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European_cruiser's Port Reviews of Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Malta (Valletta), Sardinia, Palermo
Costa Concordia, A Look Back cruise in December 2011
Member Name: European_cruiser
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: other
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: European_cruiser's Costa Concordia, A Look Back Review
Marseille
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Pretty view of the harbour

We took a shuttle bus to the city and then took a toy train that went to the Gothic cathedral and toured the city.

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Barcelona
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful city and one day does not do justice to it

We took the Costa shuttle to the city and then took a hop-on hop-off tour. That allowed us to view the city at our pace and absorb the culture and beauty.

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Palma de Mallorca
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful city and a joy to walk through

We did not take the hop-on hop-off or any excursions. We took Bus number 1 that leaves outside the port and takes you to the center of the city. From there, we walked to the cathedral, castle and shopping district. Most of the folks on the ship ended up taking the bus.

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Malta (Valletta)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
One of the prettiest ports I have ever been to

We reached there on Christmas and assumed that nothing would be open. We had not booked an excursion, however, there were hop-on hop-off tours running that day. We went to the Crafts Village, Mdina and Mosta - we finally got off at La Valetta from where we walked back to the ship.

This is a port where you could simply explore on your own - walk through the streets and enjoy the culture.

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Sardinia
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful city

The ship docks in the city. There are plenty of tour options at the dock itself. We took a horse carriage tour of 20 folks (costed us just 10 Euros per person) that took us into the Capello and drove through panoramic views of the Sardinia.

Since the ship docked for only half a day, we were able to complete the horse carriage tour in less than 2 hours, did some shopping on the port and reach back in time for lunch in the ship.

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Palermo
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
The city in itself has a lot of culture but is also extremely dirty with garbage filling the streets

We strolled through the city at our pace and did not find it too appealing. Also, it is an extremely unsafe city. In broad daylight, we saw a motorist zoom past one of our fellow passengers on the road, pull her handbag and drive past before anyone could catch him. She was left in absolute tears and was a horrid experience.

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