This was for us the entire point of the cruise- a life long goal to stand in Pompeii and see it. after the long drive to Amalfi, a short drive to a restaurant for a horrible lunch, we had 50 minutes in Pompeii. Then he pushed us into the shopping area to buy horrible orange juice and the other tourist trap garbage being sold there.
The guide was really great, but this was absolutely NOT what we expected from a 9.5 hour tour that promised lots of time to see the ruins. Pompeii is less than 30 minutes from the cruise ship. Get your own transportation and make it a day. We have to go back to italy so I can actually see Pompeii, and it will definitely NOT be with this cruise line or with an excursion that I don't have control over.
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