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Deanne Willis
May 20th, 2009, 09:43 PM
Marty and Janis,

I'll be waving my WELCOME TO MICHIGAN sign at every plane I see.:D Hope you have safe travels!

Denise

yooperwoody
May 21st, 2009, 08:15 AM
Happy Thirsty Thursday!

Safe travels to everyone this weekend. For those coming to Michigan, WELCOME! We'll be camping this weekend. Looking forward to the beer or vino around the campfire (more likely both). Still trying to get Gordie to have a whole glass. His usual practice is to take a sip of mine, make a face, then wash it down with his beer.

I hope everyone has a fun, safe long weekend!

CarnivalFan2
May 21st, 2009, 08:20 AM
Denise - thanks, heading to the airport in a few hours. Non-stop to Grand Rapids :)....If you see a small jet fly over head, and you see a big guy crunched up in his window seat,....that'd be me.

Janis/Jill - enjoyed the movie last night :rolleyes:. I told Jeanne, as if we weren't "pumped up" enough already, but this movie was our official kick-off to the "serious" countdown to Dream, Dream, Dream & Rome. We're at 147 days and counting :). Before you know it, we'll be at the magic 120 day (4 month) mark, then shortly after that, under 100 days :D...

All - I just popped over to John Heald's blog, and he posted my e-mail to him! I asked him a question wrt to my plans in Venice. Check it out, it's on the Wed May 20th blog (I can't share it with Jeanne though, for obvious reasons...).

Take care Sogno, Sogno, Sogno. Not sure if I'll be able to blog while up in Michigan, but if I can't, I'll be back on here next Tues or Wed.

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

hartliem
May 21st, 2009, 09:07 AM
Hi everyone - Kathy and I are staying at the Hotel Cosmoplita in Rome before we go on the cruise. I see there are a few people staying at this hotel as well. Does anyone have any openings for two more people on a shuttle to the port? If so, we'd love to join in on it.

CarnivalFan2
May 21st, 2009, 09:31 AM
Hi everyone - Kathy and I are staying at the Hotel Cosmoplita in Rome before we go on the cruise. I see there are a few people staying at this hotel as well. Does anyone have any openings for two more people on a shuttle to the port? If so, we'd love to join in on it.

Hi Elaine - check with Vicki (Yooperwoody); I think they are staying at Hotel Cosmo pre-cruise.

Marty & Jeanne

jebl
May 21st, 2009, 09:42 AM
Also going to see Angels & Demons tonight.

We're having a picnic/pool party in our community on Monday. Hope the rain holds off for one day. Seems that we are in our summer mode already. Rain every afternoon. This does'nt usually start until June but is about 2 weeks early this year. We needed it desperately as we have had drought conditions. That leads to brush fires which can get out of hand very easily if the wind picks up.

Got some Rick Steves books from the library. Want to plan our days in Rome after the cruise. I figured I would plan the activities and sites to see so that we don't have to backtrack and waste time.

'Buza' in Dubrovnik sound cool. Either 4 or 5 o'clock is fine with us. Biggest disappointment is being in Flornce on Monday and the museums are closed. At least the ones I wanted to see.

jilly08
May 21st, 2009, 07:27 PM
Hi Marty,
I received a reply back from RomaShuttle:
if you have about 1big and 1small piece of luggage per person then the price is 180 euro.

So it looks like our second stop is adding quite a bit to the price.

Lindsey and I are going to bow out of the shuttle and go with our original plan --taking the train. Hopefully, you all will be able to get a better rate without us in the mix. I can't see driving up the price for all --and for us to pay the difference.. well, it's not worth it. The train is way cheaper.

Thank you for including us though.

Glad you enjoyed Angels and Demons. Now when you get to Rome, you can see all the cool places in person.

Jill

luvcdays
May 21st, 2009, 08:44 PM
Ciao all,

Denise - I'll look for your sign when we fly over...I'm still really bummed that we won't be able to get together this weekend:( Have a great time at the cottage and happy furniture shopping.

Vicki - I'm with Gordie, I'll take a beer over vino anyday. I also make a funny face after tasting it! Have fun camping this weekend.

Marty - I'm glad you liked the movie. I'll check out Heald's blog as soon as I can. Have a great trip.

Judy - I hope the rain doesn't ruin your party. It sounds like fun. We'll see you at the Buza!

Jilly - I wanted to take the train also, but DH said there will be no shlepping luggage for us in Europe since we have been waiting for this trip for 30 years. What are you up to this weekend?

Anna & Terry - Where are you? Hope everything is good and you are just to busy having fun somewhere...

Everyone - Have a great weekend!

Arrividerci.
Janis & Dick

mom23guys
May 21st, 2009, 11:12 PM
Hi guys,
Have been really busy. Staying late at school getting tons of paperwork completed and things packed, 16 days to go but not all of those are days I can stay late. Then going to gym or walking by the beach, I'm trying to lose those extra pounds before our Triumph cruise. Cleaning for company this weekend. Just checked in before going to bed. Hopefully I get a little down time this weekend. The weather here has been spectacular.
Terry

jilly08
May 22nd, 2009, 08:52 AM
Ciao all,

Jilly - I wanted to take the train also, but DH said there will be no shlepping luggage for us in Europe since we have been waiting for this trip for 30 years. What are you up to this weekend?

Everyone - Have a great weekend!

Arrividerci.
Janis & Dick

Hi Janis, Even though Miss Lindsey and I will be gone for 24 days total, I am enforcing the 1 large bag, 1 small carry-on rule for each of us. So, hopefully, it won't be too difficult to manage.

I got new luggage for our trip last year from Costco. The brand is Swiss Army. It's purple, so it's easy to see at the airport. Anyway, I think it's very well made and it can store so much and has a lot of clever little storage areas built in. Had I not felt the need to bring my entire wardrobe last year, I could have just used this one suitcase. Plus, you can sort of zip it down so it fits as a carry-on when you have less stuff. It came with a great carry-on to match that slides over the handle of the luggage.

I told Lindsey she could only bring 3 pairs of shoes in her suitcase, she looked at me like I was insane. Honestly, I brought more last year and I ended up wearing only my 'favorites' anyway. Plus, they have laundry on the ship and we will use that quite a bit. What's a $100 in the overscheme of things at this point. LOL

I am actually looking forward to doing a load of laundry in Rome. LOL I haven't experienced that yet.

This weekend I am going to try and get all my outside stuff done--painting shutters, weeding etc.. And my sister opened her pool so I imagine I will be there for a bit.

Well, I better get to work. Happy Friday everyone. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend with fabulous weather!

Jill

hartliem
May 22nd, 2009, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the info. I just emailed them.

Hope you enjoy Angels and Demons--we did.

Jill


If I am following all the posts correctly, it appears you are arranging a shuttle to the port from rome. We are staying at the Cosmopolita (where it looks like others are staying) and was wondering if you have an opening for two people on the shuttle you are arranging (or have arranged). If you do, could we join your group??

jebl
May 22nd, 2009, 01:15 PM
If I am following all the posts correctly, it appears you are arranging a shuttle to the port from rome. We are staying at the Cosmopolita (where it looks like others are staying) and was wondering if you have an opening for two people on the shuttle you are arranging (or have arranged). If you do, could we join your group??

I am also looking to share a shuttle from the Airport to the ship. We arrive at FCO on the 15th at 8am. We are staying at the Cosmopolita after the cruise.

I told Ethel to watch the movie very closely so she could remember where everything was ha ha ha!! All I got in reply was a raised eyebrow and a 'yeah, sure'. We did like the movie though.

jilly08
May 22nd, 2009, 06:57 PM
If I am following all the posts correctly, it appears you are arranging a shuttle to the port from rome. We are staying at the Cosmopolita (where it looks like others are staying) and was wondering if you have an opening for two people on the shuttle you are arranging (or have arranged). If you do, could we join your group??

Marty is arranging a shuttle from the port to Rome. Lindsey and I decided to use train. So there should be 2 spots open. Marty?

mom23guys
May 22nd, 2009, 07:35 PM
Everything is cleaned and we're ready for company but I think the traffic is pretty heavy so I have a few hours to relax. Thought I'd check in and say HI. Have a great weekend!

mom23guys
May 22nd, 2009, 09:08 PM
Still waiting for son and his girlfriend-one day DI to arrive. I forgot to mention that 2 days ago I received my Princess documents and tags for Alaska and today I received my doc for the Triumph cruise. Vacations are approaching.

Marty, Does Jeanne ever read Cruise Critic? Just wondering;)

maryann2
May 23rd, 2009, 12:07 AM
Marty, Does Jeanne ever read Cruise Critic? Just wondering;)

I wondered about this especially after being tipped off to see John's blog and reply to Marty's letter. So we all know.

CarnivalFan2
May 23rd, 2009, 12:01 PM
Ciao from Michigan Sogno, Sogno, Sogno!

Great flight! Had a great seat, plenty of legroom. Non-stop is the only way to go...I'm really glad Continental has this flight :).

Terry/Maryann2 - good question. However, Jeanne is very busy with her master's program, so I don't think she looks at this board (only when I show her). I keep her informed on our group and plans and she's looking forward to meeting the members of Sogno, Sogno, Sogno!

Jill - no problem; again, thanks for looking into RomaShuttle.

Judy/etexbeachbum - Judy, I remember you said you are staying at Hotel Cosmo post-cruise. Etexbeachbum, were you guys also staying there? If yes, I may just go ahead and line up the hotel's shuttle service...

Elaine (Hartliem) - we are arranging a shuttle from the port (after cruise) to Rome. I think you are looking for a shuttle to the port from Hotel Cosmo. Check with Vicki & Gordon (Yooperwoody); I think they are staying at Hotel Cosmo before the cruise but I'm not sure what transportation they have arranged to the port...

Janis- thanks. Hope you're enjoying Michigan also. Weather was nice yesterday afternoon, but kind of cloudy today. Supposed to clear back up tomorrow and Monday :).

Janis/Denise - I've just been visiting family & spending time with my Mom. We went to a favorite restaurant yesterday, Bear Lake Tavern (north side of Muskegon Lake). Had to get my fried lake perch :rolleyes:. Also, stumbled on this local Michigan brewed beer called Oberon, which a waitress told me was part of Blue Moon. An awesome wheat beer :rolleyes:...

Terry - I'm envious ;), the Triumph and a Princess cruise coming up! You deserve it with all the hard work you are putting in closing out the school year!

Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. I'll check back in before I leave Michigan. I fly home to Houston on Tuesday...

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

jebl
May 23rd, 2009, 01:34 PM
Marty,

Check out this website for a transfer from Port to Hotel. Prices seem reasonable. Can't remember if this is the same as the hotel shuttle.

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend. Don't forget to remember what this day is all about. If I was still up north, I would visit my 1st husband's grave in Arlington.

CarnivalFan2
May 23rd, 2009, 01:37 PM
Denise/Vicki - you guys should've told me I was coming to an area with some of the best breweries in the WORLD :rolleyes:. See link below...

http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/bestbrewers_012009.asp

Founders in Grand Rapids (#7 in the world), Bells in Kalamazoo (#11) & The Livery in Benton Harbor (#27). For reference, I saw Great Lakes Brewery come in at #29, and I know how good their beer is, as it is in Cleveland and Jeanne & I would go to their brewpub when I would see her when she still lived in Cleveland...

The Oberon wheat beer I stumbled upon is brewed by Bells (Kalamazoo).

Who woulda thunkit? Mmm, something else I just learned about my original home state of Michigan :rolleyes:

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

nickusaf
May 24th, 2009, 10:52 AM
If anyone is intrested you can see pictures of the Dream on www.cruiseweb.com. When it comes up click on Carnival under cruise lines when that come up click on Dream scroll down to ship highlights. There are very good pictures of the inside of the ship.

Nick

maryann2
May 24th, 2009, 11:13 AM
If anyone is intrested you can see pictures of the Dream on www.cruiseweb.com (http://www.cruiseweb.com). When it comes up click on Carnival under cruise lines when that come up click on Dream scroll down to ship highlights. There are very good pictures of the inside of the ship.

Nick

This is the way it will look when it is finished, don't believe it looks like this yet. John Heald had some pictures on his blog a while back and it looked nowhere near finished. will probably have more updates when he goes there in June.

Mary

CarnivalFan2
May 24th, 2009, 04:17 PM
If anyone is intrested you can see pictures of the Dream on www.cruiseweb.com. When it comes up click on Carnival under cruise lines when that come up click on Dream scroll down to ship highlights. There are very good pictures of the inside of the ship.

Nick
Nick - thanks for the link. I believe these are the artist renderings that have already been released, but it looks like the website darkened them and they look better! I like how they have them organized also.

Hockeyfans - Red Wings lead 2-0 after one period...WOO-HOO! We may be heading to a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup-Pittsburgh vs Detroit.

*update- Red Wings just scored again...3-0 early in the second period. YAHOO!!

yooperwoody
May 26th, 2009, 07:59 AM
If I am following all the posts correctly, it appears you are arranging a shuttle to the port from rome. We are staying at the Cosmopolita (where it looks like others are staying) and was wondering if you have an opening for two people on the shuttle you are arranging (or have arranged). If you do, could we join your group??


I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Our camping weekend was very nice and relaxing.

Hartliem, yes we are staying at the same hotel on the 14th. It was actually Jody (josy777) who was arranging and booking the shuttle to the port on the 15th. They were going to pick us up and Ed/Kelly (eekconway). Neither one has posted in while, but I think both are planning weddings which are happening very soon. I'm sure they'll both be back after the big day. So to answer your question, I'm not sure if Jody has booked the shuttle yet or not. Ed was looking into a shuttle from the port directly to the airport on the 27th for us too.

Marty, yes we both like Oberon. Well I like it, Gordie loves it. It's a summer wheat and they only brew it for the summer. They have big "Oberon" parties downstate when it comes out.

Have a great day everyone!

CarnivalFan2
May 26th, 2009, 08:33 AM
Vicki/Gordon - nice. I'm very impressed with the brewing power of the trolls :D;)!!

Well, I have had a wonderful visit with my mom and family and enjoyed seeing western Michigan again. This is absolutely a beautiful state, however, I've lived in the south so long (Florida, Texas) that my blood has thinned out, so I don't know if I could handle the Michigan winters :eek:...
Nice to be able to come up here and escape the heat & humidity of Houston in the summer though :rolleyes:.

Denise - look up around 5:45 today, I'll be crunched up in the same kind of plane (Continental Express), except on the right side this time! Coming in, the plane did follow the western coast of Michigan which was pretty cool.

Well, when I get home, it'll be time to firm up all plans (that need to be firmed up) for post-cruise and get our documents going :). Can't wait until we break the 100 day mark!

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend and God bless our troops, past & present.

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

etexbeachbum
May 26th, 2009, 12:34 PM
anyone finding any good deals on airfare?

ncgrammie4
May 26th, 2009, 01:27 PM
Have you tried VAYAMA.com? We (10 of us) got some really good fares from them in Feb, from both N Carolina & New Orleans. I've checked back a couple of times and they still have the best rates.

nickusaf
May 26th, 2009, 01:50 PM
anyone finding any good deals on airfare?

Check US Airway and United.

Nick

jebl
May 26th, 2009, 01:57 PM
We got RT nonstop from Miami to Rome with Alitalia for $700 each. I was happy with that.

Deanne Willis
May 26th, 2009, 07:28 PM
Vicki, I was thinking of our brides to be, does anyone know what day the weddings will be?

Marty, I agree with you on winter in Michigan. I think my blood was too thin for last year's winter. Thanks for the info on beers, I passed that information along to Joe. I am the wine specialist in our family. Joe thinks it's the whining specialist.:p
Hope you didn't run into that storm we had about 5:45 today. The sky was almost black and the rain came down sideways with very strong winds.

I have been trying to research sites in Rome, so when I see a fountain, I'll know the name and a little bit of history. I'm doing the same with churches and people. I'll probably forget it all before the cruise, but hopefully I'll remember some of it.

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day

Denise

Deanne Willis
May 26th, 2009, 07:32 PM
Have you tried VAYAMA.com? We (10 of us) got some really good fares from them in Feb, from both N Carolina & New Orleans. I've checked back a couple of times and they still have the best rates.

Hi NCgrammie4! Will you be joining us on the cruise? If so, Welcome. If not, thanks for the information!:)

Denise

jilly08
May 26th, 2009, 07:40 PM
anyone finding any good deals on airfare?

try kayak.com it will search all the airlines (except Southwest). I also use Yapta. You can find a flight you like and yapta will notify you via email when the price changes. That's how I got $535 RT from Philly to Rome for Lindsey and me.

Jill

luvcdays
May 26th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Ciao everyone!

I hope everyone had good time this weekend. We had a great vacation. It was so good to see my DD and where she lives and works. It was so beautiful there! There were so many trees and a lake around every corner. I loved flying over Michigan and seeing all that land. We have a lot of trees here, but not much open land anymore. Haslett has a small town feel, but it has everything you could need closeby, well except for a Nordstroms, but we did go to a Coach outlet and bought some cute stuff. We went to Detroit and ate at a authentic Greek restaurant in Greektown that was excellant. We also loved the West Coast especially the towns of Saugatuk & South Haven. We walked along the shoreline and got our feet wet in Lake Michigan. I was surprised that it was fairly warm water. It was 78 degrees outside and we got a little sunburned.
My DD lives in a cute apt. on the third floor and when you are out on the balcony, it feels like you are in a tree house. The only problem is that she lives about 100 feet from the start of the trail to a nature preserve, so we went for a walk one evening that only lasted for 10 minutes because there were so many mosquitos that we ran home. They really love my DH, so he has bites all over him. The only other bad things were that my DD did not get any sports channels on her tv, so we couldn't watch any of the games and saying goodbye to her:( Overall, we had a great time shopping, eating, talking, sightseeing and relaxing. Since we got airfare with miles, we stayed with my DD, and no rental car charges, it was a realy inexpensive vacation. What more could you ask for?

