Kusadasi was excellent. We were very impressed with Turkey, and it was very easy to organise independent travel to visit nearby Ephesus at a price considerably cheaper than the organised tour from the ship. For 100 Euros (divided between 4 people), we hired a brand new yellow taxi from the gates of the port who took us to Ephesus, and the taxi driver was very friendly.
Rhodes was another lovely port of call. We had a lovely time wandering through the mediaeval streets of Rhodes, having time to have a relaxed lunch before heading back to the ship. Very unrushed! Perfect!
Unfortunately, Limassol was the most disappointing stop on the cruise. We only had a limited time in Cyprus - roughly, 6 hours - which gave us time only to take the shuttle bus from the ship into the centre of Limassol. Unfortunately, Limassol is a working town and not really geared for tourists, and we found it drab and uninteresting.
I'm sure Cyprus is a very exciting island. So we would recommend that either RCL docks its ships at a different Cypriot port to Limassol, or extend the length of time so that passengers have an opportunity to explore Cyprus beyond Limassol.
Oh boy! Egypt. What an experience! Although our 1-day excursion organised by the ship to see the pyramids in Cairo was not cheap (at $175 per person), we derived excellent value-for-money because we had a sensational tour-guide called Manal on our bus. Although a native Egyptian, she spoke fluent, educated English, and she gave us a wealth of information ranging from the history of ancient Egypt right through to the sociological and enviromental pressures facing modern-day Egypt. Her obvious enthusiasm for Egypt was very infectious, and we really enjoyed our day. During our trip, we visited the following sites:
- the pyramids and Sphynx at Giza - the pyramids at Saccara - Rameses II statue at Memphis - the Papyrus Institute in Cairo.
Majorca is a very pleasing island, and we would like to return there to explore it more at leisure. I opted for a mountain biking excursion organised by the ship. Although it was great fun (and, be warned, we got wet and muddy!), I felt the price charged for the excursion was a little excessive at $95 per person. We only mountain-biked for a grand total of three hours, and there was no lunch provided. I think a charge of $50 per person might be more reasonable.