Next, in Corsica, we took the "Countryside Drive and Wine Tasting" tour. The countryside drive was an ever-so-brief ride to and between two downscale wineries set amid dingy-looking warehouses and industrial buildings The winery folks were nice enough, and the wine was good, but there was no countryside drive. I was expecting vineyards of a caliber at least close to the vineyards I've visited in France, Italy, or California, and perhaps a ride into the mountains or at least to one little village.
In Monaco, we arranged with an outside group for a "three museums" tour (Rothschild estate, Matisse, and Chagall, all in and around Nice). The guide was engaging, knowledgeable, talkative . . a really wonderful time. Way better than the Cunard tours.
Guess I'm just saying that Cunard has really let its excursion program slip. There were other problems and misinterpretations with both tours. The Tour Office people couldn't have been nicer. But who's researching these excursions and vetting them? The outside excursion was light-years better. Cunard should hire Viatar or some legitimate company to conduct the tours.
And yes, I know, the ship will always wait for a Cunard tour. That's not an excuse for such poor tours.