James - Answered a Question by Hanfrey (24 Jan 09 21:43)

Hi it is quite well hidden, if you go on to the Thomsons Cruises website, under the link, What destinations can I visit, takes you to ports of call, choose for example Palma, under Palma (or any other port) it will tell you what ships (including Escape) and which Itineraries visit the port (and sample excursions offered. If you get stuck return with your ports of call and I will add the direct weblinks to the port excursions. You may want to consider independent travel, I have cruised similar Itineraries and often it is easy and cheaper to go independently, hope this helps .

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Hanfrey - replied to James (25 Jan 09 09:20)

Thanks James, I've found them. Also nice to find that they have some video of most of the destinations, just to give a taste. I understand though, that you are no longer able to pre-book shore excursions, but have to do it on board. I understand you comments about "doing your own thing", I've seen other similar comments. Certainly I think we will skip the Rome excursions, as I've heard they are very long and are certainly expensive. I've been told that Civitavecchia itself is worth exploring, so we may do that instead. Thanks for the advice. Any further advice would be most welcome. Brian.

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James - replied to Hanfrey (26 Jan 09 00:54)

Rome is easy by train, approx 40-50 minutes by train and hop on hop off bus tour very good, but expect long quif interested can provide further info. In June 08 the weather in Civitavecchia & Rome was boiling hot and sunny, it may be cooler in May, for Civitavecchia have a look at http://www.port-of-rome.org/indexen_GB.php?module=loadNetwork&idNetwork=1&carattere=g I don't suppose there is any room in your suitcase? I could quite happily take up cruising as a occupation and hubby would be delighted too as then it would be peaceful at home! J.

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James - replied to James (26 Jan 09 11:46)

Sorry typo.....expect long queues, if interested..............

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Hanfrey - replied to James (27 Jan 09 09:33)

Thanks for that. Sorry I called you James, I just assumed it was a Christian name. I think we have probably already decided not to go to Rome, mainly because of the limited time & queuing. That could always be the subject of a city break weekend. I will have a look at the web site you listed, I am intrigued by the comment about fitting something in my suitcase. Before that, we are going on a Nile cruise in early March, and really looking forward to that. Thanks. Brian.

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goddard - replied to James (31 Mar 09 18:22)

Hi, is it worth paying for the shuttle buses from the ship to nearest pedestrian let down, or would a taxi be better.Do not want to hang around and waste time we have.

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McCrae - replied to goddard (25 Apr 09 01:52)

Hi the shuttle buses from the ship to outside the ports are provided free of charge.

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Edwards - Answered a Question by Hanfrey (14 Sep 09 23:03)

Has anyone got a DVD of the island escape we are going on this ship July booked a cabin has a treat for my husband and can't seem to get one, tried to down load thanks sue ,54 the strand kirkholt Rochdale OL11 2Jg many thanks .

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