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Forum: Italy Ports April 12th, 2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Alex71
We are at this Novotel now. It is a normal modern...

We are at this Novotel now. It is a normal modern and clean Novotel, that fully lives up to what one can expect from this chain.

Passes for public transport, are sold directly at the hotel. We got...
Forum: Italy Ports April 10th, 2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By Alex71
We'll be staying at the Mestre Novotel on March...

We'll be staying at the Mestre Novotel on March 11-13 and can report back afterwards. We'll dive to Italy by car, so a hotel that is easily accessible and offers moderately priced parking definitely...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics April 8th, 2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By Alex71
Many countries require their citizens to enter...

Many countries require their citizens to enter and leave the country on the passport of that country, with the US being no exception. I would check with the Russian embassy and bring their Russian...
Forum: MSC Cruises April 6th, 2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 215
Posted By Alex71
We never had any problems. Passports were usually...

We never had any problems. Passports were usually returned about half an hour before disembarkation. They came with a box with all the passports to the bar that they had told us to come to and all...
Forum: MSC Cruises April 6th, 2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 215
Posted By Alex71
My wife is American and her passport is always...

My wife is American and her passport is always collected on embarcation. It is returned at the reception the night before each stop that requires it (e.g. Turkey) and then collected again.

They...
Forum: Italy Ports March 29th, 2014, 02:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 845
Posted By Alex71
Keep in mind that this discussion is about Italy...

Keep in mind that this discussion is about Italy and not Australia. Pay in the service sector in many European countries is very low. If you pay attention to the uniforms that the maids in many...
Forum: Italy Ports March 25th, 2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 845
Posted By Alex71
I usually leave a euro per night for the maid. In...

I usually leave a euro per night for the maid. In many countries, they get paid extremely low wages, often on a per room basis rather than based on time. In many Italian hotels, I saw that the room...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 24th, 2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 425
Posted By Alex71
We stayed a couple night at the airport Ibis and...

We stayed a couple night at the airport Ibis and took the train into Amsterdam just for a day. Train service from the airport to the central train station is very frequent and convenient. The airport...
Forum: Italy Ports March 24th, 2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By Alex71
We were not too impressed with the city of...

We were not too impressed with the city of Palermo, which may be due to our lack of preparation. We just walked from the port to the center and walked around there, so possibly missed the nicer parts...
Forum: Spain Ports March 23rd, 2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By Alex71
Looking forward to spending time on your...

Looking forward to spending time on your beautiful island again. For me it is worth spending one or two weeks rather than just one port day, although a day will of course give a good frst impression....
Forum: River Cruise Ports March 23rd, 2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,642
Posted By Alex71
I've been living in the Heidelberg area for 14...

I've been living in the Heidelberg area for 14 years and would say that snow in November is highly unlikely. This winter we did not have any snow at all, but usually we will get some in January or...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 22nd, 2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,652
Posted By Alex71
Thanks again, everyone. Good to know that the...

Thanks again, everyone. Good to know that the lion share of the price of organized tours is for admission to the various sites. This puts it a little more into perspectice.

We constinue to see...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 22nd, 2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,596
Posted By Alex71
In place like Russia or the US, I would of course...

In place like Russia or the US, I would of course carry a passport with me. Several automotive executives were recently arrested in the US for not having a passport on them....
Forum: Greece Ports March 22nd, 2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Alex71
Thank you, maybe it's even an advantage then...

Thank you, maybe it's even an advantage then...
Forum: Greece Ports March 21st, 2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Alex71
I read somewhere that Santorini requires cruise...

I read somewhere that Santorini requires cruise lines to use local boats as tenders rather than the cruise ship's life boats. Is this true? This could potentially slow things further down in case...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 21st, 2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,596
Posted By Alex71
Maybe these were some leftover DDR practices....

Maybe these were some leftover DDR practices. When my wife had to renew her American passport a few years ago, the process was that she had to mail in her old passport (with her German residence...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 20th, 2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,596
Posted By Alex71
I don't think that's correct. Here's the link to...

I don't think that's correct. Here's the link to the actual law: http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/pauswg/__1.html

Germans are required to possess an ID (ID card or passport), but not to carry it...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 20th, 2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,034
Posted By Alex71
I do think that there is some merrit in trying to...

I do think that there is some merrit in trying to blend in. You might get better service might not be such an obvious target for pickpockets, etc. You may want to check out the Zara and H&M websites...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe March 19th, 2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,116
Posted By Alex71
We left from IJmuiden a couple years ago and the...

We left from IJmuiden a couple years ago and the terminal was quite a drive through the port area. We accidentially ended up at the ferry terminal first, which was a five minute drive away, but were...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 19th, 2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,652
Posted By Alex71
Thanks everyone! We have not yet booked the...

Thanks everyone! We have not yet booked the cruise and may wait for another few weeks to see how the political situation evolves.

In case we book, I'll call the Russian consulate to hear what...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 18th, 2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 26,697
Posted By Alex71
We just came across a fantastic special on Costa...

We just came across a fantastic special on Costa (1125 EUR per adult for a guarantee cabin, kids free) for a 12 day Baltic cruise in August. I would think that Costa as an Italian company would not...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 18th, 2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,652
Posted By Alex71
I'm German, my wife is American and the kids have...

I'm German, my wife is American and the kids have dual citizenship. Looking to get the visas from the Russian consulate in Frankfurt. The Russian embassy in Washington charges 140 USD, so I can see...
Forum: MSC Cruises March 18th, 2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 410
Posted By Alex71
Sometimes the menu translations are a little off,...

Sometimes the menu translations are a little off, so I would think it it is the same. I sometimes compare the descriptions in different languages to get a better idea of what it is that I will...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 18th, 2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,652
Posted By Alex71
Looking to take the metro. After my first...

Looking to take the metro. After my first semester of college - just three years after the wall had come down - I spent a couple weeks over in Moscow and Novosibirsk (organized by the Russian chapter...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics March 18th, 2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,652
Posted By Alex71
I should add that we have two small kids, 7 and 9...

I should add that we have two small kids, 7 and 9 and would therefore much prefer to do things at our own slower pace, even if it means not covering as much ground as we would have with a tour.
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