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dun123das's Port Reviews of Palma de Mallorca, Corsica (Ajaccio), Naples
Thomson Dream cruise in September 2011
Member Name: dun123das
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: dun123das's Thomson Dream Review
Palma de Mallorca
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was the embarkation port, where we joined the Dream. This port is lively, beautiful and worth a look around before sailing. The cathedral is particularly worth a visit and it is possible to take a leisurely stroll from the ship's berth, along the promenade to reach it. Be aware though that, depending on exactly which berth your ship is on, it can be quite a way, so allow plenty of time.

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Corsica (Ajaccio)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Birthplace of Napoleon, you will find many reminders of him in this port. You can take the Petit Train, which actually runs on wheels, from a stop close to where the ship berths. This journey lasts about 1 hour 10 minutes and takes you around the town and up to the main Napoleon statue, where you have about 10 minutes to get off and take photos.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Although Naples itself is worth the visit, this is where we took a trip to Pompeii, which is a fascinating journey into the history of the inhabitants of this place at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Although we had been before, they are continuing to excavate the site and more buildings are being unearthed. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is not wheelchair bound, as I can't see a chair getting around the various levels. Another caution is that it does get exceedingly hot, so water is essential and a fan is really helpful.

It is also possible to visit Herculaneum from this port, which we have done in the past and this is also worth a visit. In some ways it is better preserved than Pompeii, but I rate them equally as being worth a visit.

There are internet cafes in the city centre, another opportunity for a great cup of coffee.

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