147 Nice Cruise Reviews

Walked short distance to local station and got train in Monte Carlo. Loved it even though it was crowded. On way back we sat on beach in villefranche and had a little paddle before going back to tender.
Walked short distance to local station and got train in Monte Carlo. Loved it even though it was crowded. On way back we sat on beach in villefranche and had a little paddle before going back to tender. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We ported in Villefranche. The tender process went smoothly, even with a disabled passenger. The train was not accessible for wheelchairs in Villefranche and much to our disappointment, we took a taxi to Nice and the train station there ... Read More
We ported in Villefranche. The tender process went smoothly, even with a disabled passenger. The train was not accessible for wheelchairs in Villefranche and much to our disappointment, we took a taxi to Nice and the train station there was also not accessible. Our plan was to take the train to Monaco but we were unable to do so. None of the advertised excursions covered wheelchair accessibility in this port. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Took local train to Monaco and took tour bus around and saw most of the main sights.
Took local train to Monaco and took tour bus around and saw most of the main sights. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We arrived in Villefranchais. Pretty little town.we did our own trip. We wished we had stayed there,but we didn't. We took a train to Nice, then a tram down to the old town. Very crowded. Lots of walking, up and down hills. Hot, ... Read More
We arrived in Villefranchais. Pretty little town.we did our own trip. We wished we had stayed there,but we didn't. We took a train to Nice, then a tram down to the old town. Very crowded. Lots of walking, up and down hills. Hot, restaurants busy.if you like scenery and shopping stay in Villefranchais or Monaco. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Tender was well organised, was away within 30 mins when expecting at least one hour wait. It's a short walk to train station and train to Monte Carlo is only 20 mins. A sight to see for sure with array of wealth on display, plus ... Read More
Tender was well organised, was away within 30 mins when expecting at least one hour wait. It's a short walk to train station and train to Monte Carlo is only 20 mins. A sight to see for sure with array of wealth on display, plus leftovers from F1 still being packed away. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Pickpockets are all around. Not as inviting as it used to be. Take the train and then the tram to the Old Town. Just watch your stuff.I suggest fanny pack and wrist wallets from REI.
Pickpockets are all around. Not as inviting as it used to be. Take the train and then the tram to the Old Town. Just watch your stuff.I suggest fanny pack and wrist wallets from REI. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Ships anchor in the beautiful bay at Villefranche-sur-Mer, a couple of miles from Nice. Many tours are available to such places as Nice, Monaco and the hilltop village of Eze, all good places to visit. It is very easy for those who are ... Read More
Ships anchor in the beautiful bay at Villefranche-sur-Mer, a couple of miles from Nice. Many tours are available to such places as Nice, Monaco and the hilltop village of Eze, all good places to visit. It is very easy for those who are comfortable with the idea of using local public transport to get to Nice or Monaco by bus or train, or even Eze by train and bus. Villefranche itself has plenty of bars and restaurants and beaches with slightly gritty sand (still a lot better than the large pebbles at Nice!). A long walk or a short bus ride will get you to the billionaires' enclave of St Jean Cap Ferrat with its Villa Ephrussi Rothschild, well worth a visit, or to the adjacent town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer with more bars, restaurants and beaches and the recent but classical Greek-styled Villa Kerylos, also worth a visit. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We caught the train from Villenfranche to Nice. Nice is a largish town and we recommend taking a map with you or buying one ... although you can just come out of the train station turn left and then turn right at the next major street and ... Read More
We caught the train from Villenfranche to Nice. Nice is a largish town and we recommend taking a map with you or buying one ... although you can just come out of the train station turn left and then turn right at the next major street and that takes you to the sea front where the action is. Just a relaxing day - we loved trying Socca, Gelato from Gelateria Pinocchio and getting some delicious macarons and chocolates from Pâtisserie LAC (wish we had bought more!). Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We took a train from the port of Livorno to Nice. That was fun. We walked through the old city - a sizable walk. At the end of the day we decided to take the tram back to the train. We hopped aboard but no one asked us to pay. What a ... Read More
We took a train from the port of Livorno to Nice. That was fun. We walked through the old city - a sizable walk. At the end of the day we decided to take the tram back to the train. We hopped aboard but no one asked us to pay. What a bonus. Then we spent some time in Livorno which was a pretty port town. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We took the train and bus the the Village of Eze. What a beautiful, scenic town high in the hills. Enjoyed walking and browsing the gardens at the very top were just lovely.
