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firstcarib's Port Reviews of Venice, Kotor, Athens (Piraeus), Istanbul, Mykonos, Kusadasi
Nieuw Amsterdam cruise in August 2012
Member Name: firstcarib
Cruise Date: August 2012
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: firstcarib's Nieuw Amsterdam Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Stunning..but do NOT try to manoeuvre large cases thru Venice! Pre or post cruise a hotel near the cruise port. Lots of steps on those dinky looking bridges make it arduous with baggage. Best advice is to get transfers to or from ship if you do not plan to stay over.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Great scenery as you approach.need to be on deck or in Crows Nest! Sweet place, free wifi in hotels.
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Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Looking very rundown...lots of graffiti & closed shops. Hot, long queues for Acropolis. Good HOHO bus tour. DIY trip....get on at Piraeus, change buses at Acropolis.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Fantastic city...lots to see. Need more time than we we need to return. Busy, so can get stick in traffic. We saw fantastic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia & Topkapi Palace. Missed Cisterns,Spice Market & Grand Bazaar due to not enough time. Next visit will def go on Bosphorus Cruise...others said was great.

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Port Rating: Not Rated
Couldn't get there, sea too rough! Saw windmills from ship...need to go back! Extra day in Kusadasi instead.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We didn't go to Ephesus as we've been before...but if you haven't been there, do's awesome! Kusadasi as a resort is ok...just too much hassle from shopkeepers trying to sell casts/diamonds. Put us off even looking at anything.

Bar in marina very expensive! But beautiful sunset, so perhaps worth it.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Stunning! Needed more time there. Huge queues for cable cars! Only 2 ships in..must be dreadfu queuing in the heatl if there are more! We avoided that, & avoided the mules (pooh!) & took a boat straight to Oia. Office is just by the queues...(Dakoutros bros.) Once off the boat, their Minibus takes you from Ammoudi port up to Oia. What a beautiful place, we will return was not long enough to get lunch there, just coffees...pity. Back on minibus, then boat back to Fira port. Some then braved the mules upto Fira town..we went back to the ship...nothing in the town of Fira could be better than Oia?

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Pleasant place...mainly for Diocletians Palace & to see a 3000 yr old Sphinx without travelling to Egypt! Good to have a coffee on the steps of the Luxor Hotel, right in front of the palace, & imagine how many feet have trodden those steps over the years! Lovely sea views on the coast of Croatia...a very pleasant way to enjoy a glass of wine or two on our balcony!

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