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
Reviewed 07 July 2014 by PEZZETTA
Overall, we are satisfied witht this experience. A few comments though: -there is a lot of noise in corridors during the night -asking the passengers to leave their cabin 2 hours before docking is a exagerated -at the self service restaurant, the customers are rushed when choosing their meals, when queuing and when eating. the staff is irrespectful, especially when you don't speak Italian and ask for information about a dish. Another negative point: are the waiters responsible for serving alcohol to underage people. The evening on the deck was ruined by the attitude of some youngsters who had been drinking. Most of them were under 18.
'PEZZETTA' travelled Civitavecchia Barcelona with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Barcelona
"Civitavecchia - Barcelona crossing"
Reviewed 30 June 2014 by Attilio
Everything was good
'Attilio' travelled Civitavecchia Barcelona with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Roma
Reviewed 10 June 2014 by John Portalski
This is the second time I've travelled between Civitaveccia and Barcelona with Grimaldi lines and: because i have been working a huge amount lately, I treated myself to a 4 Berth deluxe Cabin, unfortunately the continual sound and movement of the engine was very loud and the vibrations and noise meant that I couldn't sleep at all and had to drive 6 hours being very tired. Very disappointing: having payed 328€ I expected better, I don't know if I was unlucky with the placing of the cabin, if I ever do that again I will phone up before to check. Also I find it very unprofessional that they don't automatically send an address and directions of the port, I had to search for it and download from their website...
'John Portalski' travelled Civitavecchia Barcelona with Grimaldi Lines on Cruise Roma
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Civitavecchia (which means 'ancient town') is a town and comune of the province of Rome in the central Italian region of Lazio and also sea port on the Tyrrhenian sea. The harbor was originally constructed by the Emperor Trajan; the town indeed owed its origin entirely to the port of this emperor, and hence came to be known as Portus Trajani. The harbor is formed by two moles and a breakwater, on which latter is a lighthouse. The place became a free port under Pope Innocent XII in 1696. It suffered at the hands of the Goths and Saracens, and was occupied by the French in 1849. The Papal troops opened the gates of the fortress to the Italian general Bixio in 1870. It was almost completely destroyed in the second world war. But it has been rebuilt since. Certainly the recent constructions have made the urban layout rather difficult to appreciate, but if you take your time ther is plenty to discover.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia in northeast Spain. The first human settlements date back to Neolithic times. However, the city proper was founded by the Romans who established a colony there at the end of the 1st century BC. The ancient Roman city of Barcino had a population of about a 1000 and was bounded by a defensive wall, the remains of which can still be seen in the old town. From the 15th to 18th centuries the city entered a period of decline. Over these centuries, Barcelona struggled to maintain its economic and political independence. This struggle ended in 1714, when the city fell to the Bourbon troops and rights and privileges in Catalonia were suppressed. In the mid-19th century, an industrial revolution took place in the region, and textile manufacturing became a key industry. At the beginning of the 20th century, Barcelona embarked on a process of widespread urban renewal and built the Eixample district.