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PHWoman's Port Reviews of Barcelona, Marseille, Nice, Monaco, Florence (Livorno), Sorrento
Grandeur of the Seas cruise in May 2012
Member Name: PHWoman
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: PHWoman's Grandeur of the Seas Review
Barcelona
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This city is beautiful. La's Ram bas was a fun experience which gave us a good opportunity to people watch,and eat some of the best food of our trip. We took a double Decker bus tour (entire day ticket), which provided ear phones and a general tour of city highlights with stops if you wanted to visit that space. The bus ran the entire day and into the evening. Well worth the money of 27 euros each.

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Marseille
Marseille Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Cruise tour line-nothing exciting, picturesque. old shopping village with the cemetery was beautiful. Too many people on tour to enjoy it.


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Nice
Best of French Riviera Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful scenery, lovely history, but again- too many people to enjoy the excursion.


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Monaco
Grasse Perfume Factory Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
fun for me a snooze fest for my son- too many people.


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Florence (Livorno)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Used share a tour, for less than half the cruise line wanted to charge. The tour was magnificent. Please do yourself a favor and review this option for yourselves. I can't say enough good things about this.

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Sorrento
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This again was through share a tour. Spectacular and went places tour buses cant take you. Magnificent!!!! most beautiful places I have ever seen..thank you Share a tour.

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Athens (Piraeus)
Archeological Museum Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Boring, skip it. Its very small and certainly not worth the time in this city.


City Tour Rating: Not Rated
Interesting, the residents and shop keepers were kind,helpful.


Temple of Olympian Zeus Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We visited the Olympic village, Parthenon and other sites. tour guide was not happy to be there and one person broke their arm walking on the slippery marble. People will push past you on that climb to the Parthenon. I was amazed at the history I was looking at being in this place- but honestly, my son and I both were glad to leave.


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Venice
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was our disembarkation port. Once your off the ship- make sure you know where your going. Investigate before you leave home. Luckily, we were staying at a hotel on St. Marc's Square and this was a stop of the water bus and marked on signs. Most of our new ship friends were lost as to how to get to their respective hotels. There are no taxis waiting just several different ramps which go to ticket offices...with long lines..confusing. Beautiful city, Doge's palace was incredible and the history amazing. Warning: you can get special tours online only for the palace, but you must do this months in advance. We wanted to tour the secret passage ways of the palace- but were not able to because of the advance ticket purchase required.

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