I enjoyed all the ports, but didn't really like the ship. Many events were held at the same time and since food is served slowly in the dining rooms, eating dinner takes a long time which causes you to miss or be late for evening shows. All the planning at home for dinner and show reservations takes away from the idea of Freestyle cruising, but if you don't pre-plan and reserve them you will miss them.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy - Loved the drive up to Lucca. It was amazing to see the tower in Pisa.
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands - Lovely island. We took a taxi tour from port, which showed us around the island.
Naples, Italy - We did a tour which we booked from Can't be Missed tours. We also booked through them in Florence. Excellent tour guide. We saw Pompeii and took a drive up the coast.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - I didn't do any ship excursions as they are all overpriced and you can find a similar or better excursion on your own. Travel books from Rick Steves give great information on all the ports of Italy. Spent a day in Rome after the cruise to see the Vatican and other sites.
Cannes, France - This was an easy day for us. We went to the beach and walked around the neighborhood by the ship. We wanted to take the train which stopped right by the port, but didn't have time.
Barcelona, Spain - Love Barcelona. I definitely want to return here. We took a taxi tour which was prearranged the day before by a relative of our driver who lived in Mallorca.
Norwegian Epic - Try to make as many reservations for shows and dining in advance as the shows and specialty dining reservations are mostly sold out by the time you get on board.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - there are 8 of us and some excursions have a max of 4. does anyone know if we can book two cars together? is there a way to write to the shore excursion company ?
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