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WichitaCruiser's Port Reviews of Dubrovnik, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Split, Taormina (Messina), Malta (Valletta)
Celebrity Silhouette cruise in June 2012
Member Name: WichitaCruiser
Cruise Date: June 2012
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: WichitaCruiser's Celebrity Silhouette Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took the city bus (a 5 minute walk from the ship) to the old town (Pile Gate), went to see the multi-media city history overview just inside the Pile Gate, then bought tickets and walked half-way around the old walls. We walked down to the old port, had some gelato (yum!) and then took a 15 Euro, 45 minute boat tour. We walked some more in the old town, then took the city bus back to the ship.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Orvieto Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Stefano gave us (4 CC couples) a great tour of Hadrian's Villa, Villa D'Este and Tivoli, in a comfortable van.

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Herculaneum Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Herculaneum was a 5, but the tour guide a 2--we couldn't hear him, the crowd was too big, and his English was difficult to understand. It was also VERY hot. We've done Pompeii and Amalfi Coast before--both outstanding trips.

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Walking Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Caught a tour on the pier -- bus around city then walking through old city. We then walked through the open air market. Everything was very reasonably priced.

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Taormina (Messina)
Mount Etna Rating: Not Rated
Must do from Catania.

City Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Great day, seeing Mt Etna, the beautiful town of Taormina, and ending the day swimming at a private beach in the Med, with 3 other CC couples.

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Malta (Valletta)
Tarxien Temples Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Took city bus to Paoli, the did Temples on our own. They had printed info in English.

City Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Pre-booked Hypogeum on-line before leaving home. (They only allow 80 people in a day) Took the city bus there and back. Amazing! Also did a HOHO bus we found as soon as we got off of the ship.

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Doge's Palace Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Bought ticket at Corer Museum on St Mark's square (interesting, not crowded), then skipped long, long line for Doge's Palace. Self tour at Doge's - there are signs in English explaining each of the rooms. Lots of history, architecture, and art.

Murano Island Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Caught a tour given by one of the glass houses - 15 Euro pp for round trip private water taxi ride, tour, glassblowing demo, and tour of their numerous showrooms.

St. Mark's Square Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Had a 24 Euro! Bellini on the square at a historic cafe, listing to chamber music and people-watching.

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