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hgiroux1's Port Reviews of Athens (Piraeus), Cairo (Port Said), Rome (Civitavecchia)
MSC Splendida cruise in December 2009
Member Name: hgiroux1
Cruise Date: December 2009
Embarkation: Genoa
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: hgiroux1's MSC Splendida Review
Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Except for the garbage collectors being on strike, this was a marvelous visit for not having been there before. Take the cruise-sponsored tour.



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Cairo (Port Said)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Pyramids at Giza were awesome except for the persistent peddlers and camels, buffet lunch in Cairo was far better than anything on board ship, The National Museum in Cairo had the entire King Tut exhibit open, but some of the displays were poorly lit, poorly documented and less than professional with hand-written descriptions. Could have done without the obligatory stop at the papyrus store and the jewelry shop where our guide Muhamed probably got a little cut of the action.


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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Take the train to Rome from the port (cheaper), take the hop-on, hop-off bus tour around Rome. Did not wait in the 2-hour line to go into St. Peter's (been there, done that), be careful, the Coliseum closes at 3:30 this time of the year.



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