September 29, 2011 | By Linda Smith
I just returned from a 7-day western Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. The ship sails out of Barcelona to Provence, Nice, Florence, Rome and Naples.
Barcelona is a great city! It’s easy to get around with interesting museums, the famous Gaudi cathedral Sagrada Familia and delicious tapas and seafood. We ate at a restaurant called El Lobito where they have a different menu of fresh fish each day – delicious! I would definitely recommend spending at least one night or more in Barcelona before you board the ship.
The ports of Florence and Rome in Italy are 1-½ hours from the pier so to visit those two cities makes for long, but enjoyable days.
I think my favorite stops were in Provence where we went to the small seaside village of Cassis. You take a little train down to the city where we had the best pastries I have ever eaten.
In Nice, we went to the Royal Riviera Hotel in Cap Ferrat for lunch and to lounge by the beach – just a 10-minute taxi ride from the ship. A week at that hotel would be delightful.
September was a great time to visit these ports the weather was perfect. I would highly recommend this cruise and Royal Caribbean.