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tweetypie's Port Reviews of Gibraltar, Florence (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Corsica (Ajaccio), Lisbon, Vigo
Independence of the Seas cruise in August 2011
Member Name: tweetypie
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: tweetypie's Independence of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We had a three and a half hour rock tour. Ask for the extended tour as you see a bit more. It was reasonably priced and very informative. We just joined up with two other families at the port entrance and got in a taxi there and then. We saw the monkeys (our driver was really experienced and even let us hold one in our arms), the siege tunnels, the 100 ton gun, moorish castle, st michaels cave. We had a quick look in the shops on the way back, but did not get that excited about seeing mainly English shops and got back on the ship!

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Florence (Livorno)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
After a stop at the Toulon market (South of France) on stop 2, it was a trip to Florence and Pisa. We really enjoyed these two stops and went on a RCI organised shore excursion for this one, due to the time and wanting to see both cities in the day. The leaning tower must be seen and Florence is brilliant for all of you art lovers!

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We pre-booked a full day organised taxi tour with Rudy's touring service from the port and what a great idea. We joined up with two other couples on the ship and enjoyed a very full day seeing all of the main sights in a lovely air conditioned vehicle, a great idea on a hot day! Our guide was fab and the vatican tour (which was included in the price) was excellent.

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Corsica (Ajaccio)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Lovely little street market here, but mainly a chill out beach stop as we were only docked for half a day. There was a lovely beach about a 5 minute walk from the port.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
After a stop in Cadiz - Spain (walking tour was very informative), we spent a full day in Lisbon. We had a panoramic tour of the main sights, followed by a four hour visit to Lisbon Zoo. We would highly recommend this zoo, especially the dolphin show as it was different to other shows that we have seen before.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Vigo was good for shopping. We cannot comment on anything else as we stayed close to the ship this day.

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