Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

There is a knack to finding the best bits of a location. Postcards! We have been making films and television for a while so we tend to approach new destinations the same way. To be frank it is similar to cruising, you are dropped in a new town, village, city, location and you have a set amount of time to do a job. As a cruiser you may have six or seven hours.

It is best to do some work before you travel, although that can be mis-leading. However each destination will have many wanting to show off it’s best features. If it does not have a number of people offering it, then it is either restricted access or there aren’t any places let. Some tours like the Angels and Demons tour in Rome do sell out well in advance, especially if there are two or more ships in Civitavecchia. So a quick way to look at what the town or city has to offer is to look at the obvious tours and we list tours at most destinations through Get Your Guide, as well as you having the connection to tours on your ship. If you are with P&O click here to go to your account.BOOK A SHIP ARRANGED CRUISE HERE – GO TO YOUR PERSONAL P&O CRUISE PLANNER HERE

The chat sites are also good to ask questions, like ‘do I walk round the town in Guadeloupe or go to the beach?’ The answer will probably come back, go to the beach, with useful suggestions. Chat sites have cruisers who want to share. We do not allowing moaning on Doris Visits chat sites, those are deleted. Join your ships chat site here

We have huge menus on practically every major popular cruise destination in the world, so check our destination page, and if we have a port missing, please suggest a great film and we will schedule it to be added. 

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If you arrive in town and you are just taking it easy, hit the tourist office first, then look at postcards. Postcards always show off the views and where to take the best pictures from. But, you can’t do that until you get there, so type the destination into Google and click the images button IMAGE BUTTON, the results for say Paris are obvious, the results for Cartagena are interesting. Now type in ‘Cartagena postcards’ and it is also interesting although not all the places are the Catagena you want, there is one in Columbo and we want Spain.

Now click the MAPS button in Google and the tours and pictures can all be considered on the map. Here is the first map offered for Cartagena.

Wikipedia takes some beating for information and links, far too much maybe, but you can often find interesting things. This is the page for Cartagena.

Between Wikipedia and the Tours on offer, and us at Doris Visits, you may have chosen somewhere to go. Now go to GOOGLE.COM/TRANSIT and type the port address in and the place you want to go, and it will show you the walk, the kind of terrain and if there is a bus or train route. Often, as with our films on Barcelona and Dubai, we show you how to use the tube and how easy it is to use the Metro. Google transit will give you options and a map to print. TIP . you can add multiple destinations, as we did in our Rome film, and drag the route to your chosen walk. In a city like Barcelona, remember the tube is there for locals to get to work, it is not a tourist aid. Therefore it does not suggest commercial places or places of interest. You need to find the place first, find what tube station it is near, and then the local tube map is an asset. It also tells you buses, arrival times and the length of travel.

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  1. Doris Visits Guides
  2. Get Your Guide Excursions
  3. Ship offered Excursions
  4. Wikipedia
  5. Ask on the relevant chat site

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