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Blighty770's Port Reviews of Santorini, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Naples
Celebrity Equinox cruise in August 2012
Member Name: Blighty770
Cruise Date: August 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: Blighty770's Celebrity Equinox Review
Santorini
Oia Village Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Informative tour, with a wine tasting stop en route to Oia. Too little time in Oia, but it was far too hot to really think about it too much.

Great to be the first to disembark. Ship tendered us directly to where the coaches were waiting, so we weren't in the scorching heat for very long.

Had a terrific lunch in Fira on our own, and enjoyed the fast cable car journey back to the port.


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Istanbul
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Incredible place with so much beauty and history. Enjoyed most the visit to the Underground Cistern, which is a bit off the beaten path, but worth the visit. Loved the spice market and Grand Bazaar, and really enjoyed wandering around Istanbul during the last day of Ramadan. People were incredibly friendly and helpful.

Terrific tram system with easy to use jeton system (2 turkish lira a ride). Avoid the major mosques and stop in at the mosque near the port, as it is unexpectedly beautiful and serene.

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Kusadasi
Ephesus Rating: Not Rated
Tour took place on the day that Ephesus was observing the last day of Ramadan. This meant that the ruins at Ephesus were not open until 1.30pm, despite our tour being booked for 10.30am.

Our guide, Melissa, was terrific and helped us to juggle the day with an added visit to the House of the Virgin Mary. She was very knowledgeable and informative through the trip to Ephesus.


House of the Virgin Mary Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Very crowded site, with an unbelievably small chapel built over the site of the house which was found. Look out for the wall with the prayers written on paper and in cloth. Very moving.


Terrace Houses Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Very good tour, despite a slight snafu with the last day of Ramadan being observed on the day we docked. This meant that the site of Ephesus was not open until 1.30pm, and our trip was booked to begin at 10.30am.

Thanks to our guide, Melissa, who managed to get us to the House of the Virgin Mary for an impromptu visit, and then was a terrific guide through the ruins at Ephesus and the Terrace Houses, which are impressive.


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Mykonos
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Lovely little port. Shuttle bus from ship into the old town. Nice wandering through the little alleyways. Terrific lunch at Katerina's. Amazing melted feta dish with tomatos.

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Naples
Pompeii Walking Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Friendly guide, Guido, very hot site. Obligatory cameo shop visit and limoncello tasting.

Site itself is massive and we could have used 2-3 hours to wander the site and explore, but only had about 90 minutes. Would love to return on our own and explore properly.


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