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  1. On 6/29/2019 at 9:18 AM, Omega1 said:

    You can take the train from Marseille (Blancarde station) to Cassis - it’s a 19 minute journey and costs around €4 one way. I think there is a bus as well but not sure. The station is quite a walk out of Cassis but there is usually a bus that meets train arrivals. The SNCF website has all train info.

    During the summer season there are boat trips to the Calanques NP from the Vieux Port in Marseille.


    Thank you so much for this information.

  2. Our ship docks in Marseille.  We are looking to get to Cassis, to go to Calanque on the boat tour. What's the best way to get to/from  Cassis. Can I take public transportation or do I have to take a taxi. Thank you.

  3. 1 hour ago, mjkacmom said:

    I’m really trying to figure out what happened. I assume you didn’t walk up to someone and attempt to rent an umbrella, and then be asked to wait a half hour, and then have employees come up and scream at you for no reason. Why? Passengers of all races and religions rent umbrellas on GSC every day, I’ve never read about a single similar incident on CC.

    Actually, we walk up to beach attendants and asked to RENT a shade. They lied and said that everything was reserved. I asked to speak to the manager. 30 minutes later Mr. Calderaru showed up with police officer. Then the real manager showed up she apologized and charged us $22 for rent. They were still renting the same umbrellas well after our incident. I don’t understand why they would not take my money in the first place 🤔. Therefore I am making my observations. 

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  4. 7 hours ago, FreestyleNovice said:

    So, they did rent you an umbrella or perhaps even waived the cost after this unpleasant misunderstanding about how to rent an umbrella.. and you still want to bring this to "US officials" etc. You wrote:

    Yet you later say:

    I feel sorry for your bad experience but your posts here are a bit of an act, move on, life goes on. 🙂


    Think of it this way: Getting into a verbal fight with NCL staff and a K9 as a Jew on a tropical private island whilst occupying an unrented umbrella didn't got you booted off the ship, that's at least one of the answers for this thread. 🙂

    I hope you read my hole post.

    We had great time!!! Great service, food and entertainment. Thank you. Yet...

    On the island we were looking to RENT a shade ( medical need). Clamshells are tented on the ship and they were sold out(no problems here) but umbrellas are rented on first come first serve basis. There were planty umbrellas  available at the time, yet they refused to rent them to us. Why, I don’t know. I was just making my observations. The only person who was screaming was Mr. Calderaru (and policeman threatening to arrest us for $20 dollar umbrellas 😄).

    Again, umbrellas were available for rent before, during and after we got there. Yet, they refused to take our hard earned money and lied to us that they were no longer availabIe.I am telling this story because sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself. My hope is that this is unfortunate misunderstanding and it will never happen to anyone else(especially people with medical needs). 

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  5. 2 hours ago, April42749 said:

    Um....lack of civil communication.  There's a nice way to explain the umbrellas etc are sold out, and a not as nice way.  It probably had nothing to do with appearance even if you were wearing a kippa.  Maybe we (Jewish too) are becoming ultra-sensitive.....at times I think twice about wearing a magen david.  But, saying something was "racially inspired" ends up not dealing with the real reason for "whatever"......for all ethnicities.



    English is my second language. I apologize if I am not explaining clearly. Umbrellas can not be reserved on the ship it is on first come first served basis. There were many, many umbrellas available for rent even after. The only thing they had to do is to take my money and give me costomer service. They failed at both. They tried to intimidate us into leaving by bringing K-9 police Officer who threatened to arrest us if we didn’t. Is this a normal reaction over $20 umbrella rentals. Even SE manager could not explain what happened. She did apologized but a little too late. I am not making any statement in regards to discrimination, I am just wondering. My hope that this is the case of misunderstanding and this is not what NCL stands for!!! Being lied, screamed, humiliated and threatened to be arrested is not my kind of vacation.

  6. 10 minutes ago, mjkacmom said:

    We always reserve clamshells soon after boarding because they sell out, at about $35. You also get a priority tender ticket with booking it.

    Umbrellas are rented on first come first served basis (as we later find out). In fact they were renting them out well after our incident. But now I learned my lesson and it will be my priority from now on to rent clamshells.

  7. 5 hours ago, April42749 said:

    Arrested? AFAIK there is not GSC police force.  What were you "almost arrested" for?

    Actually it was k-9 police Officer. 

    Because of my medical condition I need to stay in the shade. We were looking to rent an umbrella or shell and they kept sending us from one place to another. Finally then we reached the end of the beach we saw many shells and umbrellas unoccupied. It turns out that shells were already sold out on the ship. They also told us that umbrellas had to be reserved on the ship as well(not true). I refuse to leave and asked to speak to a supervisor. 30 minutes later Mr. Calderaru Radu ( who is not a manager) together with K-9 police Officer appeared. They processed to scream and intimidate us. I tried to explain my situation and the only response that I got from Mr. Calderaru that if we do not leave we will get arrested. He also kept screaming “it is not about you!!!”. If it is not about me than why I am speading thousands of money? I could just stay home and the only thing I was looking for is to fund some shade in order for me to enjoy the beach. In the end the real manager showed up, we explained the whole situation and everything was resolved. 

    In conclusion, ether they wanted more money (maybe they should of implied that) we would of gladly given them a nice tip or worse 

    we got descreminated based on our appearance.

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  8. We are on escape now (our last day). Met many stuff and officers that are passionate about that they do and it shows. Great service, food and entertainment. However, we almost got arrested at Norwegian private island. We will be definitely bringing this incident to US officials and NCL corporate office.

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