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Old 09-07-2006, 03:02 PM
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Times, they are a changing! When we docked in Livorno this past May on the Grand Princess, there was no shuttle service into town. It was not a problem since we were able to get a taxi to take us directly to the station. Why no shuttle? Well, years ago they had free shuttles,..than they had shuttles for about $5 each way. Now, why bother with shuttles when you can try to convince passengers their only real option is to book an overpriced ship's tour. After all, only a fool takes the train to Florence for about $20 round trip rather than pay $75 -$80 for a bus that actually takes longer than the train. A family of 4 will spend about $650 on cruise line sold tranfers(to Florence and Rome) if they dock in both Livorno and Civatavecchia. That same family would spend about $150 total on trains from both ports. Now why in the world would a cruise line want to help passengers with the lower cost options? Than again, why does RCI charge $31 for a bottle of Mondavi Woodbridge that they purchase for about $3?

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