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  1. Roger Thank you so much for all your help and advice. The only thing we will like is out of the 18 stops of the HoHo, which would you recommend we see, like to get off at? Cheers Len
  2. Hello Roger You do a fantastic job trying to help everyone, so now it's my turn. We are arriving on the MSC Sinfonia on Thursday Nov 29. I am fairly mobile, but do use a cane sometimes. We were considering the HoHo bus as we feel we would get to see more of the city by using it. So, my questions: How can I find exactly where the Sinfonia docks? According to the HoHo site, we can board the HoHo at stop #14 near the cruise terminal. Is that recommended? Now, they have 18 stops on the line, and I do not think we will be able to get off at all of them, so which might you recommend as 'must' sees and we should get off? I read that there is a Jewish Quarter, in the city. We are of the Jewish faith and would like to see this area. Is it on the route of the HoHo? Lastly, we can get a senior rate for the HoHo at $20 for 2 which we feel is a good deal. Does this route go all the way to the Castle, as I see that is a different color. Also, are most of the shops/restaurants etc. open in these off season months? Thanks for any suggestions you can help us with Cheers Len
  3. Thanks for the info and help. Much appreciated. I was referring to then Caribbean, also Alaska. Cheers Len
  4. Great. Thanks for the helpful info. We usually like walking off the ship and seeing what the weather is like before really deciding what to do. Cheers Len
  5. Thanks to all who replied. I really appreciate it. We DO sort of like to do things on our own, at our own pace. We very rarely to never book any ship's excursions but if an area is really unknown we would be up for a local private tour. I kind of didn't think about the seasonal aspect of it and looking online, many tours that we might have considered aren't available in these colder months. But thank you all for the suggestions. Cheers Len
  6. Your info was great. I really appreciate all the help and info. Cheers Len
  7. Thanks to all who responded. Kind of what I thought and everyone confirmed that. Cheers Len
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    We are cruising on MSC Sinfonia in about 10 days. One of our ports is Marseille and we heard that it is best to try and get out of the city and see some of the other towns. MSC offers a tour to Arles. Is there anything to see or do there and would it make for an interesting day. I believe the tour is 6 or 7 hours? Cheers Len
  9. The choice is yours, but do NOT book any ship's excursions for any of the ports. You CAN do them all on your own, or, has been said, decide which tour company you might want to use in St Petersburg (again, DO NOT book this with Princess) and any of those companies will give you a better rate the more ports you add on. It makes it easy. But again, if you are even thinking about doing any of these ports on your own, I don't just say it, but they are all easy to do and you will see everything. Buy, or go to the library and take out, Rick Steve's book on cruising the Baltics and you will be good to go. All the money you can save can be put to much better use. Again, unless you are set on only doing a tour, at least look into doing these ports on your own. When and if you have any questions, there are so many helpful people here, from all the ports you will visit, that they bend over backwards to help cruisers enjoy their city and will give you all the info you might ever need. Think about it. Cheers 'Len
  10. If you are looking to book a private tour in St Petersburg, where you need a tour or a visa to even get off the ship, almost all the tour companies that do tours there also do tours in most of the other ports you will be in. Usually, the more you book, the bigger discount they will give you, and they all do a wonderful job. That said, and as others have already said, almost all the other ports are very easy to do on your own. You can get Rick Steve's book or even email the tourist bureaus of each city and they will send you all sorts of stuff, walking tours, attractions etc. We certainly aren't the 'adventuress type-but we did all the ports, except St Petersburg, on our own and never regretted it for a minute. Cheers Len
  11. On our Baltic cruise, I came back just feeling and knowing Stockholm was my favorite port, yes, over St Petersburg. Maybe it was Vasa, maybe it was Gamla Stan, maybe it was just the Swedish people, but we so enjoyed ourselves there and hope some day to go back and spend more time. You would be cheating yourself out of one of the best cities in all Scandinavia. Cheers Len
  12. I asked this same thing on the Italy board but we are cruising on the MSC Sinfonia in about 10 days. We really haven't booked any excursions but we were wondering if, when we dock at Valencia or Mallorca, are there any companies that may be around the terminal looking to recruit people for tours, like in other places? Cheers Len
