Has anyone here, ever been to the four ports of call this ship will visit on this cruise in July? The ship's home port is Barcelona, Spain and the cruise is a 7-day round trip out of, and returning to Barcelona.The four port of call are:
- Toulon, France
- Villefranche Sur Mer, France
- Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
- Naples, Italy
We've been to most of these ports. As you likely know from your research, Rome is approximately an hour away from the port of Civitavecchia. We took a shore excursion through our cruise line -- many to choose from -- and you can also do this port by train. (JimC and Hank are our resident experts on train travel in Italy.)
Naples is a gateway to Pompeii (which I recommend highly) as well as the beautiful Sorrentine Peninsula. Our shore excursion took us to Pompeii and Sorrento, and there are others that go to Capri. The scenery is fantastic.
Although we didn't dock in Villefranche, we were in nearby Monaco. From there, we visited Nice. You'll likely have a choice of one or the other. They are very different. I really liked Monaco -- but note that there are a LOT of hills.
Don't worry about the language barrier. Everyone in the tourist areas spoke English fluently. As for Barcelona, the language is Catalan, not Spanish, but you can get around with English.
Two pieces of advice. First, prepare for very hot weather. Second, bring the most comfortable walking shoes you have as many of the tours that are on foot cover a lot of distance.