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jocap's Port Reviews of Barcelona, Monaco, Florence (Livorno), Portofino, Rome (Civitavecchia), Cartagena (Colombia)
Ventura cruise in October 2009
Member Name: jocap
Cruise Date: October 2009
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: jocap's Ventura Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
P&O provided free shuttle buses- we were astonished to find other cruise lines charging as much as 5euro for this! We know Bcn, so went shopping in a very quiet Ramblas.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This is a new one for us, and luckily the ship managed to dock rather than tender. A rather ugly place, highly built up, but with lifts up the side of the cliffs. Mainly window shopped, and checked the house prices - a studio flat of 30 sq. m. was 1,340,000 euro.......

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Florence (Livorno)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Of course, it's Livorno you dock at, which is an industrial port. The port authorities charge 5e for the shuttle bus to the centre of town. RCI passengers waiting in the same queue were charged $12 for the same ride, which would be 8e! A shopping, local wine drinking port.

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Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
It was actually Santa Margharita where we tendered, which was warm enough to walk on the beach. DH walked the 4 miles to Portofino, and this was the highlight of the cruise for him. The water bus back was 5e, or 9.50 return. next time we'll take this bus.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
P&O is looking at other tours for the many who don't want to do the long trail to Rome, so we took this afternoon one to Tuscarnia and a farmhouse tea, for £35. It was worth every penny- an excellent guide and driver; stunning church from the 9th cent., with views over the valleys. A stop in the walled town was followed by the olive and wine farm, with lots of delicacies, many of which we bought. A good trip out!

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Cartagena (Colombia)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We loved this place before we saw it, for the ship's newspaper had it down as Cartagena in Columbia, which is certainly different to the one in Spain! We docked right by the promenade, which is modern and clean- a sleepy port in October. The locals were so friendly, and we met Brits who had retired there, away from the Spanish Costas. Good shopping, and good vibes- certainly a place to return to for a quiet holiday. There is swimming nearby, though we didn't get to the beaches- this time. We'll be back!

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