96 Tunis (La Goulette) Cruise Reviews

Tunis was eliminated very shortly before departure. Extremely disappointed in this, as it was one of the reasons I took this cruise. I felt that Viking should have known of the potential for danger far in advance and provided us with the ... Read More
Tunis was eliminated very shortly before departure. Extremely disappointed in this, as it was one of the reasons I took this cruise. I felt that Viking should have known of the potential for danger far in advance and provided us with the option to cancel. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I very good tour of the North Americn WWII cemtary and some histotic city sites.
I very good tour of the North Americn WWII cemtary and some histotic city sites. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was one of several stops, so we didn't have a lot of time but had time buy a few things. The town was very nice and definitely a picture taking mecca.
This was one of several stops, so we didn't have a lot of time but had time buy a few things. The town was very nice and definitely a picture taking mecca. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The tour of the Baths was excellent and there was hardly anyone else there so we didn't have to fight any crowds. It was also nice to be right up and personal with the ruins.
The tour of the Baths was excellent and there was hardly anyone else there so we didn't have to fight any crowds. It was also nice to be right up and personal with the ruins. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The port area is better organised than we expected, taxis are official, regulated and fixed price, eg to medina 40 euros return per taxi , the driver will wait for you and you pay him when you get BACK which was really comforting! Plus 20 ... Read More
The port area is better organised than we expected, taxis are official, regulated and fixed price, eg to medina 40 euros return per taxi , the driver will wait for you and you pay him when you get BACK which was really comforting! Plus 20 eu extra to add an additional stop in Sidi Bousaid.Medina: Personally i say don't bother..... Horrible, dirty and not at all the quaint bustling market place i had expected, we decided to go on to Sidi Bou Said in the hope of leaving with a better image of Tunis than that left by the medina!Sidi BouSaid: Yes this was more like it, a lovely picturesque blue & whitewash town, with market place tourist oriented and good place to pick up some nice pottery or mosaics etc, bargain hard as they start high!!For those who don't wish to travel from the ship it is worth getting off just to look around the fake souk they have made there at the port, again can pick up a few souvenirs. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Small port. City is very far from the port. The Tunisians are very confused and we need pay for take photos. pick up us and leave in shopping arcade to buy some suvenirs
Small port. City is very far from the port. The Tunisians are very confused and we need pay for take photos. pick up us and leave in shopping arcade to buy some suvenirs Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
The most welcoming port of them all, we were greeting by a drum playing band of 4. We danced on and off the ship. There is history here and the people are very friendly.
The most welcoming port of them all, we were greeting by a drum playing band of 4. We danced on and off the ship. There is history here and the people are very friendly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We weren't meant to stop here, but as the Egyptian ports had been taken out Tunis was slipped in along with an additional day in Haifa. A really lovely surprise. There is a train station near to the port entrance that will take you ... Read More
We weren't meant to stop here, but as the Egyptian ports had been taken out Tunis was slipped in along with an additional day in Haifa. A really lovely surprise. There is a train station near to the port entrance that will take you into Tunis. You can also pick up taxi's at fixed rates to take you to Tunis, Carthage and Sidi Bou Said or a combination of. We took a taxi with two other passengers and shared the cost of 60 euros for the day and back back to the port. Although you don't get a huge amount of time in each of these places you certainly get a taster and we all thoroughly enjoyed our day. As did most passengers we spoke to. Would happily go back on another cruise.The port facilities are very good, shops, toilets, restaurants / cafe - if you wanted to go no further than getting off the ship and having a walk around you can do so here. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We decided to adventure out on our own, taking the train to get to Tunis, Sidi Bou Said and Carthage.As a result, we saw the underbelly of Tunis, which is quite different from the polished up version you'll see when you take an ... Read More
