A couple of weeks ago I decided to take myself on vacation. There were things that I wanted to buy from Europe that are some of the few things that can’t be ordered online overseas. So what the heck I said to myself, let me go to Europe. Initially I thought I’d fly over to Barcelona or Paris spend a few days and come home, but with exactly one week to go I booked the Norwegian Spirit which these days does ‘Le Grand Tour’ to several cities that I haven’t been to.
So I found an inexpensive albeit connecting flight to Barcelona and I hopped on.
I flew into Barcelona the night before, went out to dinner at a Tapas place on Carrer de Blai called Taberna Blai the food was good and I ate about 7 Tapas as 2 or 3 glass of wine for about €14 (Tip: This street is full of Tapas bars and has a lot of locals, you’ll probably spend less then you would on a Tapas bar on Las Ramblas)
Afterward I made my way back over to Hotel Sehrs del Port where I had a chat with my family and then went to bed.
The itinerary for the cruise was:
Valletta, Malta (Island)
Civitavecchia, Italy (Rome suburb)
Livorno, Italy (gateway to Florence and Pisa)
Monte Carlo, Monaco
La Palma, Majorca Spain (Island)
I’ll go into each area separately but here are some photos of the Norwegian Spirit, photos my balcony in stateroom 10072 of Barcelona port and of the stateroom itself. The Spirit is an older but elegant ship and I wouldn’t hesitate to cruise on her again with a few 10+ itinerary like this one.
With the instatement of Platinum Plus it made boarding the ship that much easier as I was in the first group to board and one of the first people to get on the ship. It gave me time to do some exploring as this was the first time I’ve been on the Spirit and meet Oumah who works in the watch store. We had a great chat and realized we had a lot in common personality wise, and became buddies. I look forward to seeing her again.
I flew in the day before and stayed a Hotel Sehrs which is close to the port.
Tip: If staying at hotel Sehrs near the port. Go outside and grab your taxi on the other side of the street. This will save you about 4 or 5 euro. This was told to be by my cab driver to the hotel. The cost from this hotel to the port will be about €12-15 depending on traffic, amount of luggage etc. This includes the fees incurred from traveling to or from the cruise port. Rounding up the change is an acceptable tip but none is fine as well.
Tip: When asking about a taxi in Barcelona, use the word Taxi and no Cab. Cab isn’t a term used there and most people won’t know what you’re referring to. Neither Uber or Lyft is available in Barcelona
Tip: Now that Norwegian is strict about bringing water on board for security reasons (I call BS since you can bring wine with a corkage charge) I suggest doing one of two things. Bring a water bottle with a carbon filter and use the water on board from the tap, it will taste better. This is what DH and I did on the Epic transatlantic in the autumn of last year. Alternately bring your bottle to Raffles buffet and fill up glasses and pour them in your water bottle, using a new one for each pour, but please do NOT fill up your water bottles directly from these machines no matter how wide mouth it may be, this is unsanitary and inconsiderate to your fellow cruisers. Or do what I did and buy an overpriced water bottle package a few days before boarding as it will be cheaper. 😉
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