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Old 09-17-2009, 10:56 AM
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We will be travelling with 2 kids, aged 7 and 9 on this cruise. We have about 10 hours. Should we just go to Pompeii? Or, try to do pompeii and Capri? We are going in early October. IF both - which should we do first?
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:40 PM
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You can do both easily in 10 hours and still have time left over. Definitely go to Pompeii first before the sun gets to high; it gets very intense and there are very few shaded areas.
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Old 09-18-2009, 05:28 AM
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thanks. I've been doing a bit more research, and think we may take the train to pompei, then continue to Sorrento and do a visit to a cheese factory and spend some time in Sorrento. HOwever, I would like to take a faster return trip to Naples. I believe that there is a hydrofoil that runs between the 2, but when I go to the website I can't find any scheduled times between Sorrento and Naples. Being October, do you think there is?
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:10 PM
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Our member, Hank, recently mentioned the hydrofoil between Naples and Sorrento; I believe he said it runs less frequently than the one between Naples and Capri, and docks at a pier a little farther from the cruise terminal. I will try to find his post, or maybe Hank will see this and respond.

One suggestion, since you have 10 hours: you would probably have enough time to see Sorrento, take a hydrofoil to Capri, see Capri, then catch a hydrofoil back to Naples. We did this, in reverse, when we were there; hydrofoil to Capri as soon as we docked; then hydrofoil to Sorrento for a lovely lunch on a sea-view terrace and shopping; then to Pompeii in the late afternoon when it was cooler.
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Yes, I saw your post . Your memory is close, but not exactly correct. There are some jetboats/hyrofoils that run between Naples and Sorrento, and as you said they do not run as often as the boats to Capri. But, its an easy thing to walk from the cruise ship over to the ferry terminal (this is called Molo Beverello) and see if the schedules work. If not, you can just grab the bus, taxi, or walk (about 25 min) to the train station where the Circumvesuviana Line has trains to Sorrento every 30 minutes. In one of my old posts I did mention that there is another ferry terminal in Naples about 1 mile from the cruise ships (called Mergellina) and warned that one should be aware of the two different ferry terminal names when grabbing a boat back to Naples (you would always prefer to go to Molo Beverello). If you do get into a situation where you must go to Mergellina, it just means you will need a taxi to get back to the ship.

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Thank you for clearing that up, Hank; I was under the mistaken impression that the boats to Sorrento only left from Mergellina.

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thanks. I feel almost organized for the Naples stop.
We are looking at doing a cheese /olive oil tasting with the kids and i've read that everyone seems to enjoy "La Sorgente", for olive oil / cheese tasting.
Does anyone know how to contact them directly, so I can book our own tasting? i've been searching online, but can't find them.

Thanks for all your info.
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The OP sent me a private msg asking is I had any ideas so I will give it a try. After helping thousands or cruisers (I also contribute to several other cruise blogs) with Europe, this is the type of question I dislike more than most since it is difficult to give advice on traveling with children unless you really know the kids. A family of 4 can save thousands of dollars by doing things on their own an avoiding overpriced tours, but it can be a challenge. We think its very wise to make the cruise a learning project for the kids. They should read about the ports, read descriptions of the various tours offered by the ship and do research on the internet or in the library. They will be more motivated if they participate in the decision making on how to spend their day.

As to Naples, Pompeii is an educational place but you should be aware that one highlight is the so-called "Porno" house which has some naked drawings on the walls. Whether this is appropriate for kids is a parents call, but it is interesting. Also keep in mind that if its a hot day, it will feel even hotter in the ruins. You should purchase some water or soda just outside the entrance and carry it inside (there are very limited facilites in the ruins). You can save a lot of money by taking the train to Pompeii (you take the Circumvesuviana Line to the "Pompeii Scavi" station. You can get to the train station (in Naples) by finding a taxi or using the local bus (its a 25 min walk which might be too much for a 7 year old). After seeing the ruins you could take the family out to lunch at one of the cafes across the street from the entrance or just go back to the ship. Trying to do Capri and Pompeii in a day might be too much to do with young children. If they are not interested in Pompeii than you certainly could take them to Capri for the day. Its an easy excursion since its a short walk from the ship over to the ferry terminal where you get the jetboat/hydrofoil for the 50 min ride to Capri. On Capri, most kids would have fun going to the Blue Grotto. There is also a great chairlift ride that goes from Anacapri up to the top of the mountain, but these are single chairlifts and the restraint system on those chairs is minimal. This may not be appropriate for some kids (or parents) although we love that ride and the views at the top. Keeping children happy on a Med cruise can be a challenge, but frequent gelato breaks sure help. One warning for parents. Naples (and everywhere else in Europe) has lots of pickpockets (some of them are gypsy children) who are good at their craft. If you are distracted by dealing with your children it makes you an easier target so keep you valuables in a very safe place on your person.

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