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Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 04:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,347
Posted By cruisemom42
If so, that's just TripAdvisor's latest marketing...

If so, that's just TripAdvisor's latest marketing ploy. I get the same emails from them about hotels in destinations I've researched. (And when I go back and check specific hotels I'm interested in,...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 01:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 936
Posted By cruisemom42
Sorry to see her leave Princess but looks like...

Sorry to see her leave Princess but looks like she will be well cared for by Oceania. This just reinforces my thoughts that mainstream lines are not going to be attractive for me much longer....
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 01:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 153
Posted By cruisemom42
Report from Rome

I hopped on a good Alitalia fare and ended up relatively last-minute spending this last week of November in Rome. Things are going well. A few notes:


The Trevi Fountain restoration continues,...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 05:38 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 18,076
Posted By cruisemom42
Before going off on Bonnie J., you guys might...

Before going off on Bonnie J., you guys might want to note that she is responding to Omnivore's question (post #208) as noted in her post's title, and that Omnivore IS sailing Carnival and DID have a...
Forum: Italy Ports November 25th, 2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By cruisemom42
Be sure to compare port times with other lines....

Be sure to compare port times with other lines. MSC and Costa tend to have shorter hours in many ports (and in the Med, having that extra time in port is important because there's so much to see and...
Forum: Italy Ports November 25th, 2014, 03:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 919
Posted By cruisemom42
I'm not fond of Termini either, but sometimes it...

I'm not fond of Termini either, but sometimes it makes sense to stay there -- such as when one is only in Rome "in transit" for a night or possibly two.

Also, I'm not sure when you last stayed...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 24th, 2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,011
Posted By cruisemom42
Recently answered here: ...

Recently answered here: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showpost.php?p=44642062&postcount=2

Voyages to Antiquity -- small ship cruise, ports included Egypt, Syria and Lebanon (only 5 years ago it...
Forum: Italy Ports November 24th, 2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By cruisemom42
The lines out front have been noted to get...

The lines out front have been noted to get shorter in the afternoon. However, that doesn't necessarily mean it is less crowded inside as some people take their time and spend several hours or more in...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports November 23rd, 2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By cruisemom42
I echo the recommendation to go to Butrint. I...

I echo the recommendation to go to Butrint. I finally got there after several years of trying (via ferry from Corfu; timing just didn't work) and it is well worth it.

The city of Sarande is on...
Forum: Italy Ports November 20th, 2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 919
Posted By cruisemom42
The hotel tax charged by the city of Rome has...

The hotel tax charged by the city of Rome has just increased as of September 2014 and depends on the number of stars the hotel has.

If the hotel you're asking about is a 4-star hotel, then the 6E...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports November 19th, 2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,116
Posted By cruisemom42
The Gulbenkian museum is great -- if you like...

The Gulbenkian museum is great -- if you like museums I can highly recommend it.

http://museu.gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/Homepage
Forum: Holland America Line November 19th, 2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,030
Posted By cruisemom42
I had a similar scenario in Istanbul, but...

I had a similar scenario in Istanbul, but unfortunately the place I wanted to go was to Haghia Sophia and the guide didn't want us to strike out on our own (dire warnings of crowds and traffic and...
Forum: Holland America Line November 19th, 2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,030
Posted By cruisemom42
I guess I have a lot of energy. :D I also travel...

I guess I have a lot of energy. :D I also travel to Europe often and have taken multiple cruises in the Med, although I usually look for itineraries with some new ports as well as old favorites. I...
Forum: Italy Ports November 19th, 2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By cruisemom42
The Albergo del Senato does have the soundproofed...

The Albergo del Senato does have the soundproofed (I think they call them triple glazed?) windows. With windows open, you can hear noise from below. With windows closed, it's possible that you might...
Forum: Holland America Line November 19th, 2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,030
Posted By cruisemom42
I know the original topic is the cost of shore...

I know the original topic is the cost of shore excursions, but quality is also an issue, IMO. I mostly cruise for the destination and not the ship, so good experiences ashore are probably the MOST...
Forum: Italy Ports November 19th, 2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By cruisemom42
Given that you want to do justice to Rome, do...

Given that you want to do justice to Rome, do yourselves a favor and spend two nights. Most people arrive tired the first day and by the time you arrive, go through passport control and get your...
Forum: Holland America Line November 18th, 2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,030
Posted By cruisemom42
As long as you're happy with what you are getting...

As long as you're happy with what you are getting and are willing to pay the price, why not? Everyone should have the ability to do what works for them.

I'm a quick thinker on my feet and travel...
Forum: Holland America Line November 18th, 2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,030
Posted By cruisemom42
Insurance and flexibility from deviations is...

Insurance and flexibility from deviations is certainly something to consider when booking a tour. Not everyone wants to take the responsibility of sorting these things out.

However, in my...
Forum: Italy Ports November 18th, 2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 914
Posted By cruisemom42
I forgot to mention that I just stayed at Athens...

I forgot to mention that I just stayed at Athens Gate (second time) about 3 weeks ago, so my experience is pretty current. If anything, I thought they had improved over the first time I stayed there.
Forum: Italy Ports November 18th, 2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 914
Posted By cruisemom42
I'm sure I will. I actually did stay there once...

I'm sure I will. I actually did stay there once before -- quite a while ago, before they renovated.

One of the fun things about visiting a favorite city multiple times is staying in different...
Forum: Holland America Line November 18th, 2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,030
Posted By cruisemom42
I can't speak to the Caribbean, but in other...

I can't speak to the Caribbean, but in other areas I think most shorex on all lines are probably very overpriced (and not very good!).

Some people like the reassurance of going with the cruise...
Forum: Italy Ports November 18th, 2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 914
Posted By cruisemom42
Hi -- I don't believe I got your email but I'm so...

Hi -- I don't believe I got your email but I'm so glad you enjoyed the Hotel Brittanique in Paris -- it has lovely character and it is so well located. :)

I haven't actually stayed in Florence in...
Forum: Holland America Line November 17th, 2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,395
Posted By cruisemom42
You've made that abundantly clear in many...

You've made that abundantly clear in many previous posts. What I don't understand is why you seek out posts about solos traveling simply to make disparaging comments. :rolleyes:
Forum: Holland America Line November 17th, 2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,395
Posted By cruisemom42
I travel solo often, usually choose open seating,...

I travel solo often, usually choose open seating, and like to dine with larger groups.

Most people make it clear when they are seated whether they want to share with others or not. If you express...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports November 17th, 2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,209
Posted By cruisemom42
From Kusadasi port, it is only about 30 minutes...

From Kusadasi port, it is only about 30 minutes to Ephesus. Maybe you are thinking of the longer drive from Izmir?
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