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Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Today, 04:02 PM
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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: 11
Views: 762
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: 12
Views: 992
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: 2,959
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: 2,959
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: 474
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: 2,959
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: 474
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: 2,959
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: 2,959
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: 878
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: 878
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: 2,959
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: 878
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: 3,280
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: 3,280
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: 1,130
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?
Forum: Italy Ports November 17th, 2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 878
Posted By cruisemom42
thanks! Del Senato is still my all-time...

thanks!

Del Senato is still my all-time favorite but I like to try other places from time to time, and Albergo Cesari had a killer rate for a 7-night stay.
Forum: Italy Ports November 17th, 2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 878
Posted By cruisemom42
I'll be staying there next week. How is the wifi?

I'll be staying there next week. How is the wifi?
Forum: Holland America Line November 17th, 2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,092
Posted By cruisemom42
As always, you are a voice of reason. I believe...

As always, you are a voice of reason. I believe my post was unclear that "cheerleader" doesn't always equate to "regular" or vice versa.
Forum: Holland America Line November 17th, 2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,092
Posted By cruisemom42
On most internet forums, the term "cheerleader"...

On most internet forums, the term "cheerleader" has connotations of someone who mindlessly supports a particular company, viewpoint, or issue without being willing to admit that it has any flaws or...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 16th, 2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,645
Posted By cruisemom42
I'm lucky I guess -- my cabin location doesn't...

I'm lucky I guess -- my cabin location doesn't matter that much to me. I have no mobility issues and don't care about cabin location (although, to be fair, I mostly sail on small ships, so getting...
Forum: Italy Ports November 15th, 2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By cruisemom42
It depends on the time of your arrival and the...

It depends on the time of your arrival and the cruise line's policies. I'd suggest you ask on the RCL boards.

It's not too uncommon to read on these boards of folks getting off the ship as early...
Forum: Italy Ports November 15th, 2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By cruisemom42
Unless there is a significant traffic issue, it...

Unless there is a significant traffic issue, it should only take one hour to get from the port to the airport -- which is a good thing for you, because I wouldn't want to allow less than 2.5 hours at...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports November 14th, 2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 638
Posted By cruisemom42
aaarrggghhhh. I really must have been unclear....

aaarrggghhhh. I really must have been unclear. :o

What I was trying to say was that the protesters in Istanbul were protesting against the increasingly conservative policies of their current...
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