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Touristbay's Port Reviews of Marseille, Villefranche, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples
Liberty of the Seas cruise in July 2013
Member Name: Touristbay
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: Touristbay's Liberty of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Our first port of call was TOULON (cruise critic don't offer this in their drop down menu).

Royal Caribbean were offering a boat trip into Toulon from where we docked at 16 dollars per person. If you look across the bay you will see the local boat that residents use which will take you to the same place for 2 euros each way. Around a ten minute walk . Once we arrived in Toulon we took the tourist train, it cost around 6 euros each, dont think it was worth it unless you want to use it to go to the beach. The area of Toulon is lovely along the marina with restaurants and cafes. Also across the street there are plenty of shops. It is easy to get the boat back from the same location just check the board for the correct route.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Stunning port of call, could easily have stayed there for the day. This is a tendered port, we got off around 1030am so it wasnt too busy to get the tender boat. We went to Monaco for a few hours. When you get off the boat walk to the right for around five minutes and you will see a sign  up a set of stairs directing you to the train station. Up the stairs it is clearly signposted. The first entrance is for Monaco the second one is for Nice. The train to Monaca costs around 6 euros return each, the train takes under 15 minutes. We got off the train at Monaco intending to get the HOHO bus, but unfortunately they were all too busy so we just wandered around the port and enjoyed people/car/boat watching.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Decided not to go to Rome as temperatures too hot. Took free bus to end of port, if you want to get the train to Rome turn right, cross the street and then turn right again, the train station is sign posted on lamp posts.
We took a taxi to the waterpark Aquafelix. The taxi cost 25 euros on the way there and 30 euros on the return (10 min journey). The waterpark costs 20 euros per adult and 17.50 per child. Not the biggest waterpark I have been to, but still enough to pass a few hours. The park phoned a taxi for us when we were ready to go back to the ship and it came within 10 minutes. Don't panic when you take your taxi there as it is in the middle of deserted fields and when you are dropped off you still cannot see the park until you walk down a dirt path as directed by the taxi driver. Other people on the ship either used the transfer train offered by the ship, some went on their own using the local train and others booked up for the 10 1/2 hour tour. It was a very quiet ship in the evening.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Have rated the port as a 3 only because it has good access links to Capri/Sorrento or Pompei. Naples itself is pretty horrible, with dangerous crossings, beggars and dirty streets with litter. Had a 20 minute wander around from the port and that was enough, the ferry terminal is right beside the port so I would imagine fairly easy to go across to Capri if you are up early.

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