Originally posted by Detroit Mark:
Great stuff Hank!
Why do they reference Capris on the Naples port stop? Is that something a lot of folks do, run across in a ferry or something? I've never been to that part of Italy. Pompeii sounds way cooler, and Capris just looks like shopping and scenic drives on a Google Earth fly by.
What can you tell me about the island?
There is no reason to reference Capri other than marketing. Capri is actually quite a distance from Naples (50 minutes by very fast jet boats) and probably not even the most popular tour (I would guess that would be Pompeii). As to Capri, we happen to love this place, but than it fits into our lifestyle of sitting in a nice cafe, enjoying the view and people watching, and just relaxing. Capri does have some great high quality shopping (we are talking Rodeo Drive quality) and on our last trip we saw a pair of ripped jeans that were priced at 600 Euros. But, Capri is truly a beautiful place. They also have that tourist trap place called the Blue Grotto. Another nice option on Capri is to take the bus from Capri Town up to Anacapri where you can take a chair lift up to the top of the island (you need about 1 1/2 hours to do this side trip).
As to Pompeii, if you have an interest in history and ruins, this would rank as one of the best excavations in the world (I could make an argument that Ephesus in Turkey is even better). The thing about the port of Naples is that there are enough options to keep you busy on several cruises. We finally got tired of our rushed days in that port and spend a week on the Amalfi Coast. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are spending 4 more nights on the Amalfi Coast (Praiano) this coming May. Most of the cruise lines do include a "marathon" tour that takes you to Pompeii, than on to Sorrento, than a ferry over the Capri, and finally a longer ferry ride back to Naples and the ship. You hardly have time to stop and enjoy yourself, but its actually a pretty neat option for those who want to see a lot in one day.