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Forum: Greece Ports Today, 02:49 AM
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Posted By Alex71
Despite all the news coverage over the last...

Despite all the news coverage over the last years, Greece is still in the Euro. So no need for local currency (yet?).
Forum: Greece Ports Today, 12:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 858
Posted By Alex71
No, I unfortunately left the Daily Programs on...

No, I unfortunately left the Daily Programs on the ship.
Forum: Greece Ports Yesterday, 05:30 PM
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Views: 858
Posted By Alex71
Yes, we arrived at most ports, including...

Yes, we arrived at most ports, including Katakolon, an hour before the scheduled time. I believe Venice was an exception - there we arrived just shortly before the scheduled time.
Forum: Greece Ports Yesterday, 05:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 858
Posted By Alex71
No, we were on the second tender and off the ship...

No, we were on the second tender and off the ship before the meeting time of the excursions. In Santorini they use local boats rather than the life boats as tenders, which speeds things up. They are...
Forum: MSC Cruises Yesterday, 05:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 321
Posted By Alex71
Maybe it's a cultural difference, but I would...

Maybe it's a cultural difference, but I would find it inappropriate for someone to order multiple entrees just to try them and then to send most of them back. If someone is still hungry after the...
Forum: Greece Ports Yesterday, 02:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 858
Posted By Alex71
I might write a review this weekend. It's very...

I might write a review this weekend. It's very busy at work at the moment, so I hope I'll have time.

The first dining time was 6:15, the second, I believe, 8:45.

In Bari, we walked into town...
Forum: Greece Ports April 21st, 2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 858
Posted By Alex71
I just found our receipt. The bus company we used...

I just found our receipt. The bus company we used was called Vlachopoulos-Tours, the website is www.vlachopoulos-tours.gr. The website only has some general information in Greek with a Google...
Forum: Greece Ports April 21st, 2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 858
Posted By Alex71
We were in Katakolon on the MSC Fantasia last...

We were in Katakolon on the MSC Fantasia last week. We were docked as was the HAL Eurodam, which was in port the same day, so there seems to be enough dock space to accomodate at least two ships. In...
Forum: MSC Cruises April 21st, 2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By Alex71
We bought a 2 liter bottle of coke and some other...

We bought a 2 liter bottle of coke and some other drinks and snacks in Dubrovnik for our drive home from Venice the next day and send it in our backpack through the x-ray machine.

The machine...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports April 21st, 2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By Alex71
Slightly off topic, but we had to learn this the...

Slightly off topic, but we had to learn this the hard way. We arrived at JFK shortly before midnight after our flight from Frankfurt had been five hours delayed. All we wanted to do was to claim our...
Forum: MSC Cruises April 20th, 2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By Alex71
Maybe I'm not elitist enough to post on this...

Maybe I'm not elitist enough to post on this forum, but I also check prices in different countries. I was once able to save 500 euros (and receive seven free water vouchers) with 30 minutes of work....
Forum: Greece Ports April 20th, 2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 285
Posted By Alex71
We were in Santorini on Tuesday and had a very...

We were in Santorini on Tuesday and had a very unpleasant encounter with a stray dog who followed us around everywhere. We tried to get rid of her by going into a supermarket and a bakery, but but...
Forum: Italy Ports April 20th, 2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By Alex71
We just boarded the Fantasia in Venice last week...

We just boarded the Fantasia in Venice last week and there were no porters outside the terminal. We had to drag our suit cases inside the terminal and were instructed to leave them near one of the...
Forum: Italy Ports April 20th, 2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By Alex71
We just returned from a week long trip on the...

We just returned from a week long trip on the Fantasia and I have to say sailing out of Venice was spectacular. The ship did stir up a lot of sand though, so I can't blame them for wanting to ban...
Forum: Italy Ports April 12th, 2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 451
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: 451
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: 6
Views: 586
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: 224
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: 224
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: 853
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: 853
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: 433
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: 845
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: 357
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: 27
Views: 2,773
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...
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