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Post by Meg 50 » 12 Aug 2017, 12:10

Oceana – 2017 – Malta, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Italy
This cruise was originally booked for a week later, but due to a wedding invitation for the day after disembarkation, we brought it forward a week (same itinerary, different order)
Day 1 – Thursday July 27
Bus to station, then train to Gatwick. Only 2 check in desks open initially, so very slow queue (not helped by someone with insufficient days on their passport arguing). Opened more and things sped up. Took 45 mins to check in. Set off alarms at security cos I forgot to remove my front door keys from my pocket!
On the train, I had remembered that my mobile needed topping up… top up card wouldn’t work, so the man in Dixons sold me a voucher and offered to load it for me – he sent it wrongly! I redid it later, but still it didn’t work. So phone was running on a wing and a prayer (£2.95 credit). Didn’t get it sorted until I got home!
Had a cuppa and a sarnie while waiting to board plane.
I had commented on some’at on P&O FB few weeks ago and a friend had popped up to ask when we were cruising – turned out we were on the same cruise. Met her and her extended family in the departure lounge.
It was a 13.40 flight.
‘Gate info will be available’ at 12.40, then 12.55, then 13.02…

We thought we had booked front row on the plane, but it turned out to be front row of P&O….
Small child behind kept kicking the back of the seat – tempted to chuck him overboard once onboard…
Arrived Valletta 6.10pm – local time
Collected luggage, then queue for immigration, then queue for bus to Port. Long wait to leavwe ‘cos not room for many coaches at Cruise terminal’
Queue to check in at Port,
Queue to board – through security.

On board Oceana at 7.55. Arrived at our cabin the same moment as our luggage - and an announcement that Muster was at 8.15…
So very little time to do anything other than report our loo wasn’t flushing!

Muster finished at 8.45, so went to finish unpacking before going to Adriatic Restaurant for dinner (open sitting, we could have gone to Mediterranean buffet if we’d wanted- reserved dining starts tomorrow) – Restaurant was full ,so we were sent to Ligurian where we were placed on a table for 8 ( 6 of us – 2 of whom we never saw again!).

Somewhat bothered by the lack of veg on our plates. We wondered if more was coming, then remembered we haven’t cruised since plated dining came in….
After Dinner at about 10.30 we went for a stroll around the ship until lights out (ours) at midnight.
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Day 2 Friday 28th July – at Sea
Up at 8.15, brekkie at 9.30.
Decided not to join the Rumba class in favour of a sunbed – still trying to catch our breath after yesterday!

After lunch (note to self, try going later next sea day…), walked the mile ( 3.2 times round prom deck), went to library to do the jigsaw, collected crossword, sudoku, Britain Today (i.e. settled into our usual cruise sea-day pattern), bit more sun – tho’ not too much too soon, don’t want to burn….

Captain’s Welcome aboard party – free drinks, but otherwise pretty boring…
Prompt bedtime – alarm set for 6.45.


Day 3 Saturday July 29th – Piraeus
OH off to the Corinth Canal – leaving at 7.50, so early brekkie.
He had a good time – 2 transits and bungee jumpers to watch, tho’ he felt it was maybe not a spectacular as it would have been in a bigger ship with less clearance of the edges…
The intention had been that on his return we would seek out the blue domed church we could see from the ship last time, but we were docked in a different section of the port this time and it was miles away, so we gave up rapidly in the searing heat (35o ) and returned to the ship.
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Post by GillD46 » 12 Aug 2017, 12:30

Sounds a hectic start with a lot of queuing! Looking forward to more - and welcome back x
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Post by oldbluefox » 12 Aug 2017, 13:52

Thanks for your review Meg. What a frustrating start to your holiday! I wonder why it always turns out such hard work.
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Post by Meg 50 » 12 Aug 2017, 14:29

when eventually I finish writing it up, there's be a list of pros and cons to fly cruising..........
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Day 4 – Sunday July 30th - Mykonos

We had thought we could walk into town, but realised on looking out from the ship it was too far, and discovered on the way in on the bus – also too dangerous….
We spent a fair bit of time looking for the windmills which we could see from the ship… could we find them? Could we ‘eck. In the end we gave up and started to the shore , turned a corner and there they were!
We even met a pelican walking along the street on the way back to the bus!
Mykonos was a beautiful place.

In the evening, after dinner, we went to watch the ventriloquist show.

