Next up is my mediterranean cruise review! Yep – we recently returned from a mediterranean cruise, and I can’t wait to share the details! I mean, cruising the Mediterranean?! A dream!
We had an overnight flight from New York to Barcelona. I’ll be honest, I was dreading it. I get so very bored on long flights. I took a pill to help me sleep, which actually didn’t work. Thankfully, the plane had entertainment, so I caught up on a few movies. Needless to say, I was up to watch the sunrise, and see us land in Barcelona.
Our cruise was on the Holland America line, and it was wonderful – the ship was so posh!
We really enjoyed our aft balcony stateroom, which is one of those awesome rooms at the very back of the ship. It was so spacious, and the balcony was PRIVATE! And that view! We loved the view most of all.
The room itself was large and comfortable.
The ship’s decor was understated – the complete opposite of that over-the-top Vegas feel. It felt like a true luxury liner!
The elevator bank/hallway to our room…
The elevators were amazing, especially the ones that were see-through and right over the water…
There was a lot of artwork throughout the ship, but this one reminded me of something from Harry Potter, I loved it!
Sailing the Mediterranean was calm, and overall super great, except when we got to the Gibraltar Straight – holy rockiness!
The food on Holland America was excellent. However, I have to say, we didn’t care for was the “As You Wish” dining. We’ve utilized similar ideas on other cruise lines, and Holland America doesn’t have it down just yet. It wasn’t really “as you wish,” as we still had to make a reservation and plan our dinner time. Therefore, we ended up having a set time anyway, which made the “as you wish” aspect of it pointless. Plus, there was ALWAYS a long wait, even with reservations! Nevertheless, the food was wonderful, so it made any wait completely worth it.
One night, we ate at one of the specialty restaurants, which was also excellent!
Something so unbelievably amazing about Holland America’s dining is that guests can order whatever is being served in the main dining room to their stateroom. It’s like a whole new level of room service! This allowed for us to have the most amazing, private, lavish dinners right on our huge aft balcony!
One evening, the ship had a dessert party with the most amazing displays! Between the superb European food we had onshore, and the fabulous food on board, we totally gained a million pounds! And yes, the picture below is a replica of the ship made entirely of cake.
Another fun thing we did on board was booked a spot in the spa’s thermal suite. There was a package to book it for the entire length of the cruise, which is exactly what we did. It was pure bliss!
The thermal suite is an exclusive area within the spa that only allows a certain number of people in. In other words, space is limited, so you have to book early. You pay a flat rate per couple and have unlimited use of the suite for the whole week. There’s a fabulous hydro-pool, heated beds, an array of different showers with scents and sprays, as well as a hot and cold sauna. Although pricey, this place was our heaven. After a long day of sightseeing, this was just what we needed!
Most relaxing place ever! I loved laying here and watching Europe sail by!
So many amazing scents!
The different saunas and showers were perfection!
Seriously, I fell in love with the views. Sitting on a heated bed and watching us sail away from all the different places in Europe just can’t be beat!
The ship was a destination in itself, however, nothing could beat the ports of call. We visited a number of cities in France, Monaco, Italy, Spain, and even Tunisia!
So many stunning locations, I can’t wait to share them all!