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HickoryShampoo's Port Reviews of Taormina (Messina), Athens (Piraeus), Kusadasi, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos
Celebrity Equinox cruise in November 2012
Member Name: HickoryShampoo
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: HickoryShampoo's Celebrity Equinox Review
Taormina (Messina)
City Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Walking tour with lunch at a restaurant.


Mount Etna Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Loved it! Geology geeks rejoice! A bit of a long drive if combined with a city tour in Taormina and if docked in Messina.


City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Nice walking tour with lunch at a restaurant. Quaint, Italian seaside village.


Teatro Greco Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Well preserved.


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Athens (Piraeus)
Acropolis Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Very nice and tidy. Totally unlike the rest of Athens we saw. Athens is a dump!


Temple of Olympian Zeus Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Under renovation. Lots of scaffolding up.


The Plaka Walking Tour Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
After seeing what we'd seen of Athens, no one wanted to get off the bus! Just take us back to the ship.


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Kusadasi
Basilica of St. John Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Might have been nicer had it not been raining.


Carpet Weaving Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Carpets are nice, but not worth the thinly-veiled sales pitch. Utter waste.


Celsus Library Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Very cool to see the restored facade.


Ephesus Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
DO NOT MISS!


Terrace Houses Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Absolute DO NOT MISS.


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Rhodes
City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was comprehensive.


Grand Master Palace Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Very cool to see if not too crowded. Lots of nice artwork (mosaics, sculptures, etc)


Rhodes Old Town Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Nice little area. Compact enough to not be too far.


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Santorini
Island Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Part of the private car we hired. Took us everywhere we wanted to go.


Oia Village Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Part of the private car we hired. She dropped us off and we met later. Just what we wanted.


Island Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Hired a private car, because all the cruise tours involved wine and none involved the beaches. Took us to red sand beach near Akrotiri and black sand beach at Perissa. Also took us to Oia, then back to Fira. Booked via internet, but can't remember the site.


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Mykonos
Island of Delos Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
A must see at Mykonos. Only thing, if you don't like shopping.


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Naples
Mt. Vesuvius Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The hike to the top nearly killed me, but still not to be missed.


Pompeii Walking Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Very knowledgeable guide and a great experience.


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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Rome on Your Own Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Too much to list. Too much to see in one day. Must stay 3 days, minimum.


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