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Old August 11th, 2009, 02:37 PM
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Hi fellow cruisers.

I am looking to make my next cruise include Istanbul.
I would so appreciate information from someone that has done a cruise that stops there.
I have done quite a few of the Greek Islands and will be on Celebrity Equinox for the Holy Land and Egypt in Oct.
Any and all suggestions will be very much appreciated.

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We are looking at Euinox next summer and the 11 nite stops
for 2 days in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar sounds fascinating, but
I've heard the city is dirty...so why do you want to go there?
Should it be a must or skip it?
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Thanks for the reply.

My brother who was an officer with N.A.T.O, flying Awak was there often and loved it, so has every one else that I know of that has been there.'
Read about it, where else can you get in Europe and Asia, by taking a little boat ride.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/istanbul.

Funny thing is I am taking the Equinox from Rome Oct. 10 to the Ancient Empires, so I might do the one you are talking about next year.
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Solstice followed by Equinox does a 10 and 11 day itinerary. The 11-day includes Istanbul, the 10-day includes Sicily. The other ports are the same.
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Why are these cruises normally in Sept., Oct. & Nov.??? I'm interested in doing a cruise to Holy Land with stop in Egypt and Israel, however, can't seem to find any that go in June. I would think June would be a good month to see these ports, as it won't be as hot as in July/August. I don't like the small ships (less than 70,000 ton) so if anyone knows of a good ship going to Greek Isles and Egypt, Turkey and maybe Israel in June 2010, please send your recommendations. Or tell me when best time of year to travel to Greece. thanks,
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Old September 27th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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We are looking at Euinox next summer and the 11 nite stops
for 2 days in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar sounds fascinating, but
I've heard the city is dirty...so why do you want to go there?
Should it be a must or skip it?
The city is not dirty ( well, ıt depends where you go ) but its great to go at Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque and TopKapi . this three places are a must in Istanbul .
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We are looking at Euinox next summer and the 11 nite stops
for 2 days in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar sounds fascinating, but
I've heard the city is dirty...so why do you want to go there?
Should it be a must or skip it?
The Grand Bazaar is huge and you could actually get lost in the maze of pathways, intersections, byways, etc. It is one of those places where you could see/buy everything in about less than a dozen individual vendors but there are a bizillion vendors selling the same thing. It's more of a touristy must see rather than a place to actually buy something.....better than it is the Spice Bazaar down by the water. Its a lot smaller and because of the spice/perfume vendors at the entrance the aroma when you enter the place is magnificent. If I were to return to fantastic Istanbul, I would go back there and skip the Grand Bazaar. I went on a trip last year which started in Athens, hit greek isles, Alexandria (Cairo and pyramids) more Turkey and finally ended at Istanbul. Magnificent ship (Norwegian Jade) and spot on perfect cruise.
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Thanks...we'll be sure to include the Spice Bazaar. I'm thinking
that the Grand Bazaar may be somewhat like the straw market
in Nassau...many vendors but most have the same items.

Can't wait til our cruise.
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The Ruby Princess Barcelona to Venice includes Istanbul
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I am also NOT a big fan of istanbul. Watch the taxi drivers they will rip you off!

If i am going all that way I would spend the extra days in Egypt and Israel. The Nile is unbelievable to see (go to Luxor and Karnak, and the valley of the kings) , and Israel has the Dead Sea, Caeseria, Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Nazareth (depends on what religion you are), church of the holy Sepulchar and of course Jerusalem with the old city, wailing wall, house of David, via de la rosa, an amazing Holocaust museum, Dead Sea Scrolls.

There is also Petra in Jordan to see, and Ephesus in Turkey

There are just so many things to see in that part of the world that interest me far more than Istanbul.
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