Denise - I looked, but I couldn't see your sign from the plane. Hope you had a good weekend. How did your furniture shopping go?

Marty - With all that beer, do you really remember your vacation? JK

Vicki - Glad you had fun camping. Where do you go?

Judy - Did it rain on your party? I never forget the men & women who serve/served our country. To me, Memorial Day is a very sad, yet proud day.

I don't know what anyone did this weekend, but hope you had fun!

Janis & Dick

ncgrammie4
May 26th, 2009, 08:15 PM
Hi NCgrammie4! Will you be joining us on the cruise? If so, Welcome. If not, thanks for the information!:)

Denise
Hi Denise,
Yes we will. It will be a honeyoon cruise for one of the couples. We are going to help them celebrate. I must say the enthusiasm is contagious. We are getting excited.
ncgrammie4

luvcdays
May 26th, 2009, 08:24 PM
Hi Janis, Even though Miss Lindsey and I will be gone for 24 days total, I am enforcing the 1 large bag, 1 small carry-on rule for each of us. So, hopefully, it won't be too difficult to manage.

I got new luggage for our trip last year from Costco. The brand is Swiss Army. It's purple, so it's easy to see at the airport. Anyway, I think it's very well made and it can store so much and has a lot of clever little storage areas built in. Had I not felt the need to bring my entire wardrobe last year, I could have just used this one suitcase. Plus, you can sort of zip it down so it fits as a carry-on when you have less stuff. It came with a great carry-on to match that slides over the handle of the luggage.

I told Lindsey she could only bring 3 pairs of shoes in her suitcase, she looked at me like I was insane. Honestly, I brought more last year and I ended up wearing only my 'favorites' anyway. Plus, they have laundry on the ship and we will use that quite a bit. What's a $100 in the overscheme of things at this point. LOL

I am actually looking forward to doing a load of laundry in Rome. LOL I haven't experienced that yet.

This weekend I am going to try and get all my outside stuff done--painting shutters, weeding etc.. And my sister opened her pool so I imagine I will be there for a bit.

Well, I better get to work. Happy Friday everyone. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend with fabulous weather!

Jill


Hey Jilly,

My DH loves Swiss Army luggage, but I have never seen purple ones. I am a Samsonite girl. We are only bringing 1 large suitcase & 1 small carryon also. I am only bringing 3 pairs of shoes in my suitcase and wearing my tennies. I am going to try to only bring 4 pants/capris (depending on the weather), about 7 tops, 2 dresses (not formal), 2 sweaters, 2 light jackets, one lightweight rain coat, a bathing suit and a coverup. We'll see how that goes, but I do know that I will only want to wear my favorites, so we will be doing laundry on the ship on every sea day. Time is going by quickly. It will be here before we know it.

Painting shutters doesn't sound like much fun, but it sure feels good when it's done.

Did you go to your sisters house last weekend?

Janis

Deanne Willis
May 26th, 2009, 08:48 PM
Janis, We were in South Haven on Sunday. When were you there? Glad you had fun.

NCgrammie4, We have 2 other couples on their honeymoon cruise. And one couple who will be engaged on this cruise. Sounds like Romance will be in the air on the Dream. Denise

mom23guys
May 26th, 2009, 09:31 PM
NCGrammie4, Welcome to you and your group. Honeymoons and anniversaries abound. I'll update the list tomorrow.
We had company this weekend but we'll be away every weekend in June plus a quick trip for a day with Thomas the Train in PA(my one and only grandson's favorite). Had a great time with my sons here this weekend, the weather was spectacular. We booked our excursions for our Canada cruise. had great food and lots fun.
Days are just flying by. Just not enough time to get everything done. Our fellow RC members wedding should be soon or already have taken place.
Terry

yooperwoody
May 27th, 2009, 07:59 AM
Yay, it's Hump Day already! Gotta love these short weeks.

Janis, it sounds like you enjoyed your trip to Michigan. As mentioned earlier, both our son and daughter live in Lansing. It does seem like the best of both worlds, small town atmosphere with big city amenities. I enjoy Greektown area too. We live about 4 hours north of Lansing. Oh, yeah, you have to watch out for those Michigan mosquitoes, they'll carry you away! They haven't popped out up here yet, but it's raining today, so I expect they'll be in full force by the weekend. And, thanks for the packing tips. My goal is to fit everything in one suitcase.:eek: I have every expectation of having laundry done on the ship. If you're a VIP they'll do it for you. We did this on our last cruise and it was wonderful. You just have to plan ahead as it takes a day to get it back.

Welcome aboard NCGrammie4.

jebl
May 27th, 2009, 09:34 AM
No rain on our Memorial Day picnic. Yayyyyy. Our community is a 55 and older mobile home park with canals and access to the Gulf. We do not have a waterfront lot but do have one of the biggest in the park. Took 6000 sq feet of sod to do the lawn nad yard. We have friends with boats so it ia lot less work. Jack says a boat is like having a second wife!

A lot of the 305 households go North for the summer but we still had 55 folks at the picnic. And the food, oh the food. Feels like a cruise with 6 long tables loaded with all kinds of yummy dishes. Seems like everything we do here involves food and/or booze. Jack and I and Ethel and her DH are integral parts of the party crowd. When out kids call they always are amazed at the dinners and parties we either host or get invited too. As I always say, I didn't move here to vegetate!!!!

I found a shuttle from FCO to the port for 100 euros for two people. The split gets even lower if we add some more folks. So anyone needing to get from FCO on the 15th early (we land at 8am), just let me know and I can change the ressie.

Hard to believe that May is almost over. Where did it go??

hartliem
May 27th, 2009, 09:44 AM
Marty is arranging a shuttle from the port to Rome. Lindsey and I decided to use train. So there should be 2 spots open. Marty?

We are looking for a shuttle pre-cruise. We are staying at the Cosmoplita before the cruise. So if anyone is in Rome before the cruise and is arranging a shuttle and has openings we would be interested.

hartliem
May 27th, 2009, 09:47 AM
I am also looking to share a shuttle from the Airport to the ship. We arrive at FCO on the 15th at 8am. We are staying at the Cosmopolita after the cruise.

I told Ethel to watch the movie very closely so she could remember where everything was ha ha ha!! All I got in reply was a raised eyebrow and a 'yeah, sure'. We did like the movie though.

We will be at the Cosmopolita before the cruise and will be going to the ship from there so we won't be able to hook up with you to get to the port before the cruise but are looking to share a shuttle with anyone pre-cruise from Rome on the 15th to the port if anyone is looking for more people to share a shuttle.

ncgrammie4
May 27th, 2009, 09:56 AM
Thanks for the welcome everyone. Sounds like we'll be on the real "Love Boat". We even have a couple in our group who celebrated their 50th last year. This is kind of a delayed celebration for them, as they lost everything in Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and have been rebuilding. Time to get back to enjoying life again.
Can't wait to meet y'all.
ncgrammie

jebl
May 27th, 2009, 09:58 AM
Here is the link to the company that I reserved with.

http://www.civitavecchia.biz/page/price.htm

1oo euros payable at the end of the trip from either the airport to port or from Rome to port.

I emailed them and got my confirmation number right away.

josy777
May 27th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Sorry I've been absent from the boards. I've been keeping up with the new posts every day, but haven't had a chance to add anything new. I think I have everything under control for the wedding on Friday (at least I hope so). I now know what Julia Roberts was feeling in "Runaway Bride" :)

Vicki/Ed - We do have the shuttle confirmed for the 15th with the six of us to the port with AllAroundItaly. We kept it at 6 since the price difference wasn't much if we added 2 more and we wanted room for all our luggage.

I plan to get into full cruise planning mode as soon as the wedding is over.

Wish me luck everyone. I'll make sure I get a picture posted after we get back from our mini honeymoon in Duluth next week.

Jody and Chris

nickusaf
May 27th, 2009, 10:21 AM
Thanks for the welcome everyone. Sounds like we'll be on the real "Love Boat". We even have a couple in our group who celebrated their 50th last year. This is kind of a delayed celebration for them, as they lost everything in Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and have been rebuilding. Time to get back to enjoying life again.
Can't wait to meet y'all.
ncgrammie

Welcome ncgrammie, I talked to you on the Carnival Connection. I haven't posted there since I last posted to you about being from New Orleans and me from Ponchatoula. You mention your daughter was coming to the Strewberry festival. Did she enjoy it? We will be celebrating our 50th on the cruise which was on April 11 this year. I think you said some of the people with you where from Gretna, we moved up to Ponchatoula 8 years ago from Gretna.

Nick and Joanne

Deanne Willis
May 27th, 2009, 11:22 AM
Sorry I've been absent from the boards. I've been keeping up with the new posts every day, but haven't had a chance to add anything new. I think I have everything under control for the wedding on Friday (at least I hope so). I now know what Julia Roberts was feeling in "Runaway Bride" :)

Vicki/Ed - We do have the shuttle confirmed for the 15th with the six of us to the port with AllAroundItaly. We kept it at 6 since the price difference wasn't much if we added 2 more and we wanted room for all our luggage.

I plan to get into full cruise planning mode as soon as the wedding is over.

Wish me luck everyone. I'll make sure I get a picture posted after we get back from our mini honeymoon in Duluth next week.

Jody and Chris

Jody and Chris, We'll be anxiously awaiting the pictures! Congratulations and Best Wishes on your wedding. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you! Denise and Joe

ncgrammie4
May 27th, 2009, 11:34 AM
Welcome ncgrammie, I talked to you on the Carnival Connection. I haven't posted there since I last posted to you about being from New Orleans and me from Ponchatoula. You mention your daughter was coming to the Strewberry festival. Did she enjoy it? We will be celebrating our 50th on the cruise which was on April 11 this year. I think you said some of the people with you where from Gretna, we moved up to Ponchatoula 8 years ago from Gretna.

Nick and Joanne

Sure, I remember our conversation. Hope you are doing good, and ready for the cruise. My daughter and her family were in Covington Easter week, so they missed the Strawberry fest. Congrats on your 50th, we celebrated our 42nd on April 30th.
ncgrammie

eekconway
May 27th, 2009, 12:58 PM
I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Our camping weekend was very nice and relaxing.

Hartliem, yes we are staying at the same hotel on the 14th. It was actually Jody (josy777) who was arranging and booking the shuttle to the port on the 15th. They were going to pick us up and Ed/Kelly (eekconway). Neither one has posted in while, but I think both are planning weddings which are happening very soon. I'm sure they'll both be back after the big day. So to answer your question, I'm not sure if Jody has booked the shuttle yet or not. Ed was looking into a shuttle from the port directly to the airport on the 27th for us too.

Marty, yes we both like Oberon. Well I like it, Gordie loves it. It's a summer wheat and they only brew it for the summer. They have big "Oberon" parties downstate when it comes out.

Have a great day everyone!


Yes, it has been a whle since last post. But no worries we're looking forward to this more than you can imagine. Not the relaxing laying on the beach honeymoon Kelley envisioned but, shes very excited to be there too. Like Jody, been kinda preoccupied with all the planning for the upcoming big day, its been somewhat challenging since its a weekend wedding 3+ hrs away from home. I don't remember who asked but, the big day is Sept 19.
Vicki - we're all set Jody has pre-cruise handled & I have post cruise transfer handled.
I have to check back to see whoose on board for the excusions I have scheduled & will post again to let anyone whoose interested know if there is still any openings availible.

Ed

dlbutler5
May 27th, 2009, 01:20 PM
Hi folks, been a while since I posted. For folks looking for good airfare check out bt-store.com We have always gotten better prices from them than Kayak.
Also, is anyone arriving the morning of the 13th and going to the Hotel Triano? If so, we would be sharing the cost of the shuttle from the hotel.

luvcdays
May 27th, 2009, 01:23 PM
[quote=Deanne Willis;19698911]Janis, We were in South Haven on Sunday. When were you there? Glad you had fun.

Hi Denise,

We were there on Saturday and we arrived much later than we planned. It was so cute there. Did you get some furniture for the cottage?

Janis

luvcdays
May 27th, 2009, 01:29 PM
[quote=yooperwoody;19703699]Yay, it's Hump Day already! Gotta love these short weeks.

Janis, it sounds like you enjoyed your trip to Michigan. As mentioned earlier, both our son and daughter live in Lansing. It does seem like the best of both worlds, small town atmosphere with big city amenities. I enjoy Greektown area too. We live about 4 hours north of Lansing. Oh, yeah, you have to watch out for those Michigan mosquitoes, they'll carry you away! They haven't popped out up here yet, but it's raining today, so I expect they'll be in full force by the weekend. And, thanks for the packing tips. My goal is to fit everything in one suitcase.:eek: I have every expectation of having laundry done on the ship. If you're a VIP they'll do it for you. We did this on our last cruise and it was wonderful. You just have to plan ahead as it takes a day to get it back.

Happy Hump Day Vicki,

I forgot that your children live in Lansing. Do you and Gordie go there often?

I think the way to get everything in one suitcase is to buy a bigger one! Just kidding.

Janis

nickusaf
May 27th, 2009, 01:52 PM
Hi folks, been a while since I posted. For folks looking for good airfare check out bt-store.com We have always gotten better prices from them than Kayak.
Also, is anyone arriving the morning of the 13th and going to the Hotel Triano? If so, we would be sharing the cost of the shuttle from the hotel.

We will be arriving on the 14th and staying at the Hotel Triano. We arrive at 8:50AM on the morning of the 14th on United.

Nick and Joanne

nickusaf
May 27th, 2009, 01:55 PM
Sure, I remember our conversation. Hope you are doing good, and ready for the cruise. My daughter and her family were in Covington Easter week, so they missed the Strawberry fest. Congrats on your 50th, we celebrated our 42nd on April 30th.
ncgrammie

ncgrammie the last time I talked to you where trying to find airfare and hotel. How did you make out with this and when will you arrive in Rome? We arrive on the 14th on United.

Nick and Joanne

luvcdays
May 27th, 2009, 02:40 PM
Sorry I've been absent from the boards. I've been keeping up with the new posts every day, but haven't had a chance to add anything new. I think I have everything under control for the wedding on Friday (at least I hope so). I now know what Julia Roberts was feeling in "Runaway Bride" :)

I plan to get into full cruise planning mode as soon as the wedding is over.

Wish me luck everyone. I'll make sure I get a picture posted after we get back from our mini honeymoon in Duluth next week.

Jody and Chris

Jody & Chris,

How exciting! We will be thinking of you and hope you have a beautiful wedding. Try to take in every moment and don't worry about anything. Sometimes little things go wrong, but you won't even remember them years from now. I can't wait to see pictures. Happy honeymoon and may God bless your marriage.

Janis & Dick

luvcdays
May 27th, 2009, 02:42 PM
Thanks for the welcome everyone. Sounds like we'll be on the real "Love Boat". We even have a couple in our group who celebrated their 50th last year. This is kind of a delayed celebration for them, as they lost everything in Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and have been rebuilding. Time to get back to enjoying life again.
Can't wait to meet y'all.
ncgrammie

Welcome aboard to you and your clan.

Janis & Dick

ncgrammie4
May 27th, 2009, 02:54 PM
ncgrammie the last time I talked to you where trying to find airfare and hotel. How did you make out with this and when will you arrive in Rome? We arrive on the 14th on United.

Nick and Joanne

We booked with Vayama.com in Feb and got $636. pp on Alitalia. We are leaving from Charlotte on th 14th and meeting up with the N.O. folks in Chicago. I think they paid about $800 pp from N.O.with Vayama.
I think the price has even gone down since then. We arrive in Rome on the 15th at about 8am. We are staying over 3 days post cruise in Rome, at the Hotel Mediterraneo.
ncgrammie

ncgrammie4
May 27th, 2009, 02:56 PM
Welcome aboard to you and your clan.

Janis & Dick

Thanks for the welcome Janis & Dick

yooperwoody
May 27th, 2009, 04:21 PM
Jody/Chris-Have a wonderful wedding day! We'll talk to you afterwards.

jebl
May 27th, 2009, 06:21 PM
We booked with Vayama.com in Feb and got $636. pp on Alitalia. We are leaving from Charlotte on th 14th and meeting up with the N.O. folks in Chicago. I think they paid about $800 pp from N.O.with Vayama.
I think the price has even gone down since then. We arrive in Rome on the 15th at about 8am. We are staying over 3 days post cruise in Rome, at the Hotel Mediterraneo.
ncgrammie

You are arriving in Rome at the sme time we are. If you are interested in sharing a shuttle to the port, let me know.

mom23guys
May 27th, 2009, 06:54 PM
Jody and Chris. Best wishes and prayers for a lovely day. Enjoy your trip to Duluth and don't forget those photoes.
I'd have to plan three more Carnival cruises before October to get that free laundry perk. It might be difficult but Tom is willing to sacrifice for me so I can skip the laundry room.;)
Terry

ncgrammie4
May 27th, 2009, 07:09 PM
You are arriving in Rome at the sme time we are. If you are interested in sharing a shuttle to the port, let me know.

Thanks, but the one of our friends is in charge of the transportation, and some how he found a company to provide all of our groups ground transportation while we are in Italy. I think he got some kind of deal since there are so many of us.
ncgrammie

luvcdays
May 27th, 2009, 07:33 PM
Is everyone getting travel insurance for the cruise and if so, what company are you using? I got Insuremytrip from Terry, but wanted to see what everyone else was doing.

Thanks.

Janis & Dick

Deanne Willis
May 27th, 2009, 08:31 PM
Ed and Kellie, Sept 19th sounds like a great day. It gives you a little time to get adjusted before the cruise!

Vicki, Yes, we have no shortage of Mosquitoes down here. I think all the rain we've had dosen't help!

Janis, We did get furniture, but I'm not completely sure I like it. It's a little difficult because I want to get something that is comfortable, and that looks good. But, I don't want it to look too good to the people who took my other set. I don't want the new set to get stolen too!:eek:

We get insurance through Insuremytrip.com

You mentioned your dresses weren't formal. Are you going to take formal or semi-formal dresses? I will probably take a couple of more semi-formal type dresses.
That said, the dresses I'm thinking of packing don't take up alot of space in my suitcase. I don't get a chance to dress-up much, so I'd like to take advantage of the formal nights on the cruise.

