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Costa Cruise 2009: Barcelona, Spain and The Costa Serena – Geek Turned Athlete

Costa Cruise 2009: Barcelona, Spain and The Costa Serena

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.DSC04003

Here is one of the bars.  DSC04006

Here is the view from that bar up through the middle of the ship.  The second is looking down.





Our room and hallway…DSC04013I 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.DSC04015


After that, we had the Emergency Scenario run through where everyone had to put on their vests and run outside.DSC04018


This took forever!!!  They had to wait to get everyone lined up, and then repeat everything in about 6 different languages!!!DSC04026

Afterwards, we walked out on the deck.  It was windy and freezing!!DSC04032

I swear that it was windy!!  My hair doesn’t normally look like that—at least during the day!DSC04034 DSC04042

Looking down at that same bar from earlier on the top of the ship…DSC04045

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.DSC04051

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.DSC04053





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 MuntanerDSC04089


Placa Catalunya: The central nerve of the cityDSC04105

Walking back to the ship…DSC04113


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.

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  • Holly December 10, 2009, 2:59 am

    barcelona is one of my favorite cities – it is so incredibly gorgeous! i am getting extremely jealous of all these travel posts…AMAZING! i really do wish you and steve could have taken me with you :)

    i am most excited for morocco, because that is on my top 3 of places to go! love you girl!

  • Erica December 10, 2009, 5:25 pm

    SO cool- what a neat trip. I’ve never been on a cruise. Barcelona looks beautius

  • Erica December 10, 2009, 5:26 pm

    PS bummer about the food though :(

  • Krissy December 10, 2009, 9:44 pm

    Beautiful Pictures!!! I’m so jealous :) How did you find crusing? I know when I was on mine, it was really wavy and rocky – I had difficulties walking down the halls because the ship was swaying so much at times!! Other than that I love being able to see so many different places during one holiday!

    • Nicole December 10, 2009, 10:14 pm

      I think that I would like it a lot better on an American Cruise liner. Things are just different on an Italian one. The food was crap, but everyone was really nice!!

  • Leah @ Simply fabulous December 10, 2009, 10:27 pm

    I can’t wait for your next recap! You two look lovely and despite the weather (wow, wind!) it looks like you guys had a good time. I just told my husband how you talked about the food and he looked so disappointed.. I wonder if it will be any better on our all inclusive in Tenerife. I hope so! He said apparently Costa Cruises are quite well known so he was surprised to hear that the food was bad!

  • Charisa December 11, 2009, 1:55 am

    Awesome pics! Looks fun :)

  • marit c-l December 11, 2009, 5:41 pm

    BEAUTIFUL pictures! I concur about the ship-food, though. yuck! But it looks like you guys got to see some beautiful sights! YEA!

  • Susan December 26, 2009, 6:05 am

    Hi Steve and Nicole. Merry Christmas to you both. I am enjoying seeing your pictures. It brings back memories of some of our trips through the Alps. Love you both.
    Aunt Susan


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