also a number of bars on board?

There is piano music in the nautical themed Schooner Bar, and Latin jazz with a side of "mojitos" and other popular Latin drinks can be had in Boleros. The Ixtapa Lounge has karaoke and dance parties. Smokers can enjoy the Connoisseur Club, a cigar lounge inside of the Ixtapa Lounge.

You can sample a pint or two at Two Poets Pub, or sip bubbly at the Champagne Bar. Sports fans can head for 19th hole, the sports bar. Not tired yet?

Our favorite places were the Cosmopolitan Club in the Viking Crown Lounge on Deck 14 and a late nightspot called The Dungeon, a two-story disco with a decor evocative of Medieval Europe.

What can we say? It was a great trip and we can't wait for our next vacation!!!!