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Bobaloo66's Port Reviews of Barcelona, Marseille, Monaco, Sardinia, Palermo
Noordam cruise in September 2013
Member Name: Bobaloo66
Cruise Date: September 2013
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Italy
Member Review: Bobaloo66's Noordam Review
Barcelona
City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Fair price for a city-wide tour- this was a good way to take in a lot in a minimum amount of time so you can stop at just those spots that interest you.
We booked reservations through Julia Travel for a dinner & flamenco show, but discovered that Julia dropped the ball (reserve seats directly with the restaurant, http://www.tablaocordobes.com).

Agree with everyone else- Gaudet's architecture is a sight to behold.




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Marseille
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Took the shuttle into the old port area. All the cathedrals look the same to me; we walked, took photos, and ate a leisurely outdoor lunch at a port side restaurant. Beautiful day, enjoyable experience.


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Monaco
Port Rating: Not Rated

Followed the excursion director's advice and walked from the tender point to the palace. Took the palace tour (8 euros) through a about 6-8 rooms that looked very palace like (gaudy?), then walked to the Jardin Exotica. Be sure to use the elevators, as it's hundreds of feet above sea level.

While there, we stumbled across an included guided tour of a cave that goes down a couple of hundred feet into a couple of Luray Cavern like chambers.

Hopped on a local bus for a scenic return to the downtown area, a relaxing drink, and walk to the tender point.



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Sardinia
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Olbio replaced Tunis as a stop. We did another self-guided walking tour of the central city and had a leisurely lunch ashore.



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Palermo
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Walked extensively to points & routes recommended by the Excursion Director. Could also get free wifi at a restaurant very near the dock.

Took a cab to the Hotel Grand, about a mile from the city center. Very nice setting for lunch, but expensive (24 euros for a club sandwich & fries).

The Verdi Opera House was impressive, but couldn't get in for a tour (an employee said "Tomorrow").



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Naples
Amalfi Coast Rating: Not Rated

Second time we've used this outfit for a private tour

As before, they were exceptional: right outside the building when we arrived, recent vintage 8-passenger Mercedes van, friendly, well-dressed English speaking driver/tour guide for 400 euros. He asked what we wanted to see/do and accommodated every request. Even recommended a sea food restaurant on the water in Amalfi that was tourist free (even though there were 8 tour buses parked at the small port.

Also stopped in Positano- beautiful as ever!




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