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Cathie Blackwell's Port Reviews of Dubrovnik, Venice, Monaco, Taormina (Messina)
Carnival Magic cruise in July 2011
Member Name: Cathie Blackwell
Cruise Date: July 2011
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: Cathie Blackwell's Carnival Magic Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was a magical and unspoilt place. We wandered though the city and walked the walls. The views were exceptional, no wonder Unesco helped restore the place after the war. Have to pay in local currency NOT euros, but ATMs are easy to find near entrance to the walls. We had a great meal overlooking the harbour. Somewhere we would definately consider revisiting.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Venice is beautiful and rates 5+ BUT from where we were docked it was a long walk to the shuttle and that stopped running around 9pm. Vaporetto passes can be purchased near the port but are cheaper if you wait until you get to P d'Roma. There is an electric train shuttle. We took the vaporetto to San Marco and wandered the shopping areas. Then took a vaporetto to Lido where far fewer tourists go and had a delightful cocktail sitting in a pleasant garden with a view of Venice. Then we headed back into Venice and enjoyed the music in San Marco. Beware stopping for a drink here - always expensive, at night they add $6 per person to the bill for music! As we were in port overnight we caught a late vaporetto to P d'Roma which was packed and slow then we had to walk from Plaza d'Roma (at midnight) back to the ship. Lovely day but ended exhausted.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Delightful! One of my highlights was eating breakfast on board with a view of Monte Carlo. We didnt take a tour but did pay €17 for a hop-on hop-off bus which took us on a tour and we got off at the Casino. Had ice cream and browsed the designer stores. Then back on to the bus and up to the palace. You could spend a couple of hours there before getting the same bus back to the cruise port. Lovely day!

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Taormina (Messina)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Actually did the Mount Etna trip. Very interesting but not for anyone with walking difficulties of fear of heights!

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