Cabin review: I59243
9243 was a great inside cabin - big comfy bed , seemed spacious , bathroom was very big and in fact much better than our balcony room bathroom on Royal Caribean on a brilliant floor as the buffet and swimming pools and sunbathing decks where within 1 minutes walk if that ! would book the 9th / 10 floors again .the only time we ever needed the lift was to go up and down to our evening meal resteraunt and the information desk . was so relaxing just walking out into the fresh air ..on these decks you dont need a balcony !
Port and Shore Excursions
We did not actually get off at Bari Port as i had a migraine but all our friends did and everyone loved Bari . They said it was a ten minute walk into the old town from the port and that Bari was a friendly , pretty , inexpensive and historical place . We where so frustrated at not having seen it , especially when everyone round the dinner table loved it so much .weather was lovely and after i recovered from my migraine we went and sunbathed up top and had a lovely peaceful afternoon .
I thought Dubrovnik was stunning , it was my favourite port of the cruise then venice and rhodes , just a shame Costa only did a half day . Even though this was a tender we had no problems getting on and off the ship , much easier than Santorini which was a nightmare ! When i say stunning , i mean stunning . The town was just incredible and personally i got an amazing cappucino for less than £1 sterling i get much inferior coffee's back home for £2.50 sterling ! i would have loved more time there but again my friend who lives in croatia said Dubrovnik is not a pleasant experience in the height of summer due to excessive heat and up to 15,000 cruise visitors a day ! the prices also go up during these time periods he said it gets mighty crowded in them streets but for me june , sept and october are the best months to go .I want to go back and holiday along the coastline . cant wait to go back .
This was a lovely little port , with a tiny but very picturesque town . It was friendly and very inexpensive compared to some of the other places we visited . It was very small and could be walked around within 10 minutes , there was a lovely little beach area for a swim and som great little shops . It was nice to sit and have a beer and people watch . we found a lovely little taverna off the main road at the back where local wine was only 2.50 a half litre ! I purchased a lovely dress for 20 euro's and the olive oil soap with lovely decorated charms on the packets where only 1 euro . we did not bothere with the excursions as it was only a half day and felt that we just wanted to experience the local town . the weather was fantastic !
I love Rhodes and have been there many times before but never by boat . The walk into the old town takes 5 minutes from the port and its an amazing place with lovely squares , tavernas , roman ruins as its very historical. there are lots of lovely beach's nearby , there are lots of museums and Artisan shops , i think shopping is very good with leather work etc being very reasonable . we went back to a taverna we knew where the beers where only 2 euro for a 50 cl glass ! costume jewellry is a bargain , i got a lovely ring for 3 euro that last year was on sale for 6 ! prices seemed to have gone down since 2010 but be very carefull ? always check your menus and ask for prices and beer sizes because some and i mean only a small proportion of bar/taverna owners are cheating tourists . friends of ours had a meze and 2 beers for which the taverna owner tryed to charge them 90 euros ! this meal shud have cost maximum 50 euro when they questioned the bill he said there was a 10 euro charge each to sit on the top terrace , the fish in the meze was red snapper and was 200 euro a kilo ? very sad when other tavernas get a bad name because of one cheating owner ! Also some tavernas offer beers in small medium and big and grande ...a grand beer is 9 euros as its about 2 litres !!! if you get the oppurtunity to do a tour of lindos do it but not in august and july as it is far too hot ! and it isnt pleasant . Rhodes town is great and personally i would leave the excursions behind and wander round yourself .. its lovely .
WARNING ! WARNING ! CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS FOR THE LESS MOBILE . Santorini was my dream destination on the whole itinery but my experience and that of my fellow traveler's was horrendous ! when we arrived in the bay the views where just spectacular . breath taking and very , very beautiful . There where 4 cruise ships docked in at the same time . The Costa Fortuna , a Happy Cruises , a Celebrity and one of the Windstar ships . Those people not on an excursion package had to wait untill about 9.30am to 10 pm to get a tender of the boat . Excursion packages came first. On arrival in the tiny , tiny dock at the base of the Thira cliffs we where faced with 2 ways to get up and down the cliffs to get into Thira . A cable car that had 6 pods hgoing up and down for 4 euros each way and to walk . We decided on the cable car after hearing repeated screams coming from the donkey walkway above us but we waited over 30 minutes to get up . Once in Thira we realised that it was going to be very difficult getting back down again as the que for the cable car back down was 1000 people long . Thira on the cliff face is amazing , very beautiful with incredible views but once passed the winding streets Thira was a noisy , bustling , dirty town with more traffic than i have ever seen in my life on a greek island and i have been to lots ! the roads where packed and very slippery even tho the weather was very fine . the lava stone paving and cobble where polished and a waiting death trap for the elderly . We decided to get out of the crowds and go into a little irish bar Murphys ! NEVER , EVER AGAIN the bar woman who was very , very rude tryed to charge us 24 euros for 3 beers . my partner was furious and refused to pay we believe they have one menu for tourists and one for locals . so please check the prices before you purchase !! On leaving the town after a very stressfull trip we found that the cable car now had about 1500 people in the que so we where forced to walk down to the port for the tender . I am 46 and my partner 39 he fell 3 times it wa so slippery , covered in donkey muck and VERY , VERY DANGEROUS . Anyone who rents a donkey to go up and down is not only foolish but cruel and very , very stupid . It is so dangerous that you are taking not only your life in your hands but those of the people trying to walk up and down . It was one of the scariest and most hair raising experiences of my life . At one stage we had to jump on a wall to escape from an nenraged , cruelly whipped donkey that bolted , caused a stampede and in fact knocked an elderly german man flying and practically bulldozed a spanish family out of its way . the donkey men had little or no control over their animals and every single person i spoke too at dinner that night had a very similiar experience . people got back on board covered in cuts and grazes .I will go to santorini again but by plane and not boat . there where some cruise guests who missed their ships because they where unable to get back down the hill .All ov this is 90 degree heat ! Please be very carefull .
sailing in and out of venice was an amazing experience , the port itself was easily accessible from the airport , we paid 42 euro for a taxi between 4 , that 10.50 each 1 way our friends paid 3 euro for the local bus and then free shuttle from piazza roma . Venice was breath taking in its beauty and in its history but we found it very expensive . we stayed on the lido de venezia which was so lovely , just 4 minutes from st marks square by vaperreto 12 euro for a day ticket and we got the aguiluna line boat back to marco polo airport from the lido for 15 euro which took an hour and was more like a tour of the lagoon ...i think its best to get a guided tour of venice as its so easy to get lost and much better to stay on the lido as its so cheap 15 euro for 3 course tourist menu , 5 euro for half litre of wine and the hotels are 50 % cheaper than venice itself . you also have the beach and can bike round very easily .