We took the train and bus the the Village of Eze. What a beautiful, scenic town high in the hills. Enjoyed walking and browsing the gardens at the very top were just lovely. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We did a private tour (Half day French Riviera) through Riviera Premium Tours. Our guide’s name was George (we actually had 3 vans of 8 people, each van had a guide). We went to the flower market in Nice, which was nice and the drive to ... Read More
We did a private tour (Half day French Riviera) through Riviera Premium Tours. Our guide’s name was George (we actually had 3 vans of 8 people, each van had a guide). We went to the flower market in Nice, which was nice and the drive to Nice was beautiful. We also went to Monte-Carlo and Ez Village. They were all nice; but we would have liked to spend more time in Nice, less time in Monte-Carlo. But, the whole experience was wonderful and the weather was warm, but not too hot. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Tuolon (not Nice, which isn't on the dropdown menu!). Enjoyed strolling along the marina in Toulon, into town where an buzzing market was in full swing. Had coffee with the locals in a quiet square. Then took the tourist train to the ... Read More
Tuolon (not Nice, which isn't on the dropdown menu!). Enjoyed strolling along the marina in Toulon, into town where an buzzing market was in full swing. Had coffee with the locals in a quiet square. Then took the tourist train to the beach, which is worth a visit (the train is a bit naff though, consider walking or take a taxi to the beach instead). Not a great deal to do or see in Toulon, but an enjoyable place to explore (not touristy, rather run down on places, but quite charming). Huge bay area, which provides for a scenic 'sail away' (check out all the navy vessels). Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Nice is a fabulous port. You don't need an excursion as you can walk around and get the flavor.
Nice is a fabulous port. You don't need an excursion as you can walk around and get the flavor. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Actually it was Toulon with limited trips to small villages near by. I didn't not participate and don't feel I missed anything
Actually it was Toulon with limited trips to small villages near by. I didn't not participate and don't feel I missed anything Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We were docked with the war memorial right outside our balcony. We walked into town and the boardwalk is beautiful. The flower market is not to be missed. Although we did not take the town train, we wished we had after talking to those ... Read More
We were docked with the war memorial right outside our balcony. We walked into town and the boardwalk is beautiful. The flower market is not to be missed. Although we did not take the town train, we wished we had after talking to those who did. We actually did a bus tour of Nice out of Monaco. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
This is actually Ville Frainche that the boat stops at and access to Ville Frainche by Tender. Easy process, get a ticket (free) get on boat and off you go. Ville Frainche is pretty - lovely restaurants a lovely beach. Worth a visit.
This is actually Ville Frainche that the boat stops at and access to Ville Frainche by Tender. Easy process, get a ticket (free) get on boat and off you go. Ville Frainche is pretty - lovely restaurants a lovely beach. Worth a visit. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Cannes: We did the NCL tour of Monaco and Nice. They take you off the ship on tender boats, which I thought was fun. Our guide (who didn't wear a badge so I cannot recall her name) was a very nice looking middle aged French woman ... Read More
Cannes: We did the NCL tour of Monaco and Nice. They take you off the ship on tender boats, which I thought was fun. Our guide (who didn't wear a badge so I cannot recall her name) was a very nice looking middle aged French woman who dressed stylishly and spoke decent English. She was kind of anxious though and did not do a good job of keeping the group together and informed of meeting places/times. It is a wonder that we all made it back to the bus. Nice is a pleasant little village where you can wander around on cobblestone streets and browse shops and eateries. Note: The entire village of Nice has free wi-fi. If you want to buy anything in Nice, I suggest learning some French phrases. Then on to Monaco and Montecarlo. I personally did not care for this part of the trip. It was very touristy and crowded. There were so many buses and huge crowds of tourists coming and going...it was chaotic and not at all quaint. Yes, we saw the Prince's palace (which is surrounded by kiosks selling tourist junk), and yes we saw the casino in Montecarlo. You can't get in to the casino unless you pay 10 Euro (keeps out the riff-raff), so you just kind of mill around the building outside...cool huh? My teenage son liked this area because it had so many expensive cars and yachts...whatever. I saw the ridiculous "little train" driving around...looks like something from an amusement park in Kentucky if you ask me. I wouldn't be caught dead on it. The walking part wasn't too bad. Marseilles: We took the NCL trip to Avignon (Palace of the Popes) and Le Baux (the "Eagles Nest"). Our guide (who's name I don't recall because she did not wear a badge) was a nice looking middle aged French woman who spoke decent English. But she punctuated every single statement with "ungh?", which quickly became tiresome. The village of Avignon is interesting and charming. It is another of those walled cities with the cobblestone streets. It's not strictly tourist oriented and there are average French people working and shopping there, so you do get a feel for the local culture. The Palace of the Popes is basically a big castle that has been stripped inside. We followed the dress code and wore long pants and heavy shoes on a hot day, only to see that several other tourists in shorts with open toed shoes were able to go in with no resistance. So the dress code isn't really enforced. Le Baux is a village and fortress built on a small mountain in a rugged area that looks a lot like Colorado. The village is still in use with various shops and eateries that are open for business. The fortress is partly in ruins. For a fee (I think right around 10 Euro) you can go into the fortress area and explore it with an audio tour. They have reproductions of catapults and battering rams that are sometimes used in reenactments. If you pay for the tour, get started soon after arriving or you won't have enough time. There are some breathtaking views from the top of the fortress. If you don't pay for the fortress tour, then you just end up walking around the village for a couple of hours on your own...I suspect that would get boring pretty quickly. My suggestion would be to go straight to the fortress and then try to complete the audiotour in time to grab a quick lunch in the village before the bus leaves. Note: You will need to give them an ID card in order to get an audiotour device. The village streets are pretty steep and uneven. Le Baux was a very cool place to visit; I'd highly recommend it. By the way, if you want to buy anything at any of these stops, I suggest you learn to speak and read some French phrases as you won't hear or see much English. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We visited Nice from Monaco, very pleasant it was too. We took the little train shore excursion and it was one of our better ideas. A trip round the town, up the hill with time for a coffee and then a visit to the flower market.
We visited Nice from Monaco, very pleasant it was too. We took the little train shore excursion and it was one of our better ideas. A trip round the town, up the hill with time for a coffee and then a visit to the flower market. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
In keeping with our commitment to avoid costly on-board shore excursion offers, we alighted in Ville Franche and climbed the slope to a local bus stop, where we purchased transit to Nice for next to nothing. We studied the map on the bus ... Read More
In keeping with our commitment to avoid costly on-board shore excursion offers, we alighted in Ville Franche and climbed the slope to a local bus stop, where we purchased transit to Nice for next to nothing. We studied the map on the bus for the route home we would take at the end of the day. We arrived at Place Messina (look this up, it's central to Nice and gorgeous, and Messina is a big name in this area) and walked down through the market to the beach, where Rosy changed into her swimsuit and had an obligatory dip in the Mediterranean. They call it a pebble beach. The pebbles are about the size of a fist, and hard to walk on. It's a topless beach, too. Still, I held up a towel behind which Rosy changed... We made sure to look through the stalls in the Nice market, seeking especially sea salt and flavoured salts which are unique to Nice. We stopped for lunch at a tiny 8-seat resto for a pain baignat, a baguette stuffed with the ingredients of a salade nicoise and doused with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The staff were at the end of their shift and playing crazy giggly while we ate and drank, much to our pleasure. Night after night, we were so happy to come home to our ship, our cabin, and our canapes at 5 pm and a time to relax befor dinner at 7:30 or so. We chose the option allowing unassigned dinner, which led to us meeting different people every night. Wonderful!! PS: Rosy decided she could live in Ville Franche, if pressed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Little time ashore due to high swell.We had already been to Nice the previous week when we drove along the Riviera. We found it over rated and expensive.
Little time ashore due to high swell.We had already been to Nice the previous week when we drove along the Riviera. We found it over rated and expensive. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011

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