Cruise Review by Footloose Oz: Another great Seabourn cruise
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Another great Seabourn cruise
Having completed a Mediterranean cruise in May in 2011 and 2012 we were really looking forward to this one, however this time instead of warm temperatures and clear skies we experienced a cool wet late spring and a couple of days of rough seas. Like most people on this cruise we were a little disappointed but we still had a wonderful time and the staff were once again excellent.
Our ports of call were not quite as exciting as some and we experienced our first full sea day on a smaller ship. Surprisingly the day flew passed and there was plenty to keep us entertained. The food was excellent and lots of variety and so beautifully presented it was almost a shame to eat it. Cruise director David was very entertaining and all the entertainers were excellent. Each night we danced into the wee hours as did so many of the passengers.
Unlike on the Seabourn Spirit where the crew knew your name at embarkation, they took a day or two to remember this time. All the staff were so More friendly, efficient and welcoming it was a pleasure to be on the ship. I think the thing that makes this type of cruising so enjoyable is the small size allows you to get to know staff and fellow passengers so much better and form great relationships.
Since all ports of call are not on the list to review I will do the ones that are not listed below:
Trapani Sicily - a great place to visit and we took a local bus and then the cable car up to Erice and had a marvellous day. The views over the island were magnificent especially since this was a warm sunny day.
Ajaccio, Corsica while this city was not that exciting a visit to the surrounding area rewards you with magnificent views and beautiful beaches. Mind you the bus trip is pretty nerve racking experience as the roads are some of the narrowest and most winding I have been on. The rock formations are well worth seeing and the town of Piana was very pretty. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
This was a hive of activity and full of people and lots of queues as we were here during the film festival. The old town and the market are well worth a visit. We strolled around the streets and the shops as well as walked along the beach where we could. Due to the film festival we had to anchor off shore and so unused a tender.
Having been to Florence before we decided to explore Livorno. While there are canals, they are not clean and while there is a lovely walk along the sea front it is well out of town and the walk to get there is along a main road. We had reviews that this was worth exploring but we do not agree. I think I would take the excursion to Lucca which is most people really enjoyed.
Our cruise ended here and the Legend was being used during the upcoming Grand Prix. So we set off to explore this great place and we thought it is a place we could return to. It is so clean and easy to explore. Hidden escalators take people up the steep hill to the station. It is easy to travel to France or Italy from here. The palace and surrounding area with its narrow winding streets offered spectacular coastal views. The azure waters of the Mediterranean looked so beautiful from up here. Well worth a visit.
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