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Visiting at least three new destinations with a cruise line we used last year. Fantastic views of Venice on departure and arrival. Although lots of tours available, they were, as always, very pricey and all ports of call seemed easily accessible, so we made our own way. Mikenos: simple walk around town, Dubrovnik same Santorini: early start advised, take cable car (not at all scary even for normally height averse wife) to Fira. Very touristy town. Wander to bus station and take local bus 1.80 euros return to Oia (45 mins). Dramatic buildings on cliff sides, well worth visit. Bus back and onto empty cable car at about noon. Easy, cheap and fun. Ship tour added in winery (Greek wine?) for 100+euros each... Athens: Ignore tours, ignore taxis and take local bus x80 from pier, to within 400yards of Acropolis (€2.50 return!). Again early start recommended ie 8.30am Quite a climb up to top of Acropolis, hot and humid. Take water, hat, sunblock. Again back on board at lunchtime, before crazy heat. Olympia: tour 100 euros, and ran out of time. Didn't visit must see museum....Ignore tours, ignore 80 euro taxis and take one of many coaches located at end of pier. 10 euros return including 2.5 hours at destination which is about right. Go to excavations first so that you visit the first museum 10/10 when it starts getting hot. Second museum 6/10 of olympics architecture back beside coach park. All in all super package. 12 euro entry but if you are a senior show proof eg euro health card for half price entry to here and Acropolis. Stayed in Aqua again. Very good. Blu superb. Whole cruise pricey, included jet from Stansted. Poor.

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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by St Alband padre

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Visiting at least three new destinations with a cruise line we used last year.

Fantastic views of Venice on departure and arrival.

Although lots of tours available, they were, as always, very pricey and all ports of call seemed easily accessible, so we made our own way.

Mikenos: simple walk around town, Dubrovnik same

Santorini: early start advised, take cable car (not at all scary even for normally height averse wife) to Fira. Very touristy town. Wander to bus station and take local bus 1.80 euros return to Oia (45 mins). Dramatic buildings on cliff sides, well worth visit. Bus back and onto empty cable car at about noon. Easy, cheap and fun. Ship tour added in winery (Greek wine?) for 100+euros each...

Athens: Ignore tours, ignore taxis and take local bus x80 from pier, to within 400yards of Acropolis (€2.50 return!). Again early start recommended ie 8.30am Quite a climb up to top of Acropolis, hot and humid. Take water, hat, sunblock. Again back on board at lunchtime, before crazy heat.

Olympia: tour 100 euros, and ran out of time. Didn't visit must see museum....Ignore tours, ignore 80 euro taxis and take one of many coaches located at end of pier. 10 euros return including 2.5 hours at destination which is about right. Go to excavations first so that you visit the first museum 10/10 when it starts getting hot. Second museum 6/10 of olympics architecture back beside coach park. All in all super package. 12 euro entry but if you are a senior show proof eg euro health card for half price entry to here and Acropolis.

Stayed in Aqua again. Very good. Blu superb. Whole cruise pricey, included jet from Stansted. Poor.
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Cabin Review

Aqua Class Balcony
Cabin A1 1118
Better designed than on larger Eclipse. Good location with easy access to sunset bar and deck 10. Quiet in the main although could hear film soundtracks from above on occasion. Ridiculous shower with lots of exotic jets and insufficient pressure to utilise them (advised shower was on fill power. ..)
Aircon good but only on minimum, too noisy on higher settings.
Cabin Steward, Lourdes, excellent. Don't forget to ask for tea / coffee tray
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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