All,
What are you wearing on formal nights?

Marty, Where are you? You're not still flying around in that itsy-bitsy plane?

As far as suitcases, we bought Jeep spinners from walmart last year, I love them and they still look brand new. I think we only paid about 40 dollars or so for each one.

Denise

c1audiagabriella
May 27th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Bouna Sera!

Been a long time I have to catch up and read the previous posts...got a little overwhelmed with the cruise. and got caught up with being a new grandma! woooo hoooo! hahaha! he is 2 months now....but im back to reality and need to get back into planning this cruise! hope i didnt miss a lot....okay so im arriving on the 14 at about 7pm staying at hotel Lirico near Termini Station. any one coming in at that time too were flying Swiss Air.

Im planning on taking the train to the port the next day maybe boarding about 2pm just to give it time...if anyone wants to meet up at termini station and do the same were up for the company! also looks like we already have the Naples excursion planned out with the Conways so were set with that. Messina is another interesting port we would like to visit but not sure if bus, train, or a group want to form to go together....let me know if anyone is interested in that or if anyone knows about the transportation how to reach it. =)


:rolleyes:

jilly08
May 27th, 2009, 09:41 PM
Hey Jilly,

My DH loves Swiss Army luggage, but I have never seen purple ones. I am a Samsonite girl. We are only bringing 1 large suitcase & 1 small carryon also. I am only bringing 3 pairs of shoes in my suitcase and wearing my tennies. I am going to try to only bring 4 pants/capris (depending on the weather), about 7 tops, 2 dresses (not formal), 2 sweaters, 2 light jackets, one lightweight rain coat, a bathing suit and a coverup. We'll see how that goes, but I do know that I will only want to wear my favorites, so we will be doing laundry on the ship on every sea day. Time is going by quickly. It will be here before we know it.

Painting shutters doesn't sound like much fun, but it sure feels good when it's done.

Did you go to your sisters house last weekend?

Janis
Hi Janis,
I haven't decided what to pack just yet but I do know I am bringing dresses to wear for dinner. They are the slinky sort and take up almost no room and don't wrinkle. (Think Kohl's summer dresses) I may bring a cocktail dress too. Capris are great and can be dressed up or down so they will be coming with me.

It was really hot here over the weekend so I decided to work indoors and did some major housecleaning. Moving furniture, cleaning closets etc.. I feel much better now. :D (sort of an organization freak here)

Called my sister and her teenage boys had all their friends over so decided not to go over.. not my idea of a relaxing day. They usually use the pool a lot at the beginning of the season but after a month or so they are off doing other things and my sister and I can float in piece.

We've certainly had a lot of activity here today. It's nice to hear what everyone is up to.

You are right, the cruise will be here before we know it. I was counting paychecks until cruise and after tomorrow, there are only 9 more. I better really stick to my vow of poverty til the cruise. :eek:

Jill

mom23guys
May 27th, 2009, 10:23 PM
For formal nights I think I'll bring one long black skirt then take a few sparkly tops, lightweight and non-wrinkle. What are the guys doing? Tom prefers to dress for dinner too but taking a suit and dress shoes adds to the weight of luggage. Not sure about renting a tux or just doing the dress shirt and tie thing. Maybe a sports jacket that he could wear on the plane?

luvcdays
May 27th, 2009, 10:26 PM
Janis, We did get furniture, but I'm not completely sure I like it. It's a little difficult because I want to get something that is comfortable, and that looks good. But, I don't want it to look too good to the people who took my other set. I don't want the new set to get stolen too!:eek:

We get insurance through Insuremytrip.com

You mentioned your dresses weren't formal. Are you going to take formal or semi-formal dresses? I will probably take a couple of more semi-formal type dresses.
That said, the dresses I'm thinking of packing don't take up alot of space in my suitcase. I don't get a chance to dress-up much, so I'd like to take advantage of the formal nights on the cruise.

As far as suitcases, we bought Jeep spinners from walmart last year, I love them and they still look brand new. I think we only paid about 40 dollars or so for each one.

Denise

DD,

That is what my DH calls you because he can't remember if your Deanne or Denise. Even I have to think about it before I start writing.

I like to cable lock all of my backyard furniture together to make it really difficult for someone to steal and I keep it covered with ugly covers so no one would think there was something nice under there.

Thanks for the insurance info.

I am taking a black dress that is more semi-formal, but can be worn on formal night. Since this is such a port intensive cruise, we are thinking more about really relaxing in the evenings. We love getting some food in the buffet and sitting up on deck watching a movie on the big screen. In the Caribbean I like getting cracked crab legs, pizza and a beer and watching a football game. Will there be 3 formal nights?

Thanks for the info on the Jeep Spinners from Walmart. I will definately check them out for the DH.

Janis

luvcdays
May 27th, 2009, 10:40 PM
Bouna Sera!

Been a long time I have to catch up and read the previous posts...got a little overwhelmed with the cruise. and got caught up with being a new grandma! woooo hoooo! hahaha! he is 2 months now....but im back to reality and need to get back into planning this cruise! hope i didnt miss a lot....

:rolleyes:

Ciao Claudia,

Wow, you are a very young grandma! That is do exciting!!! I may never have any grandbabies:(

Janis

luvcdays
May 27th, 2009, 10:49 PM
Hi Janis,
I haven't decided what to pack just yet but I do know I am bringing dresses to wear for dinner. They are the slinky sort and take up almost no room and don't wrinkle. (Think Kohl's summer dresses) I may bring a cocktail dress too. Capris are great and can be dressed up or down so they will be coming with me.

It was really hot here over the weekend so I decided to work indoors and did some major housecleaning. Moving furniture, cleaning closets etc.. I feel much better now. :D (sort of an organization freak here)

Called my sister and her teenage boys had all their friends over so decided not to go over.. not my idea of a relaxing day. They usually use the pool a lot at the beginning of the season but after a month or so they are off doing other things and my sister and I can float in piece.

We've certainly had a lot of activity here today. It's nice to hear what everyone is up to.

You are right, the cruise will be here before we know it. I was counting paychecks until cruise and after tomorrow, there are only 9 more. I better really stick to my vow of poverty til the cruise. :eek:

Jill

I would have avoided the pool with all those kids there too. It doesn't sound very relaxing.

Your "vow of poverty" cracked me up, but it will be worth it.

I would think that since your such a planner that you would have a list of clothes already. My list was done several months ago, even though know I will change it. Mine is a pre-printed list that I use for all cruises and I just fill in some of the blanks. My DH and I keep adding items to our list as we think of things we don't want to forget.

Janis

luvcdays
May 27th, 2009, 10:53 PM
For formal nights I think I'll bring one long black skirt then take a few sparkly tops, lightweight and non-wrinkle. What are the guys doing? Tom prefers to dress for dinner too but taking a suit and dress shoes adds to the weight of luggage. Not sure about renting a tux or just doing the dress shirt and tie thing. Maybe a sports jacket that he could wear on the plane?

Hey Terry,

We agree, a suit and dress shoes will take up so much room and he may never even wear it. We might be leaning towards a sports coat with dress pants also.

Janis & Dick

yooperwoody
May 28th, 2009, 07:51 AM
Good morning!

Claudia - Congrats on being a grandma! I think we should all have grandbabies first, then kids. They're much more fun! Secondly, both Ed and I checked into a Mt. Etna/Taormina tour in Messina. It's back a few pages. Not quite sure what we're doing there yet. I sure would like to see the Valley of the Temples (?) I think that's what it's called, too lazy to go look right now. But it is on the opposite side of the island, so I don't think there's enough time.

I'm impressed with all you listers and the packing. I usually just grab all my shorts, tops, shoes and throw them in the suitcase and figure out what I'll wear when I get there. I know I can't do that this time, it will take much more planning. I need to take a course in planning and listing.

Yeah, where is Marty. I sure hope he got to see the Wings win last night. It's now off to the finals!

jebl
May 28th, 2009, 09:31 AM
Janis,

Any chance of you printing your packing list here? Any help packing is always appreciated.

I have a long silky dress with a jacket that I am using for Formal nights. It packs well and I just change my accessories to get a different look. Not sure what else to pack. Will have to watch the weather when we get closer to cruise time.

eekconway
May 28th, 2009, 11:49 AM
Claudia & Vicki - As much as I'd like to see Mt Etna & Taormina, I"ve heard & read that it takes approx 1 1/2 -2hrs to get to Mt Etna then like 45mins to Taormina & I think it was like 1hr back to Messina. I think we only get like 1hr at Mt Etna(not enough time to go to the top/crater) & like maybe 2hr at Taormina. All things considered, thats like 1/2 our time would be spent driving. Unless someone has some other information or idea, we're leaning toward just going to Taormina, they have the Greek Theatre, Cafes, Cannolis, & a few Beaches. I'm gonna look to see how much a transfer to and from would cost. Claudia, Good to see you back on here & congrats on the Grandchild.

josy777
May 28th, 2009, 11:51 AM
I would have avoided the pool with all those kids there too. It doesn't sound very relaxing.

Your "vow of poverty" cracked me up, but it will be worth it.

I would think that since your such a planner that you would have a list of clothes already. My list was done several months ago, even though know I will change it. Mine is a pre-printed list that I use for all cruises and I just fill in some of the blanks. My DH and I keep adding items to our list as we think of things we don't want to forget.

Janis

Janis - Would you be willing to share your packing list? Being an inexperienced cruiser I have no clue what's important and what should be left home. You can email it to me at josy777@gmail.com if you want.

Thanks!
Jody

eekconway
May 28th, 2009, 12:16 PM
We still have 2 spots open for an excursion from Livorno to Florence, Tuscany & Winery stop. So far Its kelley & I, Jody & Chris, and Elaine & Kathy. Anyone interested?

yooperwoody
May 28th, 2009, 01:55 PM
We still have 2 spots open for an excursion from Livorno to Florence, Tuscany & Winery stop. So far Its kelley & I, Jody & Chris, and Elaine & Kathy. Anyone interested?

Ed, I'm going to check with Gordie on this. He'd like to see the leaning tower in Pisa, but in my reading it says to take a pit stop and see then move on, that there's not much else there. So far that's the only thing we had planned to do, not knowing it wouldn't take that long. So, if its not that important, we may skip it and jump on with your tour. I'll let you know tomorrow. I may have to promise that I'll bring a beer for Gordie though.

Thanks!

yooperwoody
May 28th, 2009, 01:58 PM
And, Ed, I forgot to mention, I agree with you on the Mt. Etna trip. It may be too lengthy.

eekconway
May 28th, 2009, 02:12 PM
Yeah vicki, not to rain on your parade but I've heard & read the same about the leaning tower. Other than taking the touristy pic posing like your trying to push it back up, not to much else there. One other note, I don't really enjoy wine either. Whenever we go to the wineries here on Long Island, Kelley packs me a cooler full of beer too, so Gordy wouldn't be alone. hahaha

Deanne Willis
May 28th, 2009, 02:55 PM
Ed and Vicki, We went to Mt. Etna the last time we were there. I think you're right. It is a long drive up alot of winding roads, then you get there and see the crater for about 15 minutes then you drive back down. To me anyway it's much prettier from afar. Taormina, on the other hand I would not want to miss.

Jill, Your packing list sounds like mine. Jeans, capri's, shirt's, sweater's, rain gear, and stuff for formal night.

One thing that may be important is wear stuff you can layer. Mornings may be cool, but by afternoon it may be hot. When we were on the Miracle the public rooms were chilly. So you might want to pack a sweater or wrap, just for the ship. Again the most important thing for me is comfortable walking shoes!

Janis, Thanks for the tip on securing my furniture, It just seems like you shouldn't have to do that!:rolleyes: My cousins all call me DD!

Denise

Deanne Willis
May 28th, 2009, 03:13 PM
Oh, I forgot, about packing, we have those space bags you see on TV, to pack our stuff in. These are the kind you don't need a vacuum, you just roll them up to squeeze all the air out.

Denise

c1audiagabriella
May 28th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Thanks for the congrats. Janis, Vicki, and Ed. I am so excited with the new baby!

Ed, well then if Mt Etna is out def. looking to go to Taormina. so let me know if whe can go as group and how much and if there is an enexpensive way to get there im so for that too! :D

luvcdays
May 28th, 2009, 05:48 PM
To those who wish to see my packing list, I will have to find it on my computer upstairs. I just have a stack of them that I had DH copy. I haven't updated it in over a year, so I will do that then email it to who ever sends me their email address. Jody, I have yours.

BTW, where is are little Anna?

Janis

jilly08
May 28th, 2009, 05:55 PM
Oh, I forgot, about packing, we have those space bags you see on TV, to pack our stuff in. These are the kind you don't need a vacuum, you just roll them up to squeeze all the air out.

Denise

I used ziplock bags last year-They worked pretty well too. I put my 'foundation' garments in them because it freaks me out thinking about someone touching my stuff. :rolleyes: Then, on the way home we used the bags to put breakables in so we wouldn't have a mess if a bottle broke.

I also brought a small roll of bubblewrap. I got it at Staples. It took up almost no room on the way over. We used it to wrap the wine etc.. before we put it inthe bags. Nothing broke.

Also, last year at the airport, you could buy all sorts of stuff duty free and as long as you left it sealed the way you bought it, you could carry it on. They sell EVERYTHING there. We did buy more wine and some food to bring home. I haven't heard that anything has changed since them.. but I will check at some point.

Janis, I am a major planner but for some reason, I can't decide on the clothes til the night before. I do have a list of 'stuff' I bring-like the power strip, a power converter, CDs to load the pics from the cameras, mini hand sanitizers etc...We even brought these mini toilet paper rolls. Now, we probably won't need them in our ports this time.. but we went to Egypt last year.. and we did need that there. (I could have also used a VAT of sanitizer after one of our stops but that is another story.):p

Happy Thursday Everyone.. Marty is right, gotta love these short weeks!!

Jill

jilly08
May 28th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Thanks for the congrats. Janis, Vicki, and Ed. I am so excited with the new baby!

Ed, well then if Mt Etna is out def. looking to go to Taormina. so let me know if whe can go as group and how much and if there is an enexpensive way to get there im so for that too! :D

I have been researching just taking the train there. There are a bunch of posts regarding that out there. It sounds very simple and very inexpensive. From the train station, you get a local bus up the very steep hill to Taormina.
Here is a helpful link
http://www.ftroute.com/IT_TAO_MES.cfm

There is a ton of train information on his website. He will also answer questions if you email him directly.

Jill

c1audiagabriella
May 28th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Jill,
I will check out that site that sounds like a good idea. will you be taking that route? maybe we can tag along on the ride up there.

Janis,
I would love the list if possible mail to claudia.g.towell@kp.org thanks :rolleyes:

CarnivalFan2
May 28th, 2009, 10:04 PM
Ciao from Texas Y'all!! Made it back safe & sound.

Denise & Vicki- thanks for asking about me. No problem on the flight. Great connection; love flying directly to Grand Rapids and back non-stop!

As posted before, had a great visit with my mom & family. Even got in some golf! Yes, for some reason, mosquitoes were outrageous :( We have to deal with them here in Houston, but wow, they were bad up there...

During the holiday weekend, there was hardly a peep on this thread, so when I get back on tonight, it "blew up" :eek:. To catch up quickly;

Janis - with all those quality brewers, I had to partake ;). Kept it in check though; after all, was with mom :o.

Janis- yes insured; Travel Guard.

Jody & Chris - best of luck & congrats again on your wedding!
Claudia- congrats on the grand baby!

Shuttle from port to Hotel Cosmopolita (Rome) - besides Jeanne & myself, I think we have; Judy & Ethel & etexbeachbum & DW? Pls confirm (& if staying at Hotel Cosmo). Now that I am back, I'll go ahead & reserve the shuttle, once I have the group confirmed.

Vicki/Janis - didn't jump on here last night, but definitely watched the clinching game last night. VERY happy the "Winged White Walls" are rolling back to defend Lord Stanley's cup!! Intriguing that it is a rematch with Pittsburgh again. Who was the Pittsburgh fan on here? We might have to do a friendly DOD bet at sail-away (loser buys winner a DOD)!!

Janis/all - re men's wear on the ship; I will be packing light--> only a selection of Songo Thongos and for formal nights, a bow tie :eek::o

Am I caught up? Sounds like planning is in full force. Once I get the transfer reserved from the ship to Hotel Cosmo, it will be time to look at excursions.

Oh, almost forgot, benevenuti ncgrammie 4! Fyi, some of us have posted our photos on the following site, so we can see what our shipmates look like (totally optional, of course);

http://************************

Another weekend almost here and the Stanley Cup starts Saturday night!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

CarnivalFan2
May 28th, 2009, 10:08 PM
ncgrammie4 - for some reason, I can't get the link to work. But, the web address is; www.*************.com

Oh, it is working now!

jilly08
May 29th, 2009, 12:13 AM
Jill,
I will check out that site that sounds like a good idea. will you be taking that route? maybe we can tag along on the ride up there.



Lindsey and I haven't quite decided --I originally was going to do that but then the beach was mentioned. Apparently there are quite a few nice beaches near the port. So, I'm looking into that as well. I will keep you posted and of course, you are welcome to tag along.

jill

jilly08
May 29th, 2009, 12:14 AM
Jill,
I will check out that site that sounds like a good idea. will you be taking that route? maybe we can tag along on the ride up there.

Janis,
I would love the list if possible mail to claudia.g.towell@kp.org thanks :rolleyes:

We haven't quite decided. I heard there are some beautiful beaches near the port. So I"m looking into that as well. I'll keep you posted. And of course you can tag along. The more the merrier.,

Jill

luvcdays
May 29th, 2009, 12:19 AM
Hey Marty,

It sounds like you had a great time on your vacation.