Day 5 Monday July 31st - Katakolon

Pronounced Ka – takalon.
We decided not to ‘do’ Olympia and instead we walked around town, along the sandy beach, running the gauntlet of taxis - motor, horse and beer!
There was no shade anywhere, and it was a VERY hot day.

Today’s Horizon says tonight is ‘White night’ Never had one of them before. No warning on personaliser, nor on the (non existent) cruise overview!

Day 6 Tuesday 1st August. Sarande, Albania
Sarande was a tender port. Only had to wait 20 mins after getting our ticket, so not too bad.
Sarande is clean and pretty.
Shedloads of taxi touts and adverts for free hire cars at the landing stage, but then there were the beggars…. Lots and lots of them. Generally using their children as bait, but weren’t intrusive in the main.
When we changed our cruise, the TA said the new booking had lots of OBC attached. We checked the paperwork and it said per person. Thinking that that couldn’t be right we went for a statement. We had £325 per person, plus £150 shareholder – yup - £800. That’ll take some spending…

Tonight’s dinner had no veg whatever!

Day 7 Wednesday August 2nd Sea Day
Brekkied early to beat the rush, then we hit the shops. Did a fair bit of Christmas shopping and enough of my fave perfume to keep me going for months!

Our table mates are going home tomorrow, as is one of our waters - the other is being promoted and moving to a new table.

OH went to watch the ventriloquist’s second performance
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Day 8 Thursday August 3rd. Valletta – changeover day
Decided to start early to beat the heat. So we were off the ship by 8.30 and on the 3 Cities ferry by 8.45.
The ferry is a 10 mins or so trip from just below the Barrakka gardens lift across the harbour to Conspicua – from which we could walk round Senglia and Vittoriosa. We sat for a while people watching nad caught the ferry back to the lift.
The new passengers were arriving on board by lunchtime.
Deck BBQ for lunch, after which we went back out to investigate the Waterfront shops and to get an ice-cream at the nice shop we found last time we were in Valletta – it had gorn!

Since it was changeover day and many passengers don’t arrive until after their designated sitting, dinner is un-reserved, so we went to first sitting in order to beat the rush, and to be on deck for sailaway. Twas a good move. There was a dancing show going on on the waterfront which was wonderful
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Post by oldbluefox » 12 Aug 2017, 17:25

Apart from the flying bit it sounds a lovely cruise Meg.

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Day 9- Friday August 4th – Sea day
Very crowded. I did jigsaws and then found a sunlounger, OH went to the week’s ports overview talk.
Lunched later than last sea day – less crowded this time.
We decided not to go to the rerun of the captain’s welcome aboard, and arrived in time for dinner- only to find he hadn’t started his chat, so we had to suffer it after all – only w/o the free drinks!

New table mates and new waiters.

Day 10 – Saturday August 5th - Split

This had been advertised as a tender port, so I was delighted to find we were docking (last time we were here, the tender operation wasn’t for the faint hearted cos of the sea condition, so I had stayed onboard).
We walked into town – which was packed- not just round the ferry areas, but all over.
In Diocletian’s Palace people were carting luggage up and down the stairs!
Once we had quartered the town we strolled back towards the ship and then saw greenery across the road, so thinking there might be a nice park we trotted over. Up a hill where we could see sea on the other side, but other than that there wasn’t much of interest. So we went back onboard to ferry watch – which previous readers of my blogs will know is one of our fave activities!

Day 11 – Sunday August 6th - Venice
Up at 6.45 for the sail in.
We are sharing the dock with Norwegian Star, Aida Blu, MSC Musica, Costa Delicioza, a couple of river cruise boats and a Windstar vessel.
We caught the first shuttle boat into S Marco (cost £16 unlimited each, but we have OBC to spend….).
We checked out the Bridge of Sighs, S Marco place (Sunday, so S Marco not open until 2pm), the Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal, then coffee near the Bridge of Sighs where we were overcharged (by €1 each, so not the end of the world).
Munching on Ice creams we then headed further away from S Marco towards park land where we also found an animal sculpture exhibition.

By then the heat was well nigh unbearable so we headed back to the ship.

OH had been muttering about me finding excessive heat hard, but we always get out and about having coping strategies. When one of our table mates announced she hadn’t been off the ship at all cos it’s too hot, he stopped moaning at me.

We sailed at 10 ish, so we made it out of dinner in time to watch most of it
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Post by GillD46 » 12 Aug 2017, 19:00

Last year on QV we had a HUGE amount of OBC and it really was hard to spend - nearly $3500 for 14 nights. We have more than that next March, but that's for 40 nights so will be very useful.
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Post by Boris+ » 12 Aug 2017, 20:02

It's a shame you didn't have more time in Malta.

