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Californiacruiser57's Port Reviews of , Santorini, Kusadasi, Crete (Heraklion)
Ocean Princess cruise in September 2011
Member Name: Californiacruiser57
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Civitavecchia
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: Californiacruiser57's Ocean Princess Review
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Would give this a lot higher rating except for our disastor of an excursion. This was the Oia, Fira & Winery tour -- we were supposed to see vineyards, etc.

The winery tour as a joke...I didn't see a winery. We stood in long lines with about 5 tour buses full of people, were handed glasses of wine and then corraled into their gift shop. They should've paid us to go on the tour.

We then went to Oia -- on the other end of the island from where we catch the ship. Beautiful place. Just what you see in postcards. We debated on making one purchase and stopped to buy it. We were FIVE MINUTES late getting back to the bus and the bus was gone!

We were on the other end of the island. My bag with my cruise card was on the bus as well as purchases we had made. Luckily, I had pulled out my driver license and credit card.

We took a public bus to the other end of the island and spent a stressful time figuring out how to get back on ship, paid for the aerial car (that was supposed to be included!).

The guide's name was Helen.

No one apologized...

We were told by crew members that they had never heard of that happening.

We've cruise on RC and Celebrity and never ever saw anyone left!

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We went on the Ephesus & The Terrace Houses tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgable...great tour despite the rain! the only thing that was odd was that were taken to a rug dealer where we supposed to see weaving...we didn't see weaving just lots of expensive rugs they wanted us to buy.

our guide suggested a great place for lunch...

fun port, good shopping

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Crete (Heraklion)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Knossos was so crowded...we didn't get to see the throne room, that was disappointing. But, what we did see was amazing.

We were taken to a traditional Greek village and had a fantastic lunch with dancers. A lot of fun.

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