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vigo!! whats that all about??

Southampton because it means I am back home

When you cruise as much as I do you're bound to find a few bad eggs!   For me, although I love Venice (it truly is beautiful) it was also horrible due to the sheer volume of cruise ships and tourist

I have never had a port I have hated and agree with Richard it is what you make of it. We had a fantastic day in St Vincent's we found a taxi a little way out of port there were 6 of us and he said he would charge us $15 each and he would show us "his island"

First port of call was the film location for Pirates of the Caribbean where we had a good look round before the crowds arrived, he then took us to his home village and a drink in his local where he treated us to lunch and then for the afternoon we went to his local beach and had a fantastic time, he made sure we got back to port an hour before we were due to sail and he only wanted $15 each for a whole day of being our tour guide (we did give him more).

Jamaica is one of the islands you need to have your wits about you but we found a firm no thank you worked but I agree about the market the P&O excursion's took you to not the best advert for the island but the shops across the road were fine. 

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I agree with the many members wh have said "Ocho Rios". It's the only place I have ever felt unnerved and worried for my safety.Unlike some others, I found Kusadasi quite fun; by joining in the "haggle-fest" with the stallholders,it was possible  a) to laugh with them and B) to get some bargains. We departed with smiles and handshakes!

I would add to the unfavourites list Alexandria. Drab, smelly ,nothing much to see and I find being tightly escorted by armed police somewhat threatening. I know we could have taken a shorex to Cairo and the Pyramids, but had done that before. Perhaps surprisingly, I felt much  more at ease in Cairo than "Alex"!

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Reading some of these posts really makes me wonder how much exploring of the various ports people do. Vigo seems to be high on a number of peoples lists yet how much of it have they actually seen? Have a look at this site.   http://www.vigo.com/v/city_info/  Personally I like Vigo with the old church as you climb the steps to the town square, the fish restaurants that you pass on the way and much more. Even the most modest ports have hidden gems if you are prepared to explore and find them.

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Tripoli was our worse port.

Back then we had to pay to stop there.

Even if you didn't get off you still had to pay.

They took everyone's passports away to be stamped.

The staff were very upset as they said it would make it difficult to get another job.

One of the people that was an entertainer wasn't allowed off even if she wanted to as she was an Amercian citizen

We weren't allowed to have any alcohol either in our rooms or on deck till we left the port. They came round to everyone's room checking for it.

When it was time to leave the passports weren't back so we couldn't leave on time, and they had lost the Captains passport.

They weren't even set up for cruise ship visitors in the town

They still go there why???

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Loved St Vincent - had a drink out of a cool box in the middle of their outdoor market and didn't feel unsafe at all.  Loved Vigo.  In fact I would be boring enough to say I have loved all the ports we have visited - every new place is an experience - the different climate, food, culture - everything.    I feel very privileged to have visited the places I have - and the 'thank you madam for visiting our city' said to me by a young man in the souk in Casablanca really made my day.    Moments like that are what travelling is all about.

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Best port- Tortola then take a trip out to The Baths at Virgin Gorda, been here few times it is fantastic as is the snorkeling/diving in KleinBonaire,another fav. Bonaire is refreshingly different and the people not pushy and very friendly! Worst port for me was Bizerte in Tunisia -went a long while ago not even sure anyone uses it now!

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Beruit. The leaded petrol fumes were so strong you could taste it. I also hate Antigua, and most of the Alaska ports and Grand Caymen. The ports along the Amazon were not up to much. Barbados is closed on a Sunday. Laem Chabang for Bangkok  is so horrible the ship provides a free shuttle bus to Phuket.

 

Much of the problem is caused by Carnival refusing to pay port fees for the passenger ports and berthing the ships in the container ports .  Cozumel is another Port that I would prefer to avoid. One cruise on P&O the port refused to allow the Ship to use its own tenders and insisted upon the passengers being landed on a Port tender. After much argument the Captain sailed away, leaving the replacement entertainment crew on the dockside.

 

One of my most memorable ports is in Costa Rica. A concrete slab and sheds. The staff in the on board shop advised me to phone a taxi from the shed and ask for the Dundee Ranch.

We swam in the pool and had a light lunch before mounting horses with western saddles and riding through the rain forest. We saw a troop of howler Monkeys in the trees and countless butterflies, lots of different wild life. It was magical. Our Taxi returned to take us back to the ship just as the girls from the shop arrived  for their ride.

The port lecturer will tell you that you cannot get from Civitavecchia to Rome and back before the ship leaves unless you go on a tour. But the crew do it and travel into Rome by train for a fraction of the price with free bus travel in Rome included.  So always ask the staff in the shop for every port. If you do some research and book in advance over the internet and go without the 3 course lunch, you can often achieve 3 half day tours in one day tour if you plan it independently or travel on the local bus or train.

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I love Madeira. Loved it so much went on holiday there for a week what a beautiful island

I too liked Madeira been there many times had honeymoon there, but cancelled a cruise there year before last because of denge fever, and lost all my money (P O) they only sent a letter out about it 8 days before sailing, so cancelled as my wife has a spinal condition and if bitten it could have been fatal for her, as it had been for a couple of pthers in the past. This was my issue with po,  by delving on the net i found that the FOC had warned cruise and tour operators about this in the August yet po didnt say anything till 8 days prior to departure in November, knowing that if they left it that late and like us you cancelled they get to keep your money, then resell the cabin a couple of days before they went sneaky. We found 2 weeks there to dam long, no wonder the younger ones call it "Gods Waiting Room"

 

Vigo is another oring place. Personally i like gib but usually only get a morning there.

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Caracas is the worst we have visited because it is not safe. Homes with barbed wire at all the windows! It is essential that you do an organised tour there. Even then, at each site we visited, there were double gate entries and armed guards. Does not inspire one with confidence....

Evidently, fuel is very cheap there, hence the reason for calling.

 

It has to be said though that many ports are designed for cargo ships but they are the most convenient for the more interesting places eg; Vigo for Santiago de Compostela (forgive me if that is an incorrect spelling) and Civitavecchia  for Rome or Livorno for Florence & Pisa.

But the bigger the ship, the more likely you will be berth in the cargo area.

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