We love this small ship and usually like to leave home during the holiday season. We had a bit of weather and missed the port in Cadiz. We have done this crossing many times at this time of year and I feel 8 straight sea days is too much, The other cruises stopped some where else like Morocco, Azores, Tunisia or the Caribbean to break up the crossing. It was nice to have Sammy as the cruise director. We had a Club Class cabin, which I have to say really did not do much for us. We had a special dining area, but could not bring friends and the food was the same except for a special dish made by the head waiter. A couple were really good, but most just OK, one was disgusting. The other Club Class benefit is you get more pillows and two half bottles of wine and priority boarding. We are Elite so really did not do much for us. The are trying to copy Celebrity "Aqua Class" but missed the mark.We got to go to a couple of special "Wine lunches" where the Chef made a lunch with wine pairings. The food was excellent and it was a great event, don't think that they are common, but if you get a chance ever DO IT. So we know the chef can cook, but their is only so much you can do with the ingredients Princess provides and we have seen the quality go down over the years. This ship will always be our favorite, very intimate and relaxed. Easy to make friends.
Large with lots of storage. Club class room you get extra decorative pillows which just get in the way. Bed comfortable with nice white linens. Never had a bit of sun on out balcony on crossing, next time would choose port side. I had to fix my top drawer which was coming apart. Always bring Crazy Glue!
We flew in three days early and hit the town! It's very walkable or take the Ho-Ho bus. Hotel arranged van pick up and transport to port. Civitavecchia is a nice little town where you can shop and pick up some last minute supplies. Port provides bus from dock.
Took private day trip highlight was Pompeii. They also have a great museum we have been to on other trips.
Walked around they have an interesting clock tower and a beautiful church and had a nice lunch.
Took a walk on La Rambla and had a Tapas lunch. Watch out for pickpockets and leave your valuables on the ship. Taller de Tapas is excellent restaurant. Beware tourist ones with cheap specials. You get what you pay for.
Took Ho-Ho- bus to get a feel for the town. The have a very nice Arboretum featuring Palm trees from all over the world, free with Ho-Ho ticket. Interesting food market and good shopping.