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Gizimoto's Port Reviews of Athens (Piraeus), Istanbul, Naples, Rhodes, Taormina (Messina)
Mariner of the Seas cruise in June 2011
Member Name: Gizimoto
Cruise Date: June 2011
Embarkation: Civitavecchia
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: Gizimoto's Mariner of the Seas Review
Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
After seeing the highlights in Athens and doing a bit of shopping in PLAKA there is not much else. Felt very dirty after touring for a few hours...only felt this way at this port stop. Must be the pollution and dirt.

Easy to do on your own.



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Istanbul
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Clean, modern city and once you get the hang of using the metro system, it is pretty easy (have turkish lira such as a 5 or 10 TL bill...insert into machine and then select 'english' language to get tokens for subway). Hit the highlights and did some shopping. Definitely be careful and don't hesitate to negotiate. Grand Bazaar was very crowded!!


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Naples
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Dirty city..not clean, stinky garbage laying around. Walked to train station..not too difficult but it is a good walk from port. Local train to pompeii and sorrento. Train not nearly as nice as the train from Rome to Civitivecchia.

At least from this port you can get to several other tourist areas (Capri, Amalfi coast, etc).



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Rhodes
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Just stayed around the Rhodes area...shopping and saw Palace, etc. Would've been good to go to Lindos and to the beach.



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Taormina (Messina)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Nice area...good area to tour.



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