  13. Since I am asking, we are on the MSC Sinfonia, sailing in about 10 days. We are visiting Messina, Livorno, Civitavecchia and Genoa in Italy. When disembarking at any of these ports, would we find any tour companies trying to sell you tours, taxi's looking for groups etc. There are only 2 of us, and we really can't afford private tours, but, like other places where you can book tours once off the ship, is there anything like that in any of these ports? Cheers Len
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    MSC Tours

    We are cruising on MSC in about 10 days from Barcelona. A couple of questions on MSC tours. All their ship tours say they need a minimum of 25 people for the tour. If they don't reach that number, are the tours cancelled? I would assume we would receive a refund if the tours do not go? Do they wait until the last minute to notify you that the tour is cancelled? If so, it doesn't lave you with many options to do something on your own? Being American, are any guided tours, the guides speak English? Cheers Len
  15. Anyone have any suggestions. Cheers Len
  16. I am not asking of any one particular city, and not just for Italy, but in general, if you want to do a HoHo bus of a city, can you buy the tickets right at the bus stop or do you need to have them in advance? Like we looked on Viator for tours, and saw a few cities we will be visiting that offer the HoHo buses and they offer you a price to buy them. Are you better off buying them thru a site like Viator or just buying them at the bus stop or on the bus? AND, we would like to charge the tickets if we are going on the bus, would that be a problem if we bought them right at the bus or bus stop? Again, I am posting this in the3 Italy board, but would the same apply say to Spain, Malta, France etc.? Cheers Len
  17. Thanks for the link. It is exactly what I was looking for. Cheers Len
  18. We did a cruise out of Civitavecchia last year after spending a week in Rome. we are on a very port intensive cruise next month so we thought we would stay in Civitavecchia and see what's here. I read there are thermal baths/spa in or around Civitavecchia and thought WOW that would be a great way to relax for a day especially in December. Does anyone have any info on this or a link where we could check it out? We were wondering how we would get there and especially how we would get back to the ship. I tried to email Civitavecchia direct but have not received a reply so I turn to the vast knowledge of Cc members. Any help here? Cheers Len
  19. We were wondering the exact same thing? Is Genoa a decent enough place to spend the day or should we be trying to go somewhere else? Cheers Len
  20. I posted this several months ago and all the suggestions were great. We are still working on our days in port and we leave in a little over a week so if anyone has any new or other suggestions, they would be much appreciated. Cheers Len
  21. I saw this on trip advisor, a Malta Panoramic North HoHo. https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g190328-d11988240-Malta_s_Panoramic_North_Hop_On_Hop_Off_Tour-Valletta_Island_of_Malta.html Would this get me to Mdina and other places? Cheers Len
  22. Is it fairly easy to do that bus to Mdina? Where is the bus station in relationship to the cruise port? Cheers Len
  23. We will be arriving Genoa on Wednesday Dec 5 from 8-5 on the MSC Sinfonia. Since roll calls for most MSC crusies originating in Europe have basically no response, we are looking for some info on how to see this city? We really aren't museum people so we were wondering what should we see or do in this port? We were looking at maybe a trip to Milan, but it does seem far for a short period of time. Any suggestions would be very helpful. Our budget isn't what it used to be, so usually private tours et al are out. We don't mind doing things on our own, or joining a tour, but we are looking for suggestions. Cheers Len
  24. We are cruising into Messina on Sunday, Dec 2 from 8-2PM. I understand it is a short day for us, but any suggestions as to what we can accomplish during that time. I have read about visiting Taormina, but would that be possible with such a short stay? Is this an option? Money is a concern, so just cannot hire a private car to take us around. If it isn't possible, what should we look to do with our time there? Cheers Len
  25. heWe are visiting Valletta on Saturday, Nov 1, from 8-6 off an MSC ship. I've been trying tom get some real info on what to do here, but there isn't that much info out there. so, if anyone can help, it would be appreciated. We see there are HoHo buses there, is that a good option? We were also looking at a walking tour of Valletta, has anyone done that or is that worth the money.? I've read about going to Mdina. I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones and would love to visit this city. So, on our own, what is the best way to get there from Valletta? We don't mind using public transportation, but are there other ways? Again, it is less than a month till we cruise and I know I'm starting late, but better late than never. Cheers Len
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