The Birthday Cruise of a life: MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review by Spencer Mitchell
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The Birthday Cruise of a life
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
On the Sunday mooring we were awoken by the anchor going down as it was right under our room for our stop in Monte Carlo. We had breakfast which was a fantastic show of food. Including cereals fruit and allsorts of cooked items I loved the scrambled eggs. We had decided not to do a tour and just got the motor launch into Monte Carlo. We walked around the town as it was the week before the Grand Prix things were starting to take of. We had a nice coffee break in the main square looked a lots of posh boats and cars and got the lunch back to the ship to spend the rest of the day sunbathing and swimming.In the evening it was meet the captain and get dressed up.
Next we were of the Valencia. We had booked to go to the Oceanic museum but this trip was cancelled and we transferred to the trips to the underground caves where you go for a boat ride down the river in the caves. This was quiet a experience as the guide in the boat did not speak English and seamed very worried about the boat. We did get to see a bat in the cave though.In the evening we attended the show.Then it was onto Ibiza which we arrived at midnight. You could catch the bus into the town ( Euros )then but we waited till the morning and enjoyed a nice walk around visited some shop and had coffee on the front. The after noon was spent at see so more sunbathing and swimming.Next it was off to Tunis again we had booked a trip to go shopping and visited a historic site, but this was cancelled as there was not enough English doing the tour. We rebooked on the shopping only trip. We arrived and there was camels on the quay side before we had even gone through customs and Roman soldiers. This was the only time we needed our passports on the cruise.We had a excellent guide Alex who took us all-around the city, we visited a perfume shop, carpet shop and a market where you had to haggle for everything something I did not seam very good at. We then visited a small traditional village in blue and white for some more shopping.We were a bit late getting back and as it was a special night it was a hurry to get all dressed up for the special meal.next it was on to Catania again we had a trip booked but again no English so we had to go on the Spanish coach top Etna. As neither of us can speak Spanish it was quiet hard. This did not spoil the views as we climbed up Etna in the coach. The good thing was the guide spoke English so when we arrived we just asked here the questions and went and wondered around at the top of the Volcano, had coffee and visited some of the shops.
Our last full day saw us arrive at Naples with some stunning views of the bay. We were booked on the tour to Pompeii. We had a excellent English guide and we stopped at the shell factory on the way and we then had a three hour tour of Pompeii which was excellent and the guide took us to all the important bits and the places we all wanted to see.The final day was back to Livorno. We had to put our bags out at 2am in the morning, we went for breakfast and were of the ship at about 9.30am where we were transferred to the coach and taken to Pisa airport to await our BA flight back to the UK.
Cabin review: OUT119
The rooms was excellent kept well clear and smart twice a day by Kristan, there was a safe which was easy to use a shower which worked well, the great view and a English film each day. The ship was kept in immaculate ship and was very clean tidy and all the staff were friendly and helpful
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