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Trains from here are easy. La Spezia is situated in Northern Italy between Genoa and Pisa. It is a commercial port with a modern terminal and one that is easy to explore from. It is straightforward to get the train to Pisa or Florence. Also, Cinque Terre is a very popular place to visit from La Spezia. It can't be...
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Estepona in the Costa del Sol, nearest airport and cruise terminal Gibraltar, next nearest (other direction) is Malaga. Cruises leaving Malaga, you could fly to Gibraltar and do our suggested, and drop the car off in Malaga and jump on the ship. Estepona has had huge investment and boasts a wonderful coastline bookended by a perfect little old town and...
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Marbella, Puerto Banus is the place to party. We went to see Status Quo @ Starlite Club in Costa Del Sol. It was a strange and sad night, but one hell of a concert. We have sailed and flown into Malaga and it is a very interesting port stop, and these other places are great to visit, like Mijas. Please remember...
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If you want to miss the sail from the UK and avoid Gibraltar, some ships use Malaga (Marella) as a home base. Other Mediterranean cruises often visit the port.  If you have done Malaga, then Mijas is a beautiful mountain town just twenty minutes away  and worth a visit. Take a look at Jeans great film guide. Donkey Taxi - Mijas...
  Doris Visits has about 50 chat sites,and we add as the the suggestions are made by you. Some are very active, some not so, but they are all there for you to dip in and out of. The knowledge base of the members is huge and they are willing to share. Also there are often meet ups, the first...
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Malaga surprised us because we thought we knew it. Previously we had used it many times as a gateway to the Spanish beaches, know for sun and sand as well as some wonderful towns! It is a city that many just pass through because of the airport or the port, but it has much to warrant a stay or a visit...
Toulon is France's main naval base that occasionally easily doubles as a cruise port. Toulon not only has a charm unspoiled by tourists, it is surrounded by idyllic villages and charming seafronts. I first went there in high company, sitting under the trees having lunch with Sir Anthony Hopkins.... let me explain. Once on a movie, the director John Glenn...
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Ships stay try to away from storms like this. We were on the Aurora travelling down the New England coast as the storms hit south America and the Caribbean in 2017, and we ducked into New York and stayed an extra day. But islands can't move. News that the island of Fiji has been hit again is devastating for the...
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Barcelona has an awful lot to offer, and you may do well to pick one or two, plan the journey and hit them early, then relax at les Ramblers in the afternoon knowing you are near the ship. Montjuic has 360-degree stunning views of the city and overlooks the port being 173 metres higher. It is a historic reminder of Barcelona's...
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Lisbon is the richest region of Portugal by GDP per capita, and as such it is a busy commercial city. Trying to find a good map that is not designed to sell you something is not easy. The wealth of tourist leaflets may swamp you, so we advise some research, a plan and a route worked out before you...
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