If you haven’t read about our drive to Italy and our walk around Genoa, click here.
We were so excited to get on this ship! It was the newest of Costa’s fleet, the Costa Serena. It looked beautiful from the outside. Before we got on the ship, we had to hand in our passports since we were members of the European Union. I was a little worried about this, but it ended up being fine since all we needed to get back on the ship after our excursions was our costa cards (which were issued later). Around 3,500 people boarded the ship that day.
Here is one of the bars.
Here is the view from that bar up through the middle of the ship. The second is looking down.
Our room and hallway…I thought that we took pics of the inside of our room, but I guess we didn’t. As soon as we put our carry on luggage in our room, we headed for food!! We were starving. I had some meats and cheeses on amazing rolls and some pasta with Carbonara sauce- soooo good!
Since we were on an Italian cruise, we had to meet with all of the English speaking guests for a welcome meeting to go over the basics. EVERYONE thought that I was Italian on board. I must have had at least 10 people try to speak to me in Italian. I just kept trying to answer them in my broken English until they looked confused enough and walked away. It was really funny! I wish that I knew Italian, and I felt so bad for disappointing them! No hablo Italio. No se, no se! When they saw Steve, I think that they were just really confused.
After that, we had the Emergency Scenario run through where everyone had to put on their vests and run outside.
This took forever!!! They had to wait to get everyone lined up, and then repeat everything in about 6 different languages!!!
Afterwards, we walked out on the deck. It was windy and freezing!!
I swear that it was windy!! My hair doesn’t normally look like that—at least during the day!
Looking down at that same bar from earlier on the top of the ship…
We ordered some apple juice via room service, and the glass was a little larger than a shot glass. The apple juice tasted like sugar water. It was funny, and sad at the same time. Unfortunately, most of the food onboard was a cheap imitation of the real thing. It was really unfortunate. My grandma kept raving to me about how good the food is on cruises, and I was really looking forward to it. Most people gain weight on cruises the food is so good. I know that Steve definitely lost weight. I think I lost a few pounds since the food was so BAD. At 7 euros a drink ($10), we had to think about whether or not we really wanted that drink as well.
Once we got into Barcelona, we took a hop on/hop off bus to take us around. For 20 euro each, you could hop on these red buses and get off at one of their 16 stops to look around. Then, you just catch the next bus coming around. Unfortunately, I was dressed for much warmer weather than it actually was.
Sagrada Familia: The expiatory temple of the Sagrada Familia is the most popular of Gaudi’s works. It is still under construction. Beautiful!
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau: The great work of Lluis Domenech i Muntaner
Placa Catalunya: The central nerve of the city
Walking back to the ship…
All in all, it was a great trip to Barcelona. We just wish that we had more time!! We were only there for 5 hours! Ole! In the next post: Casablanca, Morocco.