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kennbrandt's Port Reviews of Venice, Dubrovnik, Athens (Piraeus), Izmir, Palermo, Naples
Carnival Sunshine cruise in September 2013
Member Name: kennbrandt
Cruise Date: September 2013
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: kennbrandt's Carnival Sunshine Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Most interesting city I've ever been. No need for an excursion. Take the "People Mover" train for 1 Euro. Walk through the city and find a Gondalier for a ride (about 80 Euro). They don't sing, but the ride is unique and if you have enough people to share the bill, it is worth it. Lots of walking so wear good shoes.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Developing country. Will be on the Euro next year, but our cab driver took Euros from us for the fare. He took us around town for 50 Euros and spoke enough English to give us a guided tour of the entire city. The Old city is expensive. Avoid eating or shopping there if you can.

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Athens (Piraeus)
Acropolis Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

The walk up to the site is steep. It was very crowded and they were restoring most of it. There was scaffolding and men all around the site with power tools. It really detracted from the historical value of an ancient site when you hear jack hammers and sanders being used.

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Archaeological Site of Ephesus Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Too expensive and crowded for me. It was interesting and nice not to worry about transportation to and from the site. The crowds were so thick it was hard to keep up with the tour group. They took us to some mosque for some reason and to a carpet manufacturing place. This carpet place is a rip off. It is basically a sales picth for the company and the carpets are expensive. Carnival must get some sort of kick back from this vendor. Just stay on the bus.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

The port was actually Messina, but it's not listed on the drop down menu. We took a cab to Tourmina about 20 minutes away. Most shops are closed in Messina on a Sunday. You have to go to Tourmina to do anything. Lots of shops, a beach, and a view of Mt. Etna.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Took a sight seeing bus around town. An interesting city and historical places to see. It was very crowded on the bus and in town. Thank God we didn't have to drive on the streets. Crazy drivers. Careful crossing the street.

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Florence (Livorno)
Florence & Pisa Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Wasn't my cup of tea. The leaning tower of Pisa leans. Okay. Big deal. I could see that on a postcard. Florence was better. Shops, restaurants, and historical churches. Great if you like leather goods.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Probably the worse port. The French lived up to their reputations and were very rude especially if you don't speak French. It was not English friendly like the other ports. There is a lot of crime, but I understand they are trying to clean it up. There are some nice areas down by the waterfront, but don't stray too far away. We went a couple of blocks and found ourselves in a real bad area.

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