CRYSTAL SERENITY 08 NOV 2013 to 15 NOV 2013
Departing: Barcelona 09 Nov
Arriving: Lisbon 14 Nov
It’s time to wake up! We’re in Barcelona on board Crystal Serenity and it’s time for breakfast! Today is the day we get to see the ship for the first time but not on an empty stomach. Boy was I looking forward to breakfast!
Typical me though I woke up at 10am and missed all the breakfast timings but still managed to grab some great French toast and coffee in The Bistro restaurant. I can highly recommend this restaurant especially owing to my consistent late rising I spent every other morning there for the next week. So much French toast!
Today we are in Barcelona and departure to the next port will be 1700. It’s 09 November and having left a cold and rainy London I am now in shorts and a tee-shirt and it’s 24 degrees celsius. It has been decided that we walk from the ship to Las Ramblas. It is 2 kilometres away but it feels like 15 by the time we get there and I am almost dead!!
Las Ramblas if you’ve not yet been there is the “Oxford St” of Barcelona. It is very busy with lots of street artist and a vagabond or two lurking on every street corner. It is wise to keep your valuables very safely out of eyeshot! There are many cafes and bar for beers and tapas and it is a very vibrant and exciting place to be. It’s not the only thing in Barcelona to see but it was enough for me and my aching back from the long walk.
We took the complimentary bus back to the ship!
Back on Serenity and you are back in a wonderful private little world. The all-inclusive service is perfectly tailored to my temperament. To be able to relax with a glass of chilled champagne before deciding what the evening holds is just the job! The Avenue Saloon is the best starting point and if I was alone on this cruise then you wouldn’t be without friends for long in this bar!
This evening’s entertainment will be provided by virtuoso violinist Clare Gobin whom I am reliably informed is rather good. However I can’t tell the difference between a virtuoso and two cats fighting so I will give it a miss. It’s just one of those things.
Main dining in the Crystal Dining Room is a must. It is a magnificent spectacle and the food along with the attention from the waiting staff is superb.
Retiring for the night, at least for me, was enjoying a night-cap at the Crystal Cove bar. It is here you get to hear from various people about what and where they’ve been this evening! I smiled and nodded politely to some of the stories and I was glad to hear that the violinist did a better job than two cats’ fighting.
Book with Confidence. Bonded by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and by the Civil Aviation Authority's Air Travel Organisers Licensing (ATOL) scheme, you can look forward to your next adventure with the peace of mind that your money is financially protected in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Check our ABTA membership
For your financial protection and to reassure you of our operating standard we are full members of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents) and act as agents for ATOL holders. Please be aware that GoCruise & Travel are acting solely as your booking agent, subject to which all bookings are accepted.
Any travel or destination is copyright of its respective owners. Fred. Olsen Travel trading as GoCruise & Travel are not responsible for 3rd party content. Destination and travel advice is subject to change and inaccuracies.
© Copyright 2022 GoCruise & Travel and Fred. Olsen Travel
Registered in England and Wales No. 02287241. 2nd Floor, 36 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BH