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Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Sun Princess

Jim R.
2-5 Cruises • Age 61s

We did a breakfast cruise and toured the Blue Mosque. Both were nice but then included a "15 minute" carpet tour that was significantly longer. We also went to the market but only stayed about 10 minutes. Basically mall kiosks on steroids. ...
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Sail Date: June 2024


Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Sun Princess

Smith Angel
6-10 Cruises • Age 59s

Sales people were aggressive. If your tour guide says they are giving you a 15 min carpet demo, don't fall for it. Will take up to 1 hour and they only try to sell you the carpets. If someone tries to sell you perfume on street, we got it as low as $20 for 3 of them. But was a very unique port. The carpet demo issue is only reason for lower review ...
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Sail Date: June 2024


Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on MSC Splendida

uvwxyz
10+ Cruises • Age 73s

Quiet a lot to see here if you are into Muslim and Ottoman history. The so-called Spice Market (aka tourist trap") is not worth more than a walk through. Look for more local markets where the residents shop. ...
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Sail Date: May 2024


Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Viva

SteveRu
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

We booked the Byzantine tour. We struck gold by having an incredible tour guide. We were impressed by Istanbul and it was wonderful that the ship literally docks in the city! The city was buzzing and I'd definitely re-visit Istanbul for an extended visit in the future. ...
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Sail Date: May 2024


Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Sun Princess

Sunluvr27
10+ Cruises • Age 54s

We hired a local guide and visited the main portion of Old Town and had a wonderful day. There are several roof top restaurants that are fabulous. We loved the Cistern and luckily our guide helped us skip the lines. I highly recommend using a registered guide. They also can give you the history of the area which I find fascinating. Going on a boat trip on the Bosphorus was also a highlight. ...
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Sail Date: May 2024


Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Sun Princess

NKECruiserForLife
2-5 Cruises • Age 33s

Completely different from anywhere else I've been but very cool. We took a taxi to the city center but I recommend using the public transportation tram for faster and cheaper service. We took a walking tour (not princess) and didn't get to visit inside but we did see some beautiful mosques and areas of the city. The guide was super energetic and informative. She makes us want to come back and stay ...
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Sail Date: May 2024


Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Viking Saturn

PHXKate
First Time Cruiser • Age 65s

New port is fabulous. Lots of space for tour buses. Process of passport control is excellent with the shore pass. Beautiful facility. It’s a bit of a walk from ship to city side but the path is well marked. You can either exit to the city or to a brand new, high end shopping/dining area. Absolutely lovely. ...
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Sail Date: January 2024


Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

Seininya
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

Port was chaotic, long walk to the immigration. And luggage was so crazy to actually collect. There is a tram stop close to the port which should sell Istanbulkart but we were scammed by people who blocked the machines and charged us 3x actual amount for the transit tickets. ...
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Sail Date: November 2023


Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Riviera

Sthrngary
10+ Cruises • Age 67s

We had two days in Istanbul. Day one, we went to the grand bazar. I would skip this in the future it is crowded and very uncomfortable with all the venders. Not what I expected. However, the next day we went to the Blue Mosque which was unforgettable. Including the area around it where the stores are so much nicer. Both days we hired a cab, which stayed with us all all day for $60.00. I ...
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Sail Date: November 2023


Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Seven Seas Splendor

ahoy4me
6-10 Cruises • Age 69s

Must visit and savor this bustling cosmopolitan city. Choose 2 days in this city, so much to see and enjoy from Spice Market to Mosques to Palaces to Bosphorus to light show at night. ...
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Sail Date: October 2023


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