The tour was in French and Italian and the guide spoke both fluently. She also spoke some English and we felt well taken care of. We could understand most of the French and the Italian filled in the rest. It was a two hour drive to Monaco.
|In the bus on our way to Monaco finally!|
|Our first view of Monaco.|
We looked around Monaco-Ville first and were guided to the outside of the palace, which was surprisingly cheap looking to us. We then had some free time. We grabbed a delicious sandwich and ate it on a bench overlooking the iconic view of Monaco. We took some pictures from the lookout, browsed in some souvenir shops, took in the view from the other side of the palace, admiring the old cannons. We grabbed an ice cream before rendezvousing with the tour group at the bus garage.
|We were thrilled that we had finally made it to Monaco.|
|Monaco looks as you would expect it to look, except for perhaps the palace which wasn't very impressive.|
|Bill went crazy with the photos.|
|Then April took photos.|
|Then we had to do a selfie or two.|
|We've never seen so many huge yachts in one place before.|
|Bill loves his cannons.|
The guide walked with us up the streets where we could see the hairpin corners and tire marks from the Grand Prix. We strolled up steps through a garden to outside the famous Monte Carlo casino. It is evident that there is a lot of money around. We’ve never seen so many Rolls Royces, Ferraris, Bentleys, and luxury boutiques concentrated in so small an area—not even in Las Vegas. The exclusivity of these vehicles becomes diminished in a place like this, because there are so many of them.
We were given some more free time again and we wandered by the casino, some of the boutiques, and picked up a cold drink at a café. We wandered around a lush garden and then walked back down through the streets to the bus garage.
|The gardens were tropical and lush.|
|The Monte Carlo Casino.|
|Hairpin corner on the Grand Prix route.|
|View leaving Monaco into the French Riviera.|
|The charming sites of Savona.|
|Finishing our last Costa Excursion ever.|
We went to our room, dropped off our bags, and wandered the ship a little bit, since we didn’t see much of it while aboard. We really didn’t miss much. We tried to have a snack in the buffet, but there wasn’t much worth eating, everything was very lackluster or downright disgusting with the exception of the fruit salad.
The adults only 16+ pool, which we had considered visiting, was overrun with under 16 year old children, jumping into the small pool with huge splashes and making an earth moving noise (no enforcement of rules happening here).
The main pool deck was crowded, extremely loud (animation team was in full swing again getting the occupants pepped up for dancing to crap music), and filled with smokers. The noise level here was almost as high as at our EDM concert at Ushuaia in the front rows by the speakers and we could not understand how people could ever contemplate "relaxing" here.
|Some weird dance or aerobics lesson was deafening on the pool deck. It reminded us of our experience last year on the Costa Magica. We were glad we didn't bother trying to decompress by the pool on the Costa Fascinosa.|
We tracked down our English speaking host, Raymond, to ask about disembarkation procedures for the next day.
We then returned to our room and ordered room service for dinner. We relaxed, listening to Harry Potter, and we watched some Summer Olympics on TV (muted because it was in Italian). We then packed.
It’s hard to believe that the vacation is almost over, but we will be happy to get off the ship. It has served it’s purpose as a vehicle to transport us to some interesting destinations, but the ship and the cruise experience in itself is not our cup of tea (and the tea is terrible on this ship!).
|The Costa Diadema followed us around the Mediterranean to some of the same ports. It's newer and bigger. This is the port of Savona.|
|The Costa Diadema is huge. It's hard to show how big it is.|