I think Judy's DH is the Penguins fan. Can wait to watch the playoffs!

I thought you were going to write something serious about packing. Guess you got me. Will all your Sogno Thongos fit into your paper bag with your bow tie?

Lastly, can you tell me why you chose Travel Guard and have you used them before? I can't remember, have you been to Europe before?

Janis & Dick

jebl
May 29th, 2009, 09:05 AM
Janis, I would love the packing list. My email is jebl39@msn.com.

Marty, Yes Ethel and I are staying at Cosmo and want to share the shuttle. I received an email from the hotel telling me the shuttle from hotel to FCO is 14 euro.

Sorry Marty but I gotta go with Jack's (my DH) Pens Sat night. Just hope this is not a replay of last year.

dlbutler5
May 29th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Just a tip for the guys. I rented dress shoes from the ship for the cruise last year and will do it again this year. It makes one less item to pack and less weight in the suitcase.

maryann2
May 29th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Just a tip for the guys. I rented dress shoes from the ship for the cruise last year and will do it again this year. It makes one less item to pack and less weight in the suitcase.

Lovely photo of Barbara and Valentine on John's blog. I am doing this cruise and transatlantic with you.

ncgrammie4
May 29th, 2009, 06:38 PM
Ciao from Texas Y'all!! Made it back safe & sound.

Denise & Vicki- thanks for asking about me. No problem on the flight. Great connection; love flying directly to Grand Rapids and back non-stop!

As posted before, had a great visit with my mom & family. Even got in some golf! Yes, for some reason, mosquitoes were outrageous :( We have to deal with them here in Houston, but wow, they were bad up there...

During the holiday weekend, there was hardly a peep on this thread, so when I get back on tonight, it "blew up" :eek:. To catch up quickly;

Janis - with all those quality brewers, I had to partake ;). Kept it in check though; after all, was with mom :o.

Janis- yes insured; Travel Guard.

Jody & Chris - best of luck & congrats again on your wedding!
Claudia- congrats on the grand baby!

Shuttle from port to Hotel Cosmopolita (Rome) - besides Jeanne & myself, I think we have; Judy & Ethel & etexbeachbum & DW? Pls confirm (& if staying at Hotel Cosmo). Now that I am back, I'll go ahead & reserve the shuttle, once I have the group confirmed.

Vicki/Janis - didn't jump on here last night, but definitely watched the clinching game last night. VERY happy the "Winged White Walls" are rolling back to defend Lord Stanley's cup!! Intriguing that it is a rematch with Pittsburgh again. Who was the Pittsburgh fan on here? We might have to do a friendly DOD bet at sail-away (loser buys winner a DOD)!!

Janis/all - re men's wear on the ship; I will be packing light--> only a selection of Songo Thongos and for formal nights, a bow tie :eek::o

Am I caught up? Sounds like planning is in full force. Once I get the transfer reserved from the ship to Hotel Cosmo, it will be time to look at excursions.

Oh, almost forgot, benevenuti ncgrammie 4! Fyi, some of us have posted our photos on the following site, so we can see what our shipmates look like (totally optional, of course);

http://************************

Another weekend almost here and the Stanley Cup starts Saturday night!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne
Thanks for the welcome, Marty & Jeanne. My sisters middle name is spelled the same way as your name Jeanne. (she will be on the cruise, too) Also, thanks for the info on the web site. Our main home computer crashed last week, and sad to say, we lost our pictures too. But, I'll try to post some soon. Y'all look ready to cruise.
ncgrammie

luvcdays
May 29th, 2009, 07:11 PM
Just a tip for the guys. I rented dress shoes from the ship for the cruise last year and will do it again this year. It makes one less item to pack and less weight in the suitcase.

dlbutler,

I'm sorry, I don't know your name or if you are a male or a female, but that is a great tip. I will pass it along to my DH.

Thanks
Janis

luvcdays
May 29th, 2009, 09:28 PM
To all,

Jody & Chris got married today!!! Just thinking about them. How exciting!

Janis

jilly08
May 29th, 2009, 11:09 PM
To all,

Jody & Chris got married today!!! Just thinking about them. How exciting!

Janis

That is exciting.
Jody and Chris--when you get around to catching up on posts... Congratulations and I hope you had a beautiful day.

Jill

mom23guys
May 29th, 2009, 11:31 PM
Janis, dlbutler is Dave as in Dave, Barbara, and Valentine.

Jody and Chris. CONGRATULATIONS.
Terry

Deanne Willis
May 30th, 2009, 08:06 AM
Congratulations Jody and Chris!

Dave, Were the shoes comfortable? About how much is it to rent shoes? Great idea!

Any ideas on Carnival bringing the fuel surcharge back?

Denise

CarnivalFan2
May 30th, 2009, 11:46 AM
Hey Marty,

It sounds like you had a great time on your vacation.

I think Judy's DH is the Penguins fan. Can wait to watch the playoffs!

I thought you were going to write something serious about packing. Guess you got me. Will all your Sogno Thongos fit into your paper bag with your bow tie?

Lastly, can you tell me why you chose Travel Guard and have you used them before? I can't remember, have you been to Europe before?

Janis & Dick
Hi Janis - we just went with the travel insurance (TravelGuard) offered when we booked the cruise through Continentalcruises.com (getting more onepass miles by using them). No experience with them, but reading over the policy they sent, coverage looks fine. I normally would not bother with travel insurance, but with this cruise being so far away and so far off, we chose to go ahead and get the insurance.

I've been to Europe (when I was in college; Southhampton and Amsterdam), but never with a cruiseline. Thanks for the info on the Pens fans. Re Songo Thongos, yes, they do make packing a "breeze" (no bun..errrr....pun intended).

Tonight's the big night, opening of the Stanley Cup! I'll be on the edge of my seat (literally!)

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

CarnivalFan2
May 30th, 2009, 11:58 AM
Judy & Ethel - thanks for the confirmation. Just need to hear back from etexbeachbum & DW. I'm sure you guys will be watching the Stanley Cup tonight! And, I'm sorry to inform you, different year, same result ;)...

Jody & Chris - CONGRATS!! When you catch a breath, pls share some photos if you can...

Dave (dbutler) - thanks for the tip on the shoes. Mmmm, I wonder if the ship also rents Songo Thongos :p...

Ncgrammie - Thanks, I'll pass that on to Jeanne. Yes, definitely ready :rolleyes:. Btw, did we get y'alls names?

Have a great weekend Sogno, Sogno, Sogno!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

luvcdays
May 30th, 2009, 08:07 PM
Hi Janis - we just went with the travel insurance (TravelGuard) offered when we booked the cruise through Continentalcruises.com (getting more onepass miles by using them). No experience with them, but reading over the policy they sent, coverage looks fine. I normally would not bother with travel insurance, but with this cruise being so far away and so far off, we chose to go ahead and get the insurance.

I've been to Europe (when I was in college; Southhampton and Amsterdam), but never with a cruiseline. Thanks for the info on the Pens fans. Re Songo Thongos, yes, they do make packing a "breeze" (no bun..errrr....pun intended).

Tonight's the big night, opening of the Stanley Cup! I'll be on the edge of my seat (literally!)

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne


Hey Marty,

Thanks for the info on Travel Guard. It seems to be pretty popular.

The playoffs are just starting here and the pizza is ordered. Sorry to say, but I am going with the Penguins. I think it is boring when the same team wins alot. (ie: Lakers) I just want to share the love and just think how exciting the playoff game would be next year if the Penguins won this year, but the 2 teams were up against each other next year!

Janis & Dick

luvcdays
May 30th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Any ideas on Carnival bringing the fuel surcharge back?

Denise


DD,

Shhhhhhhhh! We are hoping CCL doesn't notice, but it's not looking too good:( I was hoping to use that $ to pay for a private tour.

Janis

luvcdays
May 30th, 2009, 08:11 PM
Does anyone just buy insurance through Carnival?

Janis & Dick

Liney1982
May 30th, 2009, 08:17 PM
Denise - We are fine out here in earthquake land. I think they're kind of fun. The only one it upset was one of my cats. He kept walking around looking at things, wondering if they were going to move again. We hope you have fun this weekend at the cottage. It looks like it will be good weather. Can you call Carnival to find out how full the ship is? I know I can call Princess and they tell me how many passengers and the number of kids onboard.

Does anyone else want to vote on a time to meet up at the Cafe Buza in Dubrovnik? Either 4 or 5 pm?

Also, does anyone remember if Caroline (Liney1982) is doing her marathon this weekend?

Janis & Dick

Hey Everyone:

I've been MIA lately and have alot of catching up to do. I've been reading the weekly updates I get by email but reading them quickly on my commute to work means that I only feel less out of the loop ...

Josh and I are counting down to the cruise! We are very excited. Every spare penny we have is going towards it. I'm even accepting the extra work and responsibility at work as my way of "earning" my time away in October. Boy, am I going to enjoy it.

Thank you so much everyone for remembering me and my Charity Bike Ride! The Ride to Conquer Cancer is on June 13 and 14, so I have 2 weeks (1 full weekend left!) to train. Two weekends ago I completed my first 100km ride and I did it again today! I'm even going out for another ride tomorrow morning in order to get my body used to the burn I'm going to feel during two 100km rides back to back. Even more amazing than the leaps and bounds I've done with my training (I'm so not athetic) is that I have raised $2,700 so far for Cancer Research! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers the next two weeks as I start to really prepare myself mentally and physically for this Ride!

I saw some of your posting formal wear / packing lists, etc. I don't have my packing list down up yet (I'll probably start after the Ride). I know that I will be bringing my Little Black Dress (best purchase ever) which can be dressed up or down with accessories and shoes, and my black and ivory cocktail dress for formal nights. I also have two dresses "transforming" dresses (can be tied to make them halters, off the shoulder, etc) that I will most probably bring to give me options. These dresses as well can be dressed up or down and can therefore be used for both dinners and during the day.

Once the Ride is over I'm hoping I will have more time to devote to cruise planning. Looking forward to catching up on the posts.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Cheers,
Caroline and Josh

CarnivalFan2
May 30th, 2009, 08:25 PM
Janis - bored? I'm not bored ;). I'm from the Detroit area originally, so I'm a loyal Wings fan. Jeanne & I even had wings earlier, in Detroit's honor :D.

Denise - surcharge, what surcharge :eek:?? (that could damper our DOD budget :mad:!!)

Gotta run--> game has started! Roll on Winged White Walls, ROLL ON!! Defend Lord Stanley's Cup!!

Welcome back Caroline & Josh!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

mom23guys
May 30th, 2009, 10:09 PM
Marty, Your Wings are up now 2-1.
Caroline, I can't imagine 100 miles! Heck sometimes I get antsy just doing 100 miles in the car.:eek:
We haven't used Carnival's insurance. It is actually cheaper to buy your own and you can check out different policies. We have used Princess's for our upcoming cuise because it was a better bargain.
I am a litlle paranoid about traveling overseas without insurance. I'm not worried about cancellation as much as medical. I've read and seen some horror stories about traveling without medical coverage so I get it for peace of mind. We have used insuremytrip to compare policies. I really wasn't sure what pre-existing conditions actually meant so I called them and when they explained I realized I have purchased coverage but would really not have been covered. If you have any problem, high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc and your doctor sends you for blood work or changes medicine(even if lowering doses) and something happens that could be related to that the insurance company could deny your claim. That's why I either buy insurance right away or look for the insurance that covers pre-existing conditions as long as you buy the insurance by final payment. I've purchased Travel Guard, CSA, and HTH for different trips. I'm not sure how they are because luckily we've never had to use them.
Terry

jebl
May 30th, 2009, 10:12 PM
Okay, so the Wings are up by a point, but the fat lady hasn't sung yet. Gotta watch the 3rd period and hope the Pens can pull it off.

Same teams but hope for a different outcome this year!!!!!!!

CarnivalFan2
May 30th, 2009, 11:17 PM
Okay, so the Wings are up by a point, but the fat lady hasn't sung yet. Gotta watch the 3rd period and hope the Pens can pull it off.

Same teams but hope for a different outcome this year!!!!!!!
So far, so good! Wings up 1 game - 0. Game 2 tomorrow night. Btw, the Red Wing that scored the 3rd goal tonight is from Muskegon, where my mom is and where I just came back from!

I'm not talking any smack.....I know that the Penguins are very talented and have Stanley Cup experience; but, a good start for "Hockeytown"!!

Marty

dlbutler5
May 31st, 2009, 08:00 AM
Maryann2
Yeah that was a good picture. Jamie will be our Asst CD and is making sure everthing is set up for Valentine when we get there.

Denise
The shoes were quite comfortable. I believe they cost about $12 for the entire cruise.

I hope Carnival rethinks the $70 limit for the fuel surcharge or that oil comes down.

We are really getting excited about our back to back. Barb noticed how slow the debarkation was in Baltimore than it is in Europe. It took over 3 hours to empty the Pride. The Freedom was clear a lot faster than that and a lot earlier. If I remember right debarkation is finished around 7:30am in Civi.

dlbutler5
May 31st, 2009, 08:24 AM
Maryann2
Sorry I forgot to metion about you joining us on the B2B. One nice thing about a B2B in Europe, you don't have to get off the ship between cruises.

Deanne Willis
May 31st, 2009, 06:09 PM
Thanks for the information Dave. I'm very jealous of all of you b2bers!

Denise

CarnivalFan2
May 31st, 2009, 07:50 PM
Speaking of b2bers, how 'bout dem Red Wings? :D Game 2 starts in 15 minutes!!

You hockey fans (Janis, Terry, Vicki, Judy) watching tonight?

Judy - I'm sure Vicki will agree; we'll (Wings) have to protect our home ice tonight. Can't let the Pens steal one in "Hockeytown" and go to "Steeltown" tied 1-1. I'll feel much better heading to Pittsburgh leading 2 games to 0 :rolleyes:...

Hope everyone had a great weekend :)!!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

jebl
May 31st, 2009, 08:07 PM
Hey Marty,

Let's spread the wealth.......I am rooting for the Pens to take tonight's game. It is always good to win away.

CarnivalFan2
May 31st, 2009, 09:07 PM
Hey Marty,

Let's spread the wealth.......I am rooting for the Pens to take tonight's game. It is always good to win away.
Hi Judy - so far so good for the tuxedo birds; they lead 1-0 after first period. Plenty of hockey left in this game though....

CarnivalFan2
May 31st, 2009, 10:00 PM
Hi Judy - so far so good for the tuxedo birds; they lead 1-0 after first period. Plenty of hockey left in this game though....
Incredible game!! The action at both ends has been fantastic! Winged White Walls retake the lead after 2 periods, 2-1.

Janis/Vicki - have you been watching?

Marty

P.S. for non-hockey/sports fans, I apologize for hijacking this thread and turning into a hockey thread! My excitement is getting the best of me!!

mom23guys
May 31st, 2009, 10:15 PM
Marty, Missed the beginning, we weren't home but watching now. I don't have any favs in this battle but I love hockey.

luvcdays
May 31st, 2009, 10:49 PM
Sorry Judy & DH !!! At least the fight at the end of the game was good...
Congrats Wings fans.

Janis & Dick

diane52
June 1st, 2009, 10:02 AM
Wow, I can't beleive how much I missed in just a couple of days! I think I am all caught up now. Everyone seems to be busy for the summer. It is funny that some other people have packing lists. My husband, the engineer, made a VERY comprehensive list many cruises ago and we keep updating a little with every cruise. Of course it depends what type of cruise we are going on, scuba gear for the Caribbean, warmer things for Alaska, but I find it easier to cross things off that we don't need than to be constantly wondering what i forgot. It really saved us a few times when Ernie's dad was sick and we didn't know if we were going to be able to go until the last second. I could pack very quickly and without much thought.

We also were looking at MT. Etna and have come to the same conclusion that it is a bit too far. I was interested to hear that someone said it was nicer from a distance. We are thinking about renting a car for the day from Avis. They are located across the street from the port. The only snag is that they are closed in the afternoon and don't reopen until 4:30 the time we are supposed to be onboard. We are going to see if they will let us return the car a little early. It would be nice I think to be able to see the town and beaches etc. at our own pace. If not our backup plan is the train which seems to be cheap and easy.

Finally got the confirmation from the convent so that we are all set for pre and post cruise in Rome. It is located very close to the Spanish steps on Via Sistina. We stayed there last year and enjoyed it. We arrive on the 13th and leave on the 29th.

Happy planning everyone!

jebl
June 1st, 2009, 10:09 AM
Oh well, at least our Pens played hard. Hopefully home ice will work to their advantage. Although Jack thinks the Wings will take the Cup even thouhgh he is a pens fan.

maryann2
June 1st, 2009, 10:42 AM
Sorry Judy & DH !!! At least the fight at the end of the game was good...
Congrats Wings fans.

Janis & Dick

I watched the last few minutes and saw the fight too. Still so sad about the Canucks.

Diane, what is the name of the convent you are staying at? I stayed at Il Rosario last year which is near the Colisseum. The curfew never bothered me because I was always tired well before 11pm.They had a nice little terrace to sit outside.
I think that I will be using the train in Messina too.

diane52
June 1st, 2009, 10:57 AM
Maryann- We are staying at Istituto Immacolata Concezione. The curfew never bothered us last year either. By the time we had walked 11 miles in Rome one day we were really glad for the curfew!!

wyomingirl
June 1st, 2009, 12:23 PM
Hello everyone, Have been very busy with refinancing, yard work, dewinterizing the camper and all the usual parties for graduation, start of summer, etc....

Time seems to be going very fast, maybe because I am busy. Hoping I have planned everything the best I can. I too have a packing list that I pull out. It just makes it easier so you don't forget something. My DH doesn't like to go super formal so tie and dress shirt/pants is about all I can wrangle out of him.

Marty I am happy your team is winning but they are hated by many Avalanche fans:) Remember the rats being thrown on the ice during Stanley Cup several years ago. Since we don't have pro sports teams here in Wyo you will find many Broncos, Avalanche, Rockies and Nuggets fans. I wish the Nuggets would have won but oh well.

