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About Limassol

Limassol, the largest coastal town in Cyprus, sprawls around Akrotiri Bay, midway between Larnaca and Paphos and close to the southern foothills of the Troodos Mountains. It's the island's principal cruise port.

Cyprus is the kind of destination where you have to venture off the beaten track to uncover the true nature of the place. At first glance, Limassol is a low-rise, sun-baked, urban sprawl, slightly chaotic and architecturally uninspiring. Scratch the surface, particularly around the castle area, and you'll find a tangle of shady, pedestrianized streets in the medieval center; ancient mosques alongside Greek Orthodox churches; and broad shopping boulevards, lined with boutiques that showcase up-and-coming designers. Its waterfront, still in the process of being developed, offers a sculpture park and lovely vistas of the bay. All in all, Limassol has, for years, been a pleasant -- if not exactly cutting-edge -- destination, in terms of style and cuisine.

Immediately outside the town are rolling hills, olive and citrus groves and tiny villages, where locals still use donkeys for transport. Limassol is at the heart of the island's wine-growing industry, and visitors will see dusty vineyards, clinging to the sun-bleached, sloping hills.

It might not otherwise feel old, but Limassol, which dates to at least 2000 B.C., is the gateway to sites of antiquity, such as Kourion, with its Greco-Roman Theatre, and, nearby, the Temple of Apollo. Also worth a look is Nicosia, the only capital city in the world to be divided by force (by Turkish and Greek Cypriots).

If you feel like a low-key day, you'll appreciate Limassol itself. Despite the city's busy urban setting, Limassol's 200,000 residents demonstrate a healthy respect for the work-life balance, spending time in coffee shops, strolling along the beach in the evenings and dining in large family groups in the many tavernas and restaurants. This attitude gives the town a holiday atmosphere, even in the spring and late autumn. The tourist season is long, with cruise ships calling from April or May up until early November. Limassol essentially exists in two parts. The main town is the closest area to the port, where you'll find, just inland, the medieval castle and the main shopping boulevards of Makarios III and Agiou Andreou. The beach stretches all the way from the waterfront to the far end of Akrotiri Bay, a narrow ribbon of development that has been dedicated mainly to four- and five-star hotels.

Limassol is ideally situated for cruise passengers, as it's in the middle of everything. The important archaeological sites of Kourion, Kolossi Castle and Limassol Castle are less than 30 minutes from the port. Day trips into the mountains and wine-growing areas are easily manageable. Paphos, an attractive UNESCO World Heritage site and major tourist center, is less than an hour away -- thanks to efficient motorway links -- while the capital, Nicosia, is an hour inland to the northeast.

Visitors to Cyprus tend to remember the friendliness of its people. Everybody in the hospitality trade speaks English, and everybody -- from taxi drivers to taverna proprietors -- will engage visitors in conversation. People are not on the make here, although they're pretty entrepreneurial; they're just naturally and delightfully hospitable.


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  • 22 Night
    Cruise to Limassol

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Abu Dhabi, Aqaba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    22 Night Cruise to Limassol Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Abu Dhabi
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      Abu Dhabi
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 11
      Safaga
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      Safaga
    • Day 13
      Suez Canal
    • Day 14
      Suez Canal
    • Day 15
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 16
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 17
      Limassol
    • Day 18
      Rhodes
    • Day 19
      Kusadasi
    • Day 20
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Naples
    • Day 23
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Norwegian Dawn - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of dining, bars and activities keep everyone entertained; refurb is modern, not tacky

    Cons

    Less-than-perfect ship has confusing layout and occasional maintenance issues

    Bottom Line

    Enthusiastic crowd has a fun time onboard, despite upcharges and an older ship

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    Norwegian Dawn Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Dawn is a ship you love despite its flaws. Built in 2002 as the third ship in the Nor...

