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curiousmarie's Port Reviews of Sardinia, Seville (Cadiz), Florence (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Barcelona, Gibraltar
Grand Princess cruise in September 2012
Member Name: curiousmarie
Cruise Date: September 2012
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: curiousmarie's Grand Princess Review
Sardinia
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Alghero - it is a tender port and getting off of the ship took ages. There is not a lot there but it was good to stretch our legs.

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Seville (Cadiz)
Jerez de la Frontera Rating: Not Rated
We went to the top pepe sherry bodega and had a short tour of Jerez. The guide was a bit annoying as she did not stop talking from the minute we got on the coach to the return to the ship. The bodega was good, not busy it only seemed to open for tour groups.


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Florence (Livorno)
Florence & Pisa Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Pisa was a bit disappointing although it was nice to see the tower there is not a lot there.

Florence was amazing, the guide was very good. We had a lovely lunch next to Dantes statue outside the church. Try the dumplings with ham and cream cheese. We did not go into any museums as we did not have enough time to do them justice.


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Rome (Civitavecchia)
City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The trip went to the Colosseum, the Vatican museums, the Sistine chapel and st peters basilica. All breathtaking and definitely worth a visit. You only see a small part of the museum.

The queues were non existent and it was world tourism day which meant that entry was free.

Trip included lunch at a hotel, pasta dish, meat dish and ice cream then coffee. Better than expected so we enjoyed it.

Someone from the ship did have their purse stolen in the Vatican so be careful.


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Barcelona
Port Rating: Not Rated
We booked the Sagrada familia online before the cruise. It is the same price but we got there at 10.30 and the queue was estimated at an hour long already. It is worth getting the headphone tour as you do learn a lot about the church.

We also took the subway, there is a station at the bottom of the Ramblas (close to shuttle drop off)and a journey costs 2 euros each which is better than a taxi, much quicker too.

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Gibraltar
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We took the cable car up the rock and walked down. We definitely earned our dinner that day as we could barely walk the next day! It is a hard way to do it but you do see a lot. It costs £18 each which included entry to the caves and battlements. The caves were vast but no different to any others but the battlements were interesting.

The apes were not an issue, one jumped on hubby's shoulder for a ride but we didn't bother him so it just sat there until it was ready to jump off again when we had walked down the road!

The main reason people seem to like Gibraltar is booze and cigarettes. We didn't buy either but your bags get scanned by the port authorities when leaving Gib and a lot of cases were opened on return to Southampton. We saw customs with 3 clear bin bags full of cigarettes taken from our ship alone. Cosmetics and perfumes were very cheap as well.

The leather shops did seem better in Spain.

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