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Post by Meg 50 » 12 Aug 2017, 20:05

effectively we had 2 full days - one in the middle and best part of one at the end since our flights were late
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We have never been to Malta and I must admit I'd like to viist.
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Post by Kenmo1 » 12 Aug 2017, 20:19

Meg 50 wrote:
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Decided to start early to beat the heat. So we were off the ship by 8.30 and on the 3 Cities ferry by 8.45.
The ferry is a 10 mins or so trip from just below the Barrakka gardens lift across the harbour to Conspicua – from which we could walk round Senglia and Vittoriosa. We sat for a while people watching nad caught the ferry back to the lift.
That's a useful piece of information, Meg. We have called into Valletta several times on cruises and I'm sure we will visit again. Every time we go we have just headed for the lift without checking out other things to do, so a ferry ride across to the Three Cities sounds worth doing next time.

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Post by Meg 50 » 12 Aug 2017, 20:25

It's €2.80 return (.90 if you are old and can prove it... we forgot our ID so paid full fare) the lift is free if you have a ferry ticket
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Post by Kenmo1 » 12 Aug 2017, 20:34

Thanks Meg. That's a pretty clear sign. I'm surprised we didn't see it but I suppose we were just concentrating on going up in the lift. I have just been reading about the area so will look more closely across the other side of the road from the lift entrance next time.

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Post by Meg 50 » 12 Aug 2017, 21:12

that one was on the other side...
the entrance to the ferry is signposted just before the tunnel. A similar sign to this one is at the top of the lift too! Possibly at the bottom, but I didn't see it
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Day 12 – Monday August 7th Ravenna
No urgency to get up this morning, so we could have done w/o the 7am we’re here announcement!
Shuttle bus into town ( 20 mins ish) we went to the 1st of the UNESCO world heritage sites thinking we’d just ‘do’ the one, but the ticket lets you in to all 5 for €9.50.
1) Galla Placido Mausoleum
2) San Vitale
3) Battistero Neonano
4) San’Appolinare Nuovo
5) Museo Arciveseole – we skipped that one tho’ someone told us later it was only one room….

National Museum closed on Mondays.

We also visited the Duomo.

Loos were €0.50, but the nice peeps in front of us in the queue held the door=r open, so all 4 of us got in for the price of one!
The mosaics were truly amazing. Wouldn’t have missed this place for the world.
The non-outing lady on our table told us later she had yet to find anyone who felt this port was worth it…. We put her straight…Philistine.

There was also a beach near the port.

Later it was the Peninsular Cocktail party – only 86 peeps there – outnumbered ( almost ) by crew. Turns out only 2 weekers were invited

Day 13 Tues August 12th – Dubrovnik.

OHawoke with a stinking cold and decided he was too poorly to go anywhere. We walked round the port area to check, but he was adamant, so I got the shuttle bus and went alone. Usual probs with Dubrovnik – very crowded and chaos at the shuttle bus return stop….

Day 14 - Weds 9th August – sea day 4.
Our 42nd wedding anniversary and SOMEONE blabbed to the waiters, so we got the balloon treatment.

Not much to do today – packing and suchlike

Day 15 – Thurs August 10th – Valletta Disembarkation.

Had to be out of cabin by 8, so alarm for 6.45 – up at 6.30.

Left hand luggage in Footlights , and once brekkied, we went off into town at 8.30. Up in the Barrakka lift and checked out the town for a couple of hours. A very curious atmosphere – we were waiting to disembark, but newbies were arriving.
We found a quiet spot for a bit, lunched, played cards in the cards room, people watched on deck, ate icecreams ( still trying to use up OBC).
Aty 4.20 we reported to the Adriatic. Off the ship by 4.30.
Then we were back to queues once more
Arrived at Airport to find plane was delayed. Then even more delays when ground staff brought the pilot the wrong paperwork.
Landed at Gatwick around 10
Queues at Gatwick. We noted that from Gatwick home by train and taxi (10 mins wait for train included) took less time than getting thro’ passport control. Home by 11.30. So glad we weren’t going to the wedding tomoro!
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On the post cruise questionnaire we noted
1) the lack of vegetables
2) that we were told 3 formal and a tropical- when what we actually got were 4 formal, 2 tropical and a white party
3) that we no longer get a cruise overview with an outline of events, acts etc

Pros of Fly cruises:
1)Ports start soon
2) the B of Bis avoided
3) Gatwick is easier to get to (15 mins on a fast train)than Soton (several hours)

