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Old 05-11-2006, 06:57 AM
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bonhal, you could do all of that in one day if you got an early start. The only challenge is getting to Eze from the train station. The transfers up to Eze and the train schedules do not mesh well. In fact, I am going to be in Villefranch in Juen and hope to run down the issue of Eze and do a review on it. Taxis are difficult to get in Monte Carlo. If you can take a train back it would be preferable, but I don't know how late they run.

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Old 05-11-2006, 07:00 AM
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Marvelous M, When you get off the train, turn right when you depart the terminal, walk about three blocks and you will see what looks like an old fort. This is the entrance to the port. Right at the gate at the entrance, the port employee can direct you to the right place to pick up the transfer. It is usually right across the street from the entrance. The port is a heavy commercial port and the cruise ships are a good distance away.

Have a great cruise!

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Old 05-12-2006, 05:39 AM
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Thanks for the great detailed information. We are traveling with my parents and 4 sons( ages 10 thru 17)and are trying to save some money on the excursions.
Planning on doing Pisa and Florence by train. The kids want to see Pisa not really interested in art in Florence but they do enjoy the churches.Since we wil be seeing Rome I don't want to over do it. Sounds like Livorno might be a better afternoon destination. What is your opinion since you have been to both?
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:24 AM
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this looks like fantastic info....
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Old 05-19-2006, 07:41 AM
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I love your "own your own" pictures and descriptions-great job. Do you happen to have any port to Venice info you could post? Photos would be wonderful! We are staying in Venice the night before our ship departs and I'm wondering what the jouney will be like to get to the port. Any info would be helpful.
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:19 PM
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Hi Tom,

My husband and I are going on RCCL Voyager of the Seas in October. (21st)
We are hitting: Marseille, Villefranche, Livorno, Rome, Naples.
We plan on doing most of the excursion on our own and trying to be realistic - seeing only 1 or 2 things at each port.
Can you provide feedback on our choices:
Marseille - we are going to Avignon (Palace of Popes) by Train on our own
Villefranch - Nice, Eze, Monte Carlo - again by train on our own
Livorno - we want to do the Cinque Terre - do you have any info for me on this?? the ship offers a tour but I'm not sure if I have time to swing this in 1 day. We get arrive at 7AM and depart Livorno at 7PM - we've been to Florence before and wanted to see something different.
Rome - we will do Rome on our own - easy - been there before

Naples - another one where I don't know what to do - - I would like to see Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. How can I do both of these in 1 day and on my own? We're there from 7-7 also. Any ideas on websites I could check out? I just don't want to break down and book thru the ship - too much $$.

Please provide advice on Cinque Terre and my desire to do Pompeii and Amalfi.
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Old 06-17-2006, 01:29 PM
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Originally posted by Tom Ogg:
What itinerary are you on? Virtually all of the Western Med can be done on your own. You can see more and pay LOTS less and have a great time.

We are doing the 11 night Tyrrhenian Sea on Century. I do not see any reviews for Ajaccio, Corsica Valleta, Malta or Sicily. Do you have any referrals for info?
We are thinking of taking the train from Naples to Sorrento then hydrofoil from Sorrento to Capri and ferry from Capri to Naples. Should and would we be able to purchase all tickets before hand?
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:43 PM
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@chemical x
a warm welcome to you in the cruise chat. I hope you feel well here and will get a whole lot of good informations. And we hope, you will give us informations back some time in the future.
Have nice cruises
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Old 07-13-2006, 04:07 PM
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Originally posted by Tom Ogg:
Well I am finally back from a month in Europe and have posted a number of reviews that you might find interesting if you are crusing the Western Mediterranean next year. Here is a list of them.

Athens by Train

Livorno, On Your Own

Florence by Train, On Your Own

Capri and Sorrento, On Your Own

Pompei On Your Own By Train

Rome, On Your Own By Train

Marseille, France Port Review

Nice, France By Train, On Your Own

Monaco by Train, On Yor Own

Venice Italy, Murano Island, On Your Own

More coming


It was interesting and informative reading your review.

My wife and I have been on five previous cruises, but this will be our first one in Europe.

We are pm tje 12 day Liberty Cruise Leaving on Sept. 28th.

You appear to be a firm advocate of doing things on your own, and we plan on doing this in Naples, Dubrovnik, Venice and Cannes.

Is it possible to find tour operators or cabs for hire at each port or is it best to do so prior to leaving for the cruise.ie. Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Barcelona, Messina??

Thanks for your suggestion.

I see you are from Valley Center. We are from Carlsbad.

Phil & Nancy
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Old 07-14-2006, 01:34 PM
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I'm planning a Russian/Baltic cruise aboard the newly refurbished Century on june 2007, it looks like all the other ports can be toured on your own however we're thinking of booking a tour either w/ Denrus or Red october for St. Petersburg, the price seems reasonable compared to the ships's organized tour, about 100-200 dollars less. Any input?
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