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discerningedinburgh's Port Reviews of Venice, Kotor, Split, Dubrovnik, Bari, Taormina (Messina)
Celebrity Silhouette cruise in July 2012
Member Name: discerningedinburgh
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: discerningedinburgh's Celebrity Silhouette Review
Venice
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We took the 'shuttle boat' transfer altho' more expensive than the local transport, it's regular and convenient. We explored the back streets of the Rialto district, the food market is spectacular, Cantina Del Mori is one of the oldest tiny bars in Venice and enjoyed a glass of wine & nibbles at 11.30am ! (I know)...and then lunch at The Bancogiro which is a fabulous bistro with outside tables and reasonably priced. Venice is a must do!

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Kotor
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Montenegro is stunning, Kotor is a 'small' Dubrovnik with even more dramatic scenery. We wasted time with a mountain tour on a 25 hairpin bend road & a mediocre stop at a 'ham smokehouse' - wouldn't recommend this as Kotor has plenty to offer for the day with beautiful shops, cafes & restaurants.
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Split
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Could have lived without Split - I'd recommend you take an excursion to somewhere more scenic.

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Dubrovnik
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Dubrovnic is stunning - do it. spend the day walking around within the walls, exploring the symetrical alleyways, beautiful shops, lovely cafes. No need for an excursion.

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Bari
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Bari is an industrial city of 650,000 people. The Shops are typical of any big city world wide. Nothing spectacular here. If you're going to get off here take an excursion elsewhere.

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Taormina (Messina)
City Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We docked in Catania & took the excursion to Taormina which has to be one of the most beautiful little towns in Italy/Scicily. Very upmarket, individual boutiques, lots of local oil, honey, wine, salt - great gifts. Fantastic cafes. Views of Mt. Etna. Truly spectacular.


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Malta (Valletta)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
It was very hot in Valletta and it's quite a walk from the port so we hopped on a 'horse & cart' which was pricey at 60 Euros but it's an hour long tour with an interesting commentary from our driver and meant we saw more of Valletta than we would have done on foot. The shops are a tad 'British' with Marks & Spencers etc...but overall it's a lovely port - next time tho' we'll take the excursion to Medina.

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Naples
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Our 2nd time in Naples, and we've 'done' Sorrento on a previous holiday so had planned to do Pompeii but cancelled due to the heat (93)...so we walked off the ship and in 5 minutes found the 'upmarket' shopping area in Naples, enjoyed coffee, cake and wandering around.

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