Hope everyone is doing well, have a great week.

Anna

yooperwoody
June 1st, 2009, 01:16 PM
Hi everyone.

I keep wondering when this weather is going to get warm. It's cool again today. We haven't even gotten our boat in the water yet. :mad:

Marty - Yeah, watched some of the game. I don't think the penguins have a chance (sorry to all you pen fans). The Detroit Free Press has a cute "smack the penguin" game on its site. Check it out if you want to feel part of the series by beating up on some poor penguins.

Ed- Gordie is pretty adamant about seeing the Pisa Tower. Since that is really the only thing, besides the colloseum, that he says he wants to see, it guess I'll go along with him. So I guess we're out on the Tuscany trip. :(

On to Messina, I was reading that there are some castles on Sicily. I'll have to find out more about where they are because castles are on my bucket list. If anyone runs into anything about this, give me a shout.

Have a great day!

diane52
June 1st, 2009, 01:27 PM
Vicki- Pisa is really not an all day thing. We stopped off the train on our way back from Florence last year. It is about a 20-25 min walk each way and then you can see the tower the church and the baptistry. If you don't want to go all the way to Florence maybe you could combine it with one of the walled towns like Lucca? Diane

CarnivalFan2
June 1st, 2009, 10:02 PM
Buona Sera Sogno, Sogno, Sogno!

Judy & DH - great games up in Detroit! Looking forward to the next two in "Steeltown". Mummm's the word; don't want to "jinx" it :eek:...

Vicki - I'll have to check out that penguin game, thanks. Janis - thanks (see last sentence above ;)).

Anna/Terry/Mary Ann - glad we have more hockey fans! This thread has also turned into a hockey forum :rolleyes:.

Judy - haven't heard from etexbeachbum, but I'm assuming they are in. I went back and read the old posts and they are staying at Hotel Cosmo post-cruise also. I almost reserved with ACS, but have sent one more e-mail to Hotel Cosmo and told them we will be a group of 6 and asked for a quote. How many pieces of luggage do you think? They seem to want to know how many large pieces and how many small pieces...

Hope every one's week is off to a good start!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

P.S. on John Heald's blog today, he has a few new pictures of the Dream that the shipyard sent him. He is on his way out there and will have plenty of more pics & videos very soon!!

jebl
June 1st, 2009, 10:15 PM
Marty,

Just got on Facebook and heard from etexbeachbum. Asked about shuttle and I told him that you were arranging it. Did you try www.civitavecchia.biz
We booked them for FCO to port for 100 euro for two people.

We will each have one large bag and one carry on.

mortimer49
June 2nd, 2009, 04:03 PM
Anyone signed up for the Carnival Dream 10/15 ?
My husband & I are also going on the Carnival Dream 10/15. I'm new with this so please "bear" with me!

nickusaf
June 2nd, 2009, 04:28 PM
My husband & I are also going on the Carnival Dream 10/15. I'm new with this so please "bear" with me!

Welcome aboard mortimer49.

Nick and Joanne

Deanne Willis
June 2nd, 2009, 07:43 PM
Hi Mortimer49! Welcome! My name is Denise and my husband's name is Joe. I love St Augustine, we used to live in Stuart, FL. Now we live in Michigan. If you get a chance glance through the former posts, you'll find alot of information. Then, if you get a chance, go to Cruise Fellows.com and you'll be able to put some faces to names. Ciao! Denise:)

All, Okay I know I'm stiring the fire again, but has anyone been watching the dollar value? It keeps going down compared to the euro. Joe and I did buy some Euro's to take with today, just in case it kept going down. We really don't want to carry alot of money on us, but last year on our trip we paid tons for everything, because of the exchange rate. If anyone has a crystal ball and has any advise let me know!! Denise

CarnivalFan2
June 2nd, 2009, 07:58 PM
Buona Sera!

Wow, a lot of new information on our Dream. On CC, there is another artist rendering added-> this one of the 2-deck high adult-only Serenity Retreat. It looks like the stbd side where the bar is located. Hot tubs will be just up those stairs (how convenient :rolleyes:).

Also- on John Heald's blog, he has the first set of new pictures from the shipyard. Our ship is definitely coming along nicely :)...

Benvenuti alla Songo, Songo, Songo mortimer49! I agree with Denise, I love that area as well. My parents lived in Melbourne for a long while and also moved to Michigan....right up the coast from Denise (small world). Are you & your husband Jags fans?

Judy/etexasbeachbum - I think I will go with ACS. They have a minibus that holds 8, and can take 6 large bags + 6 small bags. Having a little extra room won't hurt for the 1 1/2 drive to Rome. They are e-mailing me the quote, but it looks like it will be E 190 which is $ 272. Divided by 6= $45 pp. Here is the web page to the ACS page with our vehicle;

http://goitaly.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=goitaly&cdn=travel&tm=86&gps=225_909_1419_695&f=10&su=p531.50.336.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.airportconnection.it/einterno.htm

Click on Executive Minibus (under Rome Taxi) on the list on the left. Let me know what you think. Hope to hear from etexbeachbum, as well.

Well, got to run, as you hockey fans know, I have a prior commitment to watch my Winged White Walls roll over the tuxedo birds and make them "road-kill". Ohh nooo, I just jinxed it :eek::cool:...

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

jebl
June 2nd, 2009, 09:00 PM
Well the 1st period is over and the Pens have tied the score.. Go Pens.

Marty the shuttle sounds fine with us.

luvcdays
June 2nd, 2009, 09:17 PM
Judy - Thanks for the update! Please keep it coming as it the game is not on here!!! Go Penguins.....

Liney - Way to go!!! Your awesome!

Anna- Glad to see you back. What is dewinterize??????????JK

Welcome aboard Mortimer49 & DH. Have fun reading all of our past posts.

Janis & Dick

wyomingirl
June 2nd, 2009, 09:28 PM
Hi Janis it means we flush the system to get rid of the RV antifreeze that we put in around October so the lines don't freeze and crack. Remember we get below zero for weeks at a time and can't just leave the camper without protection.

Okay Denise people call me everyday and ask what I think the market is going to do....my crystal ball is broke otherwise I would be a millionaire:D I agree I hope the Euro goes down again or everything is going to be over the budget I prepared. Also let's keep those oil prices down!!!

CarnivalFan2
June 2nd, 2009, 09:56 PM
O.K., after 2 periods, 2-2 tie. I'll take it; I hope the Wings can steal game 3, which could practically spell the end of the Tuxedo Birds :cool:...

Judy - thanks on the shuttle. I'll go ahead and book it. If, for some reason, etexbeachbum cancels, we can downsize the vehicle to a 6 passenger van (E 165). They may be on vacation, I haven't seen them post in awhile, but I had gotten enough positive response from them that I feel comfortable booking this.

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

luvcdays
June 2nd, 2009, 11:54 PM
Hi Janis it means we flush the system to get rid of the RV antifreeze that we put in around October so the lines don't freeze and crack. Remember we get below zero for weeks at a time and can't just leave the camper without protection.

Okay Denise people call me everyday and ask what I think the market is going to do....my crystal ball is broke otherwise I would be a millionaire:D I agree I hope the Euro goes down again or everything is going to be over the budget I prepared. Also let's keep those oil prices down!!!

Anna - If you notice the "JK" behind my question, it means Just Kidding. Just a little Southern California humor. We used to have to winterize and dewinterize our family chalet on Bridgeport Lake (in the High Sierras) every year when I was growing up. One year we went there for Christmas and couldn't get the water pipes unfrozen and had to go out on the lake and cut a hole in it to fetch water in buckets to boil. That was enough winter for me.

Denise - We are trying not to watch the US dollar going down in value or the prices of gas going up. We are going with the "Ignorance is Bliss" attitude.

Anyone - Is the hockey game over? Did the Penguins do it?

Janis & Dick

yooperwoody
June 3rd, 2009, 07:43 AM
Well Marty, you did jinx it. That's okay though, apparently the birds need 6 men on the ice to do it though. (LOL) A friend of ours has tickets for game 5 at the Joe, so I'm sure he is happy.

Janis/Dick - That's one of my favorite sayings "ignorance is bliss". I guess that's the reason for my stupid grin I wear around all day long.

Welcome aboard mortimer49 & DH! You'll be DREAMING all summer like the rest of us. Take some time and read some of the past posts to catch up on everyone and their plans so far.

I'm going out of town for a few days so I'll be absent from here. I'm headed to the land of the trolls (on business).

Have a great couple days all!

jebl
June 3rd, 2009, 09:49 AM
Nice win for the Penguins. Hope they can tie this series up tomorrow.

Sorry Marty!!


Since we are in Florence when the Academia and Uffuzi are closed, is there time at any of the other ports to perhaps take the train to Florence?? I sure would love to see 'David'.

Still trying to figure out what to do in all of the ports

maryann2
June 3rd, 2009, 10:34 AM
Maryann- We are staying at Istituto Immacolata Concezione. The curfew never bothered us last year either. By the time we had walked 11 miles in Rome one day we were really glad for the curfew!!

Diane, Did you book directly with the convent or through an agency? I do have a booking at Hotel Julia but am leaning towards a convent again. All the ones I have emailed directly are full. I know a couple if years ago in October there were a lot of church groups in Rome for canonisations so perhaps it is the same this year.Some of the convents offer optional evening meals but as I said they all seem to be booked.

diane52
June 3rd, 2009, 01:12 PM
Maryann-
We booked directly with the convent. As I said before, we stayed there last year. The rooms are basic with two single beds. It was very clean and the nuns were very cute although there was a language barrier. We managed just fine with the basics. You can't beat the location close to the Spanish steps. It is a short walk to the Barberini metro. I found the convent on the web site recommended by Rick Steves www.santasusanna.org It is the first convent listed under the Historic center ones. LE SUORE DI LOURDES. It has a 10:30 curfew and is I think 70 Euros for a single. We are paying 75 euros for a double with private bath and includes a breakfast of coffee and a large roll.
I will tell you though that I think they still have rooms because it is not easy to book. You have to book by fax or telephone, they have no email. We signed up with an online fax service called My Fax where they deliver you fax as an email. It worked very well and the first month was free. Then they want you to send a 50 Euro deposit but you can't use a credit card. We ended up paying $10 to an online company to send us an international check. Last Year my Mom made all the arrangements and sent a 50 Euro bill. It is worth it in the end though, I think, and if you already have another reservation you could take your time booking. Let me know what you decide. It would be fun to have someone staying with us. Diane

diane52
June 3rd, 2009, 01:23 PM
Maryann- SO SORRY I have found my reservation and the rates for a single are 50 Euros with bath 35 Euros without bath not the 70 euros I quoted.

Deanne Willis
June 3rd, 2009, 08:28 PM
Judy, Joe and I are thinking of taking the train from Rome to Florence on the 14th. You are welcome to tag along with us if you'll be in town. Terry and Tom have talked about doing it, but I'm not sure if they are still going.

Saw the new pictures of the Dream. It looks gorgeous! Can't wait.:D

Denise

Deanne Willis
June 3rd, 2009, 09:00 PM
http://johnhealdsblog.com/2009/06/03/an-italian-dream/ (http://johnhealdsblog.com/2009/06/03/an-italian-dream/)

above is a link to more pictures of the Dream posted today, to see picturesyou'll have to scroll way down.:)

MARCOPOLOSMITH
June 3rd, 2009, 10:18 PM
We are booked on the October 15 Carnival Dream Cruise. We are a party of 4 (late 50,s/early 60,s) looking for 2 or 4 more people to share the cost of an Amalfi Coast 9 hour tour. Price per person for a party of 6 is $137USD; price per person for a party of 8 is $110.00. Anybody interested?

MARCOPOLOSMITH
June 3rd, 2009, 10:48 PM
We are a party of 4 (late 50's/early 60's) looking to share an Amalmi Coast excursion to Positano, nAmalfi and Ravello. Looking for 2 to 4 dreamers to share the cost!

CarnivalFan2
June 3rd, 2009, 10:50 PM
Ciao Sogno, Sogno, Sogno!

Denise - thanks for the link. I just got finished reading it myself. Yes, the Dream is really taking shape. You can already see the latest in lighting technology being used. Also, on this blog, they announce what the large production shows will be and describe them; e.g. "Dancin' in the Streets", "Xtreme Country"...

Judy - congrats on the game 3 win Tues night! I laughed at Vicki's comment about the 6 Penguins on the ice. Don't know if you were watching then, but it actually happened-> Pittsburgh had an extra skater on for about 20 secs and no one (except the TV commentators) noticed! Didn't affect the game, as the Red Wings are good enough to play 5 on 6 against anybody :D.

Well, I predict the Wings will win tomorrow night in Pittsburgh, so they can come back home and raise the Cup at the Joe. Get it?, "Cup O' Joe" :p...

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

mom23guys
June 3rd, 2009, 10:51 PM
Denise,
We're thinking of going on the 14th too. It would be fun to sort of have some company. Still not positive because it would be nice to do the papal audience on Wednesday too. I'm still deciding.
Seven more days in my classroom. I am pulling my hair out. I can't just pack everything up or they'll think we're finished-which we definitely are not.
Terry

jebl
June 4th, 2009, 09:06 AM
Judy, Joe and I are thinking of taking the train from Rome to Florence on the 14th. You are welcome to tag along with us if you'll be in town. Terry and Tom have talked about doing it, but I'm not sure if they are still going.

Saw the new pictures of the Dream. It looks gorgeous! Can't wait.:D

Denise

Thanks for the offer but we don't get in until the 15th.
Posted by Marty:

Well, I predict the Wings will win tomorrow night in Pittsburgh, so they can come back home and raise the Cup at the Joe. Get it?, "Cup O' Joe" ...

Groan.........

maryann2
June 4th, 2009, 09:54 AM
Maryann- SO SORRY I have found my reservation and the rates for a single are 50 Euros with bath 35 Euros without bath not the 70 euros I quoted.

Thanks Diane. Have heard back from a few now which have room, including Il Rosario where I stayed last May. Still hoping I can get somewhere which does optional evening meals.

diane52
June 4th, 2009, 10:05 AM
You are right Maryann- evening meals were not offered at our convent

hartliem
June 4th, 2009, 12:17 PM
We are booked on the October 15 Carnival Dream Cruise. We are a party of 4 (late 50,s/early 60,s) looking for 2 or 4 more people to share the cost of an Amalfi Coast 9 hour tour. Price per person for a party of 6 is $137USD; price per person for a party of 8 is $110.00. Anybody interested?

Is the tour of the amalfi coast and pompei?? I went on the website and there are a few excursions. Can you tell me which one you have booked. We are a party of two and may be interested in this.

CarnivalFan2
June 4th, 2009, 07:32 PM
Thanks for the offer but we don't get in until the 15th.
Posted by Marty:

Well, I predict the Wings will win tomorrow night in Pittsburgh, so they can come back home and raise the Cup at the Joe. Get it?, "Cup O' Joe" ...

Groan.........
Sorry Judy & DH, it just popped into my head!

Hockey fans- Are we ready for tonight (opening face-off in 30 min)? HUGE game. If the Tuxedo Birds win this one, it's a WHOLE NEW series!! However, I'm sticking to my prediction, for that "Cup O' Joe"...

Judy - btw, I plan on booking ACS (shuttle from port to Hotel Cosmo in Rome) this weekend. Any contact with etexbeachbum?

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

jebl
June 4th, 2009, 08:04 PM
None so far.

Don't know where he is.

Deanne Willis
June 4th, 2009, 09:10 PM
Judy, I thought you had mentioned that you were coming in on the 15th, but I wasn't sure. I wish we would have more time to be in Rome too!

Joe and I have been in Rome before, but there is so much to see! We've never been to Florence. Everyone says the train is only 1 hrs from Termini to Florence. I've read that many people do this commute every day, and it's very simple. But, I still worry that I will get lost or something. Terry, I hope you guys can go, but it would be nice to go to the papal audience too.

Jill, have fun on your trip, I still think we southern michiganders need to find a more appealing name than trolls.:eek:

Marty, You are so funny!! Do they play hockey in Italy? I know they have beer. In fact Joe and I had a beer in McDonalds in Civitivecchia just
before our last cruise. (I think I remember anyway, Joe is not sure) Joe will have to test the beers on board during the cabin crawl. I'll be testing the wine.;)

MARCOPOLOSMITH! Welcome!!!

Hey everyone, The dollar went up a little today! I knew if I bought a few Euro's to save a little money the dollar would go up.:rolleyes:

Take care everyone, Denise

jebl
June 4th, 2009, 09:45 PM
pens 4 -wings 2

5 minutes left in the 2nd period

go pens:):):)

CarnivalFan2
June 4th, 2009, 10:07 PM
OH NOOO.....the Tuxedo Birds are pecking our eyes out! :eek:

Mmmm, looks like we are heading to a best out of 3 Stanley Cup! 2 out of the 3 games are in Hockeytown; but with the way the Penguins are playing tonight, I'm STILL worried :eek:

CarnivalFan2
June 4th, 2009, 10:18 PM
Hi Denise & Joe - beer at McDonald's? Thanks, made me forget about how the Red Wings are playing tonight :rolleyes:.

Those crazy Italians (I am one) know how to live!! I can imagine it now at the drive thru: (me) - "I'll have a No.1 meal"....(speaker)- "your drink?"...(me) - "I'll have a beer....and super-size it!!" ;).

I don't know about hockey, but I know they have pro-basketball in Italy. You hear about NBA players that have played in Italy before making it to the NBA...

Well, period 3 has started, time to see if the Winged White Walls have any "Fix-O-Flat" :cool:

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

Deanne Willis
June 4th, 2009, 10:26 PM
No wonder they drive like crazy people in Italy! They've all been through the drive through at McDonalds!!

