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Arelny's Port Reviews of Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia), Florence (Livorno)
Grandeur of the Seas cruise in July 2012
Member Name: Arelny
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: Arelny's Grandeur of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
A gem of a stop. Actually, we arrived early, and spent a night over in Venice before boarding our ship. It would be criminal not to spend time here.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Took the ship's shuttle bus to Dubrovnik. An interesting walled city with plenty to see.
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Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Another walled city, but pales in comparison to Dubrovnik. Totally forgettable, not as clean, nor as charming. We struggled to spend 2 hours here before heading back to the ship out of boredom. Many of our shipmates felt the same.

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Pompeii Walking Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Another must see attraction. The tour was definitely a plus because you could more fully appreciate what you were seeing, and the tour expedited your entry into the site.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We decided to see Rome on our own terms, walk the streets, see what we wanted. The shuttle bus took us from the ship to the gates of the port city of Civitevechhia, and we took a train from there to the San Pietro Station, near the Vatican. The trip was less than an hour each way.

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Florence (Livorno)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Actually didn't go to Florence. From the port city of La Spezia, we took a boat ride to a couple of towns in Cinque Terre, walked between a couple of them on an elevated seaside walkway. Then took the train back to La Spezia, jumped on another and saw Pisa. A lot accomplished in a day.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Marseilles is a bit of a sleeper. Much better than expected. We rented a car and drove into Provence. Also hopped the Marseilles Metro, and did a bit of shopping.

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