The second stop on our Mediterranean cruise was Monte Carlo, Monaco. I had read that we would be able to see the city from the ship but I wasn’t prepared for the site that lay before me as arrived on deck for breakfast. It was beautiful, especially the very large yacht next to our ship. The only day it rained on our vacation was in Monaco. The one regret I have is that I didn’t get to do any shopping. By the time we got back to Monaco after Eze Village, we were soaked and all we wanted to do was get back to the ship and take a nice warm shower.
I found Monte Carlo to be clean and beautiful. The buses were fairly easy to find and the town easy to navigate. If you love shopping, you will absolutely love Monaco.
Here is the yacht I referenced above.
How would you like to eat breakfast here?
See those dark clouds? Yep, we’re going to get rain !
Here is what the port looks like.
This is to the right of the port
Walking the distance from the ship's dock to the bus stop was fairly easy but, Monaco is mountainous. There are many stairs or steep inclines so do your research so you will know where the free, elevators (lifts) and escalators are located.
Hands down, the best guide to the cruise port in Monaco is Toms Port Guide. He has actual photos with information to guide you. PRINT the information you need and carry it with you. Have it in your hands when you leave the ship and it will make navigating the port much easier.
We walked to the first bus stop (princess) and caught the bus to another stop. From the second stop, we took the bus that carried us to Eze Village. There is information at the first bus stop that will tell you which bus to take. I believe we took bus 112 but you will want to do your research for the most current information.
I can't say this enough, if you are unsure if you are on the correct bus, ask someone! Many times we were unsure if we were on the correct bus or in the correct bus line so we asked people around us. There is usually someone in the group that will be able to help you.
Language in Monaco
The language in Monaco is French, but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in Monaco
The currency in Monaco is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Tourist Information There are two tourists offices near the port. Toms Port Guide has great photos showing their location so be sure to check it out.