Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Other Cruise Lines > Costa
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old December 7th, 2009, 05:31 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2
Default Tunis english anyone?

We are sailing on Costa Pacificia on 20 Dec. Does anyone know if any of the tours for Tunis are in english? Does anyone know if we can just walk around on our own? It looks like a walkable/buses place. I did read that Costa is not too good with the english all together.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old December 7th, 2009, 06:39 PM
Phil&Liz's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 2,979
Send a message via Yahoo to Phil&Liz
Default

Sorry cant refer any directly on tours but there is this...

ABOU NAWAS HOTELS :: Tunis

ABOU NAWAS HOTELS :: Tourism

Phil & Liz
__________________
The Original Phil & Liz

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher

Never take an idiot travelling, you can always pick one up when you get there. Billy Connolly

I Didn't Come here and I ain't Leaving.
Willie Nelson

9/01/2013 Carnival Legend
2/16/2014 BC 7

Bill Murray
20 years ago we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Steve Jobs. Now we have no Cash, no Hope and no Jobs. Please don't let Kevin Bacon die.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old December 8th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Ine Ine is offline
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Netherlands, winter in Mexico
Posts: 137
Default

The one time I was in Tunis most people spoke french not english.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old December 9th, 2009, 07:11 AM
beenie weenie's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 4,436
Default

We have sailed with Costa to Tunis and the problem isn't that they aren't good with English. The problem is that the English speaking passenger's are in the minority and they often end up canceling the English speaking tours due to lack of participation.

We did a tour that took us to the Roman Baths and the Souks. The Souks were a nightmare I would not choose to go back. Picture an indoor flea market with very aggressive vendors trying to keep you in their little stall or shop and it is like a maze and very easy to get lost and lose your sense of direction, the tour operator is only interested in taking you to his friends carpet store so he can get a kick back on whatever the passenger's buy. One elderly gent was nearly left behind because he didn't want to go into the souks. The driver said he would come back to the spot where he left the man on the way back to the bus, but he never did. D/H and I went and got the fellow and made sure he got on the bus.

Now the Roman Baths... a UNESCO World Heritage site. All I can say is WOW! I could have easily spent the day there. It is amazing how well the Roman's utilized technology so many centuries ago and I highly recommend seeing the ruins there. Fascinating stuff.

If I were to do it all over again, I would see if I could find a local guide that has been highly recommended (english speaking) to take you there. I also understand that even though Tunis is Muslim, they make some very wonderful wines there. I would see about perhaps a tour of a local vineyard, winery as well.

I can tell you unless you are wanting to take home some sort of leather good, berber rug (I did get to see a lady in the process of making a berber rug at the souks) or expensive gold jewelry I would avoid the Souks, the merchants are extremely aggressive and in your face.

Hope that helps.
__________________

Read and post cruise reviews
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
English earl Cruise Jokes & Trivia - Just For Laughs 4 May 17th, 2010 09:09 PM
Tunis Tunisia gunnman European & Mediterranean Destinations 1 June 11th, 2007 09:04 PM
TODD ENGLISH IRIS Cunard 1 March 9th, 2006 01:31 PM
COSTA /ROME/MALLORCA/TUNIS/PALERMO CRUISE ChaoGirl Costa 0 January 6th, 2005 08:24 PM
English Tom Morrissey Travel Gripes! 0 December 16th, 2003 02:18 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:40 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1