The ship is due to call at Palermo, C.Vecchia, Savona, Barcellona, Mallorca, Tunis and ending up at my native country Valletta, Malta. Any hints how I could explore these places w/o taking up excursions
Any help is most appreciated
Hi Vassall, welcome to Cruise-Chat. Hope you enjoy Costa as much as we do, they are a great cruise line. There is a section a little further down the main page titled "Europe Port Chat", there is also a FAQ section down at the bottom of the main page with all sorts of tips on travel/excursions. Best wishes and have a great cruise!
I'm sorry Vassall; the only ports on your itinerary to which I've been are Civitavecchia, which was my point of embarkation and disembarkation; Valetta, which I'm sure I could tell you nothing new about, but was, by the way, my favorite stop on the cruise; and Barcelona.
I did two tours in Barcelona: a walking tour and a "Highlights of . . ." tour; both were wonderful. Barcelona is a beautiful, vibrant, picturesque city--see as much of it as you have time for. Just keep your wits about you; petty thieves are abundant.