Ship great, lots to do. Didn't go on ships excursions - bit expensive for 4 of us. We did get off the ship everyday and explore the local area. Ports:- LIMASSOL - can buy tickets for the ships shuttle bus but very pricey. If you go through port building, through taxis, follow the sheltered walkway to a bus stop and catch the bus (number 12 I think) for 80 cyprus cents each to Limassol. Also easy to catch bus back. Not alot to do there, few shops but good to have a nosey if you've never been. RHODES - beautiful place. Leave the ship and few minutes walk to a walled city with lots of character, shops, bars etc. Cobbled floors, no cars. Further round the port is a small market, artists, marina etc. TURKEY - few minutes walk into town, lots of bargains if you can put up with them all wanting you to go into their shop. We got a bit fed up of this, it was extremely hot too! SANTORINI - great laugh. Took cable car to top of mountain 4 euros pp each way - fast! Pretty little town with lovely views. Walked back down the 600 'steps' (shiny, slippery cobbled but wide steps) shared by donkeys! Seemed to take forever. You can ride a donkey up or down but were asked not to as they aren't treated very well and the smell....!! MYKONOS - we caught the ships shuttle bus for about Ł6 each return. Could walk to the town in about 45mins but road a bit dangerous and no pathways. Also no taxis here. Maps of the area are included in the ships daily newsletter.
We didn't do any ship excursions either as it was the first time for us in the Greek Isles so we just wanted to explore each port.
Limassol - catch public transport bus as previously advised. They take Euros so don't need Cyprus pounds. Not much to see - walk along the prom, visit the castle, browse the shops.
Rhodes - World Heritage Site. Absolutely georgeous, extremely easy to walk from the ship.
Kusadasi - easy to walk from ship. Very hot so had to buy thin blouse & shirt to change into. Not much to see except shops.
Mykonos - we walked but it wasn't a good walk. No pavement & very dusty, cars/buses/lorries passing too close for comfort so caught public transport back. Mykonos is very pretty - watch out for the pelicans in the town. If you can't see them, ask the locals where they are. You can catch a ferry over to Delos where there are loads of ruins (and lizards) to see.
Santorini - unfortunately we were unable to visit as the sea was a bit choppy and the captain decided it wasn't safe for the tenders. Lots of people moaning as we had an extra day on board but obviously safety comes first.
Heraklion - busy city, too much traffic around the town, not too bad to walk from the port though. Nice around the harbour. Can catch public transport to Knossos - very hot!
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