"I'd take this ferry again"
Reviewed 16 January 2015 by Stephen
The trip was more expensive than we had expected. The onboard food was acceptable. Beer was expensive. The room and bathroom were clean and adequate. Noise wasn't an issue. The staff was helpful. Be sure to bring good books or games.
'Stephen' travelled Civitavecchia Barcelona with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Roma
Reviewed 25 August 2014 by Richard
The reviews we had read about this trip had been less than exciting so we were very pleasantly surprised. The loading process was a bit tortuous and seemed to take forever. However, once on board things improved greatly. The crew were most helpful and eased us through the rather cramped journey from the car deck on deck to to our cabin on deck 9. A rather small and inadequate lift trying to move too many people upwards at the same time. The cabin was clean and comfortable. The next pleasant surprise was the food. Reviews had complained about the quality. Our experience was the opposite, really tasty and good value. The hour and a half stop in Sardinia in the middle of the night was a surprise; not mentioned anywhere that we had seen in advance. The amenities on the ship were fine. Getting off in Barcelona was a repeat of getting on-too many people trying to cram into too small lifts but the crew helped admirably. Overall a good experience and one we would repeat. Of, the sea being flat calm no doubt helped?
'Richard' travelled Civitavecchia Barcelona with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Ghettos throughout the ship"
Reviewed 21 August 2014 by Antonio
Overall conditions of the ship (facilities, cleaning) rather well. The problem came when we did a stop over in Porto Torres and the ship was crowded. From that time if you had not caught a seat and you could forget ... people toward " ghettos " anywhere, but be absent from their " ghettos " Always watching noone taking their seats, chairs, hammocks, an so on ... In the morning, if you walk around the ferry, the only thing that you saw is piles of bags and luggage where it was 1 or 2 " watchers " just to tell you that everything was occupied when really it was mostly empty ... I'm sure there were people he had in his custody seats in the party room and deck on the outside ... Conclusion, if you have to take a Grimaldi Ferry, it's goof if you are a large group and someone wants to be "the watcher " but if you are a couple (as in our case) you have to book at least a seat, otherwise the when you rise from somewhere (unbooked) someone will be ready to take away the place and you are not able to take it back again ... this is my experience and I think it can be interesting for couples who plan to take a ferry. I don't know what could be the solution, but I did not like to take a tour of the ballroom and only see people when you approached they tried to take the most of their space so that you will not take them a seat or anything ...
'Antonio' travelled Civitavecchia Barcelona with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Roma
"Recommended, but with some aspects to consider for improving "
Reviewed 19 August 2014 by Ana
To improve: 1. The opening hours of the restaurants ( They close at 14:30) After that time, there is only one Fast Food restaurant at the deck with unhealthy food. 2. Shortage in both, selection and quality of the food 3. Quality of food at the expense of price (apart of that, you have to pay every single packet of ketchup or marmalade, or bread toasted slides, even if you had paid for the menu online, you have to pay by separate a packet of whatever) 4. The disembarkation ( everybody get off at the same time, and then you have to wait inside the car, until the owners of the cars ahead get there - the cars are turning on, so there is a lot of pollution in this moment, the disembarkation of the cars should be in an orderly way, according to the cars that are located first. 5. Extremely high temperature at the level 2 of the garages, and noone warning us before about that. The wine bottle was uncorked without opening in the car.
'Ana' travelled Civitavecchia Barcelona with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Roma
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Located in the Lazio region of central Italy, the town of Civitavecchia can be found in the province of Rome and has a seaport on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is around 80 km to the north west of Rome. Located in an 18th century building that once belonged to Clemente XIII, visitors will find the Archaeological Museum of Civitavecchia. The building was originally constructed to house the headquarters of the papal garrison. In the museum visitors will see archaeological findings from the town of Centumcellae (the ancient name for Civitavecchia) and from the town's immediate surroundings. In the town's main square visitors will also find another interesting attraction. The Cathedral dedicated to San Francis of Assisi was built over a church that already existed and which the Franciscan fathers had built upon concession by Pope Paul V in 1610.
The town's harbour, formed by two piers and a breakwater, upon which stands a lighthouse, accommodates ferries to destinations including Sicily, Sardinia and Tunisia.
The Spanish city of Barcelona lies on the Mediterranean Sea coast, between the mouths of the River Llobregat and River Besos and is also bordered to the west by the Serra Collserola mountain range. The city is the capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia and is the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid. The city's origins date back to when it was founded as a Roman city and then in the Middle Ages it became the capital of the County of Barcelona. Today, the city is a very popular tourist destination and cultural centre and is particularly well known for the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech i Montaner, which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
There are many things to do and see in Barcelona including the National Museum of Art of Catalonia which contains a collection of Romanesque art while the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art has a collection on post 1945 Catalan and Spanish art. Also in the city the Fundació Joan Miró, Picasso Museum and Fundació Antoni Tàpies hold important collections of these world famous artists, as well as Can Framis Museum, which focuses on post 1960 Catalan Art owned by Fundació Vila Casas.
From the city's port, whose piers are located close to the city centre, ferries depart to Mallorca, Ibiza and Morocco (Tangier Med).