75 Palermo (Sicily) Cruise Reviews

Another port which is again close enough to meander from the boat into the city. Lots to see including street market with lots of gourmet products including saffron and excellent pistachio cream to bring home.
Another port which is again close enough to meander from the boat into the city. Lots to see including street market with lots of gourmet products including saffron and excellent pistachio cream to bring home. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We decided to try the tourist train and were not the only ones, as there was a long queue waiting for one of only two trains. To their credit, the train staff managed to organize the boarding. We managed to see all of the highlights, but ... Read More
We decided to try the tourist train and were not the only ones, as there was a long queue waiting for one of only two trains. To their credit, the train staff managed to organize the boarding. We managed to see all of the highlights, but did not dare disembark to visit some of the sights for fear that we would not be able to get back on. There seemed to be fewer crowds later in the day, so I would suggest that folks wait a bit before lining up for the tour. We did some shopping in the afternoon - mostly souvenirs along the pedestrian street. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Norman Palace is impressive but a fair distance from the port, about 30-40 minutes walk. We took the red tourist train and instantly regretted it because it was slow and infrequent. A hop-on hop-off bus might be better.
Norman Palace is impressive but a fair distance from the port, about 30-40 minutes walk. We took the red tourist train and instantly regretted it because it was slow and infrequent. A hop-on hop-off bus might be better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We saw a pretty cool temple. It was unfinished because the island was invaded by the Carthaginians.
We saw a pretty cool temple. It was unfinished because the island was invaded by the Carthaginians. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Had planned what we would see and printed a map in England prior to coming and glad i did as the one from the ship was virtually useless! We walked 20 minutes from the ship until we came to the main road (Via Vittorio Emanuele). We then ... Read More
Had planned what we would see and printed a map in England prior to coming and glad i did as the one from the ship was virtually useless! We walked 20 minutes from the ship until we came to the main road (Via Vittorio Emanuele). We then walked through a little park with amazing trees (huge with massive roots - must have been hundreds and hundreds of years old - very impressive). We then carried on the main road then on to the fountain and main squares and went into several little churches (la Marorana, Santa Caterina and Dai Teatini) – Martorana in particular had some amazing mosaics and fantastic ceilings. We then came back out onto main street to the four corners (magnificent buildings and small fountain) then carry on the main road to Palermo cathedral on the right. We paid extra to do the jewels, catacomb and climb on to the roof (the view from the roof was excellent but they only let a few people up at a time so we had to wait about 20 minutes for this section). We could not find a bus back and most of the taxis seemed to have been pre-booked - eventually a taxi driver kindly phoned in to his office and booked us a taxi back to the ship Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Another dirty place but really interesting. Hop on hop off bus, yep we love them!
Another dirty place but really interesting. Hop on hop off bus, yep we love them! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
booked a hop on hop off bus. Best way to see around in a few hours. Interesting bustling city.
booked a hop on hop off bus. Best way to see around in a few hours. Interesting bustling city. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We didn't know what to expect from Palermo. As we walked out, the locals were very aggressive trying to sell tours, reminded me of some Caribbean ports. We walked past all of them trying to get the bus to Mondello beach. At some ... Read More
We didn't know what to expect from Palermo. As we walked out, the locals were very aggressive trying to sell tours, reminded me of some Caribbean ports. We walked past all of them trying to get the bus to Mondello beach. At some point, one of them convinced us and we agreed to a 90 min tour in a motorcycle style car, ending in Mondello beach for 70€. The tour was nice and it saved us a lot of walking, but after we started, the driver kept renegotiating the rate. As far as Mondello beach, we were glad we went there. We stayed at the free part of the beach. There were restaurants to have a drink right at the beach. We also had lunch at da Calogero. The food, wine and service was great. If you like the beach, don't miss Mondello. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017

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