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Old July 25th, 2010, 10:26 AM
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My husband and I and 19 year old daughter are planning a cruise to include Italy and the Greek Isles for May 2011. We've always wanted to see both so we figured a cruise was the way to go and then decide if either is a place we would like to go back to for a longer stay. Our only cruise experience has been a brief bahamas cruise on the Fantasy and a 7 day Alaskan cruise on Princess Sapphire. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! We would prefer a cruise of 7 to 10 days. Any longer just wouldn't be possible at this point.
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Tell us what your itinerary is and we can help you more.

My basic advice is to see as much antiquity as you can, but that is what I enjoy. If you get a chance to see the island of Delos definitely go. It is often offered as a shore excursion from Rhodes or maybe Mykonos.

You will want to see Ephesus - try to get a longer tour and good guide. I have had many guides and some just walk you through without pointing out the good stuff while others really stop a lot along the way and tell you lots of facts.
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Tell us what your itinerary is and we can help you more.

My basic advice is to see as much antiquity as you can, but that is what I enjoy. If you get a chance to see the island of Delos definitely go. It is often offered as a shore excursion from Rhodes or maybe Mykonos.

You will want to see Ephesus - try to get a longer tour and good guide. I have had many guides and some just walk you through without pointing out the good stuff while others really stop a lot along the way and tell you lots of facts.
Our only itinerary is that we want to be able to see the high lights and most beautiful awesomest things imaginable on a cruise that includes Italy and the Greek Isles. Seriously, we know we want to see Italy in detail at a later date and from what we've heard Greece is beautiful to see once but most people don't want to go back and stay there for any length so that's why we're thinking a Venice/Greek Isles cruise but we're still open to anything. We also wonder if we should make sure to choose something that includes Capri. We've gotten some quotes that mostly include Seabourn but honestly that line looks a little too "fancy" for us and probably the ship a little too small considering I have 2 family members with a tendency toward motion sickness. We've sailed Princess and Carnival. Carnival was an old ship that we didn't like but the service and staff was awesome, helpful and friendly. Princess was a spectacular ship but honestly the service wasn't as warm and friendly. Is that way more information than you wanted? lol
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NCL, Norwegian Jade, has a great 14 days itinerary on May 21,2011 that is a round trip from Venice. It gives you an extended cruise and isn't too expensive for the number of days.

Azamara, Seabourn and NCL have itineraries that will fit your needs. Azamara is a great cruise line. It is not as "fancy" as Seabourn but is a bit more upscale than NCL but also has no formal nights, country club casual dress, wines with meals and gratuities are included in the fare.

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I know it is out of your time frame, but we greatly enjoyed our 12 Venice - Rome cruise on Ruby Princess.

It included Naples, so you could go to Capri. The NCL Jade Mike M mentioned can be broken up into two 7 day cruises (at least that was the case in 2010) one week focusing more on mainland stops the other more on the islands. Celebrity, HAL, Oceania, Azamara and Cunard each had 10 Greek Isles itineraries this year.

There are several consolidator websites that you could search your time constraints and then begin researching what you find in greater detail.
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We trust you had a great cruise in and around the Greek Isles. We are headed that way in late October. Do you have any exciting "things" that you all encountered on your cruise. Would like to hear from you!:-):-)
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Bill - here is a brief recap of our cruise. I'd be glad to provide more details if you like.

Venice - stayed three days pre-cruise went to Murano but not Borano - we should have done a tour of both. Loved exploring Venice
Split, Croatia - didn't see much here, I had an allergic reaction to something
Corfu - beautiful island, did an tour that included the kumquat distillery - could take it or leave it, great views
Katakolon - went to Olympia - I'm a huge sports fan, so it was a must see - probably wouldn't go a second time
Athens - the acropolis, and archeological museum - could go to both again and again
Mykonos - just wandered Chora - was beautiful, would probably go to Delos and/or beach next time - had a delicious lunch overlooking the water in Little Venice
Kusadassi - went to Ephesus - incredible, would do it again but skip the carpets - tour guide (Princess excursion) was okay but not great
Rhodes - wow, this one snuck up on me - went to the acropolis of Lindos - it was a long way out but incredible
Santorini - climbed the volcano - this was fabulous, walked over a lot of loose stone, some people turned back - spent the rest of our time in Thira. Next time we would probably go to Oia and/or beach
Naples - went to Amalfi and Sorento - but beautiful but a lot of travel time. Next time Capri
Rome - spent two days post-cruise - did the "things" you are supposed to do. Got lost in the forum on our self-guided tour because of fencing
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Just got back from my first cruise... to Alaska. Had such a wonderful time but I'm trying to decide whether to book a cruise to Italy or take an escorted tour with a tour company. If we decide on a cruise, we're looking at this Italy and the Greek Isles (Rome to Venice) with Princess.

I have a few questions:

How long does it take to reach the city centers from the cruise ship?

Is there truly enough time to enjoy the sights on the excursions?

How expensive are the excursions? I have looked at them, and the "Best Of" excursions would probably be what we would book.

Thanks for your advice!
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Thank you. I'm leaving for Venice and the Greek Islands in Nov and was wondering about shore tours and you told me what I needed to know.
Have a great cruise,
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