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Old March 17th, 2007, 12:57 AM
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Has anyone taking the Eastern Mediterrean cruise on Splender of the Seas? It yes, what excursions do you recommend? My teenage boys and I are new to cruising--I have never been. Would love to hear what more experienced people recommend. Thanks.
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Has anyone taking the Eastern Mediterrean cruise on Splender of the Seas? It yes, what excursions do you recommend? My teenage boys and I are new to cruising--I have never been. Would love to hear what more experienced people recommend. Thanks.
I have not been on that ship, but I have been to several ports of call in the eastern Mediterranean and look forward to returning there later this year.

The first thing to be aware is that cruises to Europe are very different than cruises to the Caribbean, to the Mexican Riviera, or to other tropical destinations The primary attractions in most European ports of call are history, art, architecture, culture, and cuisine, and most European ports of call are so rich in these attractions that shore excursoins are "all day" affairs with a lunch of local cuisine. These excursions are not exactly inexpensive, but they are the best way to experience as much of the destination cities as possible in the time that you have available. Many of the attractions will have long lines awaiting admission (two to three huurs is tyipcal during the peak season), but the shore excursions have reserved group tours so they enter when they arrive with no more than about a five minute wait. If you try to see the same attractions on your own, you will spend over half of your time waiting in lines in many of the destianation cities.

As to specific ports of call, I c an only speak to ports I have visited that may or may not be on your itinerary.

>> Istanbul is an amazig city. It's thoroughly modern, but steeped in history, with a blending of many cultures. Be sure to take a shore excursion that visit the Hippodrome, Haggia Sophia (now a museum), the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Plaace. IIRC, the full day tour adds lunch and a visit to the grand bazaar t the mix.

>> Kusadasi (pronounced "KUSH-ah dah-see" meaning "bird island") is now te port for []Ephesus[/b]. Be sure to take the walking tour of the ruins of ancient Ephesus. There's also a bazaar right at the end of the pier in Kusadasi.

>> Pireaus is the gateway to Athens, another city rich in history, art, and architecutre. A shore excursion that visits the Acropolis is a must.

>> If your cruise stops in Naples, b sure to do the shore excursion that speds a full day on the isle of Capri -- and be sure to watch the dmonstration of the wood inlay game table at the "department store" in the town of Anacapri!

Have a great cruise!

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Thank you so much for your advice. Taking the shore excursions from the ship rather than on our own makes sense.

Do you recommend reserving the shore excursions before the cruise? (I noticed that one could do that about 10 days before the cruise departs.)

Thanks, Melanie
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YES! Melanie,
I do recommend you in reserving the shore excursions before the cruise as they cabins are booked early and you would be left behind!!
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Regarding a private tour to Ephesus, it would be our pleasure to be in service to you. We have been providing private tours and excursions since 1963. Licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Culture. License No. A 776. To get more information about ourselves please visit our web site: Trans Balkan Tours : Ephesus Tours, Ephesus excursions and Private Ephesus Tours - Ephesus, Turkey
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I have been on Splendour back in 07; took the same cruise thru the med; we started out of Venice, went to Dubrovnik, Ephasus, Santorini, Corfu, and back to Venice. Splendour is smaller than most of Royal Caribbean's newer ships; but she was in great condition, the food was excellent, the Chef is from Austria; so all the desserts were out of this world delicious; and the weather in May is wonderful. The other thread mentioned that in Europe and the Med the shore excursions are more about the history of the cities you visit. In Ephasus we visited the ancient ruins of Ephasus; this is where the apostle Paul preached and taught to the Ephisians for three years; great tour; in Corfu we visited a Greek Monestary, another good tour; in Santorini, which is an absolutely gorgeous island; we went tyo the town of Oia and Fira; great shopping, Dubrovnik and the ancient city has so much history and the city(which is surrounded by stone walls), was a great experience; we booked all our excursions thru royal caribbean. if u have any more questions please ask.
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