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    Nancy62262
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First time I couldn't wait to get off the ship! Horrible!
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First Time Norwegian Cruiser - was a bit disappointed !
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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Limassol

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Abu Dhabi, Fujairah ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    18 Night Cruise to Limassol Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 3
      Fujairah
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Salalah
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 11
      Safaga
    • Day 12
      Safaga
    • Day 13
      Suez Canal
    • Day 14
      Suez Canal
    • Day 15
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 16
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 17
      Limassol
    • Day 18
      Rhodes
    • Day 19
      Athens (Piraeus)
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    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

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    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    margaretandy67
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Superb size of ship and excellent staff; Singapore Phuket Malaysia
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Poor Management decisions Stay away from NCL
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Limassol

    Leaving:
    Athens
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    Kusadasi, Istanbul ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Limassol Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Kusadasi
    • Day 3
      Istanbul
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      Istanbul
    • Day 5
      Patmos
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      Cruising
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      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 8
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 9
      Limassol
    • Day 10
      Rhodes
    • Day 11
      Athens (Piraeus)
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    Norwegian Spirit - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Lively ship that's been continually updated and refreshed.

    Cons

    Activities on smaller ship more limited than on line's larger vessels.

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries

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    Norwegian Spirit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    The 2,016-passenger Norwegian Spirit debuted in 1998 so you won't find a rock climbing wall, bo...

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    terry pattison
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Cruise was cut short -refund promised, but after 4 months NCL haven't paid it.
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Spirit Cruise after drydock - BIG MISTAKE!
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 117 Night
    Cruise to Limassol

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Antigua, St. Lucia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    117 Night Cruise to Limassol Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
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      Cruising
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      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
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      Antigua
    • Day 5
      St. Lucia
    • Day 6
      St. George
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      Bonaire
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      St. Eustatius
    • Day 9
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 10
      Panama Canal
    • Day 11
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Manta
    • Day 13
      Guayaquil
    • Day 14
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Salaverry (Trujillo)
    • Day 16
      Lima
    • Day 17
      Lima
    • Day 18
      Pisco
    • Day 19
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Easter Island
    • Day 24
      Easter Island
    • Day 25
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Tahiti (Papeete)
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      Bora Bora
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Pago Pago
    • Day 35
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Paihia
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      Auckland
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      Auckland
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      Tauranga
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      Napier
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      Wellington
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      Akaroa
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      Dunedin
    • Day 47
      Milford Sound
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      Cruising
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      Burnie
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      Melbourne
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      Sydney (Australia)
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      Cruising
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      Brisbane
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      Brisbane
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      Cruising (Coral Sea)
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      Airlie Beach
    • Day 59
      Cairns
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      Thursday Island
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      Darwin
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      Bali
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      Surabaya
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      Cruising (Java Sea)
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      Singapore
    • Day 71
      Singapore
    • Day 72
      Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)
    • Day 73
      Penang
    • Day 74
      Phuket
    • Day 75
      Cruising
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      Bay of Bengal
    • Day 77
      Colombo
    • Day 78
      Cruising
    • Day 79
      Kochi (Cochin)
    • Day 80
      Mangalore
    • Day 81
      Mormugao (Goa)
    • Day 82
      Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Day 83
      Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Day 84
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 86
      Muscat
    • Day 87
      Fujairah
    • Day 88
      Dubai
    • Day 89
      Dubai
    • Day 90
      Cruising
    • Day 91
      Cruising (Gulf of Oman)
    • Day 92
      Salalah
    • Day 93
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Red Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 96
      Red Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 97
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 98
      Safaga
    • Day 99
      Safaga
    • Day 100
      Suez Canal
    • Day 101
      Suez Canal
    • Day 102
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 103
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 104
      Limassol
    • Day 105
      Rhodes
    • Day 106
      Patmos
    • Day 107
      Lesbos
    • Day 108
      Istanbul
    • Day 109
      Istanbul
    • Day 110
      Canakkale
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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      Florence (Livorno)
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      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 118
      Marseille
    • Day 119
      Barcelona
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    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    In an era when mass-market cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger, Seven Seas Mariner is a ...

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    geebee2546
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards slipping.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    The Amazon
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Limassol

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Crete, Jerusalem ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Limassol Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 5
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 6
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 7
      Limassol
    • Day 8
      Alanya
    • Day 9
      Rhodes
    • Day 10
      Kusadasi
    • Day 11
      Tenedos (Bozcaada)
    • Day 12
      Istanbul
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Mykonos
    • Day 15
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Star Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    Rude1
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    This was a nice itinerary for bottom of South America.
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    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Bucket List Panama Canal Cruise
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
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