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We liked Marseille too. The only drawback was we needed a shuttle as it wasn't a walkable distance from the ship. Lovely harbour with all the cafés and bars to sit and dream about which yacht we wanted😆

Avril 

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5 hours ago, ann141 said:

I would include Southampton because of the excitement I feel when we arrive to go on a cruise!! Other favourites are

Valletta

Monaco

Guernsey

Ajaccio

Tobermory

Wasn't Tobermory a Womble? 😊

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Has to be Monte Carlo for us.  We sailed on the Azura and as we were the only cruise ship in we didn't need a tender. The most spectacular place to see how the other half live, so to speak. We were there a week before the grand prix and walking past all the F1 lorries and workshops was absolutely amazing. The shops, The casino and the hotel all amazing, and my proudest moment was that we bought a diet coke from Mcdonalds in Monte Carlo...does it get any better than that?

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3 minutes ago, moonstone01 said:

Has to be Monte Carlo for us.  We sailed on the Azura and as we were the only cruise ship in we didn't need a tender. The most spectacular place to see how the other half live, so to speak. We were there a week before the grand prix and walking past all the F1 lorries and workshops was absolutely amazing. The shops, The casino and the hotel all amazing, and my proudest moment was that we bought a diet coke from Mcdonalds in Monte Carlo...does it get any better than that?

Funny you should say that. We had to cancel the cruise we had booked for later this year that included Monte Carlo  - but I'd already worked out that the McDonald's overlooking the harbour would be the only place we could afford to eat at!

 

The one on the Champs-Élysées in Paris was a treat too when that first opened.  Coffee on the Champs-Élysées before that was just a pipe dream. 

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19 hours ago, wowzz said:

The inner harbour, near the city centre, with all the bars and tapas restaurants is very picturesque,  and a great place to spend a couple of hours with a cold beer or three, and watch the world go by. 


Sounds lovely, I was just responding to no pager’s post!

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1 minute ago, P&O SUE said:


Sounds lovely, I was just responding to no pager’s post!

Thanks - no pager was a bit harsh. We like Arecife,  and normally visit every time we go to Lanzarote.  We enjoy the fact that it is a proper working town,  with little concession to the tourist trade. I even get the chance to practice my Spanish.

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4 minutes ago, wowzz said:

Thanks - no pager was a bit harsh. We like Arecife,  and normally visit every time we go to Lanzarote.  We enjoy the fact that it is a proper working town,  with little concession to the tourist trade. I even get the chance to practice my Spanish.

 

7 minutes ago, P&O SUE said:


Sounds lovely, I was just responding to no pager’s post!

 

Fair enough, we are all different, I was quite surprised that so many disagreed with me about Gibraltar on the other thread, but anyway that's a different point.

 

It's probably worth saying that I have had the opportunity to visit the Lanzarote volcanoes on non cruise holidays, and yes more enjoyable an experience was had then.  Also, that my perceptions of the place may be worsened by the fact that on each of my P&O calls at Arrecife, it has been a Sunday.

 

If my next cruise does on the off chance go, then my tour of the Canary Islands does include another opportunity for me to change my mind (or not 🤣)!

 

Of the Canaries, personally I prefer Madeira, La Palma, and Fuerteventura, probably in that order😃

 

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5 minutes ago, No pager thank you said:

 

 

Fair enough, we are all different, I was quite surprised that so many disagreed with me about Gibraltar on the other thread, but anyway that's a different point.

 

It's probably worth saying that I have had the opportunity to visit the Lanzarote volcanoes on non cruise holidays, and yes more enjoyable an experience was had then.  Also, that my perceptions of the place may be worsened by the fact that on each of my P&O calls at Arrecife, it has been a Sunday.

 

If my next cruise does on the off chance go, then my tour of the Canary Islands does include another opportunity for me to change my mind (or not 🤣)!

 

Of the Canaries, personally I prefer Madeira, La Palma, and Fuerteventura, probably in that order😃

 

Madeira?. Is that in the Canaries?😁

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44 minutes ago, No pager thank you said:

 

 

Fair enough, we are all different, I was quite surprised that so many disagreed with me about Gibraltar on the other thread, but anyway that's a different point.

 

It's probably worth saying that I have had the opportunity to visit the Lanzarote volcanoes on non cruise holidays, and yes more enjoyable an experience was had then.  Also, that my perceptions of the place may be worsened by the fact that on each of my P&O calls at Arrecife, it has been a Sunday.

