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Carter - Answered a Question by Mullan (17 May 07 12:56)

We found that all the ship's excusions were very pricy. Much better to do your homework about each port of call and then find a local taxi driver (speak to several and pick the one who speaks the english,gives you the best price and has a car in good condition!) - there are usually lots of taxis at each port. With four of you sharing the price for the taxi will be very good. You will be taken where you want to go and be able to stay at each place as long as you want - not have to wait around for the rest of the coach party. Also most taxi drivers have their own suggestions of good places to show you and will explain the history etc. Most are very proud of where they live. If you tell them you want to eat or drink somewhere they may take you to a bar/restaurant owned by a relative but that is not necessarily a bad thing!! So be brave and venture out on your own, you will not regret it as you will see far more and save a lot of money.

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heath - Answered a Question by Mullan (19 May 07 11:19)

Totally agree with the 1st answer. we never went on any of the ships excursions we just got the taxis from the port -so much cheaper and youll always find other couples will share with you too so as to share the cost - just make sure you agree the whole price with the driver before you set off! happy cruising.

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graham - Answered a Question by Mullan (21 May 07 15:40)

I suggest you go to a good cruise agent,the will give you good advise.The ship you are contemplating may suit you but as a many time cruise fan I suggest you pay more, will be worth it.Graham,Ballymena.

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Witt - Answered a Question by Mullan (21 May 07 16:01)

I would strongly recommend doing your own. All ports have taxis available and if you go on the internet to find out what you want to see, you can cut the excursion costs by up to 75%. Get your itinerary printed off the internet and go your own way, be a bit adventurous in your exploring its much more fun. We are mid 40s and would never go on an excursion, they run at the speed of the slowest person. Chri.

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cracknell - Answered a Question by Mullan (21 May 07 19:28)

Hi we have cruised 5 times now and in answer to your question both ways are good.On our first cruise we done a trip in each port which can work out exspensive. go to the talks about the port and see how far town,beach sight seeing is, some times it works out much cheaper going alone if you feel comfortable doing so.we have done all those ports all really nice.feel free to amail me on pcracknell2 @ntlworld.com would be intrested to hear what that ship is like. have fun jil.

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scales - Answered a Question by Mullan (21 May 07 19:39)

A little advice I can give you depends on the distance from the port to the destination. eg, Pisa was quite a distance, so we did an organised tour, but Barca you can just get off & walk up the Ramblas (beware of pickpockets!) to the Placa catalyuna & the open-top tour buses. (Make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the ship, the traffic is horrendous). Coli.

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Stevens - Answered a Question by Mullan (21 May 07 20:08)

I have cruised 7 times and have used organised tours and arranged things myself. Depending where you are and how complicated the trip is, I would always try to organise a taxi, but you will have to haggel. have a great tim.

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Briggs - Answered a Question by Mullan (21 May 07 21:56)

I go along with what everyone else is saying, but let me re-emphasise one warning - get back on time. If an official tour is late, the ship will wait. If you're doing your own thing, it won't - and you have a big problem.

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straub - Answered a Question by Mullan (21 May 07 22:20)

My husband and i have spent an absolutely fabulous week on the island escape it was the first cruise we had ever been on so we booked our excursions online before we went. the excursions were very good but i wish i had made my own way when we stoppped at the ports as you had to be up very early as the trips left at 8 o clock in the morning but they were well worth it but i wouldnt do it again hope you have a lovely holiday we definately di.

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boitoult - Answered a Question by Mullan (22 May 07 11:16)

We have cruised several times before and we always make our own way around, as you are doing the med it is very easy, naples have tour buses to get around on that are very cheap, we are doing the med again in july and are stopping at livorno for pisa and florence and I have had a look on the enternet and you can get a train straight tom them, florence only costing about 6 euro's. the trouble with the shore excursions is that they are very expensive and some of them are far to long. last year we stopped at villefrance and got the train through to cannes it was very cheap and a good trip. remember that most of the places have bus trips that you can just jump om and off of. have a great cruise we really love them. julie aged 49 the big 50 this yea.

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