Barcelona Journals

A Cruise in the Western Mediterranean from Spain to Spain

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A November 2010 trip to Barcelona by Wasatch

Quote: Attracted by low prices, we took a land and sea cruise from Malaga, Spain, to Barcelona with stops in Torremolinos(land trip), and cruise ports in Mallorca, Corsica, and France.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure of the Seas

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Restaurant | "A Royal Carribean Cruise from Spain (Malaga) to Spain (Barcelona)"

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Kathie Lee Gifford frolicking on the deck of a cruise ship never sold us on the idea of cruising, nor did any reports on cruising we ever saw, so, after 30 years of travel, mostly by car, including tens of thousands of miles driven in Europe, she declared no more car trips, cruising or bus trips, which are an uncommonly uncomfortable way to travel, were the only remaining options. After much study, I decided the best way to try out cruising as a means of travel was a Viking European river cruise on a river, the Elbe, that went through a part of Europe– behind the Iron Curtain-- that was off limits when we were driving around Europe. That trip sold us on cruising, or at least on river cruising. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 19, 2011

Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure of the Seas
Western Mediterranean Cruise
Spain, Europe

Torremolinos Restaurant

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Meal time in Europe is one of the highlights of a trip to most European countries because the standard of quality of restaurants in Europe is better than in America, although America has made great improvement over the last 40 years. Also, by sampling the local cuisine, we often come across a dish we never had before that turns out to be very good. After our first few trips to Europe, we realized the best way to eat in Europe was to ignore guide books and internet restaurant ratings and eat wherever the menu, invariably posted outside the door, and the looks of the place struck our fancy. Doing so, we have rarely been disappointed and more than happy with the results in almost every case (we will ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2011

Western Mediteranean Sea

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We booked an air-land-sea package from Gate1 Travel. Gate1 had a better airfare than anything we could find on our own. The first day and night in Europe was at a beach front hotel in Torremolinos. This would have been fine in summer if you wanted to spend time on the beach, but in November, it would have been better to have stayed in Malaga, where the ship was docked. Not that Malaga is one of Europe’s great cites to visit, but it’s got a lot more to offer than does Torremolinos once the weather takes out the beach. Still, we spent 3-4 pleasant hours exploring Torremolinos, but don’t go out of your way to visit unless you want some beach time. The Michelin Guide lists nothing in Torremolinos as ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2011

Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure of the Seas

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Restaurant | "Adventure of Seas restaurant(s)"

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Adventure of the Seas has five dinning venues: 1] the buffet occupies a large space at the stern and is has 2 or 4 serving lines and several seating areas. 2] the main dining room has three floors, a main floor and two balconies of tables around an open atrium. There were two seatings, 6:30pm and 9:00pm. You have a choice of requesting one time or the other when making your reservation, or, for an extra charge, you can "Dine Your Way", at either seating at your daily whim. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style. Dinner was a sit down meal severed by waiters. The menu offered the same courses as were available at the buffet. We are pretty sure that a common kitchen served bath the ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 14, 2011

Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure of the Seas
Western Mediterranean Cruise
Spain, Europe

Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure of the Seas

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Restaurant | "Adventure of the Seas as a Hotel"

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If only the food had been half as good as the room, this would have been a great trip. While the food on Adventure of the Seas was the worst we ever encountered on eight cruises, the room was the best, even surpassing a couple suites we had on AMAwaterways and Uniworld. We were midships on deck seven– no engine noise at all. No noise from anything to bother us except for a couple hours when same kind of repairs were being made one afternoon on the balcony just below ours. Careful planning was part of what got us an excellent cabin. I noticed in studying the deck plan that some cabins in most classes of cabins looked to be larger, and so they were. Our cabin(and three others on dec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2011

Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure of the Seas
Western Mediterranean Cruise
Spain, Europe