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maddersmcmonkey14's Port Reviews of Cannes, Florence (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Venice
Serenade of the Seas cruise in August 2012
Member Name: maddersmcmonkey14
Cruise Date: August 2012
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: maddersmcmonkey14's Serenade of the Seas Review
Cannes
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
A pleasant first stop. Water shuttle to shore was free and organisation was good. There was a nice beach, although very busy, and we enjoyed spending a few relaxed hours looking around.

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Florence (Livorno)
Leaning Tower of Pisa Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
30 - 45 minute coach journey followed by fairly long walk if you visit Pisa, but worth it. The square where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is located is beautiful and full of history! our tour guide was fantastic and really knows her stuff. There is a massive queue to go up the tower because they only let people in in small numbers but I strongly suggest popping into the Baptistery on the half hour, because every half hour a an comes and sings a few notes to show you the amazing eight echoes. It sounds like a beautiful choir harmony! Looking around the town of Pisa itself isn't as interesting and you could visit Florence as well as or instead of Pisa.


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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Rome is amazing, but as we have been three times, we took advantage of a quiet ship and stayed on board.

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Naples
Pompeii Walking Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Again, our tour guide was fantastic. We went to Pompeii, but other options were Capri and Naples etc. It was a fascinating place for all ages with moving stories, and the theater and mosaics are rather in tact and are fascinating, as are the bodies preserved in ash from the eruption. Not too much walking from where we parked to the ruins, and was thoroughly worth it. Such an amazing lost civilization.


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Venice
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Definitely our favourite port! Approaching Venice down the Grand Canal was absolutely stunning, but make sure you find a good viewing spot nice and early! What you see on the post card is what you get; we went into Venice at night and also in the daytime and we were blown away by it's beauty, appreciated by the children, too. Lots of lovely places to eat, especially down the traditional side pedestrian alleys, although Gondola prices are very high. It was 80 euros for the basic ride (per Gondola, not per person)and 110 for something further.

Two words of warning: make sure you take note of where your pontoon is, and be careful not to slip on the marble-edged bridges!

OUR NEXT PORT was Ravenna, but as it is not listed, I will quickly review it here. The ship charges rather a lot for a coach to a beach a few miles away, but there is a beach within meters from the port. Admittedly not the best or most clean beach, but there were lots of shells, muscles, crabs and fish that the children loved looking at.

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Dubrovnik
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
A beautiful city. The currency takes a bit of getting used to but we took a taxi to the old part of the city, and it was well worth the visit. The Croatian staff were rather hostile and don't like children picking things up, even if they are taking it to the till to buy it! But there are lots of fantastic buildings and as it happened, a fantastic street band playing. Such a great atmosphere and a great port to end on a high.

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