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tvirgil1012's Port Reviews of Marseille, Florence (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Dubrovnik, Venice
Carnival Breeze cruise in June 2012
Member Name: tvirgil1012
Cruise Date: June 2012
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: tvirgil1012's Carnival Breeze Review
Marseille
City Tour Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Marseille was not that great of a city. It was definitely probably the worst out of all our stops. The train ride throughout town was just okay. Pretty sights, but it was just an easy way to get to the top of the hill. Not much to do in Marseille.


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Florence (Livorno)
City Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This was by far one of our best tours with Sunflower Tours. It was worth every penny. we were picked up promptly at Livorno port and driven to Florence. Here we were dropped off right by The Duomo and told we could walk around. We did this and then were taken to Accademia and the company had reserved tickets for us. We went right in upon our reservation time (beating many who were waiting in line). We saw David and then headed to Ponte Vecchio. We then went to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is a must! We then were driven to a Tuscany Winery, here we went on a tour of the winery, and then had lunch and wine tasting. It was a GREAT time and will be remembered forever. Then he drove us through Tuscany to Pisa. Once in Pisa, we were given time to walk around and enjoy the area there. We were then dropped off at the boat. It was a GREAT time!


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Rome (Civitavecchia)
City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was a great day! We were picked up at our port which is about an hour from Rome, here we were led to the Roman Forum and dropped off for time there and then the Colosseum. We did this on our own which was nice and then we headed to Trevi Fountain. We stayed here for a little bit while throwing our coin in. Then we headed to lunch, which was a really nice place to eat. Then we headed to Vatican City. We got the Vatican tour guide which was SO NICE and helpful and highly recommended. I cannot imagine just walking through those museums by myself not knowing what is going on. We went into Sistine Chapel and then St. Peter's Basilica. We then got back in the comfortable van and headed back to the port.


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Naples
Port Rating: Not Rated
This was actually the Salerno port, but it is not listed. This port was awful and it was the first time for Carnival. We were told we could walk to catch a taxi, but the port did not allow this. The shuttle bus was a mix up as well. Just not a good thing to start the day. We ended up taking a ferry to Amalfi and bus to Ravello. It was easy....but just ruined the day kind of at the beginning.

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Dubrovnik
Sea Kayaking Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We really enjoyed the sea kayaking excursion, however, it said it would last 4 hours and only lasted 2.5 hours. This was disappointing because we had sea kayaked to this cave area and were told we only had a half hour to swim. If they would have given us more time to swim, that would have been nice. The sea kayaking was fun and neat. You will be tired but it is definitely doable. Then we walked around the city for lunch and headed back to the boat. GORGEOUS water here though.


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Venice
Gondola Ride Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We also did a Gondola Ride here that was just by Hard Rock Cafe. This was an excellent ride, prices go up after 7pm---so either catch it before or if you don't care it is only 20 Euros more. We had an EXCELLENT time. It took us by Rialto bridge as the sun was setting. It was very romantic. I do recommend them at this location compared to the ones by St. Mark's---they def charge way more.


City Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
This was a great tour to have this day as Italy public transportation was on strike, therefore, the only water boats going to these islands that day were personal ones or excursions. This was an okay excursion, it was nice to go these three islands, however, we had little time to each island to really explore. Torcello was the hardest one, they gave us 40 minutes, it is about a 10 minute walk to the actual part you explore. Once there, everything costs money to go in. We didn't think it made sense to pay to go into something we couldn't stay at for awhile. Murano was neat and Burano was really pretty. We probably could have used more time at Murano as well.


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