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expatriate's Port Reviews of Lisbon, Cartagena (Colombia), Barcelona
Noordam cruise in May 2012
Member Name: expatriate
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Transatlantic
Member Review: expatriate's Noordam Review
Lisbon
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Not the most interesting city and certainly not worth an overnight stay. Generally far cheaper than Spain and Italy but food (except excellent fruit), and culture reflect the country's position as one of the poorer European areas.
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Cartagena (Colombia)
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
NOTE-Spain NOT Columbia. Small, mainly naval town, well preserved Roman Amphitheatre but not too much else of interest.

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Barcelona
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
A modern European city-in many ways the real capital of Spain. It is crowded and virtually nothing can be seen in a one day visit. Queues for the Sagreda Famillia, Picasso museum,Palau Catalana de Musica, etc are hundreds of people long. A hop on/hop off city bus tour is probably the best way of getting an overview. Flamenco and classical concerts start too late to attend if the ship is not overnighting. External viewing of Gaudi's architechture and the whole "moderniste" movement will either confirm your views- genius or lunatic-there is no room for indifference. Like Lisbon,Paris and Rome the city is infested with pickpockets and constant vigilance is essential.

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