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Rotenmutts's Port Reviews of Dubrovnik, Corfu, Katakolon (Olympia), Santorini, Mykonos, Kusadasi
Crown Princess cruise in September 2012
Member Name: Rotenmutts
Cruise Date: September 2012
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: Rotenmutts's Crown Princess Review
Dubrovnik
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Pretty place as we have been there before but this was a Sunday and only one other ship was in. What a zoo. Don't take the ship's buses. The city's bus station is just outside the gate and even a taxi for 2 is cheaper than those overcrowded buses.

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Corfu
Monastery of the Virgin Mary Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Overcrowded (45 people) bus which started before the sun came up went to the other side of Corfu and then to Old Town for a few hours. Monastery was really interesting but I was reminded why I hate ship's tours.


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Katakolon (Olympia)
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Sadly they replaced Rhodes with this place. Unless you want to pay a lot to see the original "Olympic field" then tacky shopping is all you have in this little place.

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Santorini
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Get off early-this place can get crowded but it is drop dead gorgeous. Forget the tours. Take a cable car up 2000' and head to Oia for the early morning. The views are unreal with their white exterior on the edge of the Caldera cliffs. The belvedere walks in Fira are stunning. The food and wine are excellent. Only problem was getting down, with 3 ships anchored in the volcano, the lineup at the gondola down was a bit long so we took the donkey. Don't buy a round trip on the gondola because the donkeys are only a euro more but may save you an hours wait. At the duty free near the tender at the bottom on the way back you can pick up a bottle or two of Santorini's fabulous wine. No kidding, this place makes one of the finest whites in Europe at a very reasonable 6.5 euros.

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Mykonos
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Its like Santorini without the scenery. The usual bus ripoff. Cute little town so try to make it through Little Venice to the windmills and relax at a cafe for a bit.

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Kusadasi
Ephesus Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The tour was fabulous as was Ephesus itself. This tour was half the cost of the ship's and returned in plenty of time. Last time (6 years ago) we took the ship's tour with 45 of our closest friends but this time with a small bus and only 8 other people we saw so much more and the guide was a real professional. SO MUCH BETTER. Pretty little town too and very safe.


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Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We've been here before and just about killed ourselves to see all the great sites you must see once because you figure you will never be back. This time we arrived on 'free museum' day so spent our time browsing the some great museums. There is one with Greece's best bronzes within waking distance of the port in Piraeus.

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Naples
Sorrento Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Naples is a bit of a grubby city and the great Archeological Museum was closed on Tuesdays but a quick train ride to Sorrento or high-speed ferry is worth the trip to this beautiful little cliff side town. Lots of interesting shops and cafes. Pompeii is the usual attraction here and should not be missed but avoid ship's tours here too because they are awful.


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