Thoroughly enjoyed our recent 17-day cruise from Barcelona, Spain, to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
BOOKING & FLIGHT: Arrived two days early for an opportunity to see and enjoy Barcelona. Our hotel and travel package was booked through HAL and we stayed at the AC Diplomat in Barcelona. Our flight was booked with Air France and was very uncomfortable in coach. The seating was so close that when the passenger in the forward seat reclined their seat back it actually touched my chest, until I too placed the seat back further back. This made eating almost impossible and in eight hours only one trip to the facilities was possible. Our recommendation, fly business class if you can afford it. The flight into Paris was late and the one hour transfer time for our Barcelona flight reduced to twenty minutes. Air France was on the spot with transportation for our group and ensured a direct drive to the next terminal, otherwise we would have been on our own to walk across the complex. The Air France Airbus flight to Barcelona was pure luxury with all the seating space anyone could ask for. The arrival procedure at Barcelona Airport was great with HAL representatives waiting at the door and assisting with the limited customs procedures and immediate transportation to the hotel.
PORT ACCOMMODATIONS: The AC Diplomat is a lovely and very modern hotel with very comfortable beds, a luxurious bathroom furnished completely in marble, fridge. fully stocked with complementary beverages each day and cable television. The heating and air conditioning system was great. With the HAL booking the free breakfast was very nice.