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LadyReadingOxford's Port Reviews of Athens (Piraeus), Dubrovnik, Split, Venice, Corfu, Santorini
Norwegian Jade cruise in September 2013
Member Name: LadyReadingOxford
Cruise Date: September 2013
Embarkation: Athens (Piraeus)
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: LadyReadingOxford's Norwegian Jade Review
Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

We stayed in Piraeus and found it interesting. I had heard there was rioting in Athens that day and did not want to go, having been there before.



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Dubrovnik
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Very pleasant and easy to walk on your own. Climb the city walls if you are fit! 740 steps in all, it felt like 700 up and 40 down.


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Split
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+

Gorgeous, my favourite, great shopping and marble pavements, old ruins. I'd like to go back.



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Venice
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

A short bus ride from the ship, then a people carrier (overhead rail) to Piazzale Roma, then buy a ticket for the vaporetto, find the vaporetto stop (over the bridge, but there might have been one closer). We stayed on the vaporetto all the way to the Lido, seeing all the sights on the way, and found the Lido a less crowded charming place, lots of cafes for lunch. Bring your own guide book.



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Corfu
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Very pleasant to walk on your own.



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Santorini
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+

A very long queue for the cable car up to the town; so we queued for slightly less time for the donkeys. Quite scary, but inexpensive. Donkeys going up meet donkeys coming down, and if your donkey presses against the wall on your left too closely, your leg gets squashed. Rather smelly too from the dung, but all in all quite an experience. Cable car down was easier. Lovely little town, great shopping, great restaurants.



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Mykonos
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Rather more concrete architecture than Santorini, but pleasant enough and good shopping, lots of jewellery.



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Katakolon (Olympia)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Did not bother with Olympia, though my husband went on his own. I took the little local toy train to the winery (Mercouri, nice wine tasting, but not much to see) and to the beach, a very charming ride.



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