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Twinkle85's Port Reviews of Vigo, Lisbon, Las Palmas, Tenerife
Independence of the Seas cruise in October 2011
Member Name: Twinkle85
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: Twinkle85's Independence of the Seas Review
Vigo
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Vigo...quite a pretty port for the architecture but other than that I really don't see the point of stopping here, there's a lot of steep hills to climb so not very good for the elderly or disabled.

The market was small and the traders were aggressive and DID NOT like bartering AT ALL!

The only thing going for this port is the shopping centre just as you step off the ship...

Seriously RCI change this port!!!

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Lisbon
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
A lot of the ports of call on this cruise were great if you were religious because they were close to a lot of religious sites/churches...i'm not religious..

Lisbon a nice capital city we did a red bus tour for 15e each which was quite good. It was some lovely shops (inc a hard rock cafe) and some very lovely gardens. Not as big or as a busy as I thought a capital city would be though.

There were lovely pieces of graffiti art around the city,as well as some not so nice graffiti I would have thought the government would have taken a better stnace to keep the city free of this kind of graffiti to boost tourism.

Also the fact that the shops close smack bang in the middle of the day can be annoying for cruisers as we get a limited time in port. Given the current state of the recession in the euro zone, one would think they would stay open to increase trade?

Overall a nice port of call.

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Las Palmas
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Las Palmas..a pretty, clean and friendly island.

We did another red bus tour around the port for 16e each, I personally didn't think it was worth the money as the tour was quite short but it was nice to go further than just the port.

Las Palmas has a lovely beach and a pretty little harbor. It has some lovely markets so you can choose to shop or laze on the beach, all within easy reach from the port.

There was also another nice shopping centre literally just across the road from the ship...overall a very enjoyable port.

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Tenerife
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This overall was my favorite port. The weather was gorgeous and the ocean views around the island were spectacular.

We decided to do an excursion to Loro Parque at this port and I would thoroughly recommend this to everyone! Loro Parque is a animal park that also fights for the conservation of animals and their habitats. The dolphin and orca shows are well worth it on their own!

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