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William Travel's Port Reviews of , Bodrum
Splendour of the Seas cruise in May 2011
Member Name: William Travel
Cruise Date: May 2011
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: William Travel's Splendour of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
This is actually a beautiful port city. Kind of a sleepy little tourist town with lots of hotels, restaurants and more street vendors. The main tourist spot is the castle on the opposite end of the bay from the port. We walked along the bay to the castle and it was a pretty easy and quick walk.

The castle is actually more impressive than it looks on the outside. There is a lot to see and some great photos to take from the top of the castle. I know there were some guided tours, but we wandered on our own and still had a great time. We went about lunch time and the person at the ticket booth warned us they would be closing in the next 20 minutes. We took the challenge and tried to do the short tour. We ended up doing a longer tour and no one ever shuffled us out of the castle. The great part was there were not many people. Others on our cruise went on a guided tour before we did and they said it was incredibly crowded. Not for us.

On the way back to the ship, we shopped a bit more along "hustlers" row. We also decided to try a traditional turkish bath. We just ran out of time for the Delphi hotel, which would have been great and the right price. We opted instead for one closer to the port called the Bodrum Diamond. A great looking hotel and the bath was certainly an experience. A little pricey but something that we wanted to try.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Mykonos isn't as spectacular as Santorini, but still a beautiful city in its own right. We were able to port and then took a shuttle (that RCI charged us $10 per person, roundtrip) into town. We then paid 18 euro for a ferry to the island of Delos. This was another ancient city where the ruins are being put back together again.

If you're not with a tour, there is one long line for tickets with one slow moving Greek worker getting people in. It was a painstakingly long wait, but not much else you can do. We wandered around the island ourselves and had some great photos and took in the scenery.

Unfortunately, it was a short day for us since we needed to be back on the shuttle bus before 3:30 and cruising at 4:00. We had very little time actually on Mykonos and wished we could have spent more time exploring the city there.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Split is a neat little vacation city in Croatia. The city was built in and around a walled kingdom, for lack of a better term. We walked right from the port into the city to see the Dioclanisian ruins and just explore the town. You'll see scatters or ancient ruins mixed with newer shops, flats and maybe even part of the ancient walls of the city. There is a great church and bell tower on the East Wall that we hiked up for great views of the city, where you could really get a handle on where the ancient walls actually surrounded the city.

Just outside the East Gate, there's also a huge farmers market with beautiful cherries, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables, including dried fruits and even figs. Though you can't take them on the boat, it's a nice and fresh snack for your walk back. There are also other street vendors for suveniors and plenty of lavendor choices to choose from, as well. They can all mostly speak English and most took euros, though some only took Kuna, the local currency.

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