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klitz's Port Reviews of Santorini, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos, Naples
Celebrity Equinox cruise in September 2012
Member Name: klitz
Cruise Date: September 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: klitz's Celebrity Equinox Review
Santorini
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Santorini is a must see once in your lifetime. The walk up through the donkey dung path is not too bad. We had a blast renting ATVs and driving to Oia.

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Istanbul
Blue Mosque Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Big hollow building built >1,000 years after the Hagia Sophia.


City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Istanbul is a magnificent stop. Lots of exotic mix of eastern and western cultures. The Hagia Sophia is breathtaking. The Blue Mosque is OK, but was built 1,000 years after the Hagia Sophia and does not have nearly the history and engineering feats of the 6th century Hagia. We booked an all day tour with Ekol Travel (based in Kusadasi) and Aylin was superb. We did eat a very nice lunch at a courtyard cafe; the food was excellent but VERY expensive for lunch. For an added adventure, take the ferry over to Kadikoy; the evenings are bustling with cafes (try Ciya Sofrasi) and hordes of locals (always a good sign). Be sure to check the return ferry schedule before you depart.


Grand Bazaar Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Enormous array of shops. There are many intriguing specialty shops, although many of the shops sell the same junk. Bargain hard.


Hagia Sofia Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Breathtaking!


Topkapi Walking Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Very impressive. We found the Harem section worth the extra money.


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Kusadasi
Celsus Library Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Very nice Austrian re-construction of the original.


Ephesus Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Awe-inspiring


House of the Virgin Mary Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Whether it is or is not the actual House of Virgin Maqry, it is where the faithful (of which I am one) celebrate the exemplary and inspiring life of Mary. Many religious shrines may not be the actual spot of the claimed event, they are always where the events are celebrated.


Temple of Artemis Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Not much to see, but historically important.


Terrace Houses Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Extraordinary and very impressive


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Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Acropolis is impressive. Not much else n Athens. We took the hop-on-hop-off bus that took us everywhere we wanted to go.

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Mykonos
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful resort island. We took the city bus to Paradise Beach for 1 euro.

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Naples
Amalfi Coast Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Ravello is so very picturesque. Glad we saw it and can now skip a future trip to spend a week there. Once you see the breathtaking views, there isn't much else. I would much rather go to Cinque Terra to the north.


Herculaneum Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We skipped Naples city and went directly to Pempeii, then Ravello (Amalfi Coast), and Herculaneum (Ercolano). Busy day, but well worth it.

Not many tourists go to Herculaneum, but the houses and other buildings are much better preserved than Pompeii.


Pompeii Walking Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The audio self-tour was very good. We could go at our own pace (probably faster than most). Don't miss the directional marker on the main street pointing down the alley to the Lupanare (brothel). Loved the ancient fast-food stalls serving take-out.

NOTE: By booking our own transportation from ship, we arrived 15 min before opening and could experience Pompeii for an hour or more before the massive hordes of buses arrived. Quite a different experience before the tourists ruin the atmosphere.


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