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letsholiday's Port Reviews of Venice, Bari, Katakolon (Olympia), Santorini, Athens (Piraeus), Corfu
MSC Fantasia cruise in August 2013
Member Name: letsholiday
Cruise Date: August 2013
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: letsholiday's MSC Fantasia Review
Venice
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Lots to do. A bit tricky getting around if you have children but a nice way to spend a few hours.



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Bari
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Lovely port and nice to stroll around if you haven't taken an excursion. Some nice photo opportunities.


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Katakolon (Olympia)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

An okay port if you want to take a stroll. Lots of little shops for some souvenirs. We took a little train which went took us up to a small hotel where there was a bar and a small cove for bathing. The water here was crystal clear and I wish we had taken our swimming costumes.

We did debate booking an excursion here to go to Olympia. There was a coach at the port offering return travel to Olympia for 10 euro. It seemed a very nice coach and the guides were respectfully dressed so it seemed genuine enough.



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Santorini
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

A very very busy little port but also gorgeous. We took the cable car up and strolled around the narrow alleys with the shops which are fabulous. However, there was also another two ships docked and it was very very crowded and the cue for the cable car back down was huge. We waited for about half an hour but it was very well organised and it was partially in the shade so no worries with the children being out too long in the sun.

I would love to go back here when its no so busy.



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Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+

Did not like this port one bit. We got off the ship and din't take the excursions (not really worth it when travelling with two small kids). We decided to take a walk into the town but got about 200 metres up the road, decided it looked all a bit grotty and went back to the ship. Maybe had we carried out it would have got better but we met another family who had made it into the town and they said it was just as bad. I would definitely recommend an excursion is travelling here or alternatively have a ship day whilst its quiet!



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Corfu
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Lovely time in Corfu. We got the MSC organised shuttle into town and on reflection wished we had just got a taxi. Its very expensive! Lots of nice shops to visit and stroll around at leisure.



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