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morrfran's Port Reviews of Capri, Taormina (Messina), Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Venice
Royal Clipper cruise in September 2011
Member Name: morrfran
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: morrfran's Royal Clipper Review
Capri
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Nice experience, going up to Anacapri from Capri. Nice views coming into port. Missed taking the cable car trip to the top--would have been worthwhile to do that.

Next port was along the Amalfi coast--don't see a listing for it. This was lovely with a great ride (magnificent views) up to Ravello.

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Taormina (Messina)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Loved getting up to Mt. Etna. Wonderful ride with views of local wineries and farms, small villages along the way. Amazing visit to area of 2002 caldera with a walkway around the main chasm. Interesting to see what forms of flora first grow in the dark, sere landscape.
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Corfu
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Nice views, enjoyable area to walk around. Didn't do a tour so may have missed something due to that. Did not seem to have as many appealing/interesting sites to visit as other ports.

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Kotor
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
What a spectacular experience--sailing into the bay toward this little, walled city. Not crowded but beautiful streets, buildings and ambiance. Could have spent more time here. Stopped in a square for a cappuccino, and watched the world go by in the little square. Interesting old churches and synagogue. Just a beautiful, overall experience for a great day.

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Dubrovnik
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
I am rating this a 5 in spite of the very hot and very crowded conditions. Of course it's a lovely, old, walled city. But fighting large crowds takes away from the experience and it was way too hot to attempt walking the walls. Again, interesting churches and synagogue. Good local guide who gave all the important points. The history of this whole area is such a patchwork--going back and forth from one ruling party to another. I will be visiting again in November and am looking forward to cooler, less crowded conditions.

No option for next port--not on the port list here. Hvar (*****) is lovely. Beautiful island with lovely small city with interesting buildings, streets and friendly people. It was a Sunday and heard local group singing acapella beautifully--at a sidewalk cafe.

Next port also not listed here--Rovinj (****). Another lovely old city with interesting multi-colored buildings. All streets lead up to top of hill with pretty church.

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Venice
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
It's Venice. What can I say that hasn't been said? Did the obligatory gondola ride--great fun, at sunset so light/colors were lovely. St. Marco Sq extremely crowded but enjoyed watching the world go by from a pricey square-side cafe. Walked to Rialto bridge area--a lot of fun to walk through all the small streets, along canals, to that area. Will be here again next month and looking forward to exploring more in less crowded conditions.

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