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nolacruisers's Port Reviews of Bari, Rhodes, Limassol, Haifa, Katakolon (Olympia), Dubrovnik
MSC Magnifica cruise in November 2011
Member Name: nolacruisers
Cruise Date: November 2011
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: nolacruisers's MSC Magnifica Review
Bari
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful Old Town was enjoyable. What you expect from Italy after watching old movies. Friendly people and a wonderful atmosphere.

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Rhodes
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Shopping Paradise or as I called it "Knockoff Central." You can buy any type of hand made items but the majority is knock off designer stuff. As one woman on our cruise put it, she was tired of seeing "Phooey Vuitton" bags !!
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Limassol
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The city center was a good way away from the port. Do NOT attempt to walk. The ship offered a shuttle service for 8 Euro a person. Good investment. More shopping here and nice cafe's to get authentic food.

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Haifa
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
If you are on the starboard (right) side of the ship at port you will have the most incredible views of Mount Carmel and the city of Haifa. From Haifa we visited Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Do yourself a favor and take the excursion to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It is the most moving experience. BE ADVISED - When the excursion says not for someone with mobility problems, they really mean it !! If it says 2.5 km of walking, it is every bit that AND most of it is UPHILL on steep inclines !!

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Katakolon (Olympia)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Sleepy Port Town. If you do not do an excursion here you are delegated to walk the small street that makes up the shopping district. They way this town survives is from cruise ships so you have a large selection. On a shopping excursion you may be limited to which shops you are allowed to enter as they try to "spread the wealth around" so best to go out on your own.

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Dubrovnik
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Probably one of the most visually stunning ports to enter, aside from Monte Carlo. Gorgeous is an understatement. The Old City is simply beautiful and easy to get around, provided you do not try to go down certain "side streets" that seem to rise to the heavens with the amount of steps to get up there. Take a taxi from the port. Very cheap at 15 euro and easier than the shuttle from the ship at 10 Euro. Good shopping and local delights. Go to the square where the tables are set up and look for a woman selling sea salts. She grows her own herbs and mixes it with sea salt for a cooking blend that has a heavenly aroma !!

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