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Forum: Greece Ports Today, 07:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 202
Posted By cruisemom42
If you like ancient sites, Corinth is a must see...

If you like ancient sites, Corinth is a must see -- however, it's not all "reconstructed" so you need to bring your understanding and ability to visualize the fabulously wealthy rival to Rome that it...
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 07:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By cruisemom42
If you are interested in the ancient world, the...

If you are interested in the ancient world, the Holland America itinerary offers far better ports. Ephesus alone is a must see, plus the chance to Olympia from Katakolon. Also Dubrovnik and Split are...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 11:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By cruisemom42
As of last October, I had no problems using ATMs...

As of last October, I had no problems using ATMs in Istanbul with a regular debit card (not chip and pin). I was there 3 days and withdrew TL twice at two different locations. I also did not have any...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 11:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By cruisemom42
LOL, that's why there are choices for everyone. I...

LOL, that's why there are choices for everyone. I can (and have) spend 2 entire days at Pompeii during a week in the area. I found Sorrento pretty dull though. It seems to be mainly about the...
Forum: Italy Ports February 25th, 2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 375
Views: 40,368
Posted By cruisemom42
I'm currently cruising in SE Asia with no access...

I'm currently cruising in SE Asia with no access to my notes on home computer. I'll try to remember to send them when I return home in 10 days or so. If I forget, feel free to remind me via this...
Forum: Italy Ports February 25th, 2015, 12:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 438
Posted By cruisemom42
I could not agree more. Drivers and guides earn...

I could not agree more. Drivers and guides earn living wages in Italy and are not dependent on tips.

It is certainly NOT the norm to tip 10% in Italy, and I think it is not right to go in and...
Forum: Holland America Line February 18th, 2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 1,611
Views: 111,155
Posted By cruisemom42
In the end, I assume HAL will make their decision...

In the end, I assume HAL will make their decision re: veranda smoking based on business reasons, however many posts we may make here or letters we may send or stories we have to tell. There are folks...
Forum: Italy Ports February 18th, 2015, 02:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By cruisemom42
Trastevere has a lot going on & is definitely...

Trastevere has a lot going on & is definitely vibrant, with good restaurants and bars. For some reason, there aren't so many hotels in the area -- you're more likely to find apartments or B&Bs though.
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 18th, 2015, 02:32 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,988
Posted By cruisemom42
Yes, ships are getting too big, for my part. ...

Yes, ships are getting too big, for my part.

Over the past 6 or so years, the majority of my cruises have been on small ships. (And by small, I mean 300 passengers, give or take. Not 1200, which...
Forum: Italy Ports February 17th, 2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 847
Posted By cruisemom42
If you are in port at Civitavecchia for a day,...

If you are in port at Civitavecchia for a day, then you will have to decide between going into Rome and doing more there or going elsewhere like Orvieto (I assume that's the hilltown you mean?) --...
Forum: Italy Ports February 17th, 2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By cruisemom42
I find the Vatican area a bit dull in the...

I find the Vatican area a bit dull in the evenings (important to me to have restaurants and some liveliness nearby since I travel on my own and don't particularly want to cross town to eat at...
Forum: Italy Ports February 12th, 2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By cruisemom42
Since the OP wants to take an early flight, it's...

Since the OP wants to take an early flight, it's worth noting that the Leonardo Express doesn't start running until 5:52 am and takes about half an hour to reach the airport.

So, for a flight to...
Forum: Italy Ports February 12th, 2015, 03:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,351
Posted By cruisemom42
Slidergirl, For the traditional Jewish...

Slidergirl,

For the traditional Jewish style artichokes in Rome (my absolute favorite), you have to go to the Ghetto. The best I've had is at Piperno (not a cheap meal, but worth it). If you want...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 12th, 2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 215
Posted By cruisemom42
I have an upcoming trip (leaving tomorrow, yay)...

I have an upcoming trip (leaving tomorrow, yay) and visiting both Vietnam and Cambodia.

Passengers were advised very early on that the ship would handle obtaining visas for us and at no charge...
Forum: Holland America Line February 12th, 2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,546
Posted By cruisemom42
As a night owl I have resorted to this a few...

As a night owl I have resorted to this a few times on HAL when there was nothing going on past 10pm. It's not my preferred way to spend an evening, but I guess one can say it's relaxing...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 12th, 2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,191
Posted By cruisemom42
As a solo woman traveler, I certainly do not want...

As a solo woman traveler, I certainly do not want to call attention to my door or cabin in any way.

One might wonder why one would want to advertise the presence of children, given the way the...
Forum: Italy Ports February 12th, 2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By cruisemom42
I've had many early departures from Rome. ...

I've had many early departures from Rome.

It's not a problem -- ask your hotel to arrange a taxi for you at whatever time you want to leave.

In the early morning with little traffic, the...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports February 12th, 2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 769
Posted By cruisemom42
Yes, as long as it is still beside the tram line,...

Yes, as long as it is still beside the tram line, I don't think it will be a big deal for most cruisers.
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 12th, 2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,387
Posted By cruisemom42
It really depends on how you "roll". :D For...

It really depends on how you "roll". :D

For primarily airport travel, the spinners are nice. But I haven't found them to be very durable.

For travel where you are also likely to have to...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports February 12th, 2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 769
Posted By cruisemom42
This is a very reliable site; so I'd tend to...

This is a very reliable site; so I'd tend to believe them.

It sounds like the affected area only involves the area closest to Galata bridge and that ships are still docking in the same area, just...
Forum: Italy Ports February 12th, 2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 741
Posted By cruisemom42
Texan -- I'm glad you hear you enjoyed the...

Texan -- I'm glad you hear you enjoyed the Danieli. When I get back to Venice again, would love to stay there. It's the kind of place I really like.

I am thrifty when traveling in many areas, but...
Forum: Holland America Line February 12th, 2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,063
Posted By cruisemom42
Having sailed both HAL and Celebrity, I find each...

Having sailed both HAL and Celebrity, I find each line has its individual pluses and minuses -- it just depends what is more important to each person, I guess.

In my mind anyway, Princess is sort...
Forum: Holland America Line February 12th, 2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 831
Posted By cruisemom42
This may have been true many years ago, but it's...

This may have been true many years ago, but it's not true now (and wasn't even when I was there in 2005).

Many younger Russians speak English (after all, all those perfect English speaking guides...
Forum: Italy Ports February 11th, 2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By cruisemom42
I took the tour a couple of years ago -- it was...

I took the tour a couple of years ago -- it was an included tour on the cruise I was on.

I really enjoyed the tour. You get to see the spectacular mosaics with the lights on, which really...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports February 11th, 2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,090
Posted By cruisemom42
According to information I read on an Ephesus...

According to information I read on an Ephesus website recently, the museum reopened in December after extensive renovation.
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