October 16, 2018.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
We will be in port from 8 am until 10 pm.
Monaco is a tiny little place. The only country that is smaller is the Vatican. The problem is that it’s built pretty much on a cliff. But it’s a rich tiny little place, so they’ve put a lot of public elevators all over the place, which is the good news. The bad news is that they appear to be relatively hard to locate. There aren’t big signs pointing you to them. But there’s some more good news. I have a handy-dandy little map with all the elevators and escalators marked.
It appears that the must-see stuff includes a large oceanographic center (formerly run by Jacques Cousteau, so you know we gotta. . .), the palace itself, and of course, the casino.
They charge you € 10 just to walk into the casino and you have to be dressed “appropriately” and present your passport, so we’ll probably pass on that. But certainly we’ll go there and goggle at the Rolls Royces outside.
My main concern here is making sure that along about noon, we are close to port so we can go back on the ship for lunch. There is no need to pay Monte Carlo prices to eat a meal when there is a free one on the ship. We have a long time in port, until well after dark, so we can always have a latish lunch and then go back into town and come back to a latish dinner. This, of course, is almost certainly “the plan” of half the people on board.
Some folks will use Monte Carlo as a port simply to access someplace else, perhaps Nice. The thing is that some cruise ships dock in Nice, and those passengers take excursions to. . .Monte Carlo. So I think we’ll stay in Monaco.
As you can see, we really liked the aquarium. We’ve been to them before, including the really nice one in Alaska, but this was pretty fabulous.
We never made it to the casino. The weather was very iffy and the aquarium ate up much of the day.