 

If my next cruise does on the off chance go, then my tour of the Canary Islands does include another opportunity for me to change my mind (or not 🤣)!

 

Of the Canaries, personally I prefer Madeira, La Palma, and Fuerteventura, probably in that order😃

 

To be fair, Arrecife on a Sunday would be a bit dire. Ideal day to hire a car and drive to Playa Blanca, the best resort on the island.

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29 minutes ago, zap99 said:

You're not allowed to call it that any more. That's why cruise ships no longer go there. I think 🤔

Yes, they stopped the shuttle buses from Sydney as well!

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2 hours ago, zap99 said:

You're not allowed to call it that any more. That's why cruise ships no longer go there. I think 🤔

And here's me thinking the cruise ships didn't  go there for an entirely different reason. Something water related?? Then again geography was never a favourite of mine.😆

Avril 

 

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On 6/11/2020 at 10:16 PM, moonstone01 said:

Has to be Monte Carlo for us.  We sailed on the Azura and as we were the only cruise ship in we didn't need a tender. The most spectacular place to see how the other half live, so to speak. We were there a week before the grand prix and walking past all the F1 lorries and workshops was absolutely amazing. The shops, The casino and the hotel all amazing, and my proudest moment was that we bought a diet coke from Mcdonalds in Monte Carlo...does it get any better than that?

We love Monte Carlo as well, and also Villefranche sure mer,  between Monte and Nice. Tiny place, one Street and an old fort, but a lovely spot to spend a few hours.

Also love Cadiz and Madeira, and Ajaccio is very nice.

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6 minutes ago, DamianG said:

Oslo in winter.

Hamburg at Christmas.

Tenerife in summer.

To be fair there's only really Gibraltar that we're tired of.

 

 

My wife's favourite is Cadiz (she loves going for lunch at La Marea https://www.lamarea.es/ )

 

My son's favourite is Civitavecchia (he likes pizza at Mastro Titta http://www.mastrotittapizza.com/  then swimming at the lido).

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35 minutes ago, Happy afloat said:

We love Monte Carlo as well, and also Villefranche sure mer,  between Monte and Nice. Tiny place, one Street and an old fort, but a lovely spot to spend a few hours.

Also love Cadiz and Madeira, and Ajaccio is very nice.

We like Villefranche too but to make more of a day of it, the gardens at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild are beautiful with stunning views over the bay.  It's on Cap Ferrat and we walked there but there is a bus  - useful for the outward journey (it drops you near the gates) as it's uphill but a much easier walk back to Villefranche. 

 

https://www.villa-ephrussi.com/en/photos-gallery

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28 minutes ago, kruzseeka said:

We like Villefranche too but to make more of a day of it, the gardens at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild are beautiful with stunning views over the bay.  It's on Cap Ferrat and we walked there but there is a bus  - useful for the outward journey (it drops you near the gates) as it's uphill but a much easier walk back to Villefranche. 

 

https://www.villa-ephrussi.com/en/photos-gallery

You can get a cheap train. Right to Monte Carlo, left to Nice. Don't forget to validate you ticket or le plod will get you.

 

 

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On ‎6‎/‎12‎/‎2020 at 12:35 PM, Adawn47 said:

And here's me thinking the cruise ships didn't  go there for an entirely different reason. Something water related?? Then again geography was never a favourite of mine.😆

Avril 

 

Fibber,I learnt from you that Durham is in Aus..

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A surprisingly beautiful port for us was Santander. 

We knew nothing about it before visiting, so got the hoho bus to explore. 

Our first stop was an absolutely stunning beach that led us through beautiful parkland with a bit of an open air sea life centre which was free to enter where we saw dolphins and penguins, before continuing down to the Palace which was built for Queen Victoria's Granddaughter. 

Beautiful grounds, stunning position on the headland and immaculately kept with clean toilets and nice cafe. 

A great place to spend a few hours if you visit. 

Andy 

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2 hours ago, AndyMichelle said:

A surprisingly beautiful port for us was Santander. 

We knew nothing about it before visiting, so got the hoho bus to explore. 

Our first stop was an absolutely stunning beach that led us through beautiful parkland with a bit of an open air sea life centre which was free to enter where we saw dolphins and penguins, before continuing down to the Palace which was built for Queen Victoria's Granddaughter. 

Beautiful grounds, stunning position on the headland and immaculately kept with clean toilets and nice cafe. 

A great place to spend a few hours if you visit. 

Andy 

The irony... 

Michelle just had a FB memory that we went on this cruise this time last year... 

Andy 

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