Ann - Answered a Question by Liggins (09 Oct 08 23:13)

Hi, yes we have called at Casablanca and did our own thing by Mercedes taxi. My husband, son and I had a ball. Our driver took us to the Market Place (he did tell me to put my bag over my head and under my arm just in case) then the Mosque (you have to cover your knees, shoulders and take your shoes off) we went to the old town and we even sneaked into the Kings old palace where we admired the Kings private racecourse and swimming pool (driver asked if we wanted a swim but we didn't have swimming wear with us) At the new Palace we tried to take photos of the guards but they almost had a fit and covered their faces with their hands, we found out afterwards that to take a photo meant you were stealing their souls. We also went to the Hyatt Hotel where my husband played "As Time Goes By" on the grand piano in Ricks Bar, to the amusement of the staff and tourists who shouted "play it again Sam" Our driver was brilliant. He even drove us to the Mafia area of the city (though he called them business men) and told us how the Mafia took a percentage of all taxi drivers earnings. Fantastic houses, then he took us to his house. He was so proud of his humble little house in an area that was basically poverty stricken. Finally on the way back to the ship he stopped at a "florists" and presented me with a small bouquet. I can't remember how much the trip cost or how much we tipped our driver but do remember it was a hell of a lot cheaper than the ships tours. Hope this puts your mind at rest. Ann .

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Liggins - replied to Ann (09 Oct 08 23:27)

Thanks Ann for a very helpful and informative reply. We would like to put our own tour together but have had differing reports. The cruise company charge the earth. Regards David (Paignton Devon) Like the Med down here today.

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Liggins - replied to Ann (09 Oct 08 23:31)

Just a final question Ann. Did the taxi take Euro's Regards David.

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North - Answered a Question by Liggins (09 Oct 08 22:42)

Just walk past the taxi drivers who are the most ""dangerous"" thing you will see and then walk along the main road until you get there - it takes about 30 minutes to walk it - not much in the old town except some dodgy looking meat etc and cheap rubbish and it is closed some of the day - we walked it to the mosque and had no problems whatsoever except getting past the taxi drivers at the port entrance !!!

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Liggins - replied to North (09 Oct 08 23:13)

Hi Mr North or Mrs. Where else would you suggest seeing in Casablanca thats say within walking distance. Royal Palace??? maybe. Nice to hear from someone with knowledge of the city. Thanks David.

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North - replied to Liggins (11 Oct 08 08:34)

I think everyone has covered it but I understand that the piano MAY have now gone from the Hyatt but I would not want to be quoted on it - I think everyone will agree that the mosque is the main thing - it's whether you want to sample local life in the old town or not - we walked around a bit of it - no danger - just be sensible.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Liggins (10 Oct 08 06:50)

Cruise ships have been calling at Casablanca for the last fifty years or more, so it can't be that dodgy & I have been there on numerous occasions. Like any big city, the main streets & tourist areas are not a problem, yes take precautions with bags etc, don't wander off into the back streets & alleyways, but that advice can be applied anywhere in the world. If you do want to 'walk it', as said before run the gaunlet of the taxi mafia in the docks, cross the road & up the hill, street hawkers galore, top of the hill on the right is the entrance to the medina. Just follow your nose, as the smells & sights are something else. Come back out the same way as you went in as walking through takes you into an area where you feel very lonely (scared in my case). As you leave the Hyatt is on your right if you want a drink (alchohol that is). My advice would be to get a taxi for a tour from there, as dockside taxi drivers are notoriously aggressive in all Med ports. Don't worry about currency, everyone will take Euro & anything else you have in your wallet & will recite the exchange rate of the day by heart. Shops all show prices in Euro & local currency.

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Wilba - replied to Wilba (10 Oct 08 08:04)

Type Casablanca into google maps, piccies of the Mosque & attractions are shown. All are within walking distance of the docks & we're no longer teenagers so it's not too arduous!

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Wilson - Answered a Question by Liggins (01 Jan 09 00:48)

We called at Casablanca in November and walked from the ship.We went round the market.Nobody troubled us.We saw no beggars.In fact the only place we saw them was Tenerife. We went into a very smart hotel for coffee.In fact it felt too good for us .

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