Jill, I'm sorry, I got you and Vicki mixed up in my last post.:o

Vicki, I really do know you're the yooper in our group. Sorry!:o

Go RED WINGS !
(Hope it Helps)

Denise

jebl
June 4th, 2009, 10:48 PM
sorry marty.....go pens!!!!!!:d:d

CarnivalFan2
June 4th, 2009, 10:54 PM
Judy & DH (and any other Pens fans) - congrats on the win & tying the Stanley Cup Series! Wow, 2-2 heading back to Detroit. Great Stanley Cup this year. Like I said in the above post, now it boils down to a best of 3 series for the Cup!

If you'll excuse me, time to go cry in my super-sized McDonald's beer :(...

Marty

browneyes7
June 5th, 2009, 06:34 PM
Hi. My husband (Bill) and I (Mary) will be on this cruise. We are looking forward to having a great time. We hope to meet as many of you as possible.:)

luvcdays
June 5th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Welcome back browneyes! and welcome aboard Marcopolosmith.

Thanks for the playoff updates. We did not get Tues. or Wed. games on tv here! Way to go Penguins. 2 to 2 makes for a more exciting game. IMO Can't wait for 5 pm on Saturday.

Anyone been shopping for the trip yet? Only 132 days left.

Janis & Dick

mom23guys
June 5th, 2009, 10:04 PM
mom23guys Tom and Terry celebrating retirement
Deanne Willis Denise and Joe
wyomingirl Anna and Randy
nick usaf Nick and Joanne 50th anniversary
Pat and Richard joining the celebration
luvcdays Janis and Dick 30th anniversary
ehogan
dlbutlers Dave and Barbara + B2B with TA
Valentine
The Commodore Tom and Maureen (onetrufan)
diane52 Diane and Ernie
reck Cathy and Steve
CBXRAY Chris and Weez(Margaret)
CarnivalFan2 Marty and Jeanne
Liney1982 Liney and Josh
ashejen Ashejen, DH, In-laws
tamyrussell Trina; Nancy, mom, and Tanya,sister
browneyes7 Mary and Bill
etexbeachbum etexbeachbum and DW
waterjunkie Cherl and Jim
jilly08 Jill and daughter Lindsey
josy777 Jody and Chris Honeymoon
ickz ickz and DW
oceanview585 Nancy and Henry
maryann2 Mary
bones0319 Jim and Barb +8friends 25th anniversary
pooh1962 Wendy, 2 sisters, and mom
jebl Judy and Ethel
C1audiagabriella Claudia Gabriella, DH, and DD-9
eekconway Ed and Kelley Honeymoon
vegascruiser1009 Mary and Sam
L&LC Lloyd and LeeAnne
Yooperwoody Vicki and Gordie
Hartlien Elaine and Kathy
MARCOPOLOSMITH Group of 4

Hope I have everyone. There are a few people we haven't heard from in a loooong time. I wonder if they are still going.
I've bought a few things but they are really for the earlier cruises too. I'll have so much more time after our Triumph cruise.
Terry

maryann2
June 5th, 2009, 10:11 PM
Mcdonalds in Athens has Heiniken:)
I always use the washrooms in McDonalds, no surprises. The one in Moscow serves tea in teapots.

Diane, I ended up booking with Il Rosario again. It was easier as they do not need a deposit and it was only 42 euros a night.

Denise, I think I was joining your castle tour on the way to the port so let me know what hotel I can meet you at.

Deanne Willis
June 5th, 2009, 11:10 PM
I think they had beer there. ( Does anyone know for sure? ) I just don't want everyone i.e. Marty, to be disappointed if my memory is wrong! Joe really can't remember, I do know they have beer in McDonalds in alot of cities in Europe.

Mary, Either Janis or Terry is in charge of the castle trip to the ship. So I'll let them answer your question. Looking forward to it!!

Janis, I have a feeling I'm like you, I'm always shopping!! Love sales, and I usually don't buy too much. But, I love the hunt!!:) I did get a new rain jacket the other day, mainly for the cruise. Hope I don't have to use it too much!

Denise

CarnivalFan2
June 5th, 2009, 11:38 PM
Whoa Denise - I sense some "back-tracking" on the McDonald's beer :eek:. If Joe can't remember, my guess is that they did indeed have beer and Joe went "super-sized" ;).

Mary Ann - Heineken in the McDonald's in Greece? Wow, and I thought the Italians knew how to live ;).

Well, another start to the weekend :). Jeanne just got back from her business trip to St. Louis, so we can now go "full steam ahead" on the plans for post-cruise and any excursions during cruise. There's a certain evening gondola ride in Venice I need to reserve, but not with Carnival (as they said 4 at a time go; need just the 2 of us, and maybe a musician ;)). Plan on trying to do a kiss at sunset at the Bridge of Sighs, as per John Heald's advice. Am I a romantic guy, or what?

Btw, on John Heald's blog today, he said he'll have a full blog on Sunday, with special attention to the Dream. I'm thinking he'll have more pics & even videos of the ship :rolleyes:. He alluded to some high praise of the ship, that he said he would elaborate on more later. Although he is a "company man" (Carnival), I believe his sentiments are genuine with regard to this beautiful leviathan...

Have a great start to the weekend everyone!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

P.S. welcome aboard Bill & Mary (browneyes7)!!

CarnivalFan2
June 6th, 2009, 02:27 PM
sorry marty.....go pens!!!!!!:d:d
Hi Judy - I tried to book (reserve) the shuttle on ACS's website, but I think their booking "thingy" online is malfunctioning. I had all the correct info entered. Anyway, I sent them an e-mail, so should hear something back from them soon. I asked if I could book by e-mail. If necessary, I'll do it over the phone.

Again, it will be an 8 person mini-bus, so we'll have a little extra room. Still counting on etexbeachbum, even though I haven't heard from them. Price quote was E 190 which currently equates to $272. Divided by 6 = $ 45 per. If the dollar keeps gaining ground against the Euro, it may be cheaper...

Oh, and yes, tonight's game is HUGE! I'm glad the next 2 out of 3 are in Detroit. I still want my "Cup O' Joe"!!

Marty

P.S. If for some reason, etexbeachbum drops out, I will get the smaller 6 passenger mini-van (for just the 4 of us), and the price drops to E 165, which converts to $236 ($40 pp).

CarnivalFan2
June 6th, 2009, 10:04 PM
5-0 Wings...Shhhh, don't want to jinx it :rolleyes:

I think I have it figured out....when Vicki leaves Yooperville and drops down to the land of the "trolls", it throws off Red Wing Universe. I bet you Vicki is back home up in the U.P., and all is right in the Red Wing world again.

Vicki - you can't leave Yooperville again until the Stanley Cup is over ;)

Btw Judy - ACS got back to me. They said it's not on their end. They are going to send me a link to Paypal, so I can use that to reserve the mini-bus.

Marty (aka Red Wing fan)

P.S. - it's been awful quiet on this thread this weekend!

jebl
June 6th, 2009, 10:14 PM
Ohhhh Noooooo. My poor Pens. They look awful tonight. Just not playing good hockey and the Wings are right on.

The shuttle sounds good. Hope Etexbeachbum surfaces soon.

CarnivalFan2
June 6th, 2009, 11:05 PM
Ohhhh Noooooo. My poor Pens. They look awful tonight. Just not playing good hockey and the Wings are right on.

The shuttle sounds good. Hope Etexbeachbum surfaces soon.
Whew, feeling better in Hockeytown! However, I have a feeling those Tuxedo Birds are not done and will play well back in Pittsburgh Tues night.

Difference tonight was Datsuk for Detroit ...man, that guy can stick handle the puck!

Again, a great Stanley Cup series....may go 7, but I hope Detroit can win the first road game Tues night!

Marty

Deanne Willis
June 7th, 2009, 02:03 PM
Hi everyone,

Marty, Glad our Red Wings are back on track!

Sorry Judy, but I have to support my home state team!

I will probably be on this web site more often in the next week. I fell down the church steps, I was running for coffee, and I either sprained or possible broke my ankle. It is very swollen and I have blue toes! I really don't think it's broken, but I may have to see my Dr. tomorrow!
At least we're not going on the cruise next week!

Hope everone is having a good weekend!

Denise

luvcdays
June 7th, 2009, 02:59 PM
Denise - OMG! I hope you are feeling better soon and heal fast. I'll be thinking of you while I am icing my knee everyday. I didn't want to shop for the cruise yet, but after the sumer they won't have many cute sandals left. I bought 4 sandals last week and DH a pair of Tan Linen walking shorts and a long sleeve Chaps shirt that is white with small blue stripes that can be dressed up or casual with the sleeves rolled up. They have some cute Nautical type (Navy blue & white striped) clothes at Kohls if anyone is interested.

Mary - Terry is in charge of the transfer to the ship. Where is Il Rosario located?

Terry - Are you packed yet? Not too long now for your next cruise. What ports are you visiting?

Marty & all hockey fans - Wow! Congrats. That was a hard game to watch for those of us cheering for the underdog. After the 2nd period we changed the channel to watch Roman Holiday. We love that movie. We kept checking back in on the game, but it was painful:(

Today we are going to meet my DD & DSIL and see their first house they have purchased in Burbank. We are all so excited! I will be busy helping them move in at the end of next week.

We hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Janis & Dick

Deanne Willis
June 7th, 2009, 03:53 PM
Thanks Janis! I hope I didn't miss something. What did you do to your knee? I hope that gets better soon!

At least it sounds like it doesn't interfere with your shopping ability!;) Now that would just put me over the edge!:eek:

I love Kohls! You're right the Nautica line is great for cruise wear. Kohl's has very good sales too!

Marty, Joe loved the super-sized comment.:o

Jody and Chris. Are you back from your Honeymoon? How was the wedding and remember you promised pictures.:)

Terry, When do you leave on your Canada cruise? I have a question for you.
Do you know far it is and how involved it is to get from the Newark Airport to New York City? They just added a new airline, with a direct flight from South Bend to Newark. Coud you do it by train? Or would you get a limo service?

Don't go to any trouble looking things up. I can do that. I just wanted your opinion. Thanks, Denise

CarnivalFan2
June 7th, 2009, 04:07 PM
Buona Domenica Sogno, Sogno, Sogno!

Denise - really sorry to hear about your ankle! Hopefully, it is only a minor twist or sprain. Yes, good thing this happened WAY before the Dream cruise, as I do believe that ankle is going to come in handy ;). Keep the ice on and try to resist jumping up & down on it after the Wings win the Stanley Cup Tues night :D!!

Vicki- will you be in Yooperville Tues night :eek:??

Janis - thanks much on the congrats! I was really proud of the Red Wings for bouncing back the way they did, because I was very worried after game 4 in Pittsburgh. Detroit looked tired & old & a step behind the Penguins. Getting Chris Draper & especially Pavel Datsyuk back has been huge for Detroit!! Congrats on your DD & DSIL's home purchase in Burbank!!

Judy - well, I'm glad the Stanley Cup doesn't resume until Tues night, gives the Red Wings more time to rest ;). Why do I have a feeling this thing is going to go "7"? As long as I get my "Cup O' Joe"!! Btw- still working with ACS for the shuttle. They sent me an e-mail asking me the # of bags. Hopefully, they'll just let me reserve via e-mail. I'll keep you posted...

All - I checked John Heald's blog a few minutes ago and he hasn't posted his full blog yet. He had said he would have a full blog on Sunday about the Dream, with new photos, etc. Keep checking, as it may show up any minute :rolleyes:...

Hope everyone had a great weekend, and get well soon Denise!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

jebl
June 7th, 2009, 06:35 PM
Denise, OUCH!! Hope you are up on your feet in no time flat.

Marty, I think it will go to game 7 also. Makes for a better series when it isn't all one sided. Although, I do hope the Pens play much better than they did in this last game.

If you are having trouble getting the shuttle booked try this link: www.civitavecchia.biz
He was very quick to respond to me about the shuttle from FCO and his prices are reasonable.

CarnivalFan2
June 7th, 2009, 06:46 PM
If you are having trouble getting the shuttle booked try this link: www.civitavecchia.biz
He was very quick to respond to me about the shuttle from FCO and his prices are reasonable.[/QUOTE]

O.k., thanks Judy...

CarnivalFan2
June 7th, 2009, 07:47 PM
Just checked John Heald's blog, and he has posted his Sunday blog. However, he just covers the 2 new Costa ships. His coverage of the Dream starts tomorrow :rolleyes:!!

Marty

mom23guys
June 7th, 2009, 09:20 PM
Mary, I'm the one who booked the Rome trip to the castle at Lake Bracianno(sp). Later this month as soon as I finish school(June 15) I see what specifically we want and then contact Stefano again.
Denise-Ouch! hopefully it's a sprain and you'll be okay in a week or so. It can be broken :(you fell at church.
We had a family event up in North Jersey yesterday so I stayed over with my brother and then spent the whole day with my gradson. It couldn't have been any better. My son gave me the name of a fantastic restaurant in Florence and even made a suggestion of what to order. My DIL is a super chef so I'm sure it'll be great. She even wrote a book which was just published on Monday. She'll be on The View(for those of you who watch) discussing her book on June 16th.

mom23guys
June 7th, 2009, 09:31 PM
Denise,
It will probably take about 30 minutes to get from EWR to the port or into Manhattan depending on which way you go. If the tunnels are backed up it could be more.There is a train from EWR to Penn Station in NYC(they have this "train to the plane" thing) and then you can get a cab for the 25 blocks or so. A car service is probaly not too much either and a lot nicer. There may even be a shuttle service.
When are you going? If a have some time I'll check. You can check trains on NJTransit website.
Let me know< I'll certainly help. NYC is not as daunting as some make it appear. Streets are number(except in Downtown area), the higher the number-the further north. Avenues are mostly numbered with the numbers going higher from East to West. The port in Manhattan is at 55th and the West Side Highway not far from the Lincoln tunnel. Penn staten is 33-35th Street between 7th and 8th Ave.
Terry
Terry

maryann2
June 8th, 2009, 12:24 AM
Just checked John Heald's blog, and he has posted his Sunday blog. However, he just covers the 2 new Costa ships. His coverage of the Dream starts tomorrow :rolleyes:!!

Marty

Strange, can't see this.

Terry, I am staying at Il Rosario which is near the Collisseum Address Via di Sant' Agata dei Goti 10. Nearest metro station Cavour.

Denise, sorry to hear about your ankle, I know too well how painful that can be. I will be staying in New York for 3 days following the transatlantic and am torn between staying at EWR and catching the bus in and staying in New York. I got the Renaissance for $45 on priceline for the final night as my flight leaves at 7am but still undecided on the other 2 nights as hotels in New York are so expensive.

diane52
June 8th, 2009, 08:18 AM
I really would like to do Cinque Terre while we are in Livorno. I have done a lot of research on how to get there on the train. The problem is that we would have to catch the 8:26 train because the next one after that is 10:42. As you recall I did write to John's blog about bus times to get out of the port in Livorno and John said they would not start until 8:00 again this year. He suggested that we try to bribe a cab to the station with 20 euros. Is anyone else interested in Cinque Terre and would like to try to get a cab with us? I figure if 4 of us went in a cab we might have a better chance of getting a cab with a little more money. Our backup plan if we can't get a cab or if the weather isn't good is to do one of the walled towns in the area Probably Lucca.

josy777
June 8th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Thanks Janis! I hope I didn't miss something. What did you do to your knee? I hope that gets better soon!

At least it sounds like it doesn't interfere with your shopping ability!;) Now that would just put me over the edge!:eek:

I love Kohls! You're right the Nautica line is great for cruise wear. Kohl's has very good sales too!

Marty, Joe loved the super-sized comment.:o

Jody and Chris. Are you back from your Honeymoon? How was the wedding and remember you promised pictures.:)

Terry, When do you leave on your Canada cruise? I have a question for you.
Do you know far it is and how involved it is to get from the Newark Airport to New York City? They just added a new airline, with a direct flight from South Bend to Newark. Coud you do it by train? Or would you get a limo service?

Don't go to any trouble looking things up. I can do that. I just wanted your opinion. Thanks, Denise

Denise - You need to be more careful on those stairs ;)

We got back from the honeymoon on Tuesday last week. Duluth was cold and rainy. Good thing we were only there 2 days. It was nice to get away for a little while after the wedding though.

The wedding was interesting to say the least. The weather was beautiful all day until right before the ceremony. The wind kicked up and it started to drizzle. We rushed through the ceremony and ran for the cars! During the ceremony at the gardens my 2 1/2 year old twin neice and nephew ran behind the judge performing the ceremony and started pulling up the tulips. It was hilarious and didn't bother me a bit. At least they were enjoying themselves. The food at the reception was great and we had lots of extra cake to eat the day after the wedding. It definitely wasn't a "perfect" wedding, but it got the job done and everyone enjoyed themselves.

I think I was able to attache a few pictures. I'm waiting for more pics from my sister and new sister in law.

Time to start planning the cruise! I told Chris he is responsible for Venice and Barcelona.

Welcome to the new cruisers. We're going to have a great time on the Dream!

Jody and Chris Zetah (now offically hitched :D )

josy777
June 8th, 2009, 10:54 AM
Looks like my pictures didn't work the first time. I resized them and I'll try again here.

Jody

Deanne Willis
June 8th, 2009, 12:02 PM
Jody and Chris, You look beautiful and the gardens around look great! I don't think any wedding is perfect without something exciting happening. When things go wrong, then you have a wedding everyone remembers!
Congratulations!! Thanks for the pictures!
Denise:)

eekconway
June 8th, 2009, 04:53 PM
Jody, we'll I'm glad to hear you made it all the way through from, engagment to planning to the ceremony. We starting to get real busy just over 3months. Should I just run now? LOL... But seriously, congrats!!! & any pointers are appreciated

Ed

Deanne Willis
June 8th, 2009, 06:02 PM
Terry, Mary and Janis,

Thanks for the info on New York! We have no plans yet, but that new airline has some tickets for 9 dollars each way, so I'm trying to talk Joe into a Canada, New England cruise. I think I've used most of his vacation time this year, but maybe next.

