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cruiseireland's Port Reviews of Sardinia, Rome (Civitavecchia), Corsica (Ajaccio), Palma de Mallorca
Adventure of the Seas cruise in October 2010
Member Name: cruiseireland
Cruise Date: October 2010
Embarkation: Malaga
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: cruiseireland's Adventure of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
To our surprise, we enjoyed the days in port more than we had anticipated. Sardinia was our first port of call, Cagliari to be precise. This city holds a special place in the hearts of Irish soccer fans as it was the location of the clash between Ireland and England in Italia '90. The result was a draw - always a moral victory for the Irish soccer team! The town itself appears dull but we enjoyed the walk around, quite steep uphill to the 'bastide'(great views back towards the port) and the cathedral, returning to the quayside via the Elephant Tower. We had a pleasant drink in a restaurant near the quay before returning to the ship.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The next day we stopped at Civitavecchia, the port for Rome. As we had visited Rome previously, we decided to skip the Royal Carribbean tour and wandered about the town. It was quite nice, some nice restaurants and shops and a nice promenade and seafront next to the port. Incidentally, the train fare (return) to Rome was €9. You can buy the tickets at a stall outside the port gate and the train station is about 600m along the sea front. The return train trip is about 3 hrs so this leaves little time to make the best of Rome.

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Corsica (Ajaccio)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The following day we docked at Ajaccio in Corsica. Perhaps it was the sunshine but this town immediately captured our hearts. The ship was berthed up against the quayside right at the edge of the tow, so it was an easy walk to the restaurants and shops. As most people know, Corsica is the birthplace of Napoleon, and they make the most of this with tours visiting his birthplace, christening place, his uncle's place and a place where he liked to play as a child! At the latter, which is at the top of a long uphill boulevard, there was a municipal tennis club, which offered a glass of wine and a view to die for, not to mention a quick loo stop. Ajaccio is lovely it has a narrow sandy beach along its promenade. I was admiring the locals who had time and energy to turn out for some midweek sunbathing when I noticed they all had Royal Caribbean towels! Corsica is the place to visit again.

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Palma de Mallorca
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The following day saw us dock in Palma, Majorca, at 11.00am. The port is quite a way from the centre of Palma, so I thought I would avail of the RCCL shuttle bus at $6 pp each way. Our travelling companions went ashore earlier and caught a public bus opposite the port for €2.50 for two into Palma! Not much in Palma really except the vast cathedral. We took a bus out to C'an Pastilla, where we had honeymooned 24 years ago, just to see if it had changed. It had! The hotel was gone, no loss I'm afraid to say. The restaurant opposite that used to rely on the guests of the hotel(!) had also closed. But the resort itself seems to have improved with a marina and a larger sweeping beach. One to revisit I think.

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