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Old December 30th, 2000, 01:41 PM
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What is your favorite Mediterranean port? Mine is Barcelona. With Las Ramblas, the Gaudi architechture, Sagrada Familia Catherderal, the Gothic District and the wonderful restaurants and cafe's. It is wonderful place to get lost in.

I'd love to hear about your favorite port.

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Old December 31st, 2000, 04:37 PM
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Hi Mike,
I will find out about Barcelona in May. My sister & I are staying 3 days pre-cruise at the Le Meridian, right on the Las Ramblas. We board the Golden Princess the 28th. Am I excited?
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Old December 31st, 2000, 06:19 PM
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Suzie;
I hope you have a great time on the Golden Princess. When you are in Barcelona, the "Tourista" bus is a great way to see the city. You can catch it either at the Port or at Catalun Square. These are at each end of Las Ramblas.
The buses come about every 15 minutes and you can ride all day for about $10. You can get off and on as many times as you like.

Also; spend some time in the Gothic district. East of the Gothic Cathederal are some wonderful areas with small shops and lovely cafe's and bakeries. I would suggest doing this during the day as it pretty much shuts down in the evening and can be a little scary.

Just use common sense and a travel wallet and you will be fine.

Have a great time and a great cruise;
Mike
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Old January 13th, 2001, 07:57 PM
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Our favorite Mediterranean Ports include:
Barcelona - Montjuic is a fabulous place overlooking the port - breathtaking to see YOUR ship at anchor from high atop this "hill". Las Ramblas is fun. Lots of nice restaurants nearby (must have some Priorato - a popular red wine and Cava).

VENICE is our favorite port city - just sailing up the Grand Canal is delicious! Can't think of any other way to describe it.

Marseilles - as a port is nice - but must go to Aix en Provence on your own.

Naples: As a port - get off the ship and turn left and board a jet boat to the Isle of Capri.

(sorry: i could go on and on and on and..........)
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It really helps to hear of places we have not been -- and we will add Barcelona to our list. Your message would have even more meaning to readers, however, if we knew to what ports you have been. Our favorite in the Med -- and just about our favorite in the world so far -- is Venice. It so depends on what criteria you use for your "favorite" -- fun? cultural? We have only been on 4 cruises -- and 3 of them were in the Caribbean. Lots of sun, beach, shopping -- but no culture, no transportation per se, etc, and we now see no reason to do it again. Not that these cruises aren't just fine if that's what you are looking for.

Probably one of our best vacations ever was the October Royal Princess -- Istanbul, Varna, Odessa, Yalta, Kusadasi, Santorini, Athens. Katakalon, and Venice. The ship, although older, is classy and beautiful -- and we liked the smaller size. The trip to the ports in Bulgaria and the Ukraine, however, were the highlights. On this cruise you actually are getting TRANSPORTATION to places that may otherwise be difficult to get to -- even with rail passes, as we often travel in Europe. And so much more -- I don't know if I can even describe the emotions of visiting these cities -- standing on deck as you arrive and depart and listening as proud bands play and hundreds of people waving (do they want to go with us?) -- seeing particular people on board the Royal waving to small groups of waiting people on the pier and finding out that these are relatives that have not seen each other since communists days, or even before -- visiting the markets, the art displays in the parks, seeing a young wedding couple being rushed from spot to spot for those wedding pictures ---. And guess what? When you visit these cities, you see residents of these countries on the streets, not thousands of other American cruise ship passengers.

But I have gone on too long -- I can only say that no vacation ever made us feel so very, very lucky just to have the experience that we had on this cruise. Our two fellow dining couples felt the same way. The October trip was the only one that the Royal visited the Black Sea last year and we were sorry to hear they will not be including the Black Sea this year. So you can see we are now pretty spoiled -- any recommendations for an encore?
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Old January 18th, 2001, 10:15 AM
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Mine is Kusadasi
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Old January 25th, 2001, 10:39 PM
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Venice, Venice, Venice. I've been there two dozen times, it's touristy and I don't care. I could wander it's ancient streets for weeks and never tire of this city.

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SUZIE,

You might want to check the post at http://www.cruise-forums.com/read.php?f=34&i=4&t=1 (it's actually a reply to Paul Motter's post about the CruiseMates cruise aboard MV Golden Princess in September) for more information and recommendations on your ports of call. They are fantastic -- the "low point" of this cruise is Florence!

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pooh1bear43113,

I agree that all of those are in the running, but you missed two other great ports.

>> In Istanbul, be sure to take the "Imperial Istanbul" tour of the Hippodrome, Haggia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace if you have not visited these attractions.

>> In Monte Carlo, be sure to take the walking tour of Monaco Ville (the old city), which visits the royal palace, the cathedral, and a few other points of interest.

The art and architecture on both of these tours is absolutely magnificent!

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Old January 28th, 2001, 07:24 PM
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Mike,

I have to give the nod to Venice, though Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Naples/Sorrento (for Capri), and Istanbul also are very high in the running. Venice is truly unique, with its canals and artisans (I was really impressed by the glass mosaics -- which they apparently make out of articles that break -- at one of the glass factories). The Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark, and a gondola ride are worthwhile attractions.

