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Old 09-15-2004, 10:12 AM
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My husband and I are in our "very early" forties and have booked a Mediterranean Cruise on 9-9-2005. It is a 12-night cruise and we are very excited as this is our fisrt cruise! My husband is skeptical of excursions and ports since we normally travel to beach countries and stay the duration. This gives us a lot of flexibility. I decided on the European cruise so we could see a few countries in a shorter period of time. How easy is it to explore on our own at ports? via train, taxi etc? We are very adventuress. For instance if we were at port in Livorno could we conceivably get to the Tuscany region and tour on our own? I would appreciate any feedback I could get.
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My husband and I are in our "very early" forties and have booked a Mediterranean Cruise on 9-9-2005. It is a 12-night cruise and we are very excited as this is our fisrt cruise! My husband is skeptical of excursions and ports since we normally travel to beach countries and stay the duration. This gives us a lot of flexibility. I decided on the European cruise so we could see a few countries in a shorter period of time. How easy is it to explore on our own at ports? via train, taxi etc? We are very adventuress. For instance if we were at port in Livorno could we conceivably get to the Tuscany region and tour on our own? I would appreciate any feedback I could get.
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Most of the ports have a rail infrastructure that you can use to access the sights. Taxis are also another excellent option. Which ports are you going to visit?

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Having just returned from a Med cruise, I had friends who wanted to explore the Tuscany region on their own and found no trouble hiring a taxi for the day. It was relatively inexpensive (of course right now with the value of the dollar that is definitely a relative term - everything seemed expensive when converted to Euros) and they had a wonderful time.
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Old 09-16-2004, 07:00 AM
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Thank you so much for your reply. I am looking forward to our trip even though I have a while to go yet

Where you on the Brilliance?
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Thanks for the tips....I will research. We will visit Barcelona, Livorno. Civitavecchia, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Piraeus, Santorini and Naples. We are going on the Brilliance of the Sea RCCL.
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OK, here is the scoop on the ports you are going to visit.

Barcelona...easy to do on your own. Take the local sightseeing double deckers for an orientation and then walk to whereever you want to spend time.

Livorno...Easy train ride to Florence. Take a taxi to the train station from the ship (you can walk it, but it is a pretty good distance.)

Civitavecchia...train station is within easy walking distance of the port. Once in Rome, take taxis where ever you want to go.

Mykonos...walk into town from the tender port (great shopping) and then taxi to the beach if you want to go

Kusadasi...Don't miss Ephesus!! Either take a ship's shore excursion or grab a taxi and negotiate for 3-4 hours to go to Ephesus.

Piraeus...DO NOT TAKE A TAXI!!! Walk to the train station in Piraeus and then take the train to the Platka. From there, walk to the Acropolis.

Santorini...easy to do on your own. Excellent public bus system to the beach

Naples...train will take you right across the street from Pompei, or take the ferry to Capri for the day.

Check out www.EuropePortReviews.com on each port for detailed information about what is there.

Have a great cruise!

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THANK you so much! This is helpful and we did decide to do shore excursions in Piraeus and Kusadsai. I have printed out the findings on the port reviews...this is a very helpful and wonderful website. How can anyone not have a great time on a cruise?

I am a huge beach person and can't wait to experience the beach and the cities in one vacation.

THANKS AGAIN!!! Keep the tips coming
 
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