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Sail Date: December 2008
WARNING! Our second port of call was: Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala It is not available in Cruise Critic's pull down list, so I picked Vigo. We really enjoyed Santo Tomás de Castilla, but that was not due to Norwegian. ... Read More
WARNING! Our second port of call was: Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala It is not available in Cruise Critic's pull down list, so I picked Vigo. We really enjoyed Santo Tomás de Castilla, but that was not due to Norwegian. We decided to try an excursion on our own. Luckily, we got a great tour guide and driver. They packed 6 of us (3 couples) into a taxi and drove us around Guatemala all day. We stopped by the Los Escobas Waterfalls, a cemetery, a local shopping mall, the local market, the oldest hotel in the country, and even by a pet monkey someone leaves in their front yard. Luckily, it was raining all day, so there weren't many people at the waterfalls. We actually had them all to ourselves! While most people might have hated our "down and dirty" tour, we loved it! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
This is a nice town within easy walking distance to the town center which has a good range of shops and cafes. Vigo is the largest fishing port in Europe so a trip to the fish market is worth a visit.
This is a nice town within easy walking distance to the town center which has a good range of shops and cafes. Vigo is the largest fishing port in Europe so a trip to the fish market is worth a visit. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
If you manage to disembark at the main tourist dock on other than a Sunday, all the local attractions are just a short distance away.
If you manage to disembark at the main tourist dock on other than a Sunday, all the local attractions are just a short distance away. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
This is a very nice town with a lot to see. There is a large park in the middle of town with a large garden and what looks to be an old castle/fortress albeit small. However - this is NOT a good place to visit on a weekend morning. We ... Read More
This is a very nice town with a lot to see. There is a large park in the middle of town with a large garden and what looks to be an old castle/fortress albeit small. However - this is NOT a good place to visit on a weekend morning. We arrived at 7am on Sunday and found nothing opened up until 12pm at which point we were already required to head back to the ship. I believe the ship set sail at 2pm. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We took a ship excursion in Vigo - scenic one - which had some nice stops - however, we were there on Sunday so the Columbus ship replica was closed. In Ponta Delgada we found an open bus near the port which cost 30 euros (or $45) and ... Read More
We took a ship excursion in Vigo - scenic one - which had some nice stops - however, we were there on Sunday so the Columbus ship replica was closed. In Ponta Delgada we found an open bus near the port which cost 30 euros (or $45) and seemed to take you same place as the ship's tour (which was $60) - however, it was too cool to be in an open bus that day. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2009
We had previously been to Vigo & therefore did not take a tour. We docked on a Sunday which meant it was quiet and most of the shops were closed. There was a shuttle provided from the ship to the city center. There was not much to ... Read More
We had previously been to Vigo & therefore did not take a tour. We docked on a Sunday which meant it was quiet and most of the shops were closed. There was a shuttle provided from the ship to the city center. There was not much to see , other than the harbor area bordered by a park . There was another park with a decorative fountain & some statues a few blocks from here. We went to a Mass at a nearby church and that was an experience! After 2 hours of shopping in the souvenir shops near this church, we returned to the ship. We docked at 8 AM and "all aboard " was at 2:30. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Vigo itself is a port city, which is relatively unexciting.  We took a ship's tour called, "Typical Galician Culture" and were not disappointed.  Visited the island of La Toja - beautiful weather and views, not much to the ... Read More
Vigo itself is a port city, which is relatively unexciting.  We took a ship's tour called, "Typical Galician Culture" and were not disappointed.  Visited the island of La Toja - beautiful weather and views, not much to the island itself.  Had a great empanada (Galicia region of Spain invented them!) and back to bus!  Went to a typical village in Galicia and saw charming streets and buildings.  Final stop was Granbazan vineyard and winery.  Great wine tasting (SKIP THE FIRE WATER! :))  Very great overview of the countryside. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Don't think we saw at it's best as it rained!  A few nice shops, but nothing to get excited about.  Ship did look after our children so we could get off in the rain, as it was not much fun for them.