Cons of fly cruises:
1) haven’t acclimatised to heat before ports start
2)ditto ship routine
3)queues
4) hit the ground ( sea) running – no time to unwind before ports
5)luggage limitations
6)Airports and the general performance of flights as against turning up at Soton and being onboard in a (comparative ) brace of shakes.
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Post by david63 » 12 Aug 2017, 22:16

Meg 50 wrote:
12 Aug 2017, 17:10
a pelican walking along the street on the way back to the bus
I trust it was on select fare and did not have to pay :lol: :lol: :lol:
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We have never been to Malta and I must admit I'd like to viist.
It normally rains when we visit Malta - that is if we even get in (but that is another story)
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a white party
Did you ever find out what that was?

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Post by Meg 50 » 12 Aug 2017, 22:29

the white party was on a casual night, and was celebrated by a deck party which we didn't attend. But we were asked to wear predominantly white. Being early on , I still had something suitable, but later on I might not have.
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Post by Boris+ » 13 Aug 2017, 07:49

We love Malta, even though the local driving is a bit scary sometimes. There's all the usual beach sort of stuff, some WW2 stuff, and then there's the really old bits.

Looking forward to going back next year.

Before you ask, great food especially in the Medina old town, where parking was absolutely no problem.

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Post by david63 » 13 Aug 2017, 08:24

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There's all the usual beach sort of stuff
Has Malta now got some beaches? Last time I was there there was only one "proper" beach on the whole island!

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Post by Boris+ » 13 Aug 2017, 08:35

Yes, we know a nice private beach. However I've always loved cliffs and the natural surroundings etc. I always think of Billy6 when we're in Malta. It should be no surprise though that we don't spend much time on the beach.

I tend to group waterborne and small harbour stuff in with beach stuff.

I do wish though that they would sort out all the wires and cables which are festooned outside buildings and make it look more scruffy than quaint.
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Post by Dancing Queen » 13 Aug 2017, 12:45

Lovely review Meg and a nice itinerary thanks for sharing.

We visited Malta many years ago on a land holiday we stayed in a hotel which was inland but hired a car so got to see plenty of the island.

So the scary driving still happens Em, we were just told to drive like the locals otherwise we wouldn't get anywhere ... have the rules in Mdina changed when we were there ( albeit a long time ago ) you couldn't drive into the city.
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Post by Boris+ » 13 Aug 2017, 13:11

I don't think tourists can drive into Medina, we usually park up by the Roman villa, just across the road for a nominal €1 for the day. We like having lunch in a tearoom which has roof top seating, so we're sitting virtually on top of the walls with awesome views and terrific gateaux.

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Meg 50 wrote:
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It's €2.80 return (.90 if you are old and can prove it... we forgot our ID so paid full fare) the lift is free if you have a ferry ticketDSCF8675 2.jpg
Now ... THAT is what I call a bargain.

We did the Three Cities and Harbour Cruise on a Celebrity Cruise Tour last year, it cost us approx £100 :evil:

Ravenna is a wonderful Port, we coupled the ceramics with a visit of San Marino, also brilliant.

Thanks for the report Meg. :thumbup:



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Post by Jan Rosser » 15 Aug 2017, 14:19

Just got around to finishing reading your report Meg - thank you for posting - loved your itinerary - you obviously had the same hot weather - well it was better than at home - non-stop rain.
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An enjoyable read Meg. Thanks for posting.
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Post by Happydays » 15 Aug 2017, 17:21

I found your review interesting as we are going on a similar one on Oceana next September :) where as your flight was later ours is going to be 6.35am!! Good you enjoyed it.

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Post by Meg 50 » 15 Aug 2017, 18:37

It looks , generally, as though those on a week's cruise have early flights those on a fortnight have a later one.

But either way you get time to explore Vallettta one end or the other!
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Post by Happydays » 15 Aug 2017, 19:23

We are going on a two week cruise flying from Glasgow. Due to get to the ship by lunch time:) flight home is 2.30pm. Going shall be a pain but the return is a good time

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Post by wolfie » 15 Aug 2017, 23:14

Great Review Meg.

The Roman Villa in Rabat is one not to be missed if you go again.

If visiting Ravenna, also don't miss a trip to San Marino, as previously mentioned.
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Thanks for the tip about Rabat - there's a whole heap of archeological stuff in that general region, but we don't reckon it's exactly going to be 'comfortable' nor safe (and being safe is the more important of the two). It's sad - but we'll give it a miss. However, hoping to start an archeology course in the near future (for a bit of fun).


