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prinsjh's Port Reviews of Izmir, Istanbul, Mykonos, Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia)
Norwegian Spirit cruise in September 2013
Member Name: prinsjh
Cruise Date: September 2013
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: prinsjh's Norwegian Spirit Review
Izmir
Archaeological Site of Ephesus Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

The tour of Ephesus was good (not great). NCL, like other cruise lines, arrange for tours through the local or national tour agencies. This was the Turkish tourism tour (Tura Turizm). The guide was OK but had a thick accent and was difficult to understand. The site itself was interesting but didn't hold some of the significance and mystery of some other ancient ruins.




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Istanbul
Blue Mosque Rating: Not Rated

Very crowded. Bring a scarf you can cover your head and wear socks so your feet are covered entering the mosque.




City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Just part of the tour as you made your way from the port to the major sights.




Grand Bazaar Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

This is really phenomenal. If you are a shopper, this is not to be missed. Thousands of stalls and vendors everywhere you stroll.




Hagia Sofia Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Just FABULOUS!! Our tour guide took us there at the end of day so we were able to really admire and view the beautiful architecture and decor.




Topkapi Walking Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

All the sites listed were on our NCL shore excursion. We decided to upgrade to the "exclusive classic Istanbul" which was well worth the price difference. There were only 13 of us with one guide in a minivan. The minivan was able to manuever aroung many traffic snarls. Our guide, Jasmine, was very informative and made the tour interesting and most enjoyable. She again was from the Turkish Tourism agency and just fabulous. She interacted with all the passengers and made for the best tour on the cruise. Lunch at the terrace level of a local hotel near the Grand Bazaar was delicious. It is very crowded in Istanbul now that many of the cruise lines have rerouted to Turkey instead of Eqypt. It is best of find a small group to tour the city. This particular excursion is one of the best I have ever experienced.




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Mykonos
Port Rating: Not Rated

Fun day in port. Walked around town (very easy). Found a good seaside restaurant to have lunch.



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Naples
Amalfi Coast Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Just beautful ride along the Amalfi coast. We had upgraded to the "exclusive Amalfi tour" so we were in a minivan which made for a more covenient and accessible tour in these small towns.




Pompeii Walking Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

The was a fabulous tour. Guide was very informative. Pompeii is a huge archeological site. You only cover a small section. Very interesting and well worth the visit.




Positano Walking Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Tour takes you into Positano for a morning visit. Very cute town but quite commercial.




Sorrento Rating: Not Rated

Loved this town. Much bigger than Positiano but vibrant, clean, and interesting. Tour included visit to wood inlay furniture demo and shop. No hard sell which was nice. Time to stroll the shopping area. Many cute shops. GREAT lunch at the Htoel Mediterraneo on the outskirts of town. Meal was delicious with an absolutely phenomenal view. We had upgraded to this tour as it was the only one NCL offered which included Positano. I preferrred Sorrento but am not sure if we would have dined at the same place for lunch on a larger tour.




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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Etruscan tour Rating: 2.0 out of 5+

We had both been to Rome recently so decided to do an alternate excursion. Not worth doing in my mind. After seeing the ruins of Pompeii and Athens this was a huge letdown. Tarquinia was not particularly interesting and we would have been better off choosing another tour.




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Florence (Livorno)
Lucca Walking Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

We had both been to Florence so decided to try an alternate tour. Lucca was just a delightful small city. Had a great tour guide and enjoyed the time off to just stroll the streets and have a fabulous lunch at Tosca near the Puccini staute.




Pisa Walking Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

This was a fabulous site. You do have to hike from the parking lot into town but well worth it. Tour guide was great. We loved seeing the basilica, baptisery and Leaning Tower, of course. Many times to Italy but never to Pisa. Thought the small city was fantastic and really enjoyed seeing this iconic place.




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