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Shore Excursion Recommendations? 7 Day Western Mediterranean Cruise on Symphony 14May2023

Jim the Titan

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Hello there! Thanks for taking the time to click on this thread. My wife and I are going on the 14th of May 2023 trip and had a few questions regarding shore excursions. I am a second time cruiser but last time was back in 2011 or so on the Liberty of the Seas. Same itinerary different ship. Among the things Ive learned from the first trip, is the fact that the prices of shore excursions you book from the ship are way more expensive than if you book from a 3rd party provider. 

The port stops that are scheduled are:

  1. Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  2. Provence (Marseille), France
  3. Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy
  4. Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
  5. Naples, Italy

Can anyone recommend a tour operator or activities we can do on a budget? All your input will be very much appreciated. 

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  • 4 months later...

We booked the week after you after research and booking the excursions thru RC when they were on sale we found the prices not back (we saved hundreds). The advantage of course is getting to back to the ship on time.

We did booked one 3rd party called Shore Excursion To Florence And Pisa thru Viator for only $136 for 3 of us.

  1. Palma de Mallorca, Spain  - We booked Drach Caves
  2. Provence (Marseille), France - We booked AIX on your own
  3. Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy - We booked To Florence And Pisa
  4. Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - We booked Rome in a Day with Colosseum
  5. Naples, Italy - We booked Sorrento $ the Amalfi Drive

All total was like $1,000 for 3 of us.

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Hi Jim!

We are on your cruise, hope to Meet up! We did a lot of research watching you tube videos. It helps a lot. We also asked people who have been to the places. We are doing: 

Palma de Mallorca - North Coast and Wine tasting. For the views of the island plus you still have a few hours to see the city centre. 
Marseille- no excursion, there is a tram that will take you to sights we learned on a you tube video. 
Florence- doing the electric car to see the city. We have tickets to see David and again a few other places we learned on youtube videos.

Rome- the train excursion and bought tickets to see the Sistine Chapel, reservations at a place for lunch and hopefully take a taxi tothe coliseum. 

Naples- we weren’t very interested in Pompei so we are doing Capri/Positano. 

Hope this Helps! 

Hope and Dave from Tampa! 



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