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italia103's Port Reviews of Mykonos, Kusadasi, Athens (Piraeus), Rhodes, Naples, Santorini
Celebrity Equinox cruise in October 2011
Member Name: italia103
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: Rome
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: italia103's Celebrity Equinox Review
Mykonos
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Beautiful white-washed buildings and colorful flowers made this my favorite port. Despite being tendered (which takes a little time) there was plenty of time to explore the winding streets and quaint little shops and tavernas. Look out for the cats (there's plenty of them all over Greece) and be sure to say hello to Petros the Pelican!

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Kusadasi
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Fun port with bazaar shopping and the gateway to the amazing archaeological site of Ephesus. Got tired of the high-pressured salesmanship but nothing can take away from the friendly people and the fascinating glimpse into the past. Be sure you pay the extra $10 to see the Terrace Houses. They're worth it!
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Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Would have been a 5+ if not for the fact that the strikes prohibited us from seeing the Acropolis. It still was an interesting city with friendly people and good shopping. Be sure to take the Metro from Pirraeus into downtown Athens. It's a little walk from the port to get to the Metro but once you do, it's a straight shot into the city.

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Rhodes
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Surprise of the trip. The island is beautiful, with amazing pebble-constructed streets that massage your feet as you walk. The walled city offers lots of great photo ops and it couldn't be easier to get from the ship to the town. Loved it!

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Naples
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Naples itself only gets a four but the surrounding options like the Amalfi Coast and Capri get 5+. Not much to see or do in the congested, noisy city but it's a true look into Italian city life. Had some great pizza and took the ferry to Capri. Expensive but beautiful. Wish we had gone to Pompeii but a little overwhelmed after all the ruins we had already seen.

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Santorini
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Sure this rating would have been higher but had cold and rain the day we were there. Resist the urge to take the donkey ride up from the port (smelly and messy). Take the cable car for the same four euros. Island is beautiful but expensive so I much preferred Mykonos.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Be sure to leave time before or after the cruise to really see Rome. You cannot do this in one day. One of my favorite cities in the world, it's chaotic but with a charm all its own. From the Piazza Navonna and the surrounding area's fun trattorias to the Colosseum and the Pantheon, the city's riches are around every corner. Be sure to get the one day transport pass (four euros). Bus #40 and #64 hit most of the main sites and it's a great way to give your feet a rest. Lots of crowds so wear your money belt! Also, the train station in Civitavecchia is just a short walk from the port entrance. The fare into Rome is only four euros so it's worth it (and quicker) to opt for this over a private car or taxi.

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