BLYTH - Answered a Question by Jones (24 Jan 09 14:01)

As far as trips go it depends it is is a full day or a half day one.We find we pay bewteen £30 and £40 for the half day ones we avoid the all day as we are there to enjoy our self and not go on an endurance test. You can hire taxis/minibuses at the port and do your own thing but just make sure you agree a price before you go if you did meet up with some other passengers who have cruised before you could maybe join them or get some useful tips, but whatever happens make sure you are back in plenty of time before the ship sails or it will go without you. Not the case if you are on one of their excursions, but thats the choice you have to think about.

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James - Answered a Question by Jones (24 Jan 09 20:00)

Hi, just to add some further ideas to Blyth's excellent earlier suggestions, when considering excursions v independent travel the exchange rate at the relevant time will also be a factor to consider. Personally, when cruising I generally choose independent travel, this is often on my own, you will find a wealth of information and tips from this site and other websites, this is how I started. When on board, some passengers will be delighted to share their experiences and offer words of wisdom Your cruise is in the Western Med, can you advise us of your specific ports of call, so we can provide some tips on the individual ports.

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jones - replied to James (25 Jan 09 10:33)

Many thanks for your comments ports are as follows :-La Goulette for Tunis ,Naples,Livorno for Florence and Pisa, Ajaccio ,Civiavecchia for Rome , Genoa,St.Raphael.

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James - replied to jones (26 Jan 09 11:41)

Hi re your ports of call, my suggestions are merely from personal experience of visiting some of the same ports with alternative cruise lines, as your cruise is not until May, hopefully in the interim others will provide further comments and suggestions so at the date of embarkation, you will be sufficiently advised to travel independently if desirable. If there is anything of specific interest I will provide clarification or further information, rather than at the outset swathe you with information on each port and normally there are always taxis available............La Goulette, I have not visited this port personally. I believe it is not the easiest port to travel independently (hopefully further clarification will be provided by others) I believe it is a 10 minute walk from port to La Goulette, where you can board a TGM metro train. It takes about 10 minutes to get into Tunis centre, there is also the TGM or Tunis/ Goulette/Marsa light railway. Some passengers like to visit Carthage by TGM train...........Naples, you will need to check your port times, options could include, the excellent open top city sightseeing bus, which includes 3 routes or the tram or taking a boat trip i.e. Capri or Sorrento. .......Livorno, I am trying to remember if there was a tourist train in Livorno (I will think some more), things to see within walking distance, can use public transport to get to Florence.............Ajaccio, birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, could consider the tourist “Petit Train" art lovers Musee Fesch Gallery for Renaissance paintings, as well as shopping and beach options.......... Civiavecchia popular with passengers and DIY Rome, most important tips, go as early as possible as very hot and extremely busy, and expect queues at tourist spots. Port bus, walk or taxi to train station for Roma Termini, when in Rome suggest hope on hop Rome City Bus Tour get a map outside station, could consider metro avoid trams .................. Genoa, Historical and Shopping, or train, boat, ferry to Santa Margherita/ Portofino (gorgeous)..............St Raphael, nice promenade & beaches, shopping, restaurants etc, could venture by train to Cannes or St Tropez, or even Monti Carlo/Monaco..........hope this provides some ideas to consider, as above further info can be provided on ports/ destinations of interest.

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Bedford - Answered a Question by Jones (22 Feb 09 22:50)

Hi, Would just like to add, that we travelled on Ocean 2 we had a fantastic time and enjoyed all but one of the excursions, which was the shopping trip in Turkey, take my advise dont bother, you are taken to the bazarrs and pursuaded by a very pushy tour guide to buy turkish rugs, if we go again i would make sure that we stayed on board. You will find that many other travellers who are experiencing Turkey for the second time tend not to leave the ship.

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