a - Answered a Question by Whitfield (04 Oct 08 09:50)

If you google 'ports of call cruise boards' the first link should take you to a most excellent site full of info .

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climpson - Answered a Question by Whitfield (04 Oct 08 11:19)

Hi just get off the ship and the local companies will be waiting for you, and they are half the price of the ship, the ship just books the same companies and adds a 100% mark up to the price. They are all fully insured and experienced. If you hang around a bit, you may even find some other couples to go with to get the cost down a bit as some of the companies have mini buses or small coaches .

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Whitfield (04 Oct 08 12:11)

The suggestions so far are good and I would just add that if you look at the excursions being offered on the ship and pick out those that interest you, even choosing to do half or bits from several excursions provided they are within a reasonable distance to one another, you then have part of the problem solved. The other thing to do is to search the port, area or island's web site, looking at the tourism aspect particularly and find out all the other points about the area then you would find that you could take the ship's shuttle in Madeira into town and with the help of a map printed from the net find the cable car station, use that to go up to the famous gardens at the top and if you are energetic walk down again if you have money to spare come back down on the toboggans or ride the cable car back to the town. What I am saying is if you want to be really successful at DIY excursions you have to do your homework which is really exciting anyway. Regards. .... Neil.

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Buckley - Answered a Question by Whitfield (04 Oct 08 13:27)

P&O earleir this year did a free shuttle into Funchal town from the dock it drops you where all the local service buses are a No 31 will take you to the botanical gardens but if you go and have a walk round town there are plenty of taxis,cannot help you with the the other islandsbut at Cadiz you normaly dock vertualy in th town centre so you can have a stroll round it has a nice cathedral ?

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Vogel - Answered a Question by Whitfield (09 Nov 08 11:36)

I agree with the other people with regards to the replies. I was on Oceana this summer and decided to make my own way to Pizza and took the local train. It only cost a fraction of what P&O were asking and we had great fun. Not to decry P&O trips but you can save loads of money doing your own thing. Further more I will be on Aurora on the 27th November to the Canaries so see you then. PS Im normally always walking the promanade so might bump into you.

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Hughes - Answered a Question by Whitfield (24 Jul 09 16:51)

we are going to the canaries on aurora august 2. my question is, can anyone tell me, at la palma port what is the distance and time it takes to walk to nearest town, i beleive there is no free p&o bus ferry, so what local bus or taxi service is there, my wife and I did book an excursion but we received a letter to say it was cancelled, so we decided to do our " own thing ".

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