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DG7620's Port Reviews of Katakolon (Olympia), Jerusalem (Ashdod), Haifa, Izmir, Athens (Piraeus)
Costa Pacifica cruise in March 2011
Member Name: DG7620
Cruise Date: March 2011
Embarkation: Civitavecchia
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: DG7620's Costa Pacifica Review
Katakolon (Olympia)
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
This was a five hour stop to see Mt. Olympus. We declined the opportunity.

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Jerusalem (Ashdod)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The port was Ashdod and then an hours ride to Jerusalem. It was interesting but a lot of walking. Going from the Wailing Wall to the east gate was interesting and would liked to have taken our time going thru the markets and stopping at various points of the stations of the cross.

Lunch was at a hotel and better than expected.

Bethlehem could have been better with more time at the church but we were hustled off to a souvenier stand for 30 minutes.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Good tour of the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth and very worthwhile. Couldn't believe how crowded Nazareth was.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Took tour by local company to Epheses and the house of the Virgin Mary. Very worthwhile.

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Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Did not take tour but got off and took local transportation and had lunch in town on our own. It was relaxing.

MUST SEE - Acropolous Museaum

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