Terry, You sound like a travel expert in New York!

Janis and Mary, I think you two are staying very close to each other in Rome.

All, I went to the Dr. today, I just have a badly sprained ankle. I agree with you Terry, it would not seem right to have it be broken in church.

Ed, you better not be running. After the wedding, you have a honeymoon to go on, and we are all going with you!

Denise

mom23guys
June 8th, 2009, 07:39 PM
Ed, you better not be running. After the wedding, you have a honeymoon to go on, and we are all going with you!

Denise

Strange that you put it that way:rolleyes:.

Jody and Chris, the gardens look fantastic!
Denise, glad it's not broken but sometimes a sprain can be just as painful, but at least no hard cast I hope. Hope everything heals quickly.

CarnivalFan2
June 8th, 2009, 09:24 PM
Ciao Sogno, Sogno, Sogno!

Jody & Chris- CONGRATS:)! If you upload your wedding photos to Photobucket (or similar), you can post them on here large ;). Photos look great!

Judy - not sure what happened, but John Heald's link is under "Carnival Links", lower right corner of the Carnival main page.

Speaking of - his blog today starts coverage of our ship! He has a You Tube video of Todd Whittmer, our CD. He has a few pics and descriptions of some parts of the ship. His coverage of the Dream continues all week :rolleyes:. BTW, his 2nd You Tube video is hilarious, re the toilets in Italy...

Hockey fans - Game #6 tomorrow night in Pittsburgh. Hope the "Winged White Walls" can roll over the Tuxedo Birds and make them road kill!

Terry - I got a grin out of Denise's comment also. Will we all be able to fit in Ed's stateroom :confused:... Since it is Ed's honeymoon, I think we've found our model for the Songo Thongo :eek:

Hope everyone has had a good start to their week!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

MARCOPOLOSMITH
June 8th, 2009, 09:29 PM
Hartliem,

We are currently evaluating all excursions for this cruise. Email edwardt.smith@yahoo.com and we can discuss the options!

CarnivalFan2
June 8th, 2009, 09:52 PM
Denise, OUCH!! Hope you are up on your feet in no time flat.

Marty, I think it will go to game 7 also. Makes for a better series when it isn't all one sided. Although, I do hope the Pens play much better than they did in this last game.

If you are having trouble getting the shuttle booked try this link: www.civitavecchia.biz
He was very quick to respond to me about the shuttle from FCO and his prices are reasonable.
Judy - by the way, the shuttle (ACS) is booked! Once they sent me the PayPal site, it worked like a charm! To reserve, it cost 60 Euros ($83.50), the remainder- 130 Euros ($180) to be paid to the driver.

Also, as I said, if Etexbeachbum drops out, we can downgrade to the smaller vehicle...

Marty

Deanne Willis
June 8th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Marty, Ed is not the only one celebrating a romantic event. ;) I would agree with you and Ed modeling the Sogno Thongo.
Denise

jebl
June 8th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Glad to hear that the shuttle is booked.

Jody and Chris, Congrats and many good wishes for years of happiness.

yooperwoody
June 9th, 2009, 07:55 AM
Happy Tuesday!

Marty, yes, I am back in the U.P. for tonight's game. I was here for Saturday nights rollover too. Although I think the Wings should take the Cup where ever they can get it, it would be nice if it's at the Joe. But, my prediction is they will be flying home with it tonight!

CONGRATULATIONS MR. & MRS. ZETAH! I'm happy to hear your day went well. And you both made a great looking bride and groom. BTW, those little things add personality to a wedding. Your Minnesota weather sounds like our Michigan weather.

Denise, ouch on the ankle. I hope it heals quickly. I think you need to stay off it and have everyone wait on you.

If we're all staying in Ed's cabin, should I bring my own pillow?

Here's an idea, so there's no fighting over the Sogno Thongo, maybe all the guys should take turns on different days.

Lastly, welcome MARCOPOLOSMITH!

Have a great day all! GO WINGS!!

eekconway
June 9th, 2009, 01:49 PM
Wow, I joke and ask Jody if I should run now before our 9/19 wedding & have been told not only is that not an option but I've apparently without knowing volunteered to have everyone on the 10/15 Dream stay in our Cabin while wearing a thong... Not quite the reply I was looking for but I guess, I gotta do what I gotta do... ;-) This CC thing is a lot different than I expected...hahaha

tommy chestnut
June 9th, 2009, 07:22 PM
Are there any Harley Bikers on this cruise? Our Harley is a 2006 Springer. Is anyone considering renting a Harley while visting Italy? We are looking to rent a bike with others / couples who ride. We are staying on the Spa Deck. 120807

CarnivalFan2
June 9th, 2009, 08:04 PM
I call the balcony! Will it be too breezy out there in the Sogno Thongo? :eek::o (nice tie in Denise; I thought I was off the hook...)

Vicki - welcome back and my theory was correct. I feel much better that you are back in Yooperville for tonight's game :). I have to agree, take the Cup when you can get it. Detroit will still have the parade :rolleyes:. ROLL ON WINGED WHITE WALLS!

All - on John Heald's blog today, more coverage on the Dream (Ocean Plaza & the overhanging jacuzzi's). Did someone get a posting to John Heald published? Person is on the 10/15 and TA B2B. Looks like a lot of work still to be done finishing the ship, but John Heald reassures that the ship will be completed on time, and in time for the 3, 12-day Grand Med cruises starting Sept 21st (Inaugural voyage) :)...

Game 6 has started, gotta go!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

mom23guys
June 9th, 2009, 08:20 PM
I know dbutlers posted( Dave and Barbara) There was a photo of Barbara and Valentine(service dog) on his blog. Funny I wasn't picturing a small dog.
Terry

maryann2
June 9th, 2009, 09:23 PM
I call the balcony! Will it be too breezy out there in the Sogno Thongo? :eek::o (nice tie in Denise; I thought I was off the hook...)

Vicki - welcome back and my theory was correct. I feel much better that you are back in Yooperville for tonight's game :). I have to agree, take the Cup when you can get it. Detroit will still have the parade :rolleyes:. ROLL ON WINGED WHITE WALLS!

All - on John Heald's blog today, more coverage on the Dream (Ocean Plaza & the overhanging jacuzzi's). Did someone get a posting to John Heald published? Person is on the 10/15 and TA B2B. Looks like a lot of work still to be done finishing the ship, but John Heald reassures that the ship will be completed on time, and in time for the 3, 12-day Grand Med cruises starting Sept 21st (Inaugural voyage) :)...

Game 6 has started, gotta go!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

That was me Marty MaryH aka maryann2.

Reassuring to know that it will be finished! Enjoy the game.

luvcdays
June 9th, 2009, 10:45 PM
YES!!! Scuderi rocks....... Sorry "Tire" fans.

luvcdays
June 9th, 2009, 10:51 PM
Thanks Janis! I hope I didn't miss something. What did you do to your knee? I hope that gets better soon!

At least it sounds like it doesn't interfere with your shopping ability!;) Now that would just put me over the edge!:eek:Denise

Denise,

I thought I had posted about my knee. I strained a ligament in my left knee while doing aerobics several weeks ago. An xray didn't show any damage, but the doctor wanted me to wait a while to see if it heels before doing an MRI. It only hurts now when I walk too much or turn too quickly. It needs to get better soon so I can get back on my exercise regimine. It has slowed my shopping down a little:(

Janis

luvcdays
June 9th, 2009, 10:53 PM
Looks like my pictures didn't work the first time. I resized them and I'll try again here.

Jody

Jody & Chris,

Those are beautiful pictures. I can't wait to see more. Congratulations!

Janis & Dick

yooperwoody
June 10th, 2009, 07:45 AM
YES!!! Scuderi rocks....... Sorry "Tire" fans.



:( That's all I have to say about that.

Deanne Willis
June 10th, 2009, 07:59 AM
Wow, I joke and ask Jody if I should run now before our 9/19 wedding & have been told not only is that not an option but I've apparently without knowing volunteered to have everyone on the 10/15 Dream stay in our Cabin while wearing a thong... Not quite the reply I was looking for but I guess, I gotta do what I gotta do... ;-) This CC thing is a lot different than I expected...hahaha
Ed, That paints a pretty funny picture! Denise:D

Deanne Willis
June 10th, 2009, 10:34 AM
Janis, You probably did mention your knee. I probably forgot. Hope it gets better before the cruise! It sounds like it's on the mend. My ankle is much better already! Denise

jebl
June 10th, 2009, 02:36 PM
YES!!! Scuderi rocks....... Sorry "Tire" fans.



WELL SAID.

Now if they can just hold on to the momentum when they go to Detroit and bring that cup home!!!!

Will be watching and cheering those Pens on.

CarnivalFan2
June 10th, 2009, 08:45 PM
First of all - congrats to the Tuxedo Birds, but I can't say they "pecked our eyes out" this time. VERY tight game, and I (& probably Vicki) look at it that that's how close the Pens were away from elimination :D. Anybody tell Scuderi that he's not a goalie? He probably had more saves than Fleury :cool:. I did admit, Scuderi played an awesome game and had A LOT to do with the Pens holding on. Well, just makes this year's Stanley Cup all the more GRANDER!!

Janis - no chance of boredom, even if the Wings win in Detroit. Do you listen to the Jim Rome show ("The Jungle") out of LA? He calls himself a "**** for the puck", as he really talks it up for NHL hockey. He said today that there is NO sporting event better than a Game 7 Stanley Cup final. I agree with him 100%. I'll be literally on the edge of my seat Friday night, and since I don't have to work the next day, chances are, I will have a super-sized McDonald's beer (or 2) while watching the game :D!!

Judy - sorry, the Cup stays at the Joe. Gotta have my "Cup O' Joe" ;)!!

Mary- thanks, I thought it was you. Although there is still a lot of work to be done, yes, it is good to know that the Dream will be delivered on time.

All - hope everyone has been reading John Heald's blog this week, as the Dream coverage continues. He had an interview with Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel. I think her sailing on the Carnival Freedom airs this Saturday eve...

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

*note: wow, CC auto-edited a word above. Rhymes with limp and starts with the same letter it ends with...

Deanne Willis
June 10th, 2009, 09:09 PM
Talking about hockey, after listening to you guys, I watched the game last night. I thought it was pretty good! Joe wants to know when the next game is.

Did you see in the Blog today when they asked the CEO of Carnival about the fuel surcharge, he said that even though the price of oil is over 70 dollars a barrell, because of the current economy, Carnival had no intentions of reinstating the fuel surcharge right now. WOOHOO!:D

Denise

luvcdays
June 10th, 2009, 11:35 PM
Denise - I'm glad your ankle is better and that you enjoyed the game! When we pay our final payment in a couple of weeks, if they aren't charging us the fuel surcharge then, they will not come back later and ask for it later will they?

Vicki - Sorry about your Wings:( I know it's not fun to loose.

Judy - I was very proud of those Tuxedos.

Marty - Fleury played well although I was constantly yelling at the tv for him to get his butt back in the net. I have never listened to Jim Rome. Sorry. Good luck finding a Mickey D's around you that sells you a beer!
How's the trip planning going?

We hope everyone is having a great week.

Janis & Dick

diane52
June 11th, 2009, 09:11 AM
I think if you read the little blurb they add to all the bookings now it says that they can add the fuel surcharge at any time including when you get on the boat. Lets hope the gas stops its meteoric rise!

etexbeachbum
June 11th, 2009, 09:11 AM
Marty- we're still in for the shuttle!! i don't check the boards as often as i should. do i need to do anything now? i'm usually on yahoo (etexbeachbum) all day if anyone wants to chat.

CarnivalFan2
June 11th, 2009, 10:18 PM
Ciao Sogno, Sogno, Sogno!

etexbeachbum - great! Glad you posted. We're all set; we have an 8-passenger mini-bus booked, which will pick us up at 9:30 am on Oct 27th at the port and take us straight to Hotel Cosmopolita. The $$ to reserve the shuttle works out almost perfectly. Basically, Jeanne & my portion covered the cost to reserve it, and the remaining balance of $180 = the cost pp $45 X 4. And the remaining portion is paid to the driver. So, basically, it works out that Jeanne & I just paid our portion up front. So, bottom line, nothing needed until it comes time to pay the driver.

Diane - I agree, another meteoric rise at the pump :mad:. I hope Carnival holds that position until after this cruise. Who knows, after summer, maybe fuel prices might come back down?? What a roller coaster...I want to buy a rechargeable electric car!

Janis - yes, the U.S. is behind Europe in the "beer at McDonald's category". Minor inconvenience though, as I believe a Stanley Cup Game 7 deserves a fine "adult beverage of choice" ;). Btw, trip planning coming along good. Done with accommodations & all transfers. Now, time for port activities ;)...

Denise/Joe - if you liked Game 6, be sure and watch Game 7. It is Friday (tomorrow) night at 8:00 pm EDT on NBC. Why do I have this feeling it is going to go into overtime :eek:.?

All - on John Heald's blog, good interview with Roger Blum, VP of Entertainment with Carnival. Blum had some good comments about the entertainment on the Dream. Funny comment about John Heald dancing on stage in a G-string; was said due to his size, it would have to be a G-"rope" :D. Humor sound familiar? Sounds like our Songo Thongo...

Well, another weekend is here tomorrow. When we booked this cruise so far in advance, I thought time would just drag...but, actually, time is flying and we'll be catching our flight to Rome before we know it :rolleyes:!!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

mom23guys
June 12th, 2009, 07:29 AM
Hi all,
Leaving for New Hampshire today to go to nieces graduation. Monday will be my last day in a classroom:(:D. Although I still have a month to go in September this really feels like it since I wont really make that emotional bond of having "my" kids. I did tear up yesterday.
We leave a week from tomorrow for our Triumph cruise. We switched from an inside to a BL since the price dropped and they wouldn't give OBC. They haven't assigned the rooms yet to us but the PVP said they have assigned them at Carnival-just keeping it a secret. I was afraid we would be left at the pier but PVP said no wat-just pack.
Everyone have a nice weekend.
Terry
Good luck to those Wings-hope to find a TV to watch in the dorm room:rolleyes:.

sassse
June 12th, 2009, 04:21 PM
Hi Everyone... Kinda feel like I am interrupting here but my Fiance and I will be on the Dream on 10/15/09 and we are flying in to Rome on the 13th. We have never been on a European cruise so am so looking forward to it. If anyone is going early and would like to share in a sightseeing tour I have spoken to a guide in Italy who came highly recommended by a friend. We would be doing the tour on Wed. Oct. 14th. Let me know if you are interested.

nickusaf
June 12th, 2009, 04:57 PM
Hi Everyone... Kinda feel like I am interrupting here but my Fiance and I will be on the Dream on 10/15/09 and we are flying in to Rome on the 13th. We have never been on a European cruise so am so looking forward to it. If anyone is going early and would like to share in a sightseeing tour I have spoken to a guide in Italy who came highly recommended by a friend. We would be doing the tour on Wed. Oct. 14th. Let me know if you are interested.

Welcome to this board sasse I see you found us on this board. I talked to you on the Carnival Connection boards.

Nick

CarnivalFan2
June 12th, 2009, 05:39 PM
Benvenuti Sassse!

Terry - have fun and congrats on your niece's graduation. Thanks for well wishes for the Winged White Walls :)!

Judy & all Pens fans - don't have to remind anyone what's on NBC tonight ;).

After my super sized McDonald's beers, I think I will feel like...Mmmmm, let me see....what would be best?...Mmmm, How 'bout that,

CUP O' JOE!!

Good luck Red Wings and defend Lord Stanley's Cup from those Tuxedo Birds!!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

Oh my gosh, almost forgot....Vicki, are you in Yooperville??

jebl
June 12th, 2009, 07:04 PM
GO PENS!!! waddle right over those Wings

jebl
June 12th, 2009, 07:05 PM
Welcome Sassse and all other newcomers. Glad to have you aboard.

CarnivalFan2
June 12th, 2009, 07:33 PM
Hi Everyone... Kinda feel like I am interrupting here but my Fiance and I will be on the Dream on 10/15/09 and we are flying in to Rome on the 13th. We have never been on a European cruise so am so looking forward to it. If anyone is going early and would like to share in a sightseeing tour I have spoken to a guide in Italy who came highly recommended by a friend. We would be doing the tour on Wed. Oct. 14th. Let me know if you are interested.
Sassse - as you can see from above, this thread is also "Hockey Critic"!!

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.drwforever.com/photo-3768.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.drwforever.com/links.html&h=531&w=344&sz=42&tbnid=jEAiXER7ICbLQM:&tbnh=132&tbnw=86&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dred%2Bwings%2Blogo&usg=__tGcpBrN5cCmJuMJmxQ3YNq7zpfw=&ei=LeYySpP_C6S6tAPgrLjrBg&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=1&ct=image

luvcdays
June 12th, 2009, 08:47 PM
Sasssee & Fiance - Welcome to our party and to Cruise Critic! It will be our first time to Europe also and we can't wait. Where is your tour going on the 14th?

Marty - I can't believe you posted that thread. The Penguins are holding their own so far! Don't spill that beer when Pittsburgh scores!!!

Terry - Have a great time at the graduation. Hope you can find a tv.

Diane - That's not good news about the fuel surcharge :(

Have a great weekend everyone. We'll be back in Burbank again tomorrow helping DD & DSIL get moved into their new house.

Janis & Dick

luvcdays
June 12th, 2009, 08:48 PM
GO PENS!!! waddle right over those Wings


Well said Judy!!!

Janis & Dick

luvcdays
June 12th, 2009, 08:52 PM
Are there any Harley Bikers on this cruise? Our Harley is a 2006 Springer. Is anyone considering renting a Harley while visting Italy? We are looking to rent a bike with others / couples who ride. We are staying on the Spa Deck. 120807

Welcome Tommy! Sorry, I must have missed your post. No bikers here. We cruise around in our motorhome though.

Janis & Dick

luvcdays
June 12th, 2009, 09:09 PM
Marty - Hope you still have some beer in your cup!

