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Old 12-08-2011, 07:23 PM
 
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Default 1st Cruise to Europe - Greece vs Italy?
Considering a cruise to Europe next year. Looking at two itinaries. One includes Le Havre, and 4 stops in Spain. The other has stops in Greece and Italy, with one stop in Spain.

So, if you've cruised Europe before, which is going to give us the better taste of what Europe has to offer??
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:41 AM
 
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Wink Number 2,,,,but both great...do other one next...
Greece and Italy very scenic,,,,was MY first European cruise and LOVED it...I now cruise 2 times a yr...vary river cruises and ocean...those are another option to see the middle portions of Europe..good luck.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:24 AM
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We have done Northern Europe a few times & Greece once many years ago
It depends on what you are looking for
I found both to be interesting but in different ways
I have not been to Spain so cannot comment on what it is like

We enjoyed both cruises
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We were hoping to see a few more comments before we jumped in on this topic. There is no easy answer to the OPs queston as so much depends on personal preference. We have spent many months in Italy (driven more then 10,000 miles within that country) and also been there on numerous cruises to many ports. It is nearly the same with Greece (not as much driving) and we really enjoy both countries. But here are a few things for the OP to ponder. Carefully look at the various itineraries and pay a lot of attention to the amount of time in port as well as the days of the week in ports. For example, in Italy many places of interest are closed on Sundays and Mondays. In many cities you will find key museums closed on Monday or Tuesday. Some cruise lines allow too little time in certain ports..where it may take more then an hour to get from the port to key sites. And there are significant differences between various ports of the same country. A cruise that stops in Mykonos and Santorini might be great for those that like the Greek Island atmosphere...but others would probably prefer ports like Kusadasi and Naples where they can visit amazing archaelogical ruins. Some folks might want to visit larger cities (Rome, Paris, Istanbul, etc) while others might prefer gateway ports to smaller places such as Marseille or Cannes to get to Provence, Livorno or La Spezia to get to Cinque Terre...etc. There is no right or wrong...its just personal preference. We often suggest that folks consider European cruises that begin and end at different ports...and then you can extend your trip on both ends to have some land time in two different places. One of our neatest cruises was a ship that went from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Istanbul. We spent a couple of weeks in Italy before the cruise and a few days in Turkey after the cruise (yes, we know that not everyone has the time).

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P.S. We will not sign or posts with previous cruises because we started to loss track after the first 60 or so cruises . But could not help but notice the Alexander Pushkin in the previous posters signature. That would probably be an interesting story in its own right.

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. But could not help but notice the Alexander Pushkin in the previous posters signature. That would probably be an interesting story in its own right.
Yes Hank
that was an interesting cruise ..my 1st cruise so did not know what to expect


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Hank....I think Lyn has two cruises upon the same ship...i.e. the Marco Polo was originally the Alexandr Pushkin was it not?

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Hank....I think Lyn has two cruises upon the same ship...i.e. the Marco Polo was originally the Alexandr Pushkin was it not?

BillyBuzzy
Yes we did the Pushkin cruise in 1974 & Marco Polo in 2003 we want to see how much the ship was changed
We enjoyed both cruises
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Believe it or not but we were very familiar with the Marco Polo having taken a long 18 day Asian cruise on the ship as well as a shorter voyage between Civitavecchia and Istanbul. We were aware she was originally a Russian ship (with a thick hull to handle icy waters) but did not know she was formally the Alexandr Pushkin. When she was operated by Orient Lines we do not recall any borscht on the menu

The Asian cruise was one of our favorite cruises (and we have spent over 2 years on cruise ships) because of the fantastic itinerary and several newfound friends (who are still good friends nearly 20 years later). That cruise was one of the first western cruise ships to be permitted to cruise all the way up the Saigon River and dock right in downtown Saigon (I refuse to call it Ho Chi Minh City) (not generally permitted today).

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Old 01-06-2012, 09:14 AM
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Believe it or not but we were very familiar with the Marco Polo having taken a long 18 day Asian cruise on the ship as well as a shorter voyage between Civitavecchia and Istanbul. We were aware she was originally a Russian ship (with a thick hull to handle icy waters) but did not know she was formally the Alexandr Pushkin. When she was operated by Orient Lines we do not recall any borscht on the menu

Hank
When she was the Puskin she was not operated by Orient lines so maybe no Russian crew left behind
We did have some interesting dishes on the Pushkin including Borscht
Those days they gave you the menus to keep ...I still have them

Anyway we are FAR off topic now LOL
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We actually ran into the Marco Polo last year when we were docked in Bergen on the Prinsendam. The Marco Polo, looking very much the same, was docked nearby. That ship just keeps on cruising.

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