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Old September 22nd, 2007, 08:07 PM
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Hello, has anyone done capri on their own. We want to take the hydrafoil and spend a few hours. This is our first cruise and we are a little intimidated starting out on our own. Any help with this would be super!! Thanks so much, soooo excited!!
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Old February 18th, 2008, 04:42 PM
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My husband and I went to Italy a few years ago on a Globus tour, and Capri was the highlight of our trip. We loved it so much, we decided to return to Italy every five years for the rest of our lives with always a stop in Capri! Take the hydrofoil - it is about a 45 minute ride and enjoyable on its own - keep your camera handy as you approach Capri! You probably can't do everything in the time your ship is docked, but check a guide book or online for what would make your experience personally wonderful. I can tell you that visiting the Blue Grotto was absolutely unforgettable, but is time consuming - you have to take a launch out there and then a smaller rowboat takes you into the breathtaking grotto. Plan about 2 hours to do it, and tides and weather will affect if it is an available activity. Our second most magical experience was the trip to Anacapri - you will need to take the Funicular up to Capri Village, then a not-for-the-fainthearted bus ride up to Anacapri (it teeters right on the edge of cliffs)! Up there is the Seggovia chair lift up to the very top of the island - you will believe that you are in an amazing dream and can see the whole island from up there, and when you come back down, the visit to the Doctor's Mansion (I can't remember his name) - it is amazing. Limoncello tasting and perfume sampling is part of the fun - they are the two exports the island is known for. There is NO CRIME on Capri so no matter where you go you are safe, but it is very hilly so wear good shoes and prepare to be exhausted at the end of the day. If you have time, visit the garden on the other side of the island and eat lunch in a cafe in Capri village. Have the time of your lives!
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Hello, has anyone done capri on their own. We want to take the hydrafoil and spend a few hours. This is our first cruise and we are a little intimidated starting out on our own. Any help with this would be super!! Thanks so much, soooo excited!!
Well, it's certainly possible to take a ferry (either conventional or hydrofoil) to Capri and Back on your own. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend taking the ship's full day shore excursion to Capri instead for two major reasons.

(1.) The ship's tour also visits the town of Anacapri, which has several great attractions. It's rather rather difficult to get to Anacapri and back on your own.

(2.) If you go on your own and you can't get on the hydrofoil coming back, the ship will not wait for you. Rather, you will have to pay the cost of transportation to the ship's next port of call and hotels and meals until you rejoin the ship. If you go on the ship's tour, the tour will have prereserved space aboard one ferry or another so missing the return will not be a problem. Also, if something does foul up on the tour's return, the ship will make alternate arrangements to get passengers on the tour back aboard or, if necessary, will arrange accommodations and transportation to rejoin the ship at no cost to the affected passengers.

Note that the second reason applies more generally to any situation in which you are going a significant distance from your port of call.

But if you must go to Capri on your own, be sure that you have reserved space on a ferry that's scheduled return to Naples with plenty of cushion (at least an hour) for possible delays. Missing the ship would be quite costly.

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Of course you can do Capri on your own. You can take the hydrofoil in Naples which stops close to your ship terminal and within 50 mnts ride you will get there. At Capri port you can take the cable car that take you up on top of the hill where the famous "piazzetta" (the main square) is located or you can take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto if sea conditions are ok.
Capri is such a charming island. By taxi from the piazzetta you can go to Anacapri which is at the back side of the island where you can see the "Faraglioni" 2 rocks coming out from the water!!
Enjoy your stay there!
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