Janis

luvcdays
June 12th, 2009, 09:27 PM
Marty - Maybe you better just get a new beer.......Score!

Janis

jebl
June 12th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Hoping Talbot gets his hat trick!!!!!

Looking good so far.

CarnivalFan2
June 12th, 2009, 09:57 PM
At first I thought Crosby getting injured (legal check by the way), was a good thing, now I am having doubts. I'm afraid the Tuxedo Birds will step it up even more 'cause their star is down :eek:.

Vicki - where are you :confused:. You're in the land of the trolls , aren't you :confused:

Darn, Fleury is having a good game. I was more hoping for a performance like Game #5 :cool:...

Not over yet, 1 more period for the Winged White Walls to put on a re-tread and get rolling again!! Like I said, I'm predicting (now hoping for) overtime!!

Marty

jebl
June 12th, 2009, 10:40 PM
Sorry Marty, no Cup 'O Joe tonight. Guess you'd better have another adult beverage!!

YAAAAAYYYYY PENGUINS

luvcdays
June 12th, 2009, 10:49 PM
Sorry Wings fans, but thanks for sharing! There's always next year. Please don't cry in your beers...

CarnivalFan2
June 12th, 2009, 11:13 PM
Awesome Stanley Cup :)!! My hats off to the Penguins...they played an awesome Game # 7, especially Fleury and that guy that scored 2 goals.

Hard to watch those Tuxedo Birds raise the Cup on the Wings home ice, but I give them full credit battling back from an 0-2 hole to start the series (didn't they do that against the Washington Capitals also?). Hockey gods are smiling down on Steeltown.

I knew it wasn't meant to be for the Wings when that shot hit the cross-bar late in the game :(

It's a Steeltown world, and we're just living in it...first the Steelers win the Super Bowl, then the Penguins win the Stanley Cup, what next?, the Pirates win the World Series :p??

Anyway, CONGRATS again to the Pittsburgh Penguins, they are a deserving Stanley Cup Champion!! Enjoy Judy & DH!

Marty

dlbutler5
June 13th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Tommy
We ride, but after being in Europe for two other cruises, I wouldn't want to ride over there.
I have an 04 Shadow that I ride year round.

Aren't those Pens Fantastic?

CarnivalFan2
June 13th, 2009, 03:51 PM
Buon Sabato!

**news flash** - Carnival has some new photos on their website of the interior of the Dream, especially the Dream Atrium and the elevated bandstand :).

Making real progress now - gondola ride is booked and have contacted a restaurant for a celebratory (hopefully) romantic dinner for 2 ;)...

From my research of Venice, apparently, having a Bellini at Harry's Bar is a "must-do". Has anybody been there and had a Bellini? Here a link for info..

http://www.harrysbarvenezia.com/

Again, congrats to the Pens...I'm still crying in my super-sized McDonald's beer :(...

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

MARCOPOLOSMITH
June 13th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Nick

We are a party of 4 looking to book a 5 hour tour of Rome including a drop-off at Civtavecchia on October 14th. We will be arriving in Rome at 8:45AM on a flight from Philadelphia. If this fits your schedule email me at edwardt.smth@yahoo.com.

Ed

nickusaf
June 13th, 2009, 09:37 PM
Nick

We are a party of 4 looking to book a 5 hour tour of Rome including a drop-off at Civtavecchia on October 14th. We will be arriving in Rome at 8:45AM on a flight from Philadelphia. If this fits your schedule email me at edwardt.smth@yahoo.com.

Ed

Ed you must be on U.S.Air if so my BIL and SIL are on that flight. We already have a transfer with hotel from the airport to the hotel in Civitavecchia the Hotel Traino. We are not planning on going into Rome, I had bad dealing in Rome twice I was pick pocked once and almost pickpocked one time. I don't want anything to do with Rome. We just want to relax on the 14th and stay around Civitavecchia. Looking forward to meeting you if possible.

Nick

Deanne Willis
June 14th, 2009, 02:55 PM
Welcome Sassse and Tommy!

Marty, We've never been to the Harry's in Venice, but we have been to the Harry's in Rome. Very upscale! Go in and have a drink, but food is expensive!! We stayed at the Savoy the last trip, and Harry's was right around the corner. I think it was on the Via Veneto.

Speaking of motorcycles, in Rome some of the streets are cobblestone and narrow. We saw the police going about 50mph down one of those narrow streets standing on his motorcycle.:eek: To me, that's a little scary!! But, I would hate to drive a car in Rome too!!

Great weekend here in Michigan, I think it hit 80 degrees today.

Denise

CarnivalFan2
June 14th, 2009, 06:08 PM
Welcome Sassse and Tommy!

Marty, We've never been to the Harry's in Venice, but we have been to the Harry's in Rome. Very upscale! Go in and have a drink, but food is expensive!! We stayed at the Savoy the last trip, and Harry's was right around the corner. I think it was on the Via Veneto.

Speaking of motorcycles, in Rome some of the streets are cobblestone and narrow. We saw the police going about 50mph down one of those narrow streets standing on his motorcycle.:eek: To me, that's a little scary!! But, I would hate to drive a car in Rome too!!

Great weekend here in Michigan, I think it hit 80 degrees today.

Denise
Thanks Denise. I agree, way too expensive for meals. I guess the thing to do is go in for a Bellini. I was thinking of stopping in there after Piazza San Marco.

Right now, the tentative plan is gondola ride, get off gondola and walk to this cool restaurant around the corner. After dinner, walk over to Piazza San Marco. Harry's is near the Piazza San Marco on the Grand Canal. The rest of the time in Venice we'll leave wide-open, as I understand this is the place to just "get lost" on foot. Plus, the vaporettos (water taxis) seem like an easy way to get around quickly when needed.

Btw - it is 80 here in Houston also -> 80 percent HUMIDITY!! plus, 96 degree temps!! Summer is definitely here for the deep South. Time to put the swim trunks (errr Songo Thongo) on!!

All -hope everyone had a great weekend.

Marty & Jeanne

P.S. everyone catch Samantha Brown on the Carnival Freedom? There's a CC thread about it also. I thought it was very good. I DVR'd it...

yooperwoody
June 15th, 2009, 07:33 AM
Good morning!

Marty, I was bummed about the Wings too. Yes, I was in Yooperville, but I was camping. We watched on our little tv in the middle of the woods, do you think that's what did it? :( Oh well, I guess I have fall to look forward to so I can watch my football team. :eek:

Congrats to the Penguins and all their fans.

Weather is finally starting to feel like summer here in the U.P.

Welcome Sassse and fiance. Your timing is great, you won't have to put up with anymore hockey talk.

Have a great day everyone!

diane52
June 15th, 2009, 07:58 AM
Was down in Jersey visiting the grandchildren this weekend. My daughter is on leave from her teaching job with her two small children and is making a little side money as a Disney certified planner. I asked her if there is any talk about the fuel surcharges and she said that the cruise lines are trying to keep them off the bookings at least until the economy improves. Hope she is right, and fuel stabilizes!

CarnivalFan2
June 15th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Diane - I agree! I just filled my truck up this morning :eek:.

Carnival especially, sounds like they are trying not to add the fuel surcharges again. Smart in that, with this economy, and the cruise lines trying to keep their ships full, an added surcharge would not help their cause...

Vicki - I think that may have been it; hindsight is 20-20. Not only did you have to remain in Yooperville, you had to remain in your house in Yooperville. Since you were close, camping, that's why the Red Wing shot that would've tied up Game 7 hit the cross-bar instead of going in :p;)...

Are you sure you (we) have a football team ;)? Since I live in Houston now, I root first for the Texans (have had season tickets since inception).

For the blue & silver up there, all I can say is "Restore the Roar"!!

All- Venice is set :). Gondola vouchers here and restaurant reserved ;).

For Naples-> does anybody have space for 2 on an Amalfi/Pompeii excursion??

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

yooperwoody
June 15th, 2009, 10:56 AM
Marty, we would like to do an Amalfi/Pompeii excursion as well. Right now we were going to hook up with Diane and catch the train to Pompeii, but we'd really like to have a drive up the coast. Maybe we can see if there's enough interest to look into another tour. Anyone?

On another note, our the airline changed our return flight. Instead of leaving Rome at 2 and getting to Amsterdam at 4:30, we now leave at 5 p.m. and get to Amsterdam at 7:45 p.m. We were supposed to leave Amsterdam at 1 p.m. the next day, now we leave at 10:30 a.m. I really wanted to check out that city while we were there overnight.

Deanne Willis
June 15th, 2009, 11:19 AM
Vicki, Maybe they'll change your flights again so they give you more time in Amsterdam. It is too bad when they do this. I've had mine changed too, in the past. I think you may be able to call the airlines and see if there's another flight to change to without a fee. It's worth a try anyway. I keep checking on the flight we're on for this trip and it hasn't changed so far. But, I think it's good to keep checking just in case they don't notify you or the email gets lost somewhere...:rolleyes:

Terry, have a great cruise. Let us know how you like the Triumph!

All, Has anyone ever been on a carribean cruise during Spring Break?
We're thinking of taking our oldest son, his wife and grandson on a Costa cruise April 2010. I thought about avoiding Carnival, (I think thunder must be coming down from the heavens) because of too many kids during spring break. Our grandson is 2, so he doesn't care. Let me know if anyone has any experience with this. Denise

hartliem
June 15th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Hi Everyone... Kinda feel like I am interrupting here but my Fiance and I will be on the Dream on 10/15/09 and we are flying in to Rome on the 13th. We have never been on a European cruise so am so looking forward to it. If anyone is going early and would like to share in a sightseeing tour I have spoken to a guide in Italy who came highly recommended by a friend. We would be doing the tour on Wed. Oct. 14th. Let me know if you are interested.

Welcome aboard - We are arriving in Rome on Oct 10. What kind of sightseeing tour are you looking at? Do you know how your getting to the port on Oct 15??

Deanne Willis
June 15th, 2009, 11:41 AM
Sassse and All, We arrive in Rome on the 13th also. We're going from Chicago to London Heathrow then British Air to Rome, arriving at 12:40pm. We'd ideally like to find someone on our flight to share a shuttle into Rome. If anyone happens to be on that flight and wants to share a shuttle, let me know!
Thanks, Denise:)

sassse
June 15th, 2009, 02:45 PM
Thank You.... The tour guide that I talked with told me that he would meet me as our hotel which is the Hotel Columbus and it would be a walking tour which would last 5-6 hours. He said we would be able to see everything in that time. I have not talked extensively with him but it said it would cost 50euro per hour. And he said that was
for up to 6 people....

mom23guys
June 15th, 2009, 03:10 PM
Hi Sasse,I'll add you to the list.
Well I was a little weepy today since it's my last day in a classroom with my own class. I'll have to do the month of Sept but they wont put me in a room. We went to my nieces graduation this past weekend at Dartmouth. We found out she was Salutatorian, second in her class at an Ivy. Wow!!It was a great weekend.
Now I'm going to pack for our Triumph cruise. I had changed to BL from insides about 2 weeks ago and they just assigned the rooms today-6 days away. Not bad, 8Ds, but my sons are near the laundry room. Hey they can't and wont complain, they're thrilled for a balcony.

We were able to watch the final in my nieces apt. Sorry Wings fans and congrats to Penguins fans. Hey, my Devils were home.
Off to an end of the year party.
Diane, We went on the Valor at Easter 2 years ago. It was crowded but we hardly saw the kids since they were almost always at Camp Canival. We also did late dinner seating. It really wasn't bad at all. No college spring breakers.
Terry
Terry

CarnivalFan2
June 15th, 2009, 04:04 PM
Ciao!

Vicki - cool! I definitely want to tour the Amalfi coast. I'll check into some tours on the internet and share what I find. I promise not to procrastinate :eek:...

We also had our return trip changed by Continental. However, I like it better; we now are on Continental all the way back, from Rome to Newark then change to another Continental flight from Newark to Houston (Bush). Our original return flight had us going from Rome via Paris (De Gaulle) on Air France :eek:. I think the change was good in this case...

Denise - I think if you go on a longer cruise (7 day) and on a larger Carnival ship (e.g. Conquest class), you probably won't run into the college spring break crowd. I think they stick to the shorter cruises, 4 or 5 dayers. If you sail Costa, at least you're staying in the Carnival Corp family ;).

Terry - thanks for the condolences on the winged flat tires (just kidding-> still 08/09 Western Conference Champs :)). Have the Tuxedo Birds waddled down downtown Pittsburgh for their victory parade yet :p?

Enjoy your Canadian cruise on Triumph! Please let me know how it was. I am still "eyeing" the Glory's "Back to the Glaciers" cruise in summer 2010. Ship will do 3 cruises out of NY and will go down the St. Lawrence Seaway as far as Quebec City. Jeanne's mom & family live in Quebec, so this could work out great for a certain "ceremony" (in Quebec City), if you get my drift ;).

Take care Sogno, Sogno, Sogno and hope everyone is having a great start to their week!

Arrivederci,

Marty & Jeanne

nolaAlive
June 15th, 2009, 08:15 PM
Last time I was in Harry's Venice, a Bellini cost 15 euros. Probably a little more now.

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/free07/venice/monday/monp/IMG_0466.JPG

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/free07/venice/monday/monp/IMG_0467.JPG

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/free07/venice/monday/monp/IMG_0469.JPG

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/free07/venice/monday/monp/IMG_0472.JPG

mom23guys
June 15th, 2009, 09:03 PM
For those of you that are interested- my daughter-in-law will be on "The View" tomorrow. She is a chef, food stylist, and author and she's being interviewed on "The View". Her segment will be on at about 11:40 or 11:45 EST. Proud MIL bragging a bit.

Terry

CarnivalFan2
June 15th, 2009, 09:06 PM
Last time I was in Harry's Venice, a Bellini cost 15 euros. Probably a little more now.

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/free07/venice/monday/monp/IMG_0466.JPG

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/free07/venice/monday/monp/IMG_0467.JPG

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/free07/venice/monday/monp/IMG_0469.JPG

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/free07/venice/monday/monp/IMG_0472.JPG
nolaAlive - thanks for the pics of Harry's in Venice. A picture is worth 1,000 words!

yooperwoody
June 16th, 2009, 07:27 AM
Good Tuesday Morning! (I really need to learn an Italian greeting)

Terry, it must be bittersweet your retirement. Saying good bye to the kiddies would be tough. Enjoy your first retired summer. I wish I was home to watch your DIL. You should be proud...brag away. BTW, her being a chef must get you some awesome dinners. Have a great time on your cruise.

Denise, we've been to the Caribbean numerous times during March. Only once over Easter that I recall. There was a boat load of kids on that cruise. I don't really remember the kids being underfoot that much. But then again, we usually hung out in places where the kids weren't. As far as spring breakers go, this wasn't normally an issue either other than our first cruise. That was before Carnival's under 25 policy. There's normally a spattering of spring breakers but the ship is not over run with them.

I'm not sure what a Bellini is, but if it's that orange looking drink in the picture, I can't wait to try it! :p It looks scrumptous.

etexbeachbum
June 16th, 2009, 11:40 AM
we wouldn't mind a rome tour on the 14th. I'm still looking at flights but it seems most of the ones i'm looking at arrive between 8:00 am and 9:30 am. If anyone initiates a tour from the airport with a drop off at the port, we would be interested. you can IM me on yahoo (etexbeachbum) or drop a message here.

Robby

eekconway
June 16th, 2009, 04:03 PM
Vicki, Maybe they'll change your flights again so they give you more time in Amsterdam. It is too bad when they do this. I've had mine changed too, in the past. I think you may be able to call the airlines and see if there's another flight to change to without a fee. It's worth a try anyway. I keep checking on the flight we're on for this trip and it hasn't changed so far. But, I think it's good to keep checking just in case they don't notify you or the email gets lost somewhere...:rolleyes:

Terry, have a great cruise. Let us know how you like the Triumph!

All, Has anyone ever been on a carribean cruise during Spring Break?
We're thinking of taking our oldest son, his wife and grandson on a Costa cruise April 2010. I thought about avoiding Carnival, (I think thunder must be coming down from the heavens) because of too many kids during spring break. Our grandson is 2, so he doesn't care. Let me know if anyone has any experience with this. Denise

Denise,
As you can tell from my cruise experience on bottom, I usually go in to the Carribean in April. I've never had alot of Spring Breakers on any Cruise or even heard of any of my friends go on a cruise for the break in our colllege days. Trust me, back on the 1st one I was hoping for some...LOL... As someone whoose seeked out Springbreak fun in the past Cruises were never the 1st choice, drinking cost too much for most college kids compared to bringing your own drinks to some cheap place, or going to an all-inclusive resorts.
Let me know if you have any other questions.

Ed

CarnivalFan2
June 16th, 2009, 05:03 PM
Good Tuesday Morning! (I really need to learn an Italian greeting)

Terry, it must be bittersweet your retirement. Saying good bye to the kiddies would be tough. Enjoy your first retired summer. I wish I was home to watch your DIL. You should be proud...brag away. BTW, her being a chef must get you some awesome dinners. Have a great time on your cruise.

Denise, we've been to the Caribbean numerous times during March. Only once over Easter that I recall. There was a boat load of kids on that cruise. I don't really remember the kids being underfoot that much. But then again, we usually hung out in places where the kids weren't. As far as spring breakers go, this wasn't normally an issue either other than our first cruise. That was before Carnival's under 25 policy. There's normally a spattering of spring breakers but the ship is not over run with them.

I'm not sure what a Bellini is, but if it's that orange looking drink in the picture, I can't wait to try it! :p It looks scrumptous.
Vicki - how about Ciao? I believe you can use this as an informal way of "hi" or "bye" (used like "aloha"). Arrivederci is more formal-> "good-bye".

Yes, that's a Bellini. On the link below, click on "The Bellini" under "Discover Harry's Bar" and it'll tell you all about it!

http://www.harrysbarvenezia.com/

Marty