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Old Sep 15th 2021, 2:26 pm
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READ THE SMALL PRINT!!
The joke is very much on me. I have just discovered that independent excursions from the cruise ship are banned. The only way to leave the ship at any of the ports of call is if you pay for one of their excursions, which are all tightly controlled - and expensive.
It looks like I am spending a week aboard a ship.
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Bummer. For a budget cruise where you can take your car and do as you please you could:
Take the Civitavecchia to Barcelona ferry. 30 Euro each, car goes free and rooms start around 75 if you don't fancy the seat. You can also take dogs for 40 Euro each.
Wander down to Valencia and loop back up seeing whatever you like. From here you could take a ferry to Ibiza or Mallorca or:
Back to Barcelona then take the same ferry back, but get off at Sardegna, explore the place, then back on the next day for the rest of the trip back to Rome.

Word of warning: It's a 22 hour crossing and is mostly a freight route. There's a pool, nightclub, gym, bars, restaurant and casino on board but I've only used the route during Covid so the pool and club were closed.

Edit: forgot to mention if you do take one of the day trips, the Valencia trip will surely include the Mercat Central which includes a British food store as well as food from all over the world. It's where I get my mince pies and Bisto for Christmas. It would likely also include the main square where you could wander 5 minutes down the road to Taste of America which also has some British groceries.

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Old Sep 18th 2021, 6:29 pm
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We're going in November with COSTA . Let me know how you get on ......

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Old Oct 26th 2021, 2:49 pm
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Hi all,
Back from our cruise - we did not like it and will be unlikely to go on another. We really did not like the constant pressure to spend on everything! People loading two or more trays with food from the buffet. Lack of entertainment options and cost of restrictive excursions.
Ah well
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Originally Posted by Accetturese View Post
Hi all,
Back from our cruise - we did not like it and will be unlikely to go on another. We really did not like the constant pressure to spend on everything! People loading two or more trays with food from the buffet. Lack of entertainment options and cost of restrictive excursions.
Ah well
Hi,just being nosy.What cruiseline were you on.We cruise quite a lot.Cheers,Brian.
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Old Oct 27th 2021, 10:25 am
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We were with MSC on the Grandiosa.
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Originally Posted by Accetturese View Post
READ THE SMALL PRINT!!
The joke is very much on me. I have just discovered that independent excursions from the cruise ship are banned. The only way to leave the ship at any of the ports of call is if you pay for one of their excursions, which are all tightly controlled - and expensive.
It looks like I am spending a week aboard a ship.
When you read the information on the internet it does not say that independent excursions are not allowed.
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Old Oct 27th 2021, 11:42 am
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We were with MSC on the Grandiosa.
MSC have had bad reviews on a cruise forum I belong to.Personally I think Princess take some beating.We were due to sail Grandiosa this month funny enough but cancelled as it was from Barcelona and the covid tosh wasn't worth it.MSC and Costa too much pizza and pasta I'm afraid,lol.We sail purely for the itinerary hence MSC as it was going to Morroco and Lisbon 2 places we have not been.Cheers,Brian.
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When you read the information on the internet it does not say that independent excursions are not allowed.
Most cruiselines have the same policy at the moment.Going around in your own bubble with 50 others,lol.
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Old Oct 30th 2021, 6:58 am
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When you read the information on the internet it does not say that independent excursions are not allowed.
Yes, you have to go down through the small print, to where they start on about cruising in their 'Covid Safety Bubble'
For such an important detail you might expect them to say something on page one. Perhaps they think it might adversely impact on bookings?
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