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Old 08-21-2005, 01:32 PM
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We are sailing on the Carnival Liberty Mediterranean cruise in Sept 2005. We wondered if anyone had suggestions/recommendation about the excursions at each port?
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Old 08-21-2005, 02:27 PM
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What ports in the Med will you be visiting?
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Old 08-22-2005, 08:17 AM
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Our ports in the Mediterranean are Naples, Italy;Dubrovnik, Croatia;Venice, Italy; Messina, Sicily;Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France;and Livornio, Italy and finally Rome, Italy. All are one day except Venice. We've never been to any of these, so we hope to make the most of our trip.
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Old 08-23-2005, 05:21 PM
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Have you checked the information on our sister site, Portreviews.com? Reviews and suggestions on each of those ports can be found there. Here is the link to the main page for that region:

Use the left navigational bar and scroll to each individual port of interest. If you have more questions after reading the information on those sites, ask away.


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Old 08-25-2005, 02:11 PM
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Thanks for the port reviews link. Many of our ports were included that offered helpful info. The ports of Cannes, France and Messina, Sicily are not reviewed yet. Does anyone have suggestions about excursions to do at these ports?
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Old 09-12-2005, 10:59 PM
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My husband and I will be sailing on Liberty in October and after extensive research, have decided on the following:

Naples: Ruins of Pompeii (shorter; allows us to see our #1 pick for Naples while allowing us time to explore the ship some of the first day and schedule time in the spa). We also didn't want to book an Amalfi Coast tour and wind up in the rain... October can be unpredictable from what I hear.

Dubrovnik: Plan to explore on our own.

Venice: Gondola ride and explore some back canals and streets of the city. May decide to see Murano once we're there, but it's nice to have the extra time for 'what the heck, lets do it' activities.

Sicily: Taormina. I frequent http://www.virtualtourist.com and when I asked what to see in Sicily, every single person (local and tourist) stated that it is a far better excursion than Mt. Etna for the time frame. I was also given good recs for local Messina restaurants.

Barcelona: I have friends here, so I plan to get together with them and see Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas, Gaudi sites and Montjuic. I hear that this is one of the favorite cities, so give yourself time to go back to something for a second peek if you can. Tom should have lots of tips when he returns.

Cannes: We chose the Nice and Eze tour. I really wanted to see my idol, Grace Kelly's, grave as well as some of the harbour towns, but that may need to wait for a land trip to the riviera. It's a spendy tour and would take all day, but may be worth it for you.

Florence: Due to the distance from port to city, we are paying for the Florence on your own tour. This way, we have a guaranteed ride to and from (with no risk of missing the boat)and we can do our own thing in town. There is enough to see on foot in Florence that a broader tour may be a waste of money. We are choosing not to see Pisa this time, although we are in the minority on this decision.

Rome: We are spending 4 extra days in Rome, so the obvious sites will be on our list.

Have a great time! Post some info about the boat when you get back if you can!
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Old 09-20-2005, 09:16 AM
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4chat, I just returned from a month in the Med and hqve added a bunch of information on the ports you are visiting. I hope to have it completed and published within the next deay or two. The only two ports you are visiting that are not covered are Messina (do Taromina) and Cannes. There is great shopping and beaches in Cannes, but for sightseeing I agree with the post offering Nice and Eze. Cannes is only about 25 minutes by train from Nice and it is easy to do.

The Western Med is awesome!

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