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My wife and I are looking at cruising the Eastern Med in May 2015. Looking to do Athens, Ephesus, Santorini, Mykonos and other spots in Italy. Which cruiseline have you been on that includes these ports, and did you enjoy it. We are looking to do 9-14 day cruise. We have only sailed with Royal Caribbean and they don't offer 9-14 day cruises in this area. Thanks for any suggestions or feedback.
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I have done this and similar itineraries on Regent Seven Seas Cruises; here is one itinerary that might meet your desires:

Mediterranean Cruise | Rome to Istanbul | ANCIENT REVERIES | 10 Nights

We have really enjoyed Regent in Med as the included excursions are a good value. If, on the other hand, you would prefer to book all your excursions privately, Regent probably wouldn't be a good fit.

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Marc, thanks for the info and link
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We sailed a similar itinerary on Princess; Venice, Split, Corfu, Olympia, Athens, Mykynos, Ephesus, Santorini, Rhodes, Naples and Rome
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We did two 7-night back-to-back cruises on Royal Caribbean out of Venice doing all the ports you mentioned plus several others including Dubrovnik, which was wonderful.

Many different itineraries from which to choose. Let your agent know where you want to go and let them provide all the options for you - it'll make it alot easier for you.

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Have done this itinerary on both Princess and Cunard. Princess is probably a better value. I think that Ephesus is one of the greatest ancient ruin sites in the world…and I've been to Athens, Rome, Tunisia and Egypt. Love the Greek islands -- you'll have a wonderful time, I'm certain!
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Let me clarify a few things; first thank you everyone for your replies to my post. My wife and I been here before. We cruised out of Venice and did Dubrovnik, Santorini, Corfu, and Ephesus. This time we are looking at doing 12-14 days, some of the same ports but others that my wife hasn't been to; Mykonos, Athens, Olympia and Istanbul. My wife is retiring next summer and this is a a retirement present. We were looking at doing a 12 night British Isle; Paris, Liverpool, Dublin, Inverness, Cork, Oslo, and end up in Coppenhagen; we have to go in May; so my wife thinks the weather will still be a bit chilly; so we will most likely go to the eastern med. The two cruise lines we are currently looking at would be Celebrity Infinity; or Norwegian Jade. Let me know your thoughts on these lines; we have only sailed Royal Caribbean, and we are loyal to them; however, they don't offer any good tours to British Isles; or Eastern Med
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Well, you're comparing apples to oranges here. Celebrity is so much better than NCL, but NCL provides a cheaper price. (Definitely one of those things where you get what you pay for.) So, in my personal opinion, it's a no-brainer - I would much prefer Celebrity over NCL anytime. But as I always say, what one person loves, another will hate. So it really depends on what you're looking for.

For itineraries like what you're considering, I like Celebrity and Holland, if you want to compare apples to apples.

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Pete thank you for your opinion. I value everyones opinion; which is why I ask the questions. I do realize Celebrity is a high end line; I want to be able to have fun on the ship, enjoy the entertainment, and enjoy the shore excursions. I have some time to ponder which ship, itinerary, and which line to go with. We are looking at May 2015. Again, thanks for your feedback.
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One thing about sailing on such an itinerary is that the trip becomes less about the ship and more about the ports. And as you are aware, there are some awesome ports.

You mentioned Olympia; the port is Katakolon, but it's a very easy and inexpensive train ride from the port to Olympia - definitely one you do not need to purchase a shore excursion. The town is lovely, there are some great Greek restaurants, and the archeological site is amazing.

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I found another interesting itinerary on Silver Wind:

Voyage 2511 | Silversea Cruises

Venice to Istanbul including an overnight in Dubrovnik along with smaller ports.

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Well everyone just wanted to let you know. First I started this thread as AF1. However my account got corrupted and I was no longer able to login as AF1. So I am now TimmyK and the good news is, my wife and I booked a B2B cruise on Norwegian Jade for May 2015. This is my wife's retirement present. She retires next summer. We booked a suite in aft section of ship. I have heard good things about being in an aft cabin and I also heard Norwegian has very good suite perks. This will be our first time on Norwegian Cruise Line.
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Can anyone tell me what to see and do in Olympia and Mykonos Greece
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Can anyone tell me what to see and do in Olympia and Mykonos Greece
In Mykonos, I would take a tour of Delos; one of the oldest set of ruins in the Mediterranean. Then, if I had time, I would sit in one of the cafes along the harbor in Mykonos order some lamb and a bottle of Retsina. Those were my first and third times to Mykonos; the second time I took the island tour and was not too impressed.

As for Olympia, I defer to Pete as I have not been there.

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I will looking at going to Delos. My wife and I enjoy ancient ruins
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I agree with Marc about Mykonos. Wonderful island, great food, good shopping, and beautiful scenery.

As I mentioned for Olympia, you take a very nice inexpensive train from Katakolon; Katakolon Train

You don't need to do an expensive shore excursion because you can walk everywhere in Olympia. The main attraction is the archeological site and museum. But the town itself is wonderful.

Quick story; we were told on the ship that the excursions would be late in departing because the archeological site was closed until 2:00pm, but they didn't give any reason for it. We didn't book any excursions, so we just took the train, got up to the archeological site, and found that it was closed until 2:00pm. Why? Because they were having the Olympic torch lighting ceremony for the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games! So we found a great little Greek restaurant/bar where we sat and had a fantastic lunch, drinking great Greek beer, while watching the entire ceremony on a big flat TV. Our Greek hosts were wonderful as they sat with us and explained what they were doing, the history and meaning behind it, why it was important, etc, etc. After all, it was all Greek to us! The ceremony is about 1-1/2 hours long, but what we see on TV in the U.S. is about a 15 second clip saying, "Today they lit the Olympic flame," and that's about it. I wish we could have recorded it for others to see as it was truly a remarkable and beautiful ceremony.

After the torch was lit and given to the first torch runner, he left the Olympic stadium and ran from the archeological site into town. We paid our bill, thanked our wonderful hosts, and walked over to the front of the Town Hall, where the next torch runner was waiting. We have video and pictures of the whole thing as they passed the flame, paid homage to the mayor and citizens of Olympia, and then proceeded through the town. We then walked over and took our pictures with the first torch runner!

To see the Olympic flame in person is amazing. To see the Olympic flame in person in Olympia with the first torch runner is priceless!!

Afterwards, we walked over to the archeological site, paid our admission, and spent about an hour or so walking around taking pictures. When we were leaving, we saw the excursion buses from the cruise line arriving. Gee, they paid $79 per person and look what they got. We paid about $35 and look what we got!

Which is one of the main reasons why I am not a big proponent of shore excursions offered by the cruise lines. They are often way too structured and way too crowded.

So my best advice for excursions is do your research and see what the port has to offer, and find out what is of major interest to you, whether it be going to the beach, shopping, sightseeing, or historical. Then research excursions offered by the cruise line as well as independent excursions to find the one that's best for you.

But the Mediterranean is one of those areas where you have got to go out and see as much as possible. It really is an amazing part of the world and has alot to offer.

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Pete. Thanks for a wonderful story I have a ways to go before I cruise, but I will file away about train.
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