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ypgal's Port Reviews of Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes, Jerusalem (Ashdod), Haifa, Kusadasi, Athens (Piraeus)
Mariner of the Seas cruise in September 2011
Member Name: ypgal
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: ypgal's Mariner of the Seas Review
Crete (Heraklion)
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Chania is a very busy port and confusing if you do your own thing. Very easy to get turned around.

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Rhodes
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Lovely stop which allows you to walk into town and enjoy the taste of a Greek Island. Be sure to sample the "boot full of beer" while people watching. Busy the day we were there since two other cruise ships were in port.
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Jerusalem (Ashdod)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The port of Ashdod is quite a distance from Jerusalem but well worth the drive. What a treasure trove of history and religion. The only thing I would alert other passengers to if they opt to visit both Jerusalem and Bethlahem, you must be handed off to another tour guide who is Palestinian. A bit unnerving, but went off without a hitch. The Palestinian side is quite dirty and carries alot of political influence. We happened to be there the day Palestine was in the UN requesting to be awarded statehood.

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Haifa
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Another great port with more churches and religious sights to visit.

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Kusadasi
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
A MUST STOP FOR ALL MED CRUISERS

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Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
While Athens remains one of my favourite places, it is a huge port with lots and lotsP of marine traffic. It is quite easy to get around and there are several choices to get to the Acropolis. You can walk a few block and get the train into the city with a stop very close to the Acropolis. There is also a hop on hop off bus that takes you around Pireus and Athens. The bus stops right outside the port.

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Palermo
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Very busy city and extremely difficult to walk and the roads are not pedestrian friendly. The sidewalks are very narrow and the traffic don't seem too keen on giving you the right of way. Be mindful of the cars around you and look all ways.

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Naples
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
While Naples itself is the 3rd largest city in Italy, head out to enjoy the countryside as quickly as you can. The drive up the Amalfi coast is well worth it. The small towns offer the true charm of Italy and the coastline is breathtaking. Get the camera ready. You also have the option of taking a boat ride along the coast although we did not opt to do so.

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