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Riviera Review

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Athens to Barcelona

Review for Riviera to the Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2014
Cabin: Verandah Stateroom

- Internet: slow, even in the computer lab. I tried to download a file that is a few MB. But after a mins, it was still trying, and I gave up. In one evening, there was no internet connection for anyone as the service was down.

- Printing: 0.25 cents per print job.

- Staff are very friendly, and food are in general very good. Food preparation technical was a bit inconsistent.

Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom

Port Reviews

Athens (Piraeus)

- Before the trip, I read that 2 and more people travel by metro from the airport to city center, there is a discount. But the woman at the airport ticket booth said she had not heard of that, so we paid 8 euro each. Parents got a discount at 4 euro each since they are over 65.- Mom was almost pickpocked in the subway, but she saw the female thief luking. Nothing was lost. Actually, there seems to be plain cloth police who saw it too, and he asked us if we lost anything.- Lockers at the Pireaus metro station are few. And they were not working on the date when we were there. It happened it was about boarding time, so we just went to board the ship at around 12:30p.- We took bus 843 from the Pireaus metro station to the cruise terminal. To the right of where we got off, there is a bus ticket booth. People over 65 has discount at the metro/bus.


- To Ephesus, one can take mini-bus #5 (near the cruise terminal) to a minibus stop to take a minibus (5 lira) to Selcuk, then either walk or take a taxi (20 lira) to the upper gate.- Upper gate WC is outside of the entrance of Ephesus. 1 lira or 0.5 euro to enter.- Lower gate WC is inside the Ephesus site. It is free.- If you buy ticket at the upper gate entrance, you can pay by credit card. You can buy both Ephesus ticket and Terrace House ticket at the same time. You can also buy Terrace House ticket at the Terrace House entrance. Cash only?- Beware of pushy sale people. My brother said a sale person sounded like he wanted to beat him up if he did not buy something.


- Cable car is now 5 euro per person.- The walk from Fira to the bus station (for Oia) can be a challenge, especially when there are many people in town. It is because there is no pedestrian sidewalk, or it is just too narrow. At times, we walk on the street. Watch out for cars as the road is narrow.- On our way back, from the bus terminal to the cable car station, we took a taxi (10 euro).

Taormina (Messina)

- We were docked at Messina, instead of tender at Giardini Naxos, due to weather.- The train station in Messina is about 15 mins from the dock.- Sea will be on your left hand side when heading to Taormina.- After exiting the train station in Taormina, turn right, a few steps away, there is the bus stop. Bus' last stop is near the Porta Messina gate (near the theater and the free garden) in Taormina. Taxi are available outside of the train station too.- Not sure where the bus bell is, so on return, you may want to tell the bus driver in advance to stop at the train station. - Though we did not experience train delay, it happened to the train before ours. Its destination is elsewhere, not Messina. In any case, beware delay may happen.- No more free entry to the Greek theater for seniors over 65. Is the view worth 8 euro? You decide.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

- Due to construction, the port shuttle stop at the port gate is now farther away from the train station. The stop is in the opposite direction of the train station. You can take the shuttle then a local bus. Or a taxi from port to the train station. We braved the 15-20 mins walk.- We bought the 12 euro BIRG ticket at the train station. Very good value and useful.- After the train ride, we took bus 64 (right outside the St. Peter train station), changed to bus 23 to go to Vatican Museum.- Vatican Museum is very crowded, even on a papal audience Wed! Thus, we did not enjoy as much as we would have.- If you go to Vatican Museum on a papal audience Wed morning, you may not need to buy the ticket in advance. We did not see a line outside of the museum.

Florence (Livorno)

- A shout out to a taxi driver in Livorono. He offered to point us to the right direction to town from port.- Another shout out to an elderly woman (who spoke to us in Italian, though we did not understand). But from her guesture, we sensed that she tried to told us that we were at an incorrect bus stop. We should take the bus across the street.- We walked from the cruise terminal to Piazza Grande to take the local bus to the train station for Florence.- You can buy both the bus ticket and train tickets at tobacco shop in Piazza Grande.- There is also a shop at the Livorono train station (next to the ticket booth) that sells bus and train tickets.- WC at the Florence costs 1 euro. Consider using the free restroom on the trains before you get off.

Monaco (Monte Carlo)

- There is booklet with different discount coupons. If the local rep at your ship does not have it. You may be able to find it at the TI, which is near the tender dock.- From the tender dock, walking the sea wall is a nice option to avoid stairs. This way will lead you to the oceanographic museum, free garden, cathedral and the palace. The free garden next to the oceanographic museum is very nice. - Once you arrive at the palace, walk to the right of it. You will see some benches with a nice view of the town.- If you intend to go to the casino next by bus, you can walk the stairs to the right of the casino. You will be going down. There is a police station, a WC, and a bus ticket machine at the bottom near the stairs. Bus tickets are at a discount in the machine (1.5 euro, compared to 2 euro on the bus). It sells passes and 12-ticket at 10 euro.- There is another alternative too; this walk is a bit shorter than the sea wall walk). Exit the dock and walk along the marina to where you see some stairs. Go up the stairs, the bus stop is a bit to your left. 2 euro for a ticket, or see if the driver sells 12 tickets for 10 euro, or buy a day pass for 5 euro. Go to the casino first. Then take bus 1 or 2 again to the end of the line to visit the oceanographic museum, garden, cathedral and palace.- WC in this city seems to be free-will donation.

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