Our sailing was a 7-day cruise that left round-trip from Barcelona to Nice to Florence/Pisa, Rome, Naples and Sicily. The cruise was very nice; everything worked out as it normally does when sailing on Royal Caribbean. A couple of interesting facts - In Europe they change the dinning times - Second Seating Dinner starts at 9PM and 9:15PM; as Europeans eat much later. In addition, due to some of the language barriers, they did not do the "Quest" game as it is "too fast paced" for non-english speaking folks to participate. One of the really nice things was that on deck 4 everyday from 5-8pm they did an Italian Anti-Pasta bar. Seas were very calm, no waves - weather wise it was sunny and in the high 90's the entire week.
We stayed for one night after the cruise in Barcelona at the Renaissance Hotel next to the airport. The hotel is in the middle of a business park with nothing nearby except the airport, which is a 5 minute drive. The nice part of the hotel is that 4x a day they have a free shuttle into downtown Barcelona (twice in the AM, twice in the PM). The hotel itself is nice, free shuttle to the airport, food is aweful; but so is the food at any hotel. Keep in mind that there are zero restraunts in the area, so you're limited to the food they serve.