Costa Firenze Postcard #2 – Barcelona & Embarkation

Our morning consisted of breakfast at the hotel which was really good, there was even plenty for Nicole to eat as well which was a result. We had to check out at midday so went for a walk along La Ramblas down to the marina. Although it was 10:00 in the morning it was still reasonably busy but not too busy.


We walked past the Columbus Monument and took note he was pointing toward the ship.


A big circular walk brought us back to the hotel where we had a quick shower and packed our cases ready for embarkation. With 4 hours to kill we took a stroll up Rambla De Catalunya and sat for a while in one of the bars and watched the world go by where some Padron Peppers & Gambas helped pass the time. At 4:00 we were back at the hotel for pickup by taxi to take us to the cruise terminal. We had an embarkation slot of 4:30 but were there a good 15 minutes before. Embarkation was slick and quick and we were onboard in about 20 minutes after all the paperwork was checked. Our cases arrived before muster and Nicole had us unpacked in record time.


Muster was the same as last time but this time in just 2 languages, Spanish followed by English. We made our way to the Lounge Bar Della Moda to find seats for sailaway at 7:00. It was a great choice and not half as busy as we were expecting.

Tomorrow is a sea day so I will try and post a little more than today, embarkation day is always a bit of a rush.

2 thoughts on “Costa Firenze Postcard #2 – Barcelona & Embarkation”

  1. YIKES! MSC is still doing real muster drills? Talk about a mass-spread event. I am so happy that the three cruise lines we have sailed post-pandemic have started doing virtual muster drills on TV. We have just had to watch the video and go to our muster station and check in. But you are aboard and I am certain, having an awesome time. Never sailed on Costa (probably won’t) but I will sail vicariously through you.

    1. The muster was set up as you have described but for some reason today they reverted. This particular cruise has multiple embarkation ports so there is never an empty ship. I guess that probably has much to do with it.
      Barcelona is still insight and I have been enjoying multiple G&T’s. It’s great to be on board again with little restrictions, just like the old days. 😁

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