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kitten969 02-23-2010 03:54 AM

we are having our first cruise in august for our honeymoon, we usually spend our holidays in and around the uk so are very excited at venturing out the country and seeing all the sights ....... we only booked a week ago and im trawling the forums for good ideas on where to go and what to do,
our itinery is as follows .....

Sat, Aug 14
Barcelona, Spain Depart 6:00 PM
Sun, Aug 15
Cannes, France Tendered Arrive 10:30 AM Depart 8:00 PM
Mon, Aug 16
Florence, Italy Docked Arrive 7:00 AM Depart 7:00 PM
Tue, Aug 17
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Docked Arrive 7:00 AM Depart 7:00 PM
Wed, Aug 18
Sicily (Messina), Italy Docked Arrive 12:03 PM Depart 8:00 PM
Thu, Aug 19
At Sea
Fri, Aug 20
Mykonos, Greece Tendered Arrive 7:00 AM Depart 10:00 PM
Sat, Aug 21
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey Docked Arrive 7:00 AM Depart 6:00 PM
Sun, Aug 22
Athens (Piraeus), Greece Docked Arrive 7:00 AM Depart 6:00 PM
Mon, Aug 23
At Sea
Tue, Aug 24
Naples (Salerno), Italy Docked Arrive 7:00 AM Depart 7:00 PM
Wed, Aug 25
At Sea
Thu, Aug 26
Barcelona, Spain Arrive 6:00 AM

have you got any advice for us first timers ? what ports are good for just walking around on our own and exploring? which ports would it be best to take the cruise tours? which places are a must see and do ?
also any money saving ideas would be brilliant
many thanks

drlivingston 02-23-2010 12:54 PM

Welcome,kitten!! What a great itinerary.People will give you advice but you can always look up previous threads that the members have posted about each of those ports. Go to the toolbar just above your post and click on the "Find" tab. It will open a keyword search box. Simply put the port that you want information about and hit the "Go" button. Happy surfing!!

Hank 02-23-2010 03:36 PM

That is a terrific itinerary and we are very familiar with all of your ports which can be done on excursions or totally on your own (a lot cheaper). But for now I will focus on only Kusadasi since this is the only port we strongly recommend using a private tour operator. You can generally book a private tour for as few as two people for about the same cost(or less) than the cruise tours. There are many advantages to private tours to Ephesus since you are not stuck in a large group, forced to go to touristy shopping places, etc. Based on our own experience we recommend a company called EKOL (you can google them and find their web site) since they have been in business a long time, are reputable, and use professional guides. The key to booking a tour to Ephesus is that you should make sure it includes a visit to the amazing Terrace Houses. The Terrace Houses cost a small supplement (they are located within the ruins at Epeheus) and are not generally included in the large cruise line tours because they do not allow large groups into the Terrace Houses. As to your other ports, we suggest you do a little on-line and book store homework and than post your specific questions.


geordie 02-24-2010 06:03 AM

If you want to visit Rome from Civitavechia the ships excursions are both horribly expensive and tiresome due to the traffic
The best way in my opinion is to take the bus to the port gates(usually free)and walk straight ahead a few hundred yards to the station
You can buy returns to Rome which include the metro for around 10 euros
You must authorise the ticket before getting on to the train at the machine just as you exit to the platform-watch how others do it
The trains are frequent and quicker than road
I got details of the Italian rail system by googling-cannot remember the exact site but it took no finding
Enjoy the cruise-you will judging by the great itinery!

kitten969 02-27-2010 03:46 AM

thankyou drlivingston, hank and geordie for all your advice.
i didnt realise i could use the find button for that lol (not computor minded if you havnt guessed lol) i will spend this weekend trawling them all many thanx

LisaP 02-27-2010 05:47 AM

Here is a link to a fabulous thread on our Europe Port Chat forum that is a must-read for anyone planning to take the train in Italy. Lots of great tips.

tickets 02-28-2010 12:44 PM

Hi Kitten We are also taking a cruise that stops in Salerno instesd of Naples (Celebrity Century, Oct. 1,2010). We want to take the Sita bus from Salerno to Positano and Amalfi. Does anyone know where the Salerno train station (busses leave from in front) is in relation to the port?

Hank 03-01-2010 11:30 AM

The Salerno train station is located right down town only a few blocks from the sea. However, since we do not know the actual docking location of your ship it is impossible to give you the distance and directions. The station could be anywhere from 4 blocks to 2 1/2 miles from your ship. If you are a bit too far you can just use a taxi or grab a local bus (many of the buses go to the stazione). My only problem with the SITA buses is they will not take you to Ravello. You can still go to Ravello by getting off the SITA bus at the Amalfi stop and than catching the local bus that goes from Amalfi to Ravello. That bus (to Ravello) only runs about once every 45 min which is a pain. Another option is to simply rent a car and drive, but than you have to deal with the hassle of parking at or near Positano. We love this area (have spent 2 extended vacations on the Amalfi Coast) but hate all the transportation hassles.


kitten969 06-10-2010 06:30 AM

i just want to thank you to all those that have kindly helped out here and in other forums that i have trawled through on this great site .... we have got some great ideas from you all and are so looking forward to our honeymoon adventures

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