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I agree with Anne; Venice has GOT to be the most beautiful city in the world! With its canals and charming alleyways =surprisingly it is an easy city to get around and easily walked. Going into St Mark's -you marvel that there is NO bad "view" - I stood in the middle, listening to the sounds of opera music, birds, people hushed whispers -and turned twice in a complete circle, just soaking up the atmosphere. We were there in September -a warm sunny day. The following afternoon we sailed out, the Grand [Princess] playing Italian opera music. As we came abreast of St Marks, the captain lest out a blast of the ships whistles and a cloud of pigeons rose from the piazza.........The image still makes me smile in delight!
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Anne and Another Anne:

You got that right! I believe that the title of this thread is "Favorite Mediterranean Ports" - Venice was (is) far and away our favorite port - along with just about every other port on our European cruises. Just can't get enough of that Venice atmosphere!

Regarding the Italian opera music: The night our ship was docked in Venice, we booked a "Venetian Nights" excursion. We were taken by private motor launch to Piazza S. Marco, where we were escorted through the square to an "opera house" - Al Musicanti Concert Hall - right off the square. It was a very small hall holding several small tables set for groups of 4 - each table with 1 or 2 bottles of Italian wine. The scenery was beautiful. We were treated to a small group of Italian opera musicians as well as a classical guitarist. They performed music by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Vivaldi, etc. While we are not true opera fans, that is a night we will never forget - hearing real, live opera in Italy!

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That sounds absolutely fabulous. Do all cruise lines offer this tour or did you get it somewhere elese? We shall be in Venice on the Rotterdam II overnight on May 20. Is that our available?
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Old March 13th, 2001, 01:58 PM
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The "Venetian Nights" was offered through RCCL. Don't know what is offered through other cruise lines. I'm looking at the brochure I picked up at the concert hall that night and there is a web site for Al Musicanti concert hall: www.ai-musicanti.com.

I've not looked at the site - but it might give you some more info.

If you get the chance, I recommend this. The only problem was that since we elected to go to the opera, we were unable to do the evening gondola ride. HOWEVER, I've solved that! I'm making plans to return next May!

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Yikes!!
You all are worrying me. My husband and I (first time cruisers to be) will be doing the Rome Rivieras (land-cruise) from Rome to Barcelona.
I think we're going to be shelling out a lot of money for this and would like to know if this itinerary is worth it! We don't have Venice on our schedule.

Rome (3 nights), Livorno, Portofino, Cannes, Barcelona (2 nights).

We'll be on the Crown Odyssey of Orient Lines. Please tell me whether or not I'll get our money's worth. We're open to ANY suggestions and advice!
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Yikes!!
You all are worrying me. My husband and I (first time cruisers to be) will be doing the Rome Rivieras (land-cruise) from Rome to Barcelona.
I think we're going to be shelling out a lot of money for this and would like to know if this itinerary is worth it! We don't have Venice on our schedule.

Rome (3 nights), Livorno, Portofino, Cannes, Barcelona (2 nights).

We'll be on the Crown Odyssey of Orient Lines. Please tell me whether or not I'll get our money's worth. We're open to ANY suggestions and advice!
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Old March 21st, 2001, 12:49 PM
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Thim;
I wouldn't get too worried.
3 days in Rome/Civatavecchia gives you plenty of opportunity to explore the sites and attractions of Rome.

Cannes and the French Riviera are beautiful and can be exciting.

You also are travelling on a wonderful ship. The Crown Odyssey is great and Orient has great excursions.

I know you will have a great cruise.

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Thanks, Mike!

I'm still struggling with which itinerary to choose.

I'm deciding between Millenium istanbul to Spain, Rome Riviera (Barcelona to Rome), or Grand Mediterranean (Athens to Barcelona)

I'm mostly struggling with days I have to take off work for this vacation and money.
Trying to convince that I'm going to get the bang for the buck. All three are priced within $500 of each other.

At same time, I feel i can save a few hundred here and there with lower cabin grades. Right now, I'm at C or above. On Rome, I'm in S3, but there are less ports on the itinerary. on the Grand, I'm in C level. which costs the same as S3 on the Rome tour. Goodness....the agony!

Millenium...more vacation days, but everything is taken cared of.( I live in Bermuda, so I have to worry about getting to east coast hubs in the states and then fly from there.) On Millenium, I leave and go directly to Europe.

I'll definitely need to spend more time on this and think it all through! Plus, my husband are the younger crowd...I'm 27. Will I be ok on Crown Od?

thank you again for your response! hope to have more!
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Thim: If you haven't decided yet, I'll let you know soon - I'm 32 and we are going on the Crown Odyssey's 5/20 Grand Med (Barcelona to Athens -I think they alternate it with the Rome). We're in a low end cabin but one of our group will be in a C, I think.... From all I read, I think it'll be great.
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Mike

Do I hve to pick only one??? Barcelona, Venice, Naples/Capri, Monte Carlo, and Istanbul are way up there!

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