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cruzen07's Port Reviews of Palermo, Tunis (La Goulette), Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Marseille
Costa Magica cruise in November 2010
Member Name: cruzen07
Cruise Date: November 2010
Embarkation: Civitavecchia
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: cruzen07's Costa Magica Review
Palermo
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Palermo was a very typical Italian port. It was very convenient for people who wanted to just stroll around town. The cafes were wonderful and people were very friendly. Maps were very helpful and you could walk most of the city with the time in port.



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Tunis (La Goulette)
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Worst experience I have ever had in any port! Take an organized tour!!!!! We chose a taxi and thought we could just go to the market and back. BIG MISTAKE. Cab drivers are like hijacker's. Once they have you in the cab they try to get all kinds of money from you by taking you where you don't want to go. Our driver took us into the market and literally dragged us to every one of his "brothers" shops to make us buy goods. The people were the pushiest and nastiest I have ever come across. They were actually mad because we did not want to buy rugs. They were physically pushing us down at our shoulders to sit and look at rugs. We truly felt like hostages until the cabbie was ready for us to leave. We finally bought some oils in a shop just so he would leave us alone and let us go. Each shop he pushed us to had chairs that they made you sit in to see their goods. It was very very scary and intimidating. Even if you wanted to leave, you could not. The market was a maze and we could have never found our way out alone.

Make sure you do a guided tour at this port!!!!!!


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Palma de Mallorca
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Absolutely beautiful port! Very much like Monaco. You need to take a tour use a taxi to get into town. The drivers were straight forward, polite and professional. (a relief after Tunis). Unfortunately this stop is on Sunday so all the stores are closed. There were a few cafes open for pastries, but that was it! I felt very safe walking around. This city was immaculate.



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Barcelona
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Another beautiful, clean, enjoyable port. Again, you need transportation to get to the city. If you do a tour, definitely do one that goes into the gaudi museum. We did not, and I was very sorry. The church is magnificent. We did a city tour and was very disappointed with it. Of course the rude Italians from the ship followed on to the tour and talked through the whole thing. Even after asking them to please be quiet they continued talking so we missed a lot. Barcelona is another very safe feeling port. The shopping was great and people were very helpful.



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Marseille
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Very pretty port. Again, you need transportation to the city. They sell a E14.00 shuttle ticket, r/t per person to get into town. Not sure if you really need it, they never even asked us for the ticket. Beautiful and quaint little village with lots of restaurants. Very safe and great shopping.



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