Forgot to mention, we were on the Meraviglia last year same time, same ports, for the same birthday celebration, we had a lot of fun, especially with our dinner mates in the main dining. The shows were good, drinks and service charge more reasonable than most cruise lines.
Gentle reminder to be wary of smart pick pockets especially in Barcelona and Palermo!
Most ports are great and easy to just walk off, even Barcelona, it’s a hike from port to Las Ramblas but such views walking across the big bridge to the city and then you are at the Christopher Columbus’ statue at the start of Las Ramblas! We loved Monserrat, and the little Picasso museum in Barcelona is fantastic!
Marseille is an industrial port about a half hour to town, have to shuttle bus or taxi to town or go on an excursion, we have done Aix in Provence, Avignon, Marseille, and more tours in the south of France on previous cruises or vacas and recommend them all! We love to go to Marseille for the mussels in white wine sauce and the French wine!
Malta’s port is a nice walk to downtown Valletta, or do a tour, it’s a small small country! We stayed there on several trips plus many cruise stops, our fave things were Popeyes village where they turned the Robert Altman movie set into a theme park that serves wine 😂 it’s fun for kids of all ages; and the places St Peter hid before being sent to Rome. They drive on the left side, that was fun in a rental car!
Palermo is a foodie paradise! We have walked most of the city on foot and we have done the hop on and off to see the town. Looking at doing an excursion out of town this time. We plan to leave the gun and take the cannoli 😂
Enjoy, be safe!
Janet and Hans Huenink