Virgin Voyages from Barcelona to Barcelona the Iresistible Med
The big question is how does it vary from other cruise lines? Well, here are my observations:
1) Adults only, so 18 plus. 2) You can pick your boarding and disembarkation time and even take your own luggage off if you prefer. 3) No dress code (they do have a Scarlet Night so encourage you to wear something scarlet, but not in any way compulsory). 4) Pick your restaurant and dining time to suit you. 5) All restaurants are included in the price, there are 7 main restaurants but a further 13 dining options to choose from, and no self-service buffets. The main restaurants are all individual such as Korean barbecue, Italian, British a-la-carte, Vegetarian/Vegan, and include one called ‘The Test Kitchen’ where unique, highly imaginative dishes are presented to intrigue and delight the tastebuds. The larger dining area, The Galley, is like a high-quality food court offering a vast range of options, all freshly prepared. The overall quality of the food and the service cannot be emphasised enough, in my opinion. 6) Live music and entertainment from highly talented artists can be found at various times and venues. The theatre offered several shows during our week’s cruise as did the nightclub theatre, with smaller entertainments in the several bars around the ship, ranging from solo singers and guitarists to the ship’s 3-piece band, a DJ and a magician! 7) No tipping - it is included - and the service from all staff is impeccable. 8) The bed is larger than a standard King size and can be converted to twin beds or a sofa during the day if you prefer. 9) Balcony furniture includes a hammock to swing or relax in. 10) There are cabin types to suit all, from an inside room to one with standard balcony or extra-large balcony (which I, personally, would recommend), through to what is called the ‘Rock Star’ accommodation for a real luxury experience.