We tendered off the Sea Princess into Monte Carlo and then wandered the whole town on our own ...around to the right of the harbour and the Casino area and then back and up the hill on the left to the palace and Cathedral and I remember walking down through some lovely gardens set in the side of the hill back to the harbour...it was quite easy tho' a bit strenuous as it was a scorching hot day and a steep hill to climb but we did find a nice ice cream parlour at the top!!
Of all the times I've been to Naples, the ship, whichever line, has always docked adjacent to the hydrofoil station of which Capri is an option, as is Sorrento. Both are popular destinations & both are easily achieved on a DIY basis. You can google the ferry times & have a plan of action prior to arrival.......Wilba.
Both easy to do on your own, in fact it is better, in my opinion, when done without a flock around you. I would suggest that you type one name at a time into the "FIND A QUESTION" slot at the top and you will find a large number of replies to similar questions. Lucy X.
Naples is a horrible place. I would opt for a trip across the bay on the hydrofoil (get on right next to the cruise terminal) to Sorrento or Capri. I particularly like Sorrento where the quaint little streets are lined with shops selling all manner of things such as dried mushrooms and genuine limoncello.
I agree Naples is a horrible place - yopu can opt for the red tour bus - pay one price from the main road and you tour towwn on an open top bus they have these buses all voer the place.
That way safe from pick pockets etc. there was a tannoy anouncemnt before we got off the ship as the crew again warn you before you get off the ship - then a short bus ride along the harobour road again the locals who arrange this warn you again about pick pockets.
One word of warning - have been on 6 Princess Cruises and this is the only port i have ever seen people left behind - they did not take an organised tour from the ship - as the ship will always wait - but took a boat trip to Capri - never got back in time and "missed the boat" which went without them.
MonteCarlo is fun to walk around - have a coffe in the open part of the Cafe de apris opposite the hotle and people watch - visit the casino - Slots only part but you do have to leave your camera at the door.
you wil enjoy it.
I agree that Naples is a horrible place, it is a dangerous game just trying to cross the road. In my opinion I would do the excursion to Pompeii which is a fascinating place.
Rather than Pompeii I would recommend Herculanium. Smaller than pompeii but less crowds, shorter distance from Naples and better preserved. Look in the photo section I've added some of Herculanium.
Monte Carlo and Monaco is a must and would recommend a tour around. Depending on where you dock trains appeared to be regular from Villafranche or Nice for a few Euros.
If anyone goes ashore independently at Monaco / Monte Carlo, there are endless local service buses which run between the two - taking them is hugely advised, as the hilly walkway which joins the two is long and steep with many steps, and if the weather's hot it can be a real struggle ...
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