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finch - Answered a Question by GREEN (14 Aug 08 16:38)

These are great ports which do not usually see as they always put in the few tourist trap ones. If you had to miss any out I would miss Olbia and at a push Taormina the others are fantastic - enjoy!!!

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Wilba - replied to finch (14 Aug 08 17:23)

Can't agree with missing out Taormina, we all thought it was a wonderful little place & the next time in Messina we will be grabbing a cab for a revisit. It just goes to show we all favor different things. Whatever you do enjoy it. Regards .

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DODD - Answered a Question by GREEN (14 Aug 08 19:03)

We did the best of Italy cruise in May. We took tours in Bari, Split,Ravenna, Taormina & livorno. The Bari/Trani tour was the most disappointing of all, not a lot to see. The guests who did the full day unesco site tour had a good time. We then did the highlights of Split tour, we enjoyed it very much, the tour was very informative. In Venice we booked tours independantly which i would reccomend (with tickitaly). Again in Ravenna we did the mosaic tour, we loved this one. Fabulous place!! My favourite tour of all was in Taormina, where we did the full day taormina & mt Etna. It was brilliant in our oppinion. Sorrento we got the trian to pompei & vesuvius, which was very easy. We had a wonderful time. On the 2nd day in Sorrento we got the red tour bus. Olbia was quite a disappointment, so we made for a wine cellar to taste the local brew. Livorno,1st day we got the train to florence, easy again, absolutely fantastic!!! 2nd day we took the essence of pisa tour which we enjoyed very much. This was a wonderful itenary, enjoy yourselves.

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GREEN - replied to DODD (17 Aug 08 15:58)

Thank you for your reply. How did you do the Red Bus Tour in Sorrento and what is it? In Ravenna we fancy doing our own DIY walking combo of tours 02,05 and 06 i.e. walking round Ravenna - do you think that's a good idea or better to do the Ravenna and Mosaics tour 05 you did? The Azamara tours seem VERY expensive, even though we normally take lots of ship excursions - do you think they are marked up more than other cruise companies? We fancy the Full day Mount Etna and wine as it goes much higher up Mt Etna - did you hear any feedback? Is it possible to get to Taormina on your own from the ship - walk? Re Olbia recommend doing tour of Emerald coast? Full or half day-again very expensive, but best option here? Thanks again for all your help.

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McAdam - replied to GREEN (19 Aug 08 13:11)

We have just been on the Island Star and did the half day excursion to the Emerald Coast. We thought it was very enjoyable and worth the money. this was the only excursion we did.

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Adonia back with P&O

By Gemma Coles

 It doesn’t seem that long ago when we said goodbye to the P&O Adonia. P&O Adonia left the fleet in 2015 with much sadness to lots of passengers. The ship went to Fathom Cruises which is a line dedicated to volunteer tourism. Guests were taken to locations such as the Dominican Republic to help teach English or build water filtration systems to help with poorer countries. Carnival Group have now announced that after an upgrade to the ship, with the addition of a new rest...

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P&O have announced that their small ship Adonia is to return to their 2017/2018 season. The ship was much loved by the P&O faithful and when she left the fleet to help with humanitarian work overseas there was a big hole to fill as many of the P&O fleet are larger ships and P&O were losing some of their passengers to cruise & Maritime and Fred Olsen.From June 2017 she will start Mediterranean, round Britain and even an Iceland sailing. The smaller more interesting ports w...

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Adonia returns to the P&O fleet

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The P&O Adonia left the P&O fleet in 2015 year and headed to Cuba on a new venture and was re named Fathom. The idea was to introduce volunteer tourism to cruising which involved helping communities in the Dominican Republic and Cuba. The would help build water filters and teach English to the locals.P&O loyal customer will be very glad to hear that the smallest ship is coming back to Southampton in summer 2017. The ship only has a 710 passenger capacity and is adult only making i...

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