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Post by CaroleF » 16 Aug 2017, 12:04

We too are doing a similar one - 14 nights - on Oceana at the end of September next year. We fly from Gatwick and our flight out is 13.40 and the return one 19.20. According to our my Cruise Personaliser if we are flying Thomson then the cases go straight through to the ship but if we are flying Thomas Cook we have to collect them at the airport. We are flying Thomas Cook!

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we flew Thomas Cook - had to collect our luggage from the conveyor belt at Valletta and deliver it to the coach.

On the way back it was 'outside the cabin by 11pm', and next seen at Gatwick
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Thanks for the tip about Rabat - there's a whole heap of archeological stuff in that general region, but we don't reckon it's exactly going to be 'comfortable' nor safe (and being safe is the more important of the two). It's sad - but we'll give it a miss. However, hoping to start an archeology course in the near future (for a bit of fun).
Rabat Malta, not Morocco :roll:

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Post by Boris+ » 16 Aug 2017, 19:03

Oooops - sorry, busy discussing a holiday and Morocco came up strongly in the discussion - so my head was quite firmly in Morroco at the time. Sorry.

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Post by Dennis The Menace » 16 Aug 2017, 19:29

Thanks Meg, enjoyed reading that.

How is Oceana herself looking these days ?

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Post by wolfie » 16 Aug 2017, 20:05

Boris+ wrote:
16 Aug 2017, 19:03
Oooops - sorry, busy discussing a holiday and Morocco came up strongly in the discussion - so my head was quite firmly in Morroco at the time. Sorry.
:roll: Read the topic title Boris and all the posts ;) there's always a clue. Rabat/Medina, a stones' throw from each other :?: We enjoyed many great land based holidays in Morocco and let's hope that it will soon be off the, 'don't visit', list because it is an experience, and the hotels are first class.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 16 Aug 2017, 21:21

wolfie wrote:
16 Aug 2017, 20:05
Boris+ wrote:
16 Aug 2017, 19:03
Oooops - sorry, busy discussing a holiday and Morocco came up strongly in the discussion - so my head was quite firmly in Morroco at the time. Sorry.
:roll: Read the topic title Boris and all the posts ;) there's always a clue. Rabat/Medina, a stones' throw from each other :?: We enjoyed many great land based holidays in Morocco and let's hope that it will soon be off the, 'don't visit', list because it is an experience, and the hotels are first class.
Oh for goodness sake Wolfie get off your 'high horse' all threads go off topic and tbh my first thought of Rabat would have been the one in Morocco regardless of what the topic title said, I guess you just like to 'nit pick' .. no surprise there :roll:
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Post by wolfie » 16 Aug 2017, 22:40

I am not about to fall off my, 'high horse' DQ. My post was in no way off topic as it replied to the title topic which was Malta, Greece, Albania etc. etc. Not a mention of Morocco in the review.

To clarify, Medina and Rabat are very close to one another and the Roman Villa should have been a clue, for anyone who had actually visited Malta, that it was Rabat in Malta, and not the one in Morocco. Neither am I, 'nit picking', just stating where the Roman Villa is for anyone interested in visiting when they call at Valetta and just surprised that a poster did not realise that and talked of parking there, at the Roman Villa, for Medina, when the Roman Villa is actually in Rabat. Thought you would have picked up on that little faux pas.

Off topic is one thing, inaccurate information is not, which was provided in one post. I do like to give cruisers the right information, as far as I am able to do so.

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Post by Boris+ » 17 Aug 2017, 08:48

Now then, to try and clear up a potential misunderstanding - the roman villa in question is Domus Romana. On the website it states that it is in Rabat - if you are driving a hire car, the best way is to follow signs for Medina (M'dina).

Driving out there is a bit 'weird', with people blatantly disobeying signs such as 'no right/left turn' and 'no entry'. We were told that when we drove to the hotel we would have to drive the wrong way up a one way street! We even found a official sign telling us that the street was no entry except to people at the hotel! I've even seen people stopping on a dual carriageway/freeway, parking in the 'fast lane' and getting out to have a nice pleasant social chat!!!

