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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Moto Bella, Moto Fun

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by jnjreeves

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  • Sail Date: Apr 2010
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean

Great ship, great fun, great food, great ports of call. While Barcelona, Athens, and Alexandria were exciting, we found the smaller ports of call more to our liking - Rhodes, Villefrance, and Messina.

Number one suggestion is to avoid the ship shore excursions -- too pricey, you can do better on your own. In Turkey and Egypt, be sure to make it clear you do not want to be taken to carpet, ceramic, leather or papyrus making places. They are the foreign equivalent of car dealerships - "What's it going to take to get you on a carpet today!?"

RCL could do a much better job of connecting to the culture of the ports of call in their menus beforehand a la Italian dishes, when calling Italian ports, Greek selections, when in Greece etc.

A truly great benefit of both the Transatlantic and Med cruises were the enhancement talks about Digital Photography from Sandra Ettlinger. Wow, what a difference in the photos we and our friends ended up with. Check her out at Ettlingerproductions.com


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Kusadasi

Ephesus is a must-see but avoid being taken to carpet, leather or ceramics factories at all costs.

Barcelona

The Hop on/Hop off bus is okay but only goes in one direction and is not recommended when you are only in port for a day because it takes too long to get back to where you started. The Segrada Familia is a must-see.

Athens (Piraeus)

So much to see when local conditions are stable. The Acropolis, Old Town, Changing of the Guard are not to be missed.

Naples

Loved the boat tour of the Amalfi Coast. Pompeii has to be seen but is crowded and difficult to get people-free pictures in. The cameo factory in Pompeii should be avoided.

Rhodes

Charming. Discover the backstreets where there are many great places to eat and have a cold one.


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