Don't think we saw at it's best as it rained!  A few nice shops, but nothing to get excited about.  Ship did look after our children so we could get off in the rain, as it was not much fun for them. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
We went white water rafting which was great fun, however there is essential information which you are not informed of which is critical. You need to have your swimming attire on under your clothes as there is no changing rooms to get into ... Read More
We went white water rafting which was great fun, however there is essential information which you are not informed of which is critical. You need to have your swimming attire on under your clothes as there is no changing rooms to get into your wet suit on arrival. We all had to change on the coach and they didnt even seperate the changing times so women first etc and we were mixed.You also need to carry the large rafts down a difficult track to the river and its damn tricky.When finished you walk to a local bar and again have to undress and dry and get changed all together in the pool room underneath the bar. There is a toilet there though and take some euros so you buy a coffee in the bar. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
Vigo is by far the easiest port to do on your own if your not taking an excursion. The ship pretty much docks right next door to the shopping centre. There is enough to see and do for a couple of hours, both in the old town and some ... Read More
Vigo is by far the easiest port to do on your own if your not taking an excursion. The ship pretty much docks right next door to the shopping centre. There is enough to see and do for a couple of hours, both in the old town and some interesting shops in the shopping centre. Also worth nothing there was free wireless Internet in the port that you could just about reach outside on Deck 7 port side if you want to catch up on your mail. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
The city itself is quite ugly, with extensive road construction. A port in Portugal would have been a much better choice than Vigo. Not much to see in the city though they have a nice museum in an old palace. Our friends went to a ... Read More
The city itself is quite ugly, with extensive road construction. A port in Portugal would have been a much better choice than Vigo. Not much to see in the city though they have a nice museum in an old palace. Our friends went to a beautiful beach on a nearby island which they recommended. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2009
Get up early and got into the port and book a trip to the island for the beach we got there 10.30am and all tickets had sold out so got on a taxi for 7 euros for a ten min drive,good value,to the local beach.
Get up early and got into the port and book a trip to the island for the beach we got there 10.30am and all tickets had sold out so got on a taxi for 7 euros for a ten min drive,good value,to the local beach. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We were able to walk off the ship into Vigo and we then climbed to the gardens surrounding the ruined castle overlooking the harbour. Vigo is a tidy, but mainly workaday city with few facilities for the tourist (its economy seems to be ... Read More
We were able to walk off the ship into Vigo and we then climbed to the gardens surrounding the ruined castle overlooking the harbour. Vigo is a tidy, but mainly workaday city with few facilities for the tourist (its economy seems to be largely based on fishing), but the usual complement of shops, cafes and restaurants that you would find anywhere in Spain. There were excusions available to the surrounding countryside and Santiago de Compostela (at a price). Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
It was OK. We went a walk around the town then back to the ship It was raining
It was OK. We went a walk around the town then back to the ship It was raining Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2009
Vigo is very hilly , so if you have problems walking great distances like me you'll have problems. There is a shopping centre (mall) right next to the docks and if you walk up to the top and cross the road there is a little cafe ... Read More
Vigo is very hilly , so if you have problems walking great distances like me you'll have problems. There is a shopping centre (mall) right next to the docks and if you walk up to the top and cross the road there is a little cafe across the road that does the best coffee I have ever tasted. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Very interesting and we always take a taxi to El Cortes Ingles Department store downtown for spanish goodies.
Very interesting and we always take a taxi to El Cortes Ingles Department store downtown for spanish goodies. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
This was to see Santiago de Compostela which was very very busy with tour buses and visitors
This was to see Santiago de Compostela which was very very busy with tour buses and visitors Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We chose not to do an excursion in Vigo but were able to walk into the city as we were docked very close by. This is a lovely place - very clean and very, very pretty. Actually we actually enjoyed it as much as Lisbon, if not more. ... Read More
We chose not to do an excursion in Vigo but were able to walk into the city as we were docked very close by. This is a lovely place - very clean and very, very pretty. Actually we actually enjoyed it as much as Lisbon, if not more. Granted, it doesn't have the sailing background that Lisbon has, but it certainly was very nice. As in most European countries - a lot of the local shops lock up midday and stay closed for a long siesta. That was manageable though. Talked to some folks who did the wine excursion and said they loved it. Others did their own thing by hiring a car, taking a train, etc. and had no problems. Fortunately (or unfortunately lately), Vigo as well as Lisbon are on the Euro. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Vigo is a fishing village mostly noted for their seafood. It does not have much in the way of tourism, especially since our ship was there before tourist season, summer months, so there was no transportation out to the nearby islands and ... Read More
Vigo is a fishing village mostly noted for their seafood. It does not have much in the way of tourism, especially since our ship was there before tourist season, summer months, so there was no transportation out to the nearby islands and sanctuaries. Also available are boarder tours to the villages along the Spain-Portugal boarder. Our ship was in Vigo for twelve hours so we used the time to take the train to Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrimage site, where it is said that the remains St. James the apostle are interned. The train ride from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela took about 1.5 hours. The express train is faster, but note that it does requires a reservation and is a little more expensive, but not prohibitively. The walk to the Cathedral is an easy one but does require you to navigate a flight of stairs and a small incline to get to the there. The Pilgrim's Mass is at noon. Make sure you stay until the very end when they light the incense in the "Botafumeiro", a 225 pound silver incense burning hanging above the altar. Quite a show, especially when it has to be stopped from swinging. Read Less

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