We decided to adventure out on our own, taking the train to get to Tunis, Sidi Bou Said and Carthage.As a result, we saw the underbelly of Tunis, which is quite different from the polished up version you'll see when you take an organised tour. It's not for everyone. We didn't enjoy it, but then again, not all excursions need to be fun. We learned a lot during this trip.In case you choose visit it as we do: make sure you get some dinars. We spent the equivalent of 20 euros for 2 persons all day, though we didn't pay any entrance fees.We walked towards the station first, but since the ticket office isn't marked and looks like an out-of-use electricity cabin (yes, really!), we dodn't find it and took a taxi instead to the centre of Tunis/the Medina. After some haggling,we payed 10 euros. Since the driver wouldn't accept my euro coins and claimed to have no change for my 20 euro note, I asked for my change in dinars. The 20 dinars I got in return got us through the rest of the day.After a stroll around the souk in the Medina, we drank a mint tea in the opera café (one of the fanciest in town, where local people had to pass through a metal detector to enter - we got a free pass, though), then managed to locate the train station (hint: it's about 1 km away back up the road, past the barbed wire on the square. Just ask enough people for the "Gare TGM / train station") where we payed for 2 second class tickets to Side Bou Said. Prices here are in milim (one thousandth of a dinar) which is quite confusing. I tried to pay with the 10 dinar note (about 5 euros), but was asked for something smaller. Ended up paying with a one dinar coin and got a heap of change and two tickets back. There's only one train line that goes from Tunis, over La Goulette (where the ship docks), then 5 Carthage stations (stop at Hannibal for the ruins) and Sidi Bou Said. Names of stops are marked in French. The train was rather an experience, with a few young people hanging out of the open doors to get a free ride. A few stops before Sidi, we all had to get out and continue by bus. Also, don't bother getting first class tickets. If you're going for this experience, you might as well go all the way; in anycase, there didn't seem to bemuch difference in comfort anyhow.In Sidi, we walked around and got to see some really magnificent views. Also, we got ripped off in a café, which greatly annoyed me. The mint tea came with some pine nuts in it. Afterwards, it turned out to cost the double of the marked price because of them. We were told they didn't serve regular mint tea at noon, and that since I drank the tea and ate the nuts, we'd have to pay for them, too.They also tried the dish of pastries trick, but we didn't fall for that one. Let's say we ended that match on a draw :-/Back at the train station ticket office/electric cabin, a ticket to Carthage Hannibal turned out to be a few milim more expensive than the longer traject from Tunis to Sidi. This is however, for some reason, correct, and in anycase still very cheap. At Carthage, we walked around but didn't enter any of the sites. Apparantly, the organised excursions did the visit in the opposite direction, and we were met by a lot of just closing up shops and stands - clearly, the show was over. Since my husband had already visited the site on a previous holiday, we decided not to visit them again and took a last train ride back to the ship.There, the cruise terminal with it's camels, shops and music welcomed us back in a 100 and 1 nights atmosphere.Was it a fun experience? No.Was it worthwhile: Yes, certainly. It's confrontational, we got to see a lot of misery, poverty and even violence. We were cussed out and ripped off, but we also met a few really decent people; the lady on the train who told us where to get off, the two taxi drivers who stopped to help us locate a geocache we were looking for and the lady at the ticket office who could have easily pocketed 10 dinars from us, but didn't.After all the glitter and glamour of the cruise ship, I think it's good to get a reality check like this. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Took a private cab to Medina, Sidi Bou Said and carthage. Round trip was 40 Euros. He haggled and started his price at 80. Just walk out the port station, all the regular cabs are waiting for you. Medina markets were definately the ... Read More
Took a private cab to Medina, Sidi Bou Said and carthage. Round trip was 40 Euros. He haggled and started his price at 80. Just walk out the port station, all the regular cabs are waiting for you. Medina markets were definately the highlight here. Not much to see other than buildings and shops in the sidi bou said. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
There is a nice tourist shop area just after getting off the boat. It is reasonablly priced also. Tunis itself can be a bit of a rip off. We paid over â,¬20 for 2 beers and 2 ice creams in the town centre. They double the prices for ... Read More
There is a nice tourist shop area just after getting off the boat. It is reasonablly priced also. Tunis itself can be a bit of a rip off. We paid over â,¬20 for 2 beers and 2 ice creams in the town centre. They double the prices for tourists I'd say. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Tunis was a superb port to visit. Very safe. Problem was the time there was too short and the cruise visited this port on Monday which is the day the top ranked place to visit, Tile and mosaic museum, is closed. Due to short time there and ... Read More
