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Andrea Davis October 13th, 2011 10:34 PM

Costa Concordia (Barcelona) January 9 2012
Costa Concordia (Barcelona) January 9 2012. My husband and I are cruising our first Med cruise after numerous North American / Caribbean cruises. I am a little nervous of the January European weather as well as the excursions. I would love to meet English speaking people who would be interested in joining us on private excursions?
Look forward to meeting up with fellow English speaking cruisers.

suzski November 8th, 2011 07:01 PM

Andrea, my mom and mother in law are going to be on part of your trip as they will be boarding in Savona....they just don't realize it yet as this is to be their Christmas gift! I assume that you'll be departing the ship in Barcelona as well?

I'm trying to organize a private excursion for them to tour the Provence countryside during the port stop in Marseille. There are companies that offer trips to Arles, Les Baux, and Pont du Gard. If that's something that might interest you I can provide more information and shoot you the website that I was looking at.

And I apologize for my low number of posts on this site....I'm very active (and similarly named) on a similar type site so you can rest assured I'm not a hacker or anything.


Andrea Davis November 19th, 2011 11:48 PM

Thanks for your comment
Wonderful daughter - great Christmas gift!
I have spent hours trying to decide on excursions. I have been advised to go with Costa excursions for reliability and timing.
What experience have you had. I know little about the ports and find the online information overwhelming. If you can help me to overcome this, we can consider being travel companions.

suzski November 20th, 2011 08:36 PM

As for my experience with booking tours, let's just say that I am a seasoned veteran. My husband and I were on a 12 night cruise out of Rome in September and we had a very active roll call. In many ports we had tours arranged by members of the roll call (including myself) at a fraction of the cost -- tours included a visit to the Cinque Terre and Pisa; Pompeii, Positano, and Sorrento; Athens; ancient Olympia and a local winery; etc. I've also cruised extensively in the Caribbean and done similar independent bookings and, as a member of the military, have also done lots of DIYs when pulling into ports for liberty calls.

My issue with ships tours is that they generally are larger, more expensive and provide less than the independent tours that can be arranged. We found this true of every tour that we took on our Med Cruise. Our largest group was 19 (Pompeii, Positano, Sorrento), but our smallest was 4 (Olympia and winery), while most averaged around 10.....most ship's tours appeared to be about 35.

The biggest fear most people have is that the tour operator will not get them back to the ship in time. Believe me, tour operators realize that not getting someone back to the ship would be the death of them as people would post all over cruise sites on the internet. I only deal with reputable tour operators that I've done LOTS of research on in advance to make sure that they are on the up and up.


Andrea Davis November 20th, 2011 11:18 PM

OK - you have sold yourself as our booking agent but ... where to go? We have not cruised The Med before so I am a little nervous for time but..... have done this a lot in Carabean and have no problem specially if you can recommend to us, how we can make the most of each day. I dont know how much you are willing to gt involed in helping us to make plans but your recommendations would be fantastic. Look forward to hearing your sound advice.

Paul Motter January 14th, 2012 10:47 AM

Wow - this is the ship that sank off the coast of Tuscany on January 13th.

I hope you people are OK.

Phil&Liz January 14th, 2012 07:03 PM


Originally Posted by Paul Motter (Post 1409700)
Wow - this is the ship that sank off the coast of Tuscany on January 13th.
I hope you people are OK.


Did the sailing begin on the 9th in Barcelona and Rome was just a port it was at last before the tragedy?

Was Savona the intended port and Giglio was along the way?

The "other" site had a member (Australian) aboard and so it seems we had some members as well.

Trip January 14th, 2012 07:08 PM

Please G-d, these people made it safely off the ship.

jebbear January 17th, 2012 11:55 AM

Is this the same Andrea Davis that Kuki refers to in his post with video on the Costa Concordia runs aground off Italy thread? I'm sorry but I don't know how to put Kuki's post from the other thread on this thread.

Phil&Liz January 17th, 2012 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by Trip (Post 1409827)
Please G-d, these people made it safely off the ship.

It seems to me that the video/article Kuki posted is indeed this OP. The odds that it isnt are astronomical.

I'm sure she will return to share her experience but for now we are just relieved they are ok.

suzski January 18th, 2012 05:37 PM

Just wanted to provide an update to anyone who might be wondering that both Andrea Davis and my moms are alright. Andrea was onboard at the time but has made it home. I talked with her via email today.

My moms were supposed to board in Savona on 1/14. Some news outlets have been mis-reporting the actual course of the ship...she had left Civitavecchia enroute to Savona (not the other way around) and my mom and mom-in-law were in Italy and would have boarded that day. They changed their flight and returned home on Monday.


johnthed0g January 18th, 2012 05:54 PM

I would love to hear first hand about what went drills, like did people KNOW the thing was sinking, stuff like this.

johnthed0g January 18th, 2012 06:04 PM

This makes interesting reading.... Costa Concordia hero Roberto Bosio calls captain Francesco Schettino 'a disgraceful man' | Mail Online

Trip January 18th, 2012 06:07 PM

Suz....thankfully your family and friends are safe. Our thoughts & prayers go out to them, and, all the other families involved in this tragedy.

Andrea Davis June 18th, 2012 08:06 PM

Costa Concordia Survivors
I only just noticed all the communication going on, on this thread.
Thanks to all for your concern. Yes, this truly was an unbelievably frightening experience. Thank God, both my husband and I managed to swim across to the Island of Giglio, hours after the accident when we realized that there was no other chance of survival for us.
This has been an extremely difficult and emotional period for us.
As we approach 6 months after this accident, we have recently decided to return to Italy where we will retract our journey of survival and visit briefly with all the amazing people along the way who were influential in helping us to get home and reunite with our dear family and friends.
This is both very exciting and mostly tumultuous.
We will return home via Amsterdam where we will be cruising Paris, Brussels, and the Norwegian Fjords. Along the way, we will be reuniting with a dear friend who we met on the Costa Concordia and were together with at the time of this accident.
Afraid and nervous, we will sail away on Friday July 13th………..

aerospace June 18th, 2012 08:14 PM

Cruising is my absolute favorite thing to do, but if my ship sank I think I'd never get close to any kind of boat again.

That or I'd wear the life vest for the entire week...screw what people think!
Tux and life vest, the new fashion :)

Dr Phil July 3rd, 2012 09:41 PM

Yes ,could see that as a tragic event that would stay with you.

paulwilliams22 November 18th, 2013 03:46 AM

Perhaps the Costa Brava something for you? On the beach and from there you can also easily and cheaply by train to Barcelona. For example, you can stay in Tossa de Mar, Lloret, Blanes, Malgrat or Callela or Spain or south from there you can visit Andalusia, for example, you would be able to stay in Malaga, Marbella, Fuengirola or Toremolinos. If you wish more specific describing is it easier for me to give tips. I study tourism, hence. : P Do you just want a beach holiday? Or do you also do what cultureels? Want to see nature? Want to do something active / sporty? Do you want to go? Do you think it is nice to sit? Between all Dutch Whether you find this annoying and would rather just sit you between the Spaniards.
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