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Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 10:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 777
Posted By cruisemom42
Currently on my bucket list: Round the...

Currently on my bucket list:

Round the British Isles in August (with ability to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo), followed by a TA with stops in Iceland and Greenland

and

Round Japan in...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 10:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 338
Posted By cruisemom42
Thanks for reminding me just why I enjoy walking...

Thanks for reminding me just why I enjoy walking around a city like Rome.

On any given day while I'm walking from point A to point B, I might stroll past a pasticceria and smell a divine smell --...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 09:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,674
Posted By cruisemom42
When I first started cruising in the 1970s --...

When I first started cruising in the 1970s -- before stablilizers -- the Sitmar ships had flaps on the table that could be raised to prevent dishes sliding off during bad weather.

I remember...
Forum: Greece Ports Yesterday, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By cruisemom42
A taxi for 2 with reasonable luggage should be...

A taxi for 2 with reasonable luggage should be about 20-25 euro from the port to Athens Gate.

If you have more people or a lot of luggage, keep in mind Athens taxis are fairly small!
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 03:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,674
Posted By cruisemom42
On several ships that I have been on, I've been...

On several ships that I have been on, I've been told that while there are life jackets in the cabins, there are also a good number of extra life jackets at the muster stations and in lockers on deck...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 189
Posted By cruisemom42
To be honest, there's not a lot of discussion of...

To be honest, there's not a lot of discussion of half day "set" tours on this board. The majority of folks doing private tours want a full day with some combination of the Amalfi Cost + Pompeii or...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 11:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By cruisemom42
Don't count on it. Most of the mass-market lines...

Don't count on it. Most of the mass-market lines want to push cruisers to book their shore excursions and provide very little information or encouragement to do-it-yourselfers. Your best bet is to do...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 11:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By cruisemom42
I agree with the above comments. Also, I've found...

I agree with the above comments. Also, I've found (in Viator tours in Europe in particular, including Italy) that you may book a tour that has 2 or even 3 different languages in the same group. The...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By cruisemom42
Guess it depends on your perspective, but with a...

Guess it depends on your perspective, but with a site the size of Pompeii, spending only a couple of hours there necessarily limits how much you can see.

I've spent a total of about 3 days there...
Forum: Holland America Line February 7th, 2016, 11:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,435
Posted By cruisemom42
Here is the official sign outside St. Peters at...

Here is the official sign outside St. Peters at the Vatican. Note knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
...
Forum: Holland America Line February 7th, 2016, 07:26 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,498
Posted By cruisemom42
It doesn't bother me. I must be very good at just...

It doesn't bother me. I must be very good at just ignoring things; I don't have signatures turned off but I rarely notice them. Seems like it used to be a lot worse -- folks would have a ton of...
Forum: Italy Ports February 7th, 2016, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By cruisemom42
I would prefer some other method to the ship...

I would prefer some other method to the ship tour, particularly if the ship tour includes a stop at one of the mandatory shopping places like the cameo factory (the worst!) or the wooden box store in...
Forum: Italy Ports February 7th, 2016, 02:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 171
Posted By cruisemom42
That would be a disaster for me -- I carefully...

That would be a disaster for me -- I carefully plan what I want to do in each port. Not cool.

However, if I had been the organizer, I probably would have stood up pretty vociferously for the fact...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 7th, 2016, 02:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 588
Posted By cruisemom42
Hmmmm, try telling that to the Carnival Triumph...

Hmmmm, try telling that to the Carnival Triumph 2013 "poop cruise" passengers. :eek:
Forum: Italy Ports February 7th, 2016, 12:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 338
Posted By cruisemom42
You say you are staying at a hotel near most of...

You say you are staying at a hotel near most of the sights -- I wonder if you really need a tour at all, especially on the first day. Do you have someone in your group with mobility issues? If not,...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 7th, 2016, 12:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 588
Posted By cruisemom42
New ports (or returns to favorite ports) where...

New ports (or returns to favorite ports) where there is a lot to do and see -- particularly things that are historic.

An excellent lecturer or two onboard ship to give more background and life to...
Forum: Greece Ports February 7th, 2016, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 163
Posted By cruisemom42
I agree you do not need a tour on Mykonos. Just...

I agree you do not need a tour on Mykonos. Just enjoy walking around the town.

I highly recommend Delos, but do be aware that it takes about an hour each way by ferry to get there and return.
Forum: Holland America Line February 7th, 2016, 11:26 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,435
Posted By cruisemom42
The marble steps up to the Acropolis in Athens...

The marble steps up to the Acropolis in Athens are also perilous if even a little bit wet. Centuries of feet treading them has made them shiny and polished. Wonderful to contemplate all those who've...
Forum: Italy Ports February 7th, 2016, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 171
Posted By cruisemom42
Ah, then perhaps it is closed to large tour...

Ah, then perhaps it is closed to large tour groups. If you have any free time, you may be able to go in on your own.
Forum: Italy Ports February 7th, 2016, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 171
Posted By cruisemom42
I've not been to Volterra on a Sunday. But I was...

I've not been to Volterra on a Sunday. But I was curious (since most areas of Italy that are tourist destinations have quite a few things open on Sundays) and did a little research. So far I have not...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports February 6th, 2016, 11:54 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,035
Posted By cruisemom42
But to return to the topic of this thread, Turks...

But to return to the topic of this thread, Turks are not Arabs. And I suspect very few of the vendors at the Grand Bazaar would have any idea where to obtain a real camel. :D
Forum: Cruise Fashions & Beauty February 6th, 2016, 11:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 875
Posted By cruisemom42
I watch Downton Abbey. I suspect it is extremely...

I watch Downton Abbey. I suspect it is extremely popular because more than anything people love a good story. I enjoy it, but I have no desire whatsoever to pretend I'm living in a time when women...
Forum: Holland America Line February 6th, 2016, 11:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,435
Posted By cruisemom42
Take two pairs of walking shoes if you will be...

Take two pairs of walking shoes if you will be doing lots of walking -- for two reasons. One, it's better for your feet to alternate pairs, and second, if something happens to your first pair (they...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports February 6th, 2016, 08:40 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,035
Posted By cruisemom42
The camel thing is a bit of a joke, in reality!...

The camel thing is a bit of a joke, in reality! The merchants know that tourists find it funny and a good story to tell "back home". (This told to me by a proprietor in the Grand Bazaar when we were...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 6th, 2016, 04:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 850
Posted By cruisemom42
It's not so much "been there, done that" as the...

It's not so much "been there, done that" as the fact that I have a very long bucket list and limited time on this earth. :D
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