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jaylaw1's Port Reviews of Haifa, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Naples
Celebrity Silhouette cruise in September 2011
Member Name: jaylaw1
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: jaylaw1's Celebrity Silhouette Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The reason we selected this cruise was because it spent four days in Israel. Cruise ship should do more of this kind of scheduling since it allows a more thorough visit.We went to Haifa for a day and a half, and then onto Ashdod for 2 whole days. We used AviTours for private touring. (There were four of us). They sent one guide for our stay in Haifa, and another for Ashdod. Both were were good, although I preferred Norit in Ashdod, and the other couple preferred Sandy in Haifa. It was good having two guides since we got two different viewpoints - one was an American immigrant and the other a sabra. We had many e-mails with AviTours about what we wanted to have included, and some of the items were omitted. In general we saw those places of importance to us. Highlights include Yad Vashem and the Rabin Museum in Tel Aviv. The Israelis really do a great job with their museums, and neither should be missed. On the other hand swimming in the Dead Sea can only be described as "icky", and the smartest one in our group was the one who decided to stay onshore taking pictures.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We joined a tour organized on Cruise Critic that went to Ephesus. It was run by a company called Ephesus Tours and the guide's name was Taner. There were 13 of us in a mini van,and it was a terrific tour which included a Turkish lunch. He really made Ephesus come alive! Highly recommended. We then got back to Kusadasi in time for some shopping. It's a great place to buy leather, and also little gifts for friends at home - eyeglass cases, pillow covers, boxes. You can also buy rugs but it is rather difficult to make an expensive purchase on the run.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We had been to Mykonos before, and therefore did not avail ourselves of a tour to Delos to see the Grecian ruins. I think some of the passengers went to the beach, but we just shopped in downtown Mykonos. I bargained for 2 pottery figures, and paid half of the marked price. The key is to bring Euros since paying with cash puts you in a much, much better bargaining position. It is hard to believe that all the jewelry stores in Mykonos can make a profit. We also had a delightful lunch at a restaurant called Nico's. I don't travel to shop, but one day out of twelve wasn't bad.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We took the ship's tour to Herculaneum. The tour was so-so because the guide was not the best English speaker, and I did not have the impression that he really had a "feel" for Herculaneum. However, it was the only game in town for us. I think that you could hire a car and driver to take you there (and back) from the port (it is only 5 miles), and then use the available audio tour; you will come out ahead

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