We went on the Island Escape in Aug 2007 and stopped at Olbia I would say it is like docking in Tilbury, Olbia is a working port like the docks so there are lots ot container ships etc there. We got the bus into Olbia and walked round there is nothing to see a few shops this town is a working town and is not geared up for tourists so if you want to experience Sardinia it is best to go on a trip to one of the beaches. We were very disappointed with this stop would not bother getting off if we sent again. The other stops we had were Civitivecchia which is a lovely port has a great beach if you don't want to do Rome (go by train its only 10 euros each you cant go wrong - last stop Rome - easy). La Spezia is a lovely town we did not do the trips to piza or Florence as we had a busy day in Rome day before but it is a lovely town to walk around plent of cafes etc. Nice was next so we went on a trip to Monaco which is a must see we only had half a day here so needed to go on a trip (if you are late back the ship will wait for you if you are on an organised trip) Our guide new this and didnt rush us back. Monaco is absolutely magical and is not too expensive for lunch or a coffee plenty to see and do (want to go back). Nice looked lovely but we didnt have time for this and as it was a sunday most shops were closed anyway so it was very quiet. Last stop was Mahon get up early to see the ship enter Mahon exellent. Lovely town plenty to see and do for the day. All in all they should drop Olbia and sail straight to Rome thereby allowing a lot longer at Nice and Monaco a whole day or two here would be lovely. DONT EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM OLBIA PORT ITSELF ALTHOUGH the beaches are suppose to be good. I hope this helps have a great time.
Thank you both for marvelous coments really helps a lot. I am really getting excited about this cruise.
You will be on the shuttle bus for exactly 5 mins, and it will drop you off in the main street. If you walk up the hill towards the old town, there are a couple of nice piazza's with bars, & we spent a pleasant hour or so sitting with a drink and the papers, people watching - it is a small town, not really geared up for tourists, but a nice morning out.