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Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 01:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 398
Posted By cruisemom42
This. I've found cashiers, particularly at...

This. I've found cashiers, particularly at grocery stores in Italy, would much rather wait while you agonizingly fish through every coin you have to see if you can come up with that extra 20 cents...
Forum: Holland America Line Today, 01:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,789
Posted By cruisemom42
Yes. :eek: You get on a ship with...

Yes. :eek:



You get on a ship with 2,000 other souls and expect silence?

I suspect much of the time when background music is played, it is used to help "block out" the sound of other...
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 46
Posted By cruisemom42
I know the Albergo del Senato well, it's my...

I know the Albergo del Senato well, it's my favorite hotel in Rome. :)

I don't know anything about the Deko, but I looked up the location and it is certainly a lot further away from most of the...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 09:03 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,044
Posted By cruisemom42
Also, I don't know about all the premium lines,...

Also, I don't know about all the premium lines, but I know that the so-called "deluxe" lines like Azamara and Oceania have a resort casual/smart casual dress code with no formal nights.
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 08:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 398
Posted By cruisemom42
...there may be no fee but the exchange rate is...

...there may be no fee but the exchange rate is pretty bad.


Rest assured, banks, AAA, money changers -- they WILL make money off the transaction, otherwise they wouldn't do it. Some charge a...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 11:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 122
Posted By cruisemom42
Well....close. :o A one-way ticket to Rome...

Well....close. :o

A one-way ticket to Rome on a regionale train is 5 euro, while the BIRG costs 12 euro (return trip plus use of metros and buses in Rome all day).

The train takes closer to an...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 09:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 214
Posted By cruisemom42
To be a bit clearer -- the exchange rate will be...

To be a bit clearer -- the exchange rate will be almost spot-on to the "published" exchange rate -- which varies daily if not hourly. However, most banks also charge a foreign transaction fee of 1-3%...
Forum: Other Cruise Lines Yesterday, 09:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,055
Posted By cruisemom42
I agree it looks good. Ironically, if the...

I agree it looks good. Ironically, if the itinerary had included Constanta to start with, I probably would've booked it.
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 214
Posted By cruisemom42
The best exchange rate and easiest way to get...

The best exchange rate and easiest way to get euros (for me) is to just use an ATM (called a Bancomat in Italy).

I travel to Europe 2-3 times a year on average, and it's all I ever use. I...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 07:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 942
Posted By cruisemom42
Considering that Kate21 posted her information...

Considering that Kate21 posted her information about 7 years ago (and hasn't posted here since 2008), I think it's pretty likely she will not respond.
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 07:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 431
Posted By cruisemom42
That's a lot of churches. :D I find the best...

That's a lot of churches. :D

I find the best way to look up hours is to Google, for example, "Basilica di San Clemente Rome official website". Usually the official site pops up -- if not first...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 09:53 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,044
Posted By cruisemom42
You do sound a little defensive. What difference...

You do sound a little defensive. What difference does it make if someone has a bad experience and doesn't want to try a particular line again? People have different experiences on different ships --...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 248
Posted By cruisemom42
Hotel Santa Chiara, just behind the Pantheon has...

Hotel Santa Chiara, just behind the Pantheon has a good location and I know they have triples.

Prices in the Centro Storico are going to be high at that time of year.
Forum: Italy Ports April 22nd, 2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 864
Posted By cruisemom42
I love the del Senato, it's my favorite hotel in...

I love the del Senato, it's my favorite hotel in Rome. But it can be fairly pricey in high season.

(Small rooms are pretty standard in European hotels. Don't count on American-style space. Then...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question April 22nd, 2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,716
Posted By cruisemom42
I've traveled a fair amount, both on cruises and...

I've traveled a fair amount, both on cruises and land trips. Many people say that they use cruises as a "sampler" to find out places they would want to go back and spend more time -- but I'm not sure...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question April 22nd, 2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 162
Posted By cruisemom42
You'll find most tours arranged by private guides...

You'll find most tours arranged by private guides in Italy are charged a fixed rate per tour or per hour. The more people there are to split the cost, the better the price per person -- up to a...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question April 22nd, 2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,044
Posted By cruisemom42
Although I'm at the very bottom end (51!) of the...

Although I'm at the very bottom end (51!) of the demographic you mention, I've been cruising long enough to know that quite a few cruisers "progress" through various lines starting with the more...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question April 22nd, 2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 162
Posted By cruisemom42
It's been my experience that there are always...

It's been my experience that there are always guides around at the Colosseum and Forum entrances trying to get small groups together for a tour.

Depending on the number of people, it should cost...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question April 22nd, 2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,044
Posted By cruisemom42
My mistake, I meant to quote her earlier post,...

My mistake, I meant to quote her earlier post, which does in fact suggest a comparison that can't be supported by her own experience:
Forum: Greece Ports April 22nd, 2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 275
Posted By cruisemom42
Horrors! Let's just pretend you never said that....

Horrors! Let's just pretend you never said that. ;)
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question April 22nd, 2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,044
Posted By cruisemom42
I understand your point of view, but looking at...

I understand your point of view, but looking at your cruise history, you have not sailed on many of the -- for want of a better term -- more premium mass market or luxury lines. While it's certainly...
Forum: Greece Ports April 22nd, 2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 317
Posted By cruisemom42
If someone takes the boat, how do you get from...

If someone takes the boat, how do you get from where the boat drops off (base of Oia) to the town itself? Would that also be an issue for someone with height issues?

To the OP: there is also the...
Forum: Greece Ports April 22nd, 2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 275
Posted By cruisemom42
While I agree with a lot of what you say, I have...

While I agree with a lot of what you say, I have to disagree about Kusadasi IF you enjoy history, archaeology or ruins. ;)

There is a great little museum at Selcuk that holds a great number of...
Forum: Italy Ports April 21st, 2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 388
Posted By cruisemom42
Some of us may be a little reluctant to post on...

Some of us may be a little reluctant to post on the subject of tipping, as it is a fairly common question and we often get taken to task for suggesting that Americans should try not to overtip when...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question April 21st, 2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,044
Posted By cruisemom42
Are you saying that a silver service dinner isn't...

Are you saying that a silver service dinner isn't fun??? :eek::D
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