Star Princess July 15



Hello. I need help. Almost ready to go.....
Our ports are : Venice, Kusadasi-Turkey, Athens, Naples, Civitavecchia< Livorno Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

I've studied the excursions alot, and would like to know if there is a little more variety.
Really just for Kusadasi and Athens.
We chose St. John's Basilica and the Virgin Mary's home in Kusadasi (any other ideas besides what is offered on board?)
For Athens, I was hoping to see white homes and beautiful scenery and flowers. (Pictures I've been wanting to take for so long).
I've looked around and found Poros to be about a two and a half hours ride by boat. Is this posible, can the ship arrange something like this? Or has someone done it before, or knows of a setting I'm talking about that could be done while in port?
thank you so much. Licia


Dear Licia
Althogh it is not to heavy pogramme ý think peronally if you are not taking a tour of
Ephesus itself and if it is your first trip you will be missing a lot.
Ephesus is the highlight of the whole cruise.
Nejat incedogan
guide in Ephesus


My husband and I just completed our 12 day Mediterranean Cruise cruise on Star Princess and had a wonderful time.
1. Kusadasi (Ephesus) - We used Byzance Limo. The website is The site lists all of the tours and prices. I found them very courteous, professional, and very quick to respond to my emails. There are many wonderful reviews about this company. They were first class and the guides were helpful, informative and very flexible. It was something we enjoyed so much (a feast for the eyes, ears and senses).

2. Naples - We used Marcello Maresca from See Sorrento. Our trip will included a visit to Pompeii, then the drive along the Amalfi coast with a stop at his family's restaurant for lunch. Marcello owns the business and has another driver to assist him when he his personally booked up. His website is Marcello's email address is

3. Athens - we used Spiros from He is very reasonable...around 200 euro for up to 4 people for a full day tour.

4. Villefranche - We are booked through Dream Tours for a tour to Monte Carlo, Monaco, Nice, Eze, and St. Paul de Vence. Alain is the person who handles the reservations. He was VERY helpful and put up with dozens of emails from me. The website is You can email him at I have also heard that Sylvie De Cristo (sp?) is a wonderful guide here, as well.

Our favorite port was Santorini! We took the half day tour and still had time to shop and make it back to the ship for a late lunch. Everyone takes either the gondola or the donkeys back down to the tenders! Fun! Make sure to be out on deck when you sail into Malta! Nothing like it! We took a taxi into town and went to St. John's Co-cathedral. An amazing, pleasant surprise and right in the middle of town right above where the ship docks. Still had time to shop a bit and get back to the ship in time for lunch.(This always helps in the finance department!) Mykonos, we didn't take a tour because the ship has a shuttle bus to town. We enjoyed the photo opportunities here as well as shopping for music. We heard some complaints from people who paid for tours here... but then there are always some unhappy campers everywhere!

We couldn't find anything to complain about the cruise. The price was right, the accommodations (ship and hotels) were great and the crew were very pleasant. We have no regrets (other than we aren't doing it again this year!!!). If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me . Oh, I could go on and on! Have a wonderful trip!


I will be on the same cruise.

I will contact with the locals as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for all the info.