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Germany to displace UK in cruise market

@suehutch If you are referring to Brazil then as cruzeroqueen mentioned, an inexpensive way to do this is on an MSC Cruises re-positioning cruise. They have ships going across at the end of the season here, around October/November, then coming back March/April. It’s usually around a 16 day trip. You sail one way and fly the other.

The ships usually sail from or to their home port of Genoa but MSC will arrange UK flights and will also arrange a few extra days in Brazil with hotels and transfers so you can get the whole package from them. However, these trips are very popular and booked up well in advance as there are only a few each year.

Just need to bear in mind that flights between Heathrow and Genoa go from T3 but Brazil flights are from T5. Also sometimes MSC uses Gatwick for the Genoa flights (to Nice then by road) so need to be flexible about getting to and from the airport.

would love to see all the major attractions and enjoy the sunshine

Wow, according to the website, this thread has had over 250,000 views!

Not only are the Germans after the sun beds, they want to take over the Forum

Amazing…. beautiful scenery…x

lindat4683 wrote:

21:53 29-Aug-16

I would love to visit Christ the redeemer in Brazil my father talked about it just before he died he said it was just magnificent

Hi @lindat4683,

I have visted it three times, and never tire of it – it IS magnificent. A comparatively cheap way to see it, is as part of a repositioning cruise from Italy to Brazil, which often has a 3 day stay in Rio tagged on at the end.

Cheers, Gill

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

I would love to visit Christ the redeemer in Brazil my father talked about it just before he died he said it was just magnificent

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Might even get China into the equation sometime in the future me thinks


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The rock at Gibraltar is definitely worth a visit. You can use the cable car to get up there, but it is possible to walk it if very fit. We did find that the signposting is very poor and lost our way trying to get from St Michael’s cave to the tunnels. Most people are taken round the rock by minibus but we walked. You definitely feel like second class citizens up there as the buses race past you and you dive for safety.

Do take some food and drink with you as there are only two eating places – at St. Michael’s cave and at the top of the cable car.

We ended up being very hot, dehydrated and starving as we thought there would be several eating places and there weren’t!

In desperation we climbed up a steep gradient to get back to the top of the cable car and sustenance. We had to navigate our way round quite a few monkeys on the narrow steps up – a rather hairy experience!!


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