Tunis was a superb port to visit. Very safe. Problem was the time there was too short and the cruise visited this port on Monday which is the day the top ranked place to visit, Tile and mosaic museum, is closed. Due to short time there and distance between sights could only visit one of the three recommended sights. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Before Tunis, we also visited Valencia, a nice port city to visit! Too bad, cruisecritic doesn't list it in the port of call. We shared taxi with our mates, Tunis port has organized taxi operations right outside the terminal (price ... Read More
Before Tunis, we also visited Valencia, a nice port city to visit! Too bad, cruisecritic doesn't list it in the port of call. We shared taxi with our mates, Tunis port has organized taxi operations right outside the terminal (price is fixed and payable back at the terminal). Our driver wanted to bring us to more places for more $, we just told him that we didn't have the time and rejected. But we did give him extra as he advised us on museum opening times (problem being ship docked too early, it's only 7:30am local time then). The standard price was 70 euro (6 pax taxi, Sidi+Carriage+Bardo museum). Hence, we took the advice and went to Sidi Bou Said first. It's like Santorini-lite, and must haggle for price if you ever want to buy anything from the many street vendors. Carthage wasn't great if you don't have a guide to introduce the ruins. Bardo was a nice surprise, as it has many many beautiful mosaics, and highly recommended! If I ever go back again, I would learn some French, change dinars with our driver (Bardo museum entrance fee is 11/adult and the money changer there don't take Euro coins, so we ended up with spare dinars) and pay 1 dinar to take photos. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We only jumpen of the ship and walked around the shopping area created in the port. Most shops were empty or closed so there was not much to do.
We only jumpen of the ship and walked around the shopping area created in the port. Most shops were empty or closed so there was not much to do. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
La Goulette -- Tunis Another private tour here and thoroughly enjoyed by the six of us who experienced it. First we were taken to see the ancient ruins of Carthage. Our first stop at the ruins was in an underground room where the first ... Read More
La Goulette -- Tunis Another private tour here and thoroughly enjoyed by the six of us who experienced it. First we were taken to see the ancient ruins of Carthage. Our first stop at the ruins was in an underground room where the first born children were sacrificed to Baal. We saw the tiny sarcophagi that the ashes of the babies were put into. The Romans were here after the Phoenicians and we saw wonderful remains of the great aquaducts and cisterns that brought and kept water, and remains of great buildings. A former convent is now a museum with wonderful Roman artifacts. We learned a lot about modern Tunisia too -- it is not just another North African Muslim state but is very open and welcoming with Muslims, Christians and Jews living side by side in harmony. We visited the city of Sidi Abu Said and had a walking tour of this lovely spot. Beautiful homes and lovely beaches. We stopped for a mint tea and opposite was a man selling copper plates and beating names into them for purchasers. Some bought plates with their grand children's names but I wanted one with the city name -- as a souvenir. We headed then for Tunis and stopped at a restaurant there for a lovely lunch. Dave and I ordered salad and were not disappointed. We had enjoyed Moroccan salads in the past and this Tunisian one was every bit as delicious -- along with the local liquor which was similar to Ouzo and Raki. We had a short tour in Tunis and a walking tour through one of the Souks where Dave purchased a little camel with an elaborate jewelled saddle as a souvenir of our day there. Prices in Tunis are excellent and with the wonderful climate and such great prices -- it would be a lovely place to have a longer holiday sometime Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
This port is a taxi drive to the city .-On other cruises there has been a shuttle bus provided into town----this cruise it was sort your own transport out ---possibly to encourage us to take the ships expensive tour
This port is a taxi drive to the city .-On other cruises there has been a shuttle bus provided into town----this cruise it was sort your own transport out ---possibly to encourage us to take the ships expensive tour Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
The port was quite nice had a selection of shops and cafes - we did not go outside the port area. Inside you could get a taxi for €40 for 4 people to take you to Carthage which is a suburb of Tunis
The port was quite nice had a selection of shops and cafes - we did not go outside the port area. Inside you could get a taxi for €40 for 4 people to take you to Carthage which is a suburb of Tunis Read Less
Sail Date October 2012

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