Anyway, to get back to the Domus Romana - drive to Medina, and right by their main bus stop in Medina is a nice simple open air car park where we found an old man offering to supervise the parking for 1euro for the whole day. If you have a mobility issue you will have very little problems - the Domus Romana is a very short walk from the car park (couple of hundred yards at the most). Cross over the road by the bus stops and there is a nicely kept park - which has a particularly striking monument to WW2 - and you should have little problem in accessing entry to the ancient walled town through the main gate. We took the option of avoiding this and found a small entrance around the side, but I wouldn't recommend that to anyone with mobility issues or a child in a buggy.

So, if you are in Malta, it's a couple of sights worth seeing - the Domus Romana has a small entrance charge, but of course the walled town is free. We didn't bother with the 'attractions' in the walled town as we were too busy doing our own thing. If you are driving yourself - follow signs for Medina, look for the 'museum' sign or the local main bus stops, and the car park is easy to spot.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 17 Aug 2017, 10:25

wolfie wrote:
16 Aug 2017, 22:40
I am not about to fall off my, 'high horse' DQ. My post was in no way off topic as it replied to the title topic which was Malta, Greece, Albania etc. etc. Not a mention of Morocco in the review.

To clarify, Medina and Rabat are very close to one another and the Roman Villa should have been a clue, for anyone who had actually visited Malta, that it was Rabat in Malta, and not the one in Morocco. Neither am I, 'nit picking', just stating where the Roman Villa is for anyone interested in visiting when they call at Valetta and just surprised that a poster did not realise that and talked of parking there, at the Roman Villa, for Medina, when the Roman Villa is actually in Rabat. Thought you would have picked up on that little faux pas.

Off topic is one thing, inaccurate information is not, which was provided in one post. I do like to give cruisers the right information, as far as I am able to do so.
I didn’t suggest your post was off topic .. read what I said which was ‘threads go off topic’ so my point was I could see how someone could have misunderstood and assumed you meant Rabat in Morocco regardless of what the title topic said, the Roman Villa wouldn’t have been a clue to me because although I have visited Malta it was many years ago and tbh I wouldn’t have a clue how close it was to Mdina or are you also suggesting I haven’t been there either.

If you are not ‘nit picking’ then perhaps you should make more of an effort to read what you say before posting without trying to show a bit of one-upmanship .. yes we all want to give accurate information to help others but it’s a very special person who manages to go through life without making the odd faux pas unless of course you happen to be perfect !!

BTW if I wanted to nit pick I could correct you on the spelling of Mdina, it isn’t Medina or perhaps you are getting mistaken with Medina in Saudi Arabia an easy mistake to make don’t you think !!
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Post by Boris+ » 17 Aug 2017, 12:35

I always go for the Medina spelling (even if it's not ,right,) firstly because I've seen it on signs out there, and secondly for personal reasons.

Anyway, I hope that anyone going there has a great time and returns home with wonderful memories.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 17 Aug 2017, 13:29

Boris+ wrote:
17 Aug 2017, 12:35
I always go for the Medina spelling (even if it's not ,right,) firstly because I've seen it on signs out there, and secondly for personal reasons.

Anyway, I hope that anyone going there has a great time and returns home with wonderful memories.
Thanks for pointing that out, I'm sure if you hadn't someone else would :silent: I would add it was said tic as I'm not into correcting anyone's grammar as I'm sure I make plenty of mistakes myself. :wtf:
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Post by suespud » 19 Aug 2017, 18:31

Boris+ wrote:
17 Aug 2017, 12:35
I always go for the Medina spelling (even if it's not ,right,) firstly because I've seen it on signs out there, and secondly for personal reasons.

Anyway, I hope that anyone going there has a great time and returns home with wonderful memories.

My FIL, who is the latter stages of Alzheimer's has been talking recently about Malta, he was based there during the war, in the Royal Artillary. He has amazing memories of this time, and keeps repeating his army number etc.
He mentioned Mdina and other places, which I googled at the time...its definitely spelt Mdina.
In fact it says on Wikipedia, not to be confused with Medina or Midna

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Post by Boris+ » 19 Aug 2017, 22:23

Each to their own, eh?

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Post by Dancing Queen » 23 Aug 2017, 09:37

I can't say I recall seeing dual sign posting in Malta but it was a long time ago however why would they need it I think Mdina is pretty clear and I certainly wouldn't have a problem following sign posts, it's one of those words rather like flick'r you want to put an e in it even though it isn't spelt with one.
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Post by Boris+ » 23 Aug 2017, 15:45

My 'special' reason for the spelling is spelling it an 'e' was the habit of someone from Malta, who served out their in the war, but he was from an old Maltese family, and I took the spelling from him.

He was a grand old chap, and we gave him the friendship and support he deserved. Great memories.

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