Posted January 27th, 2013, 07:17 PM
Taking a Costa Magica 8 day cruise from Civitavecchia ending in Venice.
Need help making decision here. We are going to be stopping in Savona, Naples, Athens, Katakolon, Corfu, Dubrovnik, and in Venice.
Costa offers several excursions in each port. Want to stick to ancient monuments, and not party excursions or Beaches. Want to try some authentic Mediterranean food and explore local culture.
Questions how do I find if there are local Excursion company in each port which are reliable and cost effective? Did try to surf on this site but can’t get the answers that I need. We plan to take excursion in Athens and Naples for sure. Should we take excursion in Venice or explore it on our own? Spending 2 nights there.
Also need to know if the Costa Magica has a self serve laundry machines for us to wash clothes? What is the alcohol policy for taking it on board? Carnival allowed a bottle of wine per person in our last Caribbean cruise. Their Liquor package for two is prohibitively expensive. Is water from cabin safe to drink?
Our Cruise is in end of March, should we bring winter clothes?
I have been to a few the places you are headed when I did an 11 Eastern Med Cruise a year or so ago. Here is what we did:
Savona, we took a tour of to Monte Carlo! It was amazing!! It was took about an hour and a half to get there from Savona but the drive was beautiful and you will get to Monte Carlo in time to see the Changing of the Guard. Which was really cool. I know its not very historical and ancient but still neat!
Athen's, we took a tour of the Acropolis, drove around Athens and then had an amazing buffet lunch before heading an hour and half up the Med to see Cape Sounion. The Acropolis was amazing and we had plenty of time there and had a great tour guide. The drive up the coast was beautiful. Not to much to see at Cape Sounion BUT the views were amazing!
In Katakolon, we took a tour of Olympia and the museum. It's neat to see but honestly this was probably my least favorite tour. But I think it was because we had a bad tour guide, who's information wasn't correct. Its neat to see the ruins but it's hard to imagine what it use to look like.
As for your other stops we didn't go there.
Their alcohol policy at the time on Costa was that if you brought alcohol on board you had to turn it over to security for them to hold on to until you departed. However, in Cyprus my husband and I bought a bottle of local wine and when coming on board we told the crew and they just told us to go on. So I guess its one half dozen or another if they decided to enforce their own policies.
Neither one of us tried the water in the room we had a bottle water package and every night we just go and get a bottle and drink that...
Also our cruise was the first part of April and we were comfortable in jeans, T-shirts and a light jacket most days. However, our first day in Rome it was in the 80s and HOT and our last two days in Rome it was rainy and cold and we were so glad we had our winter jackets and gloves as it was cold when we left the states!