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  1. I would suggest you go to Parc Guell first as it's furthest away from the ship and I recommend you buy your entrance tickets in advance as entry is controlled to limit the numbers in the park. I would book an early entrance time and use a taxi to get there. There are taxis at the port and at all the major tourist attractions. From Parc Guell it's only a five minute drive to Sagrada Familia. I know you said you're not bothered about going inside but I highly recommend you do, the inside really is worth seeing. From SF you can take a taxi or use the metro to go to Placa de Catalunya and begin the walk down Las Ramblas.
  2. Legend for me. We are Gold status with Carnival so could be accused of bias. Our first cruise was on Legend in The Med about 7 years ago. We loved the food, entertainment and the fun vibe. We did a P&O cruise last year and didn't enjoy it much, certainly not enough to book again. Too much Englishness onboard. Vast majority of passed were English and the food and entertainment catered to them. Not my cup of tea. Much prefer the international vibe on Carnival.
  3. Thanks for the opinions folks. My last couple of Carnival cruises have been on Vista and Horizon, which I really liked as they are bright, light and modern. I'm not sure I want to spend 5 consecutive sea days on Magic, which I would be on a transatlantic sailing. I'll not commit to booking just yet, more thinking time required.
  4. We were booked on the Radiance transatlantic sailing in June which has inevitably been cancelled. Looking for a cruise in 2021 we see that Magic is scheduled for a transatlantic in May. We've looked at the photos in the Cruise Critic review of the ship and the interiors look very dark. The design theme on board looks a bit weird, like the atrium came from the set off a scary movie or theme park ride. All dark green with bloodshot eyes stirring down at everyone. The itinerary appeals but the decor of the ship is off putting. Can anyone who's sailed on Magic share their thoughts please. Thanks
  5. As I have the transatlantic sailing booked in June I'm more concerned about Radiance being in existence at that time. By June I'll settle for seaworthy and able to accommodate guests.
  6. A visit to Sagrada Familia is an absolute must when in Barcelona. Book now to avoid disappointment. And you must go inside for a tour. Some people just stay outside for photos and leave. The inside is marvellous and not to be missed. On our last visit we took a taxi from the cruise terminal and after we took another from Sagrada Familia to Placa Catalunya for a walk through Las Rambles and the Gothic quarter.
  7. On our last cruise visit to Valletta we took a taxi to Mdina to beat the crowds on the coach tours. There was a line of taxis at the port gates. We paid 20 Euros, got to Mdina nice and early, had a leisurely walk around the town and were leaving as the tours, HOHO buses, etc, were arriving. We took the local bus back to Valletta to visit the Cathedral, the main shopping area, walked to the Barrakka Gardens ( great views of the harbour ) and then took the elevator down towards the ship. Valletta is very easy to DIY, you have a choice of walking in to Valletta or using the taxis and HOHO buses that are waiting at the port gates to take you to other parts of the island. Valletta is a very scenic port of call to sail in / sail out from as it's a narrow entrance passed the castles and fortifications into the harbour, well worth spending some time on deck.
  8. Rhodes is so easy to DIY, the ship docks beside the walls of the old town. We walked to the Street of the Knights of the Crusades and visited the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights. The old town is very walkable with lots of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. A very nice place to spend a day.
  9. The city of Barcelona sets a fixed rate for taxis for the Cruise Port / Airport journey, currently 39 Euros. As the hotel you're interested in is very close to the cruise port this should be a good guide as to the cost of a taxi from the airport. Plus a taxi will take you to the front door of the hotel, public transport will not. I haven't stayed in the Grand Marina Hotel, out of my budget range, but I don't like the location as to me it's always appeared to be isolated. It's built at the end of a jetty sticking out in to the harbour, there is nothing else near the hotel. I prefer staying somewhere with amenities nearby.
  10. We've walked the steps down in Santorini ( never been to Lindos ) without any issues. The cable car queue was at least 1.5 hours and we really didn't want to wait that long in the summer heat. The walk down took us about 20 minutes, as mentioned above wear sneakers.
  11. Having been to Athens a few times we've used taxi, metro and bus to get from Piraeus to the centre of Athens. In our experience the quickest way is via taxi. There are taxi's waiting outside the cruise terminal building and can take you directly to the entrance of the Acropolis. Last time we were there was two years ago and we paid 30 Euros for 4 people. The regular city bus leaves from just outside the cruise terminal building ( as do the HOHO buses ) but you'll have an uphill walk to the Acropolis when you get to Athens. The metro ( subway ) will be the slowest way to get to the Acropolis as you'll first have to walk for about 25 minutes from the cruise ship to the metro station - trust me, we've done it and it's not a pleasant walk in the summer heat.
  12. Just an alternative suggestion; when docking in Livorno our favourite place to visit is the town of Lucca. It's smaller than Florence and Pisa, is less well known and therefore less busy but in our opinion much prettier than Pisa. It's a very walkable with some really good views from the fortified walls looking down in to the town. As it's a few miles north of Pisa it's sometimes offered by tour companies as a half day in Lucca and a half day in Pisa.
  13. As you mention that you're interested in religious sites I would recommend you visit Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore on Via Cavour, close to termini train station. We came across it as we were staying in a hotel on Via Cavour and we walked past it a couple times. It's a truly stunning building and very historic. You can walk to it from Termini in about 5 minutes.
  14. Sorry I can't answer your questions but I just felt compelled to reply as our first cruise was on Legend leaving Venice for Barcelona in 2013 ( I think it was 2013, time flies ). We had a fabulous time, so much so that we've done at least one cruise every year since. Not all with Carnival but enough that we're getting close to Platinum status. The cruise we took departed Venice in the afternoon and was truly memorable sailing past the sites, waving to the people and followed out in to the lagoon by lots of small boats. I hope you have a great cruise.
  15. The short answer is No. It's illegal to smoke or vape indoors in any public building and that applies throughout the British Isles. Most bars and restaurants try to provide some sort of designated area out the back or front of the building for smokers.
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